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first_imgIndia thrashed Pakistan on Friday to get their Champions Trophy campaign off and running at Breda in The Netherlands on Saturday.While Team India registered a comprehensive 4-0, the last two goals were scored after Pakistan withdrew their goalkeeper Imran Butt.Trailing 2-0, Pakistan were forced to withdraw its goalie for an extra player with four minutes left on the clock as they hoped to turn things around. The move, however, backfired as Indian pumped in two more goals in an open net in a span of three minutes to register the convincing win.While Pakistan didn’t have many options apart from trying out their luck, the move allowed Indian to register a comprehensive win against their arch-rivals.The win also provided India the perfect start who came into the tournament on the back of a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign at the Gold Coast, where they finished a disappointing fourth.The victory also marked a positive start to India’s chief coach Harendra Singh’s fourth stint with the senior national side. Harendra took over the reigns of the team after swapping roles with Sjoerd Marijne, following India’s dreadful CWG campaign.Ramandeep Singh opened the scoring for India after gracefully guiding Simranjeet Singh’s sideways shot into the goal in the 25th minute. Dilpreet Singh scored his first goal after a meandering run in the 54th minute of the match.Mandeep Singh scored the third after just three minutes as Lalit Upadhyay finished all hopes for Pakistan comeback when he scored from a sublime Ramandeep pass.advertisementFT| The Indian Men’s Team show supreme composure to defeat Pakistan by a resounding 4-0 margin in their first game of the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champion Trophy 2018 on 23rd June 2018, featuring immense fortitude in attack and defense.#IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 India (@TheHockeyIndia) June 23, 2018India, eyeing its maiden Champions Trophy title, will play reigning Olympic champions Argentina in their next round-robin league match tomorrow.The Indians looked a compact side in all departments of the game with the strikers utilising the opportunities that came their way while the defence came up with a superlative show during the entire 60 minutes to keep Pakistani forwards at bay.The dominating victory also can be looked upon as a sweet revenge for India after Pakistan, which is being coached by former India coach and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, scored a late equaliser to eke out a 1-1 draw in Gold Coast.The Indians started positively and applied pressure on the Pakistani defence from the word go and in the process secured a penalty corner in the 13th minute but Harmanpreet’s attempt was saved by goalkeeper Imran Butt.India got another set piece soon after the start of second quarter but once again wasted the chance.Fantastic win for our team. Its always great to begin on a winning note as it sets the momentum for the rest of the tournament. Bigger challenges lie ahead, and we are more than ready!Come on #TeamIndia! Chakde!#INDvPAK #HCT2018 @TheHockeyIndiaRupinder Pal Singh (@rupinderbob3) June 23, 2018Well Done Boys!4-0 against Pakistan is a formidable score!Looking forward to the next game in Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy!#IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018@TheHockeyIndia Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 23, 2018Whistling merrily to celebrate @TheHockeyIndia win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy inaugural game. 4-0 is not a win but a solid statement. Good start to the new combo of @16Sreejesh and coach Harendra. #IndiaKaGame #INDvPAK #HCT2018 @imsardarsingh8Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 23, 2018Congratulations Team India. Kabaddi yesterday, Hockey today. This time it’s 4-0. Well done on thrashing Pakistan. #INDvPAK Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 23, 2018Congratulations to the Indian team on beating Pakistan 4-0 in the #ChampionsTrophy Hockey 2018 in Breda, Netherlands.#INDvPAK Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 23, 2018Congratulations to our mens team @TheHockeyIndia for a rocking victory against Pakistan in their opening game of #HCT2018 #IndiaKaGame Rampal (@imranirampal) June 23, 2018But it didn’t took long for India to break the deadlock. In the 26th minute Ramandeep deflected in a Simranjeet Singh’s reverse pass to start the proceedings.A minute before half time, an agile Butt once again came to Pakistan’s rescue keeping away Vivek Prasad’s deflection from top of the circle as went into the break with a slender one goal advantage.Pakistan, however, came out all guns blazing after the change of ends and dominated the proceedings in the third quarter with repeated raids but failed to break the resolute Indian defence.advertisementTwo minutes into third quarter, Ali Shan scored an opportunistic goal but to their dismay found the goal being disallowed for a foul after India’s Harmanpreet Singh asked for the referral.Minutes later, Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a fine save to deny Toseeq Arshad.Pakistan kept up the pressure and earned a penalty corner in the 43rd minute but to no avail. After successfully weathering the storm, India doubled its lead in the 54th minute through 17-year-old Dilpreet, who beautifully picked up a long pass from Simranjeet and then dodged past an onrushing Butt to slot home.With four minutes to go, Pakistan withdrew its goalkeeper but conceded two more goals.First Mandeep tucked in an empty net a measured long ball from Varun Kumar and then Lalit dived full stretch to deflect in Ramandeep’s pass just at the stroke of hooter to add salt to Pakistan’s woes.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 26 (PTI) Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sathish Kumar Sivalingam Wednesday said he would resume his training in next 45 days in Patiala as he is fast recovering from a thigh injury, courtesy ayurveda treatment. “I have been undergoing ayurveda treatment. With another 10 days of treatment left, I aim to come back stronger and start training in next one-and-a-half months in Patiala with 2020 Olympics as my goal,” he told PTI here. Sivalingam (77kg category) had sustained the injury while attempting 178kg lift in his clean and jerk attempt at the Jakarta Asian Games. He took no further part in the competition and eventually finished 10th. “I was shattered to the core when doctors in a hospital in Jakarta opined that I could only start training after a maximum of four months,” he said. However, soon after returning to India, Sivalingam said he underwent ayurveda treatment at Haoma Wellness under Dr Shaji Kannoth and have been working on sport rehabilitation with Invictus Performance Lab. “Within four days of combined treatment and multiple experts working with me, the pain reduced significantly and I was able to move around freely within 10 days,” he stated. The inter-disciplinary experts helped him in enhancing his performance capability and recovery management, he said. “I thank my coach, Vijay Sharma and the Indian Weightlifting Federation, Invictus Performance Lab, and GoSports Foundation for all their support and belief in me,” Sivalingam said. Dr Shaji Kannoth, who is also the Managing and Medical Director of Haoma Wellness, said Sivalingam was brought to him by Invictus Performance Lab for treatment.advertisement “Sivalingam had severely injured his left thigh muscle. He was wheelchair bound when he met us on September 4 and was even unable to place his foot on the ground,” he said. After a detailed diagnosis, the treatment began and within four days, the pain reduced to about 60 per cent and by September 15, muscle injury healed, Dr Shaji said. “He has another 10 days of treatment left to heal completely,” he added. PTI BDN SSCSSClast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 17 (PTI) India and Maldives inked four pacts including in the areas of cooperation in culture, agribusiness and information technology and for easy facilitation of visas.Welcoming the pact on facilitation of visa arrangements, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed satisfaction that this will facilitate many Maldivians who send their children to school in India, to be able to accompany them, a joint statement.It added that the pact will also facilitate easier visa arrangements for Maldivian citizens and their families to come to India for medical treatment.Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that the new agreement will address the common concerns and ensure that people-to-people contacts are enhanced.The Maldives is one of the very few countries with which India has a visa free arrangement.The other agreements were on cultural cooperation, establishing mutual cooperation to improve the ecosystem for agribusiness and joint declaration of intent on cooperation in the field of information & communications technology and electronics.According to the statement, both sides agreed to work together to create institutional linkages and to establish a framework of cooperation in areas of health, mutual legal assistance on criminal matters, investment promotion and tourism.Solih arrived here Sunday on a three-day state visit, his first foreign trip after assuming office in the island nation a month ago. In a joint press statement, Modi said it was matter for honour and pride that Solih chose India as the country for his first foreign visit, On his part, Solih reaffirmed his government’s “India-First Policy” and commitment to working together closely with India.advertisement Modi also announced that India would provide 1,000 additional slots over next five years for training and capacity building in diverse fields including judicial, policing and law-enforcement, audit and financial management, local governance, community development, IT, e-governance, sports, media, youth and women empowerment, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship, art and culture.Modi and Solih reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” and support for increased cooperation in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations both within the region and elsewhere. Both sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on issues of common concern, including piracy, terrorism, organised crime, drugs and human trafficking. It was also agreed to intensify cooperation in the areas of training and capacity building of Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defence Force.Both leaders agreed on the importance of combatting the impacts of climate change, especially detrimental to developing countries, and Small Island Developing States, and the need to work towards strengthening the global response to climate change, through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement.The two leaders underscored the need for strengthening and reform of multilateral financial institutions and enhancing the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic decision-making. PTI PR PR SOMSOMlast_img read more

first_img Next Watch: Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac escape knife-wielding attackersArsenal said both Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were fine after the incident in North London. Witnesses claimed Ozil was absolutely terrified during encounter with knife-wielding attackers.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 08:48 IST Mesut Ozil was driving his black Mercedes when knife-wielding attackers tried to rob him (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMesut Ozil’s car was boxed in by motorbike riders wearing helmetsKolasinac confronted the attackers who attempted to rob themOzil looked absolutely terrified: WitnessMesut Ozil and Arsenal team mate Sead Kolasinac escaped unhurt after an attempted carjacking by knife-wielding attackers in North London on Thursday, British media reported.The Dail Mail website said former Germany international midfielder Ozil was driving his black Mercedes when the car was boxed in by motorbike riders wearing helmets.A video clip accompanying the story showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac, who was a passenger, outside the vehicle and confronting the attackers.Ozil was shown in a photograph talking to police outside a Turkish restaurant. The paper said waiters and chefs had rushed to the players’ aid.”Ozil looked absolutely terrified, as anybody would after being chased by men with knives,” witness Azuka Alintah told the website.”He looked like he was running for his life. And I suppose he was.”Mesut Ozil’s car got jumped, Kolasinac jumped out and backed the beef. #YaGunnersYa (@smhjaames) July 25, 2019Arsenal said both players were fine and the incident was being treated as a “private matter”.Police said they were called out shortly after 1700 local time after reports of an attempted robbery.”It was reported that suspects on motorbikes had attempted to rob a man who was driving a car,” a spokesman said.”The driver, along with his passenger, managed to get away unharmed and travelled to a restaurant in Golders Green, where they were spoken to by officers. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”Also Read | FIFA asks for update on Indian football roadmap, AIFF says solution in 2-3 yrsAlso See:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mesut OzilFollow Sead KolasinacFollow ArsenalFollow RobberyFollow North Londonlast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Health and Wellness has closed Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg County to swimming because of high levels of bacteria. The beach will reopen when water testing shows it is safe. To check on the status of the beach, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit -30-last_img

first_imgTORONTO – The bar is now higher for homebuyers to qualify for mortgages in Canada after the central bank raised a key metric used in stress tests that determine borrowers’ eligibility.The Bank of Canada raised the conventional five-year mortgage rate from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent after all Big Six banks raised their posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks.The central bank qualifying rate is separate from the actual mortgage rates offered by banks to borrowers, but is used to assess homebuyers who are seeking loans.Homebuyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment seeking an insured mortgage must qualify at the central bank’s benchmark five-year mortgage rate.And as of Jan. 1, buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance are required to prove they can handle payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of the central bank’s five-year benchmark rate or two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate.“Mortgage borrowers will be qualifying for less than they were able to earlier this year,” mortgage broker Samantha Brookes said in an email. “With all the new rule changes, we’ve definitely noticed the effect on the market with home purchases, renewals and refinances.”The higher rates come as an estimated 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced in 2018, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in a typical year, according to a recent CIBC Capital Markets report.The increase is an unintended consequence of various rounds of regulatory changes in the past few years aimed at reducing risk coupled with rising house prices that made it harder for homebuyers to qualify.Borrowers who find the bar too high for the home they want can make some adjustments in order to make a purchase, she said. Those options include purchasing a smaller home and taking on less mortgage, or purchasing where prices are lower, added Brookes, who is founder of Mortgages of Canada.The jump in the mortgage qualifying rate comes after Canada’s largest lenders raised their benchmark posted five-year fixed mortgage rates in recent weeks as the cost of borrowing rises.In late April, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it from 5.14 per cent to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the “competitive landscape, the cost of lending and managing risk.” Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Bank of Nova Scotia followed suit, but with smaller increases.The slew of bank moves was preceded by a rise in government bond yields. The yield on the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond was 2.16 per cent on Tuesday, compared to 1.01 per cent a year earlier. Fixed-rate mortgages tend to move with government bond yields of a similar term, reflecting the change in borrowing costs.last_img read more

first_imgPolls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.The NDP are launching their campaign today in London, Ont., one of the regions of the province they feel they’ll be able to hold onto seats. The Greens are in their own comfort zone of British Columbia, where Elizabeth May will launch her campaign in Victoria.At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2. There are eight independents — including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould. The People’s Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five seats are vacant.Under the law, the election must be Oct. 21. Trudeau’s plan calls for him to fly immediately to British Columbia for a rally in the NDP-held riding of Vancouver-Kingsway.Haunting Trudeau on the trail will be the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life this morning after the Globe and Mail reported the RCMP’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been stymied by the shroud of cabinet confidence.Asked what his government is hiding, Trudeau says his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but added anything more.Before jumping on his own campaign plane this morning, a fired-up Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the story showcases his belief that Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern.“Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan,” he said in French.Scheer will spend Day 1 of the campaign in Quebec and Ontario. OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has kicked off his bid for re-election after emerging from Rideau Hall to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.With that starts a 40-day campaign that will see the Liberal leader make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term.He says that the election is a chance for Canadians to vote for the kind of Canada they want to live in.last_img read more

Marking International Mother Language Day, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova emphasized that “mother languages in a multilingual approach are essential components of quality education, which is itself the foundation for empowering women and men and their societies.”She underscored the need to recognize and nurture this power, in order to “leave no one behind” and “craft a more just and sustainable future for all.”This year’s theme of the Mother Language Day is “quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes,” she said.Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focuses on quality education and lifelong learning for all, to enable every woman and man to acquire skills, knowledge, and values to become everything they wish and participate fully in their societies, she said, noting that this is especially important for girls and women, as well as minorities, indigenous peoples, and rural populations.UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action, a road-map to implement the 2030 Agenda, encourages full respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and the promotion and preservation of linguistic diversity, noted Ms. Bokova.“Multilingualism is essential to drive these objectives forward – it is vital for success across the 2030 Agenda, regarding growth, employment and health, as well as sustainable consumption and production, and climate change,” she said.UNESCO brings the same focus to advancing linguistic diversity on the Internet, through support to relevant local content as well as media and information literacy, explained Ms. Bokova. Through the Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (LINKS) programme, UNESCO is highlighting the importance of mother and local languages as channels for safeguarding and sharing indigenous cultures and knowledge, which are vast reservoirs of wisdom.International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in November 1999, and has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh. read more

In Swaziland, children clap at morning assembly at a UNICEF-supported child-friendly school in Mbabane. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi “For the people of Africa to fully benefit from these important efforts, these two agendas need to be strategically aligned,” he said. We can speed progress by doing more to provide opportunities and hope to young people Mr. Guterres referred to last month’s first-ever UN–African Union annual conference as “a unique opportunity to strengthen our partnership and establish a higher platform of cooperation,” saying: “Our work is based on four driving principles: mutual respect, solidarity, complementarity and interdependence. Mr. Guterres said that the UN partnership with Africa is also rooted in a deep sense of gratitude. “Africa provides the majority of United Nations peacekeepers around the world. African nations are among the world’s largest and most generous hosts of refugees. Africa includes some of the world’s fastest-growing economies,” he elaborated.Turning to youth, he noted “We can speed progress by doing more to provide opportunities and hope to young people. More than three out of five Africans are under 35 years of age. Making the most of this tremendous asset means more investment in education, training, decent work and engaging young people in shaping their future.”The UN chief also stressed: “We must also do our utmost to empower women so they can play a full role in sustainable development and sustainable peace. I am pleased that the African Union has consistently placed a special focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment.” He also reaffirmed his commitment as a partner, friend and committed advocate for changing the narrative about this diverse and vital continent.“Crises represent at best a partial view. But, from a higher platform of cooperation, we can see the whole picture – one that recognizes the enormous potential and remarkable success stories throughout the African continent,” concluded the Secretary-General. “All of humanity will benefit by listening, learning and working with the people of Africa. It starts with prevention. Our world needs to move from managing crises to preventing them in the first place. We need to break the cycle of responding too late and too little,” said Mr. Guterres in his message commemorating Africa Day. The UN chief pointed out that most of today’s conflicts are internal, triggered by competition for power and resources, inequality, marginalization, disrespect for human rights and sectarian divides. Often, they are inflamed by violent extremism or provide the fuel for it.But prevention goes far beyond focusing solely on conflict. “The best means of prevention and the surest path to durable peace is inclusive and sustainable development. It is critical to continue building more effective and accountable institutions to address governance challenges, advance the rule of law and promote civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights,” he stressed. As the international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to tackle global poverty, inequality, instability and injustice, Mr. Guterres highlighted that Africa has adopted its own complementary and ambitious plan: Agenda 2063. read more

Luis Alfonso de Alba. UN Photo/P-M. Virot.Mr. de Alba will be the task of providing “leadership, guidance and strategic direction” towards Summit and will be engaging key strategic climate change leaders, including governments, and coalitions, to galvanize climate action ahead of the event.The 2019 Climate Summit will be held with the objective of building momentum, enhancing national ambition, as set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Bringing together Heads of State and Government, business leaders, academics and scientists, youth, civil society representatives, local leaders and the UN system, it will aim to accelerate implementation of climate action worldwide.Mr. de Alba will work closely with Robert Orr, Special Adviser on Climate Change, as well as Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean, Michael Bloomberg, Special Envoy for Climate Action and other UN senior officials.Prior to this appointment, he served since September 2017 as Mexico’s Under-Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean.  Appointed Ambassador in 2001, he brings experience as Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States, the International Organizations in Vienna, the UN, and other international organizations in Geneva, among others.As Mexico’s Special Representative for Climate Change, Mr. de Alba led negotiations for the 2010 UN Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancún, Mexico.  He also held several elected positions including Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (2012) and First President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (2006-2007).  A diplomat since 1983, he undertook various other assignments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.As the world is gearing up for the 24th Conference of the Parties in Katowice, to be held from 3 to 14 December this year, Mr. de Alba will play a key role in galvanizing international support for climate action ahead of the discussions. read more

first_imgA customised RX22 hydraulic breaker from Chicago Pneumatic has been chosen for use in a demanding  cleaning application. The rig-mounted hydraulic breaker, which is modified to withstand temperatures of over 1,000°C, was supplied by specialist mining contractor Servicios Nettle Hermanos for use at Codelco’s Caletones copper smelter.Following ore smelting,  the copper matte is then charged into a large in slag furnace. Following this, the furnace must be cleaned using a hydraulic breaker to prepare it for the next charge. In order to effectively perform this essential cleaning operation, Servicios Nettle Hermanos chose to a robust and efficient RX22 hydraulic breaker from Chicago Pneumatic, customised to provide reliable performance in a demanding high temperature application.Prior to opting for the RX22, the customer used a smaller 1,000 kg hydraulic breaker which suffered from availability issues and low hitting power due to the high temperatures involved. This meant that frequent hose changes were required, and led to Servicios Nettle Hermanos recommending the use of a customised medium-sized 1,500 kg RX22 hydraulic breaker from Chicago Pneumatic, with extra large moil points, as a solution to the problem.Hydraulic breakers from Chicago Pneumatic are designed with moil points that have a strong focus on the optimal transfer of energy. The moil point of a hydraulic breaker must be capable of withstanding strong stresses, as when it receives the piston impact it is required to transfer the energy back to break the material. One key factor is to have an optimised moil point length, balancing the useful length (the longer the better) and the resistance to bending stresses (the shorter the better).In special applications, such as the high temperature working conditions experienced in the Chilean mine, a longer moil point can increase the productivity of a hydraulic breaker. After receiving the request for an RX22 with a longer working moil point, capable of operating in high temperatures, an analysis was done for feasibility. Engineers at Chicago Pneumatic confirmed it was possible, due to the low material resistance to break, and that volumes were sufficient to produce a bespoke solution for the customer.Commenting on the on-going successful operation of the RX22, James Nettle, Marketing Manager for Servicios Nettle Hermanos, said: ”Today the breaker is working at optimum condition without problems, and our customer is very happy as a result. Since switching to the RX22 the wear of the breaker box has decreased, as well as hose consumption, and the hydraulic breaker now performs more efficiently with less parts used in the process.”last_img read more

first_img Follow us: “He’d say that even before the qualifiers! Even though no Irish team had done it before, we believed that we could get to the European finals and could go out and at least win a medal like Noel said.“You always have to go into something believing that you can be the best and believing that you can win, and we always had that self-belief and confidence.“That idea formed the basis of our run in the competition, but I think we also had two or three years behind us where we were building towards it. We would train regularly and everyone knew exactly what their jobs were — we were fine-tuned. Gorman and Ciara Grant study for their medical exams while on Ireland duty in 2014. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“We had a talented group, but talent doesn’t get you anywhere unless you work hard and you stay focussed. For us, we had that focus and we were all building towards the same end-goal together.“What I always remember most was just the togetherness and the bond that we had at that time. We were all fighting for each other. When you’re that age and playing at that level as a teenager at a Euros… it was such a great time in all our lives.”Manchester City defender Campbell scored a sublime 50 yard free-kick against Germany just before half-time in their semi-final to send Ireland through to the decider against Spain. Ireland would come out the wrong end of a tense final, cruelly losing on penalties following a 120 minute-long battle.But Gorman attests that the sheer ecstasy of beating the Germans and making it to the final on Ireland’s first appearance at a European Championships meant the side could not have any regrets, but only an immense feeling of pride at what they had achieved.At the end we were all just absolutely exhausted having played through full time and extra-time and then penalties, so there wasn’t much that could be said. Absolutely everyone had given their all and there wasn’t much more we could have done. When it comes down to penalties it’s a bit of a lottery.“At the time it’s hard to find the words to say anything that can console your team-mates, but I think looking back on it now you can appreciate just how well we had done. I know some people don’t have time for silver medals, but that was a silver medal we could all be very proud of.” Gorman won an All-Ireland minor championship with Galway. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOCaptained by Gorman, Ireland would make it all the way to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago three months later — the first and only Irish women’s side to qualify for a World Cup at any age group — beating Canada and Ghana before falling short against beaten-finalists Japan.There are so many cherished memories to look back upon for Gorman and she is insistent that she is looking forward to returning to sport again in the very near future. Placements abroad in America and England meant she could not commit to football or the Galway intercounty panel in recent months.Watching Colin Bell’s senior side in their current World Cup qualification campaign makes her miss it all, she says, but giving that complete and utter commitment on a consistent basis is something that has just not been possible in recent months due to work and college.“With being away so much over the last year I haven’t been able to play in the Women’s National League, but even in the last few months I was in the crowd at the World Cup qualifiers against Norway and Holland,” she says. The midfielder captained Ireland to the U17 Uefa European Championships final in 2010. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“When you’re there and the team is doing so well it does make you miss it, because there’s nothing better than representing your country. The crowds they’ve been getting at Tallaght Stadium are fantastic and they’re playing some great football, getting great results.“In my back garden I have a gaelic football and a soccer ball. I still have to make a decision in the next while, but I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do.”She says that sport and studying to become a doctor have shared skillsets, with the discipline, leadership and team ethos which sport demands also being reflected in a hectic work environment such as that of a hospital.Leadership is very important and it’s vital to know people’s strengths,” she says. “In sport team-work is incredibly important, as it is in almost every job and every working environment, like in medicine.“I think being able to work with others and being able to communicate properly is a crucial skill to have. Sport teaches you to be careful with your time, to be organised and it also equips you with skills to deal with things like disappointment and setbacks.“There are so many important life-skills that you can learn through sport and I think that’s certainly been true for me training to be a doctor.”Now settled back in Dublin following her placements abroad and with her new job in the Mater beginning in a few weeks, Gorman gives the impression of someone absolutely itching to get back onto the field of play again.She hasn’t decided which field that will be in, or whether it will be with the ball at her feet or in her hands, but the decision is her’s to make and perhaps a good headache to have for someone so obsessed with sport.What she will say though, is that she would love the chance to represent her country again and one day live a lifelong dream of securing a senior All-Ireland title with Galway, having returned to play with the county for a period last year. Pictured after graduating first in her class at UCD.“For the last while it really has been just taking life one step at a time,” she says. “I’d like to think that I’m not over the hill yet at 25 and that there are a lot more successes to achieve.“Since September I’ve been away for four months on different placements over in America and in England, so I wasn’t really in a position to commit to any team.“I played with UCD in the O’Connor Cup whenever I was home, but I wasn’t in a position before Christmas to try out for the Galway county team again because I knew I was going to be away for so long.But now I’m back in Dublin, am settled and will start in the Mater in a couple of weeks. At the moment I haven’t made any firm decisions on what I’m going to play, but I’m certainly looking forward to getting back into sport.“Something that I would like to achieve would be to win an All-Ireland with Galway,” she says.“I think that’s something that a lot of people in the county would love to achieve together and it is something that’s always been an unfinished task in my mind personally.“It depends what I’ll be able to play in terms of where I’m working and what part of the country I’m based in. But hopefully there is a lot more in store.”It is a terrible cliché, but the world really is Gorman’s oyster. Excelling in football, gaelic, hockey and now becoming a doctor having graduated at the top of her class, there doesn’t appear to be much that she could and would not excel in.She mentions a host of stars she looked up to as a child growing up in Barna, including Niamh Fahey, who won an All-Ireland with Galway at Croke Park aged 16 before later going on to play for Arsenal, as well as former Galway captain Annette Clarke.Gorman says that she drew immense inspiration from each of their achievements growing up and states that coverage of the current Irish Women’s National Team, as well as the rugby team during last summer’s Women’s World Cup held in Ireland, means young girls today have their own new heroes to look up to.“In gaelic football Galway won the All-Ireland in 2004 and there were athletes like Annette Clarke and also Niamh Fahey. They would have been big role models for me and, even though she’s with a rival county, Cora Staunton and what she’s achieved has just been remarkable for all women athletes. She was an integral member of the Irish side which made it to the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup in 2010. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“There was also Sonia O’Sullivan too, because I can even remember when she won her silver medal in 2000, the whole school in Barna was sat watching it.“Even now growing up, young girls have a lot more female sports idols to look up to. It’s nice to see that there is more media attention and that younger athletes are exposed to more of their success stories.That exposure gives girls a lot of encouragement when they are playing sport because it shows that there is a future and that they have something to aspire towards.”What she is far too modest to admit though, is that her own story will be a source of immense inspiration to many others. From football, to gaelic, to hockey, to medicine, she took them all on and excelled in each and every one without fear or hesitation.A unique success story like few others and still with so much more to achieve, Dora Gorman has shown it’s all about believing in yourself to go out and be the very best, whatever walk of life you choose to undertake.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Gorman made her senior Ireland debut in 2011 and recently graduated medicine at UCD. Medicine was something I always wanted to do in school,” Gorman says. “I was very drawn towards science subjects. For the Leaving Cert I would have done physics, chemistry and biology. I always had that scientific way of thinking, I wouldn’t have been very creative.“My mum works as a doctor and my family would joke that I always just wanted to be her when I was a little kid. I would even follow her around with a little briefcase,” she laughs.“When I was very young it was something that I was exposed to, but then in school I did enjoy science and looked into the prospect of medicine a little bit more. It was the only thing I ever really wanted to do.”We’ve come a long way from studying for the LC on a balcony in Portugal in between training sessions! Finally following in this gal’s footsteps and graduating later this week! 🎉🎓 @GrantCiara— Dora Gorman (@doragorman) June 4, 2018 33,110 Views Dr Dora Gorman: Ireland’s football, hockey and GAA star who just graduated medicine at UCD Dora Gorman discusses captaining Ireland at World Cups and European Championships, playing gaelic for Galway and recently graduating top of her class at UCD. Share587 Tweet Email6 Gorman made her senior Ireland debut in 2011 and recently graduated medicine at UCD. Brian Lenihan reveals that mental health battle forced his football retirement at 23‘I’d love to have played in another World Cup… But I don’t regret any of my actions’center_img Jun 24th 2018, 7:31 AM Short URL It’s an intriguing balance, she says, medicine and sport. The only issue for Gorman growing up in Connemara was choosing which sport to pursue alongside her studies at school and later at university.After initially giving hurling a go — “ground-hurling”, she explains — when they would bash the sliotar to and fro inside the school halls as kids, she instead settled for football. And gaelic. Oh, and hockey as well.All the way up until the Leaving Cert she played all three in tandem with one another.“In school I was playing them all, but I honestly loved it,” she says. “It never bothered me at all. I love being busy and playing different sports. Hockey tended to be in the winter and gaelic had to be in the summer, and soccer lasted throughout both. So the seasons didn’t clash too much.Especially in sixth year in school I was playing a lot, but I just loved every bit of it and wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I was quite lucky in that my parents were very supportive. They would bring me to all the different training sessions and would always help me with whatever I wanted to pursue.“In school I was lucky as well because teachers were always helpful. They were busy days when you might have school during the day and training in the evenings. But even at the end of the Leaving Cert I never felt burnt out or that I was doing too much. It never felt at any stage like it was overwhelming.”She received a sport scholarship at UCD and continued to play both football and hockey for the college alongside her studies — also playing in the Women’s National League and international football for Ireland. All of this meant gaelic had to take a back seat for a few years.Gorman admits that you don’t receive too much pity having to sacrifice one sport when you have the option to play three. But leaving the Galway inter-county setup behind for those few seasons was a difficult decision that comes as a unique setback when trying to balance multiple codes simultaneously.“You’re in a very privileged position where you have the chance to choose between sports. I think it’s something people will never feel too sorry for you about,” she laughs honestly. She won the Irish Senior Cup with UCD in 2012. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“But it can be difficult because you’re playing with your friends and it’s hard to choose because sometimes you don’t know what you want, and you don’t know what lies ahead.“Sometimes you’re trying to look into a crystal ball, asking what you should do and what you should pick.“Even coming back and playing with Galway this year, there were a number of girls who I would have played with for maybe eight or nine years. I was returning having not played for four or five seasons, but coming back it was the same as before.You fit back in because you know everyone so well as you’ve spent years training everyday with them as kids and teenagers. So it’s nice to have that familiarity when you come back into it. The GAA is special in a lot of ways because, well, your county is your county when it comes down to it.”You get the sense from chatting with Dora that if only there were more hours in the week, she would try and give them all to each different sport. It’s clear to see that there is a devoted grá to soccer, GAA and hockey. But she is forthright when explaining that her proudest achievement in sport so far came during that magical summer of 2010 in Switzerland. Source: InjuryProne20/YouTubeLed by the management duo of Noel King and Harry Kenny, the Irish U17 football team became the first ever women’s side from this country to qualify for a European Championships. The fact that they made it all the way to the final is frankly an astonishing achievement.But one which Gorman says came as no great surprise to the players that put in the hard yards to make the dream into a reality.“We always did feel we had a great squad of players that year,” she says of a panel that featured future senior internationals like Megan Campbell, Denise O’Sullivan, Harriet Scott, Siobhan Killeen and fellow UCD medical graduate Ciara Grant.I remember there were a few of us involved with the U17s when we were only 14, or 15. From the moment we got together as a squad Noel King always said to us: ‘what do we want? we want to win a medal!’ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 10:00 AM 25 Comments IT’S DIFFICULT TO briefly outline just how much Dora Gorman has achieved in her life at just 25-years-old. But her own words of wisdom offers a concise insight into how she has reached such incredible heights, both in sport and elsewhere.“You always have to go into something believing that you can be the best,” she says amid an anecdote recalling the success of the Ireland U17 side which captured the hearts of the nation eight years ago in Switzerland. “You have to go into everything believing that you can go out and win.”The Barna native captained the first ever Irish women’s side to qualify for a Uefa European Championships all the way to the final in Nyon in 2010, following that up by leading her country to the quarter-finals of the U17s World Cup a few months later in Trinidad and Tobago — it was the first time an Irish women’s side had ever even reached a World Cup finals.She has also won the Women’s National League with Peamount United, was named the FAI’s U17 Women’s International Player of the Year, won Connacht Young Player of the Year in gaelic for Galway, while also securing an All-Ireland ladies minor championship with her county too.On top of that, she was named the Irish Hockey Association’s U18 Player of the Year in 2010, also helping UCD to win the Irish Senior Cup in hockey two years later in 2012.Recently, however, she has been busy completing her studies in UCD, finishing top of her class of more than 240 students in medicine. In action during a World Cup qualifier against Croatia. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHODr Gorman was awarded the distinguished 1941 Medal (given annually to the candidate with the highest GPA across the final two years of the Medicine programme) as well as the Paediatrics Medal for her efforts, and will shortly begin working in the Mater Hospital in north Dublin.It’s an inspiring amount of success for someone at such a young age, and even more incredible when those successes have been spread across three different sports in football, gaelic and hockey, on top of academic accolades in the demanding and highly-competitive field of medicine.She always wanted to be a doctor, she admits. There was never any doubt about it. By Aaron Gallagherlast_img read more

first_imgA MELBOURNE-BASED company has won backing from the Victoria State Government to proceed with the next phase of trials into ovarian cancer detection test Ovplex. HealthLinx, chaired by Greek-Australian Nick Gatsios, will conduct the multi-million dollar trial to further the accuracy of the current test in conjunction with the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Mater Hospital in Queensland and experts in Singapore and the UK. Known as a silent killer, ovarian cancer displays very few symptoms in its early stages, making it difficult to detect. More than half of the 1400 women diagnosed in Australia each year do not survive more than five years after diagnosis. This statistic highlights the importance of developing an early detection test. With Ovplex currently proven 94% accurate, HealthLinx scientists have identified two new biomarkers, the proteins that signpost diseases, that researchers believe have the potential to raise the detection rate to 97% accurate. “We’re hoping to reveal the same sort of result, if not better than our first study and to have the independent biostatistician stamp it with statistical significance,” Mr Gatsios told Neos Kosmos. “Our objective is to get it to 97 percent or greater. That would be a best in class in the world. It would definitely be one of the best products that can be used in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer in women.” With the test currently observing five biomarkers, the potential success of the two newly discovered proteins could double survival rates among women diagnosed with the disease from 46% to over 90 percent. “Survival rates if diagnosed early will increase, so if we can diagnose women earlier, which the product can do based on our data set, then clearly you’re going to have an increase in survival rates.” While he is confident of a positive result from the trial however, Gatsios said that developing Ovplex as a screening test for ovarian cancer is a very long way off.  “Specificity needs to be at 99.6 percent and sensitivity needs to be at 75 percent or greater. Whether they’re achievable or not, I don’t know but they’re certainly going to be a little way out, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done in order to achieve those numbers.” HealthLinx was founded in 2003 after a conscious decision by then-accountant Gatsios, to move into the intellectual property field. It’s a publicly listed company that focuses solely on researching and developing the Ovplex ovarian cancer detection test. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on target Something kind of amazing happened in the last year. They started making new Star Trek television. It was really good too, though it was a little short. That’s probably the biggest downside. It got us craving new Star Trek again, and we all have a while to wait until we get our fix. The other problem many people had with Star Trek: Discovery was its Klingon scenes. The Klingons spoke very slowly, partially to give the scenes a sense of gravitas, but also to make sure the subtitles didn’t lose anybody. You know what would make those Klingon scenes, no matter how slow they spoke? If you spoke Klingon. You’d be so busy appreciating the nuance of each Klingon’s speech; you wouldn’t even notice that the pace of the episode ground to a halt.Besides, with all the new Star Trek and Trek-like series coming out, chances are you’re falling deeper into the fandom. We all know where that road leads: Learning Klingon. It’s the ultimate Trekkie move, and if they keep putting out good Trek TV, we’re all going to at least dabble in the language anyway. Good news on that front, there’s now a Duolingo course that will teach you Klingon. Playing with language on Duolingo is a ton of fun, even if you don’t stick with it. If you do though, you’ll finally be able to hang out with the cool kids at the next Trek convention.The lesson itself looks like any other Duolingo lesson. It starts you off with some basic words, and once you’re comfortable with those, gets you into sentences. You’ll start out with simple ones like “tln Duj” (The ship is big). Soon, you’ll be able to say things like “nuqneH? yIjatlh!” (What do you want? Speak), and “Qapla’ batlh je!” (Success and Honor!). That last one is more useful than you’d think.via DuolingoWhen I heard they were doing this, as much fun as I have with the app, I was more interested in Klingon as a language. How it was created, and how it’s evolved and changed over the years. One of the creators of the course, Felix Malmenbeck, took the time to answer a few questions about Klingon. You probably already know that the Klingon language made its first appearance in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. But at that point, it wasn’t much of a language. Screenwriter Marc Okrand wrote what he needed for the dialog, and that was it.“Although the general framework was there, words, morphemes and grammatical constructions that were not needed for the film were simply not created,” Malmenbeck said in an email. “This changed when he wrote The Klingon Dictionary, where he had to describe how the language worked in more detail. Along with the second edition of that book and other works such as Klingon for the Galactic Traveler, the basics of the language have been pretty much stable for the past couple of decades.”But the thing about living languages is they have to evolve. As people speak them, they naturally change, and that has happened with Klingon. Malmenbeck says, “However, as people have started using the language more and more, speakers have started picking out what works and what doesn’t, and asked Marc Okrand to fill in the blanks. Whether it’s through new vocabulary, idiomatic expressions or grammatical constructs, or just a clarification of how a particular word or suffix is used in a certain context. You can almost think of the speakers as beta testers, constantly rooting out bugs in the language.”What’s really cool is how the language has grown outside of Star Trek. It’s had to. Before Discovery, it wasn’t spoken in any of the series all that much. “This development has largely taken place outside of Star Trek, and as such the language’s development has been dictated by people’s various careers and interests, whether it’s computer programming, knitting or geometry,” Malmenbeck said. “Star Trek: Discovery marks a sort of reconnect between Star Trek and the Klingon language; after not seeing much use throughout TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT, the producers of Discovery have put a lot of effort into getting the language right, to the point of hiring two translators and two dialect coaches.”He says its use in Discovery, and the people they brought in to work on the Klingon scenes in that show, really demonstrate how much the language has grown since The Search for Spock. “What’s interesting is that in the meantime, Klingon has matured to the point that the language’s creator himself is not working directly with the series, but rather two students of the language. However, they have still been in touch with him to fill in a few gaps, such as making up words for ‘sarcophagus’ and ‘mummification glyph,’ he said. It’s cool to know the original creator of the language is still involved at that level, though.Whether or not you’ve learned a language before, learning Klingon could pose a bit of a challenge. When Okrand created the language, he designed it to sound as alien as possible, Malmenbeck said. He was influenced by what he knew about Earth languages, it would be impossible not to be, but he tried to steer away from any similarities to known languages whenever he noticed them cropping up. As a result, Malmenbeck says, people compare the Klingon language to a number of different Earth tongues, like Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Hebrew and Mutsun. “…which is rather odd, because those languages aren’t very similar to each other,” he said. “It’s agglutinating, like Finnish, but unlike Finnish it avoids vowel clusters like the plague. It has a strict syllabic structure, like Japanese or Korean, and yet it uses an alphabet, rather than a syllabary (or logograms). It has some sounds that occur almost exclusively in Native American languages, and others that are primarily found in the Middle East.”Put that way, and you can see why people have wanted to learn this language since it made its debut. It sounds really fun to speak!Learning it will be a challenge though, and it sounds like creating a course for the alien language was difficult as well. They had to make some tweaks to Duolingo itself just to support certain aspects of Klingon. “There are a few quirks of teaching Klingon that we had to accommodate. For example, Klingon uses apostrophes in the middle of words which is not something Duolingo’s system was able to handle at first (because no other language does it). Klingon also has case sensitivity which means that a word can take on different meanings if it’s capitalized or lowercased. Luckily Duolingo already had a solution because German is similar, so we just had to implement a tweak to support Klingon in the same way,” he said.They also had to change their approach to introducing the languages to new speakers. Think back to every foreign language class you’ve ever taken. What are the first words you learned? “Hello” and “Goodbye,” right? That’s because as humans, that’s what we do. All over the world, we greet each other and say a farewell when we part. Klingons don’t do that.“The cultural differences mean that we have had to set up the course a bit differently. Normally, when learning a new language, the first things you learn are words for “Hello”, “Goodbye” and “How are you?”. Since Klingons don’t really use those expressions, preferring to get straight to the point, we have had to set up the course in a similar fashion,” he said.Because it’s so alien, they also couldn’t model it after other Duolingo courses so easily. “When the target language and source language have similar grammars, the similarities and differences become easy to illustrate through example, allowing you quite a bit of freedom regarding what vocabulary you teach,” he said. “For Klingon, basic things such as the copula (“X is Y.”) or changing the subject or object of a sentence become a bit tricky, forcing you to tackle the language’s agglutinating nature and the noun-verb duality of pronouns head-on.”“As such, it’s sometimes been a challenge figuring out which vocabulary is most suitable to illustrating various points of grammar,” Malmenbeck said.They did it though, and what they ended up with is a language course, by necessity, unlike any other. Even if you don’t become fluent in the language, it’s easy to see how fun a few lessons can be. And hey, just think how much cooler your Klingon cosplay would look if you knew a few (preferably brutal) phrases. You can start learning Klingon by going to Duolingo’s course page here.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The “Yes For A Better San Diego” group turned in more than 114,000 signatures to the registrar this afternoon to get its convention center expansion initiative on the November ballot.The measure will have stiff competition on a crowded ballot. The November ballot will include two other high profile measures for developing the Mission Valley site, SoccerCity and SDSU West.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has the details. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh July 9, 2018 “Yes for a Better San Diego” turns in over 114,000 signatures in support of expanding the Convention Center Posted: July 9, 2018 Steve Bosh, last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Deirdre M. Doyle “Dee” (Sullivan), age 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on May 24, 2019, following a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.Dee was the beloved wife of Thomas F. Doyle, devoted mother of Thomas F. Doyle, Jr. both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Timothy “Eddie” and Rosemary (Lothian) Sullivan, dear sister of Timothy Sullivan of Colorado, Michael J. Sullivan & his wife Janet, Therese Ouelette and John Sullivan all of Wilmington. Best friend of Frannie Burke, Margie Gaudette, Debbie Mason, Barbara Moura and Hazel Valentino. Dee is also survived by her beloved pets Rocky and Jazzy as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, May 30th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.In lieu of flowers, donation in Dee’s memory may be made to Ovarian Cancer, c/o American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_imgGov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at the Alaska Miners Association convention on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo: Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)One of the most controversial issues Alaska’s leaders have ever had to wrestle with is the proposed Pebble Mine. The new governor is no exception.Officially, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is not taking a position on the mine, unlike his predecessor, Gov. Bill Walker, who opposed it.“So the Pebble Mine project, just like any other natural resource development project, will be subject to an established permitting process,” Gov. Dunleavy said in an emailed statement. “The outcome of this process will determine if the project meets the standards set forth in law and regulation.”But the new governor is already making moves that have encouraged the mine’s backers and worried its opponents.One of those statements was made during Dunleavy’s first major public appearance after being elected governor. He was speaking a mining conference in Anchorage, where he proclaimed that “Alaska is open for business.”The governor gave a shout out to the Red Dog mine, where all three of his daughters work. He spoke about his roots in the mining community of Scranton, Pa., which he called the “anthracite coal capital of the world.”Gov. Dunleavy also mentioned nearly every other mine or planned mine in the state by name: Donlin, Pogo, Kensington. But the name of the biggest political hot-potato of a mine ever proposed in Alaska — the Pebble Mine — didn’t leave the governor’s lips.But Pebble-watchers took note of another name Dunleavy specifically took the time to praise.“I want to recognize somebody else who is sitting here somewhere, I think. Is John here? John Shively? John Shively!” Dunleavy said, to applause.Shively is former chief executive and current chairman of the board for the Pebble Limited Partnership.Dunleavy’s call-out to Shively at the miner’s conference is one of several signals he has sent that have caught the attention of people on both sides of the Pebble debate.Take the newly appointed commissioner of the state’s department of environmental conservation, Jason Brune, who now has the power to issue key permits to the mine. From 2011 to 2014, Brune worked for Anglo American, the mining company that had partnered with Pebble until 2013.Brune has a history cheering for the controversial mine on social media. Last year, he joked in a tweet that Santa had answered his Christmas wishes when Pebble began the federal permitting process. And when the late Pebble foe Bob Gillam was rumored to be a candidate for the Trump administration’s Secretary of Interior, Brune tweeted, “God help us @realDonaldTrump, I thought we wanted to make America great again?’”In an emailed statement, Dunleavy chief of staff Tuckerman Babcock says the governor considers Brune’s time at Anglo American “a valuable asset.”“When and if such projects move to the permitting stage, his insights will greatly assist the department in determining if the Pebble Project, or any other, meets Alaska’s stringent environmental standards and protects all resources,” Babcock said.Babcock also noted Brune “has no financial interest in the Pebble Project.”Brune’s tweets remain a concern for Mark Niver with Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, a group that opposes Pebble.“That’s a definite sign that the Dunleavy administration is pointing towards wanting to push that project forward,” Niver said.In the past, Dunleavy himself has aired opinions that worry Pebble’s opponents. When Anglo American exited the project in 2013, then-state senator Dunleavy wrote an op-ed lamenting the mining company’s departure and noting the thousands of jobs Pebble is projected to create.“If I am asked to make an important policy decision such as Pebble, I would base that decision on science and facts rather than rely on innuendo, mass-media advertising or political posturing,” he wrote.Dunleavy may not say he’s pro-Pebble, but Pebble is definitely pro-Dunleavy. A number of Pebble employees, including Shively and CEO Tom Collier donated to his gubernatorial campaign. The governor’s statements, then and now, are in line with what the mine’s developers want to hear.In an interview shortly after Dunleavy’s election, Collier pushed back when asked if the political winds were now blowing in Pebble’s favor.“I think the way you asked the question assumes a premise that I think is an incorrect one, and that is that this process is primarily a political process, and I don’t think it is,” Collier said.Collier’s long-held public position is that he wants the permitting process to go forward without what he sees as political interference. And because Dunleavy is echoing that message, Collier is happy.“We’re pleased to see Mike be the next governor, and we think that he will clearly let projects like ours into the permitting process and make sure that process is rigorous and thorough. And then the results will speak for themselves,” Collier said.Pebble opponents are watching the new governor and his appointees closely. But for now, some key voices against large-scale mining in Bristol Bay are reserving judgement.“I think we’re still kind of collecting our thoughts,” said Norman Van Vactor, president and CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, which vehemently opposes Pebble.While Van Vactor and many other regional leaders have expressed strong criticism of the state and federal permitting process, developing a constructive relationship with Dunleavy and his staff is a priority.“I don’t want to be too judgmental because we haven’t had that opportunity to meet them in person, and I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt,” Van Vactor said. “But, again, based upon what we’ve read and what we’ve heard, we definitely have some concerns.”Pebble will need dozens of state permits if it wants to build the mine. It hasn’t submitted for them yet. It’s not saying when it’s planning on doing that, either. But when it does, state agencies will need to make some important decisions.For example, Brune, the environmental conservation commissioner who used to work for Anglo American, could be asked to review Pebble’s application for a permit to dispose of the mine’s waste.But even if Pebble submits for state permits, the process moves quickly and the mining company gets everything it wants from the Dunleavy administration, that’s not the end of the story. Forces beyond the governor’s office will significantly influence whether the Pebble mine gets built.In addition to state and federal permits, mining within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve requires legislative approval because of a public initiative that voters approved in 2014. And Pebble will need to secure permits and agreements with the Lake and Peninsula Borough and private landowners to build roads and a transportation corridor.Another key factor is that the Pebble Limited Partnership is still in need of a financial partner.Analyst Chris Mancini with Gabelli Gold Fund, which is invested in Pebble, said he views Dunleavy’s election as a positive sign for the mine’s future.But Mancini added there’s a big caveat.“What’s more important is who is going to be president when the record of decision is made, and who is going to be leading the EPA,” Mancini said.Perhaps the most significant player looming over the whole process is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the federal agency that proposed placing restrictions on the mine under the Obama administration — restrictions Pebble says would have made the mine impossible to build.While the Trump administration reached a settlement with Pebble, allowing them to start the permitting process, the EPA will still have to decide whether or not to finalize those restrictions.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected to release its final environmental impact statement for the project late next year. If the process continues as scheduled, that’s when EPA can make its decision about finalizing the restrictions.So whether Dunleavy turns out to be a Pebble ally or not, it is leaders in Washington, D.C. who could decide the fate of the most controversial mine in Alaska.last_img read more

first_imgDavid Beckham and Liam Payne, along with the British newspaper the London Evening Standard, have been criticized for an article in which straight celebrities’ Pride messages are elevated over those of LGBTI participants. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… They added: ‘It’s about equality you have. Check your privilege @LiamPayne and please do some research on #Pride.’Caspar Salmon furthermore tweeted: ‘When’s straight Pride?’ Don’t worry, it’s now, it’s literally now! Enjoy!’Lewis Swain added: ‘Can someone tell me why anyone even went near Liam Payne and David Beckham for a story supposedly about Pride’.‘What makes me proud in 2018 is the world that we live in’Payne is quoted in the story as saying: ‘I think since I’ve had a little boy, everything changes in life. I’m aiming more for him to be prouder of me, and already he’s making me a better man, which I think is incredible.’Meanwhile Beckham said: ‘What makes me proud in 2018 is the world that we live in – the diversity, the quality, the creativity…’He furthermore added: ‘I have a young family and I want them to grow up in a world where they are given a chance, where they are part of that diversity and equality. I think we’re in a really positive place and it can only get better.’DJ Fat Tony, who curated the campaign, told Gay Star News: ‘The articles that have appeared around people’s involvement in the Prouder campaign are misleading – Prouder is a concept I have developed that adidas are supporting.’He moreover added: ‘There are a whole host of contributors including prominent LGBT community members. The focus of this activity is to raise funds for the vital work of the Albert Kennedy Trust and as part of that to gain the biggest noise I wanted to include allies who could take this message of unity and equality to the biggest audience.’‘It’s a celebration of being proud of who you are’Fashion mogul Marc Jacobs also took part in the Prouder campaign. Speaking about his involvement in the campaign, he said: ‘As a long standing member of the LGBTQIA community I feel it is important to use my voice to raise awareness, to fight for acceptance and equality, and to be and show my true self so that others might have the courage and strength to be their true selves.He furthermore added: ‘I wanted to be involved in the adidas ‘Prouder’ campaign because to me, it’s a celebration of being proud of who you are, uniqueness and individuality.’Spokespeople for David Beckham and Liam Payne have been approached for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img David Beckham and Liam Payne | Photo: Wiki/Strip That Down artwork The UK newspaper ran the piece yesterday, headlined: ‘Becks and Payne reveal what makes them glow with Pride in honour of annual parade’.The article – which leads with a picture of Beckham – precedes the Pride in London parade on Saturday 7 July.In its first paragraph, it lists several straight stars speaking out ‘in support of Pride in London’.Among them are former One Direction member Liam, football icon David, Happy singer Pharrell Williams and supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.The second paragraph quotes Payne, while the third quotes Beckham.LGBTI stars such as former Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw and music icon Elton John are quoted further into the article.Elton’s husband David Furnish also shared a Pride-related message as part of DJ Fat Tony’s ‘Prouder’ campaign, in conjunction with sports brand adidas.Each participant has re-imagined the adidas Samba trainer through the theme of ‘Prouder’, according to organizers.The shoes will go on display in an exhibition at the HENI Gallery in Soho from 4-10 July. They will then be auctioned on eBay to support LGBTI youth homelessness charity Albert Kennedy Trust.‘When’s straight Pride?’ Don’t worry, it’s now!’Really— Chris Mandle (@chris_mandle) June 25, 2018Reader Chris Mandle tweeted a picture of the article along with the word ‘really’.He furthermore added: ‘Worth pointing out this campaign is raising money for the Albert Kennedy Trust, which is a brilliant cause helping tackle LGBTQ+ homelessness. But come onnnnnnn. The quotes alone tell you Liam Payne has nothing significant to say about the LGBTQ community.’Twitter user Jurassic JP said: ‘I’m all for allies vocalising their support but understand what you’re supporting. It’s not about making your children proud of you. It’s about rights you will never understand.’ David Beckham and Elton John are vacationing in France and it’s too adorableI wore rainbows to see Liam Payne in Dubai despite the risk of arrestYou could win thousands to have your own Pride float design come to lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

first_imgBut when the Chicago Archdiocese caught wind of his plans, it quickly shut them down.‘We can confirm that the pastor has agreed not to move forward with these activities,’ Archdiocese of Chicago communications and marketing director, ‘Anne Mascelli, told Windy City Times.Grateful to the Catholic ArchdioceseLocal LGBTI groups thanked the Chicago Archdiocese for its swift action.‘We are grateful that the Chicago Archdiocese quickly and firmly rejects the words of this pastor and his intended ‘ritual’ which are inconsistent with Catholic values and beliefs,’ DignityUSA President and Dignity/Chicago member told WCT.‘National polling over the past number of years consistently shows that a majority of Catholics support LBGTQ people and our issues.‘While we continue to challenge the institutional Church to reject its harmful and incorrect teachings about homosexuality, we are glad to see this decisive action on behalf of all LGBTQ Catholics.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Father Paul Kalchik wanted to burn the LGBTI rainbow flag in front of the Resurrection Catholic Church on 29 September. Earlier this moth Kalchik announced his plans to burn the flag along with pledge cards from parishioners.Kalchik made the announcement in a Homily. He wrote the flag burning was part of his wider mission to restore the Orthodox Roman Catholic Church.‘On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, we will burn, in front of church, the rainbow flag that was unfortunately hanging in our sanctuary during the ceremonial first Mass as Resurrection parish,’ Kalchik wrote in a postscript on the Homily.‘We cannot let the current troubles keep us from our mission to go make more disciples for the Lord, nor should modern day distractions like global warming, LGBT “rights” or even immigration issues ever take precedence over that mission,’ A vintage shot of the rainbow flag that hangs in a Catholic church in Chicago that it’s current priest wanted to burn. | Photo: Resurrection Churchcenter_img The Catholic Archdiocese in Chicago has barred one of its priests from burning the Pride flag. Catholic priest defies Cardinal’s orders and burns Pride flag in ChicagoCatholic priest who burned rainbow flag outside of church is stood downNYC ‘dancing priest’ removed after ‘boundary violations’ with male parishionerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more