Fight club

first_imgHer statuesque proportions and arresting face got the entire nation re-evaluating its idea of wrestlers when she first appeared on the TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009. Twenty-seven year-old Sonika Kaliraman is now using her new found popularity to improve the state of women wrestlers and to fight for,Her statuesque proportions and arresting face got the entire nation re-evaluating its idea of wrestlers when she first appeared on the TV show Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009. Twenty-seven year-old Sonika Kaliraman is now using her new found popularity to improve the state of women wrestlers and to fight for open trials across the country for the Commonwealth Games. Even though the latter seems to be a battle lost, she believes that she tried her best and is focusing more on the former for the moment. “I live for my game,” she says.One would not expect anything less from someone whose father was the legendary wrestler Master Chandgi Ram. When she was 15, her father came home and showed her and her three sisters a newspaper clipping, it was that of Diana Hayden who had just won the Miss World crown, “This is what you girls are going to be like,” he said. Kaliraman was ecstatic, “I thought, he’s going to put us in modeling,” laughs the 6ft stunner. But then, their father showed them the picture of Laila Ali, daughter of Mohammed Ali who was winning boxing championships and said that they could do the same. “We were shocked as we had all grown up in an extremely protected environment and here was our father initiating us into wrestling, which was a completely male sport.” Of the three sisters, Kailraman was the one who showed the most potential and it was her that Chandgi Ram invested his dreams in. A veteran wrestler himself, he won a gold at the 1970 Asian Games and represented the country in the 1972 Olympics. He wanted his daugher to bring home the same honour and put her through rigorous practice. “I would come home after training, with my salwar kameezin tatters and my mother would be mortified, but there was always something exciting about putting on my training shoes and gearing up for a fight,” she says. But all was not always pleasant, as men were still not used to seeing women wrestle and many accused Chandgi Ram of defiling the game by initiating his daughter into it.There was a time in 1998 when the girls went for a match in Haryana and were pushed out of the wrestling arena as the men were not ready for them. Her father’s hardwork eventually paid off when she won a silver medal in the 72kg category in the National Wrestling Championship in 1998.When Kaliraman was 17, she begged for a break from wrestling so that she could secure good marks in her Class 10 exams in order to realise her life long dream of studying science. But the World Cadet Championship in Poland came up and she was packed off to a camp in the European Union. “I am fanatical about science, but I had to give up my passion to follow my father’s and it is not a decision I regret,” she says. Ever since, there has been no looking back. In her 12-year career, she has won 16 titles at the national level and has participated in several international events. She secured third position in the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament last year, held annually in the memory of the world freestyle wrestling champion in the USA and also represented India at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.Even though winning titles was a high, one thing that plagued her was what if she was never able to live a regular life. “In our communities, girls are taught to be docile, but I was so frightening, no boy dared to say a thing to me,” she laughs. But in February 2009, she met her match in NRI Siddharth Malik, a real estate entrepreneur, and married him, settling in Fontana City, California. In the country at the moment, due to a tussle with the Wrestling Federation of India as she feels there were unfair trials for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, she has been petitioning for open trials across the country. The only reason she did so is because it was her father’s last wish-he died this June of a cardiac arrest. “Ever since I started training under him I used to refer to him as Guruji.We never had a direct conversation. He spoke to me after 12 years this June only to tell me to not give up and fight my cause and here I am,” she says. Even though her career maybe momentarily at a standstill due to the rejection of her petition by the Delhi High Court, she says that she will be making her move once she has weighed her pros and cons thoroughly. In the meantime, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day, you can find her in a dilapidated room full of mats, wearing a T-shirt and track pants, doing what she does best, getting ready for combat and training for yet another day.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Man United captain ‘accidentally’ likes an anti-Mourinho Instagram post

first_imgAdvertisementIt is the worst start Manchester United have undergone in the last 30 years and there looks to be no way for Manchester United and players to dodge the negative spotlight.After a 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday , The Reds’ captain Antonio Valencia found himself on shaky grounds after instagram users saw a Mourinho-out photo liked by the United Captain himself.This fan page clearly expresses their opinion that Mourinho should leave in the post in question and Antonio Valencia seemed to be flirting with anti-Mourinho opinions by liking it.Given the fact the news was all over Twitter, Valencia was always going to have to make an official statement to clarify his actions.Yesterday, I liked a post on Instagram without reading the text that accompanied the picture. These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my teammates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results.— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) October 3, 2018However, the Ecuadorian clarified that he’s fully backing the boss.At this critical and disappointing time in United’s history, the players should look to avoid social media as anything that can be criticized , will more often than not be fully criticized. Even the management at Old Trafford is not taking player’s social media antiques well which was clear when an Instagram post of Paul Pogba lead to a training ground bust-up between Jose Mourinho and the United midfielder.On a humorous note, no wonder Rio Ferdinand previously said that players should be banned from social media.Advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams fires back at former Grand Slam champion Ilie Nastase for ‘racist’ comments

first_imgSerena Williams on Monday called the alleged comments about her unborn child made by former world number one Ilie Nastase “racist” and applauded the International Tennis Federation for launching a probe into the remarks.Former tennis bad boy Nastase, who won two grand slam titles in the 1970s, was quoted by Romanian and some British media as saying in response to William’s pregnancy announcement: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?””It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers,” the women’s world number one wrote on her Instagram account.”I am not afraid unlike you. You see, I am no coward. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? You may shoot me with your words … you may try to kill me with your hatefulness, but still like air I will rise.” (Tennis superstar Serena Williams confirms pregnancy, might miss Wimbledon in July)It would not be the first time Williams has been stung by racism as player.The world number one boycotted the Indian Wells tournament for 14 years after she and sister Venus and her family claimed they were victims of racial taunts while Serena played in the 2001 final.Nastase, 70, has been provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events following his verbal abuse of British players last weekend in his role as Romanian Fed Cup captain.Williams thanked the ITF and said they would have her full support as they investigated the matter.advertisement”(The investigation) is ongoing. At this point, one of the principles that is important is that we want a rigorous process that is fair,” ITF President David Haggerty said on Monday.”We will also hear Nastase’s side of the argument. It will be a thorough process conducted in an efficient manner. I do not think you will be hearing any final decisions in the next two weeks.”British captain Anne Keothavong, who said she was made to feel “uncomfortable” by comments made by Nastase at the official pre-match dinner, said the abuse during play had been unacceptable.”We expected a patriotic crowd for the Romanian team but we don’t expect abusive language to be used … what he said directed to both Johanna (Konta) and myself is … language that is not appropriate for anyone to speak to any other human,” she said.Konta was reduced to tears at one stage.last_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: All-round India thrash Bangladesh by 240 runs in warm-up tie

first_imgIndia rode on an all-round show to thrash Bangladesh by 240 runs in an International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy warm-up match at The Oval here on Tuesday.Put into bat, opener Shikhar Dhawan (60) and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (94 retired hurt) put on a 100-run stand for the third wicket before all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a 54-ball unbeaten 80 to propel India to a mammoth 324/7.In reply, Bangladesh failed to get going against the Indian new ball duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, who shared six wickets between them, to skittle them out for a paltry 84 in just 23.5 overs.Earlier, Karthik and Dhawan struck brilliant half centuries to steady the ship and help India recover from a precarious 21/2 before Karthik and Kedar Jadhav (31) added another 75 runs for the fourth wicket to take the side near the 200-run mark.Karthik struck eight boundaries and a six in his 77-ball knock to push his case for a berth in the playing XI for the high-pressure opening match against Pakistan on Sunday.Pandya too came good towards the later part of the innings, with a flashy half century, comprising six boundaries and four sixes that helped India cross the 300-run mark while Ravindra Jadeja (32) also played a handy knock.Chasing the mammoth score, only three Bangladeshi batsmen — Mushfiqur Rahim (13), Mehedi Hasan Miraz (24) and Sunzamul Islam (18 not out) — managed to reach double figures.The Bangladeshis lost the plot from the third over when Umesh dealt a double blow packing off opener Soumya Sarkar (7) and Sabbir Rahman (0) in the same over before Bhuvneshwar sent back Imrul Kayes (7), captain Shakib Al Hasan (7) and Mahmudullah (0) in no time.advertisementReeling at 21/5, Umesh dismissed Mosaddek Hossain for a duck before Mohammed Shami packed back Rahim to make it 47/7.Miraj and Sunzamul added 30 runs for the eighth wicket but that was all they could manage as Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Pandya wasted no time in cleaning up the tail and set up an impressive win for India.Brief Scores: India 324/7 (Dinesh Karthik 94 retd hrt, Hardik Pandya 80 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 60, Rubel Hossain 3/50) beat Bangladesh 84 (Mehedi Hasan Miraz 24, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/13, Umesh Yadav 3/16) by 240 runs.last_img read more

I-League clubs agree to concurrent running of 2 leagues: AIFF

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) The All India Football Federation today said the I-League clubs have agreed to the concurrent running of two leagues this season, a development which will set to rest the uncertainty prevalent in the domestic circuit at least for this year. The development came after Asian Football Confederation gave official recognition to the cash-rich Indian Super League yesterday by granting the next ISL champion an AFC Cup play- off slot. The winner of the I-league will still participate in the AFC Champions League qualifiers. The two leagues — the I- League and ISL — will run concurrently this season. “Representatives of the I-League clubs met with AIFF officials to discuss the way forward for the I-League for the 2017-18 season till the roadmap for Indian football in the medium and long term is finalised with assistance and guidance from the AFC,” the AIFF said in a statement. “The clubs agreed to the concurrent running of ISL and I-League for 2017-18 but stated that the I-League must be broadcast on Star Sports platform with good quality production and proper marketing and promotion and scheduling of matches. They also recommended that a task force with the I-League clubs be set up to review the I-League on a regular basis,” it added. “They also stated that the travel subsidy needs to be increased and that AIFF should also allocate a budget for the promotion of the I-League for 2017-18 season.” The clubs also sought permission to register eight foreign players, out of which two should be of Asian origin. They also want a maximum of five foreign players to be on the field, out of which one should be a player of Asian origin. AIFF vice-president and League Committee Chairman Subrata Dutta, who chaired the meeting, said all the recommendations of the I-League clubs will be placed before the League Committee whose meeting is scheduled on July 5. The final decision of the Committee will be communicated to the clubs. The meeting was also attended by AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar. Meanwhile, the AFC has sent a communication to AIFF expressing happiness that the AIFF Executive Committee has approved the project to determine the medium and long-term road map for top Indian club football. A draft project plan will be sent by AFC soon in this regard. However, the AFC Secretariat is prepared to accept the concurrent running of the ISL and I league for the season 2017-18 as a temporary short-term “bridging” solution. The special dispensation has been reviewed and agreed by the FIFA. Das thanked the AFC for their guidance and support. “The growth of Indian football is our primary objective and we will take every step necessary to ensure positive results. We look forward to working with AFC and other stakeholders to determine the most suitable medium to long- term road map for Indian football,” he said. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Disgraced Blatter Plans FIFA Reforms

first_imgTwo days after becoming the face of soccer corruption, disgraced FIFA President Sepp Blatter said June 4 he has already started working on ways to clean up the sport’s governing body.Blatter, who announced his decision to resign on June 2 as the FIFA corruption crisis continues to build and spread around the world, tweeted a photo of himself sitting in a leather chair with a light blue jacket and no tie.“Working hard on reforms after meeting Audit & Compliance Committee Independent Chairman Scala,” Blatter wrote, along with a link to a statement released by FIFA.FIFA has been plunged into crisis for more than a week, ever since seven soccer officials were arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel ahead of the FIFA congress. They were among 14 people indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on corruption charges.A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said that the 79-year-old Blatter is a target of the investigation. Blatter has not been officially implicated in the case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.In his statement on June 4, the first since calling for new elections to find a successor, Blatter said he met with FIFA Audit Panel Chairman Domenico Scala “to establish a framework for action and a timetable” for his final months.He made no mention of his status as a target of the American investigation. Instead, he kept the short statement focused on reforming an organization he has presided over for 17 years.“I want a comprehensive program of reform and I am very aware that only the FIFA Congress can pass these reforms,” Blatter said in the statement.In a separate investigation, Swiss authorities are looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests won by Russia and Qatar.In his resignation speech on June 2, Blatter promised a final round of modernizing reforms before leaving office. That includes finding a date for a presidential election by next March.He also pledged to bring in term limits for his successor and FIFA Executive Committee members, and tougher integrity checks for election candidates.Blatter’s statement came after separate investigations into soccer corruption were opened in South Africa and Australia, and after the headquarters of the Venezuelan Football Federation was raided by military intelligence officers.The South African probe revolves around allegations of bribery related to the country’s winning bid for the 2010 World Cup, while Australian authorities are investigating corruption claims surrounding Australia’s failed bid for the 2022 World Cup.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more





Pep Guardiola challenges City to roll with punches in summit meeting with Chelsea

first_imgManchester City Sergio Agüero has no need to apologise for car accident, says Pep Guardiola Read more Reuse this content Read more Pep Guardiola Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Early Friday morning and Pep Guardiola is receiving a second piece of terrible team news before Manchester City’s pivotal trip to Chelsea for Saturday’s late match.Sergio Agüero, who has scored seven goals in eight appearances, has been injured in a car accident in Amsterdam and is ruled out of the game with a broken rib. Twenty-four hours earlier the left-back Benjamin Mendy, the £52m summer signing whose attacking flair has injected pace and potency into City, was diagnosed with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, making him unavailable until most likely April.City have made a flying start to the campaign, winning eight of their nine games. They are Premier League leaders and top their Champions League group. Yet as Guardiola bills the fixture with Chelsea as key to City’s title aspirations, the Agüero-Mendy double whammy could not arrive at a worse time. Topics The manager’s hope is that his side can be inspired by the setback and help his quest to make City as powerful as Bayern Munich and Barcelona, the two teams he previously managed.“We want to become a big club. I’ve been at two amazing clubs in my life and you have to overcome this situation,” he says. “If we start to complain we’ll never reach the step we want to take. I prefer to play with men who are strong. I’d like to play with Sergio because we are strong with him. But he’s not there, no complaints. We’ll go there and play the way we’d have done it with Sergio, [Vincent] Kompany [also out], Mendy. We have to overcome these situations if you want to become a team that others consider big and say it doesn’t matter what happens.“The big clubs do it. They overcome the difficult situations. We’ve broken two pieces [in Agüero and Mendy], it’s how do we react. It’s always difficult at Stamford Bridge, the last champions of the Premier League, always complicated. If people are saying we can’t do it now, then we’ll never reach what we want in the next five or six years.”Gabriel Jesus’s form has been as excellent as that of Agüero, the Brazilian registering five times in eight appearances. Given this and how Guardiola dropped the Argentinian for Jesus last season, it suggests the loss of Agüero may not be as crucial as that of Mendy.Before the injury the Frenchman had featured in five of the eight victories and given City an extra dimension, his strong personality also bolstering team spirit. Guardiola believes Mendy is unique and that he will have to tinker with City’s approach at Stamford Bridge.“We can’t replace him – in the way he plays, the way he goes up and down, you can’t,” says the head coach. “We have to do it in a different way. Nobody in the world has his energy, his mood on the pitch, in the locker room. But we have other qualities in other players and we have to find a balance.”Guardiola is conscious how last year’s first meeting with Antonio Conte’s side proved season-defining. Rewind to last December and he was left a deeply frustrated manager at the final whistle at the Etihad Stadium. The 46-year-old had witnessed City losing 3-1 and Agüero and Fernandinho being sent off in an angry end to the defeat.Guardiola could not believe how City allowed a contest they dominated to slip away. Later he described it as a “pity” and apologised for the red cards but the unpalatable truth was that Conte’s men handed his side a lesson in how to seize the moment and the points. Despite pinning Chelsea back throughout City spurned several chances with the usually cool-eyed Kevin De Bruyne a chief culprit. Instead two break-away strikes from Willian and Eden Hazard were decisive and Chelsea returned home jubilant.City had entered the contest only a point behind Chelsea but the defeat precipitated a dreadful December. They went down in their next league outing, 4-2 at Leicester City, and then again on New Year’s Eve, 1-0 at Liverpool. It left City entering January trailing Chelsea by 10 points and their championship aspirations all but over.“That was a key point,” reflects Guardiola. “We went four points behind Chelsea and a lot of things happened. Fernandinho sent off, Agüero was punished and we lost him. We dropped a lot of points. It was a big point in the season. A lot of things affected the future. We didn’t overcome it at that moment. It was a good moment to see if we were able. But that was last season.”Guardiola knows that, if the result can be reversed in west London on Saturday then City will take charge of their destiny in the same way Chelsea did 10 months ago.“Hopefully we can learn. We’re in September, people say we’re in a perfect condition, in the Premier League and Champions League, but it’s September. I want to see how we react,” he says.“I admire many things about what Chelsea do, the manager, the way they play. They can play amazing counterattack, set pieces, they defend deep then attack. They control all the aspects of football. That’s why they won the Premier League. They were able to win three days ago in one of the toughest stadiums in the world [at Atlético Madrid]. Especially what I like the most is they don’t create a lot of chances.“They shoot four times and score four goals against Tottenham [in the FA Cup semi-final last season]. When this happens it means a lot; it’s a top team. They have that ability. They are killers when they have one chance, one goal. That’s why they’re a good team.”Guardiola’s point about Chelsea’s counterattack is pertinent given how Willian and Hazard breached City this way last year. Following a serious injury Hazard turned in a dazzling display in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Atlético. His understanding with Álvaro Morata led to the latter’s opener, and of the No9 Guardiola says: “He is similar to [Diego] Costa, very good at set pieces, technically a fantastic player.”center_img Share on Messenger features Mendy’s loss is compounded by that of Kompany, whose continued absence with a calf problem means Guardiola has only John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi as front-line central defenders. Before Sadio Mané was sent off for Liverpool in City’s 5-0 win at the Etihad earlier this month Otamendi was shown to be vulnerable to pace by the visitors’ Mohamed Salah.As Guardiola states, City will adopt a different style against Chelsea because of Mendy’s unavailability. Last year he matched up to Conte with three centre-backs and Jesús Navas and Leroy Sané as wing-backs. This time Kyle Walker will operate on the right and Danilo may be preferred on the other side to Fabian Delph, a midfielder by trade but who has recently played at left-back.What is clear is the test Guardiola faces. It is precisely the kind he was employed for and there can be no argument the hierarchy have not backed him, after a £227m summer investment.Beat Chelsea and self-belief will be sky-high and Guardiola’s man-management in a difficult week should be lauded. Lose and questions will be asked of him as to whether City really are any different from last season’s vintage whose resolve was found wanting when needed most. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragelast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi sale

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp blocks Origi saleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has blocked Divock Origi’s departure from Liverpool. The Belgian striker is wanted by Wolves, West Ham and Fulham.However, following Dominic Solanke’s transfer to Bournemouth, Klopp is not keen on losing any more of his attacking options, according to the Liverpool Echo.Liverpool had been open to selling the 23-year-old, who they value at £20million.Origi has scored 23 goals in 81 appearances for the Merseyside club. last_img

Konecranes Receives Order for Six RTG Cranes from Colombia

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom In December 2013 Konecranes received an order for six Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from Sociedad Portuaria Terminal de Contenedores de Buenaventura, S.A. (TCBUEN) in Colombia. This will be Konecranes’ first delivery of container handling cranes to Colombia.“We are very enthusiastic about this first order to TCBUEN and Colombia. TCBUEN is part of Grup Marítim TCB S.L. It started operation in Buenaventura in 2010 with seven RTGs and two Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes. The six new Konecranes RTGs will almost double TCBUEN’s container yard capacity and significantly boost productivity,” says Kim Salvén, Sales Director, Europe. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order.The 16-wheel RTGs have a lifting capacity of 40 tons and can stack one-over-six containers high, and six plus truck lane wide. They will be equipped with Konecranes’ Active Load Control technology for premium container handling performance. They will be fully electric, powered by a busbar system. Network braking will be included, further improving the crane’s already excellent eco-efficiency. Network braking takes the energy generated by the crane during braking and feeds it back to the grid, saving energy.Crane operation will be backed up with full-size diesel generator sets and Konecranes’ Diesel Fuel Saver technology in case of electrical blackouts. Print  Close My location Konecranes, January 13, 2014last_img read more

LeBron James Is Sending Kids To College

first_imgProfessional basketball player LeBron James was born into a struggling household in Akron Ohio until his mother sent him to live with a local coach.Fortunately for James, the coach introduced the boy to basketball, which was the first step in James becoming a basketball superstar.Remembering his beginnings, James has turned his attention back to Akron, where he is determined to donate the funds required to support its high school graduates through college through the LeBron James Family Foundation.Growing up in the inner city, James says that a lot of African American kids don’t think past high school because college is not on their families’ financial horizon. To change that reality around, James is providing four-year scholarships to cover tuition and the University of Akron’s general service fee, about $9,500 per year for about 1,100 kids, amounting to almost $42 million.“These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there,” says James. “They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”It will be five years before the first kids receive their scholarships and arrive on campus in 2021.“It’s the reason I do what I do,” says James.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Anne Hathaway Shines Spotlight On Parental Leave During International Womens Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.This will be her first public appearance in this role.In June 2016, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, announced Hathaway as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on issues related to unpaid care work and paid parental leave. She has since been engaged in fruitful discussions with activists, business leaders and public sector policy makers about the benefits and challenges of implementing paid parental leave policies that apply to both mothers and fathers.WHO: Anne Hathaway, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, together with UN top-ranking officials, activists and government representatives.WHAT: United Nations Headquarters Commemoration of International Women’s DayWHERE: Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd St., New York, NY, 10017, USWHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (EST)Find out more here.last_img read more

Greece former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia hold UNled talks on name

The Secretary-General’s Personal Representative Matthew Nimetz met today with the parties in Ohrid in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, according to a statement issued after the talks. Antonio Milososki, that country’s Foreign Minister, participated.Mr. Nimetz described the negotiations as “characterized by a full and open discussion and a willingness by the parties to seriously listen to their counterparts’ positions. There was agreement to maintain momentum by having the next meeting in a few weeks in Greece.”The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute. 21 January 2008Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today held United Nations-led talks over the official name of the latter country and related outstanding issues – the first time such discussions have been held in the region and involved the participation of one of the two nations’ foreign ministers. read more

US stock market finishes higher as investors await results of Federal Reserve

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing broadly higher as investors await the results of a key meeting by the Federal Reserve.All 10 industry groups in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose Tuesday, led by health care, utilities and energy companies.The Dow rose 100 points, or 0.6 per cent, to close at 17,131. The S&P 500 climbed 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,998. The Nasdaq rose 33 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,552.Fed policy makers have started a two-day meeting, and many investors are wondering if the central bank will indicate that it is moving closer to raising its key interest rate because the economy keeps strengthening. The Fed has held the rate close to zero for more than five years. US stock market finishes higher as investors await results of Federal Reserve meeting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2014 2:14 pm MDT read more

2013 Yes 2013 Ford Taurus Adds More Affordable Technology

first_img2010 is barely over and here’s a 2013 car already: the new Ford Taurus, unveiled just in advance of the 2011 New York International Auto Show. It’s a full-size car loaded with technology including a 31 mpg, four-cylinder turbocharged engine; self-parking; the MyFord Touch update of Ford Sync; torque vectoring for better stability while cornering; low-cost adaptive cruise control (about $1,000, not $2,500); capacitive touch center stack controls; and SD Card navigation for around $800. It will ship early in 2012 and be a 2013 model. Ford Rolls the Dice: Turbo Four in a Full-Size CarThe most important change is Ford’s decision to put a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in a full-size car. Conventional wisdom says buyers of full-size cars tend to want big engines with lots of cylinders. Ford hopes they’ve got open minds. The new Ecoboost (Ford’s word for turbocharging) has two specs that will scare traditionalists – just four cylinders and 2.0 liters displacement  – and three that should be reassuring – 237 hp, 250 pound-feet of torque, and 31 mpg highway rating on regular fuel. If not the Ecoboost four, Ford will continue with a normally aspirated (that is, no turbo) producing 290 hp. Nice Inside, Same Slab Siding Outside At a private press briefing Monday in New York in advance of the official press unveiling Tuesday night in anticipation of the 2013 Taurus’ public unveiling at the auto show at Javits Center Wednesday during the press-only days, Ford flacks scowled at editors attempting to snap photos, so what you see here is from the Ford media kit, and it shows the exterior from its best angles. From square-on, the Taurus’ slab siding bears a separated-at-birth likeness to the Merrimac, of Civil War Monitor-and-Merrimac ironclad fame. It’s a lot better looking inside. Capacitive Touch Center Stack The controls in the center stack other than the knobs will be capacitive touch, meaning it’s a smooth surface, illuminated from behind. Touch the outline of the button to close the circuit and activate the function; the surface can pop back or vibrate slightly to let you know you pressed the button. Other tech-inspired elements carry forward from recently released Ford models. The instrument panel includes a pair of 4.2-inch color LCDs to display information. On navigation-equipped cars there’ll be an 8-inch touchscreen LCD panel in the center stack. Navigation will be supplied by Telenav and come in the form of an SD card you plug in to a slot in the center console alongside two (not one) USB jacks and a set of RCA-jack audio-video inputs. Ford Sync continues with its voice input (by Nuance), Gracenote lookup of song information, and free emergency crash notification using your cellphone rather than an embedded, fee-based telematics solution. Ford continues its relationship with Sony for premium audio, forgoing fancier names (Bose, Harman/Kardon) for a name that has worked in the past and remains admired by most motorists other than the fanatic fringe who’d rather see tube amplifiers in the trunk. Many Changes Make the Taurus New, Not Necessarily All-New This appears to be is a mid-life refresh for the Taurus, meaning it’s an adaptation of the fully redone and resurrected Taurus that appeared in 2009/2010, and puts Ford on a glide path to deliver a true next-generation Taurus circa 2015. Ford is being hailed in some circles for doing this so quickly, three years, which would match the fastest Japanese-car model replacements, but if it’s the mid-life refresh rather than an all-new model, then three years is not unusual. Ford made changes to improve the suspension and braking. Ford’s version of torque vectoring brakes the inside front wheel in a turn to allow the outside wheel to overdrive the car through the corner; this is a more profound effect than provided by the differential alone. The Taurus also adds curve control, not a fitness center targeting women but controlled braking assist when the driver goes into a corner faster than might be safe. Ford says curve control can wipe off an extra 10 mph in one second. In the meantime, Ford continues to make most of its technology available for far less than on a luxury German or Japanese cars (thousand-dollar adaptive cruise control is a good example) and most of it works (active parking from Ford vs. the first attempts by Lexus). The hefty side-view styling remains. A big mesh grille distinguishes the 2013 Taurus from the current model, along with LED taillamps, different headlamps, and reworking of the front hood and rear decklid. According to Taurus chief designer Gordon Platto, all this gives the Taurus – stop us if you’ve heard this before – a look that is “aggressive yet subtle … [with] a more muscular, athletic stance.”Taurus SHO Checks Back in with 365 HPThe top of the Taurus line will be the Taurus SHO with a turbocharged V6 that raises power from 237 hp (Taurus Ecoboost four) to 290 hp (standard Taurus V6) to 365 hp. That’s the Taurus SHO grille in the adjacent photo.last_img read more

Greek PM eyes Merkel support

first_imgPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Brussels in a bid to secure a statement of political support from Berlin amid tough negotiations with creditors and dwindling finances.The meeting, which is to take place on the sidelines of a European Union leaders’ emergency meeting on immigration, was announced in a brief statement from Tsipras’s office. The move came amid reports that negotiations taking place in Paris between Greek government officials and representatives of the creditors had made some small progress but remained far from securing a deal that could unlock crucial rescue funding.In comments to reporters in Athens Tuesday, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he was confident an agreement would be reached soon while admitting that no breakthrough was likely at a meeting of his eurozone counterparts in Riga, Latvia, later this week.“There will be a deal, a comprehensive agreement,” he said. “But this does not mean that there will be an agreement at Friday’s Eurogroup.” “There is clear convergence,” he added, noting however that the International Monetary Fund “was demanding the deregulation of the labour market,” which he said has already been hit hard.A government source told Kathimerini that “ground has been covered” in talks but admitted that “the progress… is not enough for Riga.” Sources said Athens is aiming for a deal before the next scheduled Eurogroup after Riga – a meeting in Brussels on May 11 – with the possibility of an extraordinary Eurogroup toward the end of next week.Varoufakis is expected to face a cool reception in Riga, particularly from his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has repeated warnings for Greece to push reforms and Tuesday indicated that no fresh loans will be released unless a deal is reached in the coming weeks, with June 30 being the ultimate deadline when Greece’s four-month bailout extension ends.Other European officials also expressed concern, notably European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who said he was “absolutely not satisfied with the course of talks so far.”“There is urgent need for greater efforts on the Greek side,” he said. “The intensity of talks has increased in the past four or five days but is not yet at the maturity needed to be able to reach a quick conclusion.” He said Greece should not be abandoned but added that it cannot be supported “at any price.”Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, for his part, said a Greek eurozone exit was “not an option.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Modern medicine done oldschool in Vancouver

first_imgIt’s kind of like Uber or Airbnb for health care, Dr. Steve Baker likes to say.The outside-the-box thinking that’s changed the way people hail rides, book rooms and watch television works similarly to the way Main Street Family Medicine in Vancouver will provide health care. As the slogan of Baker’s practice goes, it’s “Modern medicine, the old-fashioned way.”Similar to a gym membership, Main Street Family Medicine in Vancouver provides primary care to its patients for a flat monthly out-of-pocket fee.The cost is $70 a month for ages 19 through 44; $85 a month for ages 45 through 64; $15 a month for ages newborn to 18 years with an enrolled parent; $30 a month for ages newborn through 18 without an enrolled parent; and $30 a month for ages 19 through 24 with an enrolled parent. The idea is called direct primary care and it’s growing, with more than 620 practices in the U.S., according to the Direct Primary Care Coalition.“We saw a big need in the community,” Baker, 57, said of his practice, which opened in late July. “There’s a group of people who make too much money to get government programs, but they don’t make enough money to afford to pay out of pocket for health insurance. They want to pay their own way. They’re not looking for a handout. But they’re just kind of stuck in the middle.”Baker has been practicing medicine in Vancouver for 23 years, and for the past 17 he’s taught doctors as part of a family medical residency program through the University of Washington and PeaceHealth.Right now Baker has about 40 patients, and only works the practice part time with three nurses, who together make up full-time coverage. His goal is to have 350 patients, and possibly in time add another part-time doctor so the practice can see around 700 patients. But keeping the patient base small is important for Main Street Family Medicine. Each first visit is always an hour long.last_img read more

USS Lake Champlain returns to Naval Base San Diego

first_imgUSS Lake Champlain returns to Naval Base San Diego May 9, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez, 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) – Sailors from San Diego-based cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) returned to Naval Base San Diego, May 9, after a successful four-month deployment.More than 350 crew members conducted routine operations in the Indo-Pacific region as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group and completed a historic visit to Vietnam in March. The ship also made stops in Guam and Hawaii.After operating in the Western Pacific, Lake Champlain transited to South America and participated in Silent Forces Exercise 2018 with the Peruvian and Colombian navies. The ship visited Lima, Peru where crew members interacted with children and donated sleepwear to a local orphanage. Show Caption Hide Caption Elizabeth Alvarez Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption center_img Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: May 9, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live as Sailors were greeted by family and friends. Show Caption Hide Caption 1234567last_img read more

The future work landscape will require a changing approach to reward

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2016: Reward and benefit strategies will need to adapt to the changing workplace landscape if they are to meet the evolving requirements of the future workforce.Speaking in the closing keynote session titled ‘What is the digital future of the workplace and how different will it be?’ at Employee Benefits Connect on 9 March, Perry Timms, director, people and learning at Medio Zoo, adviser to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on social media, and founder of People and Transformational HR, explained what future innovations are likely to impact work and employees’ expectations. These range from the development of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence to the growth of alternative currencies and the gig economy. Other phenomena include the convergence of biology and technology for human augmentation, the development of synthetic beings to carry out work deemed unpleasant or dangerous, and how access to information uploads could allow people to think differently as the time and brain power required to recall information is reduced.Timms (pictured), said: “There’s something about how quickly these sorts of things are coming and taking over that means we need to pay heed to them.”Employees’ demands and expectations are also evolving, moving away from traditional concepts such as control, management and key performance indicators (KPIs), towards their own sense of value of the work that they perform. However, Timms does not believe these changing attitudes can only be found among younger generations.He said: “I don’t believe that generation Y is radically different from generation X. I think what’s happening is that [generation Y employees] are entering the workforce as the workplace is changing and as a result they have different views on things, and are connected and have operated in a slightly different way.”The tools that futurologists use can help employers to consider how the workplace will look in the future and how benefits approaches could adapt to embrace these changes. The primary tools include the analysis of data, examining the past and historical cycles, modelling scenarios, and searching for asymmetries.Timms said: “There’s a huge amount of predictive data out there now. We’ve got an enormous amount of data we can tap into about demographic shifts, about economic trends, about all sorts of areas, such as where people are spending their time and their habits. So we can use data to predict the future.“Asymmetries is the interesting concept that the future is already here, it’s just not in one place. Futurologists who know where to look know that there are already places pushing the boundaries and developing and delivering a future proposition,” he added.During the session, Timms set out his theory of the future of the work landscape. This includes seven elements: the digitalisation and socialisation of work; the decline of the job; the demise of the manager; the death of the hierarchy; the democratisation of learning; the disruption of the usual; the demand for craft.“HR needs to get itself fit for a digital age,” said Timms.This means looking beyond monetary rewards. He said: “You need to think about reward in an anthropological sense; how are we as human beings constructed and what can the reward industry do that gets into things like health and wellbeing, mental health and education.”He added: “Be as imaginative as possible with rewards. Be a reward explorer – look at what other people are doing.”last_img read more