first_imgTEN new jobs are set to be created at one of the county’s leading childcare facilities, it was announced today.Wonder Years Childcare in Rossbracken, Letterkenny, is expanding after being given an €40,000 energy grant.Business owner Marcella McNamee says she’s delighted with the news. The business, now on the cusp of a new chapter, was set up almost 10 years ago when Marcella joined the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company. She now runs the business with her husband Vincent and together they provide a valuable service with 125 children attending the centre on a weekly basis.The husband and wife team have a story, which in today’s climate, is unfortunately few and far between.  However, with hard work, steely determination and massive commitment to customer service they have built a business that in the past few weeks has had some very good news to help it’s growth plan for the future.KBC Bank has approved a substantial loan to complete an extension which the couple started two years ago. Meanwhile, a green energy grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland amounting to €36,455 was approved last week under the Better Energy Workplaces 2011 Programme.The money will be spent on developing a comprehensive greeen energy works programme including integral walls, spray foamed roof, a geo-thermal heating system and low-energy lighting with PIR systems. “I’ve long held the view that we should go down the green energy route and we are deligthed to have the support of the SEAI.   This grant means that we will reduce our energy overheads by a massive 50% while at the same time realising our green energy dreams,” says Vincent.Wonder Years Childcare currently employs 18 people. The purpose-built facility has a fully equipped kitchen, eight rooms consisting of a baby room, toddlers, pre-school, playschool, montessori and a Naoínra which is a stand-alone building.Over the past 10 years they have won a number of accolades including the Nick Love Spirit of Enterprise Award in the year they set up.  Marcella joined the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme and 10 years on they haven’t looked back. Marcella says it was the stepping stone that she needed.Pobal have been a previous supporter of our business in terms of our expansion plan and we are grateful for their support too.They attribute the success of the business to date to sheer determination and understanding the business of childcare. “We knew what we wanted for our children and in turn we understood what our customers wanted.  Our business ethos was that the facility would be warm, friendly but most of all homely and be a home from home.” says Marcella. The couple have three daughters, Shannon (11), Andrea (10) and Caitlin (6).They built the business during the boom at a time when Ireland was at full employment and when it was the norm to have two parents working.  This was the time when the business grew significantly. During 2003 the business even offered a 24-7 service which was a sign of the times. The current building is 6,000 square feet, but the expansion plan will see it more than double by 7,000 square feet. But much of this extension will be dedicated to recreational areas for the children including a gym, sand and water rooms and chill-out rooms.  This development will double the numbers of the business and Vincent says “with the current demand we are confident that we will reach our new potential capacity.”Marcella puts the success of the business down to the fantastic team that they have around them. Lucinda McGee and Fiona Black have been with Wonder Years Childcare from the first day the doors opened. The project will be finished at the end of November with the completed expansion creating 10 new jobs for the local economy. This will come as good news to qualified childcare assistants. Details of the job vacancies will be posted on their website www.wonderyearschildcare.ie and their facebook page in the coming weeks.TEN NEW JOBS FOR CHILDCARE CENTRE was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFINN Valley’s Gerard Gallagher romped to victory in one of the toughest 10km races in the Donegal calendar at Ballyare.With thanks to Kieran Carlin for the pictures:All the results are below: Ballyare 10k 2014 Place Time  No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 33.16 103 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A.C.2 36.10 148 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses AC 3 36.23 120 Noel Diver SM Rosses AC4 36.58 80 Liam Doherty SM Cranford AC5 36.58 104 John Sweeney SM Cranford AC6 37.16 165 Brian Crossan SM Individual7 37.17 72 Jude O’Donnell M40+ Individual 8 37.30 73 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A.C.9 38.35 102 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon Club10 38.40 144 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A.C.11 39.28 155 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A.C. 12 39.31 156 Barry Coyle SM Individual13 39.42 130 Paul Dillon M40+ Individual14 39.46 77 Joe Gallagher M40+ Milford A C15 39.58 71 Pat Hegarty M50+ Finn Valley A.C.16 39.59 68 Anthony Doherty M45+ Individual17 40.03 66 Joe Hegarty M40+ Individual18 40.11 65 Michael McHugh M40+ Milford A C19 40.27 97 Damien McGoohan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club20 40.28 112 Raymond McGahey M40+ Individual21 40.29 83 Nick Fowell M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club22 40.30 79 Paul Cullen SM 24/7 Triathlon Club23 40.31 99 Paul Lynch SM 24/7 Triathlon Club24 40.46 163 Michael Murphy SM Cranford AC25 41.11 85 Gerard McGettigan M50+ Milford A C26 41.15 161 Mark Connolly M50+ Finn Valley A.C.27 41.16 114 Des Goyvaarts SM Individual28 41.18 157 Declan McCann SM Individual29 41.43 124 Adrian Gill SM UHG30 42.10 94 Colm McTaggart SM Individual31 42.13 98 Brian Doherty SM Milford A C32 42.17 134 Terry McFadden SM Milford A C33 42.19 123 Johnathon Edwards SM Individual34 42.43 149 Francis Gildea SM Individual35 42.51 75 Eugene McGettigan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club36 42.54 146 Karl Crossan SM Individual37 42.55 136 Paul Gildea SM Individual38 43.11 160 Kieran McMonagle SM Individual39 43.31 91 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A.C.40 43.33 140 Paddy McCauley SM Individual41 43.33 135 Patricia Nulty SW Milford A C42 43.34 122 Hugh Coll M40+ Individual43 43.40 84 James Gibbons M50+ Milford A C44 43.43 141 Carl McGinley JM Individual45 43.52 162 Paul Friel M40+ Milford A C46 44.19 107 P.J Lyons M40+ Individual47 44.25 151 Paul Lee M40+ Letterkenny A.C.48 44.43 132 Emma McGee SW Letterkenny A.C.49 44.49 119 Gavin McCrossan SM Individual50 44.52 82 Tony Gallagher M50+ Finn Valley A.C.51 44.58 131 James Whoriskey SM Milford A C52 45.02 87 Mark Houston JM Individual53 45.06 106 Noreen Bonner W50+ Finn Valley A.C.54 45.14 126 Gerard McConnell SM Individual55 45.51 143 Ciaran Burke SM Individual56 46.12 86 Gerard Dorrian M50+ Individual57 46.41 133 Catherine McKinley SW Letterkenny A.C.58 46.45 142 Eugene McGinley M40+ Individual59 46.52 96 Seamus Ferry M40+ Milford A C60 46.52 125 Tim Flanagan M40+ Milford A C61 46.58 154 John Ward SM Milford A C62 47.15 90 David Connors SM Milford A C63 47.31 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual64 47.55 110 Mary Hippsley W40+ Finn Valley A.C.65 47.56 88 Martin Anderson M40+ Finn Valley A.C.66 47.57 101 conor Mc Gonagle M40+ Finn Valley A.C.67 47.58 92 Liam McGinty M40+ Finn Valley A.C.68 47.59 67 Joseph Casey M40+ Individual69 48.00 111 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley A.C.70 48.06 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual71 48.42 105 John Ferry M40+ Individual72 48.43 100 Marian Kerr W35+ Letterkenny A.C.73 49.02 108 John Pollock M50+ Individual74 49.13 89 Brian Duffy M40+ Individual75 49.23 128 Margaret Shields W45+ Letterkenny A.C.76 49.38 150 Kenneth Moore M40+ Milford A C77 50.22 145 Catherine Regan SW Letterkenny A.C.78 50.23 138 Shaun O’Donnell M50+ Lifford AC79 50.34 152 Derek Brennan SM Individual80 50.41 69 James Doherty SM Milford A C81 50.47 118 Claire Molloy SW Individual82 50.47 116 David Doherty SM Individual83 50.52 164 Francesca Patton SW Convoy Runners84 50.55 137 Noel Kilpatrick SM Milford A C85 51.22 147 Gary Price SM Individual86 51.23 166 John Carr SM Individual87 51.25 167 Paul Thornton SM Individual88 51.29 78 Mark Gildea SM Individual89 51.40 109 Aidan Dorrian JM Milford A C90 51.46 117 Barry Fox SM Individual91 52.10 158 Oliver Gallagher SM Individual92 52.14 95 Darina Ferry W40+ Milford A C93 52.31 74 Bridgeen Doherty SW Individual94 52.41 76 Hugh O’Donnell M50+ Individual95 54.02 70 Tommy Naughton SM Individual96 54.26 81 Mary Martin W60+ Finn Valley A.C.97 57.06 115 Christine Coyle W40+ Milford A C98 59.49 93 Ann Doherty M60+ Milford A C99 60.10 121 John Lafferty M40+ Individual100 61.16 64 Lisa Smith W40+ Bangor101 62.44 159 Rachael Gallagher SW IndividualTotal Runners: 10115 August 2014 RESULTS AND PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE BALLYARE 10K was last modified: August 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp 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Murphy skirts jail in plea deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Murphy and her lawyer, Rick Santwier, declined to comment. Murphy was ordered to return to court Feb. 22 to offer proof she has enrolled in the programs. If she fails to complete the counseling classes, she could be sentenced to three years in state prison on the drug charge and up to six months in jail on the child-endangerment charge, Krag said. If she completes the diversion programs, she can petition the court to have the case dismissed in 18 months and removed from her record. Murphy was arrested July 13 in a case connected to the Vineland Boys. More than 40 members of the gang are awaiting trial in a federal racketeering case, accused of drug dealing, assaults, robberies and murders, including the 2003 slaying of Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka. The rookie officer’s death prompted a massive manhunt by local, state and federal authorities to track down the killer, a suspected member of the gang. PASADENA – Former Burbank City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy avoided jail time by pleading guilty Thursday to drug and child-endangerment charges in a case connected to the Vineland Boys street gang. During a hearing in Pasadena Superior Court, Murphy, 47, answered “yes” to questions from prosecutor Thomas Krag about whether she understood the charges against her. As part of the deal, she will enter a drug-rehabilitation program, take parenting classes and be monitored by the court for five years, officials said. “This is an appropriate resolution for a defendant who was a leader in the community, but whose drug use clouded her judgment and put her young son’s life in potential danger,” Krag said in a prepared statement. Investigators linked Murphy’s longtime boyfriend, Scott Schaffer, to the case in June, when they found one of his guns – an Uzi semiautomatic pistol – in the dresser drawer of a Vineland Boys gang member. On July 13, police seized more handguns, ammunition, methamphetamine and cocaine at Schaffer’s Glendale home. In an eight-hour taped interrogation with Burbank police, Schaffer admitted trading guns for cocaine, said he stored more guns at Murphy’s home and revealed that she kept cocaine in the bedroom closet. Schaffer also told detectives he and Murphy bought cocaine at a North Hollywood bar known as a gang hangout. Murphy knew that two of the men he was trading guns with were Vineland Boys, he told police. Schaffer has pleaded guilty to one count of trading two guns to a member of the Vineland Boys for cocaine. Free on $1 million bond, he is due in court in June to be sentenced to at least five years in federal prison. He has also been ordered into a drug-rehabilitation program. During a search of Murphy’s Lima Street home, police found three guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and two bags of cocaine. She was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment because the guns were accessible to her 12-year-old son. After the arrest, Murphy said in an open letter to the city that she would not attend council meetings until after her court date and would keep up with city business from home. She said she intended to finish out her term, which would have ended in 2009. But on Aug. 30, seven days after she was charged with felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment, she resigned. In another open letter, she wrote that the charges she faced were a “distraction” to the business of the city. “This is not an easy decision for me personally,” she wrote. “However, for the best interests of our city, and my children, it is the right thing to do. Our council has many important issues facing it at this time. The distractions caused by my personal issues should not be a factor that the council should have to deal with.” — Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The current crop insurance landscape

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA projects record corn and soybean yields for 2016, but our regional crop yields look good but variable across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.“Though not widespread, we’ve seen pockets of drought and flooding that reduced yields and grain quality,” said Jason Alexander, Vice President-Crop Insurance, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Some hard-hit farms are posting corn yields at just 75 to 100 bushels per acre or less and they won’t be the only ones submitting crop loss insurance claims this year.”For some farmers, low grain prices will be the biggest challenge that triggers a claim. So, what are some questions farmers should be asking themselves right now about crop insurance?There are plenty of crop insurance questions to answer. For example, what if your yield is at or somewhat above your guarantee but the corn price is low? What is your coverage level? Is your policy on enterprise units or optional units? Did you choose 80 percent or 85 percent coverage?These details and others can make a big difference in determining if you should be getting an insurance payment and, if so, how much.“Nationwide, corn crop prices are looking like they will be well below the spring guarantee corn price of $3.86,” Alexander said. “If corn is in the $3.00 to $3.35 range and that will likely trigger many revenue-based crop insurance claims.”In these market conditions, it’s a good idea to stay in contact with your insurance specialist to evaluate potential claims and their impact on your farm’s bottom line.AUDIO: Farm Credit’s Jason Alexander visits with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the current crop insurance landscape.Farm Credit Mid America Full Interview Jason Alexander 11.07.16For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America, visit e-FarmCredit.com/insightslast_img read more

Video Editing: Speech Analysis in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgUsing Adobe Story with Premiere Pro makes the Speech Analysis very powerful and was a time saver for me on several doc projects where I was able to attach a professional transcript and quickly navigate to what the speaker said.What we’re seeing is just the beginning of speech recognition in video editing apps.  It will be exciting to see what advancements will be made in the near future.  When used properly, Speech Analysis can be a great tool to cut down your time in post by organizing and streamlining the process of locating footage.Are you using Premiere’s Speech Analysis?Share your thoughts/experiences in the comments below! Speed up your video editing workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro by using Speech Analysis to navigate to specific words and clips in your project.Speech Analysis is becoming a popular option in video editing applications these days. It can save you time if you are dealing with large amounts of footage, by allowing you to quickly locate a line of dialogue or subject matter in your video clips.Avid Media Composer offers speech analysis and recognition as an additional purchase.  If you want quality speech analysis in Final Cut Pro X you’ll need to pony up for an additional plugin.  The folks at Adobe have made speech analysis easily accessible by including it in Premiere Pro CS6.Like all speech recognition programs, the quality can be a bit hit or miss depending on the speaker and the quality of the recording.  However, after an initial analysis you can make changes manually or add the script to Adobe Story to improve the results.  In this post we take a look at how to apply Speech Analysis in Premiere Pro, how to use it in conjunction with in and out markers and how to attach a script to your Premiere project.Step 1: Analyze ContentWhen working with speech recognition in Premiere I recommend setting your workspace to Metalogging (Window > Workspace > Metalogging).  Then, select the clip or multiple clips in  your project, right click and select “Analyze Content”.In the Analyze Content panel check Speech and set the quality to High, leaving the rest unchecked.  Then, click OK.  Note: If you want to attach a script from Adobe Story be sure to check the “Use Embedded Adobe Story Script” box.Adobe Media Encoder will launch and encode the Speech Analysis.  As a timesaving benefit, you can continue to work in Premiere Pro while Media Encoder runs in the background.After the Speech Analysis is complete, you will see the results in the Speech Analysis panel.  Click the Play button (shortcut: spacebar) and each word turns blue when it’s played.Again, it’s worth noting that the quality of your speech analysis in Premiere will largely depend on the clarity of the on-screen speaker, background noise in the footage and the quality of the recording (high quality vs low quality microphone).  You can delete/merge/insert a word by right clicking on a clip.To change a word click on it twice and then type the new word.Navigating Footage Using Speech AnalysisNow, when working with analyzed footage I usually change my workspace back to the default editing layout. I moved the Metadata panel to the side of the Source Monitor, so I can see both at once.I save this as custom workspace called “Script Editing” – a timesaver when you’re doing this process often.I can now use Speech Analysis to find specific parts of my interview, and this will save me time, especially with longer interviews.  You can also edit the footage directly off the script.  Select a word, press I to set an In, then find the word you want to end on and press O. The area you have selected turns yellow.Then click the Insert or Overwrite icons in the Source Window or Analysis Speech panel to edit the clip into your sequence.  This is a really quick way to assemble rough cut edits in Premiere Pro.  You can always tweak the exact in and out in the video off your timeline later.Insert/Overwrite IconsIf you’re more inclined to create subclips of your footage (great for organization) you can also do this with “In and Out” and then from the menu bar Clip > Make Subclip.  When working with a large amount of interview footage I prefer to use the speech analysis information as a guide in creating my subclips.I can also mark sections of the clip by adding markers to the script. Click on the word in the Speech Analysis panel where you want to set a marker, then click on the Source Monitor and press M to create the marker.  Very useful for taking notes during an edit.Improving Speech Analysis with StoryIf you are doing doc work or scripted film/TV work you can use Adobe Story to increase the accuracy of Speech Analysis.  Adobe Story is an online Service, but it can also be downloaded as an app to work offline.  There is a free Version called Story Free, while the full Adobe Story is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Check out the Adobe Help for details on using Speech Analysis in Story.Let’s take a quick look at the process of using story with your Scripts.  First, in Adobe Story click the “+ New” icon to create a new script.For narrative projects you can import scripts created in other apps. If I am doing a documentary , I can paste a transcription of the text into the script.To get this to work in Premiere Pro you have to add scene numbers (scene numbers are marked in blue):The easiest way to do this is to click on Production > Manage Scene Numbers in Adobe Story and add scenes automatically.Click image for larger view: When you are done with your script, export it in the .astx format.  Now, in Premiere Pro when you analyze the script click the “use embedded Adobe Story script.”In my example the transcript matched what the speaker was saying so I checked “Script Text Matches Recorded Dialogue”.last_img read more

Zaheer and Ishant will be handy says Vengsarkar

first_imgThe return to form of speedster Ishant Sharma in the West Indies tour is good news for India as he and Zaheer Khan would form a formidable pair in India’s Test series against England starting this month, former captain Dilip Vengsarkar said in Mumbai on Tuesday.Zaheer Khan will join Ishant Sharma in England”I’m glad Ishant is back into form. Zaheer is also there. They will form a formidable pair,” said Vengsarkar after releasing a book of veteran Mumbai curator Nadim Memon at the Cricket Club of India. Ishant, who was left out of the World Cup squad, rediscovered his touch on the Caribbean tour and emerged as the highest wicket taker from either side with a haul of 22 wickets, three better than West Indian pace spearhead Fidel Edwards.Former India stumper Kiran More said batting would hold key for India in the series against England. “It will be India’s batting against England’s bowling. If we bat well we will win; 375-400 should be the minimum total that will be required,” said More, also an ex-chief selector like Vengsarkar.Talking about the feeling of playing at Lord’s, London, Vengsarkar -who has scored three centuries on the trot at this hallowed venue -said that the first day of the Test was a special one with a packed crowd in attendance. “It’s a great occasion. I am a member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) and hope to be there ( when India take on England in the series opener and the 100th Test between the two rivals commencing on July 21), but am not sure,” he said.advertisementVengsarkar, busy campaigning for himself and his panel members ahead of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s elections on Friday, recollected the opening Test win at Lord’s and 2- 0 series victory in 1986 under Kapil Dev. “We won at Lord’s in 1986 and had a great tour to win the series 2- 0. I hope the Indian team (led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni) also wins at Lord’s (this time around),” the former India skipper said.Asked about what could probably be the last visit to England by master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Vengsarkar said, with a smile, that “one cannot be sure on this count”. ” Tendulkar has scored a lot of runs in England and all over the world. I am sure he will do well on the tour,” said the erstwhile stylish middle order batsman who has played 116 Tests. Vengsarkar refrained from commenting on the decision of the Indian team not to press for a win in the third and final Test against the West Indies in Dominica.  With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Badminton Association of India Announces Cash Rewards for PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced a cash reward of 20 lakh following PV Sindhu’s historic win at the World Championships in Basel on Sunday, where she etched her name in record books by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal at the tournament.Sindhu, who was in magnificent form throughout the week, put up a flawless performance as she crushed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in a one-sided women’s singles final. Congratulating Sindhu on her momentous achievement, BAI president, Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “It has been a great week of top-class badminton, with an incredible performance by PV Sindhu as she becomes the first Indian to have the honour of becoming a world champion. B Sai Praneeth’s medal in the men’s singles category after 36 years is also another memorable achievement. It’s an absolute moment of pride for Indian badminton and the entire nation as we celebrate these triumphs.”A cash reward of INR 5 lakh was also announced for Sai Praneeth who created history by becoming the first men’s singles player since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a medal at the World Championships.Ajay K. Singhania, General Secretary of BAI, heaped praise on both the shuttlers for their efforts. “Sindhu has shown imperious performances as she defeated proven champions on course to her medal. Credit to national coach Pullela Gopichand and foreign coach Kim Ji Hyun for their relentless efforts, also not to forget the way Sai Praneeth played to get a bronze medal. I would like to congratulate both the shuttlers as such performances are true inspirations for the upcoming players,” said Singhania.Sindhu also became the joint-most successful women’s singles player at the World Championships with five medals from six appearances. She tied with the legendary Zhang Nin. This was Sindhu’s second major title following her victory at the BWF World Tour Finals last year. Related Stories’Proud Indian’ PV Sindhu Dedicates BWF World Championships Gold to Mother on Birthday Badminton Association of Indiabwf world championshipsPV SindhuSai Praneeth First Published: August 25, 2019, 11:10 PM ISTlast_img read more

India will tour South Africa early next year, says Rahul Johri

first_imgThe BCCI CEO Rahul Johri confirmed on Sunday that India will travel to South Africa for a full tour early next year.With Sri Lanka scheduled to play a return tour to India in November-December, which is part of the ICC future tour program, there were some doubts over the Indian team’s visit to South Africa.”The South Africa tour is on. There is some back and forth on dates, but it will be a full tour and that has been locked in,” Johri told PTI.The 2017-18 is be a busy season for the Indian cricketers as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are set to visit the country for long series each.Sri Lanka will take on India for the second time in 2017 when they pay a return visit for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I in November and December.Earlier, Sri Lanka were due to tour India from February end to the first week of April next year, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requested the Indian Board to prepone the series as they are suppose to host the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period.As a result, India’s tour to South Africa, which was planned around end of the year, became uncertain.Meanwhile, Johri ruled out any move for a women’s IPL at the moment but said steps had been taken for their betterment.”That (women’s IPL) is for the BCCI general body and the office bearers to decide. We will implement whatever their decision. Last year we did create a separate vertical for women’s cricket and we made Prof. Shetty in-charge for women’s cricket.advertisement”It was a part of our internal re-organisation and enhanced focus on women’s cricket, and the results are there for everyone to see,” he said.On how the BCCI is following COA’s diktat in implementing the Lodha reforms, Johri said, “I was powerless to stop those SGMs. I do attend and will attend SGMs only if they want me to otherwise not.”The office bearers and the board secretary run these things. My job is to facilitate what the COA asks and what the office bearers ask. At best, I am a link between the two,” Johri signed off.last_img read more

Gay fans warned holding hands at Russia World Cup will be dangerous

first_imgLGBT fans will be warned about holding hands in public and other outward displays of affection when in Russia for the World Cup next summer. A cautionary guide will be produced by Fare – formerly Football Against Racism in Europe and now a pressure group that campaigns for equality in football – and dispersed to fans travelling to the tournament.Being gay is not illegal in Russia but the country has a law banning teaching about homosexuality in schools and there are numerous cases where gay people from foreign countries have been attacked because of their sexuality. Share on Pinterest Liam Rosenior Sexuality World Cup 2018 Russia Read more Share on Messenger Europe news Share on Facebook Piara Powar, executive director of Fare, said:“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community. The same message is there for black and ethnic minority fans – do go to the World Cup but be cautious. If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so – that depends on which city they are in and the time of day.“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of, for example, the actual situation of the LGBT community in Russia. It is not a crime to be gay but there is a law against the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Issues relating to the LGBT community are not part of the public discourse. Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite hidden and underground.”Fare has also written to Fifa on behalf of two fans’ groups from Britain and Germany to ask for permission to raise a rainbow flag inside stadiums during the World Cup, which begins in June next year. Although political displays are banned inside stadiums it is understood the governing body would not consider rainbow flags to fall into that bracket and fans would be welcome to wave them before and during games.The World Cup draw takes place on Friday at the Kremlin, where organisers will hope football is the focus of attention. But fears that the spectre of homophobia and racism could deter some supporters from travelling to Russia are very real. Fare is imploring Fifa to introduce an official rule whereby fans can be reprimanded under a specific charge of homophobia.The plea follows the court of arbitration for sport’s decision to cancel two fines imposed by Fifa on Mexico’s FA after their fans loudly chanted the Spanish word “puto” – widely known to be an anti-gay slur – during international matches. Fifa had to bring charges under general fan misbehaviour as opposed to specific homophobic abuse. Reuse this contentcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Read more Alexei Smertin named as Russia’s anti-racism inspector before 2018 World Cup We need a culture shift, not just Rainbow Laces, for players to come out World Cup Share on LinkedIn “Since the Brazil World Cup we have seen variations of that chant becoming a big thing in football,” said Powar. “There is no offence of homophobia in Fifa’s rules and we have made clear that there should be. It is critical there is a clear message about Fifa’s ability to act in these cases against the fans that are responsible.”Far-right extremist groups have already had around 300 people banned from attending the World Cup. The former Chelsea midfielder Alexei Smertin was appointed as an anti-racism and discrimination inspector at the Russian Football Union and appears to be taking the problem seriously, issuing fines to offending clubs.Powar said: “In Russia it tends to be that politicians feel they are being attacked and say it is all a western conspiracy driven by the western media – usually the UK media – and then after a while they accept there are some issues and quietly get on with dealing with those issues. The local population are pretty proud of the fact they are hosting and want to be seen as acting as a good host.” Share via Email Topics Racelast_img read more

9 months agoArsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick together

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal captain Koscielny: We must stick togetherby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny called for unity after defeat at West Ham.Declan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner on the day.Koscielny said: “We came here to win because for us the three points was very important, and next week as well to play against Chelsea. We tried to play, we did well in the first half but didn’t have a lot of chances in the final third. We need to keep calmer in the final third and find the final ball, but in the second half we didn’t start well and conceded early. “After that we tried to push for the rest of the game, we had some chances and we didn’t score so it is difficult to come back with no points but we need two continue to fight to make the top four.”We are all together, it is not down to] one or two players, we are a group and we need to stay together and to push more for the next game.” last_img read more