Mohun Bagan Coach Blames Refereeing for Durand Cup Final Loss to Gokulam Kerala

first_imgKolkata: Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna blamed refereeing for their Durand Cup final loss to 10-man Gokulam Kerala 1-2 in front of a boisterous crowd at the Saltlake Stadium here on Saturday.Marcus Joseph scored a brace for the Kerala outfit while Mohun Bagan reduced the margin in the 64th minute when Salva Chamorro scored from Joseba Heitia free-kick. Vicuna claimed that the move of the first goal from a penalty was offside. He also blamed the referee Ajitkumar Meitei for not awarding a penalty in the 90+6th minute when Muhammad Irshad came in the way of Chamorro inside the box.Mohun Bagan too got a red card when Fran Morante, who was on the bench, shouted at the referee and linesman in the 90+7th minute for not giving a penalty.”I think there were two situations. For the first goal, I thought Henry (Kisekka) was offside slightly and second was the penalty,” the Spaniard said about Kisekka being brought down by their goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.”I don’t want to give an excuse. But tonight for me the first goal was offside at least on the field. Also, the penalty was genuine. It was unbelievable. I respect the referees but the fourth official disrespected me. That is not something I will accept,” Vicuna said.In both the instances, TV replays showed that Kisekka was on-side, while Irshad did not hand the ball in the dying minutes of the game.The coach, however, conceded that it was not their match as they were tired after playing 120 minutes against Real Kashmir in the semifinals.”It wasn’t our match since the beginning. I felt the team was tired. We tried and tried but the tempo was slow. Perhaps it was too much playing every 3 days. They were physically better than us but we finished well. It was a crazy game.”We have not even trained for two months. The players are adapting to a particular style. The team is playing good football. Tonight the opponent pressed hard. As I said before we have a lot of things to improve,” he added.This was Mohun Bagan’s third consecutive Durand Cup final after 2004 and 2009.Incidentally, Gokulam Kerala’s semifinal match against East Bengal too stretched past extra time as they settled the issue in the penalties.Marcus Joseph finished with 11 goals from five matches to be adjudged Man of the Match Golden Boot winner.”My dream has come true. Yesterday I was telling Ettienne that we have to win the tournament. We came one month before and winning the trophy now is great,” he said dedicating this win to his family back home in Trinidad. 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. durand cupfootballGokulam Kerala FCindian football First Published: August 24, 2019, 10:31 PM ISTlast_img read more

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SPORT RESULTS 7 LST

first_img7th last Race: The Cochin Plate, Div-I, 1200M.7th last Race: The Cochin Plate, Div-I, 1200M.Mountain Force (Mr C R Balakumar and Mr Fazal-Ul-Rehman) 52 Tanveer Alam, First.Golden Millenium 61 A Imran Khan, Second.Glorious Crown 56.5 C Umesh, Third.City Of Song 54 P M Bopanna, Fourth.Not Run:Deal Maker,Rest All Ran.Won by: S.Neck, 3-3/4L and 3/4LTime: One Min and 15.31 secs.Winner trained by: Fazal-Ul-RehmanFavourite: Golden Millenium.PTI COR ROH KK KK PMlast_img

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Devastated, will do everything it takes to prove my innocence: Narsingh Yadav

first_imgWrestler Narsingh Yadav, who has been handed a four-year ban, said he is more than devastated by the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ verdict.Narsingh’s dream of competing at the ongoing Rio Olympics came to a crushing end when CAS upheld World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal against the clean chit given to him in a doping violation case earlier today.  (RIO OLYMPICS – FULL COVERAGE) “To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly,” the wrestler said.Narsingh, who bagged the Olympic quota with a bronze medal finish in last year’s World Championships, won a legal battle after compatriot Sushil Kumar took to court asking for a trial.Narsingh then ran into trouble over alleged doping offences. He first returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test on June 25 by NADA, before being cleared on August 1. (Also read: PV Sindhu sets up Gold medal match with Carolina Marin after demolishing Nozomi Okuhara)However, the WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh. The CAS said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Narsingh’s sabotage claims and handed him a four-year ban.’DREAMS CRUELLY SNATCHED AWAY’Narsingh said his dream of competing for the country, that him going amidst all the difficulties that has come his way, was snatched cruelly.”I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout.advertisement”I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for,” Narsingh added.’WILL PRESS FOR REVIEW’JSW Sports, who have been promoting Narsingh said they fully believed in his innocence and that they will press for a review of CAS’ verdict.”JSW Sports strongly believes in Narsingh’s innocence and will stand by the wrestler in doing everything to fight for justice. We will be pressing for a review of the decision that WADA would be amenable to if further evidence is found pertaining to sabotage.”Meanwhile, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh called for a probe by the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) into the whole affair.”This should not happen to any sportsperson in the future. I demand a CBI probe into the entire issue so that this episode is not repeated in the future,” Brij Bhushan said.”We feel sorry for Narsingh, this should not happen to any athlete.”last_img read more

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Australian cricketers threaten boycott if new deal not signed

first_imgAustralian cricketers will boycott an Australia A tour of South Africa unless Cricket Australia takes action within days to resolve a bitter pay dispute, the players’ union said Sunday.Players held an emergency meeting in Sydney on Sunday where they threatened to boycott the Australia A tour, scheduled to start on July 12. The cricketers say unless a new Memorandum of Understanding is signed by Friday, they won’t be touring South Africa.The memorandum between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association expired last Friday, leaving about 230 cricketers from Test to state levels without a contract. The two parties remain deadlocked over the issue of revenue sharing and negotiations have stalled for months.ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson said a “significant breakthrough” is needed for the tour to proceed.”They don’t intend to tour, but the reality is they don’t fly out of the country until Friday,” Nicholson said. “So the players are going to go into camp as planned and hopefully we can make some progress with regards to the MoU. There would need to be a significant breakthrough on the key issue of the revenue-sharing model.”Test batsman Usman Khawaja, the Australia A captain, said boycotting the tour would be difficult.”It’s not an easy thing to do … but we are very united,” Khawaja said. “We’re still going to be training this week. Hopefully something can be resolved, but if it’s not, it’s a tough decision that sort of has to be made.”The Australia A squad was scheduled to assemble in Brisbane on Monday to begin pre-tour preparations.advertisementThe Ashes series will be at threat if the situation is not resolved before November, a point that vice-captain David Warner has made in several interviews recently. The five-test series against England is scheduled to begin Nov. 23 in Brisbane.Cricket Australia has paid the women’s World Cup squad in advance for the ongoing tournament in England.last_img read more

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India hammer 200-plus totals in successive T20Is for the 1st time

first_imgKL Rahul slammed his fourth T20 International half-century as India continued to dominate Ireland in the final match of the two-T20I series in Dublin. The stylish Bangalore batsman was brought in at the expense of Shikhar Dhawan but he did not disappoint, racing away to a 36-ball 70.The 26-year-old Rahul enjoyed a sensational IPL campaign for Kings XI Punjab, smashing 659 runs off 14 matches.He did not play in the first T20I against Ireland on Wednesday. Skipper Virat Kohli, however, promised to give every player a chance in Dublin.INDIA VS IRELAND – 2ND T20IConsequently, Dhawan was rested and in came Rahul – one of four changes. Kohli walked in to open with Rahul and fell cheaply once again to Peter Chase, eight runs short of the 2000-run mark in T20Is. However, Rahul had got off to a breezy start which included two sweetly timed boundaries off Simi Singh in the first over. He was unstoppable thereafter and in the company of Suresh Raina, took the Ireland bowling attack to the cleaners.India, thanks to some fireworks from Rahul and Raina, blazed past the 100-run mark in the 10th over. And this was also the first time that India scored over 200 runs in successve T20Is.In the first match on Wedesday, India had scored 208/5 after Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 97.There was the same fluent bat movement, the same elegance and the same assured footwork from Rahul that saw him amass all those runs for KXIP. And Ireland had absolutely no answer to Rahul’s mind-numbing strokeplay.advertisementIndia are desperately looking for two middle-order options in the ODI side and Rahul’s classy innings should now put him in good stead. He looked good for his second T20I hundred at one stage but he was done in by a Kevin O’Brien’s spongy bounce. Meanwhile, Suresh Raina, who got through to the ODI side for the England tour at Ambati Rayudu’s expense, scored his first fifty since his comeback to the Indian team earlier in the year. He was dismissed by a Kevin O Brien slower ball after scoring 69 runs from 45 balls.Raina was not at his fluent best for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but his powerful pull shots against Ireland on Friday should give the Indian camp a reason to smile.Ireland were bowled out for 70 runs in just 12.3 overs, as India won the match by 143 runs, the second biggest win by runs in T20I history. India also claimed the series 2-0.last_img read more

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It’s been like a dream so far: Das

first_imgBy Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) “I am living a dream”, said Hima Das as she tried to put in words her remarkable journey from being a stubborn footballer in a nondescript Assam village to becoming the first Indian woman world champion in athletics. The 18-year-old Das, daughter of farmer parents at Kandhulimari village at Nagaon district, has become the toast of the nation after she won a gold at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championships in Finland yesterday. She is also the first Indian — male or female — to have won a gold in a track event at the world level. She joined Neeraj Chopra who won a gold in javelin — a field event — in the IAAF World U-20 Championships in the last edition in 2016 in Poland. Her father Ronjit Das has a 2 bigha (0.4 acres) plot of land and her mother Junali is a housewife. The small piece of land was the only source of income for a family of six. “I know my family’s condition and how we struggled. But the Almighty has something for everybody. I am a positive person and I want to look ahead in life and do something for my parents and for the country,” Das told PTI from Tampere in Finland today. “But it has been like a dream so far. I am now a world junior champion,” she added. Das is the eldest of four siblings. She has three younger sisters and a younger brother. One younger sister is in class 10 while the twins — a boy and a girl — are in class III. Hima herself is in class XII at a college in Dhing, just one and a half kilometers from her village.advertisement “She is very stubborn, if she wants to do something she will not listen to anybody but she will do it with aplomb. She is a strong girl and that is why she is coming up to achieve something. I hope she will do something for the country,” her father Ronjit said from his village in Assam. “Physically also, she is very strong. She can kick football like any of us. I told her not to play football with the boys but she did not listen to us,” her cousin Joy Das said. It is a tough life for her parents given the meagre income but at this moment, they can’t stop celebrating. “…we are happy that she chose sports and she is doing well. Our dream is for Hima to win medals in Asian Games and Olympic Games. Since this morning, the whole village is celebrating her gold medal. A lot of our relatives have dropped in to our place and we are distributing sweets.” Das, though, is not thinking too far ahead and wants to just run faster. “I don’t go out on the track thinking that I will win a medal. What I think is about running faster and faster and I believe that will translate into medals,” she said. “I don’t have any target as of now, like I will win a medal in Asian Games or Olympics. I am just happy that I am doing something, bringing laurels to the country.” Das’ rise has been nothing short of meteoric. One of her village school teachers saw her pace while she was playing football on a muddy field at his village. He told her to take up athletics. Soon, the teenager was spotted by Nipon Das, an athletics coach with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare during an inter-district meet late in 2016. Nipon asked her to shift to Guwahati, 150 km from her village, and convinced the youngster that she had a future in athletics. Her parents were initially reluctant but later relented. Das trained at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium at the Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati. Then, she won gold in the 400m race of the Federation Cup in Patiala in March to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. She finished sixth in the Commonwealth Games’ 400m finals and then lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati to qualify for the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. PTI PDS PM PM PMlast_img read more

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ICC Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj stars as India demolish Pakistan

first_imgMithali Raj scored a composed half-century as India crushed Pakistan by 7 wickets to go one step closer to a semifinal berth in the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies.On Friday, Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to score a hundred in T20Is as India got off to a winning start against New Zealand. Two days later, India put up another clinical display to get the better of Pakistan.Pakistan rode on half-centuries from Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar to post 133/7.Fresh from a 52-run defeat to title contenders Australia in their opening match, Pakistan struggled to get going in the face of some accurate Indian bowling.India vs Pakistan Women’s World T20: Match HighlightsAsked to bat first, Pakistan suffered an early blow when Arundhati Reddy dismissed Ayesha Zafar in the very first over thanks to an excellent catch by Veda Krishnamurthy at first slip.Omaima Sohail and Javeria Khan virtually gifted away their wickets with rather silly run-outs to leave Pakistan in trouble at 30/3 in the seventh over.However, Bismah and Nida brought the innings back on track with a 94-run stand. Bismah scored 53 runs off 49 balls while Nida hit a breezy 52 off 35 deliveries which included five boundaries and two hits into the stands.Nida was the beneficiary of a piece of good luck when Veda dropped an easy catch at long-off off Radha Yadav’s bowling even as the ball slipped through for a boundary.The Indians continued to struggle with their fielding even as the Pakistanis piled on the runs with some superb strokeplay.advertisementDayalan Hemalatha brought the Indians back into the game when she sent back both Pakistani batters in the 19th over shortly after they had reached their respective half-centuries.Maroof was caught by Veda at long-on after she had come down the track to a well-flighted delivery. Nida followed her back to the pavilion a couple of deliveries later when a mistimed cut hand an easy catch to Harmanpreet Kaur at cover.The rest of the Pakistani batters never really matched up to the Indian bowlers as apart from Javeria Khan, all of them failed to reach double figures.In response to Pakistan’s 133, India got off to a strong start with Raj and Smriti Mandhana at the top.Mandhana fell soon after a good start but senior pro Mithali kept her cool to bring up a well-deserved half-century.Harmanpreet was fluent at the other end and saw India through after Mithali perished for 56 off 47. By then, the match was almost in India’s grasp with 8 runs needed off 14 ballsVeda Krishna Murthy joined Harmanpreet in the middle and the duo took India home without further damage. Veda did survive a close run out chance but there were no other scares for India with victory coming with six balls remaining.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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ERNST & GRASSLEY WANT BETTER ARMY CORPS RIVER MANAGEMENT

first_imgA U-S Senate hearing today (Wednesday) in Glenwood focused on the U-S Army Corps of Engineers management of the Missouri River following the massive flooding along the river.The river management has been criticized by residents who say the Corps is more focused on recreation than protecting them.A Corps spokesman pushed back, saying they were focused on flood control — but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was not convinced.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GLENWOOD1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………my constituents. :13Grassley says flood control “needs to be the Corps’ number one priority, period!”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GLENWOOD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………do that first” :19Senator Joni Ernst called for the hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.Ernst says they also need to look at the way flood relief funding is handled.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GLENWOOD3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..dollar value property” :24Ernst says continued flooding on the Missouri is unacceptable and needs to be fixed.One suggestion is to eliminate fish and wildlife as a Corps priority in managing the river.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/GLENWOOD4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………higher priority” :13Major Scott Spellmon of the Corps said during the hearing that flood control is their top priority “during periods of significant runoff”.He says nothing could have prevented this spring’s flooding because of the overwhelming amount of water that came down the river from the so-called “bomb cyclone” in mid-March.last_img read more

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Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein On Arkansas, “We Don’t Like That Team”

first_imgWillie Cauley Stein warms up for Kentucky.Prior to Sunday’s SEC Tournament championship game, Arkansas’ players did some trash talking to their opponent, Kentucky. They reportedly got in the Wildcats’ faces in a Bridgestone Arena tunnel and Razorbacks’ forward Bobby Portis said being able to play UK was like getting a wish granted. The fervor Arkansas’ players have for Kentucky is a feeling that is apparently replicated by the Wildcats’ players. Following his team’s victory against the Razorbacks, Kentucky junior center Willie Cauley-Stein said “we don’t like that team,” referencing Arkansas. Wow. Willie keeping it REAL. “We don’t like that team.” Said winning title was one thing, but they just wanted to beat “that team.”— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015Willie Cauley-Stein after the game re: Arkansas, “Straight up, we don’t like that team.”— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 15, 2015Full WCS quote on not liking “that team” pic.twitter.com/EoGtkE2VTJ— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015It’s not often that you see college basketball players openly discussing their dislike for another team, but we love it. Kentucky and Arkansas will learn their place in the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. E.T. on CBS.last_img read more

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4-Star Issiah Walker Announces Decommitment From South Carolina

first_img “Miami Norland Vikings stand up!! I’ve met so many wonderful coaches, players and future teammates along this journey here at The Opening. Being out here in Texas has made me realize I haven’t found my true home yet!! With that being said I am officially decommitting from the University of South Carolina. I am opening my recruiting,” he said.🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/00aRyhgO4t— Issiah Walker 〽️ (@walker_issiah) July 3, 2019Walker is the No. 17 offensive tackle recruit in the country and the No. 19 player from the state of Florida. He is the No. 148 player in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Florida and Miami have been hot on the recruiting trail for Walker. The star offensive lineman visited the Hurricanes in June – his only visit before decommitting from South Carolina.Stay tuned for the latest recruiting news and to find out where Walker commits next. Generic photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top offensive lineman recruits in the country just announced his decommitment from an SEC program.On Tuesday night, four-star offensive tackle recruit Issiah Walker took to Twitter to announce his decommitment from the South Carolina football program.Walker revealed he hasn’t found his true home quite yet.Here’s what the four-star recruit had to say about his decision to decommit from the Gamecocks.last_img read more

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Revel Spirits Launches New Agave Spirit Category Dubbed Avila

first_imgA Patron margarita at a Los Angeles bar in 2010 altered the world of agave spirits.Micah McFarlane ordered that margarita mostly based on the fact that his knowledge of top-shelf spirits at the time was limited, at best. That, plus a question about why he chose Patron from a stranger at the bar — a stranger who turned out to be the owner of a tequila company — led to a friendship and an exploratory journey of agave spirits for McFarlane.Revel Spirits/FacebookAt the time celebrity-endorsed tequilas were starting to take off in earnest, led by Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila, McFarlane said, and because of that, it led to discussions about MacFarlane’s own music industry connections through his tour management company. While it didn’t lead to a meeting with Sammy Hagar or anything like that, the conversations and researched pushed McFarlane to launch a new category of agave spirits called Avila.McFarlane, Jacqui Thompson, Susan Clausen, and Hector Ruiz started Revel Spirits in 2012. Ruiz, a Minneapolis restaurant owner, learned of McFarlane’s desire to start a tequila company and challenged him to head to Mexico. A week later, they were exploring the Mexican state of Morelos and tasting the home distillations.“Ruiz has his cousins in Morelos and they take absolute pride in what they do,” McFarlane said. “Our master distiller came up with these blends and styles that I kept bringing to people who kept saying it’s outstanding.”The name “avila” comes from the master distiller for Revel, whose surname is Avila. The spirit currently uses blue weber agave, the same as in tequila, but could be expanded to different species in the future.Revel both steams (like tequila) and roasts (like mezcal) the agave before blending. The roasting process, however, does include a step to release smoke from the piñas, resulting, in a less smoky product — which is furthered by the blending with the steamed piñas. The state of Morelos is home to an active volcano, which lends incredible quality to the soil for a unique terroir for avila.Revel currently has three expressions:  Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo. Blanco is smooth and citrusy with a slight finish of smokiness. Reposado finishes with the same slight smoke but leads with a buttery vanilla lent from 12 months in once-used American whiskey barrels.The Añejo spends 24 months in new French oak barrels, leading to complex and intense oak and chocolate characteristics, followed by the same slight smoky finish.By official designation, other agave spirits made in Morelos can’t be called mezcal or tequila, so the distilled products being made with friends making spirits for friends. For a time, there was a government program in Morelos that gave farmers subsidies to plant agave for insulin and for more than 20 years, the farmers distilled the byproduct for their neighborhoods, McFarlane said.Revel is the first product released commercially as Avila, but McFarlane has big aspirations for the category. There’s already a co-op of distillers in Morelos with hopes to enter the U.S. (and the rest of the globe) and McFarlane sees a roll out similar to Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal.“The standard is just made 100 percent agave and from Morelos,” he said. “Revel is just the flagship, we can have all sorts of single estates and blends and varieties of agave plants, steamed or roasted.”Revel is currently in California, Minnesota, and New York and hopes to launch in Florida, Texas, Nevada, and Chicago next year, he said.  The musician Babyface has also joined as a partner.McFarlane said the company has already invested a “little bit” of money back into the Morelos communities, resulting in some improved conditions.He also doesn’t see the other Mexican spirits — like tequila, mezcal, Bacanora, and sotol — as competition. He hopes the combined efforts of the growing segments can make it so liquor stores no longer simply label aisles “rum, vodka, gin, tequila.”“We could not — nor do we want to — go against tequila or mezcal, there is enough room in agave spirits for Avila,” McFarlane said. “The Casamigos business story is one thing, but the fact they made a mezcal and are helping make it more commercial, it develops the whole industry and there’s a chance to educate on agave spirits because of what George Clooney is doing.” Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Atomik Vodka Is a New Spirit Distilled From Chernobyl-Grown Rye Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits last_img read more

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Northeast BC unemployment rate increased in January 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw an increase in January.The unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent compared to 4.7 percent in December of 2018.January has been the highest recorded unemployment percentage since September 2018 at 5.6 percent, an estimated 39,900 people are employed in a labour force of 42,100. A recent statement made by Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, on the release of the January Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada;“As demonstrated in the newest results, higher wages, low unemployment and good jobs in British Columbia show that people are at the centre of our strong and stable economy.Wages continued to rise in January, with B.C. among the top provinces for year-over-year growth. In the past year, B.C.’s average wages grew by 4.1%, the highest among provinces. In fact, 2018 was B.C.’s highest annual wage growth in the past 10 years.B.C.’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in Canada — for the 17th month in a row — at 4.7%. Private sector jobs have been fuelling employment growth in the province, with an increase of 64,800 in the past year.This means people continue to see the benefit of a high-performing economy following many years of wage stagnation.”B.C.’s economy is expected to outperform the rest of Canada over the next three years. The Economic Forecast Council, a group of bank economists and analysts that are independent of government, estimates that B.C.’s real gross domestic product is expected to grow by 2.6% in both 2019 and 2020. “We’re working hard to nurture a sustainable economy that works for people.”last_img read more

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NT govt blamed over power outage

first_imgWith Darwin residents left sweltering during a 12-hour power cut on Wednesday, NT Shadow Minister Kon Vatskalis has come out swinging – accusing the Territory government of failing to uphold basic services.While the NT’s Power and Water Corporation (PWC) has apologised to the tens of thousands of people affected, Mr Vatskalis told Neos Kosmos that an apology from the CLP’s “timid” deputy chief minister Dave Tollner wasn’t enough.“This shows the CLP government is more interested in pushing their public utilities privatisation agenda than in providing essential services to the people of the Territory,” said Mr Vatskalis.“They have proceeded with cost-cutting measures, including a reduction of the maintenance workforce, in order to fatten the PWC bottom line – to make it more attractive to future buyers. Power was finally restored to Darwin on Wednesday afternoon after the outage had caused the closure of schools, public transport, government offices and brought businesses to a standstill.The cut was reportedly caused by a tripped circuit at a sub-station in the city’s east.The Territory government has promised an inquiry into the matter, though Mr Vatskalis – who was Energy minister in the NT’s Labor government from 2003 to 2009 – said that the power cut was an example of how the CLP’s policies were failing Territorians.“They promised to reduce the cost of living, and they increased power and water charges by 25 per cent last year – with another 5 per cent increase this July and 5 per cent more next January.” Mr Vatskalis described the situation as “a total fiasco”.“Gradually the power was restored but it will take a lot more to restore the CLP government credibility,” he said.Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie said the power failure proved the electricity network is not up to the standard the government claims, and has called for businesses affected to be paid compensation.Revelations by the CLP’s Minister for Health, Robyn Lambley, concerning a personal attack by Minister Matt Conlan on fellow CLP member Alison Anderson have deepened the NT government’s woes this month.Ms Lambley revealed that Matt Conlan had verbally abused Anderson during a parliamentary meeting, while Chief Minister Adam Giles and Conlan have refused to comment on the allegation.The Territory government is facing a tricky by-election in the seat of Blain on April 12 after former CLP Chief Minister Terry Mills – who was toppled by Adam Giles whilst on an overseas trip – announced his resignation last month.Mills’ shock exit from the Territory’s political stage after 15 years as the member for Blain – which covers the fast growing town of Palmerston – may see the CLP’s margin of 13 per cent slashed.“It was so sudden he didn’t even tell his own party – resulting in the CLP not having a candidate for two weeks – leaving the Labor candidate Geoff Bahnert to roam the roads of Blain freely and make valuable contact with electors,” said Mr Vatskalis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Antipodes issue No 62 launched

first_imgOn Sunday 16 October, the launch of the much-anticipated annual, bilingual periodical Antipodes issue No. 62 took place at the Panarcadian Association ‘O Kolokotronis’ building in North Melbourne, and the results of the literary competition were announced.Antipodes is published by the Greek-Australian Cultural League of Melbourne. This periodical’s longevity has spanned 43 years, making it the longest Greek Australian periodical circulating in Australia.Present at the launch were friends of the Greek and English literary word including Kyriakos Amanatides, the honorary president of the GACL, many other academics, presidents and representatives from various organisations, the media and prize winners of the literary competition.Cathy Alexopoulos, president of the GACL, referred in her welcoming speech to the longevity of the periodical as having expanded its horizons, content, appearance and layout in order to make it more relevant to the younger generation, as well as reflecting the aims and objectives set out in the league’s constitution in 1970. The emphasis on the quality and the timelessness of the content have elevated the periodical to an important position in the ecumenical Hellenism. The president made a special mention of the transformed new publication − layout, graphic design, general aesthetics and eye-catching front cover based on a work by Helene Athanasiadis, exhibited at the group exhibition ‘Antipodean Palette’, in August this year. She acknowledged and thanked Steve Messinis for his hard work, commitment and input towards all these positive changes, continuing the high standard he set in last year’s publication. This year’s sponsors of the periodical were the Ithaca Philanthropic Society, Tassos and Toula Douvartzides from Kalimera Kids, Omiros College and Vlassis Mavraganis from Mavraganis Greek School. Those, together with Paul and Connie Gregory, also sponsored the first prize awards of the literary competition. The president thanked all for their generosity. Ms Alexopoulos went on to thank the panel of judges who took part in the literary competition, Dr Angela Evangelinou-Yannakis, Andrea Garivaldis and Dean Kalymniou, for their commitment and support in judging the submissions. She also thanked all the participants and the winners of the competition.In addition, she acknowledged the work done by the GACL Administrative Committee and the contribution made by the media − newspapers Neos Kosmos and Ta Nea as well as radio stations 3XY, 3ZZZ, SBS and TGA.This year’s issue paid tribute to the late distinguished Greek Australian poet Dimitris Tsaloumas. In launching the periodical, Helen Nickas, academic, writer and publisher of works by Tsaloumas, remarked that his was a particularly remarkable voice of the first generation of migrants: his first bilingual book The Observatory [Το Παρατηρητήριο], attracted the Best Book of the Year award in 1983 in Australia. This award became the catalyst for the extensive reach of Australian literature beyond the purely Anglo Saxon establishment. “Dimitris Tsaloumas wrote in both Greek and English,” Ms Nickas went on to say, “while he also possessed an excellent knowledge of Italian and French. Language was his valuable tool and he used it in all the manifestations; writing, translating and jumping from one language to another with amazing dexterity. The tribute includes essays on his poetry as well as a bibliography for those who desire to study his work in depth. He was truly a poet of international repute.”The periodical Antipodes does not represent the endeavours of the first generation of migrants only. Increasingly, the most recent issues include works of literature and visual arts that come from the second generation. As Ms Nickas aptly stated: “The principal characteristic of this issue is the juxtaposition of the first and the second generation, while the periodical reflects our continuously evolving identity from monolingualism to bilingualism and from our purely Greek identity to the wider, bilingual and multicultural identity. “There are indications in the current issue that the second generation reads, values and respects the work of the first generation. Far from dismissing the literature of the first generation, on the contrary, it studies it, translates it and promotes it. There are many examples of this juxtaposition in the current issue”.Ms Nickas also emphasised that “additionally, the second generation moves into the interstice between the first generation of migrants and the Australian culture, trying to keep the two sides in equilibrium” and she expressed the wish to see Antipodes being sold in Australian bookshops where “one would be able to find it easily on the shelves dedicated to periodicals of literature, art and civilisation”.As a further tribute to the life and work of Tsaloumas, Christos Tsaloumas (son of Dimitris Tsaloumas), Alex Scovron, Melissa Petrakis and Steve Messinis recited poems by Tsaloumas or inspired by him and his work.Then, Andrea Garivaldis, on behalf of the judges of the literary competition, read the judges’ report and their comments on the works submitted. This was followed by the announcement of the results of the literary competition, the conferring of the awards to the successful authors, consisting of award certificates and monetary awards to the first prize-winner in each category (kindly donated by the sponsors) and commemorative gifts and, in turn, the reading of excerpts of their work by the successful authors.Results of the GACL Literary Competition 2016:Ποίηση Ελληνική γλώσσα (Poetry in Greek) Α΄ Βραβείο: Εγώ η γυναίκα – Έλενα Παλαιολόγου. Χορηγός: Εκπαιδευτήρια Ομηρος. Β΄ Βραβείο: Την περιμένουμε να ρθει, την Άνοιξη – Γεράσιμος Μ. Λυμπεράτος Γ΄ Βραβείο: Εγώ κρατώ κλαδί ελιάς – Αγγελική Βογδάνη Έπαινος: Ωδή στον άνθρωπό – Χριστίνα ΣοϊταρίδηΠεζό Ελληνική γλώσσα (Prose in Greek) Α΄ Βραβείο: Το λεμόνι και ο Τσικολάνης – Γιάννης Γεωργίου. Χορηγός: Σχολή Μαυραγάνη. Β΄ Βραβείο: Το φθινόπωρο, μα φθινόπωρο – Γεράσιμος Μ. Λυμπεράτος Γ΄ Βραβείο: Με τα μάτια της ψυχής – Χρηστίνα ΣουμήΜονόπρακτο στην Ελληνική Γλώσσα (one-act play in Greek) Έπαινος (commendation): Στα κρόσια των ονείρων μου – Κλαίρη Παΐζάνου ΓαζήPoetry in English First prize: Golden Hands – Georgina Dimopoulos. Sponsors: Paul and Connie Gregory. Second prize: Sunset – Olga Georgopoulos Third prize: Triptych – Betty MessazosShort story in English First prize: An Encounter with the Minotaur − Paul Kiritsis. Sponsors: The Ithacan Philanthropic Society Second prize: My father, my son – Georgina Dimopoulos. Third prize: Machitis – Evangelia Katsavanidis Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Unity Center sets procedures after Oregon safety violations

first_imgThe Unity Center, a 24-hour behavioral services center in Portland, is beginning to operate normally after an Oregon Health Authority investigation.The region’s first emergency room designed to deliver immediate psychiatric care had to divert patients to other facilities for about seven days as its staff implemented new patient care procedures that arose from an investigation into how the center failed to prevent assaults on employees by patients struggling with mental illness.In March, the center was fined $1,650 when the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division discovered that Unity violated four safety rules and regulations, some of which were considered “serious.”The state investigation found the center failed to properly log, document or investigate some of the roughly 300 assaults suffered by employees in the first seven months of operation from Jan. 31, 2017, to Sept. 2017.With staffers focusing on putting new patient care safety procedures in place, the center had to wait for its staff-to-patient ratio to return to a proper capacity before returning to normal operations, said Brian Terrett, the director for public relations and community relations at Legacy Health.“We wanted staff to be able to really concentrate on implementing these new patient care procedures,” Terrett said.The Unity Center is near Interstate 5 and the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, but Terrett said the center accepts patients from Clark County, most of whom are walk-in patients.last_img read more

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How Denis Suarez deal impacted Sven Mislintat exit – Sheth

first_imgEnglish side Arsenal are reportedly trying to speed up the transfer of Denis Suarez from Barcelona before the transfer window shuts, following the departure of Sven Mislintat.Mislintat is set to leave the club in February after he announced earlier in the week that he is exiting his role as the head of recruitment at the Gunners.“Totally involuntary!” Modric claims Suarez stamp an accident Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 The sent-off Luka Modric insists his stamp on Denis Suarez was an “accidental action” after becoming the first victim of La Liga’s new rules.The position is expected to be changed into a “director of football role or a technical director” role.The changes will be overseen by Arsenal’s director of football Raul Sanllehi and their chief executive Vinai Venkatesham, claims Dharmesh Sheth – host of Transfer Talk podcast.“I spoke about the restructure with Sanllehi and Venkatesham taking on the lead roles. “It seems the structure will take on what is described as a director of football role or a technical director,” Sheth was quoted by  Express. Sheth claims a factor in Mislintat leaving Arsenal was because he wasn’t being considered for the new position.last_img read more

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No Surprise Skippings rejected working with PDM

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:general elections, oswald skippings, Pdm, sharlene cartwright-robinson TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaLES, 28 Jan 2015 – The People’s Democratic Movement says it is not surprised by the announcement of former leader and former Chief Minister, Oswald Skippings to re-enter frontline politics under a new political banner. The Party’s leader explained Mr. Skippings was welcomed to continue to play at role in the affairs of the party; but did not do that. The PDM issued a statement today. Skippings, who failed in his bid as an all island candidate in the 2012 General Election said he has a cadre of people who believe they are a better band of representatives for the people. Sharlene Robinson, leader of the Opposition said: In the case of Pastor Skippings, he was further invited to serve in a special advisory role. However, in his case, he has not availed himself of these opportunities. Following public statements and in a direct statement, he has made it clear that he is no longer with the Party. Therefore we are not surprised that he has announced this new venture.” The PDM says its focus is on representing and preparing to become the next Government. Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

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Bad luck behind Paradise Cos revenue decline in March

first_img Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Korean casino operator Paradise Co played unlucky in March, with gaming revenue across its properties falling 0.9% year-on-year to KRW50.63 billion (US$44.7 million) despite a 7.6% increase in table drop.Paradise’s March results also represented an 8.5% decline on February 2019 numbers, with table game revenue of KRW47.58 billion, down 0.1% year-on-year, and slot machine revenue of KRW3.05 billion, down 11.3%. While revenue fell, table drop increased 7.6% year-on-year and 3.6% sequentially to KRW540.86 billion (US$477.3 million).Table drop for the first three months of 2019 increased 19.1% on the prior year period to KRW1.62 trillion.The results are based on casino revenues at Paradise’s four Korean properties – Paradise City, Paradise Walker-hill, Jeju Grand and Busan Casino.The company recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suncity Group Holdings regarding a potential cooperation agreement at Busan. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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AK A 12YearOld Ambassador

first_imgAt 12, Jasmine Molina has found a way to help newly arriving Filipino students transition to middle school. “She is a self-initiated ambassador,” says her teacher, Janelle Farvour. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Imagine you arrive in a world where it rains all year round, and daylight swings from 17 hours in summertime to a paltry six in winter. And you’re only seven years old. That’s the situation Jasmine Molina found herself when she first got to Sitka, over 5,000 miles from her native city of Manila in the Philippines.Listen now:Sitka’s Filipino population has grown substantially in the past five years, but there remains no formal system to help new students transition to school. That is, until Jasmine came to town.“Hello – ang pangalan ko ay Jasmine Molina.”There’s something about Jasmine that makes you want to talk to her.“It’s a pretty big school compared to the Philippines,” she said, walking down the hallway.Maybe it’s her big brown eyes or her silky black hair, which she quickly tucks behind her ear while dialing her locker combination.But it’s probably her smile , which turns her face into a huge pair of parentheses.“I just like want to go up to them and be like, “Hey, do you want to be my friend?” And they’ll be like, “Yeah.” And I’ll be like, “Cool,”’ Jasmine said. “Everyone says I’m weird. But weird is awesome. I think weird is awesome.”Oh, and she’s got killer self-confidence. Again, not your typical middle schooler.Janelle Farvor was Jasmine’s language arts teacher last year.“She’s funny. Sensitive. And she’s generous,” Janelle said.Janelle remembers the very first time she saw Jasmine. At the grocery store, with a bunch of other Filipino kids, talking.Filipinos make up 9 percent of the Sitka School District, yet there is no Tagalog-speaking staff member or formal support group to help new students. In her own way, Jasmine has taken up that cause. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)“I thought, ‘What is this little girl doing?’   She’s talking so fast, and I just kinda observed a little bit and then I saw her pointing out things and showing things, and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this little girl is explaining how this store works,’” Janelle said.Janelle saw her again a few years later. She’d grown a bit taller, but was doing the same thing.“I thought, I wonder if she’s an ambassador,” Janelle said. “These kids all look very new. They’re just wide-eyed and mouth agape, wondering what this is about, what this can is of. And there was Jasmine, explaining it all.”And last year, when Janelle met her 6th grade class, Jasmine was in it – all grown-up. Jasmine’s dad is a fisherman and came to Sitka five years ago. Jasmine and her mom followed, a month later.“I was really shy,” Jasmine said. “I didn’t really know anything about Sitka until my cousin showed me around the next day. There was a lot of tall people.”And not only that, but it was several degrees colder than in Manila, where Jasmine grew up.“I only had one jacket and it was really cold and there was a lot of snow on the ground,” Jasmine said.As she got used to the cold, one thing that made a big difference to Jasmine was meeting other kids her age.“On the first day I went to second grade they’re like, ‘Hey what’s your name?’ I’m like my name is Jasmine. I came from the Philippines.’ They’re like, ‘Cool.’ I wanted to do the same thing and make people comfortable where they are,” she said.And it’s something Jasmine has been doing ever since. Greeting new families and showing their kids the ropes, from how to open a locker to getting around the building. It’s more than middle school survival tactics. Jasmine is helping her classmates succeed in a Western school.“And for her to do it on her own volition, and to just see a need and to step up to fill a need, I think that says a lot about her character,” Janelle said.At Blatchley Middle School, there are 29 Filipino students and in the whole district, 121, making up 9% of the Sitka student body. At the bottom, the school district doesn’t have a designated Tagalog speaker or support group to help students orient themselves. But for now, Jasmine fills that gap.“I’ve had her – even I’ve brought her down to help me scold,” Janelle said. “They need to not be so chatty or whatever, I have her talk to them in Tagalog to hear a lecture in the mother tongue. There’s nothing like it.”Now, it’s hard to imagine Jasmine yelling at anyone. And if you asked her if she’s an ambassador or a leader, she’d probably say no. She’s just being a friend. Antonete Partido remembers meeting Jasmine in dance class.“When I first got here, she talked to me instead of just ignoring me.,” she said.The two girls chatted in both English and Tagalog. Antonete lives with her grandmother, who adopted her. She hasn’t seen her parents for five years and describes her family as broken apart.“I don’t really get to call them because I have school. My grandma has work. So we don’t really have time to call them,” Antonete said. “I don’t think other people know that my parents aren’t here because I don’t show my feelings to them.”But Jasmine knows. And when we finish the interview, Jasmine takes Antonete aside and says, “you’re my one.” She says it again, “Don’t forget. You’re my one.” And with that, Jasmine turns on her heels and heads out the door to go to her next class.This year, Jasmine Molina was nominated for a Spirit of Youth award, which recognizes teens making a difference in Alaska.last_img read more

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