CWG gold medallist Rahul Aware gets hero’s welcome in Pune

first_imgWrestler Rahul Aware, who won a Gold medal at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Austalia’s Gold Coast, received a hero’s welcome on Tuesday as hundreds of fans crowded the Pune International Airport to greet him.Aware, who hails from Patoda tehsil in Beed district, bested Canada’s Steven Takahashi in men’s freestyle 57 kg wrestling final to clinch the top prize in a humdinger of a finale.A protégé of renowned wrestler Harishchandra Birajdar, the 26-year-old shed tears of joy as he was feted with a Puneri pagadi and hoisted on the shoulders of his enthusiastic fans as he stepped outside the airport.“It was Birajdar mama’s dream that at least one of his students should win a gold medal at an international event… It was a difficult time for me when he [Mr. Birajdar] passed away in 2011,” said an emotional Aware, who underwent rigorous training with Arjuna awardee Kakasaheb Pawar at the latter’s wrestling academy in Katraj.Birajdar had scored a Gold way back in the 1970 British Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh in Scotland. An influential figure in the State’s wrestling scene with a deft eye for budding talent, he was responsible for helping several promising wrestlers realise their potential. “While his [Birajdar’s] death left a void in my life and he was not present to witness my success, Kakasaheb Pawar helped bridge this long journey from despair to success …I am everything today because of mama and Kaka,” said Aware.This was his second gold medal in Australia, having bagged one at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships held in Melbourne in 2011.Aware moved to Pune in 2007 to receive instruction under Birajdar at the city’s Gokul Vastad Talimm, which dates from the early 19th century and is situated in the bustling, run-down Bhawani Peth area.Under Birajdar’s guidance, Aware’s talents soon blossomed, as he bagged the gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games held in Pune in 2008. Since, then it has been a relentless thrust towards the top prize in the international sporting arena. “Expectations naturally ran high and there was tremendous pressure on me to win the gold at the CWG…the semi-finals and finals, too, became progressively difficult. But I didn’t lose sight of the final goal,” said the modest wrestler, adding that “respecting one’s Guru and imbibing instruction with sincerity” was the surest path to a gold medal.Aware said his sights were set on the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia in August this year. “His achievement is extremely commendable… While there have been many good and aggressive wrestlers from Maharashtra, Rahul is the only one to have realized Harishchandra Birajdar’s dream of winning a gold at an international event. He never compromised on his commitment towards his sport,” said an exultant Mr. Pawar.Reminiscing on his early potential, Aware’s father, Balasaheb Aware, who was present to receive his son, said: “His talent and skill at wrestling was evident since he was seven years of age. While he used to perform well at local events, a turning point came when Birajdar mama, recognizing his potential, urged us to enroll in his talim and we readily consented.”last_img read more

Thackeray flays Shah Rukh for his ‘love for Pakistan’

first_imgShah Rukh KhanClick here to EnlargeShiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray has described as “height of stupidity” Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “love for Pakistan”.In an editorial in today’s issue of party mouthpiece “Saamna”, Thackeray said the actor who considers himself a ‘badshah’ has been shown his place by the Sena by protesting against his participation in an entertainment show to raise funds for Pakistani flood victims in London on November 28.”He came to his senses and cancelled his participation,” Thackeray claimed.”Why did Shah Rukh never feel that he should do a charity show for flood victims in India, for the 26/11 terror victims or for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits who have been ousted from their homeland,” Thackeray asked.Describing himself as the watchdog of nationalistic ethos, Thackeray said it was his duty to take to task people like Shah Rukh “who were overflowing with love for Pakistan”.He also said the government should find out the reason why the actor feels so much for Pakistan. “A JPC should be instituted into this 2G spectrum like scam.”But Thackeray said he was not criticising Shah Rukh because he was a “Khan”.”If there was an Akshay or Devgn in his place, I would have done the same,” he said.The news report of Shah Rukh’s alleged participation in a show to be organised by a London-based Pakistani channel was given by “Saamna” based on an advertisement from the Internet.However, Shah Rukh is in Berlin shooting for Don 2 for the last couple of days.The actor had earlier earned the wrath of Shiv Sena for his comments lamenting the absence of Pakistani players in the IPL season 3. advertisementlast_img read more

Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toys

first_imgRiyan Parag is all of 17 and already living a dream playing for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League this season. The teenager was playing just his second game for the Royals on Saturday and proved his worth with an all-round performance against Mumbai Indians in Jaipur.The Royals rode on Riyan Parag and captain Steve Smith’s 70-run partnership for the fourth wicket to chase down 162 with 5 wickets and 5 balls to spare at the Sawai Mansingh stadium and kept their campaign alive in IPL 2019.Parag scored 43 while Smith remained unbeaten on 59 as RR registered their third win of the season. Had he scored a fifty, Parag would have become the youngest in the league’s history to get to a half-century. Parag also bowled two overs of leg-spin, giving away 17 runs from them.Speaking after the game with teammate Jaydev Unadkat, the Guwahati-born cricketer opened up on his experience of representing the Royals and playing in the IPL for the first time this year.Riyan Parag described the feeling as surreal when Unadkat asked him how it was like playing for the Royals and winning the game with his bat.”It feels really surreal. Been watching the IPL for the last 5-6 years and now being a part of it and playing for Rajasthan Royals, contributing for my team feels surreal. I’m grateful to RR for picking me,” Parag told Unadkat on iplt20.com.From Dhoni’s fanboy to match winner: Riyan’s beautiful IPL journeyFrom a viral picture with @msdhoni to his love for soft toys, @JUnadkat finds the innocent side of @ParagRiyan! By @Moulinparikh. @rajasthanroyals #RRvMIWatch the full video – https://t.co/UAnhLj501L pic.twitter.com/xC43Wn5ToAadvertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 21, 2019Riyan Parag idolises former India captain MS Dhoni and got a chance to play against him in his first match this season as RR hosted Chennai Super Kings on April 11 in Jaipur and lost the game by 4 wickets.Parag bowled to Dhoni in that game and then got a picture clicked with the Super Kings captain after the match.”I’m just grateful to god. I have been idolising him for such a long time. I had a picture with him when I was six or seven years old. And then bowling to him, sharing the field with him, even batting while he was wicketkeeping behind me was just surreal.”I haven’t told him about the picture of me as a kid with him. I took another one after the game though. My dad (Parag Das) has played with him so he can maybe recognise me,” Parag said.Jaydev Unadkat then went on to reveal Riyan Parag’s love for soft toys and how a little girl took one of his toys on a recent flight. Riyan Parag gifted one of his soft toys to a little girl on a flight recently (Rajasthan Royals Facebook Photo)”After cricket, the thing I love most are my cuddly toys and I have a family of them and I’ve named them as well.”That girl, she was too cute I couldn’t say no to her. That girl taking my toy on the flight, you were the one behind it,” Parag said and then went on to reveal the names of his soft toys. “There are two boys and two girls – Sydney and Maira are the two girls, Oscar and Leo are the boys.”Also Read | Steve Smith’s tip to teenager Riyan Parag: Think I’m your friend from gully cricketAlso Read | Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithAlso Read | RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai Indianslast_img read more

TFA SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANT COACHES

first_img SAMPLE APPLICATION COACH                  Touch and other sporting qualifications Touch Football Australia is seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active Assistant Coaches for our Youth Development Program. The appointment is a 1 year term with ongoing assessment and evaluation of the individuals linked to it & their subsequent performance under the direction of the appointed Coach for each Division.  This will incorporate Camps, a Youth Exchange with NZ (Trans Tasman) & the World Cup. An initial process has commenced with a Youth Development Camp & subsequent monitoring of athletes that attended.  Feedback on performance and tracking will continue to occur.  Some of these identified athletes from the camp are to be incorporated in the open camps in the lead up to the World Cup. The National 18’s Tournament & NTL will be the first TID cycle completion with a subsequent tour proposed of New Zealand.  TFA will have implemented a similar system in the Youth Program to that of the Open Program which will ensure the ability to monitor the progress towards the Youth World Cup.Positions available: ·         Boys 20 years:             Assistant Coach·         Girls 20 years:              Assistant Coach·         Mixed 20 years:           Assistant Coach·         Boys 18 years:             Assistant Coach·         Girls 18 years:             Assistant Coach·         Mixed 18 years:          Assistant CoachApplications for these positions close on Monday 18th September 2006 and should be forwarded to:                Game Development Manager                Touch Football Australia                PO Box 9078                DEAKIN ACT 2600Or email: techsupport@austouch.com.au or colm@austouch.com.auNB:   Applications should be in writing demonstrating the ability to perform the duties detailed in the attached Position Descriptions.  The applicant should also include curriculum vitae.Assistant Coach Appointment Process The positions will be advertised to all Level 2 and 3 TFA accredited Coaches, Constituent Bodies and Permits.Applicants should apply in writing for preferred position(s) stating their claims, including their credentials and qualifications.  All applications should address the “Criteria for the position”. The TFA will appoint candidates to respective positions.Endorsement of each candidate will be sought from relevant Constituent Body.Should interviews be required suitable applicants will be advised and interviews arranged.The National Performance Analyst in consultation with the appointed National Coaching Director, appointed Coach and the National Game Development Manager will recommend candidates for the coaching positions.The TFA Board of Directors will approve the appointments.Successful and unsuccessful candidates will be notified in writing.NB:   Any applicant or application forwarded for coaching positions will be considered without re application. NB:  Please do not bind or staple the application.  Electronic copy is preferred. Contact information – telephone, facsimile and e-mail Date of birth Brief history of touch experiencecenter_img Address Full name Assistant Coach – Position DescriptionPrimary Job Purpose: 1.  To facilitate and improve the sporting opportunities and performance of identified elite and potential elite players in the National Youth Squad/Team2.  To assist in developing and carrying out the organisation’s elite program objectives, strategies and programs.3.  Assist the Coach to the National Youth Squad/Team.Key Duties:1.  To liaise with the National Performance Analyst, National Coaching Director, Elite Programs Director, National Game Development Manager and Medical Coordinator and appointed coaching staff to ensure implementation of National Technical Policy.2.   Assist the National Coach or assistant to perform his / her duties in the lead up to, and at tournaments and tours. 3.  Consult with the National coach or assistant to ensure that training programs are being followed.4.  Assist in the preparation and coaching of the National Youth Squad/Team at international events as required.5.   Liaise with the National coach on matters relating to individual members of the National Youth Squad/Team in relation to training, fitness, fundraising and player conduct.6.   Monitor members of the National Youth Squad/Team in consultation with the National coach or assistant.7.   Assist the National Coach or Assistant to maintain written player profiles, monitor performance and provide individual player feedback.Issues and Challenges:1.   Ensure a national direction and elite focus on the development of the National Youth players.2.   Maintain and demonstrate effective communications with media, marketing, management and administration personnel.3.  Understand and respond to the differing needs of the players and coaching staff.Criteria for Position: 1.  Minimum current NCAS Level 2 Touch coach as approved by the National Technical Panel.2.  Must display a national perspective at all times.3.  Must be able to provide leadership to National Youth Team/Squad and the National Youth team/squad members, TID Selectors and NTL coaches.4.  Must have an excellent knowledge of the International Rules of Touch.5.  Must be able to demonstrate the ability to work within the TFA Coach’s “Code of Conduct.”6.  Must be aware of and have detailed knowledge of all TFA Technical Policies and Guidelines.7.  Demonstrated oral and written communication skills together with good inter-personal relationship skills.8.  Must be able to demonstrate the ability to work well under pressure whilst still achieving objectives.Key Performance Indicators:     1.   Performance at International level tournaments.    2.   Improved performance of National Youth Squad/Team and the National youth Squad/ team members.    3.   Positive feedback to and from National Youth Squad/Team and the National Youth Squad/Team members.Assessment of performance by the National Coach and Assistant and National Performance Analyst and National Coaching Director. Address each of the “Criteria for Position” 1. Must be an active coach2. Must display a national perspective3. Provide leadership4. International rules5. Code of conduct6. Technical Policies7. Communication skills8. Work under pressure   Occupation and professional or other qualificationslast_img read more

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Just Threw His First INT Of The Season

first_imgLSU Tigers huddle before gameBATON ROUGE, LA – OCTOBER 13: LSU Tigers huddles up before a game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa hadn’t come close to meeting his match so far this season. LSU’s defense is giving him a real test early in this game.The Crimson Tide lead 9-0, but it has been a serious grind.Earlier in the game, Tagovailoa was briefly knocked out after taking a huge shot to the midsection. He’s back in, but Alabama’s offensive line needs to keep him upright; it was Mac Jones to replace him and not Jalen Hurts, who is recovering from minor ankle surgery.Saban lit into Tua after he was forced to call a timeout. The Tiger Stadium crowd is always hard to deal with.Moments ago LSU’s pressure forced the first interception of the year from Tua Tagovailoa.He was flushed from the pocket and let one rip downfield, as he often does. This time, for the first time this year, an opponent came down with it.HE’S HUMAN pic.twitter.com/dY0xDdwPS9— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 4, 2018Todd Harris came away with the ball on the rare Tua mistake.Of course, LSU wound up with the ball deep in its own territory, and Joe Burrow was nearly sacked for a safety during the drive. LSU was lucky to be able to punt out of the end zone.Alabama wound up taking advantage anyway. Tagovailoa quickly hit tight end Irv Smith Jr. for a touchdown to make it 16-0. He hasn’t been as sharp as he always is, but Tua is still making mostly great throws against an elite defenselast_img read more

Head to Elk Head Clothing to Score Some Ruggedly Refined Togs

first_img DFH Continues to Expand Spirits Portfolio with Dogfish Head Straight Whiskey Editors’ Recommendations Inspired by the taxidermy 12-point head of an elk he shot during a hunting trip, Garrett Hilgendorf launched his men’s clothing line and its physical store Elk Head Clothing in Atlanta’s Ponce City Market in 2015. Offering immensely wearable clothing and accessories that are “rugged yet refined,” Hilgendorf also sells his wares online.The Michigan native recently shared the story behind his need-to-know collection and shop…What is the background and history of Elk Head?I started Elk Head as a pursuit of passion. I have always been interested in fashion and style, and I am from Michigan and very much inspired by the outdoors. I decided to create a brand that fit the modern lifestyle and aesthetic…minimalistic and refined, but also with rugged qualities.What prompted you to open the store?I felt that being online wasn’t enough and that I needed a physical space to really showcase the brand and what it was all about. Ponce City Market’s aesthetic and feel is modern, yet it has timeless qualities. I felt that opening a store in PCM made sense.What are your current bestselling brands and items?Our signature elbow patch shirts are customer favorites and so are so our popovers. The leather goods, the wallets and belts are also really popular – they are handcrafted in Pennsylvania.How would you describe the overall aesthetic of the shop and its selection?The shop has a modern, minimalistic, aesthetic overall. I’ve used a lot of timeless and sturdy materials like wood and steel when designing the interior.Who is the customer who shops at Elk Head?We have a truly diverse customer base, but they all have one thing in common- they like timeless style that is also versatile and made of quality materials.What sets Elk Head apart from other stores in the area?The shopping experience. We’ve curated an atmosphere that is laid-back and casual, and very different from big box stores.  We want people to have a good time while they’re shopping.How big is your online business versus brick-and -mortar?We are growing our online business every day, but our brick-and-mortar is currently the heart of our business.What has been the best part of running the store so far?By far, the best thing about opening the shop has been meeting customers and getting their feedback. I’ve been blown away by all of the positive responses about our products. Talking to people and hearing what they like about the brand has made my pursuits worthwhile.What are the future plans for Elk Head?I’d like to open more stores locally, but also nationwide. Ponce City Market will always be our home. I think there are also other cities that would appreciate our design-centered aesthetic. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Look Dapper, Not Drenched, in Head-to-Toe Stutterheim Rainwear A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

Flannel Suits are a Thing and You Should Wear One this Winter

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019 Keep it Cool with the Best Men’s Summer Shirts Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider It’s the end of the year and your calendar is filling up with holiday parties and huge end-of-year meetings. But you don’t have a thing to wear. Well, not nothing, per se, but your wardrobe needs an upgrade if you’re going to put your best foot forward at that big budget meeting or dinner with the in-laws. To do so, turn away from your typical suiting styles and turn toward a flannel suit and be prepared to step your winter tailoring up a notch in a big way. Yeah, flannel suits are a thing. Shocked? Don’t be.Popular for its more casual texture and look, flannel suiting is to winter what linen suiting is to spring and summer. If you’re wearing a suit in the winter, you’d do well to make it flannel. It’s warm yet breathable; it’s easy to move around in; and it’s even easier to mix and match a flannel suit with your favorite pre-existing pieces (from cardigans to Oxford shirts to elbow-patch sweaters). For all your winter tailoring needs, these are the best flannel suits to buy right now.Best Men’s Flannel SuitsJ. Crew Ludlow Slim Fit Italian Flannel Wool Suit – $686For guys of a certain age, J. Crew took everything we thought we knew about the suit and changed it entirely. Slim lapels, slim and flattering fits, new fabrics; it’s all on the table now. That same design approach carries through to this sharp and timeless flannel wool suit. If you want to step up your suiting game for the holidays (and the rest of the winter), start here.Shop NowBonobos Jetsetter Stretch Italian Flannel Wool Suit – $750We love Bonobos for the brand’s slim chinos and increasingly excellent outerwear and shirting. It’s fitting, then, that its Jetsetter line of suits continues to rise to the occasion in terms of accessibility and quality. Made with premium Italian-milled wool merged with just a hint of stretch, this seriously stylish suit is made for your biggest holiday party or your next big meeting.  It’s definitely one of the best flannel suits you can buy now, and we think you’d do very well to pick it up as soon as possible.Shop NowBrooks Brothers Windowpane Flannel Suit – $998You can’t help but admire a brand that’s as consistent — and consistently stylish and classic — as Brooks Brothers. Take this windowpane flannel suit. It’s well-considered and well-designed with a tailored (but not overly trim) fit, done in a beautiful tan Italian windowpane fabric and made in the United States. Perhaps one of the best flannel suits money can buy, no?Shop NowTodd Snyder Made-in-the-USA Sutton Wool Flannel Suit – $796There’s a great chance that even right now, you’re wearing one of Todd Snyder’s perfectly cut crewneck sweatshirts from his ongoing collaboration with Champion. If so, then add to your arsenal of Todd Snyder gear a refined suit. Snyder’s brand represents all-American, classic style at its best, and this wool flannel suit (crafted with care in the United States) is accessible in terms of fit and price. Pair it with brown leather wingtip boots, a light blue dress shirt, and a navy wool tie, and you’ll be the best-dressed guy in the room, anywhere you go.Shop NowBar III Slim-Fit Stretch Flannel Suit Separates – $175 to $425Don’t feel like splurging on a suit you can’t wear year-round? Fear not — Bar III is offering affordable, slim-fitting suit separates in crisp, classic colors like navy and light grey. A fine alternative if you want to try one out for your holiday party without refinancing your house.Shop NowGot a hot date, Christmas Party, or New Year’s Eve bash to attend? A flannel suit probably isn’t the best fit for that. Instead, check out our guide to the best suits to wear during the winter holidays.last_img read more

Montrealer sentenced to life in US airport terror attack on police officer

first_imgFLINT, Mich. — A Montreal man who was convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan airport police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.Amor Ftouhi was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman.Investigators say Ftouhi drove 1,600 kilometres from Montreal in 2017 and arrived at the airport in Flint, Mich. While there, he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville.Federal investigators say Ftouhi, a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007, wanted to get Neville’s gun and shoot people at the airport.Defence attorneys say Ftouhi wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and he could become a martyr.But before sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge he had no regrets and only wished he could have acquired a machine-gun that day to kill Neville and others.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Ellie Goulding And Professor Green Named UKs Hottest Vegetarians

first_imgNot only are Ellie Goulding and Professor Green two of the UK’s hottest musical acts, they’re also proud vegetarians who don’t hesitate to let others know about the benefits of a meat-free diet – and that’s music to PETA’s ears.That’s why the group has named the pair the UK’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2015.Goulding is quick to credit her vegetarian lifestyle with giving her an athletic physique, saying that since she gave up meat, “my body’s different, my skin is different, my face shape is different, and my eyes are brighter, too”. Her Instagram account is full of photos of delicious plant-based foods, both home-cooked and picked up on the go, and the “Love Me Like You Do” singer also let the world know that the coat she wears on the cover of her newly dropped album, Delirium, is faux fur.Professor Green first shared his decision to go vegetarian on Twitter, citing numerous documentaries and naming vegan grime artist JME as his inspiration. He says, “[I]t’s not just the saturated fat that kills us, it’s the damage animal agriculture causes [to] the environment “. Since then, the chart-topping rapper has continued to tell others how delicious meat-free meals can be, posting photos of green juices and dishes like, chickpea curry, veggie burgers, stir-fried veggies with quinoa and more on his social media accounts.In addition to helping spare many animals a year the horrors of the abattoir, vegans and vegetarians are less likely to suffer from cancer, obesity and diabetes than meat-eaters are. They also have a smaller carbon footprint. These are just some of the reasons why millions of British people (including 20 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds, according to the research group Mintel have chosen to ditch animal-derived foods.PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – previously awarded the title of Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity to John Bishop, Lily Cole, Leona Lewis, Eliza Doolittle, Jay McGuiness and Russell Brand.last_img read more

Oskana Cup wraps up in Regina

first_imgAPTN National NewsRegina was the site of the eighth Oskana Cup hockey tournament.Hundreds of First Nation and Metis youth from across the province converged in Regina.Players under 18 and as young as four competed.One kid wearing Number 99 has some great moves already.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

Second Moroccan Woman Summits Everest in Less Than Two Days

Rabat –  A Moroccan woman, Ghizlane Aakar, has waved the Moroccan flag from the summit of the highest mountain in the world, making herself the second Moroccan and North African woman to climb Mount Everest in less than two days.One day after the Moroccan female mountaineer, Bouchra Baibanou, summited Mount Everest, another Moroccan woman, Ghizlane Aakar announced on Facebook her success after three previous attempts.“The Moroccan flag has yet again flapped on the top of the highest summit on May 22 at around 3:45 PM,” said the Moroccan mountaineer. She explained that the climb was hard both physically and emotionally, and that she was “so happy that it’s done.” This is not the first time Aakar has attempted to reach Everest’s summit. She made her first try in 2014 but she broke her leg when she was halfway through. In 2015, Ghizlane Aakar was climbing the mountain for the second time when Nepal had its deadliest earthquake, which left nearly 9,000 dead. Bouchra was unharmed but had to put an end to her attempt.Aakar decided to try again in 2016 but the altitude pressure affected the blood vessels in her eyes, forcing her to stop. Her determination however did not fade, and her tremendous efforts were crowned with success on May 22.Bouchra Baibamou, the 46 year-old Moroccan mountaineer who climbed the same mountain on May 21 said in an interview with Outdoor Women Alliance right her achievement broke:“People [in Morocco] accept women doing adventure sports. It wasn’t like before. Women can do everything now. I feel lucky to be a Moroccan woman.” read more

Casablanca’s Boulevard Festival Comes Back for 2017 Edition, Highlighting Global Urban…

Rabat – After last year’s absence, Casablanca’s Boulevard festival is back for its 2017 edition, promising a variety of musical acts showcasing talent from all over the world, from Sept. 15 to 24.Faithful to its principles, the musical rendezvous aims to discover new musical voices. Nineteen rap, hip-hop, rock, metal, and fusion bands have been selected among 159 candidates to compete for the “Tremplin” talent show from Sept. 15 to 17 at the city’s Al Amal complex.Six of them, two per category, will be rewarded by the jury. First prize winners will receive MAD 10,000 while second prize winners will receive MAD 5,000. All winners will be granted opportunity to record two pieces by award-winning, professionally-trained musicians. From Sept. 22 to 24, the Boulevard festival will host concerts at the stadium of the R.U.C. Artists including the American hip-hop duo MOP, the Moroccan rapper Masta Flow, the French metal group Dagoba, and other Moroccan artists like Betweenatna, Oum, Keziah Jones, and Labess will come together to create a fusion of world music.Boulevard will also hold activities on the sidelines, such as an “associative souk,” graffiti and mural painting, improv theater, a circus, trainings, and a web-radio show.Behind the scenes, the festival’s organizers have set up formal and informal meetings for attendees to network with professionals and exchange experience. Some of these meetings will be open to general public, especially on the springboard, where a handful of collectives and cultural organizations will show off their projects and explain their approaches to amateurs and experts.The City Council of Casablanca, through its local development company Casablanca Events and Animation, has contributed to the organization of the event. read more

Reckless Tim Hortons blasts franchisees cuts to paid breaks and benefits

TORONTO — Tim Hortons franchisees who planned to offset the Ontario government’s minimum wage hike by cutting paid breaks and forcing workers to cover a bigger share of their benefits faced criticism from a new source Friday: their own head office.After days of public and government outrage stemming from policies introduced by Ron Joyce Jr. and Jeri Horton-Joyce, the children of the company’s billionaire co-founders, at their two Coburg, Ont., locations, the coffee chain’s Canadian headquarters called the franchisees’ actions “reckless” and “completely unacceptable.”A statement from Tim Hortons released on Friday said the cuts “do not reflect the values of our brand, the views of our company or the views of the overwhelming majority of our dedicated and hardworking Restaurant Owners” and that staff “should never be used to further an agenda or be treated as just an ‘expense.”‘‘We are offended’: Franchisees blast Ontario premier for unfairly targeting Tim Hortons’ founding familiesOntario premier Kathleen Wynne accuses Tim Hortons founders’ children of bullying employeesTim Hortons franchises owned by children of founders reduce employee benefits to offset minimum wage hikeThe company didn’t elaborate on what it would do to help franchisees as they transition to paying workers at least $14, up from the previous minimum wage of $11.60 an hour. It will rise again to $15 in 2019.However, it said, “While our Restaurant Owners, like all small business owners, have found this sudden transition challenging, we are committed to helping them work through these changes.”It and parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. requested a mandatory conference call with all store owners on Friday afternoon, according to Great White North Franchisee Association, a group created last year to give voice to the concerns of some Tim Hortons franchisees.A spokesperson for the association said she was not aware of what was discussed on the call.Restaurant Brands Inc. did not immediately respond to requests for comment and Tim Hortons’ headquarters said, “we have nothing further to add.”The call comes on the heels of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne lashing out on Thursday at the franchisees’ cuts.Wynne called their actions “a clear act of bullying” and said if Joyce Jr. wants to challenge the Ontario government policy, he should come directly to her and not take it out on his workers.Her sentiments were echoed by Ontario’s Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid on Friday, when he urged business owners to respect their low-income workers.“The decision on minimum wage has been made,” he said. “This premier will speak for those whose voices have often not been heard. She will proceed with our efforts to ensure that all workers benefit from our thriving economy. She will not be swayed by business owners, some of whom are very wealthy, to back away from her passion of caring for those who are less fortunate.”Asked if it was hypocritical for the government to take this position since the Liberals cut benefits to some civil servants in 2014 to save $1.2 billion over five years, Duguid said this is a different circumstance.“As an employer the government has a responsibility to the taxpayers who pay the bills,” he said. “(And) to ensure that the wages we pay to our workers are fair both to taxpayers and to those workers. I think we’d be hard pressed when we compare what our workers make to make any kind of a case to suggest that they’re underpaid.”However, Unifor, Canada’s largest public sector union that represents more than 315,000 workers, released a statement on Friday stressing that “we can’t continue to have an economy based on poverty-level wages for workers” and slamming cuts from the Tim Hortons franchisees as “a bully tactic by greedy business owners.”It said it was alarmed by other chain restaurants that have reportedly been cutting benefits and even confiscating workers’ tips.“At a time when CEOs are making record multi-million-dollar salaries, it is not too much to ask that workers be able to afford a decent standard of living — and that begins with raising the minimum hourly wage,” Unifor’s national president Jerry Dias said. “This week has really shown why workers need a stronger voice in the workplace.” read more

CannTrust says OSC launches investigation into unlicensed pot growing

VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says the Ontario Securities Commission has opened an investigation into issues around unlicensed growing at the company’s Ontario greenhouse.The beleaguered cannabis producer said in a late-day release Thursday that the investigation has been assigned to the Joint Serious Offences Team of the commission’s enforcement branch.The company disclosed on July 8 that it was facing a probe by Health Canada after the agency found the company had grown cannabis in several rooms at its Pelham, Ont. facility without government approval, and that employees had provided inaccurate information to regulators.CannTrust’s shares have since fallen more than 50 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the scandal has led to the ousting of the company’s CEO and the chairman of its board of directors.The company warned Thursday that it would likely miss its filing deadline for an interim financial report because of the significant uncertainty on the impact of the pending Health Canada decisions.The Vaughan, Ont.-based company, which has halted all sales and shipments as Health Canada continues its probe, said Wednesday it had hired a financial adviser to help it explore a potential sale and other strategic alternatives. Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST)The Canadian Press read more

Jets Harrison overcame years of bullying to achieve dreams

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jonotthan Harrison has not forgotten a single punch or kick, the brutal pushing and shoving, the sudden tackles to the ground with his classmates piling on top of him.There was also the constant and flat-out mean name calling. And all the laughing. So much laughing — at his expense.The New York Jets centre endured years of bullying while growing up in central Florida, but refused to let those painful moments stop him from achieving his goals.“I can get along with anybody,” Harrison said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But for whatever reason, people found me to be an easy target to mess with, pick on or whatever, whether they thought it was playful or not.”The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Harrison hardly looks like the type of guy anyone would dare mess with.From fifth grade through high school, though, it was a different story — one he often shares in schools on days off from practice to bring awareness to bullying and try to prevent it from happening to other youngsters.“It was a journey and I realized toward the end of high school that it kind of toughened me up on the inside,” the 27-year-old Harrison said. “You know, if I could go through all that and still come out on top, so to speak, all those people that bullied me and did whatever, they’re still in my hometown. They haven’t done anything with their lives, so now I’m very thankful for my parents’ guidance growing up and for where it’s helped me get to.”Harrison’s mother Jennifer and stepfather Robert Vorasky were travel nurses when he was young, so the family often bounced around south Florida. When Harrison reached fifth grade, his parents bought a home in the city of Mascotte in Lake County, Florida, with the intentions of providing stability.But Harrison quickly realized he was in for some major challenges.“I was the only person of my colour in my class and they didn’t throw racial slurs at me, but coincidentally, we’d go out to recess and everyone would gang up on me on the soccer field,” he recalled. “They would trip me, they’d throw the ball at me. Me being an only child, I didn’t have any siblings to talk to, didn’t have any siblings to toughen me up or anything like that. So, there were times I’d go home emotional to my mom.“It sounds bad, but it is what it is.”In middle school, Harrison tipped the scales at more than 200 pounds, so he exceeded the weight limit to join athletic teams. Instead, he discovered the school band and played the guitar and French horn. He was pretty good at both, too, but that didn’t matter to some of the school’s jocks.“It was like, ‘Oh, here’s this ‘big, squishy kid,’ let’s tackle him and let’s pick on him a little bit,’” Harrison said. “So, on my way to lunch, I’d get tackled every single day. My books would go flying, I’d get scraped up, my shirt ripped up, whatever.“Everybody would just laugh, and I’d just pick myself up and keep going.”At South Lake High School, it was more of the same. Some kids also came up with an undesirable nickname: “Big Baby.”“They would say, ‘Oh, you’re just like a big baby,’” Harrison said. “It kind of stuck with me all the way through college, but it was a different ‘Big Baby’ at that point. I eventually became like a cool ‘Big Baby,’ but at the time, it was belittling and all I wanted to do was fit in.”Harrison would share some stories with his parents, but his mother would occasionally hear from his friends about other troubles with which her son was dealing.“He didn’t want to hurt me,” Jennifer Harrison said in a telephone interview. “He didn’t want to see my pain, too, because I think he realized it made me so sad when he was hurting, too.”She would frequently address Jonotthan’s issues with his teachers and school officials. At home, she provided her son comfort — and valuable advice.“Be greater than your enemies,” Harrison recalled her telling him. “Don’t stoop down to their level. You could really hurt somebody if you retaliated because you’re 200-plus pounds and they’re still under 200 pounds.”Jennifer Harrison acknowledged it was tough to ask her son to not retaliate. She knew it frustrated him, but she made it clear she understood what he was going through.“I told him, if you fight back, you would just be fueling the fire that these kids are trying to spark in you,” she said, “and you don’t want that.”Instead, Harrison kept brushing himself off and moving forward.He joined the football team in high school and became a star offensive lineman. That paved his way to a scholarship to the University of Florida.“I honestly believe that is one of the things that motivated him to be such a good football player,” Jennifer Harrison said. “That was his license to hit back. Maybe some good came out of it in that way. I saw his passion in football and I just said, ‘Wow, he’s finally able to hit back legitimately,’ and I think that gave him his strength and his oomph in football.”Harrison was also a model student with a double major who graduated with degrees in criminology and anthropology, and set his sights on becoming a homicide detective after his playing days.“It’s a pleasure to sit back and watch what he is doing now and how he has overcome that in his life and turn it around into something good,” Jennifer Harrison said. “I know it could have turned the other way.“It could have been more negative.”Harrison went undrafted in 2014, but signed with Indianapolis and started 23 games over the next three seasons. He signed with New York last year and played in eight games, including one start, before re-signing with the Jets last off-season.Harrison is set to start his third consecutive game at centre, and could remain in that spot the rest of the season.“I’ve had people reach back out and act like everything’s cool now,” Harrison said. “I’m like, ‘Hey, bro. You don’t remember? I remember you throwing rocks at me when I rode my bike. I remember when we were playing football and all you guys turned and we got into this huge brawl in my backyard and nobody had my back. I remember all those times.’ It kind of sounds bad, but I kind of laugh at times because it’s like, if you were just nicer, you know what I mean?“I didn’t do anything to deserve that, but you felt the need to do that, and look at life now.”That’s what drives him to be so active in anti-bullying campaigns in conjunction with the Jets. He’ll go to a school and sit at lunch with a child who has experienced bullying, trading stories and bonding.“My whole message is: You will be all right and you will come out on the other end stronger, as long as you allow yourself to,” he said. “If you allow whatever’s influencing you to get to you and get under your skin, yeah, it’s going to cripple you. It’s going to cripple you emotionally, cripple you mentally and psychologically.“But if you take that and you just keep, not fighting back but keep standing up to whatever that influence may be, you’ll realize over time that it makes you stronger on the inside and it gives you the confidence necessary to go through life.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

Calls for Coveney to step away from horsemeat investigation

first_imgThis issue needs strong political leadership as well as a detailed investigation and a strong policy response at both a national and European level. Ireland is leading that response and will continue to do so. Fianna Fáil agriculture spokesperson Ó Cuív called on the Taoiseach to establish an independent investigation, saying that recent revelations:demonstrate minister Simon Coveney’s inability to come to grips with the situation. Since this disaster began to unfold, the Minister has consistently sought to minimise the significance of the problem, rush to declare it solved and evade straightforward questions about when he first became aware of allegations about irregularities. Hoping that the problem would just go away was never going to work.He said that he has been calling for an independent investigation to establish the full facts of the situation.Ó Cúiv added that he intends to press the party’s motion to this effect in the Dáil this week.Earlier this week, operations were suspended at the B&F Meats plant after it was discovered that the company was despatching some horsemeat to a customer in the Czech Republic via a UK based-trader using a label in Czech that referred to beef.The Agriculture Department’s Special Investigation Unit continues to investigate this discovery.Read: UPDATE: Horsemeat containing harmful drug ‘entered food chain’ in France>Read: Horsemeat labelled ‘beef’ sent to Czech Republic from Ireland> FIANNA FÁIL DEPUTY Eamon Ó Cúiv has called for Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to step aside from the horsemeat crisis, and for an independent investigation to be established into the issue.In response, Minister Coveney said that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in conjunction with the gardaí are conducting a detailed and complex investigation that is independent and feeds into the Department.He said the investigation is “progressing well and getting to the bottom of the issue from an Irish perspective”. He added:If the Deputy would like a briefing on the investigation at this stage to get a full understanding of the complexity involved the Department would be happy to facilitate that.last_img read more

Four airlines share routes

first_imgAfter a considerable delay – given that the tourism season started in late March – the airlines to fly the country’s 24 subsidized air routes were finally announced last week, with the contracts split between four companies. Olympic Air will operate 13 routes, including those to Paros, Milos, Naxos and Skiathos, Astra Airlines will undertake five, including the Thessaloniki-Corfu and Athens-Sitia (eastern Crete) routes, Sky Express will run another five, including Alexandroupoli-Sitia, and Aegean Airlines has just one, the Athens-Skyros service. Aeroland Airways and Minoan Airlines were left out of the last phase of the tender for the unpopular routes that the state subsidizes and the Civil Aviation Authority allocates. The contracts run till March 2016. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Copa America 2019 quarterfinal Uruguay vs Peru Preview TV listings and how

first_imgEdinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.Edinson Cavani and Luis SuarezFifteen-time Copa America champion Uruguay will take the field on June 29 against Peru for their quarter-final match of the Copa America 2019, at Salvador in Brazil. The winners will meet Chile in the semi-final which is slated to be played on July 3 at Porto Alegre.Uruguay are coming into the match riding high on a one-goal victory against Chile in their final fixtures of the group stage which decided the fate of the group. Uruguay had an unbeaten run throughout the tournament till now and they have played all their games with commendable performances from Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani. The South American giants thumped Ecuador 4-0 in their first match of the tournament with goals from Suarez and Cavani. The La Celeste were held to a 2-2 draw by Japan in their second fixture of the group stage. The fans of the South American giants will be hoping that they beat Peru comfortable and go through to the semi-finals.  On the other hand, Peru were thrashed by Brazil with a 5-0 scoreline in their final match of the group stage and they qualified as they were one of the best third-placed teams in the tournament. In their first match of the competition, Peru played out a goalless draw against Venezuela as they failed to break the deadlock even having a 10-man Venezuela team against them for the last 15 minutes. They defeated Bolivia quite convincingly in their second fixture of the group stage with goals from Paulo Guerrero, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores. The Peruvian side will like to upset the South American giants and set up the semi-final with Chile.The Uruguay-Peru quarter-final match will start at 4 PM on June 29, according to local time and 12.30 AM, June 30, according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecast in the country. Fans can watch the live stream by using free VPN services and download apk’s like Navixsport. The application cannot be downloaded from any play store but it is available online for free. It can be downloaded by simply searching on Google. Two search results will come, one for Android and another for iOS. The viewers have to go inside the website according to their requirements, click on free download and enjoy the match.last_img read more

PM proposes new regional economic forum

first_imgPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, on Monday. Photo: PIDBangladesh today proposed for formation of a regional economic forum involving five Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states of South and Southeast Asian region.Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the proposal during her talks with Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, here this morning.Briefing reporters after the talks, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque said the members of the Southeast Asian Cooperation Organisation (SEACO), the proposed regional economic forum, will be Bangladesh and the Maldives from South Asia and Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei from Southeast Asia.In response to the proposal, the Brunei Sultan assured that he will “favourably consider” the matter, the foreign secretary said.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim and speech writer Nazrul Islam were present at the briefing.The foreign secretary said issues related to bilateral interests and international concerns including the Rohingya crisis came up for discussions at the talks.Haque said the prime minister made some more proposals for further strengthening the bilateral ties and cooperation between Bangladesh and Brunei.He said the prime minister made a proposal for increasing interaction between the business community and conducting a feasibility study for a preferential trade arrangement to this end.Sheikh Hasina also proposed for holding discussion on constitution of a joint commission between the two countries.She put emphasis on increasing cooperation in the fields of jute and jute goods, software, agro products, ceramic and tableware, shipbuilding industry and tourism.The prime minister said the government is setting up industrial parks where the Brunei entrepreneurs could make investment there.She laid importance to avoid double taxation, as well as mutual promotion and protection of investment.The prime minister gave priority to health and agriculture sectors in the context of Brunei and said big collaboration between the two countries could be made in health professionals and pharmaceuticals.The foreign secretary said both the prime minister and the Sultan said direct airlink between Bangladesh and Brunei should be established.The prime minister proposed for military cooperation in non-weapon-related area like humanitarian operation and knowledge sharing.In this connection, the Sultan highly praised Bangladeshi peacekeepers for maintaining peace in the trouble-torn areas in the world.Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah extended her heartfelt greetings to the prime minister on her party’s landslide victory in the last general elections and assuming of office for the fourth time.“It’s the verdict of the people and the victory is the recognition of socioeconomic development that Bangladesh achieved under the prime minister’s leadership,” Haque quoted the Sultan as saying.Simultaneously, the Sultan said the visit of the prime minister is a milestone for elevation and expansion of bilateral relationship between Brunei and Bangladesh.Sultan said there is a huge potentiality of boosting trade and commerce between the two countries.He said cooperation between Brunei and Bangladesh could be made in different sectors like energy, food, people-to-people contact and connectivity.On the Rohingya issue, Bolkiah put emphasis on “just and permanent solution” to the Rohingya crisis.“We should make all sorts of efforts so that the Rohingyas can return,” she said.In this connection, the prime minister sought ASEAN’s big involvement. The prime minister also sought the Sultan’s cooperation in this regard, Haque said.About the ASEAN, the Sultan assured that Brunei will continue to help to strengthen the cooperation between Bangladesh and the regional forum.At the talks, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited Brunei Sultan to visit Bangladesh along with his wife, the foreign secretary said.Earlier, the Sultan greeted the prime minister by proceeding to the stair of the Palace breaking traditional Royal protocol of Brunei, the foreign secretary said.last_img read more