Balgandharva Rangmandir: To demolish or not to demolish Pune’s pride

first_imgPune: Like the Shaniwarwada fort, the Balgandharva Rangmandir in the heart of the city’s J.M. Road area, occupies a central place in Pune’s socio-cultural fabric.The iconic auditorium, named in memory of the legendary Marathi singer-stage actor, has witnessed a Golden age of Marathi theatre and music.The Pune Municipal Corporation’s decision late last month to redevelop the landmark structure, now in its 50th year of existence, has elicited sharp reactions from some of Maharashtra’s most prominent theatre exponents who, whilst welcoming the idea of redevelopment, have cast aspersions on the civic body’s intent and methods.The auditorium was conceived by legendary Marathi litterateur Pu. La. Deshpande in the late 60s. With its superb acoustics and lighting systems it was considered among the best, not just in Maharashtra, but also in India.“I remember how Pu La consulted his peers and also youngsters like us. The excellent sound and light facilities made this the best in the country,” actor and theatre activist Amol Palekar told The Hindu.The PMC’s standing committee chief Muralidhar Mohol while setting aside ₹10 crore to rejuvenate the auditorium had said the plan was to construct three auditoria — for professional theatre, experimental theatre and an open air venue.Mr. Palekar was apprehensive as he said the process was shrouded in complete secrecy. “While redevelopment in itself is a welcome idea, why weren’t any details about the proposal shared with the city’s theatre fraternity. How has the civic body arrived arbitrarily at the ₹10 crore figure? he asked.Referring to the redevelopment of Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi in Mumbai, Mr. Palekar said, “According to me, the experiment was painful and an utter failure as the authoritiesthrew away space meant for developing theatre for purely commercial use. On the other hand we have models like the NCPA in Mumbai, which has two auditoria, an art gallery and several spaces for performing arts. The question is whether PMC is looking at the NCPA model or the Ravindra Natya Mandir model?” asked Mr. Palekar. Echoing Mr. Palekar’s thoughts, renowned theatre exponent Dr. Mohan Agashe, speaking to The Hindu from Goa, said, “I heard the news through the vernacular press. Who will benefit from this sudden move?” Given that the PMC had been steadily whittling down the Rangmandir over the years, its proposal to demolish will not make much difference, said director Atul Pethe.“That the auditorium has deteriorated appallingly over the years is no news. Performing a play today is an ordeal as the conditions are miserable. There are noises emanating from the street, and the sanitary conditions are simply pathetic,” said Mr. Pethe.While agreeing in principle to the idea of redevelopment, Mr. Pethe said in lieu of the demolished structure, the PMC ought to build three theatres with seating capacities of 300, 600 and 1,200 seats respectively to cater to all forms of art. – from experimental to mainstream.Commenting on the PMC’s recent statement that it would seek views of the artistes, Mr. Pethe alleged that a committee, if formed, was generally comprised the ruling party’s sponsored artistes and was generally a sham.He further pointed that the ₹10 crore earmarked for redevelopment of the Rangamandir was “peanuts” given that the PMC’s budget was a whopping ₹6,000 crore.“If PMC indeed has the will, it ought to recruit architects and transform the Rangmandir along the lines of NCPA in Mumbai and take suggestions from rising theatre practitioners like Mohit Takalkar,” said Mr. Pethe, adding that the redeveloped structure should include an art gallery, a rehearsal hall, a book store dedicated to literature about the theatre and a cafeteria along the lines of Prithvi Theatre.Mr. Palekar, too, said the redeveloped area ought to accommodate the needs of every kind of artiste – be they performers of serious plays or populist theatre like the lavani or tamasha.Despite PMC’s assurances that they would seek opinion of the theatre community, activists like Vijay Kumbhar are skeptical about the entire process given the civic body’s poor track record.“For decades, the PMC has been spending money to supposedly renovate the auditorium. However, the results are not visible. The dominant feeling today is that some contractor will benefit from this exercise. But even if that is the case, why target a building like this, which has long been held as Pune’s pride?” he wants to know.PMC authorities, on their part, said they were committed to providing world-class facilities during the redevelopment process.last_img read more

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Hardcore pot smoking could damage the brain’s pleasure center

first_imgIt probably won’t come as a surprise that smoking a joint now and then will leave you feeling … pretty good, man. But smoking a lot of marijuana over a long time might do just the opposite. Scientists have found that the brains of pot abusers react less strongly to the chemical dopamine, which is responsible for creating feelings of pleasure and reward. Their blunted dopamine responses could leave heavy marijuana users living in a fog—and not the good kind.After high-profile legalizations in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay, marijuana is becoming more and more available in many parts of the world. Still, scientific research on the drug has lagged. Pot contains lots of different chemicals, and scientists don’t fully understand how those components interact to produce the unique effects of different strains. Its illicit status in most of the world has also thrown up barriers to research. In the United States, for example, any study involving marijuana requires approval from four different federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration. Politics also plays a role in marijuana research.One of the unanswered questions about the drug is what, exactly, it does to our brains, both during the high and afterward. Of particular interest to scientists is marijuana’s effect on dopamine, a main ingredient in the brain’s reward system. 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Cocaine and alcohol abusers, for example, are known to produce far less dopamine in their brains than people who aren’t addicted to those drugs. But past studies had hinted that the same might not be true for those who abuse marijuana.Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Maryland, decided to take a closer look at the brains of marijuana abusers. For help, she and her team turned to another drug: methylphenidate (aka Ritalin), a stimulant known to increase the amount of dopamine in the brain. The researchers gave methylphenidate to 24 marijuana abusers (who had smoked a median of about five joints a day, 5 days a week, for 10 years) and 24 controls.Brain imaging revealed that both groups produced just as much extra dopamine after taking the drug. But whereas the controls experienced increased heart rates and blood pressure readings and reported feeling restless and high, the marijuana abusers didn’t. Their responses were so weak that Volkow had to double-check that the methylphenidate she was giving them hadn’t passed its expiration date.This lack of a physical response suggests that marijuana abusers might have damaged reward circuitry in their brains, Volkow and her team report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Unlike cocaine and alcohol abusers, marijuana abusers appear to produce the same amount of dopamine as people who don’t abuse the drug. But their brains don’t know what to do with it. This disconnect could be “a key mechanism underlying cannabis addiction,” says Raul Gonzalez, a neuropsychologist at Florida International University in Miami who was not involved with the research. The study “suggests that cannabis users may experience less reward from things others generally find pleasurable and, contrary to popular stereotypes, that they generally feel more irritable, stressed, and just plain crummy. This may contribute to ongoing and escalating cannabis use among such individuals.”But do marijuana abusers smoke a lot because they feel crummy, or do they feel crummy because they smoke a lot? Volkow doesn’t know. Not being able to tease out cause and effect “is a limitation in a study like this one,” she says. Perhaps the abusers already had less reactive dopamine systems and started smoking a ton of pot to cope with their general malaise. Or maybe prolonged marijuana abuse is actually damaging their brains’ reward circuitry, leading to the apathy and social withdrawal that marijuana abusers often experience.The lessons for recreational users of marijuana, if any, are unclear. This study used “hardcore volunteer[s]” who were “using quite a lot of cannabis,” says Paul Stokes, a psychiatrist at Imperial College London who wasn’t involved in the research. As such, “it probably tells you more about cannabis dependence than about recreational use.” But when he did a similar brain imaging study of people who smoked marijuana no more than once a week, he observed “similar themes” when it came to dopamine.All of these are important questions to answer, Volkow says. As availability of the drug increases, she says, it’s something “we all need to know.”last_img read more

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ONE: Joshua Pacio wary of ‘explosive, cautious’ Japanese foe in first title defense

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Without Bernadeth Pons, new era begins for FEU Lady Tamaraws LATEST STORIES Joshua Pacio is wary of what kind of fighter his opponent Yosuke Saruta is ahead of their world title bout in ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Pacio knows he could be in for a dogfight in just his first title defense just four months after taking the strawweight strap from another Japanese in Yoshitaka Naito.“I don’t see any weaknesses in Saruta. The more well-rounded mixed martial artist capable of mixing up strikes and takedowns would end up winning this bout. It’s just a matter of who gets to land first,” Pacio said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He mostly throws crosses and hooks, so I have to try to counter with straight punches and mix my kicks properly.”Saruta may be a replacement fighter after Naito, who was supposed to clash with Pacio in a title rematch, sustained an injury, but he propelled himself to contender status following his stunning victory over Brazilian grappling specialist Alex Silva a month ago. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 31-year-old Saruta (18-8) beat Silva, a former strawweight titleholder, by unanimous decision.“Saruta is a well-rounded athlete, I watched his bout against Alex Silva. He has power in his punches and has good offensive and defensive wrestling,” Pacio (13-2) said.“He is both explosive and cautious. He’s not the type who would just move forward because he has good timing and can wait to cleanly land his power punches.”The Team Lakay star also believes Saruta deserved his title shot despite being only in his second fight in ONE.“He was a champion in another organization, who just defeated a former world champion in his ONE Championship debut. He is without a doubt one of the best in this division.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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ACB chief Meenas name not in relieving order for joining new

first_imgpostingNew Delhi, Mar 24 (PTI) Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena, who has been at loggerheads with the AAP government, has not been relieved from his post despite his name being there in a transfer order issued by the Union Home Ministry last month.Meena, who is also the joint commissioner of New Delhi district here, failed to see eye to eye with the Arvind Kejriwal government on a range of issues ever since he was appointed to the ACB job.An officer of 1989-batch AGMUT cadre, Meena was among 14 senior Delhi Police officials whose names were listed in the transfer order issued last month.However, the names of Meena and one other senior official, Shweta Chauhan, were not there in the relieving order issued yesterday, an official source said.The source said the final decision on Meenas posting, slated to be the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, will be taken on April 1. In the past three years, Meena was scheduled to have been transferred to Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, but in both cases the orders were cancelled, the source said.Under current rules, any officer under the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre has to take at least three “hard” postings, which includes serving at places like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.While the first hard posting has a minimum tenure of three years, the subsequent ones last for two, a senior police official said.The relieving order issued yesterday included the name of Special Commissioner (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, who has been transferred to Goa. DCP (South) Prem Nath, who was initially heading the probe in the JNU row and was also a member of the SIT probing the Sunanda Pushkar case, has been transferred to Mizoram.advertisementThe name of SK Gautam (Joint Commissioner-Central), who was probing the controversial protest outside the RSS office here in which the protesters were allegedly assaulted, has been transferred to Pondicherry.The relieving order also mentions the names of seven other officers.Two officers, TS Luthra (Joint Commissioner-rank) and Deepak Gauri (Additional DCP), have already left to join their new postings. PTI DEY KKMlast_img read more

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Flying banned in BRICS summit area

first_imgPanaji, Oct 11 (PTI) Flying would be banned around the places where the events of the BRICS summit would be held, the Goa government said today. Heads of the states of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations would be arriving in the state for the annual summit on October 15 and 16. A notification of the Goa government said flying around the areas in South Goa, where the summit would take place would be prohibited from October 14 to 17.”The presence of such high dignitaries at the respective venues would require highest degree of security arrangement including aerial security measures,” South Goa district administration said in the notification issued here. The District Magistrate has prohibited operation of light or micro-light aircraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), short-range aerial vehicles, low flying objects such as para gliders, hang gliders, hot air balloons, para motors, aero models, air-borne video cameras or drones and similar objects, it said. The government has already announced ban on water sports and fishing activity along the coast and in the river close to the venue during the summit. Betul mini-harbour, a fish landing point, will also be closed, it added. PTI RPS KRK SRY BASlast_img read more

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Mithali Raj named captain of Women’s World Cup 2017 team; Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma included

first_imgIndian women’s team captain Mithali Raj was named skipper of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team with all-rounders Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma in the side, the International Cricket Council announced on Monday.Mithali led from the front, scoring 409 runs in the tournament to power the Women-in-Blue to the final, which they lost by a mere nine runs against England at the Lord’s on Sunday.Among others, the ICC side has four English players, including Player of the Tournament Tamsin Beaumont, Player of the Final Anya Shrubsole, wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor and left-arm spinner Alex Hartley; three from South Africa, including opener Laura Wolvaardt and bowlers Marizanne Kapp and Dane van Niekerk; and Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry.England’s Natalie Sciver, who scored 369 runs and took seven wickets, was chosen as the 12th player.Mithali Raj, Sarah Taylor and Anya Shrubsole have been picked in the Team of the Tournament for the second time in their careers.Mithali and Sarah were selected in the Team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009, which England won in Sydney in 2009, while Shrubsole was named in the Team of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013, which Australia won in India in January/February 2013.last_img read more

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TRINAMIC: incremental encoders for BLDC motors and stepper motors

first_imgBLDC motors are famous for their durability, efficiency, and controllability. But while durability and efficiency are inherent to brushless DC motors themselves, the ability to control them depends on the feedback mechanism used. Which is why TRINAMIC introduces their latest ABN encoder optimized for BLDC motors: the TMCS-28-x-1024.Enabling to drive the motor with the exact torque and rpm required for an application, optical incremental encoders for brushless DC motors as well as stepper motors make it possible to use smaller drives in applications, opening up new markets to them. What’s more, encoders like the TMCS-28-x-1024 ABN encoder also allow for predictive maintenance when used correctly.More and more indicators show that in the near future, applications will be able to predict when parts need to be calibrated, checked for wear and tear, or even need replacing. Keeping track of runtime is one way of doing so but tracking the exact number of handlings – and type of handling – using encoders is more accurate.Using encoders for BLDC motors, or other means of feedback systems such as closed-loop ICs for stepper motors, predictive maintenance can be built in to any application. This way, incremental encoders not only increase the efficiency by driving motors the best way possible, it further increases efficiency by reducing down-time to a minimum.Besides offering single encoders, Trinamic now also offers both stepper motors mounted with encoders and BLDC motors with encoders mounted to them.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Infineon: safe and robust LED driver IC for a large set of use casesNext dSPACE: TargetLink 4.4 with new functionalitieslast_img read more

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Chandimal banned for one Test after being found guilty of ball-tampering

first_imgSri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for one Test and fined 100 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the second Test against West Indies at St Lucia.Chandimal had been charged with trying to change the condition of the ball but he had denied the charges. He has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the Code of Conduct by ICC.”During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn’t able to recall what it was,'” an ICC press release said on Tuesday.Also read – Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering chargesThe release further stated that Javagal Srinath, who was the match referee, ” handed Chandimal the maximum punishment available under the code, i.e. two suspension points and a fine of 100 per cent of his match fee.”As two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player, Chandimal will miss the day/night Barbados Test, starting from Saturday, 23 June. Furthermore, and because two suspension points correspond to four demerit points, these have been added to Chandimal’s disciplinary record.Commenting on his decision, Mr Srinath said: “After reviewing the footage of the incident, it is clear that Dinesh applied an artificial substance to the ball, namely saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth, an action which is prohibited under the ICC Code of Conduct.advertisementAlso read – Sri Lanka players walk off to protest ball-tampering allegations”The footage shows that upon receiving the ball, Dinesh took something from his pocket and put it into his mouth. After sucking or chewing whatever he put in his mouth for a few seconds, Dinesh then proceeded to spit on his finger and polish the ball with his saliva which would have contained the residue of the artificial substance that he had in his mouth, on two separate occasions.””During the hearing, Dinesh admitted to putting something in his mouth but couldn’t remember what it was, which I found unconvincing as a defence and the fact remains it was an artificial substance.Also read – Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing in 2nd Test vs West Indies”In the pre-series briefing held on the back of the ICC Cricket Committee recommendations, both the sides were explicitly told that the match officials would be extra vigilant towards all aspects of fair play, including changing the condition of the ball and as such it is disappointing that this has happened.”ICC Chief Executive David Richardson backed the Playing Control Team, when he said: “The ICC fully supports the match officials in their decision and will continue to do so in any other such instances.”The strong message from last month’s ICC Cricket Committee was that there needs to be stiffer sanctions for offences such as changing the condition of the ball and, as such, we will be recommending to the ICC Board at next month’s annual conference in Dublin to upgrade this to a Level Three offence.”On Sunday, Chandimal had pleaded not guilty after on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and third umpire Richard Kettleborough, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had charged him for changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions after play on Saturday.The umpires had laid the charge after television footage from the final session’s play on Friday, which had been made available before the start of play on Saturday, appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking something out from his left pocket and putting it in his mouth, before applying the residue of the artificial substance to the ball which they viewed as an attempt to change its condition.(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more

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3 Halftime Thoughts

first_imgOklahoma State is up 31-7 after creating four first half turnovers. Here are three halftime observations1. Chris Carson is looking good todayCarson has looked impressive in every game this season, but the first half the offensive line did an excellent job run blocking and creating holes. More importantly, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. That’s a great deal of improvement over the last week, and a sign the offensive line may be figuring things out.2. W.T.I.B.Like I mentioned above, the defense forced four turnovers in the first half. Even more important, the offense has capitalized on turnovers. All of the points came off turnovers.AdChoices广告 That’s three forced turnovers in the first quarter. https://t.co/9eW8zBRTMT— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 19, 2015 Jordan Sterns pops it. Jordan Burton recovers. https://t.co/w8JELYzN9F— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 19, 2015 This is our best offense right now. https://t.co/OUndPJpy6n— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 19, 20153. Walsh and Rudolph both look goodKyle mentioned this one: OSU has used both of their quarterbacks perfectly to this point. Walsh on the goal line and wish bone is perfectly playing to his strengths. Rudolph threw a few deep balls and also connected on a fade to Jhajuan Seales for a TD. They’re both getting some really good looks and look sharp. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Neymar demands Barca be kicked out of UCL

first_imgUEFA Champions League Neymar demands Barcelona be kicked out of Champions League over €26m bonus refusal Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(53) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images UEFA Champions League Barcelona PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Transfers The dispute between the Catalan club and their former Brazilian forward over loyalty payments continues to rumble on Neymar has called on UEFA to expel Barcelona from the Champions League in a dispute over an outstanding loyalty payment.Goal understands the Brazil international’s legal team made the request to European football’s governing body as part of the ongoing row with his old club.Neymar 14/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is understood UEFA is yet to respond to the letter from Neymar’s camp.The 25-year-old left Barca for Paris Saint-Germain in August for a world-record fee of €222 million, less than a year after signing a new five-year contract at Camp Nou.The player’s entourage insist he is owed a €26m loyalty bonus stipulated in that contract extension and FIFA confirmed in August that they are investigating an official complaint from the former Santos star against Barca.Neymar BrazilThe Liga side have refused to pay it on the grounds that the forward breached the terms of his deal by holding talks with PSG over a move to France.The club launched a separate case in August to demand the return of the “renewal premium” paid to Neymar when he signed his last contract.Barca are asking for the return of €8.5m, plus 10 per cent in arrears, and say PSG must pay the sum if Neymar is unable.last_img read more

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CANBERRA CUP CROWN ON THE LINE

first_imgA record 430 touch football players will converge on the Deakin Playing Fields, Makin Place, Deakin for the 2006 Canberra Cup from 3-5 November 2006.The annual tournament, in its third year in existence, features local and interstate players competing in elite and social divisions.2006 marks the first appearance of social teams in the event, as organisers ramp up the participation potential of the sport to cater for varying ability levels.On the elite side, the tournament showcases the most talented Touch players in Canberra and has attracted a number of National Rugby League (NRL) stars for the 2006 event.Canberra Raider Michael Dobson, who has recently returned to Canberra from England after a stint in the English Super League with the Wigan Warriors, and Sydney Roosters playmaker Jamie Soward, will link up with the Canberra City Bears for the Canberra Cup.Rising Raiders star Bronx Goodwin, son of St George legend Ted, and Josh McCrone, a promising Jersey Flegg player with Canberra, will team with Dobson in a white hot Canberra City combination that is expected to press hard for the Open Mixed title.  Club teams from the University of Canberra Otters, Canberra City Bears, Woden Eagles, the Tuggeranong Vikings, and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) will be competing alongside an array of social teams.First games commence Friday 3 November at 6.00pm and conclude at 9.00pm. The action recommences Saturday at 9.30 am through to 5.30pm. Final day action begins at 8.30am Sunday 5 November, and will include all divisional Grand Finals.Get down to Deakin fields on the weekend and see the best the sport of Touch Football has to offer as teams battle it out for the 2006 Canberra Cup crown.last_img read more

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New Mexico Coach Bob Davie Releases Statement After Medical Incident

first_imgNew Mexico coach Bob Davie reacts to a play.COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Bob Davie of the New Mexico Lobos reacts to a play during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Falcon Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)New Mexico head coach Bob Davie was hospitalized for a “serious medical incident” following yesterday’s season-opening win over Sam Houston State.It is believed that the 64-year-old Davie was suffering from “heart trouble.” His family released a statement last night saying he was recovering and thanking those who cared for him and offered support.This afternoon, Davie released a lengthy statement himself, stating he anticipates making a full recovery.“My family and I want to thank the UNM training room staff, first responders and UNMH–it is impossible to fully express our gratitude for your swift and professional efforts during a critical time,” the statement reads. “To the coaching staff and their families–thank you for your support and for taking care of my family and our team during this time.“I anticipate a full recovery thanks to the excellent care received. My wife Joanne is with me and we hugely appreciate everyone who has reached out with well wishes.”A statement from Coach Davie: pic.twitter.com/KQljzy7lTG— New Mexico Football (@UNMLoboFB) September 1, 2019Davie has been the head coach of the Lobos since 2012. He’s compiled a 34-54 overall record, taking the program to a pair of bowl games.New Mexico does not play next weekend. The team’s next game will be on September 14 against Davie’s old program, Notre Dame.last_img read more

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Province NSGEU March for Diversity at 2009 Pride Parade

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union will be breaking down walls and building bridges on Saturday, July 25, when they march for diversity in Halifax’s Pride Parade. “It’s important that we take part, to lead by example, and to march alongside our employees and the people of Nova Scotia in support of diversity and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex issues,” said Rosalind Penfound, commissioner of the Public Service Commission. “Like last year, we’re proud to share this moment in co-operation with the NSGEU.” Ms. Penfound will join Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome onboard a 1960s theme float. In keeping with the parade theme of Breaking Down Walls; Building Bridges, the float will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City that mark the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in North America. “This is an historic opportunity to remember the heroic efforts of Harvey Milk and other leaders of the international LGBTI movement going back to the Stonewall riots,” said NSGEU president Joan Jessome. “As Mr. Milk once said, ‘Hope will never be silent’, and neither should we be silent in breaking down walls and building bridges for LGBTI rights. “We are pleased to once again join with the Public Service Commission in this Pride Parade. We will proudly march for diversity and inclusion with our members.” The Halifax Pride Parade will bring thousands of participants and spectators together from across Atlantic Canada. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at Provo Marshall Drive, at the corner of Cornwallis and Upper Water Street near the HMCS Scotian. It will make its way down Barrington Street and up Spring Garden Road, ending at the Pride Festival site on the Garrison Grounds at the foot of Citadel Hill. For more information on the 2008 Halifax Pride Parade visit the Halifax Pride website at www.halifaxpride.ca .last_img read more

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45 rise in number of TB cases in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan has seen a 45 per cent increase in the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the last one year after the Centre made it a notifiable disease, according to government data.A total of 1,59,762 cases were notified last year as compared to 1,10,044 in 2017, as per the government’s official portal monitoring the disease. Medical experts said the marked rise in number of TB cases does not mean the actual figures have changed as many cases went unreported earlier. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile the Union Health Ministry made TB a notifiable disease in 2017, all government and private doctors had to mandatorily inform the ministry on fresh cases of the communicable disease in 2018 after a related directive was passed. The number of TB cases have increased in the last two years after the notification decision was taken by the government, Rajasthan TB officer Dr Purushotam Soni said. The Centre had developed ‘Nikshay’ portal for reporting TB cases on a real-time basis, he added. As per the portal data, TB cases shot up by 45 per cent during 2017 and 2018. This year 67,247 cases have been reported so far, which is 20 per cent less compared to 2018. Private sector facilities reported 47,125 cases in 2018 compared to 23,438 in 2017. Dr Soni said the rise in number of TB cases does not necessarily mean number of patients afflicted by the disease are rising.last_img read more

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Man arrested in doubleshooting of pregnant woman man in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – A witness to the double-shooting in Vancouver that caused one woman to lose her unborn child says she’s relieved that police have made an arrest in the case.Dollie Middleton said she punched the man she alleges shot a pregnant woman and her friend, as he fled the scene of the shooting Friday morning.Vancouver police have arrested 37-year-old Carleton Stevens of Surrey, B.C., for what they called a “targeted” shooting.They have previously said it is not gang related.Stevens has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of ammunition or firearm contrary to a prohibition order. Investigators said they expect more criminal charges to be laid.Police made the arrest Sunday night and Stevens remains in custody.The 31-year-old woman who was shot was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, police said, and remains in serious but stable condition. The 23-year-old man from Langley, B.C., is recovering from his injuries.Middleton said she works at the print shop below the apartment where she said the female victim was staying and knows the male victim.She said she heard a “ruckus” Friday morning, saw some people she didn’t recognize, then called to her own boyfriend for help.Middleton said she heard a “pop” and saw the woman, who said, “he shot me.”“I could see her belly and a bullet hole and it really scared me. I was freaking out,” Middleton said.Middleton said the pregnant woman and the Langley shooting victim were friends.When Middleton saw the man who she believed was responsible for the shooting, she said she started yelling at him.“I needed him to know what he really was. You can’t do this to women and children. You can’t do this to anybody,” she said.“I just decked him and he decked me back.”Middleton said he aimed a gun at her, too, but shot it at the ground.Vancouver police have not confirmed Middleton’s allegations and said no further information will be released, as the matter is before the courts.last_img read more

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Aecon Group wins two regulator approvals for 15 billion sale to Chinese

first_imgCALGARY – Construction company Aecon Group Inc. says it has received two regulatory permissions needed for it to be sold to a Chinese state-owned company for $1.5 billion.The deal with CCCC International Holding Ltd., however, still faces a review under the Investment Canada Act.Aecon (TSX: ARE) says it has received a “no action” letter granting approval under the Canadian Competition Act and it has been advised by the buyer that it has approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, a Chinese economic planning regulator.It says both approvals were required for closing of the deal announced in October.Shareholders in the 140-year-old firm, which has worked on Canadian landmarks including the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain and the Halifax Shipyard, are to vote on the sale in Toronto on Dec. 19.last_img read more

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In the news today July 26

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, July 26———B.C. MURDER SUSPECT THOUGHT NAZI ITEMS WERE ‘COOL’A murder suspect who allegedly sent photographs of a swastika armband and a Hitler Youth knife to an online friend was not a Nazi sympathizer, but he did think the memorabilia was “cool,” says his father. RCMP are investigating the photographs, which also show Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, in military fatigues, holding an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask. The man is a suspect along with Kam McLeod, 19, in three murders in British Columbia. Alan Schmegelsky said Thursday that his son took him to an army surplus store about eight months ago in his small Vancouver Island hometown of Port Alberni, B.C., where the teen was excited about the Nazi artifacts.———U.S. LAWMAKERS SAY IMPRISONED CANADIANS ABUSEDU.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives are being asked to condemn the “abusive” imprisonment of two Canadian men in China. China imprisoned former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in December, little more than a week after the RCMP’s arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on an American warrant. The U.S. wants to extradite Meng and prosecute her for allegedly lying to banks to avoid U.S. sanctions on Iran. The motion introduced in the lower house of the U.S. Congress praises Canada for upholding the rule of law in arresting Meng. The motion also calls for the immediate release of Kovrig and Spavor and for “due process” in the case of a third Canadian, Robert Schellenberg, who had a previous prison sentence for drug smuggling upgraded to death earlier this year.———SNC CLOUD LIFTING FOR LIBERALS: LEGER POLLA new poll conducted for The Canadian Press seems to show the cloud of the SNC-Lavalin controversy is lifting for the federal Liberals, who now face a closer fight with the Conservatives less than three months to go until the election. In a survey conducted earlier this month, the polling firm Leger found 36-per-cent support among decided voters for the Conservatives, versus 33 per cent for the Liberals. The firm says support for the Tories has dipped by two percentage points since the last time it conducted a survey in June, while support for the Liberals has gone up by four percentage points. At 12-per-cent support among Leger’s respondents, the Greens were slightly ahead of the New Democrats’ 11 per cent. The Bloc Quebecois was favoured by four per cent and Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada was at three per cent.———GROUP LINKED TO ROBOCALLS REGISTERS AS THIRD PARTYA third-party organization linked to a series of robocall and text campaigns in Canada is now officially registered as a third party for the upcoming federal election. Canada Strong and Proud first came to public attention when it sent out robocalls in late June asking for information about recipients’ voting intentions and support for pipelines. Some complained about receiving the calls without having provided the group with their phone numbers. Now, Canada Strong and Proud is one of 26 organizations — so far — that will be spending money on advertisements or other political activity in the coming months. According to Elections Canada’s website, the group was registered July 23 by Chris Russell of St. John’s, N.L.———AIR CONDITIONING PROMPTS OFFICE WARS: BC HYDROThe latest study from British Columbia’s Crown-owned power utility finds office air conditioners cool the workplace in summer but can also lead to heated arguments between colleagues. A report from BC Hydro says an increased use of air conditioning in the office leads to worker discomfort, with 25 per cent of those asked saying office temperature has prompted disagreements between co-workers. Hydro says the use of air conditioning in commercial buildings has increased by almost one-third since 2006, while its study says as many as two-thirds of the 500 people questioned report they can’t access the thermostat or lack permission to change the settings. Of those, Hydro says 60 per cent — most of them women — find office temperatures are so low that they have trouble working, requiring them to regularly use a blanket or other layers to fend off the chill.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— A pre-trial appearance in the matter of Matthew Raymond is scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick. Raymond is charged with killing four people in Fredericton, including two police officers.— The Senior Legal Officer of the Supreme Court of Canada gives a briefing to members of the media on the judgments in Master Corporal C.J. Stillman, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (C.M.A.C.) (37701) and Her Majesty the Queen v. Corporal R.P. Beaudry (C.M.A.C.) (38308).— Hassan Diab, his lawyer Donald Bayne and supporters hold a press conference following the release of an external review by the Justice Department of his 2014 extradition to France.— Liberals MPs Ali Ehsassi and Michael Levitt make a crime prevention funding announcement.— Media are invited to join Calgary Fire Chief Steve Dongworth as he provides information about the Calgary Fire budget reductions. It comes after Calgary city council directed additional budget reductions in 2019 in the amount of $60 million to provide immediate tax relief to non-residential property owners.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Young Indigenous mothers perish in Winnipeg apartment fire over the weekend

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsOvercrowding and poverty is partly to blame for a fatal fire in Winnipeg’s North end over the weekend that claimed the lives a man and two young Indigenous mothers.Jolene Ducharme, 20, and Stephanie Meekis, 21, both left behind two young children.It’s believed they were sleeping when the fire broke out in a two suite duplex at the time where 14 people were inside.Fire officials say overcrowding and poverty play a role in tragedies like this.last_img

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PayPal snubs come to Pak overture

first_imgIslamabad: PayPal will not come to Pakistan despite the governments efforts to convince the American company, which operates a worldwide online payment system that supports online money transfers, to introduce its services in the country, said a senior official. “PayPal did not decline because it has issues operating in Pakistan. Their internal working is such that they are not ready to introduce services in Pakistan,” Ministry of Information Technology Secretary Maroof Afzal told a Senate Standing Committee on Thursday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWhile Afzal tried to explain why PayPal was not interested in coming to Pakistan, Senator Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh said PayPal was afraid to come to Pakistan unless there were laws to protect the company’s interests, reports Dawn news. “One case of money laundering could cause significant problems for PayPal. PayPal must have the backing of the government that it can secure the interests of the company,” Shaikh added. In February, Finance Minister Asad Umar had said that talks to bring PayPal to Pakistan were underway, while rubbishingreports that the federal government was impeding the company’s entry into the Pakistani market. In November 2015, the IT Ministry had announced that it was set to invite global online payment giants PayPal and Alibaba to offer their services in Pakistan.last_img read more

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