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Pulling strings: Tamil Nadu footballer helping hometown during Coronavirus crisis despite being stuck in…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Depositphotos/PTIAdvertisement w345NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsui4sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3b5w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9Would you ever consider trying this?😱2jfy6eCan your students do this? 🌚7wovRoller skating! Powered by Firework Due to the nationwide lock down and travel ban imposed in India amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many sportspersons are stranded away from their homes. Even in such worrying times, Tamil Nadu footballer Michael Soosairaj, who is now stuck in Kolkata, has provided a helping hand towards his hometown amidst the novel Coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Depositphotos/PTISoosairaj, who hails from the village of Eraviputhenthurai in Kanniyakumari, TN, plays for the Indian National Team and ATK in the Indian Super League. Following his first ISL win with the Kolkata-based franchise on 14th March, the midfielder returned to the city with the team for celebration, and decided to remain in the city, which prohibited Soosairaj to return to his home as the nationwide lock down started on 24th March.Even though the player is away from his home, Soosairaj has been concerend about the safety of his family and the people of Eraviputhenthurai in the woeful times, and offered help to the Father of the church of the village.Advertisement “I spoke to Father Jerome of our St Catherine Church back home and asked him how I can be of help,” Soosairaj spoke to Times of India, “since I am not physically present, I offered money for their needs.”The village of Eraviputhenthurai has not yet seen any Coronavirus cases till now, but the lock down is taking a toll on the fishermen community. However, the 25 year old has been concerned about spreading awareness towards them regarding self isolation.Advertisement Soosairaj continued: “With the fishermen not going to the sea, they would play football. But I try to speak to as many people as possible over phone and make them realise the importance of staying at home.”The former Chennai City and Jamshedpur FC player’s fight was cancelled on 23rd March, and is now staying indoors in Kolkata since the lock down initiated. However Soosairaj has been been keeping himself fit with regular exercises, and has also developed some cooking skills.“I have been doing my core and strength training exercises to remain fit,” Soosairaj went on, “I have been cooking as well and I can now prepare chicken and fish curry, chapati and a few other items.”“Cooking is actually a stress buster,” the player concluded.Also read-Virat Kohli promotes the ‘Trim from home’ challenge – but gets trolled by Kevin Pietersen for his grey hair!Sunil Chhetri reveals how he was treated at Sporting Lisbon: “You are not good enough!” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

first_imgFILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight mixed martial arts title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in Chicago. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall The main event is a compelling challenge for the soft-spoken, hard-hitting Whittaker, who claimed the interim middleweight belt nearly two years ago and was promoted to full champion after Georges St. Pierre beat Michael Bisping and vacated the belt.Whittaker is the first Australian champion in UFC history, and he is fighting in Melbourne for the third time in just over three years. But he has fought just once since winning his interim title, struggling with a knee injury and a staph infection.With his health woes behind him, Whittaker has a chance to assert himself as one of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound stars with a victory over Gastelum, who has lost just once in six bouts over the past three years.“Kelvin is the biggest hurdle in my way, and he’s a true test,” Whittaker said. “He’s going to be a true test of my character and my abilities. I look forward to learning something from it and growing.”Gastelum, who spent time around Whittaker last year as coaches on the UFC’s long-running reality competition show, knows he’ll be the underdog among oddsmakers and the Australian fans.“People didn’t like me for my entire career,” Gastelum said. “This isn’t a surprise to me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his belt against American contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) in the main event, Adesanya (15-0) gets the biggest fight of his life against Anderson Silva (34-8), the Brazilian mixed martial arts trailblazer.Four of the world’s best 185-pounders will be showcased atop the card at Rod Laver Arena, but two are fighting closer to home. Adesanya was born in Nigeria before moving to New Zealand as a teenager, and Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlthough Adesanya is 17 months older than Whittaker, he is considered one of the UFC’s most tantalizing title contenders, with a spectacular fighting style that reminds many of the 43-year-old Silva in his prime. Even after Silva’s recent losing streak and doping problems, Adesanya is grateful for the opportunity to go up against a giant.“I saw the odds this week, and I was like, ‘Man, y’all must have forgot,’” Adesanya said. “You don’t know that man over there, Anderson Silva. I think a lot of you new fans weren’t around during his reign. What it felt like. You might have come around the Rousey era or the McGregor era, but you don’t realize who this guy is. He brought me into this game. This guy inspired me to believe a skinny black guy can just come in here and (beat) everyone up. “He brought me into this game, and for me, it’ll be an honor to take him out of the game.”UFC President Dana White confirmed earlier in the week that the winner of Silva’s showdown with Adesanya will get the next title shot against the winner of Whittaker’s bout with Gastelum. That means Silva is one win away from improbably fighting to reclaim the belt he held from 2006 to 2013, winning 16 straight fights in the process.Silva hasn’t fought in two years since a victory over Derek Brunson in early 2017 ended his five-fight winless streak. The Spider served a one-year doping ban during his time out of the cage, but he wants to fight on despite the worries of his family.“He’s a great talent,” Silva said of Adesanya. “He has a great future in this sport, so I’m very lucky to come here and fight. It’s a good challenge for me, but I believe it’s a big challenge for Israel.”UFC 234 takes place Sunday afternoon to fit into the Saturday night pay-per-view window in the U.S., but the famed tennis stadium still sold out in minutes after the announcement of the two big middleweight fights.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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Education key to developing responsible citizens

first_img…education workshop hearsOfficials from the Education Ministry and other educational institutions in Guyana are placing more emphasis on the importance of education in the lives of students as well as the need for teachers to pay attention to the critical requirements for the creation of responsible citizens.These issues were tackled at the educational leadership conference, hosted by the Education Ministry earlier this week, by three panellists – the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson; Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) andChief Education Officer Marcel HutsonMarla Bernard.The Chief Education Officer, during his remarks, stressed on the roles that education played in society, surpassing the acquisition of formal education. While being educated at the various levels, there are other qualities that should be inculcated, with teachers expected to exploit and develop these with their students.“A critical role of education is that of socialisation. That has to do with training and teaching so that persons can actually develop the right kind of attitudes and behaviours that would actually pass the change that we want to see in society,” Hutson stated.“It also has to do with fitting people into society so that they could be citizens that are responsible, citizens that are caring and citizens that are productive,” he added.Furthermore, Professor Ivelaw Griffith addressed the room of educators from several administrative regions in Guyana, and explained that this could be acquired through modifications in the way formal classroom sessions were conducted, while establishing a sense that excellence should be the most important practice.“So many of our students – whether primary, secondary or tertiary – come from circumstances where there are so many insufficiencies: rental, single parents, insufficient money (and) food and it is very often easy to be comfortable with just getting on. It is very easy to get by. Our responsibility is not to be in the mode of allowing ourselves to just be that ‘get by’. We need to be aspiring [to] excellence,” the Vice Chancellor said.This, he stated, is one of the key values which will result in the production of good citizens of Guyana.The panel of speakers was also engaged in discussion generated by questions from the various regional officers.Furthermore, the educators were also briefed on other aspects of educational development, which they are expected to convey to other teachers of their respective regions. With a three-day workshop on formal training, which commenced on Monday, the Ministry is hoping that this will aid in the improvement of the quality of education in schools countrywide.last_img read more

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Govt failed to properly prepare for first oil – Opposition Leader

first_img5 years laterWith Guyana now being an oil-producing nation, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has criticised the incumbent coalition Administration for failing to adequately prepare for first oil almost five years after petroleum was first discovered offshore.US oil giant, ExxonMobil first discovered oil in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana in May 2015 and has since made a total of 15 discoveries – the most recent was announced earlier this week.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe company commenced oil production on December 20 in the Liza field, which has the capacity to produce 120,000 barrels of oil per day. But according to Jagdeo, while the first batch of crude is expected within the first quarter of 2020, most of the mechanisms are not in place to streamline the sector.“What most Guyanese are concerned about is that they’ve had almost five years from the discovery of oil to the production of first oil to put in place the arrangements to properly manage the sector and until now, they have failed in that regard. They’ve failed miserably in that regard,” he stated at his weekly press conference on Friday.According to the Opposition Leader, among the areas in the sector that the governing coalition failed at is contract renegotiations because it did not look out for the best interest of the country.He noted too that the Government failed to establish a credible Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) despite technical assistance from various international bodies. The Natural Resources Fund Act was passed in January of this year but the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition has promised to repeal this if it gets into office, saying that it is illegal since it was passed after the December 2018 No-Confidence Motion against the Government.Another area he mentioned was the controversial US$18 million signing bonus that the coalition secretly collected and stashed away in a private account instead of the Consolidated Fund.“They asked for US$18 million and somebody said it is because that is what it will cost to take care of the legal fees for the Venezuela border issue before the World Court. That’s not how you negotiation, you ask for the maximum sum. They failed to give a creditable explanation on that issue. They failed until today to explain why they kept the money outside the Consolidated Fund for three years. They failed to explain until now how much money was drawn down and so we don’t know what is the total money that was paid over, after the court case filed by the PPP, to the Consolidated Fund earlier this year…,” he stated.Other issues Jagdeo went on to outline that Government failed at putting in place included putting together a regulatory body. He noted that instead of an independent Petroleum Commission to regulate the sector and ensure that oil companies fulfil their contractual obligations, a Department of Energy under the Ministry of the Presidency is overseeing the sector with a sleuth of foreign consultants – many of whom have a link to the petroleum industry.Jagdeo further pointed out that the coalition also failed in establishing a Local Content Policy.“Until now we don’t have a Local Content Policy to protect Guyanese, to give jobs to Guyanese… That we don’t get paid 72,000 Guyana dollars gross when the foreigners in the same sector, doing the same thing gets 2000 US dollars. They’ve failed on that too,” he contended.This failure, the Opposition Leader added, continues, since only recently, the governing coalition moved to strike a deal to sell Guyana’s share of first oil, which is expected sometime in the first half of 2020.“We haven’t got this oil as yet – the three million barrels. It may be available till after March – after the elections. But they also tied up [a deal] through an arrangement that they claimed had the blessings of the World Bank… It makes me really upset that we pander so much. You know once we mention the World Bank name, suddenly that is imprimatur to do anything including breaching our procurement laws,” Jagdeo asserted.Earlier this week, Government revealed that it has closed a deal with the Barbados-based branch of Shell International to sell Guyana’s first three oil lifts.However, no details were given as to the price agreed upon between Government and Shell, which was one of the nine international oil companies that were invited to bid for Guyana’s crude.The Department of Energy had reported that Guyana is entitled to its first crude lift in February and Shell’s three-cargo agreement should end mid-2020.But the Opposition Leader had warned last week that if any deal is made to sell Guyana’s oil, not only will that contract be scrapped if the PPP wins next year’s March 2 elections but the company will also be barred from participating in future tendering processes.In addition, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said in sections of the media that his department would look into the transaction.last_img read more

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Valley sites to house homeless

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced plans Monday to spend a record $137 million to build six affordable-housing projects in the east San Fernando Valley and 15 more citywide, but said the city needs a permanent source of funding to solve its homeless problem. The plan calls for spending $82.8 million on 1,222 units in 21 below-market housing projects and $54.1 million on 274 “supportive” housing units, which feature counseling, job training and drug rehabilitation for homeless individuals and families. Because the federal government provided some of the money, applicants will have to prove they are U.S. citizens. “This is a drop in the bucket compared to what we need,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference at an affordable-housing project in Echo Park. “We have 44,000 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles, 88,000 in the county, while we have more than 260,000 millionaires in this city. We have the wealth. The city, the state and the federal government have the money. All we need is the will to deal with this.” The Affordable Housing Task Force developed the list of projects, which will be considered today by the council’s Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee. The mayor said he was able to provide $100 million to the trust fund – and is looking for another $100 million this year – by getting money from the Department of Water and Power, Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles Housing Authority and other departments. “It’s time to put this money to use,” said Villaraigosa, estimating that the money has leveraged more than $1 billion from the state and federal government, as well as private investors. “But we cannot continue to pay for it like we have, borrowing from other agencies. We need to find a permanent source of funding.” He said the city should look at reviving the $1 billion bond proposal that received 62 percent of the vote in November, about 4 percent below what was needed for approval. “Some people say we will never get beyond that number,” he said. “But I think if you look at who votes for these things, it’s Democrats, and we need to have this on an election where they turn out – either the presidential primary or general election.” The mayor pointed to the Echo Park project as a model, and he said he hopes new projects will be able to help eliminate chronic homelessness in Los Angeles. Among the residents of the Echo Park building is Justine Thomas, who suffers from heart disease and cares for a grandmother with Alzheimer’s. “I can’t tell you how good it is to know you have some hope, that you don’t have to live on the streets,” she said. “If it wasn’t for this, I don’t know what we would have done.” Stories of people such as Thomas and their quest for affordable housing are often difficult ones for city officials, Councilman Ed Reyes said. “The fact is people don’t want this kind of housing in their neighborhoods,” he said. “If we are going to address this problem, we have to do it on a citywide basis.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Students prize feathered friends

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A Valencia teacher knows a winner science lesson when he sees one, but a wild bird nest found this week on the campus field exceeded his wildest expectations. Randy Weber’s sixth-grade students, attuned to video games and iPods, went gaga Monday over two little eggs camouflaged in the small gravel nest. The eggs later were missing, but 32 newly minted experts weren’t worried. “When they’re first born they’re able to find food for themselves,” said student Megan Riley, impressed by the baby birds’ self-sufficiency. “Killdeer normally lay four eggs. … The mom normally comes back to the same nesting ground,” said Natalee Ouzts, a pupil in Weber’s class at Tesoro del Valle Elementary School. “At first I thought birds were only annoying creatures that poop on your house, but after Mr. Weber showed us personally how birds eat and how they live I’ve gotten a different perspective,” he said. “Birds are cooler than you think.” A gung-ho Audubon Society member, Weber is known campuswide as the go-to bird guy. So it was no surprise two weeks ago when a pupil in another class brought a stranded killdeer chick to Weber’s room. His students grew fond of the chick, which Weber toted to a natural area frequented by the birds. Memories still fresh, the entire class mobilized in a flash Monday after yard supervisors alerted a trio of Weber’s pupils of the find. Celine Bot recalls the kids telling the grown-ups about the momma bird’s broken-wing routine – how she will hobble from the nest to distract predators from the babies. The class cordoned off a 75-foot radius around the eggs with red cones linked by caution tape. The adventure continues. As she left the house Wednesday morning, Tessa Roy saw a robin fall from a tree. She and classmate Kennedy Mullenaux, a neighbor, thought the broken-winged bird was dead, but spotting movement they found a box and brought it to class – where it spent the day. The kids watch nature shows but say nothing beats the real thing. “You get to watch what it does with your eyes, rather than watching it on TV, or watching what somebody else videotaped,” said Austin Kane. George Reed scoured the campus for worms to feed the bird, and his mom, a veterinary technician, planned to take it to the vet. “This is hands-on learning,” said Weber, who reminds the kids to always wash their hands well after handling animals and teaches about parasites and diseases. The lunch yard is a bird magnet scattered with crumbs. As the kids practiced Wednesday for a play, they were greeted by European starlings, crows, Brewer’s blackbirds, sparrows – and a 2-foot-tall raven perched on the lunch table to say “Hello.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tabitha Branda said the birds favor flat, open ground to lay their eggs; added Stephanie Botten: “Mud has a lot of bugs.” As housing tracts encroach on their habitat, killdeer – a common bird in the plover family – may resort to laying eggs in parking lots, school yards and backyards, Weber said. The random discovery could not have pleased him more. “There’s a big difference between what you read in a book and real life – kids are so busy every day they don’t stop and look at the world around them,” he said. “(Now) kids are taking pictures of birds on their cell phones and digital cameras and bringing them in – they want to try to figure out what it is.” Antonio Fanelli has done a 180. last_img read more

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David De Gea not leaving Manchester United for more money, insists former Red Devil

first_imgFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich admits it will be ‘very difficult’ to stop David De Gea joining Real Madrid.The Red Devils shot-stopper has been in superb form this season and, following some disastrous showings from Iker Casillas, has been linked with a big-money move to the Bernabeu.De Gea currently has a contract offer on the table at Old Trafford, believed to be for around £200,000-a-week, and Bosnich insists the Spaniard is not leaving the Premier League side for more cash.“The games have been going on for sometime between De Gea and Manchester United,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “With him coming from Spain, his parents being over and his girlfriend, the lure may be too big.“I don’t think it will come down to money, both sides could offer him the same amount. If anything Manchester United could offer more.“If he’s got his heart set on returning to Spain it will be very difficult to stop him.”last_img read more

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DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN DANCE TO AID CANCER PATIENT BUS

first_imgDrumkeen sunriseAidan Guthrie’s Drumkeen News:Fundraiser DanceA dance will be held in St. Patrick’s hall on Tues 12th Aug at 8.30 pm in aid of the Galway Cancer bus. Music by Gentle Breeze and admission is only €7 including light refreshments. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 23rd July 02, 11, 17, 24. No jackpot winner. Paddy Mc Cafferty, Letterkenny wins €100. Next week’s jackpot €2,650. Go raibh maith agaibh.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608 Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN DANCE TO AID CANCER PATIENT BUS was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Drumkeen community newslast_img read more

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