Weightlifters eye medals in Asian Games after clean CWG stint

first_imgCWG gold medaliist Sathish Kumar Sivalingam is one of the medal prospects for India at the Incheon Asian Games.The 12 medals India won in weightlifting at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games were a positive development, but it was much more significant that the perennial spectre of doping seems to have left the beleaguered sport.Sathish Sivalingam (men’s 77kg), Sukhen Dey (56kg) and Sanjita Khumukcham (women’s 48kg) gladdened hearts by winning gold medals in Scotland, but the Indian Weightlifting Federation is aware that the 10-member squad which left for Incheon on Monday will face a much tougher task at the Asian Games.”The competition at the Asian Games is much tougher than what we faced at the Commonwealth Games. The mere presence of China makes the task that much more difficult. Host nation Korea, Kazakhstan and Iran will also be tough to beat,” IWLF secretary Sahdev Yadav told MAIL TODAY on Monday.”At most, we can hope for one or two medals. Our major hopes rest on Sathish and Katulu Ravi Kumar. Unfortunately, they both compete in the 77kg category and will be fighting against each other. We are also hopeful that Sanjita will give a good account of herself and with a bit of luck, can even land on the podium.”India has never won a weightlifting gold medal at the Asian Games.Two back-to-back major events are never easy for the competitors, and Yadav lamented that there was not a longer gap between the Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asiad.advertisementThe weightlifting competition in Glasgow ended in late July, while it will start in Incheon on September 20.”There was no scope for any rest for the weightlifters after they returned from Glasgow. There was not much time at our disposal. They were immediately back in training in Patiala,” Yadav said.”The international calendar is such that it gives very little time for recovery of athletes after a gruelling event. We may suffer in Incheon due to this as our weightlifters may be down on stamina.”However, these concerns seem small in the midst of the feel-good factor in Indian weightlifting. Gone are the days when the sport was infamous for several doping scandals at major events, and India faced the ignominy of bans on more than one occasion.”Indian weightlifting has been free of doping for the last five years we have been in charge. We have conducted intensive awareness programmes and informed our athletes about which supplements to take and which to avoid. The cases of doping we hear these days are at the school and university level, over which we have little control,” the federation secretary said.Athletes have tough timeThe Indian weightlifters’ campaign at the Asiad has stuttered even before it started. The team which was to leave the Capital on Sunday afternoon, had to endure a wait of almost 21 hours before they could board a flight. “The weightlifters were supposed to take the 12.45 pm Malaysian Airlines flight on Sunday. But we were told that there was a technical fault due to which the flight was cancelled,” an official told Mail Today on Monday. “They only managed to board a flight at 9.30 am today.” The weightlifters reached Kuala Lumpur on Monday evening and are expected to reach Incheon on Tuesday.- By Tushar Bhadurilast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 7

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementArgentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta; photo credits: YouTubeGreetings readers! We bring to you today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Here is an excerpt from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1970 – Brazil become the last-ever winners of the Jules Rimet Cup by defeating Italy 4-1 in the FIFA World Cup final in Mexico City to claim their third world title. The cup would subsequently be replaced by the current FIFA World Cup Trophy in 1974.1990 – England defeat Egypt 1-0 in Cagliari, with Three Lions goalkeeper Peter Shilton collecting his tenth clean sheet in 17 FIFA World Cup matches.1994 & 1998 – Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta is one of four players to have twice scored three or more goals in a World Cup match. He is, however, the only player to bag a hat-trick in two World Cups, one in a 4-0 victory against Greece in 1994 and the other in a 5-0 triumph over Jamaica in 1998. The others to have scored two hat-tricks in a single World Cup are Just Fontaine, Sandor Kocsis and Gerd Mueller.1998 – USA and Iran meet in the FIFA World Cup in Lyon, culminating in a 2-1 Iranian victory.2010- Switzerland sets a record for the longest period without conceding a goal at a World Cup, which is eventually ended by Chile’s Mark Gonzalez header after 559 minutes. The Helvetians’ run beats Italy’s previous best by nine minutes.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 21 Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 6FIFA World Cup 2018: Iran vs Spain Reviewlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: Steve Smith reaches 6000 Test runs, 2nd joint fastest with Gary Sobers

first_imgThere’s no stopping Steve Smith at the moment. His record breaking run continues to roll on year after year.Smith ended Day 2 of fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground unbeaten on 44 to help Australia reach 193/2 at the close of day’s place. The hosts still trail England by 153 runs.En route his 44 not out on Friday, the Sydney dasher became the second joint fastest to reach 6000 runs in Test cricket in terms of innings taken. Smith took 111 innings to achieve the feat — same as West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers. Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman tops the list with just 68 innings to his name. England’s Walter Hammond is third with 114 innings.WATCHSmith now has 6018 runs from 61 matches at the close of second day’s play.Smith has been in sensational form in 2017 and ended the year as the top-scorer in whites with 1305 runs from 11 matches at an average of 76.76. Cheteshwar Pujara is second with 1140 runs from 11 games while South Africa’s Dean Elgar was third with 1128 from 12 Tests.A special milestone for Aussie skipper @stevesmith49!Fastest to 6,000 Test runs:Sir Don (68 innings)Smith (111)Sobers (111)#Ashes pic.twitter.com/TrnhwMfh1z- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 5, 2018At the start of the year, runs flowed from his bat but not something to write home about. But that all changed when Australia toured India, as Smith changed gears. Smith led from the front with a fighting ton in Pune and came back strongly with a 178 not out at Indore after the whole DRS drama in Bengaluru. In the following Test at Dharamsala, Smith hit another hundred (111) and finished the series with 499 runs — the most in the four-match series. Australia lost the series 2-1 but Smith’s calibre was there for everyone to see.advertisementSmith had a very average tour of Bangladesh according to his standards when the time came, he arrived as well.The 28-year-old started the Ashes with an unbeaten 141 to set the tone for the series and he didn’t look back since then. Passion, aggression and career-best double ton (239) allowed Australia regain the urn from England at Perth, with two games to go in Melbourne and Sydney. He also became the first Aussie captain to hit a double ton in 24 years.England came back strongly at the MCG and riding on Alastair Cook’s unbetaen 244, the visitors did put the hosts in some trouble. But a little bit of rain and a resolute Australian captain made sure they don’t fall apart. Smith played a 275-ball knock of 102 not out to guide Australia to safety. In the process, he became the third quickest batsman to reach 23 Test tons, having achieved the feat in 110 innings, after Bradman (59) and Sunil Gavaskar (109).ICC Test player rankings update: Steve Smith is hunting Bradman: https://t.co/nmWr4vBkY3 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/hy6cCOntLC- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 31, 2017Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who himself is one of the greatest ever to have played the game, said after Smith’s brilliant ton in Brisbane that he is as good as the legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis if not better.”These guys (Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis) have scored 15,000 and 13,000 runs, but they played in 150-plus Tests, Tendulkar 200 Tests, to achieve what they achieved. Smith is nearly halfway there in just over 50 Test matches,” Ponting said to ABC Grandstand on Sunday.Smith, who ended 2017 with a ton will look to start the year with another ton and show the Englishmen, who is the boss Down Under.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Two College Football Powers Are ‘Tied’ In Recruitment For 2020 4-Star CB Lejond Cavazos

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Expect 2020 cornerback Lejond Cavazos to be one of the top players in his class. We’re still almost two full years away from his National Signing Day, but he already has some serious offers heading into his junior season.Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and USC are among the many big offers he already has. Two schools currently stand out, however.The IMG Academy standout has taken trips to both Georgia and Ohio State. While there is plenty of time for things to change, as of now it seems like the recruitment will come down to those two schools.DawgNation‘s Jeff Sentell spoke to Cavazos after his trip to Athens. From his write-up:“It definitely complicated it a lot,” Cavazos said. “Coming off that Ohio State visit, I was like ‘This is the school’ and this and that and then going to Georgia hearing like kind of the same stuff makes it really a hard decision. They are both really good schools so I don’t know what I am going to do now leading up to a commitment.“I thought I was going to commit like in a couple of weeks before I go back to school so it really just made it a lot harder on me.”After the two visits, Cavazos says that the two teams are tied in his mind.“They are both definitely tied right now,” Cavazos said. “Everything that I heard from one school I also heard from the other school. They both said the same things and made the same points.”Cavazos expects to take additional trips this fall for big games. He could commit before that, and it sounds like he wants to get the decision out of the way long before his senior season in 2019.As a 2020 recruit, the rankings are still very early. 247Sports does not have a composite ranking for him, but the site’s internal rankings have him as a three-star player, and the No. 38 player in Florida. Rivals is more bullish on him early, giving him four-stars. Give his offers, it would be shocking if he didn’t wind up as one of the top defensive backs in the country.[DawgNation]last_img read more

Durban Test: Debutant Embuldeniya shines on Day 3 but South Africa still hold upper hand

first_img Reuters DurbanFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 21:18 IST Vernon Philander picked up the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka (191 & 83/3) at stumps on Day 3, need another 221 runs vs South Africa (235 & 259)Oshada Fernando (28 not out) and Kusal Perera (12 not out) will resume the victory hunt for SL on Day 4Philander, Olivier and Rabada each struck once each for the Proteas in the final sessionBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 83/3) at stumps, need another 221 runs vs South Africa (235 & 259). Kusal Perera (12*), O Fernando (28*), Olivier (1/3). Full ScorecardDebutant spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka produced a strong fightback with the ball on day three of the first Test, but hosts South Africa remained on course for victory at the close at Kingsmead on Friday.Set a target of 304 to win, Sri Lanka were 83 for three when bad light brought a premature end to proceedings, with Oshada Fernando (28 not out) and Kusal Perera (12 not out) to resume the victory hunt on the fourth morning.The impressive Embuldeniya had earlier claimed 5-66 and sparked a South Africa collapse as the hosts were bowled out for 259 in their second innings, leaving Sri Lanka to chase what seems an unlikely victory.The tourists have not posted over 300 in any of their last 12 Test innings, while the record fourth innings total to win a game in Durban is 336 by Australia in 1950.Openers Dimuth Karunaratne (20) and Lahiru Thirimanne (21) had put on 42 for the first wicket of Sri Lanka’s chase, before the latter was caught by Faf du Plessis at second slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada.Visiting captain Karunaratne was out soon afterwards, trapped leg before wicket by Vernon Philander as the tourists wobbled.They were three down two overs later when Kusal Mendis (0), batting with an injured finger, could only guide a Duanne Olivier delivery to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Sri Lanka batted another anxious nine overs before the cloud cover that had threatened for much of the day forced the players from the field as the umpires deemed the light too gloomy to continue.advertisementThe visitors had skittled out South Africa’s lower order 40 minutes before tea, taking the final five wickets for the addition of only eight runs.The home side were reasonably comfortable on 251 for five, but lost Philander (18) when he was bowled by a ball that kept low from the Embuldeniya.Home captain Du Plessis (90) had looked largely in control, but was out when he left a straight ball from Vishwa Fernando (4-71) that trapped him leg before wicket, with the seamer going on to collect two more wickets for a total of eight in the match.It was a swift end to South Africa’s second innings, but a sign of the variable bounce and generous turn on offer to the bowlers that will make Sri Lanka’s chase that much harder.The second and final Test of the series will be played in Port Elizabeth from Feb. 21-25.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 3 in Durban: As it happenedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow South Africa vs Sri LankaFollow Durban TestFollow Vernon PhilanderFollow Lasith EmbuldeniyaFollow Duanne Olivier Durban Test: Debutant Embuldeniya shines on Day 3 but South Africa still hold upper handBrief scores – Sri Lanka (191 & 83/3) at stumps, need another 221 runs vs South Africa (235 & 259). Kusal Perera (12*), O Fernando (28*), Olivier (1/3). The tourists have not posted over 300 in any of their last 12 Test innings, while the record fourth innings total to win a game in Durban is 336.advertisementlast_img read more

Canadians should worry about US border searches of cell phones privacy czar

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cell phones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by U.S. border agents, the federal privacy czar says.Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told a House of Commons committee Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers can look at mobile devices and even demand passwords under American law.Therrien cited statistics indicating U.S. border searches of mobile phones had increased between 2015 and 2016.“These devices contain a lot of sensitive information,” Therrien said. “We should be very concerned.”New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen asked if that means no Canadian should cross the border with a phone, laptop or tablet unless they have “great comfort” with a U.S. border official inspecting the contents.“Yes, as a matter of law,” Therrien said, though he acknowledged officers would not have time to inspect everyone’s devices, given the huge numbers of people that cross the border daily.Therrien agreed with Cullen’s suggestion that nothing in law could prevent U.S. border officials from peeking at a senior Canadian official’s “playbook” on a trade negotiation.Cullen said one of his constituents was denied entry to the U.S. on health-related grounds because information on the person’s phone indicated a prescription for heart medication.“And I thought, well, this is a strange invasion of one’s privacy.”Therrien said Canadians should assess the “risk tolerance” they have to their information being examined by U.S. officers.“My point is, think about what you’re exposing your information to, and limit the amount of information that you bring to the U.S., because it may be required by customs officers.”Canadian law also allows border officers to inspect cell phones, since they are treated as goods, Therrien told the Commons committee on access to information, privacy and ethics.But he noted Canada’s border agency has a policy of limiting searches to cases where an officer has grounds to do so — for instance, because a phone might contain information about contraband items.Therrien said his office had received a “small number of complaints” about Canadian border officers searching cell phones.Last spring, Therrien expressed concern about U.S. plans to demand cellphone and social media passwords from foreign visitors.In a letter to the House of Commons public safety committee, he warned that recent pronouncements from the Trump administration could mean intrusive searches — even at preclearance facilities in Canada.In February, John Kelly, then U.S. homeland security secretary, suggested at a hearing that American officials could ask people entering the U.S. about the Internet sites they visit as well as passwords to help assess their online activities.Kelly’s proposal prompted an American coalition of human rights and civil liberties organizations and experts in security, technology and the law to express “deep concern.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Arsenal Donates To Save The Children Project In Indonesia

first_imgArsenal has committed to fund a £300,000 new project in Indonesia for Save the Children.Arsenal, through The Arsenal Foundation, has committed to donate the money over three years to fund a project that will directly support 4,000 vulnerable young people by providing them with enhanced vocational education and employment skills.To formally announce the new programme yesterday, eight youngsters, who will benefit from the project in Bandung, West Java, were invited to the capital, Jakarta, to join a special activity session with Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger and young players Chuks Aneke and Chuba Akpom.Speaking about the visit, Arsène Wenger said: “It’s always humbling to see the difference that Arsenal can make to young people’s lives and today has been no different.“This project will have a massive impact and it’s been great to come to this incredible venue and meet some of the youngsters that are being supported by Save the Children’s work in Indonesia. Hopefully this will inspire them to go on and achieve even greater things!”Save the Children’s Indonesia director, Ricardo Caivano said: “Arsenal’s support of our project in Bandung will make an incredible difference to the lives of thousands of young people, providing them with the skills and links to employers that they need to fulfil their potential.”Many vulnerable young people in Indonesia face unemployment as they grow up and youth unemployment is estimated at 25%.Save the Children’s project, funded by Arsenal, is developing the skills of young people and creating better links to private sector employers. It aims to improve job prospects and ensure a brighter future for young people in the West Java region of Indonesia.As well as providing training on employability skills, the project will also help young people to improve their team work, confidence and leadership through various activities, including a football tournament.In addition, the project will provide training to 150 teachers at colleges in Bandung so that they can use new skills and improved resources to support thousands more young people in the future.Bandung is Indonesia’s third largest city with a population of 2.4 million, and almost 7.5 million in its wider metropolitan region.Save the Children has been Arsenal’s global charity partner since July 2011.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala To Benefit JB Dondolo Inc

first_imgCNN News Editor Joe Sutton and Steve Harvey Intern and Huffington Post Contributor Pavlina Osta will host the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala on October 10.Featuring guests such as Gloria Loring and Mickey Gilley, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala benefits (100%) the JB Dondolo, Inc. charity. It raises awareness of the charity’s current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community.The evening will open with star-studded red carpet interviews, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony that is sure to steal your heart.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala is where people from various backgrounds can connect with like-minded individuals for a common and good cause – to support each other and support our community.This event encourages others to keep hope alive and remember that you have the potential to rise and shine. The one thing that your community needs is “YOU”. As with the meaning of “Dondolo,” we need a cane or a walking stick for support. This is not because we cannot walk on our own, but because sometimes we just need its support to move forward. JB Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that primarily exists to provide charitable services worldwide to impoverished communities. Find out more here.The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place at the Westin DFW Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, on October 10.You can find out more about Equanimity Magazine here, and to find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

UN mission rushes to assist victims of deadly fuel truck blast in

3 July 2010The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deployed staff and equipment to assist victims at the scene where a fuel truck overturned, caught fire and exploded, killing more than 200 people who had gathered there in an attempt to siphon fuel. The accident happed yesterday evening when the tanker truck carrying fuel from the city of Bukavu to the town of Uvira in eastern DRC rolled over near the village of Sangue, 33 kilometres north of Uvira.Preliminary assessments have put the death toll at about 220 people killed, 111 injured and a dozen of homes destroyed by the inferno that spread across the village.The UN mission, known by its French acronym as MONUSCO, sent a helicopter and ambulances to evacuate the wounded to the nearest hospital. MONUSCO is also ready to receive the most serious cases in its hospital in Bukavu.“We are in contact with the authorities and the UN Country Team to coordinate assistance to victims,” said Leila Zerrougui, interim Special Representative of the Secretary-General. “It”s a real tragedy. We will spare no effort and will do everything possible to assist the authorities and assist victims.“I offer my sincere condolences to the Congolese Government, the population of South Kivu province and the families of the victims,” Ms. Zerrougui added. read more

Outgoing Indian Chinese officials have talks with Army chief

The outgoing Defence Attachés of the High Commission of India for Sri Lanka and People’s Republic of China for Sri Lanka this afternoon made courtesy calls separately on the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva at the Army Headquarters.Captain Prakash Gopalan, Defence Attaché of the High Commission of India at first called on the Commander and bade farewell after tenure of 3 years of diplomatic service in Sri Lanka. The outgoing Chinese Defence Attaché, Senior Colonel Li Chenglin and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva exchanged views and pleasantries during the farewell meeting.Towards the end of both interactive meetings the outgoing envoys exchanged mementoes of goodwill and appreciation. (Colombo Gazette) Captain Gopalan also recalled the memories of his service in Sri Lanka and particularly the support, extended by the Commander of the Army and his senior officers for execution of his duties. Meanwhile, the outgoing Defence Attaché at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Colombo also paid courtesy call on the Commander of the Army this afternoon (30) together with the New Defence Attaché – designate. read more

NDP promises money for youth programs to help prevent organized crime

SURREY, B.C. — A New Democrat government would create a $100-million fund dedicated to helping keep young people out of gangs, part of an NDP strategy slow the march of organized crime in British Columbia, leader Jagmeet Singh said Sunday.“All the experts that I’ve met with have said we need to invest directly in youth,” Singh said during a news conference in Burnaby, B.C.“So we’re making a commitment to help out those families that have lost loved ones, those families that are worried about the future, they want to see some change, they want to see young people have a brighter future.”He said the $100 million would go to after-school programs and youth drop-in centres.It was Singh’s sixth straight day in the province, where he has made a series of regionally focused announcements.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He has also promised to create a dedicated RCMP anti-money laundering unit, with half of its $20-million funding for B.C.; a $30-million increase in federal funding for BC Ferries; and measures to help protect the province’s coastline and to discourage speculation in the housing market.Singh is running for re-election in the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby South, and the party is also trying to fend off the Greens in the province.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2019. read more

AIDS is worlds greatest leadership challenge highlevel UN panel concludes

“While acknowledging the formidable obstacles before us, the conclusions of the panel were not pessimistic,” Mr. Annan said in summarizing the proceedings, which included the participation of 10 Heads of State and Government, a large number of government ministers, the heads of six UN agencies and more than 20 representatives of civil society.”We are learning more and more every day about what works, resources are increasing and political leadership is gaining steam. But we must stay on course – and redouble our efforts – to remain true to the Declaration of Commitment adopted in this room just two years ago,” he added, referring to the targets and strategies for fighting the pandemic agreed to at a special session of the UN General Assembly in 2001.The panel examined the need to reduce stigma and discrimination, particularly against those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the importance of broad-based partnerships that draw on the strengths and contributions of all parts of society, and the need to mobilize resources on a far greater scale than currently achieved, Mr. Annan noted.”A key theme running through the panel discussion was recognition that AIDS represents the greatest leadership challenge of our time. Leadership among – but not limited to – Heads of State. Leadership at every level of society – among faith-based organizations, community groups and the private sector,” he said.”[And] that leadership must be characterized by frank and honest recognition of the impact of AIDS on our societies, and the steps that must be taken in response,” he added. read more

ExEmmerdale actress Leah Bracknell feels blessed after fans raise £50k for lung

first_imgLeah Bracknell's online donations page Bracknell said that she had an emergency procedure to remove excess fluid from around her heart, but was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.She wrote: “In their opinion, that means it’s terminal, not curable, not operable.”She said that her priority is “getting well and strong” to be a “good mother, daughter, wife, or at least the best I can be”, and that she wants to “defy expectation”.Her partner said the couple want to try “cutting edge treatments” at a clinic in Germany, which “aren’t yet available on the NHS outside of clinical trials and are very expensive”.”Due to difficult personal circumstances, Ali/Leah has been unable to work in her chosen profession of acting for a number of years which has seen a big drain on her resources,” he said.”Understandably, she is unable to continue acting or teaching right now. This is why we are fundraising here.” Leah Bracknell, the former Emmerdale star, has said that she feels “extremely blessed” and “positive” after fans raised £50,000 for the actress to undergo “cutting edge” treatment for lung cancer.The 52-year-old, who played Zoe Tate in the ITV soap for 16 years until 2005, was only diagnosed five weeks ago.A donations page hit its £50,000 target just days after she and her partner launched an appeal on the website gofundme.com. She wrote about the devastating news on the donation page.”Just over five weeks ago, I was feeling perfectly well, fit and healthy. Teaching yoga classes and workshops, it was a time of new beginnings: preparing to move house, youngest child fleeing the nest, and excited to be starting rehearsals for a comedy play, being back onstage, going on tour,” she wrote.”But, it turns out that the universe had other plans. Life was about to be unexpectedly turned on its head.”I began to feel breathless climbing stairs… I just put it down to a bit of stress. My abdomen suddenly ballooned – and within a matter of a few days I looked heavily pregnant. I could barely walk or breathe. Then, one Saturday night at the beginning of September I ended up in A&E.” She added: “Having reached my initial target means I will be able to have the first stage of the treatment.”Depending on how I respond will determine the way forward and therefore we shall be continuing with the fundraising campaign”We pledge that any surplus donations will be given to other campaigns/charities to help those facing the same struggle. Right now, I feel strong, positive and (am) looking forward to the future.”Bracknell and her partner Jez Hughes set up the campaign to send her for treatment in Germany.The mother of two, whose real name is Alison and is known to her family as Ali, has been working as a yoga instructor in recent years but is well-known for her Emmerdale storylines. Right now, I feel strong, positive and (am) looking forward to the futureLeah Bracknell Bracknell said in a statement: “I really did not expect or feel deserving of such interest and kindness.”And, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the donations, the messages of encouragement, and for sharing the campaign.”I feel extremely blessed. We did not expect to raise anywhere near that amount, and certainly not in such a short space of time.” Leah Bracknell, pictured right as Zoe Tate, on screen with Emmerdale’s Effie Harrison, played by Phillipa PeakCredit:ITV/Rex Features Effie Harrison, played by Phillipa Peak, reveals her feelings for Zoe Tate, played by Leah Bracknell, on Emmerdale Leah Bracknell’s online donations page passed the £50,000 target within daysCredit:Go Fund Me Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Student brought replica gun to campus and threatened to start opening fire

A student brought a fake gun to his university campus and threatened to “start opening fire” if a presentation did not go well, a court heard.Yihe Xiong, 25, a masters student from China, took the replica Beretta 92 weapon to the University of Exeter’s Streatham site in Devon on July 19.He told classmates that he had 12 bullets and claimed he would start shooting “randomly” if he was not happy with how his presentation at 10.30am went.Exeter Crown Court heard armed police attended the campus after Xiong pointed the replica firearm at a student sat behind him, saying: “Here’s another target.”Judge Peter Johnson jailed Xiong, who admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, for eight months.”It was a very realistic imitation of a Beretta pistol, with moving parts,” the judge said.”It was only when firearms officers were able to physically examine it that they saw it was not a real firearm.”You were due to give a presentation that morning. For some reason, you took the imitation firearm with you from your lodgings.”You took it out, cocked it and pointed it at your fellow students. You made jokes about shooting them and others at random, saying you had 12 bullets. “You severely frightened a number of your fellow students,” the judge told Xiong.”You did this in the middle of a busy university in the day time. Rumours that there was a gunman on the loose were no doubt spreading like wildfire.”The judge told Xiong that armed officers headed to the campus to confront “a gunman, not knowing if he was going on a killing spree”.”The officers in these circumstances are on a knife edge,” he said.”This was a place of learning, full of students, that was put into a state of lock down while armed police attended.”In victims impact statements, students told how they had been suffering “flashbacks” following the incident.Representing Xiong, Brian Fitzherbert described his client as immature and said his life had been left in tatters by the “rash, cruel and thoughtless joke”.”He thought his conduct was cool and he thought others might think it was funny, daring and something to be admired,” Mr Fitzherbert said.Xiong immediately apologised to police and told them it was a replica pistol as soon as they arrived at the scene, the court heard.He insisted he did not have a grudge against any of his classmates and said he only intended to fool them for a short period of time. “This was a calculated act of breathtaking stupidity.”The court heard Xiong, an aspiring computer software developer, was due to give his presentation at 10.30am on June 19.He met fellow students outside the classroom and began to wave what appeared to be a black handgun in their faces.Xiong told them: “I’ve got 12 bullets in this pistol and if my presentation goes badly, I’m going to start opening fire,” before pointing it at one with a jerking motion.He also said to one of those present: “There are 12 bullets in my gun. Don’t worry, I won’t shoot you but if I’m not happy with the presentation today, I’ll shoot the other three randomly.”The court heard Xiong put the imitation weapon in his trousers before going into the presentation room.After sitting down, he pointed the fake gun at a student sat behind him and said: “Here’s another target.”Xiong left it under his coat on his seat while he completed his presentation.When he returned, he told students that he had been joking about the gun and offered to show them it was fake.A lecturer was alerted and called police, who dispatched armed officers and a dog unit to the campus. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Mémorisation un texte mal imprimé stimule davantage notre cerveau

first_imgMémorisation : un texte mal imprimé stimule d’avantage notre cerveauPubliée dans la revue Cognition, une étude menée par des universitaires américains suggère que déchiffrer un texte aux caractères peu lisibles stimule notre cerveau, alors mieux imprégné par l’information qu’à partir d’une police de caractère très “fluide”.On retient mieux et de façon plus précise le contenu d’un texte plein de gribouillis et de caractères tarabiscotés que le même, imprimé dans une police de caractères réputée très lisible et reposante, selon les recherches de psychologues de l’Université de Princeton (New Jersey). Dans le premier cas, notre cerveau serait plus actif, en alerte, ce qui augmenterait ses capacités à intégrer l’information. Dans le second, une certaine “paresse” cérébrale aurait tendance à affecter notre mémorisation du propos.Conséquence : le progrès continuel des techniques de typographie et d’affichage, menant au confort des textes apparaissant sur les e-books actuels, n’irait pas dans le bon sens. “C’est particulièrement le cas dans les salles de classe, où les professeurs supposent que la lisibilité facilite aux enfants l’apprentissage et la mémorisation d’informations. Cela s’avère être exactement le contraire”, conclut le psychologue Jonah Lehrer.Le 23 janvier 2011 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ISS le prochain équipage ne décollera que le 15 mai

first_imgISS : le prochain équipage ne décollera que le 15 maiJeudi, l’agence spatiale russe a annoncé que le décollage du prochain équipage qui doit rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale aura lieu le 15 mai. Initialement, celui-ci était programmé pour le 30 mars mais un défaut détecté sur la capsule Soyouz a obligé à le reporter. Pas moins de 45 jours : c’est le retard qu’aura le prochain équipage qui devait normalement rejoindre la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) le 30 mars. En cause : la paroi de la capsule Soyouz qui devait amener les spationautes s’est fracturée lors de tests d’herméticité, obligeant à utiliser un autre véhicule. En fin de semaine dernière, Alexeï Krasnov, chef du département des vols habités de l’Agence fédérale spatiale russe, a ainsi annoncé que le vol était reporté au 15 mai. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Pour le moment, nous avons retenu la date du 15 mai. Le nouveau vaisseau aura le même nom de Soyouz TMA-04M, mais ce sera un appareil de réserve. Nous remettrons en état le vaisseau en question, il sera probablement utilisé plus tard comme un appareil de réserve”, a expliqué le responsable de Roskosmos cité par RIA Novosti. Ce prochain vol doit amener à l’ISS les 3 derniers membres de l’expédition 31 : les Russes Guennadi Padalka et Sergueï Revine ainsi que l’Américain Joseph Acaba. Si le décollage devrait donc bien avoir lieu, ce retard a tout de même de sérieuses conséquences sur le calendrier. En effet, trois des membres qui sont actuellement à bord de l’ISS, les Russes Anton Chkaplerov, Anatoli Ivanichine et l’Américain Dan Burbank reviendront sur Terre le 16 mars prochain. Ceci laissera donc l’Américain Donald Pettit, le Russe Oleg Kononenko et le Néerlandais André Kuipers seuls à bord de la station pendant près de deux mois au lieu de deux semaines. De même, le prochain décollage étant reporté, le suivant le sera également. Le départ de l’équipage suivant composé du Russe Iouri Malentchenko, de l’Américaine Sunitha Williams et du Japonais Akihiko Hoshide qui était initialement prévu pour fin mai, n’aura lieu que deux mois après. “La date de tir dépend de nombreux facteurs. Un cargo ATV décollera à destination de l’ISS en mars et un autre cargo HTV, en juillet”, a précisé Alexeï Krasnov.  Le 6 février 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

British Armed Forces recruiting team set to visit the TCI

first_img Related Items:Patricia Duff, some resistance in Britain using TC Islanders to staff its armed forces, TCI residents showing interest in entering the British Armed Forces Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, August 3, 2016 – Patricia Duff is known for her fiery, effervescent personality… she is passionate about young people and explained that because she is blessed, she wants to be a blessing.  Duff met with media to tell the story of how one simple question can lead to an avalanche of change in widening the opportunities to Turks and Caicos Islanders because we are more than simply a commonwealth nation, but because we are a British Overseas Territory.Male or Female… 17 to 32 years old… even if you have been in trouble with the law; you are all welcomed to visit the website which was set up by Patricia to log your interest.  The goal was 50, last check there was well over 100 expressing an interest so that means, a recruiting team from the British Armed Forces will come to the TCI… and this can mean more than going into armed combat; there are scores of roles to be filled.Every year hundreds of youth are graduating high school and college and many have nowhere to go, nothing to do and taking up a role in the British Armed Forces may be just the thing, the ideal remedy where not only are the talents of our young people given room to grow, but where the Armed Forces contributes to their discipline, their understanding of synergy and teamwork and their exposure to a world away from home.There is resistance in the marketplace though.  At least one who says the British needs to use its own citizens to staff its armed forces.  Most reaction to Magnetic Media is tremendous curiosity.  To learn more, visit www dot turks and caicos dash islands forward slash jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Watford extends Gracias contract

first_imgThe Spanish manager has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the English Premier League side after his recent successAfter the great start, Watford F.C. has had in the English Premier League, the team’s coach Javi Gracia has been rewarded with a contract extension.The Spanish boss has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with an option to extend it three more years.“We are delighted that Javi has agreed on an extension to his contract,” chairman and CEO, Scott Duxbury told the club’s official website.“From day one it was clear that Javi worked well with us and shared our vision of how to achieve success for Watford Football Club, and we are looking forward to continuing that work together for many years to come.”“I am very happy to extend my contract,” added Gracia.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“I am very proud at this moment to be part of this club and to belong here for more seasons.”✍️ | #watfordfc are delighted to announce Javi Gracia has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Hornets!Details ⤵️https://t.co/YfMoWQ9bnn#GR4CIA pic.twitter.com/4HzS6NxOm7— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) November 28, 2018last_img read more

Delawares Wilkins Assumes Presidency of American Soybean Association

first_imgRichard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., assumes the role of president of the American Soybean Association (ASA) following his confirmation earlier this afternoon by the ASA Board of Directors at their annual winter meeting in St. Louis. Outgoing president Wade Cowan from Brownfield, Texas, moves to the position of chairman of the ASA board, and Ron Moore of Roseville, Ill., was elected to serve as vice president.”I’m honored to serve as president of this wonderful team of farmers, and I’m excited to move forward with what is a very full agenda for the year,” said Wilkins.”Richard is a smart leader who has a great purchase on how our industry can engage with our partners in other walks of agriculture to make sure we’re all successful,” said ASA CEO Steve Censky.With his election as vice president, Moore is now in line to be the association’s president in 2016.”These are an extremely important next few years for our industry,” said Moore. “The soybean industry and agriculture as a whole will need continuity and strength in its leadership, and I’m excited to continue that here at ASA.”Also elected to form ASA’s nine-member governing committee were Secretary John Heisdorffer from Keota, Iowa; and At-Large Governing Board Members Bret Davis of Delaware, Ohio, Kevin Hoyer of West Salem, Wisc., Kevin Scott of Valley Springs, S.D., and Sam Butler of New Hope, Ala.. Current Treasurer Davie Stephens of Wingo, Ky., was elected to serve a second term in the same position.Rotating off the ASA governing committee is outgoing chairman Ray Gaesser of Corning, Iowa, who will remain on the ASA board for the remainder of his term as director.”Helping to guide this organization has been a real joy for me, and I am proud of how far we’ve come,” said Gaesser, during whose presidency ASA successfully advocated the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.”Ray deserves a great deal of credit for the strong advocacy ASA has provided for soybean farmers over the last three years, and we’re a better organization for it,” said Wilkins.ASA’s meeting also served as a venue to celebrate the retirements of former president Steve Wellman of Nebraska, former treasurer Bob Henry of Kansas, and directors Dennis Bogaards of Iowa, John Rivers of South Carolina and Walter Godwin of Georgia.Assuming positions on the Board as new members at the meeting are Charles Atkinson of Kansas, Cliff Barron of South Carolina, Ken Boswell of Nebraska, and Dean Coleman of Iowa. The meeting also represents the first ASA meeting for directors Pam Snelson of Oklahoma, and Steve Yoder, Jr., of Florida.last_img read more