Shastri complements Kohli dangerous to change coach Official

first_imgNew Delhi: Even as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) invited applications for the position of head coach and support staff of the Indian team, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials believe that it is important that Ravi Shastri continues as the head coach as that will help Virat Kohli evolve further as captain. A senior BCCI official said that it was important to continue with Shastri and Kohli as the two heads in the process of transition as the team looks to back youngsters with an eye on the 2020 World T20 as well as the 2023 50-over World Cup. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Nothing permanent with a long term effect should happen at this stage of transition. Shastri and Kohli complement each other well and it would be unfair to change half of a team that has been successful,” the official said. The official added that it was important to maintain continuity as a change in coach could mean that the players would have to adapt to his ways from the beginning and the equation that already exists in the Indian dressing room would go for a toss. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”A change in coach may prove to disturb the equation that exists which allows the players to have the mental space to excel. If a change is made at this stage, then it would be a change of strategy and planning for the next 5 years. It would be unfair to take such a decision at a stage when the stakeholders are not the ones deciding,” the official explained. The BCCI invited applications for the positions of head coach, batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physio, strength and conditioning coach and administrative manager for the Indian team on July 16. Shastri and his team will get an automatic entry into the recruitment process.last_img read more

FSJ Chamber of Commerce holding Board of Directors Election

first_imgAmy Forsythe – Incumbent FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce is holding their Board of Directors Election for a two-year term starting in the 2018-2019 term.A total of eight positions are open for election this term, with a total of 12 candidates in the running.Positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Directors. Jesse Braun – Incumbent Waneta Henderson Here is a list of the candidates: Eric Ferguson Nelson Stowe – Incumbent  Shelly Sorensen  Russ Beerling – Incumbent Julie Ziebart – Incumbent Earlier this month, Executive Director Lilia Hansen announced that she would be retiring from the Chamber. It will be up to the new Board of Directors to appoint the next Executive Director once the term commences on December 11, 2018.The election ballots must be returned to the Chamber of Commerce by midnight on November 30, 2018.Ballots can be submitted, in confidence at info@fsjchamber.com or fax to 250-785-6050.For more information, you can visit the Chamber’s website at fsjchamber.com Paula Felix Kevin Jolly Chuck Fowler – Incumbent Ramona McDonald – Incumbentlast_img read more

Solomon Islands UN continues to provide aid as 5500 displaced in wake

9 April 2007After a deadly tsunami struck the Solomon Islands one week ago, the United Nations continues to provide aid and technical assistance in the wake of the natural disaster which has displaced at least 5,500 people in the South Pacific nation, the world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. After a deadly tsunami struck the Solomon Islands one week ago, the United Nations continues to provide aid and technical assistance in the wake of the natural disaster which has displaced at least 5,500 people in the South Pacific nation, the world body’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. According to Government figures, 35 people have died after last week’s tsunami which was caused by an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale, whose epicentre was 345 kilometres northwest of the country’s capital. Approximately 1,500 people who were forced to flee their homes are now residing in 12 camps around the town of Gizo. Sanitation remains a problem in the camps around Gizo, as streams and rainwater are the main source of water for the displaced. Since many water tanks and pipes in the town were damaged in the earthquake, news tanks have since been installed. Also, shops in Gizo, despite retaining stocks of food, are not yet open for business, but are expected to begin selling items in the next few days which will increase the food supply. The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team dispatched to the Solomon Islands is working closely with the Government in bolstering coordination and information management, while the UN Resident Coordinator based in Fiji, Richard Dictus, is in Honiara to meet with UN agencies on the ground and officials. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sent emergency health kits, as health officials continue to monitor diarrhoea-related illnesses, malaria and measles. OCHA said that a measles and vitamin A campaign will be launched next week. The Government reports that there are enough medical professionals and supplies to administer to the current needs. However, the number of injured may climb as people from disaster-affected communities return to their homes from higher ground and go to hospitals, OCHA said. Five medical teams from France, Taiwan, Canada, Australia and the Red Cross have been deployed to support the Ministry of Health, and the French military has airlifted drugs and other medical supplies to Gizo. read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9758Brazil real 0.3920China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4585Hong Kong dollar 0.155467India rupee 0.01898Indonesia rupiah 0.0000910Japan yen 0.01119Malaysia ringgit 0.2886Mexico peso 0.06866N.Z. dollar 0.8773Norway krone 0.1568Peruvian new sol 0.3756Russia rouble 0.02133Saudi riyal 0.3239Singapore dollar 0.9055South Africa rand 0.09467South Korean won 0.001077Sweden krona 0.1530Switzerland franc 1.2760Taiwanese dollar 0.04057Thailand baht 0.03672Turkey lira 0.3563U.K. pound 1.5899U.S. dollar 1.2148Vietnam dong 0.000053

President sacks Justice Minister on request made by UNP

President Maithripala Sirisena has removed Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe following a request made by the United National Party (UNP).Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he accepted the decision of the President and UNP leadership. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said in a statement yesterday that Rajapakshe was given time till Monday by the UNP leadership to rectify a statement he had made against a cabinet decision. The UNP had officially informed the President to remove Rajapakshe from his post over comments he had made against a cabinet decision. Rajapakshe had made statements critical of the cabinet decision on the Hambantota port agreement with China. (Colombo Gazette) However Rajapakshe had failed to do so and as a result the party has now decided he must be removed from his cabinet post.Hashim also said that Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe continued to make statements critical of the UNP and Government decisions. read more

At UNHRC Canada demands foreign judges in Sri Lanka

Canada reiterated the desire for the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that a process of accountability is established that will have the trust and confidence of the victims of this war.“To this end, Sri Lanka should fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges.We continue to call on the Government of Sri Lanka to set a clear timetable and strategy for implementation to ensure that the commitments made to its people are fulfilled, and that human rights for the people of Sri Lanka are protected and respected,” Canada said. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian delegation in Geneva said that Canada was disappointed by the slow progress in implementing commitments to advance peace and reconciliation, political stability, Human Rights and Government accountability. At the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Canada strongly demanded that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process.In a statement to the UNHRC during its ongoing 37th session,Canada said it fully supports efforts to bring dignity and justice to all those affected by Human Rights violations and abuses. “The end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war was an important moment, but it was only a first step. Frustrations persist amongst those seeking to heal the wounds of all those who suffered and wish to achieve real reconciliation,” Canada said. read more

Woman struck and killed while out jogging in Cayuga

The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after a woman was struck and killed by an out-of-control pickup truck in Cayuga.Police say around 7:50 a.m. Monday, a black Dodge Ram pickup truck was travelling on Concession 5 near Kohler Rd. when the 20-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The truck hit a 47-year-old woman who was jogging along the roadway. The woman was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck was also taken to hospital as a pre-cautionary measure. OPP have not yet released the victim’s identity. Police are continuing to investigate the collision and are seeking the public’s assistance. Anyone who may have information that could help police is asked to contact the Haldimand County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

Labour advocate decries death in Norwich crash

A union advocating for agricultural workers in Canada is speaking out after the death of a seasonal labourer in a car crash near Norwich last week.Jermaine Booth, 41, of Jamaica died in a crash July 9 on Potters Road near Norwich, a small community about an hour west of London, after the SUV he was driving veered from the road and flipped into a nearby farm field.Booth died on scene, while his four passengers, also identified by police as seasonal workers, were taken to hospital.Police continue to investigate the crash, and have not released any details about its cause.While little is known about Booth, including where he worked, a union that advocates for migrant and temporary workers said these types of accidents are all too common among seasonal workers.“Migrant workers and the agricultural sector are in a very precarious position, there are a lot of dangers,” said Santiago Escobar, national representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).“In most cases we have learned and see that workers don’t know … their rights, don’t know what the employer or supervisor should provide and inform in terms of health and safety,” he added, noting the right to refuse work as an example.The Jamaican Liaison Service, a service established by the Jamaican government to work with the Canadian government and employers for Jamaican seasonal agricultural workers, did not return a request for comment Tuesday.The UFCW strongly advocates for workers to unionize, and Escobar said they see a difference between unionized and non-unionized workplaces.However, for non-unionized workers, including many seasonal labourers like Booth, there is the UFCW’s Agricultural Workers Alliance. The association boasts 13,000 members, and is an option for migrant workers.“It provides support like health and safety training, know your rights (training) and provides support to victims of abuse,” he said.Escobar said that after a case like the Hampstead crash that killed 11 migrant workers near Stratford in 2012, the push for workers to know their rights has been stronger. The coroner at the time decided against an inquest into the crash, a decision the UFCW decried at the time.Escobar said his organization has few details on the crash involving Booth and four other seasonal workers, but said that fatigue and overwork, especially on night shifts, could contribute to crashes like the one seen last week. The Hampstead crash was caused by driver error, an investigation concluded.The UFCW has a program for migrant workers in the event an accident does occur, a “life insurance” of sorts that can be awarded to the victim’s family, Escobar said, typically about $5,000 – though he noted the UFCW fundraised about $230,000 after the Hampstead crash.And, late last month in Simcoe the UFCW held its first ever consultation between the province’s Ministry of Labour and seasonal and migrant workers, to include seasonal and migrant workers’ feedback in the province’s labour strategy.About 45 workers attended, and Escobar said they hope to continue the conversation, in order to make sure all workers are informed of their rights and prevent future accidents.“These issues and fatalities and accidents could be prevented with mandatory training,” he said. “It is common to find (workers) don’t know their rights.”On June 4, a change in federal policy came into effect that allows all migrant workers experiencing “physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse” to apply for an open work permit, a change from many of the employer-specific permits currently issued, in an effort to combat abuse of workers. read more

Governments make strong commitments to biodiversity at UN conference in Mexico

“We applaud and support the global community’s commitment made during this COP to integrate biodiversity considerations into the activities of other critical sectors of our economies: agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and tourism; and value its natural capital for sustainable development, as expressed in the Cancun Declaration,” said Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).She added that the GEF was “encouraged by the strong support of many donor and recipient countries to maintain consistency with our current biodiversity programming strategy with integrated approaches in response to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, while seeking out new innovation and creating financing opportunities.” During the Conference, stakeholders deliberated about pollination management and its relationship to sustainable food production systems and agriculture, agreed to establish additional protected areas, reviewed opportunities to reverse biodiversity loss, and identified biologically significant marine areas to be protected.Central to conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems are the contributions made by indigenous peoples and local communities, particularly with regards to their traditional knowledge. This year’s Conference recognized this through Article 8(j) of the Convention, which obliges Parties to “respect, preserve, and maintain knowledge, innovations, and practices of indigenous and local communities” who support conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.COP 13 also included a decision to work with pledges from the Paris Agreement. Going forward, parties are to consider biodiversity as they undertake climate change mitigation, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction measures. The Convention also reiterated the importance of reducing anthropogenic emissions and increasing the removal of greenhouse gases. The 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), also known as COP 13 saw governments from 167 countries agree upon a range of measures that are expected to accelerate the implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2020, as well as generate action for protected areas, ecosystem restoration, sustainable wildlife management, and a range of other themes.“Governments demonstrated their commitment to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and showed that the biodiversity agenda is central and essential to the global sustainable development and climate change agendas,” announced CBD Executive Secretary Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias as the conference nearly three week Conference wrapped up over the weekend in Cancun.“With the integration of three meetings addressing the Convention and its two Protocols, the world community also realized the importance of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing in effectively contributing to the Targets and sustainable development,” he added.Together, the protocols help to ensure that modern biotechnology and other uses of genetic resources are practiced safely and that they take into account potential adverse effects on biological diversity. Countries who participated in the conference have committed to develop legislation, policies, and actions over the next four years that will support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Credit: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) read more

In case you missed it… March 31

The Block “M” at midfield of Michigan Stadium was vandalized over the weekend, The Detroit News reported. A 6-inch by 4-foot portion of the turf was cut out and removed. University police are investigating the vandalism.President Barack Obama will carry on a 100-year tradition when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the season-opening game of the Washington Nationals. William Howard Taft initiated the tradition when he threw out an opening-day pitch in 1910. Obama will continue the annual deed when he tosses a fastball to Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez before Washington hosts the Philadelphia Phillies April 5.The New Jersey Nets avoided any potential run-ins with historic futility after beating the San Antonio Spurs 90-84 on Monday. The victory was the 10th for the Nets this season, improving the team’s overall standing to 10-64. Before an unforeseen stretch of three wins in four games over the last week, New Jersey had been treading dangerously close to trumping Philadelphia’s all-time worst record of 9-73.Despite three years remaining on his contract, Boston College and men’s basketball coach Al Skinner mutually agreed to sever ties. Skinner had led the Golden Eagles for the last 13 seasons, winning 247 games. Boston College has received seven NCAA Tournament berths in the last 10 years. Skinner interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at St. John’s last week. read more

Coldest week of the year begins with roads chaos as multiple cars

first_imgThe Met Office issued widespread warnings for snow and ice that remain in place until Wednesday.Meteorologist Craig Snell said: “It’s going to be a cold week, plenty of dry weather around, but many places will probably see some snow at some point during the week, but for a lot of us not really amounting to much at all.“Probably one of our coldest weeks of this winter so far, but snowfall wise, doesn’t really look too disruptive at this stage.” The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been stockpiled in preparation for these icy conditions.Transport spokesman councillor Martin Tett told the BBC: “Gritters will be out treating thousands of miles of roads as the big chill bites, and councils will be keeping people up-to-date about weather forecasts, road conditions and gritting activity.”He advised that people should look in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours who may need assistance in the cold weather. A yellow weather warning for sleet and snow is in place for Scotland and northern England Credit:James Jagger/Alamy Live News A yellow weather warning for sleet and snow is in place for Scotland and northern England  A yellow weather warning for sleet and snow is in place for Scotland and northern England until Tuesday afternoon and further warnings are in place until Wednesday morning for the west of the UK. The coldest week of the year began with travel chaos as temperatures plummeted to -6C and snowfall triggered multiple pile ups.Delays of 90 minutes were recorded on the M25 as two lorries collided, as well as a seven car pile up on the M20.There were numerous motorway crashes in the early hours of this morning after a sudden flurry of snow and icy conditions, as forecasters predict lows of -14C this week in the UK.Drivers were stuck on the M25 after two lorries collided at the Dartford Crossing causing major delays.Police confirmed there had been multiple incidents on the M20 between junctions eight and nine. One incident involved seven cars with one vehicle spotted on its roof, no one was injured. 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.center_img 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been stockpiled in preparation for these icy conditionsCredit:Guy Corbishley/Alamy Live News The Met Office issued widespread warnings for snow and ice that remain in place until Wednesday Met Office operation meteorologist Martin Bowles added: “The band of snow which is over the UK will move south and east to impact north-west England and on Wednesday we can expect it to remain very cold, but we won’t see as much snow.“The Scottish mountains and hills will be the worst affected with 5cm of snow expected in places and a potential second wave 24 hours after.”It will be another chilly night for much of the country, while Wednesday will remain generally cold, crisp and sunny.A front of rain is expected to move through the country on Thursday, before the cold air swiftly returns. The Met Office issued widespread warnings for snow and ice that remain in place until WednesdayCredit:kentpoliceroads 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been stockpiled in preparation for these icy conditionslast_img read more

Thomas Cook paid off holidaymaker who contracted salmonella at Egyptian hotel where

He added: “It must have come from the hotel because we had an all-in package deal and the only food I’d eaten was in the hotel.”Mr Hawkins said the holiday cost around £2,500 and Thomas Cook agreed to pay him £2,000 compensation after negotiations.A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said Mr Hawkins had been compensated after returning home. She said: “The safety and well-being of our customers is always our first priority and we would never send customers to a hotel which we do not believe to be safe.” The travel firm admitted paying out to Mr Hawkins Lawyers told the Telegraph that two of the evacuated guests say they have shigella – a bacterial infection and common cause of food poisoning which leads to around 700,000 deaths a year, mostly in the developing world.”I became exceptionally ill early on the holiday last year,” Mr Hawkins, a warehouse manager from Witham, Essex, said.”It ruined my holiday. Luckily we were only staying for seven nights or I think I would have ended up in hospital in Egypt. When I got back my doctor diagnosed salmonella.” A holidaymaker who contracted salmonella at the same Egyptian hotel where a British couple died won a compensation payout from Thomas Cook, it emerged on Sunday.Nick Hawkins, 51, said the illness had “ruined” his holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in June last year.He says he became ill a few days into a seven-night family holiday at the hotel, and that the travel giant paid him £2,000 following his diagnosis from a doctor.It comes after John and Susan Cooper, who were both in their 60s and from Burnley, Lancashire, died on August 21 this year while staying at the hotel.Thomas Cook moved 300 guests out of the hotel within 24 hours after the couple died as a precaution. The travel firm admitted paying out to Mr HawkinsCredit:PAUL ELLIS/AFP 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

RAF scheme to improve recruits mental health and wellbeing was a waste

“Although the current study found no benefit for a specific intervention, this is an important finding as a great deal of time and expenditure is spent implementing such interventions without establishing whether they are effective or not. “Doing no harm is not a reasonable defence of an ineffective intervention as time spent in delivery effectively reduces the time available for engaging in more meaningful activity.” A Royal Air Force resilience programme designed to bolster mental health and wellbeing was a waste of time and money, according to a new study.Researchers concluded that initiatives to encourage employees to seek help when issues arise might not make any difference. The study by King’s College London compared a resilience programme trialled by the RAF with standard training in 707 new recruits.Personnel were formally assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder, common mental health symptoms, hazardous drinking, homesickness and mental health stigmatisation before their training began, at the end of their nine-week RAF basic training course and three months after that.Researchers used the RAF’s Spear programme (‘Social, Personal and Emotional Awareness for Resilience’). Assessments were completed by 655 recruits at the end of their basic training and 481 did so three months later.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––There was no evidence that Spear had made any difference to recruits’ mental health and wellbeing, their attitudes to mental illness or willingness to seek help for mental health or alcohol problems. 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. Study author Dr Norman Jones, a serving army medical officer attached to the Academic Department of Military Mental Health at King’s College London, said: “Many organisations search for a ‘silver bullet’ intervention that can be used to improve the mental health and well-being of their employees when time might be better spent refining leadership and building strong cohesion.”  An MoD spokesperson said: “This was a temporary 12-month trial, specifically targeted at new RAF recruits, and is separate to the wide range of ongoing support we provide on mental wellbeing.“We’re investing an extra £2 million a year into our mental health services and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy is aimed at tackling the perceived stigma around mental health.”The King’s College London research findings were published online by the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. read more

Prince Andrew photographed on the golf course with celebrity media lawyer

Paul Tweed has successfully represented Sarah, Duchess of York in media law cases Prince Andrew at The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim Prince Andrew at The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County AntrimCredit:PA The Duke of York today received a tour of the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, accompanied by a leading celebrity media lawyer who has represented his ex-wife. The Duke, who faces ongoing pressure over his links to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, was joined on the golf course by Paul Tweed, who specialises in reputation management and privacy issues. Mr Tweed has previously worked with a string of high-profile clients including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford and Sarah, Duchess of York, whom he has represented in cases involving libel and phone hacking since 2013.Sources said he is not working for the Duke, but is considered a family friend. He was photographed in conversation with the Duke at the seaside golf course in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.  The Duke arrived at the club house on Monday morning and received a welcome from officials before a tour of the course, which recently hosted The Open.He is visiting the golf club in his role as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness will undertake a number of engagements related to the tournament, at which there will be 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries. Prince Andrew and Paul Tweed at Royal Portrush Golf Club Prince Andrew said in a statement on August 24: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to (Epstein’s) arrest and conviction.” It marked Andrew’s third public appearance in as many days following visits to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday and the Belgian city of Bruges on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies.The events are among his first in public since the scandal broke over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.Epstein was found hanged in his cell on August 10 in New York while facing fresh charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex.Prince Andrew has been dogged by allegations of impropriety with under-age girls introduced to him by Epstein. Buckingham Palace has issued strong denials in response to claims from a woman who said she was forced to have under-age sex with the duke.Virginia Roberts alleged in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the US state.The claims were struck from the record by the court.The palace has called the allegations “false and without any foundation”, saying “any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”. Prince Andrew and Paul Tweed at Royal Portrush Golf ClubCredit:PA “The duke will meet volunteers, supporters and representatives from local businesses, host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes.” Paul Tweed has successfully represented Sarah, Duchess of York in media law casesCredit:Rex read more

EHF EURO 2016 DRAW Russia against Ukrane – Spain Germany and Austria

← Previous Story Anton Halen to FA Goppingen! Next Story → SEHA F4: RK Vardar at the Final! ehf euro 2016 polandhandballrussia against ukraine Men’s EHF EURO 2016 qualification draw was held in Warsaw. Here are the groups:Group 1: Turkey,  Netherlands, Norway, CroatiaGroup 2: Belarus, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark,Group 3: Sweden, Slovakia, Latvia, SloveniaGroup 4: Iceland, Montenegro, Israel, SerbiaGroup 5: Russia, Portugal, Ukraine, HungaryGroup 6: Macedonia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, FranceGroup 7: Germany, Austria, Finland, Spain

Gottfridson to stay in Flensburg until 2017

FlensburggottfridsonLjubomir Vranjesvranjes Jim Gottfridson impressed in Flensburg‘s shirt ever since arriving last summer, and was also one of the key players for Flensburg’s victory in the Champions League. This has prompted the management of the North-German club to make sure of his services for the club, giving him new contract which will expire in 2017. Coach Ljubomir Vranjes has also noted that his development in the current season has been huge and has had big impact on the club. ← Previous Story Iker Romero with national team farewell against Poland Next Story → Denmark qualify for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014!

Mens Health Upgrades to More Interactive iPhone Edition

first_imgSean Bumgarner, Rodale’s interactive design director, says the company’s history with developing branded spinoff apps,  such as Jimmy the Bartender and a variety of magazine-branded exercise and recipe apps, has helped prove the market for a full Men’s Health brand introduction for the  iPhone and iPod Touch. Plus, when readers download a tablet version of the magazine, they automatically get the iPhone version as well. Of that audience, Bumgarner says usage went from six percent to 16 percent on the iPhone since June—a market of users that Rodale believes is very different from the iPad. “It’s a separate market opportunity from the tablet,” says Bumgarner. “In addition to the tablet, people want the latest iPhone, too. They are significantly different experiences.”Men’s Health’s enhanced iPhone edition uses a color- and icon-coded system to help readers navigate the content using standard scrubber and swipe motions.  With the notion that readers tend to interact with content on the iPhone while doing other things, like waiting in line, Bumgarner says a premium was placed on quickly conveying a section’s meaning on the first page. iPhone usage, he says, tends to mimic the flipping and browsing habits readers have with the print magazine. “It’s not a lean-back experience like the iPad. They need a quick flash and dive in and out of the content. We decided to use the full screen and then use a tap to show the text. We wanted to maintain a sense of scale and maximize what you’re getting in the screen space,” he says. Despite the screen limitations, the full content of the magazine is available in the iPhone version—except for the ads. Gillette is the exclusive sponsor for the first enhanced version and Bumgarner says that if there isn’t a single sponsor for the issue, advertising will be limited. “People want to use their phone for everything,” says Bumgarner. “So it’s not as much about replicating as much as finding a way for telling the stories. The tablet is such a great way to showcase content and photography, but from a design point of view this was a much more conceptual challenge to figure out how people were going to use this content.”A pull-out exercise poster that appears in every issue, for example, was recast as frame-by-frame animations for the iPad. On the iPhone version, however, a video shows the content with a fitness editor providing instructions with a voiceover. Again, the iPhone version leverages its take-along characteristic for the gym. “If you’re in the gym, you don’t want to be noodling around using the scrubber on the tablet to go frame by frame,” says Bumgarner. An essay written by Garrison Keillor includes an audio version narrated by the author, with a slideshow featuring images of subjects noted in the essay for further interaction. Plans include a Women’s Health version to launch in October, but Bumgarner is taking a wait-and-see approach on the other Rodale brands. A single issue is priced at $4.99 and a one-year sub is $23.99. Rodale says Men’s Health has sold about 60,000 digital copies, with more than 51,000 digital subscribers. Rodale’s Men’s Health, which launched a PDF replica for the iPhone in June, has significantly stepped up the mobile edition to be, in a sense, a mini-iPad version of the magazine with greater interactivity and navigation. But rather than squeezing the tablet edition into the iPhone format, the mobile version has been reimagined specifically for the small screen. last_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show Bharti Singh mocks Archana for replacing Navjot Singh

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show: Akshay Kumar, Bharti Singh, Kiku ShardaSony TVIt has been almost a month since Navjot Singh Sidhu was temporarily sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show after the massive uproar on social media over his comment on the dastardly Pulwama attack. Sidhu was soon replaced by Archana Puran Singh as the co-host of Kapil Sharma’s show. But it looks like the team of The Kapil Sharma Show have been badly missing Sidhu on the show and never miss a chance to joke about his ouster to keep him relevant amid the controversy.Last Sunday, Kiku Sharda, who plays the role of Bachcha Yadav had very cleverly made Sidhua part of the episode which was graced by the 1983 World Cup winning team. And now Bharti Singh took a sly dig at Archana Puran Singh for replacing Sidhu on the show.On Saturday’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra were seen promoting their upcoming film Kesari which is scheduled to release on March 21. In one of the segments of the episode, Bharti Singh, who is usually seen as Bachcha Yadav’s wife, appeared on the show as Bachcha Yadav’s grown up son.After cracking a few jokes and making Akshay and Parineeti roll on the floor with laughter, Bharti Singh as Bachcha Yadav’s son asked Akshay about the procedure to change her father. When Bachcha Yadav snapped back at her saying that how can she put forward such impossible demand in front of their guests, Bharti trained her guns at Archana and said that if big politicians (hinting at Navjot Singh Sidhu) can be replaced then why not her father. Though Archana burst out in laughter after Bharti’s remark, Akshay remained silent flashing a smile on his face to appear normal.There’s no doubt that Sidhu is being missed on the show and the after effects of his sudden ouster has also reflected on the show’s TRP rating. In this week’s TRP chart, The Kapil Sharma Show slipped two positions down to the 6th spot with 2.0 points. Last week, the show had scored 2.4 points to settle down at the fourth spot.It looks like Sidhu’s absence is deeply affecting the show’s TRP rating and finding it difficult to bouce back in the weekly TRP chart.last_img read more

The Role of Men In Preventing Relationship Violence

first_imgThe Howard County Coalition to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence will host a discussion series called “The Role of Men In Preventing Relationship Violence” June 10 at  9:00 a.m. at the Baltimore Washington Conference Center of The United Methodist Church, 11711 East Market Place, Fulton, Md. Continental Breakfast will be provided. Call Akeda Pearson at 443-695-6110 for more information.last_img