India suffer shock defeat to South Korea

first_imgJakarta, Aug 20 (PTI) In a major upset, seven-time gold medallist India suffered their first ever loss in the Asian Games to South Korea in the men’s Kabaddi group A game here today.India lost 23-24 to South Korea, who won the bronze medal in the Incheon Games four years ago, in a match that went down to the wire.This is the first defeat for India in 28 years at the Asian Games.They will lock horns with Thailand in their final Group A game tomorrow.The team had dished out a clinical performance yesterday beating Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28.In the women’s event, India continued their unbeaten streak cruising past Thailand 33-23 in their second group game.The two-times champions dominated the contest from start to end, recording a comfortable win.The team will take on Sri Lanka tomorrow followed by Indonesia.They had made an impressive start to their campaign crushing Japan 43-12 in the opening game yesterday.They will look to complete a hat-trick of titles in the multi-sport quadrennial extravaganza. PTI APA ATKATKlast_img read more

ALL NATIONS- DAY TWO SUMMARY

first_imgAfter packing jumpers, jackets, beanies and woolen underwear, the Aussie sides were greeted with sunshine all around on day 2 of the All Nations Championships. The action was certainly aplenty on day two as the `Touch Blacks’ (New Zealand’s Mens, Womens and Mixed Open sides) met the Australian Open sides for the first time. Despite Australia grabbing both the Mens and Womens matches, you could have said both nations broke even. While New Zealand were too good for our Mixed side 6-4, the defense of the Kiwi Womens side was unable to cope with the ability of the Aussie Women to score…when you have players the caliber of Sharyn Williams, Louise Winchester and the Judd sisters (amongst many), there certainly aren’t many sides that could cope, with the Aussie girls taking the match 7-2. The New Zealand Mens grabbed an early 3-1 before the Aussie Men worked themselves back into the match to tie it up at 6-6. A score right on the siren gave the Australian Men a 7-6 round match win, but by no means was it easy. Their opposition were no doubt regretting letting the Aussies back into the match but will still feel as though they have the measure of the Australian side…it certainly promises interest come finals time! In the senior divisions the Mens 30’s gave their best performance yet to defeat New Zealand 7-4 and had the bye in the afternoon to rest up for the final two days. The Womens 30’s defeated the Australian Womens 35’s 3-0 and the Cook Islands 35’s 5-0. Their only opposition, New Zealand 30’s, are looking strong however, and their match today will certainly be interesting. The Mixed 30’s had an easy 12-1 win over Samoa and a hard fought 6-4 win over New Zealand Maori, who are proving strong across most divisions and may challenge the Australian and New Zealand sides come finals. The Mens 35’s had an easier day today, 9-0 over Samoa and 10-0 over Niue, while the Womens 35’s started with their 3-0 loss to the Aussie 30’s before thumping New Zealand 35’s 8-2. In the Mens 40’s the Australian side had a long day with three matches, all wins however, 6-3 over New Zealand Academy, 15-1 over Singapore and 7-2 over Cook Islands. Finally, in the Mens 45’s Australia continued their winning run, 4-0 over New Zealand Academy and 9-1 over Niue. Day three will see more New Zealand v Australia round matches, as teams jostle for semi finals positions. Keep an eye on our website for all of the All Nations scores and results, we’re uploading them as soon as they hit our hands from across the Tasman. By Rachel Grant, media@austouch.com.aulast_img

Christmas Message 2018 from Governor General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J

first_img All of us have faced difficulties and disappointments of one kind or another during the year, which is now closing. However, even as we look back on the challenges we experienced this year, we recognize the meaning of the Season, the traditions and the symbols which give us cause to enjoy the unique feeling that this special time of year brings. Story Highlights We celebrate another Christmas as a nation, and we are grateful for the reminders of the power of peace and goodwill in shaping our lives. Christmas is a time that brings together families, friends, and communities, in thanksgiving and celebration, for the gifts and blessings we have received throughout the year. My fellow Jamaicans at home and abroad,We celebrate another Christmas as a nation, and we are grateful for the reminders of the power of peace and goodwill in shaping our lives. Christmas is a time that brings together families, friends, and communities, in thanksgiving and celebration, for the gifts and blessings we have received throughout the year.All of us have faced difficulties and disappointments of one kind or another during the year, which is now closing. However, even as we look back on the challenges we experienced this year, we recognize the meaning of the Season, the traditions and the symbols which give us cause to enjoy the unique feeling that this special time of year brings.We fully embrace any opportunity to engage with each other in an atmosphere of cordiality and conviviality, and to appreciate how good it is to ‘dwell together in unity.’ At the heart of this fellowship and goodwill is the true message of Christmas- that of building harmonious relationships, and a world where peace reigns in the hearts of humankind.In the spirit of the Season, I urge us all to focus our minds on all that is positive in our past – our values, our faith, and our generosity of spirit. It is equally important for us to recognize where we have fallen short in our responsibilities to the vulnerable; draw inspiration from the Christmas Message, and resolve to correct our oversight or neglect.As we spend time in reflection and renewal, let us:• Remember and sympathise with, those who are spending their first Christmas without a loved one who was taken by crime, illness, road fatality, or other travails.• Spend some quiet time in taking stock of our individual lives, and our impact on community and country.• Strengthen the bonds of responsible family life, and protect our children.• Be constructive with our suggestions as we are critical of our faults.• Renew our long-term resolve to serve those in need and show kindness to those experiencing difficulties.• And let us continue to exude the warmth and generosity which reflect the best of our Jamaican traditions.During this time of faith and family, I hope you will experience the love, gladness and heart of Christmas.Lady Allen joins me in wishing for everyone a safe, holy, peaceful and joyous Christmas Season.Happy Holidays everyone, and may God bless us all. We fully embrace any opportunity to engage with each other in an atmosphere of cordiality and conviviality, and to appreciate how good it is to ‘dwell together in unity.’ At the heart of this fellowship and goodwill is the true message of Christmas- that of building harmonious relationships, and a world where peace reigns in the hearts of humankind.last_img read more

Smurfs Team Up With United Nations For A Happier More Peaceful And

first_imgThe popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.“The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.“We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.“The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.”“All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.last_img read more

New Faces The Creators Shows Off Their Inaugural Class at Just for

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement This year, Just For Laughs introduced a new showcase to its stable of New Faces presentations – the Creators.It’s a way for the festival to embrace the changing face of comedy, where the term “comedian” now describes someone who makes silly Instagram videos or is a YouTube phenomenon as often as it’s used to describe a stand-up.The freshman class of Creators includes Brandon Rogers, Glenn Boozan, Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin), Handsome Dancer (Matt Pavich & James Manzello), Juhahn Jones, Quinta Brunson and The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz and Raul Fernandez). Advertisement Each artist/group created a “best of” reel of their work, then sat down for a very brief Q&A that barely scratched the surface of the basics like “how did you start working together?” and “Why did you gravitate towards a digital platform?” Among the group, Glenn Bozan stood out both in terms of audience reaction to her sketches and her presence during the interview. She opened by riffing on a previous answer from Rogers, reacting to body-shaming comment trolls with, “You don’t like my body? OK, you don’t have to fuck it,” and warming the hearts of creators on any platform by saying she’s “always just done what I think is funny first and then you hope the clicks follow.”You can get a taste of Glenn from her web series with her actual Above Average office HR Manager, Is This Ok?Congratulations to all the New Faces Creators! Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP pull over vehicle and find a sawedoff shotgun

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP pulled over a vehicle with a burnt out taillight and then found a sawed-off shotgun, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and methamphetamine.On June 1, 2019, at 2:45 a.m., Cpl. Charron noticed a vehicle near 100 street and 100 avenue with a burnt out brake light.  The RCMP member pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the three occupants and observed what he believed to be cocaine on the front passenger floor of the car.All three occupants were arrested for possession of a scheduled substance, and more RCMP members were called to assist with the arrest.  When officers searched the vehicle, they found a loaded sawed-off shotgun with ammunition in the area where the rear a female passenger had been sitting. Officers also located what they believed to be crack cocaine, powder cocaine and methamphetamine. The risk to frontline officers personal safety is always a reality said Cst Chad Neustaeter. Traffic stops can often turn into something more serious and the actions of our officers to get drugs and guns off our streets needs to be applauded.All three occupants were released without process, to attend court at a later datelast_img read more

CM accuses BJP of using police to detain workers of AAP for

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused BJP President Amit Shah of using police force to detain call centre workers of Aam Aadmi Party for hours.”Amit Shah has got down to using his goon-like ways. It is at his behest that the Delhi Police is threatening to shut down our call centres. Names of millions of people have been struck off the voters’ list. What wrong did we do in getting their names in the electoral roll? If they have to catch someone, catch us,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said on Twitter. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe party also wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) complaining against the police officers who, it said, harassed its workers. “It’s the duty of the Election Commission to get people to register as voters, but when this was not done, the Aam Aadmi Party worked to get people to register themselves by visiting them door-to-door and through call centers. “Doing this, we added 30,000 voters from south Delhi alone. This irked the Bharatiya Janata Party, which had earlier worked to striking off people’s names from voters’ list,” Sanjay Singh, Member of Parliament from AAP, said in the complaint to the CEC. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe BJP used police to harass these call centre workers by detaining them at Sunlight Colony police station and interrogating them for hours, he wrote in the letter. “Democracy is being stifled by BJP workers and the Delhi Police. Fear is being struck in the heart of common man and the opposition parties… We urge you to take action against the police officers by removing them from their posts and launching an investigation in the matter,” he added.last_img read more

Superannuation cases DUTA angry over DUs inaction

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi University Teacher Association ( DUTA) expresses its dismay that despite repeated appeals, the DU administration has failed to intervenein the case of the age of superannuation of two Associate Professors of Physical Education in Vivekananada College and Shyam Lal College (Evening). “This constitutes a serious attack on the service conditions of Physical Education teachers and their livelihood. Both the teachers have contributed decades of service towards building Sports and Physical Education Departments in their respective college. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt is a great shock to see that instead of recognising their work, they are being targeted,” DUTA said in a statement. The statement also said that in trying to superannuate these teachers at the age of 62 (instead of 65), the two Colleges are violating of the last DU notification from the University dated May 12, 2017 which clearly stated Physical Educations teachers are part of the teaching faculty on the basis of the EC Resolution of 1990. “It is clear that their service conditions are the same as teachers of other disciplines. The UGC Regulations 2018 lists Physical Education as a discipline and provides parity to faculty engaged in the Department with teachers of other science, humanities and social science Departments in terms of recruitment, promotions and retirement benefits,” said Rajib Ray, President, DUTA. “The DUTA finds it completely unacceptable that the University Ordinances (passed by the Academic Council but yet to be adopted by the EC) do not include it as a discipline,” said Vivek Choudhary, Secy, DUTA.last_img read more

Economic growth may have slowed in 201819 FinMin

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian economy appears to have slowed down in 2018-19 due to lower private consumption, tepid growth in fixed investment and muted exports, a finance ministry report has said. The Central Statistics Office (CSO), which released the national account data for the third quarter, had in February revised downwards the growth estimate for 2018-19 fiscal to 7 per cent from 7.2 per cent. The 7 per cent growth is the lowest in 5 years. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In its monthly economic report for March, the Finance Ministry said monetary policy has attempted to provide a fillip to the growth impulse through cuts in repo rate and easing of bank liquidity. “India’s economy appears to have slowed down slightly in 2018-19. The proximate factors responsible for this slowdown include declining growth of private consumption, tepid increase in fixed investment, and muted exports, it said. The Ministry, however, said that India continues to remain the fastest growing major economy and is projected to grow faster in the coming years.last_img read more