Odisha delta site is 3,600 years old

first_imgThe Archaeological Survey of India, which had discovered ancient artefacts and grain during excavations at Bharati Huda in Jallarpur village in Odisha’s Cuttack district last year, said a rural settlement had thrived at the site about 3600 years ago.The age of the settlement was arrived at after radiocarbon dating of charcoal samples found at the site by the Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) in New Delhi using Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). Separate group“This excavation confirmed that a separate ethnic group that was using non-black-and-red ware might have existed during the early chalcolithic cultural horizon and a new class of ethnic group might have come into contact with the rural settlers at Bharati Huda during mature phase of chalcolithic culture,” Superintending Archaeologist of ASI’s excavation branch in Bhubaneswar D. Garnayak said on Saturday.The IUAC report says the charcoal samples found in Layer three of the excavation dated backed to 1072 BCE, Layer 4 to 1099 BCE, Layer 5 to 1269 BCE and Layer 7 to 1404 BCE. Radiocarbon ages were calibrated using Oxcal software and median ages are utilized in this report. Scientific study of two more layers could push the age back by another 100 years.Chocolate-slipped potteryAccording to Mr. Garnayak, a new religious belief emerged in the form of nature worship as evident from a single specimen of the Sun motif found arrayed in chocolate-slipped pottery. “On the basis of this evidence, we believe the antiquity of Sun worship dated back to 1099 BCE in the Prachi valley. Devotees from different parts of Odisha as well as the neighbouring States congregated at Chandrabhaga on the shore of the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Magha Saptami to pay homage to Sun God,” he claimed. The world famous Sun temple of Konark, located some 30 kilometres from the excavation, was built in the 13th century CE. The tradition of Sun worship seems to have evolved with human settlements in the region, Mr. Garnayak suggested.“The excavated remains indicate existence of Chalcolithic culture in the valley as attested by the presence of mud structural remains, large quantity of potsherds, ground and polished stone tools, bone tools, beads of semi-precious stones, terracotta objects, huge quantity of faunal remains and carbonized grains. It was confirmed by the scientific dating done by IUAC, New Delhi,” he said. Continuous settlement“The material culture of the site gradually developed without major changes having continuation of earlier cultural features till it was abandoned. It’s like a flow of culture from incipient agro based settlement to full-fledged agricultural society. The site has cultural similarity with Golabai Sasan, Suabarei and other excavated and explored sites in the Mahanadi delta and partial similarity with the chalcolithic sites of middle Mahanadi valley and sites of central and eastern India,” he said. According to the archaeologist, the inhabitants practised agriculture and animal husbandry as attested by the findings of domesticated variety of rice and jute and evidence of domesticated cattle among the faunal remains as well as terracotta bull figurine.last_img read more

Read More →

Fabio Capello knows the missing piece and Ronaldo’s replacement at Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisementFormer Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has stated that the Los Blancos should go for Mauro Icardi in the next summer transfer window as the proper replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo. The club management of Real Madrid have failed to bring in a prolific goalscorer like the star Portuguese footballer in this summer. That’s why the Spanish side is struggling in La Liga in this season. The Los Blancos were unexpectedly beaten by Alaves with a margin of 1-0. After that shocking defeat Real Madrid are now at the fourth position in the League Table of La Liga.According to the former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello, Real Madrid have to bring the Argentine centre forward Mauro Icardi in the next summer. Fabio Capello told, Advertisement “He is a specialist in the penalty area, as was Cristiano Ronaldo, and if you put three balls in the area he hits all three. If I were Real Madrid, I would sign him immediately,”Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus from Real Madrid in this summer transfer window with a transfer fee worth £105 million. After some initial problems, Ronaldo is now trying to settle in the Italian club. After his departure, there is a huge void in the attacking third of Real Madrid and they need someone who will score regularly for their side. Mauro Icardi is a prolific goalscorer and the Argentine has proven his worth over the years playing for Inter Milan. Icardi’s contract is going to expire in 2021; but the club management of Inter Milan are planning to extend the contract of the Argentine centre forward till 2023. Real Madrid have to make a big money move to bring in Icardi if the player signs a contract extension now.center_img “I am a fan of Icardi, I like him. Real Madrid should make him their priority, because he is the most similar player to Cristiano Ronaldo and is deadly in the penalty box.””He is the player Ronaldo has been in recent years and Icardi is someone who has that movement and feel for the goal.”last_img read more

Read More →

AAI shortlists two Koreans for coachs job

first_imgKolkata, Aug 3 (PTI) The Archery Association of India (AAI) has shortlisted two South Koreans for the coachs post ahead of the World Championships in October. It has been more than a year since the Indian recurve archers have won a medal at the world stage. India last won a World Cup medal in the Stage 3, Antalya in June last year when the mixed pair of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari finished with a silver. Former world number one Deepika Kumari, who has slipped to 12th in world rankings, last won an individual medal in October 2015 when she clinched a silver medal. “Our objective is clear and that is to win medals at the world events. We have some important events like World Championships and Asian Games (next year) lined up. It will be in the best interest to get a foreign coach,” AAI secretary general Anil Kamineni told PTI. Concerned about their poor form of the archers, the AAI is keen to get back to the Korean formula, which saw a lot of success in early 2000s and also produced a number of top archers, including three-time Olympian Laishram Bombayla Devi. “We have taken feedback and the discussions are on to appoint a Korean coach. At the moment we have shortlisted two,” he said without revealing their names. The new coach may be given a contract till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The AAI has a sports committee that will finalise the name and will send for approval from the SAI. Tata Archery Academys Dharmendra Tiwary was the head coach till last years Rio Olympics but since then the AAI has resorted to a “personal coach” formula on a temporary basis. The team members are asked to fill in their coachs names before the start of season and the coach who has maximum wards in the team gets picked for a world event, a senior archer said. With no permanent coach, AAI faced a peculiar scenario recently when they were forced to call back coach Chungda Sherpa, days after he was “asked to leave”. At the July 15 trials for the World Cup in Berlin, three of Sherpas wards — Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Bombayla — got picked. Sherpa has resumed the camp along with Poornima Mahato who was made the womens coach. “I do not know what and how it happened but I was sent a call letter and I reported to India camp on July 24,” Sherpa said. The India team will leave for Berlin on August 5 for this years last stage of the World Cup. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Read More →

Van Dijk set for talks amid Man City & Barca links

first_imgTransfers Van Dijk set for future talks amid new Man City and Barcelona links Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:11 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Virgil van Dijk Southampton Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Southampton Premier League Barcelona Liverpool The centre-back’s future is once again the subject of speculation, leading to him being left out of the squad for the Boxing Day clash Mauricio Pellegrino says Southampton will discuss the possibility of selling Virgil van Dijk in January after he was left out of the clash with Tottenham Hotspur amid renewed links to Manchester City, Liverpool and Barcelona.The centre-back was denied a move in the summer despite submitting a transfer request after attracting interest from Pep Guardiola’s side and Liverpool, and he was subsequently exiled from the first team until September.Van Dijk has been key for the Saints since then, but the approaching winter transfer window has reignited reports that a big move is imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Telegraph in the UK reported on Tuesday that City are expected to complete a £60 million move for the 26-year-old next month, while Sport in Spain claims Barca are hoping to land him.The ex-Groningen star was absent for Southampton’s Boxing Day game with Spurs, but Pellegrino was quiet when asked why he would not feature at Wembley.”With Virgil, there is a lot of speculation, but we have to wait and see until January and then we can talk,” he told Sky Sports.Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino admitted he did not know what would happen with Van Dijk going into the new year.”We have to wait until January. I can’t control the market, so we’ll see what happens,” he told reporters after a demoralising 5-2 defeat without Van Dijk at Wembley.”I decided it’s best for the team and there has been a lot speculation.”The manager decides what is the best. We win, draw and lose with and without Virgil.”In this squad, I have a lot of players that can play. We are used to changes. We can’t use this performance as an excuse.”Pellegrino, whose side have now won just once in their last 11 top-flight matches, also addressed whether the club’s decision to rebuff Liverpool’s earlier interest in Van Dijk had ultimately placed his first season in charge at St Mary’s under a cloud.”We tried to do the best for the team,” said the ex-Alaves coach, who endured sections of the travelling Southampton support at Wembley signing “you’re getting sacked in the morning”.”The board decided to try to keep our best player at the club.”This situation is a big learning curve for everybody and now we decide what is the best for the club.”He’s part of our club and he’s an important player for us, but we’ll see what happens. I can’t control the whispers and news from outside.”The Netherlands international joined the St Mary’s outfit in 2015 from Celtic, where he scored 15 goals in 115 first-team appearances.last_img read more

Read More →

Video: Penn State LB Brandon Smith Ejected For Targeting After Controversial Call

first_imgBrandon Smith ejectedTwitter/@EvanPetzoldWatch as Penn State LB Brandon Smith is ejected by the refs for targeting. Was it the right call?Penn State LB Brandon Smith was ejected in the second quarter against Michigan after an iffy targeting call by the referees. Smith appeared to be trying to intercept a pass to Michigan’s Grant Perry when his shoulder pads came into contact with Perry’s facemask. The refs reviewed the call, and it was upheld, thus Smith was ejected.You be the judge:Penn State LB Brandon Smith has been ejected for targeting. pic.twitter.com/WYy7jgLNn2— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) September 24, 2016Here’s the “hit” from another angle:Show me the part where Brandon Smith’s helmet hit the reciever’s helmet. I’ll wait, @sportsgeek42. https://t.co/4vub07pisw— Len Damico (@lendamico) September 24, 2016In the above video, there doesn’t appear to be any helmet to helmet contact and the defender doesn’t appear to launch himself, both of which are necessary requisites for a targeting call.At any rate, Penn State fans, and to a larger extent #CollegeFootballTwitter, were all pissed about the call:Cool. Brandon Smith just got penalized for trying to catch a football. Yay! Football!— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) September 24, 2016PSU’s Brandon Smith ejected for trying to intercept a pass. #TargetingCallGoneWrong— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) September 24, 2016How does Brandon Smith get ejected for that!? Terrible call.— Brad Fegley (@TheDiesel_2) September 24, 2016That is not targeting. Brandon Smith was clearly going for the ball. We Are.— PSU Football Fans (@NittanyLionFB) September 24, 2016That targeting call was worse than MSU’s performance today— Not MAAR (@NotMuhammadAli) September 24, 2016Penn State trails Michigan 28-0 at halftime. With that scoreline, maybe getting ejected wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.last_img read more

Read More →

Watch: Kentucky Hits Game-Winning Field Goal To Stun Louisville

first_imgKentucky's players celebrate the win over Louisville.Twitter/smith_lostKentucky just upset Lamar Jackson and Louisville.Kentucky was already bowl eligible heading into its rivalry game at Louisville on Saturday, but the Wildcats strengthened their resume with a win over the Cardinals.With the game knotted at 38-38, Lamar Jackson fumbled with 1:45 left in regulation inside the Kentucky red zone. The Wildcats managed to move the ball to the Louisville 29-yard line and with 12 seconds remaining, and Austin MacGinnis made this 47-yard field goal to give Kentucky the edge::12 seconds left and the kick is GOOD could Kentucky pull the upset pic.twitter.com/mchHOiLqTv— Nathan GZ Smith (@smith_lost) November 26, 2016Kentucky held on to win the contest 41-38, improving to 7-5 on the year. Louisville dropped to 9-3 on the season with the loss.Jackson ended the day going 16-for-25 through the air or 281 yards two touchdowns and three interceptions on top of his crucial fumble.last_img read more

Read More →

Reebok and Huntsman are Crafting the Ultimate Athletic Super-Suit

first_img How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath, Smell, and Smoke An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Athletic apparel giant Reebok cast its reel far from its home base in Boston, Massachusetts, across the pond to Huntsman, an esteemed London tailor with an extraordinary history in menswear that stretches back over 165 years. Together, Reebok and Huntsman will blend the fabric super-power of Rebook’s Flexweave material with the design prowess of Huntsman to stitch together the first prototype Flexweave menswear suit, made-to-measure for Reebok ambassador and NFL wide receiver Brandin Cooks of the New England Patriots.This is what athleisure is supposed to look like.The two iconic brands will collaborate over the coming months to develop and precision-tailor this first-of-its-kind garment, testing the limitations of Flexweave — which features a figure-eight weave structure that interlocks individual fibers — by curating a premium suit.“After closely examining Flexweave, we were both surprised and inspired by the challenge of using this non-traditional material to create a bespoke garment,” says Huntsman head cutter and creative director, Campbell Carey, who believes “the perfect suit is a fusion between fit, comfort, and style.” Carey is excited and highly optimistic about working with Flexweave to hit each of these essentials, calling it “an experiment we’ll relish.”Meanwhile, the Patriots star athlete attests that, after working with Reebok in the development of the not-yet-released Flexweave footwear styles, he’s eager to see how the “performance fit” material translates into a custom suit. “There are endless opportunities for what we can do with it,” says Cooks.“Flexweave is one of the most advanced steps in footwear upper construction,” adds James Woolard, brand director for Reebok Running. That promise packs large expectations for its release in a category rife with “innovations.”But Flexweave could very well be the golden ticket. Reebok has been taking larger strides to reassert themselves as a leader in the category, competing with other big names like Nike and Under Armour. With the buzz around Flexweave, we might just get the next biggest athletic material revolution since gel technology (only this promises to have application beyond the soles of our feet).Reebok and Huntsman will wrap up their collab come February 2018, with Huntsman delivering the suit to Cooks after months of experimentation and testing at the brand’s Savile Row workshop. For now, Huntsman has only teased us with some prospective sketches of the prototype suit, highlighting its gradient colorway and classic cut.last_img read more

Read More →

Eimskip’s Containership Suffers Steering Glitch

first_imgzoom Eimskip’s containership M/V Lagarfoss experienced a malfunction on Wednesday evening while en route to Reykjavik, some 70 nautical miles south east of the Icelandic coast.The Icelandic shipping company said that the malfunction occurred in the vessel’s steering gear while under way.However, there was no danger to crew, cargo or the vessel as the weather conditions were favorable.The ship’s crew contacted the Icelandic Coast Guard to assist the containership to her destination under her own power.The Coast Guard vessel Thor met with M/V Lagarfoss in the morning of 22nd July to assist the ship to Reykjavik where M/V Lagarfoss is expected to arrive today.Based on the latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic the ship is under tow around 90 nautical miles from Rejkjavik.“During a recent guarantee dry-docking of the vessel in Hamburg the manufacturer of the steering gear decided to replace parts in the gear, which was upon their own decision making and demand.  It is highly likely that the malfunction is the responsiblity of the gear manufacturer and entirely their responsibility,” Eimskip said in a press statement. “Upon the vessel’s arrival repairs will immediately commence and we hope she will be on schedule again without much delay,” the company added.The 11,811-ton containership was built in 2014 and sails under the flag of Antigua Barbuda.last_img read more

Read More →

Sharon Lawrence Joins Advisory Board Of Adrienne Shelly Foundation

first_imgThe Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization named after the late actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly who was killed in 2006, announced today its appointment of Cliff Chenfeld and Jon Harris to its Board of Directors, and the addition of Sharon Lawrence to its Advisory Board.Chenfeld is the Co-CEO of Razor & Tie, an independent music company, and Kidz Bop, a kids’ music, marketing and digital platform. He has also served as executive producer of a number of movies including the comedy Serious Moonlight, written by Ms. Shelly, and Concussion, which premiered at Sundance in 2013.Harris is senior vice president of global communications at the Hillshire Brands Company, a newly public $4 billion consumer food products leader. An active philanthropist, he serves on the boards of Common Threads, Gilda’s Club-Cancer Concern, The Lookingglass Theatre Company and Athletes Against Drugs.Lawrence is a four-time Emmy nominated and SAG Award winning actress who’s starred in NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, Monk, Law and Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy and currently stars in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles. She’s also appeared in the films Wasted Grace, Middle of Nowhere, Solace and The After, Chris Carter’s new thriller for Amazon Studios, which premieres later this year.
Formed in January 2007, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants distributed through partnerships with Women in Film, IFP, Nantucket Film Festival, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Columbia University, Boston University, Rooftop Films and American Film Institute. Since its inception, it has awarded forty-eighty grants. For more information, please visit www.adrienneshellyfoundation.org.last_img read more

Read More →

Carol Leifer To Be Honored At Farm Sanctuary On The Hudson Gala

first_imgFarm Sanctuary, the organization dedicated to combating the abuses of factory farming and the destruction to the planet and our health while encouraging a new awareness and understanding about farm animals, has announced that they will honor Carol Leifer, Tracye McQuirter and Kristi Funk, M.D. at the 2018 “Farm Sanctuary On the Hudson” Gala on Thursday, October 4th.The evening hosted by actress Bellamy Young, will take place at Pier Sixty in New York City, and will feature a special performance by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat.Author, award-winning producer, actress and stand-up comedian Carol Leifer will be presented with the Animal Advocate Award for her courageous stand against animal cruelty and her commitment to being an animal advocate and vegan.Tracye McQuirter, MPH, considered to be one of the most influential vegans in the country, will be presented with the Compassionate Vegan Living Award for her dedication to changing the way America eats, through her advocacy and writing. Tracye is the author of Ageless Vegan and By Any Greens Necessary.Dr. Kristi Funk is a board-certified breast cancer surgeon, advocate and author of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual. Dr. Funk will be presented with the Gift of Life Award, for co-founding The Pink Lotus Breast Center, which fuses state-of-the-art screening, genetic testing, diagnosis, and treatment with preventive strategies and holistic, compassionate care.The evening will be chaired by Liz Dee. The Host Committee includes: Nicole Brodeur & Alex Payne; Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough; Laura Bushnell, Erin Culley, Emily Deschanel, Lyn Devon, Arne Emerson, Sunny & Brad Goldberg; Dr. Lorraine Henricks, Cameron Icard, Cindy Landon, Jennifer & Chuck Laue; Shani Rosenzweig, Kathy Toomey, Lona Williams and Jennifer Wynn & Ashkan Samadzadeh.Farm Sanctuary is North America’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary remains committed to ending cruelty to farm animals and promoting compassionate vegan living through rescue, education and advocacy efforts. The organization provides lifelong care at their sanctuary locations in New York and California for more than 1,000 animals rescued from abuse while advocating for legal and policy reforms.For more information and for ticketing, please click here.last_img read more

Read More →

Somali civilians bearing brunt of latest upsurge in fighting – UN agency

2 October 2009Somali civilians are bearing the brunt in the latest upsurge in fighting in the country’s troubled south central region, the United Nations refugee agency said today, adding that 145 people have reportedly been killed and another 285 injured in heavy clashes in September alone. Yesterday, the opposition Al Shabaab group said it had taken control of the southern city of Kismayo from its former ally, Hisb-ul-Islam. According to hospital sources, some 12 people were killed and 50 others injured, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported.Fighting since early May between Government forces and Al Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam has displaced around 160,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country. UNHCR said that the rate of displacement had diminished over the last two months, as compared to May and June, but it is still high, with 17,000 people uprooted last month alone. “We are extremely concerned about the dire humanitarian situation of hundreds of thousands of civilians who have been displaced by the continuing conflict in Somalia,” UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. “Should the fighting between Al Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam escalate, we fear that more than half a million internally displaced people in the Afgooye corridor, some 30 kilometres south of Mogadishu, could be affected and uprooted once again,” he said.Mr. Mahecic added that insecurity in the Afgooye area is already significantly limiting humanitarian access to the IDPs, but the situation could further deteriorate, making it even more difficult for Somali and international humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance to people in need.UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 515,000 Somali refugees in the nearby countries of Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. There are also more than 1.5 million IDPs in the country and the number is constantly increasing. read more

Read More →

Now bus operators against 13 A

Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Addressing a press briefing today Wijeyratne said private bus operators will support any political group which stands against both amendments.He also said that the 17th Amendment must be further strengthened. Private bus operators today said that they are against the 13th Amendment to the constitution as well as the 18th Amendment and want both abolished.Lanka Private Bus Operators Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeyratne said that private bus operators are even ready to launch a bus strike against the two constitutional amendments. read more

Read More →

Sri Lanka joins Geneva based global peace security body

Welcoming Sri Lanka, Professor François Heisbourg Chairman of the GCSP Foundation Council expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would actively contribute towards the work of the Council. Sri Lanka has been admitted to the Foundation Council, the Governing Body of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP), the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva said.Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha represented Sri Lanka for the first time at the Foundation Council Meeting in Geneva. While thanking the GCSP for the opportunities it has provided for Sri Lankan participants including members of the Mission in Geneva to attend GCSP programmes, Ambassador Aryasinha noted that Sri Lanka is committed to contribute to the furtherance of GCSP’s reach, by providing a platform in Colombo for hosting programmes in cooperation with the Government, with a view to reaching out to the Asian region.In this regard he referred to the upcoming International Defence Attache Seminar to be organized by the GCSP in December 2016, in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and the Kotelawala Defence University in Colombo. Addressing the Foundation Council, Ambassador Aryasinha recalled the long relationship between the GCSP and Sri Lanka and expressed hope that Sri Lanka’s membership in the Foundation Council would contribute to further enhance such engagement in the future. Ambassador Christian Dussey, the Director of the GCSP noted that in 2016 the GCSP conducted 40 courses, which involved 720 participants belonging to 109 nationalities, an increase by 15% from last year. This included 15 new courses in 2016. He further noted that the ‘Defence Attache Programme’ to be held shortly in Colombo is part of the GCSP’s outreach programme, and that the Seminar in Colombo would be the first to be held by the GCSP in the South and East Asia region.The GCSP is an international foundation established in 1995, which focuses on promoting peace, security and stability through education, research and dialogue. The institute offers training courses throughout the year, to Government officials, diplomats, military officers, international civil servants and NGO staff in the field of international peace and security. Sri Lanka joins 48 other Member States and the Canton of Geneva in overseeing the work and guiding the strategy of the GCSP. read more

Read More →

SriLankan Airlines Directors set to resign to assist restructuring

Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim had earlier this year called for strict action to be taken against a “mafia” at SriLankan Airlines. President Maithripala Sirisena had said earlier that a Presidential Commission will be appointed to investigate into the alleged abuse of state money and public property involving SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka, in the first week of next January. The Minister had also said that his hands were tied in some aspects and so he was unable to do what he wanted to do. (Colombo Gazette) Six SriLankan Airlines Directors are set to resign to assist restructuring of the national airline.The Directors had offered to resign as the airline continues to face major losses. read more

Read More →

Landmark UN tobaccocontrol treaty reaches ratification goal to become law

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) requires treaty parties to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls, and strengthen laws clamping down on tobacco smuggling in the war on the world’s leading cause of preventable deaths. “The momentum growing around the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control seems unstoppable,” the agency’s Director-General, Lee Jong-wook, said. “It demonstrates the importance placed by the international community on saving many of the millions of lives now lost to tobacco.” If current trends are not reversed, tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020. It is the only legal product that causes the death of one half of its regular users. This means that of the current 1.3 billion smokers, 650 million people will die prematurely due to tobacco. Following yesterday’s ratification by Peru – the 40th country to do so – the treaty will become the first international legally binding public health pact under the agency’s auspices on 28 February. It has become one of the most rapidly embraced UN conventions, with 167 WHO Member States and the European Community (EC) having already signed it. “Now the real work must start,” said WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus. “The Convention sets forth the ideal goals and a roadmap for the work that needs to be implemented in countries. WHO will continue to support all countries in the vital work of building capacity and implementing the treaty.” The economic costs of tobacco use are devastating. In addition to the high public health price of treating tobacco-caused diseases, the product kills people at the height of their productivity. Tobacco users are also less productive while they are alive due to increased sickness. A 1994 report estimated that the use of tobacco resulted in an annual global net loss of $200 billion, a third of this loss being in developing countries. read more

Read More →

Groups plan protest at Kentucky Farm Bureaus Ham Breakfast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Protesters are expected to be out at the annual Ham Breakfast, an event put on by the Kentucky Farm Bureau at the State Fair.Four advocacy groups say they are protesting what they call the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “discriminatory policies.” They say the bureau’s policy-book includes positions that are anti-LGBTQ, anti-teacher, anti-union and it recently added a policy targeting transgender students in Kentucky schools. They also say Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance customers may not be aware of the policies.- Advertisement – In a release sent out Wednesday, the groups stated: “Each year, Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance customers are automatically charged a fee that enrolls them as compulsory members of the company’s 501(c)4 lobbying arm, which spent nearly $100,000 last year lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly on policies outlined in their printed policy book, which elected officials receive but policyholders do not.”The groups have also released a video, calling on the Kentucky Farm Bureau to “stop the hate.” The 30-second video features Congressman John Yarmuth and advocates from the ACLU of Kentucky, the Fairness Campaign, Jefferson County Teachers Association, and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice.The Kentucky Farm Bureau sent out a statement from its president, Mark Haney, in response to the groups’ accusations.Related Article: Kentucky survey shows slight increase in overall food costs“Kentucky Farm Bureau is proud to be welcoming 1,500 guests to tomorrow’s breakfast that celebrates the best of the Farm Bureau—our commitment to Kentucky agriculture and philanthropy. We are proud of today’s tradition because KFB Loves Kentucky. In its 56-year history, the ham breakfast and auction has raised nearly $13 million for Kentucky charities and nonprofit organizations. Kentucky Farm Bureau is a democratic organization. We are member-based and member-driven and therefore our policies reflect our membership and Kentucky’s rural communities. Our process mirrors the very precepts on which our nation was founded- a fair, free democratic process is essential to best representing the views of the Farm Bureau’s members.The statement goes on to say: “To be clear, the Kentucky Farm Bureau does not discriminate. We follow the law. And to be very clear, we do not apologize for our democratic, grassroots process, the principles of which have served our nation very well for a long time and this organization for 97 years. We respect the right of all organizations to go through their policy development process. We ask that organizations and individuals respect our right to follow our process, even if you think differently.”The Ham Breakfast takes place on Thursday, August 22 at 7 a.m. at the State Fair in Louisville. read more

Read More →

Cardale Jones looks to keep Ohio State on track against Minnesota

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway Township, NJ . OSU won 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the one-game suspension of Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett following a Saturday morning drunk-driving citation, the door has opened for redshirt junior Cardale Jones to come off the bench and lead the offense.It is a situation the Cleveland native is more than familiar with after filling in for the final three games of last season, but not likely one he expected just one game after losing his starting job for the first time.Still, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has complete faith in Jones.“Cardale had a great week of practice last week, he’s engaged, he handled everything like a man,” Meyer said. “He threw for 300 yards a couple weeks ago at a 75 percent clip. He’s 10-0 as a starter. That’s not even a hesitation.”Despite Meyer’s confidence in Jones, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said the absence of Barrett could affect the offense for OSU (8-0, 4-0) that was improving each game.“I think it does affect our momentum,” Decker said. “We were getting J.T. in there more and more and we were improving week to week, but at the same time I don’t think it was just J.T. getting in there that affected our momentum. I think everyone was playing better.”That start for Jones is set to come on Saturday against visiting Minnesota (4-4, 1-3).OSU has won eight consecutive meetings with the Golden Gophers, but Decker said OSU expects a very tough matchup with the road team, which is led by the 25th ranked defense in the country.“It could be one of the toughest games for us thus far this year,” Decker said.If something were to happen to Jones on Saturday, Meyer said another former starting quarterback would step in: redshirt senior Braxton Miller.Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, started at quarterback for the Buckeyes for three seasons before a shoulder injury and the emergences of Barrett and Jones forced him to switch positions to H-back.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native is yet to throw a downfield pass this season, but Meyer said the decision to slot him as the backup over redshirt freshman Stephen Collier was an easy one.“There’s no question that he’s our No. 2 quarterback,” Meyer said.Meyer said no decision had been made as of Monday as to if Miller would be behind center in the red zone, as Barrett did for the final two weeks of Jones’ original stint as the starter.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.About the GophersMinnesota’s season has been marked by several strong performances and several duds.The Golden Gophers put scares in No. 8 TCU in the season opener and, last week, No. 17 Michigan, losing by six and three points, respectively.However, a trio of three-point wins over the Mountain West’s Colorado State and the Mid-American Conference’s Kent State and Ohio showed that Minnesota has oftentimes looked better in losses than wins this season.Minnesota’s interim coach, Tracy Claeys, is set to lead his team for the second consecutive game after stepping in following the sudden retirement of former coach Jerry Kill.The players rallied around Claeys in his first game, coming within a yard of upsetting Michigan. Meyer said he expects that same passion on the road in Columbus.“I think that they played their best game (against Michigan),” Meyer said. “They were very inspired, they played tremendous in that game on both sides of the ball against a very good team. So, I think they’re an excellent team. They’re hitting their stride right now as well.”A season ago, Minnesota put up a fight against the Buckeyes in Minneapolis, though OSU came away with a 31-24 victory. Barrett was responsible for 389 yards and four touchdowns in the game.That contest marked the last time OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott failed to rush for over 100 yards, as he finished with 91. The St. Louis native has eclipsed the century mark in 13 consecutive games since. Webb is backDuring Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer revealed that sophomore cornerback Damon Webb’s suspension has been lifted and he could return to action on Saturday.Webb played in each of OSU’s first two games, picking up eight tackles, before being suspended for an undisclosed violation of a team policy before the Buckeyes’ Week 3 game against Northern Illinois.Webb’s return comes as a necessity for an OSU secondary that has lost junior safety Cam Burrows and, as Meyer also announced on Tuesday, sophomore safety Erick Smith for the season.Webb did not appear on OSU’s weekly depth chart, but Meyer indicated during the teleconference that he will see the field against the Golden Gophers.Meyer also said on Monday that junior H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt freshman receiver Parris Campbell are questionable on Saturday, while redshirt freshman receiver Johnnie Dixon is out following a knee injury.Up nextAfter the matchup with Minnesota, OSU is scheduled to head to Champaign, Illinois, for a meeting with the Fighting Illini. Kickoff is slated for either noon or 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. read more

Read More →

Not always greener on the Urban side for Ohio States new coach

At the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus Monday night, some clapped as Urban Meyer was introduced as the 24th coach in OSU football history, but others remain skeptical. The six-year, $24 million contract Meyer signed earlier that day has stirred Buckeye Nation just days after the conclusion of a 6-6 regular-season campaign. The former University of Florida coach arrives at OSU as it awaits a final ruling from the NCAA regarding rule infractions committed by the football program, though OSU’s newest hire also departed a Florida program that was rife with off-field transgressions. The Associated Press reported Monday that 27 UF players were arrested a combined 30 times during Meyer’s tenure in Gainesville, Fla. Meyer said during the Monday press conference that the reports of charges against his former players were inflated. “I see numbers of arrests and the numbers I see are exaggerated,” Meyer said. “We’ve had a pretty good track record. We ran some bumps in the road at the University of Florida. Does that mean we had bad kids? I’ll fight that forever. No, absolutely not ­— we did not have bad guys. Did they make stupid mistakes? Yeah, I’ve made a few stupid mistakes.” George Diaz, a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel in Orlando, Fla., said that it’s on Meyer to choose to deny documented arrests and cases against UF players that ranged from marijuana busts to domestic violence. “(Meyer) certainly had some issues with discipline and keeping everyone in order,” Diaz said. “That’s on his record. It doesn’t overshadow everything that he has done, which is a lot of great things, but it’s a part of his permanent record.” Tom Green, a UF student and sports editor of The Independent Florida Alligator, said that the off-field arrests and run-ins with law enforcement by UF players made headlines in the Sunshine State. “It got a lot of headlines because of the number of arrests,” Green said. “It got a lot of attention. A lot of the arrests were either marijuana related or underage drinking and, you know, stuff that a lot of college students get arrested for.” Green said he disagreed with Meyer’s claim that the charges against UF players were exaggerated. “(Players) got arrested and it got reported,” Green said. “The arrests just piled up over the years.” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said that should OSU receive a bid to a postseason bowl game, Meyer would not be involved with preparing or coaching the team for the game. Once Meyer takes the reigns at OSU, he said he would apply a set of core values that will help Buckeye players stay out of trouble. “We have a set of core values. Honesty (and) respect,” Meyer said. “Number one, treat everyone with respect. Number 2, no drugs, no stealing, no weapons. Those are core value issues. You’re either dismissed or you miss a good bunch of time playing the game.” Both Diaz and Green said a bitter taste will remain in the mouths of Florida fans because Meyer, who left college football to address health concerns and family issues, returned to the sidelines so soon. “Florida fans are understandably disgruntled and upset and confused,” Diaz said. “There’s a lot of emotions going on. I think (Florida fans) are just upset by the mixed signals he’s sending out by taking the (OSU) job.” Green agreed. “Just from what I’ve seen from friends, Facebook and on Twitter and online, all of the people are mad because they didn’t think that (Meyer) would do that,” Green said. “A lot of them feel betrayed.” Meyer said during his introduction as OSU coach that he would always consider himself a member of the Florida family, having won two national championships in Gainesville. Green said he didn’t think those words would console many Gators fans. “I personally don’t think he lied to (Florida fans),” Green said. “An opportunity of a lifetime presented itself to him and he couldn’t turn that down. (Fans) shouldn’t feel betrayed.” Meyer boasts a 104-23 overall record in 10 seasons as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision coach, as well as a 7-1 mark in bowl games and a 4-0 record in Bowl Championship Series games. Diaz said OSU fans can look forward to having one of the most talented and capable coaches in the country patrolling the Ohio Stadium sidelines when the 2012 season begins. That isn’t to say there aren’t potential draw backs to having Meyer lead OSU football. “He’s gone through some significant health issues and had to deal with some family matters. He said he’s come out of it differently and will approach things differently,” Diaz said. “Now, we’ll see if that new approach changes what transpires on the field. That’s the great unknown.” OSU (6-6, 3-5) is currently awaiting a postseason bowl bid. read more

Read More →

Phone and broadband firms to be forced to tell customers if they

An estimated 15 million households are currently out of contract with their broadband provider, or around a third of all customers.  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 year, The Telegraph reported how phone and broadband customers would soon receive alerts telling them when they have reached the end of their contract under a crackdown being planned by regulators. At present most providers do not inform customers when their terms are up and they could switch to a cheaper deal.  Every year at least six million loyal mobile phone contract holders are being charged for mobile phones they have already paid for, Citizens Advice analysis shows. Ofcom said the new rules would not come into force until February 15 next year, giving companies nine months to make the necessary changes to their systems and processes to make sure they “get this right”. Similarly most broadband providers quietly move customers onto a more expensive tariff when their contract is up, leading to them unwittingly paying over the odds. Broadband, TV, mobile and home phone companies will have to tell customers when their contract is coming to an end and show them the best deals available under new rules unveiled by Ofcom.The telecoms regulator said the move, the latest in its Fairness for customers programme, could see up to 20 million customers benefit by switching provider or agreeing a new deal with their existing one.Ofcom said people who bundle their landline and broadband services together pay on average around 20% more when they are out of contract and this rises to 26% among customers who bundle in their pay-TV services.It said that around one in seven customers do not know whether they are still tied to the original deal.Ofcom’s consumer group director Lindsey Fussell said: “We’re making sure customers are treated fairly, by making companies give them the information they need, when they need it.”This will put power in the hands of millions of people who’re paying more than necessary when they’re no longer tied to a contract.”The changes will involve providers sending tailored information to millions of individual customers, including the contract end date, the price before this date, any proposed changes and the best deals offered by their provider. Customers are unaware they are being charged for handsets after their contracts have ended, as providers do not tell them they have finished paying off the cost of the phone and only need to continue paying for calls, texts and data.On average, those customers pay an unnecessary £22 a month which rises to £38 extra for smartphones. One in five customers only realise after six months, by which time they will be £228 worse off. read more

Read More →