Families “forced to beg” for respite

first_imgTHE head of a campaign to reopen the Brothers of Charity respite house in Clonisle has said that the department of health is “forcing families on to the streets with begging bowls” to fund the permanent return of the service in Limerick.  A meeting was held between members of a family group and key representatives of the Brothers of Charity and it was agreed that the Bawnmore based service would provide a portion of the funds needed to reopen the respite house, if families fundraised for the remainder of the money.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On this basis, the Charity will reopen the service on August 16 after a closure of two months.“Mr Neilus Hayes, chairperson of the Family Group, will invite all Families associated with the Brothers of Charity Services to participate in a meeting on August 23 to launch this fundraising campaign.“In light of this commitment, Norma Bagge, CEO, can announce that a respite service will open on the week commencing August 16 2010”, said a statement.However, the majority of the 63 families who availed of the respite service are opposed to fundraising.“It’s a disgrace that the Brothers of Charity would come out with this proposition”, Owen South, who heads up a committee to reopen the service, told the Limerick Post.“They’ve said they will put €50,000 into the bowl if families can fundraise for the remaining €150,000. They are asking people with severe disabilities to hit the byroads of Limerick, cap in hand. Most of the families are abhorred and disgusted that they should have to beg when every where else in Ireland this service is free”.A meeting is to take place between all 63 families on August 23 to discuss the fundraising proposal.“The respite service is a human right. It’s a disgrace that the department of health are forcing people out on to the street”.Health spokesperson for the Labour party Jan O’Sullivan, has been campaigning for the reopening of the service and told this newspaper that she is unhappy with the new proposals for fundraising.“The HSE said they don’t have any more money but the Brothers of Charity say the Mid West got the hardest hit in funding cuts than any other region. That it was not balanced.Kieran O’Donnell TD said the sum of €50,000 would cover about three months of respite.“I welcome the reopening but many of the people affected are elderly, or widows and widowers and don’t have the capacity to look after their disabled children without a rest.“We need equality in the moratorium throughout regions and a sustainable respite service in Limerick”. Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFamilies “forced to beg” for respiteBy admin – July 29, 2010 781 Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleHSE tell court no place for teenagerNext articleSteven Ryan / Windings talks to Limerick Post Ents editor Eric FitzGerald admin Facebook Email Linkedinlast_img read more

MidEast Youth Launches Crowdvoice for Yemeni Day of Rage

first_imgEgypt casts a tall shadow and this last week’s protests have captured the world’s attention. But it is far from the only country to take heart from Tunisia’s revolution and go out into the streets. Yemen has called for tomorrow, February 3, to be its own “Day of Rage.” In conjunction with local online news site YemenPortal, polymath activist group MidEast Youth, probably best known for the Free Kareem campaign (they did, eventually), has launched an English and an Arabic version of its Crowdvoice software and website to capture information about tomorrow’s protests in Yemen. Tags:#Government#international#politics#user-generated content#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins CrowdVoice allows readers to read, and contribute to, a user-generated, dynamic aggregation of information on a specific topic. Iranian-American activist and Daily Beast contributor Reza Aslan called it a “powerful tool for discovering voices of dissent.”Features include a blog widget to funnel contributions to a user’s site and the ability to subscribe. In Yemen, protests have been taking place almost daily since the middle of last month in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. That on January 27th is said to have been attended by as many as 16,000 protesters. Like Tunisia and Egypt, a major demand of the protesters is an end to the 32-year rule of its president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. A constitutional amendment currently before the legislature would legalize Saleh’s lifetime occupation of that office. Unlike both Tunisia and Egypt, the strongest voice calling for this day of concerted protest doesbelong to the representative of an Islamist group. In addition to being a senior member of the Islamist-influenced opposition Al-Ishah party, Tawakel Karman, is also an activist and the founder of the non-governmental organization Women Journalists Without Chains. She was arrested on January 22nd and held for several days before being released. Esra’a Al-Shahei, founder of MidEast Youth, said the protests do not seem any more “Islamist-led” than those in Tunisia or Egypt. “My personal opinion (is) it isn’t being led by Islamists at all. Women’s rights defenders appear to be the forefront of many of these protests.”The day has generated its own hashtag, #feb3, a Yemeni version of Egypt’s #jan25.Disclosure: MidEast Youth provided server space for the Committee to Protect Bloggers, which I founded. I have also worked with them briefly on other projects. While the editor at CPB, I covered the travails of YemenPortal. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

I should never have listened to Lalit Modi and Shah Rukh on IPL: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgThe Rawalpindi Express may be out of cricket but he has not run out of steam. He’s here, there, everywhere. He was at a cricket clinic in Hong Kong to coach youngsters. In Dubai, he is trying to raise funds to start a chain of pace academies. His next stop,The Rawalpindi Express may be out of cricket but he has not run out of steam. He’s here, there, everywhere. He was at a cricket clinic in Hong Kong to coach youngsters. In Dubai, he is trying to raise funds to start a chain of pace academies. His next stop is Delhi to promote his autobiography, cryptically titled Controversially Yours.It is a book that is unlikely to win him any friends in a career marked with clashes, injuries, and a colourful nightlife wherever Pakistan played. He was cricket’s superbrat with an indescribable Punjabi-Irish accent and an insatiable appetite for adventure, his rollercoaster life making headlines for all the wrong reasons. As he tells India Today in a midnight chat from Dubai, “I was born with an attitude.”Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan, now president of Tehreek-e-Insaaf party, says pace was his biggest asset. “Many remember the 2003 World Cup disaster because expectations were high. He had terrified Australians the year before with some great spells at Colombo and Brisbane. In 2003 itself, he was devastating in New Zealand with 6 for 30 in the second Test, at Wellington.” The admiration is mutual. “Politics is not for me, but I will support Imran,” Akhtar told India Today.Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav GangulyHis bowling had nothing conventional or unique, just a long run-in and unsettling pace. Akhtar wanted to settle scores in the first five overs. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. The 2004 home series against Sourav Ganguly-led India was a total whitewash for Akhtar. But the speedster silenced his critics with blistering pace in the home series against England in 2005-6. Pakistan won the three-Test series 2-0 and the five odi series 3-2. “In many ways, he was singularly instrumental in helping Pakistan win the Test and odi series but got a raw deal at the end,” remembers former Pakistan pace bowler Sarfraz Nawaz, who spotted Akhtar for national selection.advertisementImran (left) and MiandadAnd then the slide started. His temperament was as wayward as his line and length. Javed Miandad, former Pakistani captain and coach, detested Akhtar’s presence in the team because the bowler made more news off the pitch. “He behaved like a rockstar with the collar turned up,” says Miandad.The 2007 and 2011 World Cups were unmitigated catastrophes for Akhtar, riddled with disciplinary scrapes that ranged from breaches of night curfew to drug abuse, from a rape charge to several indiscreet comments. Akhtar has now realised that discretion is the better part of valour. “I don’t kiss and tell” is his answer to a query on his escapades wherever Pakistan toured.Over 13 years, he played 46 Tests and picked 178 wickets and missed almost as many games as he played. He has 241 odi wickets. But no one knew when he was fit and available up until the 2011 World Cup semifinal against India in Mohali which he missed.Now, he is genuinely no longer available. “I have retired from cricket and done with the game.” The Rawalpindi Express has run its 22 yards.Excerpt”Sachin and Dravid no match-winners, didn’t know the art of finishing a game”The Pakistani team cements together when we play against India. But the Indians, though they always have a great selection of talent, especially in the batting department, often play for themselves first and then for the team. In our dressing room, when we sat around discussing strategies, we always remarked upon the fact that some of the Indians would play to get runs for themselves and that would help us win the match. We, too, have had great batsmen like Inzamam -ul Haq and Javed Miandad, and we almost always had the edge when it came to bowling-we’ve had terrific bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, all match-winners. Although we had differences with each other, we held together as a team because we were passionate about winning… I could be wrong in my judgment but I do believe that batsmen the world over are to some extent selfish and play for records… I think players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid weren’t exactly match winners to start with, nor did they know the art of finishing a game. Things changed when younger players like Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh arrived on the scene. These guys didn’t play for records, they played to win… I know our whole team gives Sehwag the credit for being the one to lead India’s winning streak. Gautam Gambhir and he have given India quick and wonderful partnerships. Before that there was only Sachin; the poor man carried the entire burden on his shoulders. With him was Dravid, who has a great technique but has never been a match winner.advertisementSachin has started scoring quickly, and playing the role of a match-winner for his team. I can’t recall a series from his earlier playing days when he helped win matches. But now, with the help of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Virat Kohli and others, who are terrific batsmen and keep things moving, he wins matches for India. He has taken a leaf out of their book and bats beautifully. Now he is a complete batsman. Please don’t get me wrong. I think he was always a great batsman, if not the greatest in the world, and I admire his extraordinary skills. To me, however, winning is everything. Vivian Richards, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and the likes of them are great batsmen who dominated with the bat and were truly match-winners. Initially, when I bowled against Sachin, I found these qualities missing. He might have had more runs and records but he lacked the ability to finish a game. Apne run liye aur out ho gaye. But in the last three years, I can see that he has changed his game.An important thing that happened to Indian cricket was the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. I think he was a superb captain, a giant of a man in a slight body. One of his greatest gifts to his side was the very brave decision to bring in youngsters, and he backed them as well. This has changed the face of their team. Dhoni has benefited greatly from taking over Ganguly’s team. He is a very smart man, an intelligent captain, and on the field he is calm and collected, and means business. He knows how to lead, and the Indian team were deserving winners of the 2011 World Cup.Inzamam (left) and Younis”Pakistan has everything but qadar, the ability to value what we have”I wish I had played under Imran Khan and that he had been around to guide us as youngsters. He was the last man who cared about the game, about the Pakistan team. Our seniors set the example of going out, having a good time-girls were always coming and going out of their rooms. This was the prevailing culture in the Pakistan team. This is what we saw and learned. But when one of the seniors became our coach, he preached what he never practised in his own time. I know people who were drunk and came out to play. This is a fact. And now they call me undisciplined-it’s unbelievable.I wish now that I had never listened to Javed Miandad. I should have gone back home, trained, and then gone to England for the county season… My grouse is with my own board. If a batsman gets out of form, he is given some time to regain it. If a bowler bowls poorly, he too is given a chance to find his rhythm. After all, no one can play brilliantly all the time. But no one had the patience for Shoaib…advertisementIf you ask me, Pakistan has everything but qadar, the ability to value what we have. Allah has given us both a gift and a curse and the curse is that we will never be valued by our own, whether in politics or sports. Benazir Bhutto was shot dead-whoever wants to work for the good of the nation is bound to be finished…Younis Khan won us the T20 World Cup in 2009 and was repaid by being forced to face inquiries…Even Imran Khan… He was beaten up by politically motivated rogue elements in Punjab University in 2007… Can you imagine something like that happening just across our border, a mere 30-minute drive from where he was so heartlessly treated? Can anyone imagine this happening to Tendulkar in India? Is it possible that Tendulkar or Dravid have not made mistakes? They are protected because they are national treasures in a country that has invested pride in them.Shah Rukh Khan”It was not the board alone that ruined Pakistani cricket, it was the team too”I nzamam, at one point, did manage to keep the team united. He and I didn’t get along but that didn’t affect the team-we did well under him for a while. However, a strange thing happened in the dressing room just about then. It is my opinion that the namaz is the duty of every Muslim. Every Muslim knows this, and he also knows that if he doesn’t do the namaz, he will be held responsible in the court of the ultimate judge, Allah. To force grown-ups, as though they were children, to do the namaz or zikr seems a bit strange to me. The problem begins when someone feels that now he has got on to the right path, he must make everybody else do what he does. I think that’s missing the point; it’s also a form of arrogance. If you can find the right path and correct yourself, so can the other man. If you impose your will, Allah’s benevolence and kindness are ignored.But some people thought that this was the way to take the team forward. Roza, namaz, tabliq were to be compulsory team events. Guys were taken to task if they wished to pray in the solitude of their room. Threats were used; if you don’t pray with the team, you will be thrown out. I can guarantee that ten of those praying with the team were doing so because they were scared of being thrown out. I mean, to go around telling all of us that if you recite the namaz with the group, you will be selected and will be in our good books is the strangest thing. Namaz sadda zameer hai-namaz is our conscience-but Islam has also given us instructions on when and how to pray. Islam da adda hissa pakeezgi hai. When the whole team got together for namaz, the bathroom floor would become wet and filthy, with tissues strewn all over-it was disgusting. Islam is all about purity, cleanliness… We began praying on airplanes, if you please, although it is absolutely clear that if you are travelling, you can be excused for namaz. And the toilets-oh my God! Once, the team made the water flow out into the aisle and there were complaints all around; they stopped us from praying on that flight. It wasn’t safe either.I was happy when Younis Khan became captain because he is a great team player, but he wasn’t aggressive enough with the management. At long last we had a good man, a great teammate and a good cricketer at the helm and we won the T20 World Cup. It was as simple as that, but did the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) care? Look what happened to him. The chairman didn’t like him and he got dropped, faced inquiries and struggled to find a place in the team. Later in 2010, we won the series against Australia so they said we won, we don’t need him. How sad is that? Talent and experience were made to sit outside and he had to apologise for nothing, just to appease the egos of the board members, before he was allowed to play again.Unfortunately, our seniors were the most corrupt people I have known in my whole life. Barring a few like Rashid Latif and Moin Kahn, the rest indulged in activities that certainly did not help the game, yet most of them were let off with fines. The fact is I can’t point to any one player and say, this man steadied our team-issne Pakistan cricket ko sambhala. Pakistan cricket ki jo tabahi hai, voh Pakistan team ne khud ki. Always leaking our disagreements to the media, devising devious schemes to throw this one or that one out, infighting, not allowing young talent to grow and thrive… So it was not the board alone that ruined Pakistani cricket, it was the team itself. Players often took their issues to the press. Some, mind you, did it to sell a story and make some money… As a consequence, relationships within the dressing room broke down. Rashid Latif, Aamir Sohail, Wasim Akram, all ended up with extremely bad relationships… Moin Khan stepped down from vice-captaincy. He was banned from entering the dressing room and even the ground. Lalit Modi”I should never have listened to Lalit Modi and Shah Rukh on IPL”Shah Rukh Khan, the Indian actor who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), had got in touch with me to play for his team. I left for India again for the negotiations and was invited to Shah Rukh’s house for discussions. During our meeting, I got the feeling that it was Sourav Ganguly and not Shah Rukh who wanted me on the team. Shah Rukh wasn’t sure about me, but Ganguly knew the kind of bowler I was. Then I met Lalit Modi, who had actively pursued me to join the ipl; he promised the heaven and earth if I did. But when the bidding took place, I was disappointed.The ICL (Indian Cricket League), on the other hand, was offering more. Subhash Chandra and Himanshu Mody, who used to be a part of the icl meetings, rang me to say that I should let them know my terms; they were very keen that I join them. I was trying to be practical and think about my future for a change, and I knew I needed to make the right decision. I thought I might have to bow out of playing for my country, so I asked the ICL for an amount that would compensate for that and a bit more, and they were ready to give me what I wanted. Tony Greig was their main man and Moin Khan represented them in Pakistan. But I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of never being able to play for my country again, and that finally swung the balance in favour of the IPL.Shah Rukh and I had talked about my not being happy with the money… I let him know that it was not just the money, it was about justifying and acknowledging one’s stature and talent. I told him, look, I am letting go of a lot of money for you, so please compensate me for it; otherwise, please let me go. He tried to persuade me, saying, this is the first time we have tried bidding-we have an extra million for you. Somehow, even though I wasn’t satisfied with the result of the auction, Shah Rukh and Modi got me to agree. I remember Lalit Modi telling me not to join the ICL; we will eventually give you more, he said. Please play for the IPL.Meinu behla-phusla ke-I’ll get this for you, I’ll get that for you-they got me to say yes. Lalit Modi told me I wouldn’t regret my decision and that he would ensure that I made more money through endorsements and the like, but that never happened. I should have never listened to Modi and Shah Rukh. All those who joined the ICL eventually played for Pakistan.Shoaib Akhtar with a fanNow here’s the twist in the tale. I was prepared to accept less money in order to keep playing for my country; my board then slammed a five-year ban on me. I had openly declared my dissatisfaction with the pcb for not renewing my contract, preparing dead pitches and other stuff…I went back to Mumbai and signed the contract with kkr. The next thing I knew, the ban was in place. This was the beginning of another difficult period in my life. Modi had a contract that didn’t resemble mine. There was nothing in the contract that I had which indicated that the five-year ban by my board would be upheld by the ipl as well…I believe Modi’s attitude towards me was influenced by his relationship with then pcb chairman Naseem Ashraf. Ashraf wanted to ban me-Shoaib kahin ka na rahe-and Modi was ready to oblige. Shah Rukh remained committed to my playing.Once again, I found myself running from pillar to post, trying to get some semblance of justice. When nobody on the board was prepared to ease things for me, I called up Mubashar… He immediately introduced me to Faisal Butt, who was a very close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari. Butt agreed to help…Then Benazir Bhutto was shot and Zardari started gaining strength politically so the tables were turned on Naseem Ashraf-he was Musharraf’s blue-eyed boy but the General’s clout was waning.”There were girls lining up outside the hotel, I just loved all the attention”The 1999 World Cup was here. I flew into England feeling very positive. I was peaking, my form was good and I remember telling teammates that this tournament would belong to me. They must have put it down to arrogance but I know that it was confidence and self-belief. I’ve been given speed and smartness as a gift from Allah. I am not just a fast bowler; I am a very smart bowler.When my teammates mockingly asked me how it would be my tournament, I told them that the very first ball that I bowled would be of such speed that the world would say the fastest bowler in the history of cricket had arrived. As usual, their response was a derisive, ‘Really?’ Yes, really.My very first ball in our match versus West Indies at Bristol had Sherwin Campbell hopping… I was on fire, performing in every match and bowling really quick. Before this, everybody hailed Alan Donald as the quickest… now everyone was talking about my pace as well and then Tony Greig named me ‘Rawalpindi Express’.And there were girls everywhere. I was the star performer, so you can imagine how many of them crowded around me. They would follow us on the motorway and crowd the hotels we were staying in, yelling out my name almost without a break. Ooof! I just loved all the attention but I had begun to dream of taking the World Cup back to Pakistan. So I was really focused and kept to my room…The night before the final, I lay in bed thinking about the next morning. I imagined the sheer ecstasy of winning, I imagined the winning lap… What happened the next day was a downer, to say the least. Things went horribly wrong right from the start. Wasim won the toss and chose to bat. Bowling second was a rather ignorant decision. We should have studied the wicket more carefully and chosen to bowl first. Pakistan’s batting is known to collapse, and it did-we were all out for 132. A pitiable score that was very difficult to defend because we needed about 200 to 230 runs on the board to keep the Australians at bay.The loss was devastating and we came back to the dressing room a deeply dejected lot. It was so quiet ke hamare saanso ki awaz aa rahee thi ek doosre ko-we could hear each other breathe. Most of us were in tears and emotions were running high.”Media insists on portraying me as a star-struck kid”If I am in India, I end up meeting some film stars. Salman Khan, in particular, is straight after my heart. He is generous, likes to help people, is a straight-talking guy, and I get along with him very well. But the media insists on portraying me as a star-struck kid who likes to party in Bollywood and wants to be an actor. I guess it all began in 2005 when Meera, the well-known Pakistani actress, told me that Mahesh Bhatt, an acclaimed director of Hindi films, wanted to meet me. I was attending a cricket camp in Karachi and he flew in with a film script. Mahesh wanted me to play a role in his film Gangster and I was tempted. It was a great script and I have always enjoyed movies but I did not accept the role for a couple of reasons. The PCB was on my ass and was threatening to ban me-if you do the film, we will do this, we will do that. Secondly, everyone around me was against me doing the film. If you want to continue to play cricket, don’t do it, it’s not possible to handle two professions, they advised me. I did not want people to think I was a non-serious cricketer-movie bhi kar raha hai, like Mohsin Khan.last_img read more

Syed Modi International: Saina and Kashyap enter Round 2, Prannoy stunned

first_imgSaina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap got off to a winning start at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 in Lucknow just a little less than one month before their wedding even as top shuttlers in HS Prannoy and top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy faced first round exits.Second seed Prannoy was stunned by lower-ranked Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 14-21, 7-21. The world number 99 needed just 33 minutes to beat the top-ranked Indian men’s singles shuttler at the tournament in straight games.Even as the early exit in Lucknow came as a surprise, Prannoy has endured a very ordinary season coming into the BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament.The 23-year-old, who had finished 2017 inside the top 10, concludes the season without a title and will not be part of the year-ending World Tour Finals, starting December 12 in Guangzhou. HS Prannoy faced a shocking loss in the first round of Syed Modi International 2018. (@PRANNOYHSPRI Photo)Meanwhile, Sikki and Pranaav’s title defence ended as early as the opening round after their 14-21, 11-21 loss to China’s Ren Xiangyu and Zhou Chaomin in 31 minutes.Pranaav was playing his first tournament since recovering from an injury and dengue that kept him out of action for a couple of months.On the other hand, three-time champion Saina Nehwal, who is spearheading India’s challenge in the absence of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, sealed her second-round berth after beating Mauritius’ Kate Foo Kune 21-10, 21-10.Eighth seed Rituparna Das needed three games to beat lower-ranked Natalia Perminova of Russia and progress to the next round.advertisementThe second seed will face Indian qualifier Amolika Sisodiya Singh, who had edged past Anura Prabhudesai in three games, in the second round on Thursday.Unseeded Kashyap and world No.52 Kashyap came up with a dominant performance to outclass world No.40 Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in straight games 21-14, 21-12 to enter the second round of the tournament. Parupalli Kashyap beat the Thai player ranked 12 places above him in BWF rankings. (@parupallik Photo)Considering that Kashyap has also not enjoyed much success on the tour this season, this win against Saensomboonsuk should be confidence-booster for him.Third seed and defending champion Sameer Verma, who is still in with a chance to make the eight-man field at December’s Tour Finals, eased past Siril Verma 21-12, 21-17, while former Singapore Open champion, Sai Praneeth defeated Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-12, 21-10.Subhankar Dey, who had claimed his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open, beat Sweden’s Felix Burestedt 21-15, 21-13 to set up a clash with Lu Guangzu of China.Sixth seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa opened their campaign with a comfortable 21-10, 21-10 win over compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda.READ – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySikki put behind the disappointment of the mixed doubles defeat to combine with Ponnappa and beat compatriots Krishna Prasad Garaga and Rutuparna Panda 21-10, 21-10 in the women’s doubles first round.Indian women’s doubles pair of Shenan Christian and Riya Gajjar sprang a surprise by entering the second round after the top seeds and Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi retired within 4 minutes of the match leading 5-3 in the first game.Eight seed and India’s top men’s doubles pair Satwik and Chirag Shetty also got themselves a winning start with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Thai pair of Inkarat Apisuk and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet in 31 minutes. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (right) and Chirag Shetty are one of the top Indian hopes at Syed Modi International 2018. (BAI Facebook Photo)Top seed at the tournament Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen retired withing three minutes of the match after trailing 1-6 against Chinese pair Ou Xuanyi-Ren Xiangyu.5th seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark schooled Indian pair of Bhaskar Chakraborty and Prince Chaturvedi 21-6, 21-3 in just 15 minutes.Also watch – Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img read more

MSC to Buy Hanjins Share in Long Beach Terminal

first_imgzoom Swiss-based container shipping major Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed an agreement to buy Hanjin Shipping’s stake in a container terminal at California’s Port of Long Beach, according to Yonhap News Agency.Namely, the Seoul Central District Court has reportedly given its nod to the contract with MSC, under which Hanjin will sell its 54 percent stake in terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI).Although the financial terms of the deal were not revealed, the stake in TTI was earlier estimated to be worth more than KRW 400 billion (USD 344.5 million).The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.Yonhap said that the contract still needs to receive approvals from a US court, as well as the US port authority.A spokesperson from MSC said that Hanjin, Terminal Investment Limited (TIL) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) “are progressing approvals for completion of a Purchase and Sale Agreement related to the Hanjin interests in TTI.”The spokesperson added that the parties “expect that all approvals will be achieved by early January 2017.”At the beginning of December, MSC and South Korea’s carrier HMM jointly submitted a bid to acquire the stake the Long Beach container terminal.The latest sale comes a month after the bankrupt South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping sold its Asia-US route network to South Korean shipping company Korea Line Corp., part of SM Group, for KRW 37 billion.Scheduled to be finalized on January 5, 2017, the deal includes Hanjin’s business network and client information related to the route and subsidiaries and logistics management systems in seven countries.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Womens soccer team falls short of first Big Ten title

After a 1-0 loss to Michigan State Friday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will not win the program’s first regular season Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes entered the game hoping to clinch a share of the conference title with a victory, but their loss, coupled with Penn State’s 2-0 win Sunday, leaves them second in the league at season’s end. The Nittany Lions earned their 12th consecutive conference title and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes, now 14-3-2 overall, should still receive an at-large bid, but might have lost any chance to play a home game to begin the tournament. The official brackets will be released during the NCAA Women’s Soccer Selection Show, which airs today at 8 p.m. on ESPNEWS. read more

Beating the odds Former Buckeye Art Schlichter working to put life back

Art Schlichter lost everything. But now, it seems he has found salvation. Since his release from Indiana’s Marion County Jail in 2006, the former 1978-81 Ohio State quarterback who notoriously gambled his way into prison has been slowly putting the shattered pieces of his life back together. He has found work at a local radio station, his record has been clean, and he’s helping others conquer their addictions to gambling. Schlichter’s family, ripped apart by his compulsive gambling, has seen him take a more active role with them now than at any other point in his life. “I have two kids that I love and I wanted to be there for them, but for many years I wasn’t,” Schlichter said in a phone interview with The Lantern. “Now that I am, it feels good. Same with my mother. It’s good to be there for her.” His mother, Mila, who lost a breast to cancer and a husband to suicide, came close to losing her son as well. Once an All-American and arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play at OSU, Schlichter developed an affinity for gambling during college that would spiral beyond his control for the next 24 years of his life. During his college years, he was often seen at Scioto Downs racetrack, placing bets to relieve himself of the overwhelming pressure that comes with being an OSU quarterback. “Gambling is excitement,” Schlichter said. “People get involved with it because it’s fun and takes their mind off of what they’re doing at that point. Yet, they don’t realize how devastating it can be if it’s done the wrong way or if that person has a propensity to be an addict.” He left OSU as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards, with 7,547, a record that still stands. When Schlichter was selected fourth overall by the then-Baltimore Colts in the 1982 NFL Draft, the struggling organization expected him to restore the team to its past glory. But when he received his first paychecks, the money left his hands faster than a football as he started making high-stakes bets on major sporting events, including other games in the NFL. Before the end of his rookie season, he had already gambled away his $350,000 signing bonus. Schlichter became so focused on gambling that he did little to prepare himself for the NFL and saw only limited action during his rookie season. His problems made national headlines after threats from bookies forced him to contact the FBI, leading the NFL to discover his addiction. Although Schlichter maintains he never bet on any games involving any teams he played for (including OSU), the NFL still suspended him until the 1984 season. Schlichter’s gambling problems continued after his reinstatement, and the Colts released him five games into the 1985 season. He never played in the NFL again. For the next several years, Schlichter struggled to find work as his debts mounted. Any money he made was put down as action, hoping to win enough money to pay off his debt. His notoriety as one of the biggest failures in NFL history only fueled his addiction. “Gambling was my way of killing the pain,” Schlichter said. “It distracted me from reality. And the more pain you’re in, the more you want to use.” Even starting his own family couldn’t pull Schlichter from his addiction. In 1988, he married Mitzi Shinaver, with whom he later had two daughters, Taylor and Madison. He even found success playing in the Arena Football League and hosting a radio show in Cincinnati. But he lost all of that when he was arrested for writing a bad check that was stolen from his sister-in-law’s bank account. That was the final straw for Mitzi, who could no longer deal with her husband’s problems. She left Schlichter and moved to Indiana with their daughters. Schlichter fell into depression as his mind and spirit seemingly became eviscerated. Alone with only gamblers and his demons as company, he contemplated suicide. “You get suicidal thoughts when you feel like there’s nowhere else to go,” Schlichter said. “Any addiction brings that on at some point. Everybody that goes through an addiction has thoughts of just wanting the day to end and not have to deal with it anymore. I was one of those people and I’m not alone.” He continued to gamble, hoping to alleviate the pain he had caused everyone around him. After the FBI raided his home in search of stolen money in 1994, he was sent to prison. He started gambling almost immediately after his release in 1996. “Anytime you go back out, you think you can conquer it,” Schlichter said. “Gambling is a lot of lies. It doesn’t get better. It can only get worse.” Schlichter spent most of his freedom like he did during his stint in the NFL, dodging authorities like they were blitzing linebackers. And as was the case in the NFL, he couldn’t avoid them. Between 1994 and 2006, Schlichter spent more than 10 years in 44 prisons, losing an estimated $1.5 million. The two years of “freedom” were highlighted by two awful experiences. The first was the suicide of his father, Max, whose body was found in a swimming pool in 2002. The second was after prison guards caught him gambling on college basketball in 2004. Schlichter was punished with solitary confinement, where the loneliness brought on by years of self-inflicted mental wounds tortured him for four months. “You really don’t have anywhere to go but death,” Schlichter said. “It’s very depressing, very isolated. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” In 2005, Schlichter lost $20 betting on a basketball game in prison. It would be his last bet. When Schlichter was released from prison in 2006, he stayed at a treatment center in Baltimore before moving back with his mother, who was one of the few people who visited him in prison and supported him during his darkest years. “My mother had to go the extra mile to stay by my side, and that’s one thing she instilled in me,” Schlichter said. “You have to love your kids and be there for them in the good times and the bad times. That’s what I try to do.” In 2006, Schlichter founded Gambling Prevention Awareness, a non-profit organization aimed at helping compulsive gamblers find treatment for their addictions. Assuring confidentiality to those who seek his help, Schlichter offers advice about treatment, prevention and legal action to those in need and their family members. He also regularly attends speaking engagements on behalf of the organization, warning people about the dangers of compulsive gambling. In 2008, Schlichter was hired to cover OSU football by the Columbus radio station 610 WTVN. WTVN Program Director Mike Elliott said that, despite his past, there was little opposition to hiring Schlichter by listeners and station employees. “He came on and was very humble and shared some of his stories in a real raw and honest fashion,” Elliott said. “Once the curiosity factor waned, his football knowledge took over. The guy knows what he’s talking about.” Matt McCoy, sports director for WTVN, who works on-air with Schlichter, said Schlichter’s radio work has not only been helpful to the station, but also to his image. “He’s very natural,” McCoy said. “That’s one of the things that impressed us right away. He’s also won a lot of people over. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. We get that almost weekly.” Schlichter said his transition back to free society has been helped tremendously by the Buckeye faithfuls. “Buckeye fans have been great to me,” Schlichter said. “I’m very lucky to be a part of Buckeye nation. Their support makes me proud to be a Buckeye.” Nonetheless, McCoy said there are always some people who won’t accept Schlichter on account of his past transgressions. “Some people just don’t want to let that go,” McCoy said. “It’s like (former OSU running back) Maurice Clarett. Hopefully he doesn’t slip up. He’s paid his debt to society. Same thing with (Schlichter). There are people with hard feelings who don’t want him associated with the program. My thought is ‘move on.’ Let somebody try to live their life and do it the right way.” Still dealing with years’ worth of debt, Schlichter fears that casinos built in Ohio will ruin the lives of others like him. In the months leading up to last year’s passage of Ohio Issue 3, Schlichter and his mother made several commercials opposing the bill. Although he’s not opposed to gambling, Schlichter said he believes Ohio Issue 3, which plans to offer 2 percent of its revenue to the state to pay for gambling prevention and addiction programs, will not do enough to help prevent compulsive gambling. “My concern is about what it’s going to do to help those gamblers who are hurt,” Schlichter said. “I don’t think the issue is written well enough to do that.” Schlichter is also concerned about the exposure gambling has received in recent years. TV broadcasts of poker tournaments and the development of online gambling will lead to disaster, he said. “I think gambling is going to become an epidemic in our country with all the outlets these days,” Schlichter said. “It’s much more exposed than it’s ever been.” As for his family, Schlichter visits his daughters in Indiana as much as he can. He said he maintains a fair relationship with Mitzi, even though she has since remarried. He also takes care of his mother, whose health has been deteriorating. Schlichter is confident he can successfully fight the addiction. However, he knows he is forever shackled to the temptations of gambling and that every day for the rest of his life will be a struggle. “I can’t judge what’s going to happen tomorrow or the day after that,” Schlichter said. “I’m just trying to get through today, do the right thing and take care of myself and my family.” read more

Mens soccer battles to goalless draw with No 17 Louisville

Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic (23) signs autographs for fans after a game against Louisville Oct. 2. OSU and Louisville tied, 0-0.Credit: Ryan Robey / For the LanternAlthough their goalless skid continued against No. 17 Louisville, the Ohio State men’s soccer team managed to hold off the Cardinals on the way to a scoreless draw Wednesday.OSU’s best opportunity came late in double overtime when a through ball was played to freshman forward Danny Jensen. The ball was collected and scored by Jensen but called back after he was flagged for offsides.“I think we had more of the better chances in the game,” junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said, who ended the game with four saves.The shutout was Ivanov’s fourth of 2013.The Buckeyes were able to play compact, keeping minimal space between the midfield and defense. This allowed OSU to pressure Louisville and move the ball up the pitch.Ivanov said he has faith in the attack and hopes for an end of the Buckeyes goalless streak.“I think it’s a good confidence booster but we still haven’t gotten that monkey off our back getting that goal,” Ivanov said. “Hopefully we can get that goal against Michigan.”OSU was out shot 23-12, but coach John Bluem said that statistics can be misleading.“We allowed a lot of shots but that can be deceiving,” Bluem said. “They take a lot of shots from distance. I don’t think Ivanov was that threatened.”Going forward, Jensen said the match will be a boost for OSU’s confidence moving forward.“I think that was one of the best games we played this year,” Jensen said. “We definitely showed that we have it in us to win.”OSU tallied 24 fouls to Louisville’s 13, including a yellow card to Louisville redshirt-junior and former Buckeye Santiago Vélez also picked up a yellow in the 43rd minute.Bluem likes the result by the Buckeyes but was hopeful for a win.“Super proud of our guys tonight. They played hard and battled 110 minutes,” Bluem said. “I think they deserve better.”OSU is set to resume conference play against Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

Mexico can imagine amazing things – Hernandez

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez is certain that Mexico have earned the right to  “imagine amazing things” following their impressive start to the World CupAfter defeating reigning champions Germany and South Korea in their two opening games, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side head over to today’s final Group F game against Sweden as the surprise leaders with just a further point required to ensure progress to the next round.Hernandez scored his 50th goal for Mexico at international level in their 2-1 win over South Korea last Saturday to equal Luis Hernandez as the national side’s all-time leading scorer.And the West Ham United forward feels that the squad is proving themselves as winners on football’s biggest stage.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“The best thing is sharing this with amazing people and that we are brave,” stated Hernandez, as quoted by ESPN.“Aside from imagining amazing things, we do them … We’ve created a team that deserves to win.”On the past seven times that Mexico went unbeaten in their opening two games, they progressed to the knockout stage.Meanwhile, Forty-eight (96%) of Hernandez’s 50 goals for Mexico have come from the inside of the box.last_img read more

Dalic proud of Modric after award win

Dalic proud of Modric after award win

first_imgCroatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has revealed his delight at Luka Modric’s development after the midfielder won the UEFA Men’s player of the year award.Luka Modric who captained Croatia at the just concluded FIFA World Cup where they finished second to eventual winners France, won the award ahead of former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and his national team coach has revealed his joy at his player’s achievement.“As I’ve already said, according to everything Luka Modrić presented during the last season, and according to his contribution to Real Madrid’s and Croatia’s historic achievements, he deserved every single individual award he had received and he is, I believe, about to receive by the end of the year”, said Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić, according to the Croatia Football Federation official website.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Luka makes his teammates, and his teams, better. With his intelligence and skill he makes a difference on the field of play.”“It’s an incredible success for a Croatian player to win such an award, and even though I’m aware Luka prefers team success, this individual award is a recognition of his entire career, of his effort and hard work he had invested to make the world of football congratulate him, and applaud to the last year’s best player in the world.”“He really is the best, and he can be proud, alongside all of us who had – and still have – the privilege of working with him. My sincere congratulations!”last_img read more