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Cricket: Virat Kohli finds the right balance between cricket and endorsements

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Amar Ujala)Indian captain Virat Kohli, endorses a host of brands in which some of them includes his own venture. Talking in a promotional event on Saturday, Virat dismissed the thought that giving too much time to endorsements can be distracting for a cricketer.“I was 25-26 when I got associated with Wrogn (his own clothing brand). Even then people thought I am entering into business at 25, I am too young for it,” said Kohli at a promotion event in New Delhi.“As a professional sportsman there is not a set age to do business because you have to establish a business whenever you start it. It is a cliche that you should do business only after a specific age. I don’t believe that,” said the 30-year-old.Virat then went on to tell that the player must find the right balance between cricketing and commercial interests.“I don’t believe that you can’t do endorsement while playing. I don’t believe in all of that. If you have limited time, you should know how to establish (your product) in a limited period of time,” the star batsman added.Kohii is now gearing up for the tour of Australia that begins on 21st of this month. When asked questions about the tour, Virat said that he would address that topic before his teams leaves for the tour on November 16th.Also Read:Ahead of the 3rd T20I, Rohit Sharma is just a few runs away from another huge milestone!last_img read more

Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty storm into the top 10 in badminton rankings

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: India.comAdvertisementIndian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty after their Thailand Open triumph stormed into the top 10 in the rankings on Tuesday.Image Courtesy: India.comRankireddy and Shetty became the first Indian pairing to win a BWF Super 500 tournament. Those efforts saw them climb seven places to move to ninth in the men’s doubles rankings.There was however no changes in the ranking positions for Indian singles shuttlers as Kidambi Srikanth (10th), Sameer Verma (13), B. Sai Praneeth (19), H.S. Prannoy (31) and Sourabh Verma (44) all retained their previous ratings.In the men’s rankings only Parupalli Kashyap and Subhankar Dey saw upward movement. Kashyap moved up three places to 32nd while Subhankar climbed two places to 39th.While the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy moved up a place to 23rd, both P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal held on to their previous rankings.The only blip came in the mixed doubles department as it saw Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy drop a place to 23rd and Ponnappa and Rankireddy drop four spots to move to 27th.Also Read:Pirates lose a hard-fought game against the Steelers and Yoddhas tie against the Thalaivaslast_img read more

Hold on tight! Liverpool’s title tilt will be a rollercoaster ride

first_imgYou never thought it would be straightforward, did you?Liverpool are seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, but boy did they suffer to get there!Anfield had forgotten what a Jurgen Klopp rollercoaster felt like, but they got a thrilling, terrifying reminder here. This was a throwback to days gone by, heavy metal football, organised chaos and all that. Crystal Palace, 14th in the table, gave the league leaders the fright of their lives. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Eagles led at half-time and were level at 2-2 with just 15 minutes remaining. And they refused to go away even after Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had seemingly made the game safe late on.The noise which greeted the final blast of referee Jon Moss’ whistle said everything. This was a victory to be enjoyed, at the end of an afternoon to be endured.At the end, Klopp made his way down to the Kop. A clench of the fist brought a guttural roar from English football’s most famous stand. He knew how important this was, and so did his supporters. “Someone asked me the main feeling, the main emotion, at the final whistle,” he said. “It was relief.”Early in his reign, a defeat here to Palace left him “feeling pretty lonely” as fans gave up on their team as they toiled, but things have changed dramatically since then. Now, there is a perfect harmony, from the stands to the field. The faith is there, and so is the belief. Nobody was leaving this game early.Sure, they would all have preferred a less taxing afternoon. Yes, Liverpool will come unstuck if they repeat some of the basic errors which were on show here, and yes there will be concern at James Milner’s red card and a late injury to Fabinho, with Klopp’s squad already stretched at present.But the long and the short of it is simple; Liverpool remain in the driving seat, and passed yet another examination of their championship credentials. They’ve won 19 of their 23 league games so far; 14 more victories will end that long, painful wait for a league title, no matter what happens elsewhere.”I’m pretty sure a lot of people thought today was the day that was lose it,” said Klopp afterwards. Manchester City, his pursuers, must have been rubbing their hands together in glee at times as events unfolded. Instead, Pep Guardiola’s side go to Huddersfield on Sunday knowing they are the ones under pressure. They have to win, and hope Liverpool’s luck runs out or that their nerve deserts them. Neither happened here.Palace had blown the race open by winning at the Etihad before Christmas, and they threatened to throw another spanner in the works here.Roy Hodgson had never lost, or even conceded a goal, in his four previous visits to Anfield – though his ill-fated stint as Liverpool boss, of course, balances that record out somewhat – and the Londoners, led by the dangerous Wilfried Zaha, gave an excellent account of themselves once more.Liverpool celebrate 2018-19Andros Townsend had the Eagles ahead at half-time, the first time Liverpool had trailed at home at the break in a league game since December 2017, but whatever Klopp said during the interval had the desired effect. Liverpool, first through Salah and then through Roberto Firmino, scored twice within eight minutes of the restart.”We needed players in decisive areas, and more bodies in the box,” Klopp said.Still, there was a chaotic feel to proceedings, with Liverpool rattled by the threat of Zaha on the break, and unable to control the game in midfield. “Pretty much every time we lost the ball, it was a counter attack,” Klopp admitted. “Zaha had a really good game, and gave us lots of things to sort.”Still, there was a frustrating feel to Palace’s equaliser for 2-2, with James Tomkins left pretty much unchallenged to head home Luka Milivojevic’s corner. It was the first time in 17 league games that Liverpool had conceded twice at home.At that point, Zaha was terrorising Milner, but the stand-in right-back stil had enough in the tank to get on the end of a deep Fabinho cross, the ball flicking off Julian Speroni and dropping for Salah to slam home on the goalline. It was the Egyptian’s 50th Premier League goal; only Andy Cole, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy have reached that landmark in fewer games. “An exceptional achievement from a world class player,” said Klopp, who joked that Salah could have got there sooner “if I hadn’t used him so often on the right wing.”Milner walked late on, booked twice for fouls on the rampaging Zaha, but with 10 men Liverpool still found a killer goal through Mane, courtesy of some brilliant work from Robertson down the left. Even Max Meyer’s late strike, which offered the briefest of late hope to the visitors, couldn’t sour the mood, though Klopp admitted to a moment of panic when substitute Rafa Camacho challenged Zaha in the box in the 96th minute. “I don’t want to think about if he had missed that ball!” he grimaced.He didn’t, though, and seconds later came the end. And so Klopp and his players head away for some warm weather training, a welcome break from the frost, the snow and the chill of Merseyside.City will play four times, twice in the league and twice in the cup, by the time Liverpool return to action against Leicester on January 30. Klopp says they will use the time to train and to recover, and he will hope to have at least a couple of his injured players back for that clash with the Foxes.It will be a pivotal one, but then they all are when you’re in Liverpool’s position. This felt like a huge win for Klopp’s men, in a season where they’ve already had plenty of them.They did it the hard way this time around, but they can put their feet up now. After a game like this, they’ve earned it. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

SPORT MUSHTAQ T20 2 LAST

first_img“The timing could not have been better. A lot of quality “The timing could not have been better. A lot of quality players and international players are there. IPL is still a fair bit away but the one dayers are also coming up. Its a good opportunity for youngsters like Priyank Panchal and Ishwar Choudhary. We are a very good all round side with a lot of experience,” said Parthiv. On Wridhiman Saha being chosen ahead of him in the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh at Hyderabad, Gujarats first-ever Ranji Trophy-winning captain said that he was waiting for other opportunities to impress. “I did what I could have done in the opportunities I got. Rest of it is not in my control. I am on top of my game and I am sure more opportunities will come. Its great that there is competition,” said Parthiv who replaced the injured Saha for the last three Test matches against England before giving way to the fit-again no. one wicket keeper against Bangladesh. West also have in their ranks Mumbais 2015 Ranji Trophy winning captain and wicket keeper, Aditya Tare. “Parthiv will keep wickets. I will play as a batsman,” said Tare. Eyes will be trained on pint-sized Kedar Jadhav too after his exploits with the bat in the ODI series against England. South is to be led by Karnataka skipper R Vinay Kumar and has veteran Dinesh Karthik in it apart from promising youngsters Mayank Agarwal, Vijay Shankar as well as the seasoned left arm pacer Sreenath Aravind, to name a few. Among those who will be watched closely from the East ranks is young wicket keeper batsman Ishan Kishan. The side sports other experienced campaigners like pacer Ashok Dinda, wicket keeper batsman Shreevats Goswami, left arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and former South players Amit Verma and Arun Karthik. The tournament schedule (all games at Wankhede from 9:30 am and 1:30 pm respectively): Feb 12: Central v West followed by South v North Feb 13: North v West followed by Central v East Feb 15: South v East followed by Central v North Feb 16: South v West followed by North v East Feb 18: East v West followed by South v Central. PTI SSR DK DK SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

Birthday girl Anushka Sharma applauds as husband Virat Kohli becomes highest IPL run-scorer

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COMMUNITY NOTICE – WORLD DIABETES DAY

first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to attention members to the following community notice centreing around the observance of World Diabetes Day, today Wednesday 14th November 2007.With the passage of the United Nations’ World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006, November 14 has now become a United Nations-observed day. The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign is Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. It can strike children at any age, including pre-school children and even toddlers. Yet diabetes in children is often diagnosed late, when the child has diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), or it is misdiagnosed completely. The United Nations has shown its commitment to raising awareness of World Diabetes Day and by highlighting the global impact of diabetes.Over 246 million people are living with diabetes. Without concerted action to fight the disease, this figure will reach 380 million within a generation.World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide. It brings together millions of people in over 195 countries to raise awareness of diabetes, including children and adults affected by diabetes, healthcare professionals, healthcare decision-makers and the media. For further information visit www.worlddiabetesday.orgTouch Football Australia thanks you for your attention.last_img read more

10 months agoThree key issues Solskjaer must address to clean up Man Utd mess

first_imgTagsOpinionAbout the authorEdward StratmannShare the loveHave your say Three key issues Solskjaer must address to clean up Man Utd messby Edward Stratmann10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveIn the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United, the club have chosen to replace him with former hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Stepping into the role of interim manager, the Norwegian has many issues to address in his quest to arrest the side’s fortunes and the negativity surrounding the club. Our columnist looks at three key issues he’ll need to confront…Boost morale and team happinessUnder the stewardship of Mourinho, a man who was never shy in criticising his players in public and letting his opinion fly in a forceful manner, there was no escaping the detrimental impact this had on the squad. Couple this with his pragmatic tactics and the palpable tension surrounding United was rife. On a massive downhill spiral, Man Utd currently find themselves 19 points behind table leading Liverpool as a result, an unacceptable position to be in for a club of United’s quality and stature. With Solskjaer now taking over the reigns, his first challenge will be to return some much needed confidence and positivity into this group. Crucially, he’s shown from his previous posts that he backs his players and shows plenty of belief in his troops. This should unquestionably be a breath of fresh air for a United team who had clearly grown tired of Mourinho’s demoralising style and approach. Sort out PogbaThe strained relationship between Paul Pogba and Mourinho had become a disappointing, ongoing saga, as the duo had been battling it out for the best part of a year. While Mourinho stoked the fire by publicly lambasting him many times and dropping him regularly, the French World Cup winner didn’t cover himself in glory either due to his antics, with his outspoken nature getting himself into hot water and frustrating Mourinho on many occasions. Never really seeming to trust Pogba, Mourinho duly struggled to get the best out of his £89 million star.Having previously stated his admiration of Pogba and worked with him during his time coaching the United reserves, Solskjaer will relish the opportunity to involve the former Juventus whizz. “I would [build the team around him], absolutely no doubt,” he said back in August. “That just shows how far the kid has come. Paul is a fantastic kid so hopefully we can build the team around him and keep him.”It’ll therefore be expected we’ll see the tremendously talented Pogba immediately restored to the starting lineup against Cardiff City this weekend, with the enigmatic midfielder set to be an integral component of the 45-year-old’s plans.Offensive football to returnAs the unrest grew on many fronts, the stifling tactics often implemented by the Portuguese manager were a key bone of contention among many. Judging on Solskjaer’s previous experiences, the new man in charge should bring some bolder, more attackingly geared football to Old Trafford, something that will be music to the United faithful’s ears.Although it’ll take some time for his ideas to bed in, once they’ve been taken on board, Solskjaer will be hoping to get his team playing some progressive and exciting possession football. Previously noting Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson as two of his idols and never afraid to give youth a chance, he’ll insist on United building out from the back, pushing the full backs high and using the breathtaking pace and dynamism of the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to stretch defences.All things considered, he’s certainly got a massive task ahead of him to get things back on track to revive the ailing Manchester giants. Possessing an invaluable love and knowledge of the club, a desire to play offensive football and wanting to get his players back enjoying their football, watching him go about his work will be fascinating as he’ll do everything in his power to rejuvenate his beloved United. last_img read more

Model Homes are Taken to a Whole New Level with Courtyard House

first_img Next This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite When you think “model home,” you probably imagine a basic space filled with contractor grade finishes. One Australian home building company is looking to change all of that. The Auhaus Release from LifeSpaces Group is a series of designer homes created with luxury in mind. All of the homes in the series are stunning, but the Courtyard House is the star of the show.Designed by architectural firm Auhaus Architecture, Courtyard House is a masterpiece of contemporary modern design with just the slightest gritty industrial touch to add a sleek, masculine feel to the space.From the exterior siding down to the smallest finishes inside, Courtyard House was designed to wow. The front facade of the home is a stunning combination of bluestone and natural wood. The wood is slatted and allows fleeting glimpses to what’s within. The staggered, flat roofline creates visual interest, drawing visitors in to the front door. Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag Editors’ Recommendations Previous 1 of 9 Inside, 11-foot ceilings, light wood floors, and white walls make the home feel large and inviting. The bluestone on the exterior continues inside, leading you down the main hallway to the family room, comprising the kitchen, dining area, and living room. A sleek, all-black kitchen plant itself firmly in the home, standing out in sharp contrast against the lighter finishes throughout. Mid-Century Modern inspired furnishings were employed as final touches.The name Courtyard House comes from the layout of the home. Shaped like a U, the wings of the home create a central courtyard. The sitting room, family room, and master bedroom form the U shape, allowing each space a view of the secluded exterior space. The home is flooded with natural light thanks to walls of glass. Along with these three main areas, there is an office and bathroom off of the entry, a family command center, a small library, a guest bathroom, and two more bedrooms.Outside, the courtyard was kept simple with a basic platform deck large enough for a cafe set and a grassy area in the center. Paver stones were used to create a path to a door that leads to the combination two-car garage and workshop.While LifeSpaces Group may be located in Australia, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Courtyard House of your own. Home plans can be ordered from their website. All you need  to get the luxury home of your dreams is a piece of land and a contractor.Want to check it out further? You can take a virtual tour of the home here. For other amazing Australian homes, take a gander at this Insta-famous house on the water. This Little House in Washington Has Big Personalitylast_img read more

Province and HRM to Address Harrietsfield Water Issue

first_imgThe province and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) want to improve the water quality for Harrietsfield homes affected by long-standing contamination. The two levels of government are considering options that include installing water treatment systems and ongoing monitoring and testing of the systems in eight homes with wells contaminated by operations at the now closed RDM Recycling facility. “These residents have endured more than 10 years of poor water quality as a result of contamination to their properties by a third party,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “We are committed as a province to being a partner with HRM as we work to resolve the water situation for these homeowners.” The process to consider HRM’s participation will be initiated at the council meeting later today, Nov. 8. Following successive attempts to resolve the issue with the former operators of the facility, Ms. Miller issued ministerial orders to the operators to assess and repair the environmental impacts from activities that affected residential wells in the area. In March and April, each operator filed an appeal of their order and the matter is now before the courts. The province will continue to seek remediation of the facility’s property by the operators through the courts.last_img read more

UN nuclear watchdog receives initial response from Iran on fuel agreement

Iran has submitted an initial response on a draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research facility to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was announced today.Last week, the country asked for more time to consider the proposal on the provision of fuel for the site in Iran’s capital, Tehran, which, among other activities, produces medical radioisotopes for therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.The agreement was announced at the end of a three-day meeting – also attended by representatives from France, Russia and the United States – at IAEA headquarters in Vienna on 21 October.IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei had given the nations involved until last Friday to approve the proposal, but Iran asked for more time to consider the draft while the three other parties signalled their endorsement.Mr. ElBaradei is consulting with the Iranian Government and others “with the hope that agreement on his proposal can be reached soon,” according to an IAEA press release.Last week, he characterized the draft text as a “balanced approach on how to move forward,” adding that its endorsement by all four countries would be a “very important confidence-building measure that can defuse the crisis that has been going on for a number of years and open space for negotiations.”The IAEA chief also voiced hope that if approved, the agreement will “open the way for a complete normalization of relations between Iran and the international community.”Over the weekend, IAEA inspectors visited a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility in the Iranian city of Qom, southwest of Tehran, whose existence and construction the agency was informed of late last month.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the facility violates Security Council resolutions because of the delay in its disclosure and has repeated his call for Iran to implement Council resolutions and cooperate with the IAEA on resolving outstanding concerns regarding its nuclear programme.Iran has stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but some other countries contend it is driven by military ambitions. The issue has been of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 29 October 2009Iran has submitted an initial response on a draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research facility to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was announced today. read more

Norway Security Council deplores deadly terrorist attacks

23 July 2011Security Council members today strongly condemned the twin terrorist attacks in Norway that have killed more than 90 people, including many young people, and left numerous others injured. At least 85 people died at Utoya after a lone gunman opened fire yesterday afternoon on participants in a youth camp connected to the ruling Labour Party, according to media reports.That attack followed a large bomb blast in central Oslo, close to key Government buildings, which killed another seven people. Norwegian police have reportedly said that the attacks are linked.In a statement to the press issued today, the Council deplored the attacks and voiced its deep sympathies for the victims and their families, and to both the people and Government of Norway.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement stressed.Today’s statement echoes the comments made yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, who also condemned the attacks and expressed their condolences.Mr. Ban also spoke by telephone today with Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister, to extend his personal sympathies.Describing Norway as a staunch supporter of the United Nations, Mr. Stoltenberg said it was important for Norwegians to receive the solidarity of the UN, according to information released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. read more

Myanmar UN rights expert welcomes release of prisoners of conscience

“I welcome the release of many prisoners of conscience, individuals who have been imprisoned for exercising their fundamental human rights or whose fair trial or due process rights have been denied,” said Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana.“This is an important and necessary development to advance national reconciliation and deepen Myanmar’s transition to democracy,” he added in a press release.While the exact number of prisoners of conscience released has yet to be confirmed, among those released last Friday were prominent figures whose cases have been previously addressed by Mr. Ojea Quintana, as well as individuals he visited in jail.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday also commended the authorities in Myanmar on the long-awaited release of the political prisoners, as well as other important efforts being made to advance democracy and national reconciliation. He described the release – reportedly of 651 prisoners – as “the most significant release to date.”Mr. Ojea Quintana termed the developments in Myanmar, coming in the lead-up to by-elections slated for April, as “critical.”“It is fundamental that all citizens, including those just released from prison, are allowed to play an active and constructive role in political and public life,” he said.The Special Rapporteur also voiced concern that a number of prisoners of conscience remain in detention and urged the Government to immediately release all of them without conditions.Separately, Mr. Ojea Quintana took note of preliminary agreements that have been reached between the Government and the Karen National Union, and with other ethnic groups. He expressed hope that there would be further progress in resolving conflicts with armed ethnic groups throughout Myanmar and called on all parties to ensure the protection of civilians and respect for international human rights and humanitarian law.“I renew my call on the Government to develop a comprehensive plan to officially engage ethnic minority groups in an inclusive dialogue to resolve long-standing grievances and deep-rooted concerns,” he added. “All parties to this dialogue must ensure that investigations and accountability for past gross and systematic human rights violations are on the agenda.“Ending discrimination and ensuring fundamental rights for Myanmar’s ethnic minorities is essential for national reconciliation and will contribute to Myanmar’s long-term political and social stability,” he said. 16 January 2012The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Myanmar today welcomed the recent decision by President Thein Sein to grant another amnesty and set free a significant number of prisoners of conscience. read more

Duchess with a pearl earring Kate borrows Queens jewellery to view famous painting

first_imgCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mauritshuis Gallery The Duchess did not mind getting her hands dirtyCredit:Chris Jackson The secret of a successful royal visit lies in the planning, and the Duchess of Cambridge showed a superb eye for detail on her first solo foreign trip.Knowing she would be shown Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated Girl With A Pearl Earring at an art gallery in the Netherlands, the Duchess borrowed the Queen’s own treasured pearl earrings for the day to provide the perfect photo opportunity.The Duchess lingered in front of the Dutch masterpiece, made famous by the film of the same name starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, to ensure that photographers had ample time to take their pictures of the girls in pearls. The earrings were not the only things loaned by the Queen that were on display, as the main purpose of the Duchess’s visit was to promote an exhibition at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague of Dutch paintings from the Royal Collection.As a graduate in history of art, the Duchess regarded the visit as “a real treat” according to the museum’s director, Emilie Gordenker, who showed her around the permanent collection as well as the Queen’s paintings. She, too, had chosen pearl earrings for the occasion. The Duchess of Cambridge chats to children at an art class in the Netherlands However, conspiracy theorists would note that the Queen’s most senior aide, her Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt, had made the trip across the North Sea to accompany the Duchess at the art gallery.The official reason for his visit was that he was at the Mauritshuis in his capacity as a trustee of the Royal Collection, which had organised the exhibition titled At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection. The Duchess’s day of soft diplomacy continued with a visit to a mental health conference and a brief stop at a community project in Rotterdam.On a visit to one of the country’s poorest neighbourhoods, the Duchess got stuck in to helping young people with bicycle maintenance, despite wearing a designer suit.Visiting the port city of Rotterdam, she aimed to see if Britain can learn from a project teaching deprived young people practical skills. The Duchess held the wheel of a bike as Charlinic Komsi, 14, tightened it. Charlinic said: “I didn’t know she was going to help us, and I thought ‘what’s she doing?!’ but I thought she did really well.”It is likely to be the first in a regular roster of royal visits to European countries by members of the Royal family as the Government deploys them to help build bilateral relations with individual EU member states. The Duchess is said to have regarded the art gallery visit as ‘a real treat’Credit:Danny Lawson/PA She sat and chatted to children aged 10 and 11 as they painted self-portraits, but did not have a go at painting herself. Art teacher and museum guide Madeleine Schriek, 37, said: “The children were very excited and when she left they said it was a pity she could not have stayed longer.” The Duchess of Cambridge meets schoolchildren as she arrives at the Mauritshuis GalleryCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Dutch King Willem-Alexander upon her arrival in The Hague Richenel Lensa, 47, a welder from Rotterdam, who volunteers at the centre, led the bike refurbishment class and said afterwards: “When I met her I told her my hands were dirty but she still shook it and said ‘sometimes my hands are dirty too’.“The kids are very happy to see that someone important has come here to see what they are doing.” The Duchess’s visit also came a day after Theresa May, the Prime Minister, visited the Netherlands to put forward her case for a “smooth and orderly” Brexit when she eventually triggers Article 50 to begin Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.The Netherlands is one of Britain’s biggest trading partners, with £68 billion of business between the two countries each year, but has not received a visit from a senior member of the Royal family for three years. Much of the build-up to the Duchess’s visit had been dominated by speculation that she might discuss Brexit with the King, but royal aides would not disclose what they had talked about.Mrs Gordeneker said: “There has been a lot of interest over here about her visit over the past few days, which is good for us at the museum, but the visit was planned months before the Brexit referendum.” The Duchess of Cambridge, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander pose for photographers in The HagueCredit:Peter Dejong/AP Duchess of Cambridge The Duchess of Cambridge chats to children at an art class in the NetherlandsCredit:Arthur Edwards/The Suncenter_img Earlier in the day, the Duchess had paid a visit to the Dutch King, Willem-Alexander, at his official residence, Villa Eikenhorst.She curtseyed as she shook his hand and then sat down to a private lunch with him. But if Britain is engaged in a pre-Brexit charm offensive with EU nations, it will have few ambassadors as effective as the Duchess.She delighted crowds outside the art gallery by going on an impromptu walkabout, shaking every hand that was offered, though declining requests for selfies. The Duchess of Cambridge tours the museum with director Emilie Gordenker Credit:ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/EPA The Duchess got stuck in with fixing a bikeCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty The Duchess of Cambridge, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander pose for photographers in The Hague The Duchess of Cambridge meets schoolchildren as she arrives at the Mauritshuis Gallery She went to the Bouwkeet Makers Space, a new charity-funded project designed to keep youths off the streets by teaching them manufacturing, maintenance and repair skills.Adults using the centre are asked to pay not with cash but by teaching others, particularly young people, skills such as welding, laser cutting, bicycle repairs, metal and wood work. She helped children in the bicycle repair workshop by holding their frames while they adjusted the wheels, brakes and gears. Duchess of Cambridge attends a 'bike-building' She said: “She didn’t mention the earrings she was wearing, but she was interested in the painting. She asked if it had become a lot more popular since the film came out, and I said it definitely had.“The Duchess seemed to particularly enjoy seeing The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius, but she asked a lot of questions about the presentation of the paintings, because although she is familiar with a lot of the Queen’s paintings she has never seen them in this setting before, which gives them a different context.”The Duchess also stopped off at an art class for local primary school children being held in a side room at the museum as part of a school visit. The Duchess of Cambridge tours the museum with director Emilie Gordenker  Duchess of Cambridge attended a ‘bike-building’Credit:Chris Jackson  The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Dutch King Willem-Alexander as she arrives in The HagueCredit:Peter Dejong/AP The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the Mauritshuis GalleryCredit:Chris Jackson/Getty Duchess of Cambridge in Rotterdam The Duchess of Cambridge at a workshop int he Netherlands  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

HAMBURG CALLING Rhein Neckar Lowen book DHB Cup Final4 place

Rhein Neckar Lowen booked place at DHB Final 4 in Hamburg after win in quarter-final replay over MT Melsungen 26:23 (12:11). Nikolaj Jacobsen and his guys had to beat the strong rival for the second time since their first win was abandoned due regulation mistake a month ago.Rhein-Neckar Löwen – MT Melsungen 26:23 (12:11)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Ristovski (), Schmid (4/2), Gensheimer (3), Kneer, Baena (2), Mensah (3), Pekeler (1), Groetzki (6), Reinkind (4), Guardiola, Petersson (1), Ekdahl du Rietz 82), SigurmannssonMT Melsungen: Sjöstrand, Villadsen (); Maric (4), Sellin (5/2), Fahlgren (2), Forstbauer, Hildebrand, Danner (1), P. Müller (2), Boomhouwer, Rnic (3/1), Schneider (2), Vuckovic, M. Müller (4)REWE FINAL 4 will be played betwen April 29 and May in Hamburg O2 Arena. Bergischer, SC Magdeburg and SG Flensburg are three other teams to fight for the trophy. Rhein Neckar Lowen ← Previous Story Premium Handball product for ghosts in Istanbul Next Story → Barca put on silence “Orange army” in Kristianstad read more

Starbucks to open at former Anglo HQ on Stephens Green

first_imgThe development includes installation of a counter and serving area and of standard coffee shop fittings such as tables and chairs and beverage making and serving equipment at the ground floor level and the erection of associated external signage on the front facade.Permission was granted on 10 July, with the stipulation that the new occupants operate within certain conditions, including opening times limited to between 7am and midnight.The infamous ‘Anglo’ sign and logo were removed from the building in 2011, as the institution was renamed the IBRC.Read: Business booming for Aldi and Lidl as discounters show growth at expense of TescoRead: Property prices have increased for the eighth month in a row INTERNATIONAL COFFEE GIANT Starbucks is to open a new café at the former headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank on Dublin’s Stephen’s Green.Planning permission for the change of use was granted by Dublin City Council back in July.The application, on behalf of Tom Philips & Associates, proposed a that part of the building be converted “from banking use to coffee shop, with associated internal works and external signage”.last_img read more

SA priest confesses to homosexuality

first_imgA clergyman who has recently been recruited by the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia, was discharged from the Church of Greece for his homosexuality, shocking the Adelaide community, according to sources. Documents given to Neos Kosmos reveal that the priest, a former hieromonk, Athanasios Rigalos, confessed to his homosexuality, and was subsequently defrocked by Holy Synod of the Church of Greece. The sexual preferences of the former clergyman of the Church of Greece were discovered in 1989, after he forgot a bag full of pornographic material in an Athens shop. An incident report by the General Police Directorate of Attica (Protocol No. 3005/4/12-13 December 1989) entitled “Search of the briefcase of Hieromonk Rigalos Athanasios” – that Neos Kosmos has obtained – states: “In one compartment of the bag there were a stole, a cross and some religious books, and in another one a copy of the magazine GAY for people with homosexual tendencies, two pages from unknown pornographic magazine with colour pictures of men in lewd acts and attitudes among other various objects.” Neos Kosmos is also in possession of a copy of a determination of the Synod Court of First Instance of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (Determination 142/1990) addressed to Bishop Nikandros (in South Australia) whereby the monk Athanasios Rigalos is removed “from the high service of priesthood and eliminate him from the Holy Monastery Antinitsis … finally stripped him of all priestly rank and title, as well as of the monasticism, and return him to the laity.” According to the Synod document, in his apology the defendant – then the monk Athanasios Rigalos – in the presence of members of the Synod Court, “… confessed, fully and clearly that he drifted into homosexuality,” since his young age. According to sources, Mr Rigalos’ past has caused tension in the GOCSA board, with some members insisting that “Mr Rigalos’ past should not be of concern.” Neos Kosmos understands that the religious status of the Community and the Federation of Greek Orthodox Communities of Australia will be discussed at the gathering of the members of the Federation, today in Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Republican Party endorses June Cutters 2020 bid for the 77th Assembly District

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 9, 2019 Republican Party endorses June Cutter’s 2020 bid for the 77th Assembly District SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Republican Party of San Diego County announced its endorsement today of attorney and businesswoman June Cutter in her 2020 bid in the 77th Assembly District against the Republican turned Democrat incumbent Brian Maienschein.The district became a target for the Republican Party after Maienschein announced in January that he had re-registered as a Democrat after being re-elected to a fourth term as a Republican in November, defeating Democrat Sunday Gover by 607 votes.County Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric called the seat a priority and said the party aims to “restore principled and sensible leadership” to the district which includes inland northern San Diego, Poway, Fairbanks Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe.“June’s real-world experience as an attorney and business owner, coupled with her tenacity and unwavering principles, is what makes her a powerhouse,” Krvaric said. “I am confident that she will be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity in Sacramento.”Many of the county’s local and state Republican legislators have announced their endorsement of Cutter since she announced her candidacy last month including Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate.“When elected, my priority will be to support the common-sense principles that the incumbent has abandoned,” Cutter said. “I will fight to lower taxes, reduce wasteful spending and ensure economic growth in the state of California.” Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter April 9, 2019last_img read more

Vancouver school workers file labor complaint

first_imgFrustrated Vancouver school district support employees won’t hint at what might occur, or not, Monday at schools.But the standoff between district administrators and the nonteaching employee group of school secretaries, clerical staff, technology aides and paraeducators — more than 600 workers — ratcheted up another notch on Friday.The Vancouver Association of Educational Support Professionals officially filed an unfair labor practice complaint in Olympia against the district, the union announced.The complaint made to the Washington state Public Employment Relations Commission alleges in a Statement of Facts that the district has not bargained in good faith, and continues still to turn down opportunities to meet with the VAESP bargaining team.Instead, the group said, the district unilaterally imposed, on Sept. 1, a collective bargaining agreement through August 2013 that combines elements on which both sides had agreed but also includes layoff and recall procedures the union finds unacceptable.The objectionable language remains, even though the VAESP proposed that workers’ pay be reduced by $145,000 this school year to meet the district’s budget needs, the union said.In its Request for Relief, the union asks PERC to issue “an order requiring the (district) to cease and desist from refusing to bargain” on the problematic language. It further asks that the district be barred from “interfering with, restraining or coercing members of the bargaining unit in the exercise of their right to organize and bargain collectively.”last_img read more

Surveillance captures possible repeat robbers targeting MetroPCS store

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance captured two potential serial robbers with a preference for cellphone stores.Four different Metro PCS stores have been hit and the most recent crime was the day before Halloween.Two men held a pregnant clerk at gunpoint before stealing her jewelry and cash from the register.The owner of the store said the subject also robbed three of his other stores throughout Miami-Dade County.The owner is offering an additional $5,000 reward for anyone with information on the subjects.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more