Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

first_imgHe went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it, though he added there has been no further damage.Snyder said he has until the end of the week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he’ll receive his replacement.“It wasn’t too big of a deal,” Snyder said. “But since they’re giving me a new one, it’s kind of cool.”Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some Olympic-related facilities.Nine months later, many of the venues are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still owes creditors about $30 millionGreg Massialas, a national coach for the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to AP that the silver medal his son, Alex, won is damage free. He added that he hasn’t heard about any issues with other American fencers.U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer Claressa Shields, along with men’s tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend This photo provided by Kevin Snyder show Kyle Snyder’s damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The medal will soon replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. APMore than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is also among the group; she says her bronze medal is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well.The USOC learned about the problems in December and reached out to all the American sports federations in January to begin the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals.“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s not uncommon for medals to be passed around at post-Games parties and handled by hundreds. But this amount of damage is unusual.Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn’t hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won’t consider locking them up because people are inspired by them.“They’ve offered to replace them. I’m not sure if I want to swap it out,” Walsh-Jennings told The Associated Press, adding the reason was “100 percent sentimental.”USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals.Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with the award the day after he won it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Gagan shows his shooting prowess in men’s 10m air rifle event

first_imgThe mother of all shooting duels at the Karni Singh Shooting Range here didn’t really materialise on expected lines as Gagan Narang stormed his way to a gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle singles event, leaving Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra in his wake on Wednesday.Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat repeated the gold-silver feat of their much more illustrious counterparts in the women’s 25m sports pistol event, while Omkar Singh brought India its third gold medal of the day in the men’s 50m free pistol event.In between, favourites Ronjan Sodhi and Asher Noria slipped up and had to settle for silver behind England in the first shotgun event – the men’s double trap pairs. Narang shot 600/600 in the qualification round, which would have equalled his own world record, and then went on to score 103.6 points in the final to surpass his world record score of 703.5 established at the World Cup Finals in Bangkok in 2008.However, the new score is not expected to count as an official world record since, according to International Shooting Sports Federation rules, they can only be shot in Olympic Games, ISSF World Cups and World Championships, continental championships and continental games. The ISSF technical delegate at the competition said he would clarify the position with the top brass of the world body. But for Narang, it did not make an iota of difference, since the joy of beating his celebrated teammate and rival was overwhelming. As soon as he fired a 10.2 on his last shot, Bindra – who shot 103 in the final – came over to shake his hand, after which Narang lifted his rifle into the air and then kissed it. Narang played down the rivalry, saying their relationship was symbiotic. “When I was trying to get into shooting, I kept hearing a lot about Abhinav, who was already there.advertisementThere is a lot we can learn from each other. As for today, it feels special to shoot a 600 because it is a score you can’t shoot every day,” said the 27-year-old Hyderabadi. Bindra, meanwhile, feels Narang can replace him as an Olympic champion. “He is outstanding, one of the best in the world. I am sure he’ll win more international tournaments, the World Championship and an Olympic gold medal,” the 28-year-old said. On the other hand, Anisa broke the Final Games Record of 781.5 by shooting 786.8 to comfortably outclass the rest of the field.The 29-year-old led the field in the qualification round with 583 points, before coming up with a remarkable 203.8 in the final for the gold. Rahi, who specialises in the duelling round that makes up the final, was four points adrift of Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng heading into the decider, but shot a mind-boggling 205 to clinch silver. In the final event of the day, Omkar, who was trailing Singapore’s Bin Gai by just one point going into the final, shot six 10-plus scores en route to a score of 653.6 to emerge four points clear. Hon Swee Lim, also of Singapore, took bronze.With such a rich haul, it would be difficult to find disappointment in the Indian ranks, but that’s what affected the double trap shooters. Eighteen-yearold Noria shot a steady 93 in his first senior competition with the national team, but world record-holder Sodhi, who shot down his first 71 birds across two rounds, suffered a meltdown thereafter to end up with a total of 95. English pair Stevan Walton (96) and Steven Scott (93) capitalized on it, setting a new CWG record of 189. Malaysia’s Bejamin Cheng Jie Khor and Seng Chye Khor got the bronze medal. The event was also marked by an interruption where the flash from a photographer’s camera distracted a Singapore shooter. Sodhi, who was next up, was stopped from shooting by the referee in order to rebuke the photographer, and that seemed to distract him. He, however, refused to blame the incident. “If you see my score, I haven’t shot that bad. But I should have done much better with the start I had. I lost my concentration, but I won’t make the excuse of that incident,” Sodhi said-last_img read more

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PIL against IPL filed in HC, direction for water audit sought

first_imgBengaluru, Apr 11 (PTI) An environmental activist here today filed a PIL in the Karnataka High Court seeking a direction for water audit on Karnataka State Cricket Association stadium premises to determine the amount of usage of water on a daily basis for IPL events by BCCI and IPL chiefs. In his petition, activist Srinivasa Sharma sought a court direction to the Chairman of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) to justify the “injudicious” allocation of water to Indian Premier League (IPL) at the cost of deprivation of water to the public at large. Sharma also sought court direction to BCCI and KSCA chiefs to substantiate the steps taken under the imperative social responsibility to the public at large to justify the “massive waste” of city water for conducting IPL. He said actions of BWSSB are “patently inconsistent” with the set policy and ground realities faced by the residents of Bengaluru and the vicinity. He alleged that BCCI, IPL and KSCA chiefs are utilising their financial clout to procure and drain valuable water resources for the conduction of a purely commercial venture like IPL which derives no public benefit. The IPL also delivers minuscule returns to the state exchequer in stark comparison to staggering profits made by BCCI and IPL and KSCA Chiefs, he claimed. Sharma also argued that they owe public accountability as to their treatment and diligence to the environment and public welfare in the form and facet of Corporate Social Responsibility, since they net large revenues by their dominating monopoly over the “highly lucrative and vast political clout ridden sport of cricket.” He submitted that there was an “injudicious” allocation of water that denies the less fortunate their basic right to access water. PTI BDN RA VS PAL TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Japan beat Australia to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

first_imgJapan booked their place in the 2018 World Cup with an emphatic 2-0 win over Australia in Saitama on Thursday that took their Asian arch-rivals’ hopes of qualifying for Russia out of their hands.Takuma Osano scored late in the first half before 21-year-old midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi covered himself in glory with a sumptuous finish in the 82nd minute as the Samurai Blue sealed a sixth straight appearance in the global showpiece. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Marco Asensio, Andrea Belotti primed for starring roles in Spain-Italy showdown)Japan are now assured of finishing top of Group B in Asian qualifying before their final match away to second-placed Saudi Arabia, a match that Australia will watch nervously.Third-placed Australia will need a handsome victory over Thailand in their final qualifier and hope Japan can beat or draw with the Saudis, who have a better goal difference than the Socceroos. (Also Read: World Cup qualifiers: Spain, Italy lock horns to inch closer to direct qualification)Japan join Iran, Brazil and hosts Russia in the 32-team tournament, which will be held from June 14 to July 15 next year.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India vs Pakistan all about absorbing pressure, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgBatting great Sachin Tendulkar has talked up the pressure surrounding India-Pakistan matches at World Cups, saying players tend to play it down but the big-ticket matches is certainly a “different game”.India take on Pakistan in arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019 on Sunday in Manchester. Speaking to India Today from London, Sachin Tendulkar recalled his memories of the World Cup clash between India and Pakistan in 2003.Tendulkar said the hype around the match in Centurion, South Africa had begun a year in advance just after the dates were announced for the match. Tendulkar even conceded that the players weren’t able to sleep properly the night before the match that India won by 6 wickets.Tendulkar shone with the bat scoring a classy, stroke-filled 98 from just 75 balls against some of the best pacers of the Pakistan line-up, including Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar. Chasing 274 after Saeed Anwar’s hundred, Tendulkar took the much-feared Pakistani pace attack to the cleaners.”I can tell you for sure in 2003 when the dates were announced, people made their calculations and this conversation started on March 1, 2002. The guys were so excited about one particular game. The pressure builds without any doubt. The night before the game, we were tossing and turning in bed thinking how we are going to play,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.Tendulkar added: “And on the morning of the match, you are focussed on your journey and see so many fans landed with high expectations. Standing in the middle of the stadium with the national anthem playing is the greatest feeling in the world.”advertisementTendulkar revealed the key to success when India take on their arch-rivals is absorbing pressure and staying in the present.”It’s a different game without any doubt. Sometimes in a press conference, players want to play that low key message but in your mind, you know it’s different as people react to it differently,” Tendulkar said.”Every run/wicket matters. In the end, you still have to play cricket. Mentally it’s all about absorbing pressure, staying calm, staying in the present, if someone is bowling a good spell you need to respect that,” he added.India captain Virat Kohli also conceded there will be nerves, especially for the first-timers ahead of India-Pakistan clashes. Nonetheless, Kohli said India are well prepared to take on their arch-rivals on Sunday.Having remained unbeaten in World Cup 2019 so far, India certainly start as favourites against Pakistan who have been struggling for consistency so far.”As soon as you enter the field, it’s all calm. All the excitement and frenzy around the game [India vs Pakistan] could intimidate guys who are playing for the first time. For us, it’s about executing our skills and we’re all professionals. It’s been competitive for a while now, it’s been a marquee event and it’s an honor to be a part of such an event,” Virat Kohli said.Also Read | Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will target Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India out to make fielding superiority count against PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains on

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.” last_img read more

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2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibility

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMay 19, 2019UPDATED: May 19, 2019 12:41 IST Australia have won the World Cup record five times. (Twitter/ @CricketAus)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia have lifted World Cup trophy a record five timesAustralia have also won the World Cup three consecutive times between 1999 and 2007Australia win open their World Cup 2019 campaign against Afghanistan on June 1Synonymous with World Cup success, Australia will enter the showpiece with realistic hopes of widening the gulf between them and the rest, having tenaciously rallied from the ball-tampering saga that prompted radical changes in their cricketing culture.The five-time winners have showed exemplary resilience in navigating the tempestuous phase that nearly broke their back and spirit, and the recent away series victories against India and Pakistan are proof of their never-say-die attitude.The much-awaited return of David Warner and Steve Smith from their one-year bans has bolstered the team and boosted the morale of those, who will wear the yellow jersey in the United Kingdom.The squad has completed its World Cup preparatory camp in Brisbane and headed to the the United Kingdom via a stopover in the Gallipoli peninsula.Located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, Gallipoli peninsula holds great significance in Australia’s history as this was the place where 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in a disastrous Allied military offensive.The most successful one-day side in history, Australia have lifted the trophy a record five times, including three consecutive wins between 1999 and 2007.Winning three on the trot is no doubt unprecedented but such has been Australia’s dominance in the tournament that they emerged victorious even in the 1987 edition when they entered as rank outsiders after the exodus of some of their best players.Hosting the tournament for only the second time four years ago along with New Zealand, Australia were not overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy but they still became champions at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.advertisementIt will not be surprising at all if the current team, captained by Aaron Finch, triumphs at the hallowed Lord’s on July 14.They certainly have the wherewithal to go all the way and record what could be an unprecedented sixth title.Warner’s year-long international exile has come to an end and with nearly 700 runs in the Indian Premier League, he has sounded a warning to rival bowlers bracing up for the mega event.While he did not quite set the IPL on fire like Warner, Smith showed glimpses of his old touch in the three warm-up matches against New Zealand recently.After finding form in the latter part of the IPL, Smith played well for unbeaten innings of 89 and 91, enough for Justin Langer to say he had “slept better”.Stripped of their roles as captain and vice-captain respectively and banned for 12 months for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa in March last year, both Smith and Warner will be using the sport’s biggest platform to make amends for their indiscretion in Cape Town.It remains to be seen if Warner is given his usual opening slot or made to bat at number three. Only once in 104 ODI innings has Warner not gone in as opener.Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls the selectors had to make to settle on the 15-man squad.The squad does not include in-form batsman Peter Handscomb and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, while the likes of D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Ashton Turner and Matthew Wade also missed out, clearly showing the depth in the setup.A depth that augurs well for them in the World Cup.Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam ZampaAlso Read | Chris Gayle set to be peerless at World Cup 2019 but in danger of unwanted recordAlso Read | Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard included in West Indies reserve players list for 2019 World CupAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat 2019 World Cup: Australia look to make 6th triumph a realistic possibilityLooking to win the World Cup record 6th time, defending champions Australia look strong with the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith back back in the side after their one-year ban.advertisementlast_img read more

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Chideo Launches Flo Rida Insida Campaign For Charity

first_imgChideo, the first charity broadcast network, has partnered with GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Flo Rida to make dreams come true for his fans and for inner-city kids.Chideo, the charity network, and Flo Rida are teaming up to make dreams come trueAs a Chideo Celebrity Ambassador, Flo Rida will be creating exclusive content and one-of-a-kind experiences for the platform in order to raise awareness and funds for his charity, Big Dreams For Kids. Big Dreams for Kids and its signature program, the Florida Youth Football League, is committed to instilling honesty, loyalty, integrity, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, respect, leadership, trust and commitment in all participants.“Professional success is one thing, but life success is another,” Flo Rida said. “I started Big Dreams for Kids because I know first-hand that if you have a dream and stay positive, there’s no way you can lose.”The rapper continued: “Chideo gives me a place to connect with my fans, to share ideas and to give them a window into what it means to live my dream. And the best part is that together, we have a chance to make the world a better place for lots of deserving kids.”The charity network and Flo Rida are kicking off their partnership with three dream packages: • Get Flo Fit with Flo Rida: For $20,000, the donor and one guest will receive the opportunity to work out with Flo Rida. Travel and hotel included for a 1-night trip to Miami. • The Flo Rida VIP Dance Club Experience: For $30,000, the donor and one guest will receive the opportunity to attend a Sponsor-specified club with Flo Rida. Travel and hotel included for a 1-night trip to Miami, Florida. (Donor and guest must be 21 years of age or older.) • The Ultimate Flo Rida Insida Experience: For $50,000, the donor spends the day on set with Flo Rida and receives the opportunity to appear in his next music video. Travel and hotel included for a 2-night stay in Miami.Fans who aren’t able to purchase one of these “buy it now” packages can donate to the non-profit on Chideo for a chance to win the Ultimate Flo Rida Insida Experience, including the walk-on role in the rapper’s upcoming music video. Fans earn one entry for a $10 donation, with additional donations generating even more chances to win.In addition to multiple contest entries, donations of $25 or more will receive a digital thank you from Flo Rida; donations of $50 or more receive a poster and digital thank you; donations of $100 or more receive a t-shirt, poster and digital thank you; and donations of $250 or more receive a hat, t-shirt, poster and digital thank you; and donations of $500 or more receive a Flo Rida Flo Fit workout video. Those who donate $5,000 to Big Dreams for Kids will get to video chat live, one-to-one, with Flo Rida.The deadline to enter the Flo Rida “Insida” Fan Experience is 11:59 p.m. PST on March 2, 2015. For complete details (including free entry method) and to register for a chance to win, please visit Chideo.com or download the free Chideo app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at www.appstore.com/chideo, and for Android devices here.For up-to-the-minute news and announcements from Chideo personalities, please follow Chideo on Facebook at Facebook.com/chideodotcom or on Twitter @chideo.last_img read more

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Chinas music streaming leader Tencent to go public in US

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – The owner of China’s largest music streaming services is looking to strike it rich in the U.S. stock market.Tencent Music Entertainment plans to sell its stock in the U.S. as part of an initial public offering. The IPO documents filed Tuesday propose raising $1 billion, but that preliminary figure often ends up being substantially higher.Investor demand is likely to be high, given the rising popularity of music streaming and Tencent’s success so far.Tencent says its services have more than 800 million users, including 23.3 million subscribers who pay to listen to its music library.It’s also profitable, having earned $199 million on revenue of $1.66 billion last year.Tencent’s major shareholders include the leading music streaming service Spotify, which went public earlier this year.last_img read more

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Mistaken identity Whose Face is Behind Europes First Female Suicide Bomber

Rabat – Contrary what has been reported by several media news outlets, Nabila, a Moroccan woman, did not blow herself up, nor is she Europe’s first female suicide bomber.In a case of mistaken identity, Nabila is trying to set the record straight. Her photo first appeared in the Daily Mail in its reportage of alleged suicide bomber Hasna Ait Bouchalen, whose bomb strapped to her body exploded during the November 17 raid in Saint Denis.On Sunday November 22, the professional instructor spent four hours being interrogated by police in relation to the alleged misuse of her private photos. The young woman told police her photos landed in the hands of an English journalist before making the rounds across the globe.Having lived in France for a while, Nabila befriended a woman with whom she shared some photographs. The woman in question, a so-called Fouzia, later sold her photos to English press.“Journalists visited me at my house, apologizing for having done this. They justify their actions by the resemblance to the real cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud,” she told Le360.In addition to the complaint she filed in Morocco, Nabila says the case will soon enter the French courts, since her so-called friend resides in France.The Daily Mail, the first to broadcast the pictures of Nabila and mistakenly presenting her as Hasna Aït Boulahcen is said to publish a response in the coming hours. read more

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HABITAT III A humancentred city is a culturecentred space says UNESCO report

Launched today in the historic Ecuadorian capital, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the agency’s Culture: Urban Future Report makes the case that culture needs to be fully integrated into urban strategies to ensure their sustainability, as well as a better quality of life for residents. “With over half of the world’s population now living in urban areas, the road to sustainable development passes through cities in every corner of the globe,” Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, stated in the report’s executive summary. “Cities bring creative and productive people together, helping them to do what they do best: exchange, create and innovate,” she added.The ground-breaking report brings together two years of research, showcasing analyses and recommendations to foster the role of culture in sustainable development. Goal 11 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Thanks to a global survey supported by nine regional partners, scholarly insight, and NGOs and urban experts’ contributions, the report offers a global perspective on urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, and the role and promotion of creative and cultural industries as a means to generate sustainable urban development.Francesco Bandarin, Assistant Director-General for Culture (UNESCO)As Francesco Bandarin, the Assistant Director-General for Culture at UNESCO, explains in a video released today, culture is not only a trait of human civilization, but a source of empowerment for our future. It has the “power to open minds of women and men, it is a powerful tool for dialogue, mutual understanding, even for peace,” he says.The Culture for Sustainable Development Initiative will continue to orchestrate events such as the one held in Hangzhou, China last December, which brought together international players to share best practices and experiences that will help preserve and redevelop urban spaces.The initiative will advocate a culture-based approach to urban planning and development additionally through the New Urban Agenda, which will be adopted this week by the Habitat-III conference.“Culture,” Ms. Bokova explains, “lies at the heart of urban renewal and innovation. Culture embodies the soul of a city, allowing it to progress and build a future of dignity for all,” a philosophy that is the core of UNESCO’s work. “A human-centred city is a culture-centred space.” read more

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Firm hits out at Slimming World after fatty sausage pulled from approved

first_imgThe maker of a “lighter” sausage popular with dieters has hit back after Slimming World pulled the product from its lists because tests suggested they were “much higher” in fat than advertised.The weight-loss organisation said it sent a batch of Porky Lights for nutritional analysis when it became “concerned about the fatty texture” of the sausages which are described as “low fat” by the maker.G White & Co had seen their Porky Lights sausages soar in popularity after Slimming World told its members they were healthier than a regular banger.The sausages, said by the maker to contain 78 calories and 3 per cent fat, were each classified as just half a “Syn” – the unit used by Slimming World to rate foods. 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. Slimming World’s recent re-valuation of the Porky Lights Syn value as a result of some new tests has come to light and is causing concern amongst Porky Lights customersG White & Co @slimmingworld is it true #porkylights will now be 4.5 syns each! If so this could explain my unexpected gain last week.— Samantha Smith (@Be_Positve_Sam) March 1, 2017 According to the Surrey-based sausage maker, the products are made with leaner cuts of pork shoulder and are gluten free and low in salt and sugar.Managing director of G White & Co, Chris Price, said rigorous development of the recipe and stringent quality control processes meant its labelling was accurate.He said: “Slimming World’s recent revaluation of the Porky Lights Syn value as a result of some new tests has come to light and is causing concern amongst Porky Lights customers.”G White & Co are currently in dialogue with Slimming World to establish how their values were ascertained but want to unequivocally state that the Slimming World results are neither consistent between their own batch tests and are highly inconsistent with the nutritional results that have been produced by numerous tests, over a number of months, from a number of independent UKAS [United Kingdom Accreditation Service] approved food laboratories.”The firm published its latest test results which showed its sausages contained 3g of fat per 100g when cooked.However dieters took to social media to voice their concerns over Slimming World’s claims.One wrote:center_img That meant dieters could eat double the number of Porky Lights compared with a “healthy” alternative from a supermarket for the same number of Syns – and several times more than a standard Cumberland,Allison Brentnall, head of food at Slimming World, said: “[Testing] is something we do routinely with products that we worry may affect our members’ weight losses.”The analysis of this batch suggests that the sausages are indeed much higher in fat than the nutritional information on the product’s packaging had indicated – and this would affect their Syn value significantly. “We’ve let Porky Lights know about our findings and, in order to protect our members’ weight losses, which is always our priority, we have temporarily removed the sausages from our Syns database.” Another said: “I think that may well have affected my weight loss. Now that I’ve got a freezer full. Ggrrr.”last_img read more

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Prince Harry on his new show with Oprah Your podcast made me

The Duke of Sussex has a few things going on at the moment. There’s the upcoming tour of Africa, the charitable foundation to launch with his wife, the campaign he is doing with the military and then, of course, the not-so-small matter of new parenthood.  The Duke of Sussex tells Bryony Gordon how opening up about his own mental health on her podcast helped to spark a new project with Oprah But the thing that is occupying much of Prince Harry’s headspace right now is mental health. His own, of course, but also everybody else’s, and how much better life is when you look after it.  It is the narrative that runs through absolutely everything he does, a subject he is so passionate about that he… read more

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SIMPEC wins survey contract for Rio Tinto at Cape Lambert

first_imgWestStar Industrial’s SIMPEC is to carry out work for Rio Tinto’s iron ore division at the Cape Lambert port facility in Western Australia as part of a A$4.5 million ($3.2 million) contract.Under the contract, the engineering firm will design and construct a remote draft survey system at the port aimed at increasing ship turnaround and safety.This win comes just a week after SIMPEC was awarded its largest ever contract to date at Tianqi Lithium’s Kwinana LHPP1 process plant, also in Western Australia.Cape Lambert is around 40 km north of Karratha, in northwest Western Australia. Combined, the port’s two terminals are capable of shipping more than 185 Mt/y of iron ore, SIMPEC says.SIMPEC Managing Director Mark Dimasi said the contract award was testament to the SIMPEC team’s hard work over the past six months during the project’s tender phase.With the Rio contract in the bag, SIMPEC has built an order book of close to A$30 million and, over the past year,  has tendered for more than A$150 million of work.last_img read more

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Serbian Jumbo Jet Strahinja Milic goes to Vardar Skopje

← Previous Story EHF CL Round 9 “All Star” Team announced – Karabatic, Hansen, etc… Next Story → Hans Lindberg scores 1500 goals for HSV Hamburg handballIvan DimitrijevicStrahinja MilicVardar Skopje Five days after HC Partizan Belgrade sold one of the best players, left back, Ivan Dimitrijevic (22) to German VfL Gummersbach, another transfer from Belgrade has been made.  Third goalkeeper of silver Serbian NT at the EHF EURO 2012, Strahinja Milic (21) going to Vardar Skopje. Macedonian team sold Borko Ristovski to VfL Gummersbach, got 120.000 EUR from that transfer and looked for some fast replacement. Milic, who is called “Jumbo”, because of his sizes (199 cm – 120 kg) was the most interesting and according to Serbian media, sum for his freedom is 18.000 EUR.Milic is the last “wunderkind” of Serbian handball. He started to play for the NT with 16,5 years. When he was 17, he moved to Danish BSV Silkeborg, but after two knee operations, got back to Serbia – HC Partizan. read more

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Veszprem routine win over Celje PL with brilliant Mikler

← Previous Story VIDEO: Handball Peter Pan magic! Next Story → Ambros Martin to lead Romanian girls! Telekom Veszprem  celebrated fourth win in SEHA GAZPROM League 2016/2017 by beating Slovenian RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, once again, 32:25 (17:13). Despite visitors at „Veszprem Arena“ were eager to show the best of their handball, home team coached by Xavi Sabate had control over the result from the first minute of the match. The first line-up of the reigning SEHA GAZPROM champions with Ilic, Palmarsson and Nagy supported by oustanding Roland Mikler (15 saves) between the posts made 6:1 in the opening seven minutes of the match.Celje’s coach Branko Tamse found the way to put his team back in the game, but even solid performance of Zarabec, Mlakar and Lesjak on the goal line, wasn’t enough for some surprising turnover. Slovenians came closer on 9:7 in 15th minute, but they aren’t able to save their net in the crucial moments.Dragan Gajic and Renato Sulic overtook the main roles in Veszprem’s attack in the second half from Aron Palmarsson and Gasper Marguc. Creativity of Celje’s attack was visible until 45th minute, when Miha Zarabec netted for 24:21. However, Slovenian team had no power to finish match in the same rhytm. Some technical mistakes gave chance to home team to score some easy goals via young left wing Fekete for 32:25 at the end.Dragan Gajic was TOP scorer in the winning team with six goals, while one more scored Celje’s right back Ziga Mlakar.Statements after the match:Xavi Sabate, Telekom Veszprem coach:– I want to congratulate to our players and team for such a good match after only one training which we had to prepare for this game. I would also like to congratulate to Celje for very good start of the season – results and way of playing. Celje play very good handball, they have one of the best fast-breaks in Europe. We had some injuries during last week. Terzic couldn’t play today and he is very important for us in defense. Players showed commitment with the team, club, team-mates and supporters. We played high-level match in defense and Mikler was amazing one more time. Key for success was in defense, with good Roli and fast-breaks. We played good in attack, especially with all our line-players. I am proud of our players. We are working very hard with young Hungarian players. Young Fekete was fantastic today. They have to continue working as this season is very important for us.Branko Tamse, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko coach:-I want to congratulate Veszprem for a good match.They were prepared well for us. Their defense forced us to take some difficult shots and to make some mistakes in attack. There were some minutes when I was happy for the way how we play, but tonight Veszprem had a lot of good minutes.RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko player:– I would like to congratulate Veszprem on a good game. We haven’t been on the level which we should to play with them. Our defense wasn’t good enough, while in attack we missed too many open shots. Mikler saved many shots and then, with counter-attack, they made advantage.Gasper Marguc, Telekom Veszprem right wing:– My coach already said a lot. I agree with all speakers, we played good today, especially in defense. Mikler was really good, we ran a lot of fast-breaks. We are happy that we had match under control. We are happy for new points. Now, we are focusing on weekend and match in Plock. RK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRoland Miklerseha gazprom leagueTelekom Veszprem read more

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Trump and Nieto arent going to talk about the border wall anymore

first_img Image: Dario Lopez-Mills Share Tweet Email By AFP Friday 27 Jan 2017, 8:36 PM 49 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3209946 23,335 Views THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT has announced that President Enrique Pena Nieto and Donald Trump have agreed to stop making public statements about the US leader’s border wall plan and will seek to resolve differences as part of bilateral talks.Earlier this week, the White House threatened to tax Mexican imports up to 20% to cover the cost of the wall, with Nieto cancelling a planned Washington in protest.The two leaders had a “constructive and productive” hour-long phone conversation regarding bilateral relations, Pena Nieto’s office said in a statement.They agreed to resolve their differences about who will pay for the wall “as part of a comprehensive discussion on all aspects of the bilateral relation,” and “the presidents also agreed for now to no longer speak publicly about this controversial issue.”The billionaire-president, holding true to his campaign promise, this week ordered US officials to begin to design and construct a wall along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometre) US-Mexico border.‘Don’t build this wall!’Earlier today, the mayor of Germany’s long-divided capital Berlin, Michael Mueller, advised Donald Trump not to build the border wall.Berlin’s mayor said his city – which was split by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War from 1961-89 – “cannot look on without comment when a country plans to build a new wall”.“We Berliners know best how much suffering was caused by the division of an entire continent with barbed wire and concrete,” he said in a statement, referring to Europe’s Iron Curtain division.In the early 21st century, he said, “we can’t just accept it if our historical experience is disregarded by those to whom we largely owe our freedom, the Americans.”Pointing to the ongoing division of the Korean peninsula and the island of Cyprus, the Social Democrat urged Trump “not to go down this wrong path of isolation and exclusion”.Mueller also recalled former US president Ronald Reagan’s famous 1987 challenge to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “Tear down this wall!”, and said in his message to Trump: “Dear Mr President, don’t build this wall!Trump to Theresa: ‘A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world’ Jan 27th 2017, 8:36 PM Image: Dario Lopez-Mills Short URL Trump and Nieto aren’t going to talk about the border wall anymore …At least not publicly. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Apple Card Launches for All US iPhone Users

first_imgStay on target Apple Card is now available to all U.S. iPhone owners.Following an invite-only launch earlier this month, Cupertino on Tuesday announced expanded applications for its Goldman Sachs-backed MasterCard.Compatible with most iPhones running iOS 12.4, the bank card is managed entirely via Apple Wallet; sign up by tapping the plus icon in the upper right corner of the app.Users can also request a physical (titanium!) card—free of charge.“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in a statement. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”That includes 24/7 support, weekly and monthly spending summaries, and a transaction history featuring full names of vendors and splash images matching the spending category.Plus, you don’t have to worry about annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees.With no card number, CVV security code, expiration date, or signature on the card, Apple Card is more secure than any other physical credit card (via Apple)The credit card also boasts a Daily Cash rewards program, which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash:1 percent for purchases made with the titanium Apple Card2 percent for purchases made with Apple Card through Apple Pay3 percent for purchases made directly with Apple (in-store or online)As an added bonus, Cupertino partnered with Uber to offer 3 percent cash back on all ridesharing and meal deliveries when using Apple Pay.The firm will “continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months,” according to a company announcement.Despite ties with high-falutin bank Goldman Sachs—not exactly known as a friend of the lower classes—a majority of early-access users were accepted for the card.Credit limits, however, range from a couple hundred dollars to many thousands, depending on the applicant’s income, among other factors, Ars Technica reported.Apple Card does not track where customers shop, what they buy, or how much they spend.More on Geek.com:Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesMTA Introduces Tap-to-Pay Subway, Bus OptionsOhio Businesses Can Now Pay Taxes in Bitcoin iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

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MatSu teacher accused of sexual misconduct with children district reaching out to

first_imgIditarod Elementary School (Courtesy of Mat-Su School District)The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is reaching out to more than 300 families of children who had classes with a popular teacher now accused of inappropriately touching children.Listen nowWasilla police arrested 36-year-old Lukis Nighswonger on September 26th. He faces four felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor for alleged incidents as far back as 2008. Nighswonger – a BP Teacher of Excellence in 2015 – taught at Iditarod Elementary.School district spokesperson Jillian Morrissey says the district sent a letter to the families of roughly 330 students Nighswonger taught.“The number one priority is to help get support to students who may have been harmed by this individual,” Morrisey said.There appear to have been at least two reports against Nighswonger in the years leading up to his arrest.Morrisey says a complaint against Nighswonger to Wasilla Police in 2012 did not lead to charges at the time, and she says the police did not notify the school district of the report, per department protocol. In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News, an Anchorage Police Department spokesperson said that APD would notify the school district in such an instance.Morrisey says the school district itself got a complaint in January of this year that it investigated internally.“But at the time, through the investigation protocol and following that, there were no criminal allegations made, and so the protocol was followed and action was taken according to what was discovered,” Morrisey said.Morrisey says the district took action but is barred from discussing it because of personnel rules. But she says Nighswonger was not terminated until the day he was arrested several months later.For now, Morrisey says the district is still in the initial phase of contacting and hearing back from parents.Nighswonger remains jailed on $100,000 bail, at least half of which would have to be cash.last_img read more

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Two new hires for Meetings Events by Club Med

first_imgTwo new hires for Meetings & Events by Club Med Tags: Club Med, People TORONTO — Club Med has appointed Lori De Montmorency as its new Corporate Business Development Manager and Marjorie Ivars as its newest Sales Specialist for its Meetings & Events by Club Med division.Club Med says it is expanding its team to accommodate the growing demand for corporate group stays.De Montmorency comes to Club Med with years of B2B sales, entrepreneurial and senior management skills, and corporate development experience across various industries. She previously held the position of Director of Client Solutions at Endo Networks, Inc.Ivars comes to Club Med with more than seven years’ experience in the travel industry. She recently made the move to Montreal after five years as Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at American Express Global Business Travel in Barcelona.“We are thrilled to welcome Lori De Montmorency and Marjorie Ivars to the Club Med Groups team. Lori’s skills and experience are an asset to our existing partnerships and her commitment will further expand our new business opportunities,” said Melanie St-Germain, Group Sales Manager, Meetings & Events by Club Med Canada.“Additionally, with Marjorie’s pre-existing sales skills and passion for travel, we know she will bring high-level expertise to our growing team. We welcome both Lori and Marjorie to Club Med and have high hopes for the future of the Club Med Groups team.” Thursday, January 11, 2018 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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