Advertisement AdvertisementAsian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Bajrang Punia failed to clinch the gold medal in the 2018 World Wrestling Champions as he succumbed to Japan’s Takuto Otoguro 9-16 in the finals of the 65kg Freestyle category in Budapest on Monday.Bajrang Punia didn’t win gold but won the hearts!The 24-year-old, however, did etch his name into the record books as he became the first Indian to win two medals at the competition, previously winning bronze at the 2013 edition in the 61kg category.The Japanese spearheaded his way into the contest with an unassailable 5-0 lead in no time. But, Bajrang lodged a fierce comeback with the scoreline reading 7-6 in Otoguro’s favor at the end of the first period.The 30-second break talk from Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis didn’t bear any fruits for Bajrang as Otoguro worked on his legs to extend the lead. The final scoreline read 16-9 in the Japanese’s favor after the three minutes wore in.“Having reached the final, I expected to win gold but I will have to be satisfied with a silver medal. I am happy to have bettered my bronze medal effort, achieved five years ago at the same venue,” Bajrang said after losing the match.The Sportsindiashow team wishes Bajrang Punia and rest of the Indian amateur wrestling fraternity all the best for their future endeavors.
With little more than a week left for Salman Khan’s new film Sultan’s release, fans are looking forward to every little news and development regarding the wrestling-based sports drama.Well, a brand new still from the movie is here and Salman bhai looks like he means business. Take a look yourself.The countdown begins! #SultanEid2016 pic.twitter.com/ol1CBhOkWl Sultan Official (@SultanTheMovie) June 26, 2016Salman Khan trained vigorously to achieve this lean, mean look for the film. In the Ali Abbas Zafar (Gunday) directorial, Salman plays a Haryanvi wrestler Sultan Ali Khan who goes on to win a gold medal in the Olympics before he falls from grace, and eventually makes a comeback in the world of mixed martial arts.ALSO READ: Anushka Sharma to hold special screening of Sultan for beau Virat Kohli ALSO READ: Salman Khan breaks silence on Arijit Singh’s Facebook rant about Jag Ghoomeya Randeep Hooda is playing Salman Khan’s coach in the film. The film also starts Anushka Sharma who will be playing Aarfa, a wrestler. This is the first time Anushka is acting in such a physically demanding role.Recently, Salman Khan got into a controversy when he compared his shooting experience for Sultan to the condition of a raped woman. There was much furore on social media and the National Commission for Women (NCW) demanded a public apology from him.ALSO READ: Hisar gangrape victim demands Rs. 10 crore from Salman Khan ALSO READ: Bollywood chooses to stay silent over Salman Khan’s rape remark controversy advertisementWhile Salman hasn’t apologised yet, he did make a statement regarding this on Thursday (June 23) in Madrid, Spain where he was attending the 17th IIFA awards.”The shorter I keep, the better it is.” said Salman Khan when he got on stage to speak about his experience at the IIFA awards extravaganza. Salman Khan’s 2015 blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan won the Best Film award at the awards ceremomy.Sultan is scheduled to release on Eid (July 6) this year.
Transfers Gremio refute claims of €40m Arthur agreement with Barcelona Ryan Benson 02:23 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Grêmio Primera División Serie A The young midfielder Arthur has been linked with a move to Camp Nou, but speculation suggesting a deal has been struck is supposedly false. Reports of a €40million agreement between Gremio and Barcelona for midfielder Arthur are wide of the mark, according to the Brazilian club’s president Romildo Bolzan.Barcelona’s interest in the 21-year-old midfielder is long-standing, having been linked with him regularly towards the end of 2017, when Arthur was a key part of the Gremio side which won the Copa Libertadores.AdChoices广告Arthur was photographed wearing the Catalan club’s jersey in a meeting with their sporting director Robert Fernandez in December. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although that angered Gremio, they have been in regular dialogue with Barca ever since over a potential move, with reports in Spain claiming on Tuesday that an agreement had finally been made.But Gremio insists such claims are purely speculation, with a deal still to be struck.Speaking to Radio Bandeirantes, Bolzan said: “A deal has still not been finalised.”There have been plenty of discussions, but at this stage the transfer cannot be considered a foregone conclusion.”
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is seeking your support as a member of the Australian sport community, to join the ASC in promoting and participating in R U OK? Day. In doing so, you are helping to take a stance towards addressing mental health issues in sport. Every organisation can choose how they would like to be involved in R U OK? Day, all that is asked is that on Thursday, 7 October, you start a conversation with anyone who may be doing it tough and encourage your networks of athletes, coaches, employees and club members to do so as well. Our aim is to bring Australians together in a bid to help prevent the isolation that can lead to outcomes such as people taking their own lives.Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feelings of isolation and being alone are major contributing factors to depression and social issues that can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.It’s so simple but in the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.For more information, please click on the following attachments, while the website can be found by clicking on the following link: http://www.ruokday.com.au/content/asc.aspx Related Filesruokday_poster-pdfruokday_overview_and_meeting_guide-pdf
Nova Scotians are reminded to change smoke alarm batteries when moving clocks one hour ahead. Daylight Saving Time comes into effect at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 8. In 2007, Nova Scotia extended daylight saving time to mirror changes made in the United States. Daylight saving time now begins three weeks earlier in the spring and lasts one week longer in the fall. A functioning smoke alarm is vital to provide occupants with early warning to safely escape a fire. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year, and the time change can be an excellent reminder. “A couple of times this year we heard from families who escaped a house fire because of a working smoke alarm,” said Robert Cormier, Nova Scotia’s fire marshal. “Look after your family, be sure your smoke alarm is working.” When battery power is low, most smoke alarms make a brief chirping sound. Once the batteries have been replaced with new ones, press the Test button to confirm the alarm is working. The fire marshal’s office recommends having a smoke alarm on each level of a home, and outside sleeping areas. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. All alarms should meet the requirements of a professional testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories of Canada. Computer users are also reminded to check calendars to ensure appointments are up to date when the time change takes effect.
increase transparency and access to information for plan members and pensioners update benefit standards to correspond with requirements in other jurisdictions enhance regulatory oversight improve plan administration introduce flexibility to allow for new plan design clarify funding rules The updated Pension Benefits Act will come into effect June 1, to increase transparency and access to information for plan members and pensioners. “This will modernize Nova Scotia’s pension plan regulatory framework, with the new regulations giving full effect to new forms of pension plans, such as jointly sponsored pension plans,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen. “The regulations have been updated to harmonize with requirements in other jurisdictions across Canada.” The new Pension Benefits Act and regulations will: The Pension Benefits Act was passed in December 2011, but had not been brought into effect, as new regulations needed to be developed. The regulations, along with the act, will streamline the pension-plan structure. Public consultation took place in 2012 and 2013, leading to a number of amendments to address issues raised. This included a pension review panel report that advised on needed reforms, as well as feedback from a discussion paper on legislative and regulatory proposals in March 2010. Changes in Ontario and other provinces were reviewed to help draft the 2011 act and the new regulations. Before 2011, the last overhaul of the Pension Benefits Act was in 1988, with a number of funding changes made since then.
Bengaluru: A day after it came to power in Karnataka, the BJP is contemplating bringing a no-confidence motion against assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, if he does not voluntarily vacate the post, party sources said Saturday. The message has been discreetly conveyed to Kumar to give up the post, which is conventionally held by a member from the ruling party, they said. “We will move the no-confidence motion against the Speaker if he himself does not resign,” a ruling BJP MLA told PTI requesting anonymity. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The legislator added, “Our first agenda is to win the confidence motion and get the finance bill passed on Monday. We will wait and see whether the speaker steps down on his own.” The MLA sought to know how there could be a Speaker from the opposition party. “Once we win the confidence of the House, we will go ahead with moving no-confidence motion,” he said. In a sudden turn of events, the BJP led by B S Yediyurappa came to power Friday, barely 24 hours after Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified the three MLAs, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli from Congress and independent MLA R Shankar. The Speaker had even indicated that in a couple of days, he would take decision regarding rest of the MLAs including three from JD(S). The raft of resignations by the rebel MLAs had brought down the coalition government in Karnataka and put the BJP on the straddle.
LG Electronics USA, Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, is pleased to donate $20,000 to The Battier Take Charge Foundation’s scholarship program as a result of the brand’s tweet-to-give social campaign and “Beyond the Arc” trivia event in New York City earlier this week.LG launched the tweet-to-give social campaign with former NCAA champion and Naismith College Player of the Year Shane Battier, and pledged to donate each time #LGTrivia was used during the live trivia event. Fans were encouraged to help drive donations by playing the trivia game on LG’s NCAA fan engagement site, www.LGGameDayHub.com, and tweeting their scores using the hashtag. The Battier Take Charge Foundation awards four-year college scholarships to deserving young leaders from the greater Miami, Houston and Detroit areas.“One of the biggest rewards of my career has been the opportunity to affect change in peoples’ lives,” said Battier, co-founder of The Battier Take Charge Foundation and former Duke University standout. “I can’t think of a better way to honor the spirit of the tournament than for sponsors like LG to support deserving students.”“Seeing the engagement and excitement of NCAA fans at the “Beyond the Arc” trivia night to raise money for a worthy cause brought our ‘Do Game Day Right’ mantra to life,” said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing for LG Electronics USA. “We are honored to work with Shane Battier and his foundation to help future athletes fulfill their dreams both on and off the court.”LG’s “Beyond the Arc” campaign was created to celebrate game changers. Just as the three-point shot has added a whole new level of excitement to college basketball, the unique curved designs of LG’s flagship products – the curved LG OLED TV, the curved LG G Flex2 smartphone and the curved LG UltraWide computer monitor – have taken the game day viewing experience to a whole new level through color, clarity, contrast and detail.The LG 55EC9300 OLED TV features a curved form factor for a heightened sense of immersion, coupled with incredible picture quality with perfect blacks, amazing contrast and incredible color, for the best game viewing experience at home. As an added bonus for fans this championship season, LG has made the 55EC9300 available at a reduced price of $2,999 through April 4. Consumers can check their brackets while watching the game online with the extra screen real estate available on the LG 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97), featuring a 34-inch (33.7-inches measured diagonally) class display that delivers immersive wide viewing angles, ideal for gaming. The G Flex2’s contoured shape is a 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED display that delivers an incredibly sharp and vivid viewing experience from every angle, while providing a sleeker look with enhanced durability. The G Flex2’s state-of-the-art camera allows consumers attending the games capture true-to-life memories with its 13-megapixel camera with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus producing images that are clear and shaper every time.LG Electronics USA is an official Corporate Partner of NCAA and the agreement runs through August 2018. LG’s mission for March Madness is to help fans “Do Game Day Right” – from products that improve the game day experience at home to actually bringing fans to games. Go to www.LGGameDayHub.com to learn how LG helps fans “Do Game Day Right” and participate in a variety of games, contests and sweepstakes.“Do Game Day Right” is a trademark of LG Electronics, Inc.NCAA, Final Four and March Madness are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Casablanca- According to Al-Akhbar, The PJD opposes the generalization of the French Baccalaureate in public education.The party has delegated the mission of blockading this project initiated by the ministry of National Education to the National Union of Moroccan Workers, its union ally. The latter has described the initiative proposed by Rachid Belmokhtar’s department as “a grave violation of the national sovereignty” and “a humiliation of the Arabic language”.The generalization of the French Baccalaureate was concluded in the framework of a partnership agreement between France and Morocco during the visit of the French minister of National Education, Vencent Peillon, to Rabat last February. The PJD was the first to react against the initiative and the parliamentary caucus has not gone beyond discussing the constitutionality of the convention. The PJD seems very concerned by this measure.According to Al-Akhbar, the generalization project will be challenged by all sorts of things, alluding to the debate of introducing the teaching of Darija into primary education. Such decision will only contribute to discrimination among students, and would weaken the Moroccan Baccalaureate especially because the French language is no longer the language of science, the same source added.The politicization of the issue of the language of education has crippled the Moroccan educational system since Mohamed El Fassi’s Arabization and has deprived the related debates of utility and practicality.“Education is of paramount importance and should be dealt with as such, as the future of Morocco strongly hinges upon it,” a teacher of physics told MWN.“We hope that today’s reform efforts will stress the quality of education rather than promoting the ideologies of certain parties or classes,” he added.
Rabat – The UN International Conference on Jerusalem, which kicked off Tuesday in Rabat, was an opportunity for Morocco to reiterate its firm determination, support, and solidarity with Palestine.In the opening ceremony, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita read King Mohammed VI’s letter before the attendees of the fifth conference on Jerusalem.The King reassured Palestinians that Morocco will spare no effort to help Palestinian people regain their inalienable rights. The monarch said that this year’s event is different from previous ones, noting “serious developments, referring to the decision of the US administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy to the area.“We, in Morocco, immediately rejected this step and considered it to be incompatible with international law and with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” said the King.The King also recalled his letters to US President Donald Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to denounce the US decision, emphasizing the importance of the historical status of Jerusalem.Realism can end conflictThe King said the conflict has lasted for “too long, causing a great deal of sorrow and pain? it has caused and is still causing far too many innocent victims and has ruined many opportunities not only for development, but also for a free safe life for many generations.”The King then called on the international community to make all efforts to reach a plan that would help end the decades-long conflict.“This should be achieved through an orderly process based on a realistic vision and a specific timeline, using the existing frame of reference to which the parties concerned would commit in a serious, proactive and responsible manner.”Tense situation The sovereign noted the “lack of political prospects in the Palestinian Israeli conflict, is the main reason for the tense situations that lead to acts of mutual violence and excessive use of force by the Israeli occupation forces.”The tension, according to the King, could be seen in protests throughout the “Great March of Return at the Gaza border, which were of a peaceful, symbolic nature.”The King also denounced the Israeli crackdown on demonstrations, rejecting “dangerous Israeli behavior which is incompatible with international law.”The symposium, which will continue until June 26, is being co-organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).The event, which is convening international political experts, is taking place under the theme “The Question of Jerusalem after 50 years of Occupation and 25 years of the Oslo Accords.”
“With China’s rise … comes great expectations and great responsibilities,” the Secretary-General told a roundtable discussion on global governance and harmonious society. “China’s voice and example are critical.”“The values embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are timeless and shared, yet unrealized in far too much of the globe,” he said. “We must continue to work together to make those rights real in people’s lives. That will take a global effort.”“In this respect, I welcome China’s commitment to building a rule-of-law society and its notable advances in that ongoing journey,” the Secretary-General added.Mr. Ban stressed that achieving the “shared goals of human rights around the world is more than an aspiration. It is a foundation of peace and harmony in our modern world. So too is respect for freedom of expression and the protection of its defenders.”On climate change, Mr. Ban thanked the Chinese government for hosting the latest round of talks in Tianjin and called for China’s further engagement and support. He said he had discussed the changing international situation in his talks with Chinese leaders, including the forthcoming referenda in Sudan. On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.“With the coming referenda… we are at a critical moment,” he said. “I asked your government’s help in assisting the two sides find their way to a peaceful future, recognizing their shared interests.” “We also recognized that China has a strong interest in strengthening its role in United Nations peacekeeping and peacebuilding. In this regard, Sudan represents an important passage in our growing partnership,” Mr. Ban added.On Myanmar, the Secretary-General stressed China’s critical role in supporting UN efforts to help its neighbour find a wary “toward a more open, democratic and inclusive political future.” He said there was great potential for China and the UN to work together to calm tensions in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and to revive the Six-Party talks with a view to gradually bringing DPRK to “a more open, mutually cooperative relationship with the international community.” 3 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined China’s responsibilities on global issues including human rights, climate change, global diplomacy and development, in a speech at China’s Central Party School in Beijing.
Britney Wills, 15, says the ceiling of Brantford’s Lynden Park Mall almost had fallen on top of her. Her mom was deeper inside the Coles Book store when it happened. In the seconds it took to reach the front of the store, people started gathering around the debris.CHCH reached out to the manager of Lynden Park Mall and were told they wouldn’t be commenting on the collapse. The Wills family, they’re upset mall officials haven’t reached out to them.Britney liked going to the mall with her friends because its within walking distance, but she says after this close call, she won’t be going back for awhile. As for the cause of the collapse, it’s still being investigated.
Court dismisses appeal in $65-million fraud case targeting B.C. seniors VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s top court has refused to overturn the case of a former mutual funds salesman who defrauded hundreds of seniors by selling them $65 million in exempt securities.David Michaels appealed a $17.5-million fine imposed by the B.C. Securities Commission, which found he illegally and fraudulently advised 484 people without being properly registered to sell securities.The commission also ordered him to pay back the $5.8 million he earned in commissions and marketing fees for securities by advising seniors to sell their stocks, bonds and mutual funds to buy high-risk exempt market securities, which can be sold without filing a prospectus, and insurance-based investment products.The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the commission’s findings of fraud and misrepresentation and the imposition of the fine in separate decisions for Michaels’ activities between 2007 and 2010.Michaels promoted his business through 45-minute weekly infomercials titled “Creating Wealth with David Michaels” on a radio station in Victoria, saying he loved helping seniors make money.However, the court says almost all the investments are now worthless and that many of Michaels’ clients have had their financial futures ruined.“He told his listeners that the average age of his clients was 72,” the decision says, adding Michaels also held seminars in hotels and that his brochure described opportunities to earn an income without any stock market risk.He also said clients could build their wealth by owning real estate, double their retirement savings every six years and have a guaranteed income that would last the rest of their lives.In an August 2014 decision, the commission described Michaels’ actions as a textbook case of improper sales practices “that so violate the principle of investor protection and so seriously damage the integrity of our markets.“Michaels preyed on clients by frightening them and misleading them into leaving the comparative safety of traditional capital markets for the far riskier part of the exempt market.”The Vancouver Island man’s actions damaged the confidence of investors in both traditional and exempt markets because he portrayed himself as an experienced insider but operated on deceit, the commission said.Spokesman Richard Gilhooley said Michaels has not paid the commission any of the $5.8 million he earned by bilking clients, nor has he paid the $17.5 million fine.Gilhooley said the commission has the option of pursuing the money through B.C. Supreme Court but has not yet decided whether it will do so.Investors would split any money the commission receives, he said. by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 1, 2016 2:22 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket during a game against Morgan State Nov. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 89-50.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAaron Craft’s play is getting recognized on and off the court.Ohio State men’s basketball’s all-time leader in steals and assists has been named one of 23 finalists for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard.“The 23 athletes on this list represent the most committed, determined and skillful points guards in college basketball,” President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, John L. Doleva said according to a press release. “We are honored to be recognizing their strengths and are excited to move forward in the selection process.”So far this season, Craft has started all 26 games and led OSU to a 20-6 overall record with five games remaining in the regular season. He also leads the team in assists (4.6), steals (2.5) and minutes (34.5) per game and is third on the team with an average 9.5 points per game.The senior point guard is also a two-time Academic All-American and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this season, Craft and backcourt partner senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. became the fastest players to reach 100 wins in their OSU careers after the Buckeyes defeated North Florida, 99-64, Nov. 29.“The men on this list all have the athletic qualities of an exceptional true point guard in the game of college basketball, the same qualities that made Mr. Cousy an iconic player,” Chair of the Bob Cousy Award, Ken Kaufman said according to the release. “All of these young men are on this list because they deserve to be competing or this well-respected award.”If Craft wins the award, he would be the first Buckeye to win it and third Big Ten player to raise the trophy, with Illinois’ Dee Brown claiming the honor in 2006 and Michigan’s Trey Burke winning it in 2013.Craft looks to add to his résumé in OSU’s next game, scheduled for Wednesday against Northwestern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
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Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 9 Sep 2019, 11:11 AM Keith Earls in possession for Ireland against Wales. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Sep 9th 2019, 11:11 AM Keith Earls in possession for Ireland against Wales. https://the42.ie/4801304 14 Comments By Paul Dollery Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Image: James Crombie/INPHO 21,147 Views Share17 Tweet Email2 Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud KEITH EARLS WILL be on the plane when the Ireland squad set off for Japan on Wednesday.An update issued by the IRFU this morning confirmed that the Munster winger will retain his place in Joe Schmidt’s travelling party for the World Cup.The Ireland head coach has been spared any late personnel headaches, with all 31 members of his squad declared fit for the tournament.There had been concern over Earls since he was forced to hobble off in the second half of Saturday’s win against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Nevertheless, he’s now set to appear in his third World Cup.Having been held back due to tendonitis in his knee, the victory over Wales marked Earls’ first outing since last season.Schmidt confirmed afterwards that the 31-year-old Limerick native was experiencing discomfort in his quad: “Potentially he could have played on, he feels like he could have, but no way in a game like that are you going to keep someone on.” Ireland’s World Cup campaign begins against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday, 22 September (8.45am Irish time).Murray Kinsella, Gavan Casey and Bernard Jackman make the case for Ireland winning… and tanking at the Rugby World Cup, as we gear up for Wales again: Keith Earls declared fit to retain his place in Ireland’s World Cup squad There had been concern over the Munster winger, who hobbled off during Saturday’s win against Wales.
Angelo Loukakis’, latest novel, Houdini’s Flight is about escape. Not specifically Houdini’s famous death defying skill for freeing himself from an assortment of straight jackets, chains and padlocks, but about the kind of escape most of us can only dream of. How many of us out there obsessively tinker and fret about how we can liberate ourselves from that soul destroying job or crippling marriage. “I often think about those old Greek men queuing in Fish n Chip shops, bent over, crippled by a life of hard and meaningless labour and what their dreams could have been, if they had any at all.” –Bust right out of there and finally be the person we have always wanted to be. Loukakis’ novel, is largely about this dream, initially triggering a personal memory of Somerset Maugham’s novel, Of Human Bondage, but more specifically the anthropologist, James Campbell’s famous quote, “Follow your bliss.” To ‘follow your bliss’ believes that if anyone were to actually follow their dreams, then luck would naturally follow them wherever they went. That is, your personal fantasies, no matter how wild or woolly, are in fact harmonious with the universe and not an aberration of an indulgent mind. Unfortunately most of us can’t do this, not even get to first base and this is often due to social and economic circumstances. Take a street kid in Mexico City, for instance; try telling him to ‘follow his bliss’ and not come away with your wallet mysteriously missing from your hip pocket. Or the first born of a long line of lawyers whose imagination has been repressed by generations – maybe he has a better chance of giving ‘bliss’ a red-hot go. But again that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t walk away with most of the contents of your wallet either. I asked Loukakis what it was that drew him to the subject of Houdini. “For one, Houdini is probably our most famous icons of escape. His very name has been appropriated by our everyday language to describe freeing yourself from a truly impossible situation. He was a super star; literally thousands of people of would gather in a public place to watch him possibly live or die.” An escape act cited in the novel is a chained Houdini throwing himself in the River Yarra in Melbourne while he was touring at the turn of the century. The novel fluctuates between Houdini’s exploits in Australia and the present day with Terry Voulas, a 40-year old bus driver who is dissatisfied with his lot and dreams of becoming a magician. The problem for Terry is his wife doesn’t think much of this new career path. She wants him to step up the social ladder and move in a more financially acceptable direction. Terry, of course, isn’t interested in joining his wife in ‘the bourgeois two-step’, simply because there’s no magic in it. Two things enter his life, a tragic death and old tramp keen to instruct him in the arts of magic, and it’s only then Terry’s personal bus trip kicks into fifth gear. Loukakis explains that his novel deals with the importance of mentorship or society’s lack of it. I asked him if this is a contributing factor to peoples’ inability to pursue an appropriate direction in life. “Very much so.” There’s also the classic Greek experience where the father and son are incapable of communicating each other’s needs. “I often think about those old Greek men queuing in fish’n’chip shops, bent over, crippled by a life of hard and meaningless labour and what their dreams could have been, if they had any at all.” Houdini is a useful metaphor for freedom but, as I added, very much of his time. “Of course,” answered Loukakis, “He’s a product of the 19th Century Industrialisation where the shackles of labour were solidly real.” These days the problems ‘of human bondage’ have been lessened to some degree and increased 10-fold in another. “Look, I’m not saying the past was better or worse, but certainly today the restrictions placed upon us are different.” In this post-industrial world they are more subtle perhaps, I suggested, the metaphorical padlocks more cleverly hidden? “Far more so, and therefore making the task of human freedom a much more challenging one.” And since the wheel of fortune turns indiscriminately, regardless of time, dreaming of freedom has always been for the hardy, the brave or the extremely lucky. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Des loups insulaires sauvés de la consanguinité aux Etats-UnisMises en ligne fin mars dans Proceedings of the Royal Society, les données concernant le suivi d’une population insulaire de loups du Lac Supérieur, durant des années, par deux chercheurs américains, montrent l’effet positif, rapide mais éphémère, de l’arrivée d’un nouveau mâle reproducteur dans cette population de canidés sauvages. Collectant systématiquement depuis 12 ans les excréments des loups du parc national de l’Isle Royale, situé sur une île isolée du lac Supérieur (États-Unis), John A. Vucetich et Rolf O. Peterson, de l’Université de Technologie du Michigan, ont un beau jour appris, par leurs collègues généticiens chargés d’étudier ces échantillons, qu’un “sang neuf” – un apport génétique extérieur – venait d’arriver parmi cette population lupine insulaire, habituellement coupée du monde.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLes observations de terrain confirmèrent les données moléculaires : surnommé “The Old Gray Guy” (“le Vieux Gris”) par les scientifiques, un mâle adulte du continent – empruntant sans doute un pont de glace – avait rejoint l’une des meutes de l’île, en devenant rapidement le ‘mâle alpha’ (le dominant).L’animal est mort depuis, en 2006. Mais il a laissé sa marque : il a engendré 34 rejetons et 22 petits-enfants. Aujourd’hui, 56 % du parc génétique de cette population insulaire lui est lié. En quelques générations à peine après l’arrivée du Vieux Gris, la consanguinité chronique chez les loups de l’île a chuté.Les chercheurs déplorent cependant une baisse (naturelle) des populations d’orignal, proie principale des loups de l’île, lesquels sont, du coup, à nouveau en déclin. Une réponse claire (un renouveau espéré de la population lupine) à l’évènement migratoire (l’arrivée du Vieux Gris) pourrait ainsi avoir été masquée par ce problème de ressources, empêchant les scientifiques d’exploiter ce qui aurait du être un ‘laboratoire naturel’ privilégié pour observer les effets d’un ‘sauvetage génétique’, phénomène encore mal connu.Le 3 avril 2011 à 18:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pep Guardiola was left speechless after learning that Benjamin Mendy tagged himself at Hong Kong International Airport on his Instagram story on Friday.Despite returning to action for Manchester City against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup last month, Mendy remains sidelined while recuperating from knee surgery in November.As such, the French full-back will not feature against Chelsea on Sunday for City and was given permission by Guardiola to travel to Barcelona and Paris to help with him regain full fitness.The City boss also confirmed that captain Vincent Kompany will sit out of the Chelsea game as well due to muscle problems.“Mendy is injured and it’s not easy. Meniscus. It is not easy. He needs to re-adapt,” said Guardiola on the club website.“You can’t return and train for two days and you are fit. You have to be careful.”On Friday morning, however, Mendy posted a video of himself on Instagram with the location tag of Hong Kong International Airport.When asked about this one, Guardiola was taken completely aback as he thought Mendy was still at Barcelona.He said: “Wow, I didn’t know. F***, he’s a lucky guy. He said he was going to Paris but Hong Kong is far away, I need to download an Instagram account.“Yesterday he was in Barcelona. It will definitely not be OK if he is in Hong Kong.”Meanwhile, Guardiola will be hoping to see his City side claim a third consecutive win this Sunday against Chelsea as they bid to hold on to their lead at the top of the Premier League.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The Citizens’ 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday saw them return to top spot in the standings for the first time since December.However, Guardiola is refusing to underestimate Chelsea counterpart Maurizio Sarri who he feels has made progress since their first meeting back in August in the Community Shield despite what recent results may suggest.“People believed managers arrive at good clubs and immediately create something,” said Guardiola.“My feeling when I saw Chelsea at Community Shield was they were already there.“They have been exceptional. Final of Carabao Cup, in Europa League, and Premier League they are there.“They are nine behind with one less game and in the FA Cup they are there as well.“I see them play and I recognise exactly what they want to do.”This is gold! Pep Guardiola’s reaction to Benjamin Mendy tagging himself in Hong Kong on Instagram 🇭🇰🌍🤣 pic.twitter.com/ID6dmHoTgA— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) February 8, 2019
How could Vancouver Public Schools effectively engage more parents, seen as critical to student success?How might local employers, churches and other civic groups best serve mentoring and after-school programs?Should those programs be mandatory, if cost and transportation needs were met?These and other weighty questions were posed at an invitation-only roundtable hosted by district officials Monday.Nearly 50 individuals from business, nonprofit, faith-based and government sectors, plus a dozen other select students, parents and educators, were led through four hours of discussion by a hired facilitator.The topic: “Sharing Responsibility for Student Success” — one of four main prongs of the district’s long-term strategic plan. Listening closely were Superintendent Steve Webb, top district administrators and two school board members.Webb said the district must move purposefully to create partnerships with lasting impact, each with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.While the concepts may be lofty, there is a real timeline.For the upcoming 2010-11 school year, Vancouver plans to steer $1.5 million from current remedial learning programs to 12 “Opportunity Zone” schools affected by high poverty.Among recipients would be Discovery and Jason Lee middle schools, dinged by Washington state as poor performers based on lagging student test results.Also included would be McLoughlin Middle School, plus most feeder schools for those middle schools: Harney, Martin Luther King Jr., George Marshall, Peter S. Ogden, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fruit Valley, Hough, Lincoln and Washington elementary schools.The proposal can’t match the nearly $9 million in competitive state grants that Vancouver failed to land for Discovery and Jason Lee this spring. It does offer a blueprint to expand community outreach and after-school activities and mentoring, however.