FAO Rep Presents Credential and Signs Livestock Development Project Document

first_imgThe new Country Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assigned to Liberia, Marc Abdala, recently presented his Letter of Credence to Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.The new FAO Country Representative said he was in Liberia to join the Country Office team in working alongside the Government of Liberia (GoL) to fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition through the development of agriculture in its broad spectrum, youth empowerment and the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He added that Liberia is a great country with hard working and committed people eager to take the nation to higher heights, especially in the areas of food security, fishery, forestry and support to rural women. He then pledged FAO’s continued collaboration with the government and people of Liberia in the New Year 2015.For his part, Foreign Minister Ngafuan recalled FAO’s enormous contributions to food security and agriculture, as well as the Organization’s current efforts, aimed at combating the Ebola virus.“You can be assured of stronger collaboration between FAO and the government during your tenure as head of mission of your Organization”, the Minister stated. He said the government and people of Liberia are grateful for “FAO’s assistance to the country in the days of crisis.” The Liberian Foreign Minister expressed concern over effects of Ebola on farmers and agriculture, adding the government will be looking forward to FAO’s increased support in the New Year and beyond.At the same time, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and FAO signed a two-year project document for the survey and characterization of livestock breeds in the country. The project, titled, “Survey and characterization of livestock breeds and their production systems in Liberia for the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan for animal genetic resources”, is worth USD 337,000.This proposal is to support the survey and characterization of the genetic resources of livestock (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) in Liberia. In addition, this project will support the establishment of a National Strategy and Action Plan for the sector.Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, speaking during the signing ceremony, lauded FAO for supporting the development of livestock in Liberia. She said the effort is in consonance with Government’s decentralization and capacity development across the country. Minister Chenoweth said the Ministry of Agriculture remains committed to the cordial working relationship subsisting between FAO and MoA.“The more we present ourselves as one group working together, the more it’s better for farmers and agriculture,” the Minister added.For his part, FAO’s Representative Mr. Abdala, reiterated the Organization’s desire to support a vibrant agricultural programme in line with FAO’s Country Programming Framework and the government’s priorities. He praised the people of Liberia “for achieving a lot and doing quite well in recent years. He then expressed confidence that the country will soon overcome the Ebola Virus Disease for a fresh start in 2015.A career agronomist, the newly FAO Representative has vast professional and working backgrounds in agriculture, agro chemistry, agriculture industry development and diplomacy. He joined FAO in 1998 and has served in several countries and portfolios, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, la Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic as well as Ethiopia, where he worked with the African Union through the FAO Representation based in Addis Ababa in addressing food insecurity in the Horn of Africa. He is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BOOKINGS STILL ON A ‘ROLL’ FOR BAY CITY ROLLERS AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The Bay City Rollers are releasing their first ever Christmas album! – ‘A Christmas Shang-A-Lang’ – and it will go on sale worldwide when they play at The Mount Errigal Hotel on December 18th.The album will feature new songs such as ‘Christmas Shang-a-lang’ & ‘Rock’n’Roll It’s Christmas Time!’ As well as rollerised versions of classics such as ‘White Christmas.’ & ‘Jingle Bells’.So get ready to Rock’N’Roll around the tree with the Bay City Rollers this Christmas.The album will be available worldwide on iTunes or on CD with worldwide shipping.The Album will be on sale worldwide on the 18th Dec whilst they are live @ The Mount Errigal hotel! They are live for the Mount Errigal Hotel’s party nights on 17th and 18th December.Following the success of the recent show in the Mount Errigal, the band was so impressed with the Donegal crowd that they agreed to play their party nights, after previously refusing because they typically ‘don’t do’ party nights or dances, they simply do concerts.The hotel today has reported that the 18th is now SOLD OUT and has been since August and the 17th is now almost full.We have numerous large corporate groups booked in for their annual Christmas party, but we also have hundreds coming down for the weekend from Belfast, Dublin and even Glasgow.The atmosphere of these sold out party nights is going to be fantastic!With Rollermania Cocktails on arrival, delicious 4 course meal and dancing to this legendary band, Bay City Rollers. We know from the recent concert, that no one could stay in their seat, everyone was up dancing, which is why we are super excited for all our guests, because this time, it is a party night, not a concert!Never before has the North West of Ireland secured such a huge band for a Christmas Party Night, this band was hailed the ‘biggest band since the Beatles’!Tickets €45 Ticket B&B only €89pps, for more info call or email info@mounterrigal.comTo book call 074-9122700. BOOKINGS STILL ON A ‘ROLL’ FOR BAY CITY ROLLERS AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: December 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

MOLLOY TO BE FIT FOR DONEGAL’S QUARTER-FINAL MATCH

first_imgBY MARIE DUFFYDermot Molloy is set to be available for selection for Donegal’s quarter-final match after a scan on his knee revealed no serious damage. The Glenties man hurt his knee during an Under-21 club championship game, and it was feared he would be out injured for Donegal’s big game.He will continue to receive treatment on the injury but managerJim McGuinness is said to be confident Molloy will be available for selection.Meanwhile, Rory Kavanagh is a major doubt because of an ankle injury which led to his first half substitution against Derry. MOLLOY TO BE FIT FOR DONEGAL’S QUARTER-FINAL MATCH was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dermot Molloydonegallast_img read more

Senior Menus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Tuesday: Beef and broccoli, corn, green beans. Wednesday: Five-cheese lasagna, yellow wax beans, Brussels sprouts. Thursday: Beef sirloin tips, chopped spinach, yellow wax beans. Friday: Rotini broccoli, corn, green beans. Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with bread, dessert and fat-free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Chicken teriyaki, Brussels sprouts, chopped spinach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

StarTimes Uganda Premier league to start later this month

first_img Tags: Aldrine NsubugaStarTimesStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Vipers SC won the 2017/18 Uganda Premier League (file photo)NAMBOOLE – The 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League will officially kick-off on the 28th of September.This was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon at a joint press briefing held at Mandela National stadium in Namboole.“The 2018/19 league will kick-off on Friday, 28th September 2018, confirmed Uganda Premier League Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Bainamani at the press briefing.“Before the season kicks-off, it will first be preceded by the Super Cup, a match that pits the previous season’s league winners and current Uganda Cup holders.“This year’s Uganda Super cup will see 2017/18 league winners Vipers SC take on current Cup holders KCCA FC on the 22nd of September.“The venue at which the game will take place is yet to be confirmed but as per the roles, it can’t be played at either St. Mary’s stadium or StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.Bainamani also confirmed that fixture lists for the upcoming season have not been drawn yet but will be released by the end of next week.“I know everyone is waiting to hear about the league fixtures for the upcoming season but due to a few challenges regarding club licensing, we are yet to release them but i can confirm to everyone that before next week ends, the fixtures will have been released, continued Bainamani.“This year’s league will go ahead throughout January unlike in the past where we halted it in order to enable clubs undertake transfers.“This has come about as a result of the just concluded FUFA Super 8 which has eaten up some of the time and because there is no continental action in January, we have decided to take advantage of that and have league games played.Also speaking at the joint presser, StarTimes vice president-Marketing, Aldrine Nsubuga stressed that their sponsorship of the league does not cater for commercial club rights as it has been perceived by different individuals .“StarTimes is here particular to use this opportunity to clarify on what exactly we acquired from FUFA, said Aldrine.“There has been a misinterpretation regarding the deal that we signed with FUFA in regards to the rights we attained in the process.“I can confirm that we acquired two unique rights from FUFA, one being the title rights and broadcast rights.“For the record, StarTimes has not taken over commercial club rights or simply put, we are not the new sponsors of the 16 UPL clubs.“The clubs have a right to commercially market and sell their products provided that they don’t sell to a direct competitor.Earlier last month, StarTimes acquired broadcast and title rights for the league until 2028 in a deal worth a whopping $7.24 Million.The deal is the biggest investment in Ugandan Sports history, surpassing the $3 Million that Sports Broadcasting had paid for the same rights earlier this year.Comments last_img read more

News from Saturn

first_imgAmazing discoveries continue to pour in from Cassini, now within its second extended mission since arriving at Saturn in 2004.  The spacecraft is back to nominal operations after a 3-week safing event caused by a single-bit error in the onboard computer (JPL).  The recovery came just in time for another major flyby of Enceladus.Enceladus eruptions:  The geysers of Enceladus continue to erupt out the south pole.  The parallel cracks, dubbed “tiger stripes,” from which the eruptions occur, are longer and more complex than originally thought.  This comes from new data taken November 30 during the 12th flyby at 45,000 altitude at closest approach – the last good look at the south pole in sunlight.  This was E12: the twelfth targeted encounter with Enceladus.  JPL and the Cassini Imaging Team released images of the bright jets shooting gas and dust outward at supersonic speeds.  Particles reaching escape velocity create the E-ring around Saturn; others fall back onto the moon and brighten its surface.    Live Science reminded its readers that the heat energy per unit area coming out of this small icy moon, “once thought to be cold and geologically dead,” is five times that in Yellowstone.  That’s heat, of course, not temperature, since the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) measured highest temperatures of 190 Kelvin (-120° F), cold enough to be intolerable to humans.  Live Science remarked, “While that sounds cold, it is actually quite warm for this icy moon around Saturn.”  Temperatures at other regions of Enceladus are typically around 80 Kelvin (-315° F) and as low as 33 K (-400° F) at the north pole.  Yellowstone obviously has scalding hot temperatures localized to its geysers and hot springs, but overall, Enceladus’ geysers emit more heat energy per unit area – an astonishing discovery for a small icy moon separated from significant external heat sources.    Earlier flybys had measured temperatures of 170K.  Scientists are trying to understand if the new high of 190K represents increased activity along the fissure observed in the greatest detail, named Damascus Sulcus.  More likely, it results from the higher resolution possible on this flyby by the CIRS instrument, allowing it to focus in on the inner regions of the channel.  The observations also revealed forks at the end of two cracks where heat emission continues past the main channel, and an isolated warm spot not associated with a tiger stripe (see JPL story and image).  Space.com, PhysOrg and Science Daily all reported the story.Hyperion pox:  The geometry of the Enceladus flyby allowed Cassini to make another non-targeted flyby of Hyperion from about 72,000km.  Since the pock-marked potato-shaped moon has a chaotic rotation, engineers cannot predict what side will face the camera.  The best image was posted by JPL and SpaceRef; on YouTube, someone colorized 61 of the images and made them into a video sequence.Saturn hex:  Atmospheric scientists have modeled in the lab how the mysterious hexagon at Saturn’s north pole might remain stable as a standing wave; see abstract on Icarus.1  The shape was first observed 30 years ago by the Voyagers and continues unabated to this day.  “Why the jet stream takes the characteristic six-sided shape and how it is stably maintained across multiple Saturnian seasons are yet to be explained,” they said.  They came up with a model and simulation that partly fits the observations; “However, our results also show that a vortex street model of the Hexagon cannot reproduce the observed propagation speed unless the zonal jet’s speed is modified beyond the uncertainties in the observed zonal wind speed, which suggests that a vortex street model of the Hexagon and the observed zonal wind profile may not be mutually compatible.”  It remains a work in progress.Rhea gas:  Last month Cassini scientists were surprised to find a tenuous atmosphere at Rhea composed of oxygen and carbon dioxide.  Though 5 trillion times less dense than Earth’s atmosphere, it is 100 times more dense than the exospheres of Mercury and Earth’s moon, according to Science Daily.  Scientists believe the oxygen comes from bombardment of the surface by Saturn’s magnetic field, causing decomposition of surface ice; “The source of the carbon dioxide is less certain.”  “The new results suggest that active, complex chemistry involving oxygen may be quite common throughout the solar system and even our universe,” said lead author Ben Teolis of Southwest Research Institute; but it’s not quite clear how he connected the dots with his next statement: “Such chemistry could be a prerequisite for life.”  Rhea is not exactly a lively place, as he well knows: “All evidence from Cassini indicates that Rhea is too cold and devoid of the liquid water necessary for life as we know it.”  Life as we don’t know it is purely imaginary at this point.Dione donut:  The Cassini site released a photo of Dione from its Oct. 17 non-targeted flyby, showing off the donut-shaped crater Erelus with a central peak 75 miles across.  Cassini keeps a public diary of its activities on the Significant Events page.One of the coolest educational tools ever produced by JPL, Eyes on the Solar System was recently released by NASA.  Take the Getting Started tutorials first; then, you can command your own tour of the solar system from any angle, and watch the planets and moons in motion at any speed.  Current spacecraft are included, too; you can ride along with Cassini, EPOXI, MESSENGER, Rosetta, DAWN, Stardust, all the Earth orbiters, and even Voyagers 1 and 2, and see the action from their vantage points.  The looks of the planets and moons and the orbits of spacecraft are all informed by actual photographs of the objects and orbital tour plans, allowing you to watch both past and future encounters.  “Eyes” is the brainchild of JPL animator Kevin Hussey, a pioneer of scientific visualization, and his team, who also produced a similarly dazzling tool Eyes on the Earth 3D.  Watch the Demonstration video to see all the things one can learn about our home planet.1.  Morales-Juberias, Sayanagi, Dowling and Ingersoll, “Emergence of Polar-Jet Polygons from Jet Instabilities in a Saturn Model,” Icarus, article in press.Warning: Eyes on the Solar System and Eyes on the Earth 3D can be addicting!  Get your kids off the blood-and-gun video games and introduce them to these real-world visualization tools.  Reality can be so much more interesting than fiction.  These websites have the potential to inspire the next generation of space navigators, planetary scientists and aeronautical engineers, and are fascinating interactive adventures for everyone.    None of the Enceladus articles talked about how this little moon could be putting out so much energy for 4.5 billion years.  That’s because they don’t have a clue.  The geysers remain exciting, but not as wildly improbable, without the Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions, which cannot be altered, known as the A.S.S. (age of the solar system).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bitspace Launches HTML5-Based Streaming Music Player and Backup Service

first_imgThere is no dearth of streaming music services on the web today, so it takes quite a bit for a new service to stand out from other popular services like Spotify, MOG and Lala. Today, we came across Bitspace, an online music player and backup service for your music files that puts an interesting new spin on this subject. This service stands out because of its great design and the fact that it’s fully based on HTML5. HTML5 OnlyGiven its reliance on HTML5, Bitspace currently only works with Webkit-based browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome (Internet Explorer users can, of course, use Google’s Chrome Frame plugin). Firefox’s implementation of the HTML5 audio tag currently only works with Ogg Vorbis files and does not support playing MP3 files yet. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Paid Accounts (No Free Accounts for Now)Bitspace currently offers three different types of paid accounts: basic (limited to 10GB, or the equivalent of 200 albums and 2,000 tracks for €3.99/month), standard (limited to 25GB for €3.99/month) and premium (limited to 50GB for €14.99/month). Sadly, the free accounts (with a limit of 500 MB) are currently invite-only and you will have to sign up for the service and whip out your credit card (though with a free 30 day trial) if you want to test Bitspace. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Uploading and Playing Your MusicUploading files to Bitspace is fairly straightforward. You can either pick and choose files through the service’s web interface, or, if you are a Mac user, you can also use the company’s OSX client. Bitspace uses Amazon’s storage services for saving your files. The service can import and play most common audio file formats, including MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA and FLAC. What’s currently missing, however, is an easy way to upload larger batches of files. While you can upload multiple MP3 files simultaneously, you can’t pick multiple directories, which slows the upload process down quite a bit.The central focus of Bitspace is obviously the music player. Here, you can organize your tracks by artist, album name, label and year. In addition, you can also manage your playlists here. The minimalist design of the app is one of the highlights of the service The design puts a lot of emphasis on album artwork and makes very good use of HTML5 and the new features it affords developers. Bitspace also integrates with Last.fm and allows you to sync your scrobbles from Bitspace. Update: we originally reported that Bitspace limited users to a certain number of tracks and albums. This is not the case. Bitspace only enforces the limit on disk space.VerdictOther services, including Lala, also offer similar streaming music services that allow you to upload your music to the cloud. Lala’s big advantage over Bitspace is that it’s offering its service for free and doesn’t cap its users’ uploads. Given that Lala has been acquired by Apple, though, the service’s future remains unclear. Compared to Lala, Bitspace is definitely the prettier service and it’s reliance on open web-standards is commendable. Even though the service offers a 30-day trial, the fact that you do have to enter your credit card information or PayPal credentials when signing up will surely keep quite a few potential users from giving it a try (though the prices for the paid accounts are quite fair).It’s important to remember that these are still the early days for Bitspace and the company’s co-founder Niklas Holmgren tells us that Bitspace is also working on mobile apps and integrating more social networks into the service. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#news#storage#web frederic lardinois 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

A Microsoft ‘Xbox Surface’ Tablet Could Bridge PC-Mobile-Console Gaming

first_imgMicrosoft is reportedly building its own “Xbox Surface” gaming tablet, which could give the company a true mobile gaming strategy.Microsoft officials declined to comment, but the rumored 7-inch tablet could incorporate a custom ARM processor as well as “high-bandwidth RAM suitable for gaming tasks,” The Verge reported on Tuesday. In June, the site published what it believed to be the specs of the device, which included 288MB of RLDRAM 2 and a screen resolution of 1280 x 720.Microsoft is also reportedly considering a Surface phone, according to the rival BGR site. If the reports are true, an “Xbox Surface” tablet would give Microsoft something of a head-to-head competitor to the Sony PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS. Technically, Microsoft already has a mobile gaming platfrom: Windows Phone, which is moving into Windows Phone 8. Games like Dragon’s Blade and Dungeon Stalker take advantage of Windows Phone 7 (and 8), providing the platform with entertainment for Windows Phone users to enjoy on the subway or an airplane. But the quality of the games pales to what Microsoft’s game console, the Xbox 360, offers; gaming sites like PocketGamer usually give short shrift to Microsoft’s phone games. Mobile Gaming On The RiseStatistically, the rise of mobile gaming clearly justifies a Microsoft foray into the market. In September, analyst group NPD (which provides reports ranking the various game consoles and games by unit sales) said that the number of “mobile gamers” climbed 9% from a year ago, to a total of 23%  of the 211.5 million U.S. gamers, or a total of 46.53 million mobile gamers. Since the number of total gamers actually decreased 5%, that means that mobile gamers are growing both in absolute numbers as well as a percentage of the whole.What NPD doesn’t do – publicly, at least – is break out the numbers for each console. However, a recent report from the Associated Press does a nice snapshot of how console makers are faring. Microsoft, for example, says it shipped 1.7 million Xbox 360 consoles during the latest quarter, down 26% from 2.3 million a year earlier. Sony shipped a total of 3.5 million PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 units for the quarter, down from 4.9 million a year ago. And Nintendo said it sold 1.32 million Wiis for the six-month period ending in September, down from 3.35 million a year ago.The mobile market is a bit more vague. Nintendo didn’t break out its portable shipments, and Sony said it sold 1.6 million portable PlayStation units (possibly including the Vita) versus 1.7 million units a year ago. That probably means that there’s a market opportunity for Microsoft, if it chooses to head down that path. What Games Would An Xbox Surface Run?But there’s a simple question that hasn’t yet been answered: Would an Xbox Surface tablet actually run Xbox games?Currently, the Xbox 360 is powered by the so-called Xenon chip, a triple-core IBM PowerPC chip. That’s an entirely different architecture than the ARM processor found within the Apple iPhone5 or all Android phones. And that, in turn, means that games written for a custom ARM processor in an Xbox Surface tablet would require a custom port to the tablet by the developer itself. It also means, however, that Windows Phone games should work without too much trouble. Designing a tablet around a custom Intel chip seems to make more sense, as it would likely provide the X86 compatibility needed to run true Windows apps, which have already begun straddling the Xbox console and PC anyway.An ARM-powered Xbox Surface tablet might resemble the Surface RT: a low-cost, specialized platform that would require custom apps. That doesn’t mean those apps wouldn’t be written, but it would require additional development effort (and most likely financial incentives from Microsoft) to start building an app ecosystem for the Xbox Surface. And would PC-quality games run well on a tablet? Doubtful.Other PossibilitiesThere are a couple of other possibilities: Sony recently bought Gaikai, a cloud-gaming company that is being assimilated into the PlayStation space. Microsoft has already announced that its latest Halo 4 offering is being powered by its Azure cloud software; it’s not too far-fetched to think that Microsoft could be planning some form of streamed offering, either using the Xbox 360 console for local processing or going all the way back to its own in-house servers. Either way, that would help Microsoft circumvent the limits of an Xbox Surgace tablet.This could also simply be a blown-up marketing effort. Both Sony and Microsoft have released “custom” Xbox hardware tied to a specific game; it’s possible that this could simply be an “Xbox” branded Surface tablet with the SmartGlass “second screen” app front and center.A Microsoft bet on mobile gaming is certainly risky. But as tablets usurp PCs, an Xbox Surface could also be seen as ahead of the curve. 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Rio 2016: Indian team ‘escorts’ on junket at Paralympics

first_imgIf the fiasco with the kits was not enough, the Indian contingent for the Paralympic Games has come into even sharper focus for the excessive number of officials which have travelled with India’s largest ever Para Games contingent.As many as 20 Indian athletes will be participating in Rio including a guide runner, but together with them as many as 18 officials have travelled with the team.Apart from a Chef-de-Mission as required, 3 coaches, a team doctor and physio, 2 Sports Authority of India and 2 Sports ministry officials are part of the list. Latest information says that a female physio has also been added, which might well be a welcome move. But the real point of debate is the number of so-called ‘escorts’.While there is no official category of an ‘escort’ to accompany a para-athlete, guidelines do allow for officials (category Ao) to accompany athletes with specific disabilities. The International Paralympic Committee’s guidelines clearly state such categories and also add that the ratio of officials with such athletes should 1 official per 3 athletes for each gender.Indian team has 4 such athletes who need an ‘escort’.Amit Kumar Saroha and Dharamvir are F51 category club and discus throw athletes, while Deepa Malik who is a javelin and shot put athlete comes under F53 category. Even if there is one male and one female escort for these three athletes, official ratio dictates there should be only 2 such escorts with the team. Yet as many as 7 escorts have been sent. Ankur Dhama is T11 category 1500m runner also qualifies but he already has a guide runner as part of athletic contingent.advertisementPHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED ESCORTGirraj Singh, a former Indian para-athlete and current executive member of the Paralympics Committee of India, was first included as a coach. After members of the para community complained that he is no coach, he has been included as an escort. But here is the kicker. Girraj is physically-challenged himself.Former president of the PCI, and current Vice-President of the Asian Paralympic Committee, Rajesh Tomar told India Today that he was not surprised by such names coming in the list. “How is Girraj supposed to help para athletes when he is physically-challenged himself? SAI and Ministry might not have known that he is physically-challenged but they should have done more thorough checking. This is a joke. First he was included as coach when he is no coach. Then he was accommodated as escort.”Former Arjuna Awardee Ramesh Tikaram says, “Several athletes are made to say they need a specific person as a coach. They are tutored. This has been happening a lot in India.”We need professional people who can help athletes. But there are coaches with team who have no knowledge of the particular sport,” he added without naming people from the current contingent.last_img read more

Eagles Beat Up Helpless Giants, 27-0

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Asked about the New York Giants’ trash-talking during the week, Jeremy Maclin replied: “27-0. Thank you.”The Philadelphia Eagles answered the Giants with a dominant performance from start to finish on offense, defense and special teams in a 27-0 win Oct. 12.Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy had a season-high 149 yards rushing to help the Eagles earn their first shutout in 18 years.“We played great in all three phases,” coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re pleased; we’re not satisfied. Still a lot of things we can do better.”A rough night for the Giants (3-3) became worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon his right knee while leaping for a pass on fourth down from the Eagles 3 in the third quarter. Cruz, a 2012 Pro Bowl pick, was crying and holding his hands to his face as he was carted off the field with an injury that’s expected to end his season.“Huge loss,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It wasn’t a good situation, a grim scene.”Wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in franchise history, the Eagles (5-1) stayed tied with Dallas (5-1) for the lead in the NFC East. They hadn’t shut out an opponent since a 24-0 win over the Giants on Dec. 1, 1996, at old Veterans Stadium.Foles had 248 yards passing, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the offense had a rare strong start.The defense harassed and pressured Eli Manning often, sacking him six times and preventing New York’s upstart offense from getting on track. The Giants had won three in a row, scoring more than 30 points in each victory.“It’s a good reminder that you just can’t show up on the field and have things go well for you automatically,” Manning said. “We got outplayed, outperformed.”The Eagles entered with 11 offensive touchdowns and seven from their defense and special teams. But Foles and Co. didn’t need much help in this one.Foles tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Zach Ertz for Philadelphia’s first offensive TD in the first quarter this season. Ertz made a diving catch, dragging his feet to stay in bounds.Foles hit a wide-open James Casey for a 26-yard TD pass to make it 17-0 in the second quarter. Sproles had a 15-yard TD run to put the Eagles ahead 27-0. He left the game with a left knee injury and didn’t return.(ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more