Shiva assured 4th straight Asian medal, Sarita enters first semis in 8 yrs

first_imgShiva Thapa (60kg) secured himself a medal for the fourth successive time, while veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) made the semifinals for the first time in nearly a decade to continue India’s stupendous run at the Asian Boxing Championships here on Tuesday.The 25-year-old Thapa defeated Thailand’s Rujakran Juntrong in a one-sided lightweight (60kg) contest. He prevailed 5-0 and has a tough semifinal lined up against Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin, a silver-medallist from the 2015 edition.Thapa had won a gold in 2013, a bronze in 2015 and a silver in the 2017 edition of the marquee continental event.In the women’s draw, former world champion Sarita, who last reached the Asian semis back in 2010 and ended with a a gold, defeated Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volossenko in a split decision to make the medal rounds.Last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha too secured herself at least a bronze by defeating Filipino Petecio Zzaa Nice.Joining Thapa in the men’s last four stage was Ashish Kumar (75kg), who got the better of Kyrgyzstan’s Omerbek Uulu Behzhigit, also a unanimous verdict.Thapa, who is also a former world championship bronze-medallist and a two-time national champion, opened the proceedings for India and got busy immediately.The Indian had a spring in his step as he went about dismantling his clueless opponent.The technically superior Thapa also seemed to have added some more power to his punches and an aggressive streak which his rival found tough to deal with.Ashish, on the other hand, was locked in a messy contest with Bekzhigit but was clearly the more accurate of the two boxers, finding favour with all the five judges.advertisementSarita also endured a draining contest against Volossenko but the veteran from Manipur raised the bar when it mattered to move ahead.The performance in the championship is a turnaround of sorts for the 37-year-old, who ended without a medal at the world championships in Delhi last year.However, Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar (91kg) bowed out after losing his quarterfinal bout to Jordan’s Hussein Eishaish Iashaish 0-5.Also Read | No cricketer has served India like MS Dhoni: Kapil DevAlso Read | Ashton Turner becomes first batsman to register five straight ducks in T20 cricketAlso Seelast_img read more

L’Art D’Être Mère en Afrique

first_imgPosted on December 22, 2010June 20, 2017By: Carolina Damásio, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Carolina Damásio, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Scroll down for an English translation of this postE novembro foi o mês que escrevi o projeto que realizarei nos próximos meses no Mali. Com o título “A arte de ser mãe na África “, tem como objetivo geral contribuir com a melhoria da saúde materna entre o grupo das jovens migrantes que trabalham como ajudantes familiares na região de Bamako, Mali, visando uma melhoria nos indicadores de saúde no grupo em questão.Dentre as atividades propostas, além do curso de formação em saúde com as jovens grávidas, desenvolvimento de novas estratégias de comunicação para o grupo, melhoria da comunicação ao nível das ONGs, gravação de vídeo-documentário também serão objetivos do projeto.Escolhi a fotografia como uma das técnicas artísticas a serem utilizadas nos primeiros encontros, como forma de melhorar minha comunicação com as jovens grávidas, visto as barreiras culturais e de língua que enfrentarei durante os encontros. As meninas poderão expressar os seus sonhos, medos, dúvidas e esperanças por meio de fotos tiradas por elas mesmas, sendo a fotografia um forte e universal meio de comunicação…Neste mês de novembro visitei alguns projetos da APAFE, ainda na área da proteção da infância, que procura reinserir crianças e adolescentes na escola. Segue algumas fotos e vídeos das visitas.Junto com duas novas estagiárias da APAF francesas que agora me ajudam no projeto, comecei a selecionar jovens migrantes que procuram a organização para a gravação de vídeos, com as suas histórias de vida e também procurando fazer um resgate das canções de ninar e outros aspectos da cultura local relacionada a gestação, visto o frágil vínculo materno-infantil que parece existir de uma forma geral no Mali. Segue uma entrevista com uma das meninas.No momento estou realizando visitas em outras ONG´s de Bamako que trabalham com as jovens filhas migrantes vítimas de gravidezes indesejadas e fechando parcerias para começar o projeto junto a estas outras organizações também. Ums delas, Bici Mali, oferece em sua estrutura acolhimento para as meninas grávidas e será uma das organizações contempladas com o projeto.Algumas das estatísticas das minhas pesquisas nas últimas semanas sobre a saúde da mulher no Mali:Population : 22 % composé de femmes en âge fertile. Le taux de fécondité présente un taux de 6.6 enfants par femme (chiffres de 2009)Mortalité infantile au niveau mondial (103/1000 bébés nés vivants en 2008)Mortalité maternelle étant encore une cause fréquente parmi les décès féminins, estimée en 2006 à 464/100000 habitantsConformément aux chiffres de 2009 du Ministère de la Santé du Mali, seulement 37% des femmes ont eu une couverture de consultations prénatales effectives40 % des accouchements ont eu lieu sans aucun type d’assistanceL’excision est estimée à 85% en 2009L’âge de la première gestation -18.9 ansLe groupe des adolescentes constitue 21 % des femmes en âge de procréerles chiffres du ministère de la santé montrent que 30 % des jeunes filles (adolescentes) ont au moins un enfant et 5% sont enceintesA l’âge de 17 ans, 4 filles sur 10 ont des enfants The Art of Being a Mother in AfricaNovember was the month I wrote what my project will accomplish in the coming months in Mali. Titled “The Art of being a Mother in Africa,” it aims to contribute to the overall improvement of maternal health among the group of young migrants who work as caregivers in the region of Bamako, Mali, seeking an improvement in health indicators in that group.Among the proposed activities (in addition to on-going training in health with young pregnant women) are developing new communication strategies for the group, improving communication at the NGO level, and a documentary video recording.I chose photography as the artistic technique to use in the first meetings as a way to improve my communication with the young pregnant women because of cultural and language barriers that we face during the meetings. Girls can express their dreams, fears, doubts and hopes through pictures taken by themselves, and the image is a strong and universal means of communication.In November I visited some projects of APAF (the organization of Ashoka Fellow Jacqueline Goïta), still in the area of protecting children, which seeks to reintegrate children and adolescents into school. Here some pictures of the visits.Along with two new interns from the French APAF who now help me in the project, I started selecting young migrants being helped by the organization to record video of their stories of life. I’m looking to revive the use of lullabies and other aspects of local culture related to pregnancy, given the fragile mother-child bond that seems to exist in general in Mali.At the moment I am performing research on other NGOs working in Bamako with the young migrant victims of unwanted pregnancies and closing partnerships to get the project together with these other organizations as well. One of them, Bici Mali, in its structure provides shelter for pregnant girls and will be one of the organizations awarded the project.Some of the statistics of my research in recent weeks about the health of women in Mali:Population: 22% of women are of childbearing age. The fertility rate has a rate of 6.6 children per woman (2009 figures)Infant mortality in the world (103/1000 live births in 2008)Maternal mortality is still a common cause of death among women, estimated in 2006 to 464/100,000 population.According to 2009 figures from the Ministry of Health of Mali, only 37% of women had an effective coverage of antenatal care and 40% of deliveries took place without any kind of assistance.FGM is estimated at 85% in 2009The average age of first pregnancy – 18.9 yearsThe group of girls is 21% of women of childbearing ageFigures from the Ministry of Health show that 30% of young girls (teenagers) have at least one child and 5% were pregnant.At the age of 17 years, 4 out of 10 girls with children.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Chief Justice Welcomes Re-Opening of Morant Bay Courthouse

first_imgChief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, has welcomed the recent re-opening of the Morant Bay courthouse in St. Thomas. Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for judges to the Supreme Court, held at King’s House on Monday (January 7), Mrs. McCalla said the re-opening of the newly constructed facility will now allow cases to be returned to that parish after more than five years. Matters before the St. Thomas Circuit Court were being held in Kingston for the past five years, following a 2007 fire which destroyed the Morant Bay courthouse. The facility was re-opened on Monday, December 3, by Acting Supreme Court judge, Sharon George. “That situation was most unsatisfactory and that has now been remedied. The intention is for the Resident Magistrate’s Court to also sit in one of the refurbished courtrooms,” the Chief Justice said. Mrs. McCalla noted that although the building is not yet fully completed, it is being put to use with the expectation that the remaining construction work will be concluded in short order. The new building was constructed at a cost of $45 million on lands donated by the National Works Agency.last_img read more

A taste of the East Coast King of Donair bringing NS favourites

first_imgHALIFAX – They’re spicy, they’re sweet, and now, they’re moving West.Traditionally, the donair wrap — a beloved Nova Scotia delicacy consisting of a warm pita piled high with spiced meat, sticky-sweet donair sauce and other toppings — has been available almost exclusively on the East Coast.But Nicholas Nahas, owner of King of Donair, says the franchise has already opened a store in Edmonton, with more to follow elsewhere in Alberta, as well as in B.C. and the other Prairie provinces.“I’ve never heard of anyone who’s tried a donair for the first time, who enjoys meat, who’s not liked it,” Nahas said in an interview Sunday.“The combination of the spiced meat and the sweet sauce really is a contrasting and complementing taste.”The wrap, similar to a Greek gyro, was reputedly invented by King of Donair over 40 years ago. In 2015, Halifax named the donair as the city’s official food.The idea to expand westward had been on Nahas’ mind for years, but the catalyst was when King of Donair held successful pop-up shops in Calgary and Edmonton a few years ago.After seeing how many people were lining up for the tin-foil-wrapped fare, he decided to put his plan into action.“The demand and the turnout there was something that we couldn’t ignore,” he said.A few competing shops out West have already tried to replicate the wrap, but Nahas said it’s not the same.Some may use a different type of meat, some may use the wrong sauce, and some may use different types of vegetables, opting for lettuce instead of the traditional toppings: onions and tomatoes.“The donair was invented here in Halifax in ’73 without lettuce,” said Nahas. “For some reason, I don’t know why, lettuce just became part of the wrap out West.”Kayla Burke, who runs the recently-opened Edmonton franchise, said you won’t find any lettuce in her shop.Originally from Cape Breton, Burke said many Nova Scotians move to Western Canada for work and she’s happy to offer nostalgic Maritimers a taste of home.“Since we’ve opened, we’ve had a line right out the door,” she said Sunday, estimating that around 75 per cent of her customers are from Nova Scotia. “So many Maritimers are so excited about it.”What sets the donair apart from other wraps is the sauce: made with condensed milk, vinegar, and garlic, the creamy white dressing adds a uniquely sweet and tangy flavour to the greasy treat.Burke said some places out West who try to replicate the donair use tzatziki, which is more savoury than sweet, adding that the shop’s more traditional-tasting sauce has been a hit among customers.“Everyone’s so pumped about the donair sauce,” she laughed.The Edmonton shop also sells other N.S. favourites like donair pizza and garlic fingers: a cheesy, garlicky flatbread cut into narrow slices and served with either donair or marinara sauce.Another King of Donair store is set to open later this month in Grand Prairie, Alta.last_img read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State ends home season with chance to

Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) takes a shot in the second half against Indiana on Jan. 30 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt would be an understatement to say No. 16 Ohio State had a bad week.The Buckeyes lost 79-56 to Penn State on Thursday, then fell 74-62 to Michigan on Sunday in back-to-back road games. The two losses dropped Ohio State from first place in the Big Ten to a tie with Purdue for second behind Michigan State with just two games remaining.With its Big Ten regular-season title hopes all but dashed, Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will focus on bouncing back from the losses and gaining momentum heading into Big Ten tournament play in its its final home game of the season against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Projected StartersRutgers:G — Corey Sanders — Junior, 6-foot-2, 176 lbs., 14.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Geo Baker — Freshman, 6-foot-4, 180 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Issa Thiam — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 190 lbs., 7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Deshawn Freeman — Senior, 6-foot-7, 227 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.9 apgC — Shaquille Doorson — Junior, 7-foot, 275 lbs., 2.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.2 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Andre Wesson — Sophomore, 6-foot-6, 220 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apgAddressing recent strugglesThough Rutgers will bring one of the nation’s worst offenses to Columbus, this game will be pivotal for Ohio State to begin addressing issues highlighted in last week’s losses. The Buckeyes lost physical battles against both Penn State and Michigan. Penn State out-rebounded Ohio State 38-30. Michigan finished with a slight 26-25 defensive rebounding advantage, but also scored 32 points in the paint.Part of the Buckeyes’ issues stemmed from defending guards larger than their own. Penn State’s 6-foot-5, 204-pound guard Tony Carr dropped 30 points — including 4-for-8 from 3-point range — against Ohio State. The next game, Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman delivered 17 points, and 6-foot-4, 190-pound freshman Jordan Poole scored 15.Rutgers is fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, the 30th-tallest team in the country and has relied on strong post play to generate the bulk of its scoring. Overall, 60.5 percent of its points have come from 2-pointers this season, the second-highest percentage in the country.The Scarlet Knights also have received the most out of their guards. Geo Baker and Corey Sanders are two of the highest point-scorers on the team. The two were the only players to score double-digits against Ohio State in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 14.It would seem like a concerning matchup for the Buckeyes if not for the team’s inept offense. The Scarlet Knights average the 20th-fewest points per game in the nation with the ninth-lowest field-goal percentage in the country.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said going up against a good rebounding team and one that relies on interior scoring to win means his team will need to focus on what plagued it in the past two games.“When their guards are rolling and their bigs play off their guards really well, they make it for a difficult matchup,” Holtmann said. “It’s as physical a team as we probably play in the Big Ten I think. So I’m anxious to see how our guys respond to their physicality and length and rebounding ability.”Senior DayTuesday night will mark the final time seniors Jae’Sean Tate, Kam Williams and Andrew Dakich take the court at the Schottenstein Center as Buckeyes. There is also a chance it will be redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop’s final home game in Scarlet and Gray, if he forgoes his remaining year of eligibility to leave for the NBA draft.There will be a pregame ceremony for the seniors and Bates-Diop, and a chance for the players to address the fans after the game.Tate said his collegiate career has not flown by, but that his senior year has felt quicker than any other season despite the fact it could last longer than most other years due to the chance for extended postseason play.“Maybe that’s because we’re winning, having more fun than we have in a couple past years,” Tate said. “We’ve still got a good team coming in tomorrow, and we’ve still got to prepare for Indiana and make noise in the Big Ten tournament.” read more

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

first_imgInter Milan are planning a sensational swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, but they’ll have to sell a player to finance the €30m deal.The former Juventus midfielder looks set to leave the Bundesliga Champions this summer, three seasons after joining the club.Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio was recently spotted in Germany before flying out to meet owners Suning in China, and rumors are rife in Italy that Vidal is the number one target for midfield position.Manchester United have equally been linked to the Chilean player, but it seems their interest has waned since missing out on the midfielder.Ausilio was informed that the former Bianconero is worth around €30m, and it’s likely a sale will be needed to make the deal work financially.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Both Matias Vecino or Roberto Gagliardini could be sold in order to finance the move with the former heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks.Bayern have told Inter Milan that they have to pay €30m for Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is Inter’s number 1 target for midfield but the Italians will have to sell one player to make the deal work financially. Matias Vecino or Joao Mario could be sacrificed [Corriere dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/qjkIBgtrzu— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 22, 2018last_img read more

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

AssouEkotto goes after Mbappé over his African heritage

first_imgCameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto, publicly went after French young star Kylian Mbappé due to his choice to play for France as an African player.Earlier this year, Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto came after Kylian Mbappé for choosing to play for France instead of the African country. The Cameroonian full-back who played for Tottenham Hotspur was actually born in France, but he has blood from Algeria as well as Cameroon and he decided to play for one of those two national teams throughout his career. But players who have parents born in African countries, often choose to represent the French National Team instead of their heritage, just like Kylian Mbappé and nearly 80% of the squad that won the World Cup. But people like Ekotto don’t like how many of those players brag about their roots, and yet they decided to turn their back on those countries to seek glory for France. Right after the summer tournament came to an end, there was a lot of backlash by many fans who were having none of it and called them out on their hypocrisy for saying they are proudly from that continent and not even entertaining the idea of making a different choice when asked. France is one of the national teams with the richest heritage diversity in the world, a factor that for many was key for both of their World Cup successes.un lion qui copie un lion devient un singe… V.H… pic.twitter.com/YcWONBFp7D— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) February 26, 2018But people like Benoit Assou-Ekotto feel very offended by the public statements that many of these players make, Kylian Mbappé recently spoke about how he wants to be a part of the development of football in Africa during a meeting with president Emmanuel Macron from France, and Geroge Weah from Liberia. Ekotto seemed to take serious offense by Mbappé’s words and responded by telling RMC that: “European players of African origin who hold Africa in their hearts and who want to help the sport in Africa… blah, blah, blah… while rushing to play for a European national team make me chuckle. It looks good when you have a cause though. Put yourself in the place of the players from Cameroon. You, a French player are going to come to develop us… Stay at home, help your guys in Bondy, in your neighborhood, in your France. Yes, you love Africa, but you never go there. So what’s the story? Yes, you love your wife, but you go out with another. It’s a game I know, manipulate public opinion, blah, blah blah,” said the 34-year old player during a debate panel for RMC.my SatayHouse pic.twitter.com/TTGDBoMcpMRevealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) March 26, 2018Although the anger from the Metz player can be understood to a certain level, Kylian Mbappé was born in France and as such he is a Frenchman with the freedom to pick the country he wants to represent. Ekotto’s case actually is more directed at players who were born in African countries and still decided to play for France, but players like Pogba, Kante, or Mbappé don’t have to explain themselves to anyone and much less this player who clearly could use a hug. But then again if you stop for a minute to think about it, if all the players with African heritage decided to play for those countries, maybe we would have stronger national teams from all around the continent and competitions like the World Cup would be far more exciting than they already are. Kylian Mbappé does identify himself as a Frenchman from Paris, one who was bred in the streets of Bondy and learned everything he knows from that place. There is nothing in sports that make people more proud, than watching a player you grew up with triumph with the country he represents. Kylian Mbappé’s friends must be very proud of them, even if Benoit Assou-Ekotto isn’t.LIVERPOOL ✈️ pic.twitter.com/9cay1iUWSB— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 17, 2018What do you think about Mbappé and Ekotto’s disagreement? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Ramsey intends to remain at Emirates Stadium until the end of

Ramsey intends to remain at Emirates Stadium until the end of

first_imgArsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey has admitted he won’t leave the Emirates Stadium this January although he is yet to resolve his contract issues with the management.The 27-year-old Wales international has failed to find a mutual agreement with the Gunners over a potential contract extension, as his current deal at the London outfit runs down at the end of the season.Knowing Ramsey’s quality and experience, a host of Europe top clubs already showed their interest, including the Premier League rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as, Serie A giants AC Milan.However, it seems the Welshman would like to honor his contract with Arsenal and help the team at least until the end of the ongoing campaign, that’s according to the ESPN.“Of course [I will see out the season], yeah,” Ramsey said after Wales’ 4-1 loss to Spain on Thursday. “I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Aaron confirms #AFC withdrew contract offer despite it’s being virtually agreed. He is not leaving in January. Full quotes.https://t.co/nFBiMe2wCp— Arsènic™ (@MrArsenicTM) October 12, 2018“Everything has been going great with the club,” he said. “We thought we were in a position where we had agreed a deal but that’s no longer the case.“So I just have to carry on playing my football and do my best for Arsenal this season and I’ll leave the rest with the club now. That’s a decision that they have made. I just have to get on with it and carry on playing the best I can.”last_img read more

Madrid star denies kidnap allegations

Madrid star denies kidnap allegations

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has slammed allegations that he was involved in the kidnapping of his former agent, Leo D’Souza.The ex-France international was accused of kidnapping his former representative due to the financial issues that led to their separation.Benzema referenced the lawsuit, which was filed on the 8th of October, on his official Twitter account, claiming D’Souza fabricated the story.« Un proche de Benzema touche le bras de De Souza, c’est un enlevement »  « De Souza est roué de coups, il n’a aucun jour d’ITT » « De Souza dit que Benzema était dans le Van, thèse écartée par les enquêteurs » Ce monde est-il sérieux ? #FautArreter #Givemeabreak #CTrop pfff 🤮— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) October 18, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.He wrote: “Is this world serious? #Stop #Givemeabreak”Reports in the media suggests, a dispute between the Benzema and D’Souza developed over an $80,000 fee which was withheld by customs officers at Marrakech airport in Morocco.D’Souza, according to his report says, that an attempt to kidnap him took place outside a shisha bar on October 7.The football agent says a black van stopped beside him and a childhood friend of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema demanded he steps in.The 33-year-old claims to have been to have been physically attacked when he refused to get in the van, which got people in the bar get involved in the whole incident.last_img read more