Press Association FIFA’s executive committee is due to start a two-day meeting in Zurich with the issue of the 2022 tournament in Qatar likely to be dealt with on Friday. Boyce, from Northern Ireland, is prepared to back a decision in principle to move the World Cup to the winter to avoid the summer heat in Qatar but thinks it is too early to decide on the exact timing. He told Press Association Sport: “I wouldn’t object to taking a decision on moving it in principle – I think nearly everybody is agreed on that. “But I don’t think we can make any decision on the exact timing – should it be in November, January or whenever – until we have got everyone in the game around the table to find a solution.” UEFA’s 54 member associations have already backed the principle of playing in winter, a proposal championed by the European body’s president Michel Platini, a FIFA vice-president. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to ask the executive committee to agree to move the tournament in principle. But Platini has said he was more concerned with dealing with the findings of an investigation last week which uncovered appalling treatment of migrant workers in Qatar. He said: “I’m much more concerned about that than the discussion about summer and winter. “There will be no decision. It is impossible. We must wait to see what proposal president Blatter will bring to the executive committee.” Meanwhile, the chairman of the Football League has claimed that FIFA should run the vote for the 2022 World Cup again rather than switch it to the winter. Greg Clarke, the Football League chairman who was part of England’s 2018 bid delegation three years ago when Qatar won the vote for 2022, said it would be unfair on the losing bids to now switch the timing of the World Cup. Clarke told Press Association Sport: “My view is that it should be like any public tender process and if the tender isn’t valid, then have a new one. “Don’t start fiddling at the edges. If the tender doesn’t work, run a new one. “There were some really good bids from people like Australia and the USA who spent a lot of money and have a great footballing culture and really wanted to run the World Cup, and they were excluded on the grounds that it was going to be in the summer and that it was going to be in Qatar. “If I was them I would be less than happy if FIFA are now changing the rules, and my view is: run it again.” Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce believes the world governing body should delay any detailed decision on moving the 2022 World Cup until there has been full consultation with the game’s stakeholders.
Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm After George Clinkscale passed away Sept. 21, Curnelius Arnick approached Clinkscale’s fiancee with an idea.He wanted to honor his friend and former teammate at Tulsa by wearing his No. 8 jersey.Arnick received her blessing and took the field for Tulsa against North Texas on Oct. 1 — the day of Clinkscale’s funeral — donning his fallen teammate’s number. Arnick could not put into words what it felt like running onto the field for that game. He simply wanted to give Clinkscale, a former linebacker, the chance to be on the field one last time.‘For the rest of the season I’m trying to dedicate the season to him,’ Arnick said. ‘Just play how I know he would want me to play and just make him proud.’The gesture for Clinkscale — who died at age 24 after participating in an unsanctioned boxing match — proved that Arnick has not only grown as a player in his senior season at Tulsa, but he has also grown even more as a person. Arnick has stepped up on and off the field to honor his friend.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a year marred by a change in defensive scheme under a new coaching staff and the death of his former teammate, Arnick has stayed strong and provided a sense of unity in the Golden Hurricanes locker room.Through it all, he has transformed into one of the nation’s most dynamic defensive playmakers under first-year defensive coordinator Brent Guy. With 74 tackles through six games, Arnick is fifth in the nation in tackles per game. The linebacker is also pushing to break Tulsa’s single-season record of 165 set by Chris Chamberlain in 2007.Coming from a large public high school in Dallas, Arnick had to adjust to the culture of private college like Tulsa.‘He’s grown a lot as a person,’ Guy said. ‘He’s a world changed from where he grew up, what he knew, to where he came to a private school, just culturally. Guys respect him for seeing what he’s gone through and the changes that he’s made.’For Arnick’s transformation to take place he had to adapt to a new coaching philosophy. Seven out of the 10 coaches on the Tulsa staff, including Guy, are in their first season with the team.Arnick had to find his niche in Guy’s new 4-3 defensive scheme. Arnick was inserted at the Mike linebacker position, and he has flourished as the quarterback of the defense. Guy said Arnick’s nose for the football and ability to dissect the defense rapidly makes him an effective leader of the defense.His play is very similar to the way Clinkscale played during his time at Tulsa.‘He was always going to be there,’ Arnick said. ‘He was going to make the play, and if he wasn’t making the play, he was doing what he needed to do to help his teammates or his fellow defensive players. He always supplied the team with a spark and a passion.’Arnick was one of the few members on the team that got the chance to play side by side with Clinkscale for two seasons before the former linebacker graduated in 2009.Arnick and the upperclassmen on the team were the deeply affected by Clinkscale’s passing. But many of the freshmen and sophomores did not know who he was, and following Clinkscale’s death, the Golden Hurricanes seemed to be divided by varying levels of heartache.But Arnick took it upon himself to rally his teammates to honor a member of the Golden Hurricanes family. He spoke with the team’s captains and each player donated their per diem, or cash allowance, for one week — a total of $1,800 — to Clinkscale’s fiancee.For junior defensive end Cory Dorris, that gesture brought the team closer together. The younger players may have seen Clinkscale on the sidelines as a spectator, but many of them didn’t know what he meant to the program until they saw the older players’ reactions following his death.‘Even though it’s not something they can relate to because they didn’t know him,’ Dorris said, ‘it’s something they can see us and see our heartache, and with that they can respect that, and they can come together with us.’The loss of Clinkscale shows how quickly life can take a sharp turn. For Arnick, the memory of Clinkscale will serve as inspiration for the rest of the season. And for the team, his death is a constant reminder of what it means to play for Tulsa.‘I think for them it’s a real reality check,’ Guy said. ‘And for the opportunity when you’re out here sweating and it’s hard, it’s tough, and you want to think about doing other things, you think about, ‘Hey, George didn’t have much time on earth, I better make the best of it.”[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Irwin Expert Electrical in Buncrana is celebrating a major achievement after being named Store of the Year 2019.The management and staff at the Buncrana showroom were thrilled to hear that they were not only selected, but won Store of The Year. The newly renovated Electrical Appliance Showroom was voted No. 1 out of 67 Expert stores throughout Ireland.Speaking on behalf of the team John Gill, long standing manager at Irwin Expert Electrical commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award. Out of 67 Stores nationwide, we had no idea that we would be voted no. 1 Store of the Year. It’s just fantastic for Buncrana and for Inishowen”. Declan Irwin (Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny & Buncrana), John Gill (Manager Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana), Peter Sweeney (Sales Executive Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana) Tony O Loughlin (Sales Executive Irwin Expert Electrical Buncrana).Mr Gill continued: “It’s a testament to our staff and to our customers that we are in business here for over 45 years and this award has just topped off another great year for us. “We service the entire Inishowen Peninsula and our loyal customers have been coming here for years. We provide an excellent customer service and stock the biggest brands and can compete with anyone locally or nationally due to our membership of the Expert Group, which are the largest electrical group in Ireland. We are in the heart of the community here for a very long time, we are well known and those who we have helped and supported through the years never forget.”“It’s a privilege to come from a community like we have in Inishowen, the people and the other retail stores all appreciate the hard work that our local Chamber of Commerce are doing to encourage more people to continue to Shop Local”, concludes John.Mark Briscoe (Chairman, Expert Ireland), Declan Irwin (Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny & Buncrana), Ciaran O Reilly (CEO Expert Ireland), Ruth Rooke (Marketing Executive Expert Ireland) Tony Murphy ( Commercial Director Expert Ireland)Irwin Expert Electrical’s Summer Sale and Back to School Sale is in full swing with lots of discounts. Call in, they would be delighted to see you. They also have an instore promotion happening, when you make a purchase instore you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a Whirlpool 9kg 1400spin washer worth an amazing €499. Now you don’t want to miss out on that prize!www.facebook.com/irwinexpertIrwin Expert Electrical Buncrana wins prestigious Store of the Year award was last modified: July 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buncranaIrwin Expert Electricalstore of the year
Compiled by Lucille DavieThe Rise and Fall of Apartheid, a massive exhibition of 700 historic photos capturing the harsh realities and eventual downfall of apartheid, will open on 13 February at Museum Africa in Johannesburg. View a selection of images from the exhibit, a “rich tapestry of materials that have rarely been shown together”, on display in South Africa after a run in New York, Munich and Milan.Gille de Vlieg. The street outside a meeting held to call on the apartheid regime to stop harassing Winnie Mandela. Johannesburg Centre, February 14, 1986. (Image: © Gille de Vlieg).Graeme Williams. Right-wing groups gather in Pretoria’s Church Square to voice their anger at the FW de Klerk government’s attempts to transform the country, 1990. (Image: © Graeme Williams)Cedric Nunn. A mother mourns the death of her son, a supporter of the United Democratic Front, in the Natal War, Mphaphameni, KwaZulu-Natal, 1987. (Image: © Cedric Nunn)Greg Marinovich. Migrant worker hostel in Thokoza township. Inkatha Freedom Party hostel residents controlled the townships around Johannesburg. Thousands of people, civilians and combatants died in the so-called Hostel Wars, 1993. (Image: © Greg Marinovich)Lesley Lawson. Mam Lydia in her room, bottom road, Langlaagte Deep Village, Crown Mines, 1982. (Image: © Lesley Lawson)Peter Magubane. Sharpeville Funeral: More than 5 000 people were at the graveyard, May 1960. (Image: Baileys African History Archive)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jim Case of Case Farms in Delaware Co. has been busy the last four years developing the Soilhawk automated soil sampling device. The machine, now ready for full production and fieldwork, utilizes multiple areas of ingenuity, including a top level scraper to clear away debris from a soil testing unit, multiple testing settings, and remote-controlled use, among other options.“I got the idea because I went out and did manual hand sampling and it got pretty intense — it was a lot of work,” said Case. “We wanted a way to cover a lot of acres a lot faster and do a really good job getting random samples and not just take samples out of a middle of a two and a half acre grid.”Case said the built-from-scratch project replicates what a farmer would physically do in the field.“We designed a scraper that will actually remove the residue from or debris before we take a sample, because if you leave that in, your sample is skewed right to begin with,” he said. “We use a remote button and the whole process takes about 20 seconds to complete.”Joel Penhorwood chats with Jim about how the unit works and its creation in this in-depth video.
THE EPILOGUE: A Northern Alliance soldier rifles through papers found at the Al Qaida camp at Tora Bora”Kal Roos ko bikharte dekha tha,Ab India toot ta dekhenge,Hum barq-e-jehad ke sholon mein,America ko jalta dekhenge.(We saw Russia disintegrate,Now we will see India fall apart,In the flames of jehad we will see,THE EPILOGUE: A Northern Alliance soldier rifles through papers found at the Al Qaida camp at Tora Bora”Kal Roos ko bikharte dekha tha,Ab India toot ta dekhenge,Hum barq-e-jehad ke sholon mein,America ko jalta dekhenge.(We saw Russia disintegrate,Now we will see India fall apart,In the flames of jehad we will see America ablaze).”-Mujahideen ki Lalkaar (War Cry of the Mujahideen), a poem found in a terrorist’s notebook at Rishkhor, Afghanistan.The algebra of evil can be infinite. Or it can unfold with stark simplicity over 1,086 pages.The manual in neatly printed Arabic and accompanied by clear, hand-drawn illustrations is possibly one of the most comprehensive urban terrorist encyclopaedia. It was found at the Rishkhor Military Garrison located 15 km south-west of Kabul, set in the idyllic burnt beige landscape typical of the Afghan countryside.Rishkhor was among the largest and most efficiently organised terrorist training camps of Al Qaida. Just a 30- minute drive from Kabul, Osama bin Laden had established his University of Terror here.Run as a joint venture with Pakistan’s dreaded Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, its teachers were retired Pakistani military personnel and its syllabus one of frightening magnitude. It was here that impressionable young men-they called themselves jehadis-from as far away as China and Chechnya imbibed the mechanics of mayhem laced with religious overtones.YESTERDAY’S WAR: Al Qaida men storm a house during a drill at Al Faruq training camp; (top right) destroyed artillery at the siteThe lessons told terrible truths in the plainest of languages. “For an assassin, reconnaissance is an art. The target has to be well observed. You have to know where he comes and goes, the places he frequents, his friends. Come as close to him and even try and build a relationship with him … the safest way to assassinate someone is by booby-trapping his car, using letter bombs or poisoning him using chemicals which cause heart attacks.”What September 11 had made amply clear, Rishkhor only reiterated: this was not a random group of rebels, the fanatics faithful throwing themselves at the non-Islamic world. This was a motivated, organised army in the making.According to US intelligence sources, close to 25 camps throughout Afghanistan tutored an estimated 11,000 youths, turning them into the multi-skilled Swiss army knives of the jehad.advertisementThe cadres were meant not only to help realise bin Laden’s objective of expelling the US from the Gulf, but also to topple Islamic governments and ultimately help re-establish an Islamic Caliphate.Rishkhor was one of his most powerful indoctrination plants. Its success lay in its ability to fit the hand of medieval ideology into the glove of rigorous scientific military training.The Al Qaida manual leaves nothing to chance. Every element of an act of violence, from the materials and means used for preparation, execution and the aftermath is explained, catered to and taught.Recruits received detailed instructions on techniques of murder: remote-controlled explosives, assault rifles, cars, poisonous chemicals, gases and letter bombs filled with slivers of plastic explosives. There were instructions about the means of getting to a target: by diverting the attention of his security group, creating a fire or staging a street quarrel.The manual instructs further: “To stop the target’s car without shooting in a two-way street, speed up your car and hit his car on the left so it spins around and stops. As soon as it stops, the driver and the hit man start firing.”Close to 25 camps spread throughout Afghanistan transformed nearly 11,000 youth into multi-skilled Swiss army knives of the jehad.For the jehadis’ own use, the manual details first-aid in emergency situations: how to prevent blood loss from wounds and how to survive extreme cold in high mountains, surveillance techniques, briefings about the various intelligence agencies like the CIA and Mossad and a listing of ciphers and codes used by the Al Qaida.Instructors often used perverse analogies faithfully noted by their students. One notebook records how to blow up a helicopter: “1,000 gm hashoon aap uske qabool fuel tankon par rakh kar usko ba-aasani Rajiv Gandhi ki tarah sati kar sakte hain. (Place 1,000 gm of explosives on its fuel tanks and watch it blow up like Rajiv Gandhi).The entire manual has been deliberately given a religious twist, with a liberal sprinkling of quotations from the Koran on instances of subterfuge and psychological warfare to illustrate examples.Chapters usually begin with inscriptions from the Koran like, “It often happens that a small force has beaten a large army.” What follows is a 10-page lesson on infiltration, which makes for chilling reading.advertisementIt talks about the need to travel light, carry minimal food, clothing and arms- “remember, clothes aren’t as important as speed”. Besides guerrilla warfare, the course includes street-fighting techniques, full-frontal military assaults in populated urban areas using tanks, troops and armoured cars.Students were given “practicals” in the open, thin-air laboratory of Rishkhor which involved stripping and assembling small arms, lessons on unit leadership and use of explosives. Rishkhor’s students were taught to destroy practically every modern invention known to man-bridges, battle tanks, helicopters, power pylons.Al Qaida’s bomb- making manuals give precise recipes for the quantity of explosives to be used for damaging and destroying targets: 1 kg to destroy a truck’s fuel tank and 1.2 kg split in six pieces to destroy a railway intersection.The section on timers for explosives lists a range of switches, from complex to crude, including those that can be made from mousetraps, electrical fittings or even ordinary clothes pegs.Students were also given lessons on Indian political parties with notes describing the Bajrang Dal as aThe trained cadres could be deployed anywhere: with the Taliban, in military offensives against the Northern Alliance or in a suicide attack against a US target or an assassination bid. In the case of Alliance military commander Ahmed Shah Masood’s murder, Al Qaida operatives performed a text-book operation. They posed as journalists and used plastic explosives hidden in a video camera.There were rudimentary courses on politics, on Indian political parties and their leaders. Qari Mohammad Irfan from Bahawalpur, Pakistan, scrawled two pages on “extremist Hindu organisations” and their leaders.The parties include the RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, BJP, ABVP, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and the Shiv Sena. The Bajrang Dal is a “gundon ki tanzeem (party of thugs)” and the Sena is identified as the party that fights against Muslims (“musalmanon ke khilaf ladai karta hain”).It isn’t clear if these organisations were ever targeted by the Al Qaida or its allied groups. But whoever was targeted faced an enemy painstakingly instructed by the indigenous encyclopaedia of terror.When the INDIA TODAY team arrived in Rishkhor, three AK 47-toting government boy soldiers, no older than 22, led it around. One room served as a food store stocking cans of Pepsi and Rose Petal luxury tissues made in Lahore.Around this compound lay the jehad factory’s flotsam-tiny carpets of dust-caked papers, most of them in Urdu and Arabic, but none in the locally spoken Dari and only a few in Pushto.Scattered in the compound around a busted anti-aircraft gun today are papers, hundreds of them, like fragments of the camp’s library: pages from London’s A to Z street map, a bio-chemistry textbook, a US gun magazine, pages from the Koran, dozens of photocopied notes and manuals, the monthly Al-Muslim magazine published from Karachi.There was also a request to the ammo depot for fresh stocks of arms and ammunition and notebooks extensively detailing war fighting techniques.IN LINE OF FIRE: Al Qaida men learn how to operate a Soviet SA-7 missile at the Al-Faruq camp; (left) a ruined office building at RishkhorRishkhor’s students were all foreigners, most of them drawn from the hardline Deobandi madarsas of Pakistan. Apparently, not all adapted well to the Afghan weather. A notebook dated June 26, 1999, lists 48 Pakistani occupants-hailing from cities like Karachi and Bahawalpur-laid up in the camp’s sick bay with complaints ranging from fever to stomach ailments.Today, the camp is empty, its buildings bombed-out hollow shells. This could be the epicentre of an earthquake, yet strangely Rishkhor’s rural idyll seems to be reclaiming its turf from the destruction unleashed on it.Village youth cheekily drive donkeys laden with firewood through the ruins and fat-tailed goats munch the grass spiked with live anti-aircraft shells and ferrous remains of dead battle tanks. A forlorn letter, written in Pushto, blows in the wind. “I’m in the jehad. I’m happy here,” it says.advertisementMaulavi Izzatullah Wakif of the madarsa of Chauhar-Asiya was writing to his family in Pakistan. Wakif’s contentment was rudely shattered by precision laser-guided US bombs that spun out of the October night skies and turned Rishkhor into a death zone.In its heyday, the camp was divided into two sections: one made up of a dozen, single-storey, yellow-and-white buildings surrounded by 10-ft-high brick walls. The second, a row of C-shaped barracks and dozens of houses ringed with conifers.Today, six bomb craters, some 12 ft deep, mark the spot where Rishkhor took its body blow. It was among these ruins that the Taliban hanged mujahideen leader Abdul Haq, captured trying to foment a Pashtoon insurrection. Verses from the Koran are inscribed on the walls of several buildings, with one calling for the liberation of Kashmir.A small hill-with an unmarked stone memorial at the centre – which served as an assembly area, is now littered with a dozen Taliban heavy-artillery guns, prayer mats and armoured personnel carriers.CAPTIVES OF IDEOLOGY: Khalid (left) with other Taliban prisoners of war at Barak Jail; (below) Al Qaida’s young recruitsThree years ago, this five-acre camp housed the Afghan Army’s 7th Infantry Division. In 1998, the Taliban handed it over to bin Laden after the first US cruise missile strikes against his camps.In no time, Rishkhor turned into a fortress, the dusty road leading to it heavily guarded with barriers and machine guns. The lookout posts on hills further isolated it from the public.The camp was run by bin Laden’s deputy Qari Saifullah who occupied an Italian-style mansion with its own swimming pool on a small hill behind the camp. The barracks were divided into various sections.Rooms served as offices with filing cabinets, electronic equipment repair sections and ammunition depots, some still littered with belted, light machine-gun rounds, live grenades and rockets.While the Taliban enforced their medievalism in Afghanistan and farmers cultivated wheat and barley in the scenic valley, the camp was raising its own lethal crop: 500-1,000 recruits were trained at a time in courses lasting up to six weeks.It was a simple, spartan lifestyle: recruits woke up at dawn, said their prayers and did exercises which included push-ups, jogging and running up hillsides. After breakfast they began their training which lasted until noon.The course was divided, in a macabre replica of all conventional science courses, into theory and practicals. Students squatted in open compounds scribbling in Urdu and Arabic on regular ruled notebooks as teachers taught their sciences-not the workings of the solar system or the fragile biology of a flower, but analyses of all major infantry weapons, from AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars to surface-to-air missiles, and the very elementary physics and chemistry used to work them.Bin Laden is said to have visited Rishkhor several times in the past few years but locals say they never saw him. “We were never allowed anywhere near the camp when he visited,” says Mohammed Haya, a wizened old villager.The universities of terror may be shut down but the world’s biggest worry now is where its students choose to use their lessons.WHO were the recruits who attended these camps? The answer lies deep in the Panjshir Valley, in the mud-walled Barak Jail ringed by steep ridges of the Hindu Kush.The jail holds nearly 100 Taliban fighters, including Pakistanis, Arabs, Chechens and even an Uighur from China’s Xinjiang province. All sport turbans and regulation long beards. Among many, like Salahuddin Khalid, 27, a Pakistani from Chagai trained in camps in southern Afghanistan, the flame of jehad still flickers.Khalid, whose beard and thick-rimmed spectacles lend him the air of an Islamic scholar, agrees the war in Afghanistan is over. But he has already becgun looking east. He smiles at his Indian visitors, “Hame aur bhi jang ladni hai. Iske baad hum Kashmir jaayenge. (We have to fight more battles. After this we will go to Kashmir.)”The universities of terror may have been smashed, but Rishkhor’s alumni have proved to be adept and apt pupils. Where they choose to use the lessons learnt must now be the biggest worry of the civilised world.
View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Even in a state of bliss and the whiff of beer still emanating from the winning locker room, Cabagnot still has San Miguel’s stinging finals loss to Barangay Ginebra in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup at the top of his head.That loss to the Gin Kings in six games was the Beermen’s only defeat in eight finals appearances under head coach Leo Austria, but one loss was enough to light the fire under their belly.Iit’s a tough defeat when we lost to Ginebra in the second conference last year. We felt it. We stepped it up. we just had to do due diligence and make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Nothing like first time as Romeo, Standhardinger, Nabong savor Beermen’s newest PBA title LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MANILA, Philippines—Winning never gets old.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport If anything, it’s highly-addictive and staying in a trance has always been the goal for star guard Alex Cabagnot and rest of San Miguel Beer.“The hunger [to win another championship] is always its always there. I think that’s the curse of winning. The more you win, the more you wanna feel it and the more you don’t want to feel losing,” said Cabagnot shortly after winning his eighth PBA title Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So when people say, ‘How do we keep the hunger?’ I think if you’ve won anything, you wanna continue winning. You don’t wanna feel [satisfied].Every championship run is memorable but tough losses, too, are not easy to forget. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs.Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke with JIS News at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre in Rockfort, Kingston, on Friday (May 18), said the collaboration will ensure that all children who suffer from various disabilities or challenges receive the necessary early-intervention services.He said he has requested data from the Social Security Ministry to ascertain the number of underserved children across the island. “We need to have that data, so we have everybody accounted for,” he noted.Minister Reid is encouraging parents not to be ashamed if their children have any kind of disability, noting that “it is just how God made them, and we need to give them more love and care, so that they can become independent adults”.He pointed out that with adequate early stimulation they can make a meaningful contribution to society.“Your child may be born with these challenges, but, with support, they can make something good of themselves,” the Minister said.Executive Director of the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP), Antonica Gunter Gayle, said the partnership between the two Ministries is welcome, as many more children will be reached.“This data that is requested by the Minister is important in order for us to provide for them. Children with special needs have potential; they only need the opportunity. We ask that parents give them support to become the best that they can be,” Mrs. Gunter Gayle said.The Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre, operated by the ESP, comprises seven classrooms, administrative offices, sickbay, physiotherapy room and specialised play area, among other amenities.It was built through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He said he has requested data from the Social Security Ministry to ascertain the number of underserved children across the island. “We need to have that data, so we have everybody accounted for,” he noted. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs. Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who spoke with JIS News at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre in Rockfort, Kingston, on Friday (May 18), said the collaboration will ensure that all children who suffer from various disabilities or challenges receive the necessary early-intervention services.
Kolkata: Just hours before the final phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Saturday requesting him to ensure “peaceful and impartial” elections in the state without “undue” interference from the BJP.Banerjee’s letter assumes significance as nine Parliamentary constituencies in the state are going for polls in Bengal on Sunday, the last phase of the elections. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”In the final phase of election tomorrow (Sunday), I would request your good office to kindly ensure that election is completed peacefully, impartially and without any undue interference of the Central government and without any intervention of the ruling party at the Centre. I would request you to kindly protect democratic institutions and federal structure of the country and extend due respect to the Opposition parties,” her letter read. She had alleged that there has been “a number of illegal, unconstitutional and biased decisions” during the election process because of “undue advantage of the Central government and the ruling party at the Centre”. She had pointed out that this has harassed not only the state administration and its officers but also the common people of the state. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”All evidences show that the roadshow of the BJP national president (Amit Shah) in Kolkata on May 14 was allowed by withdrawing Section 144 in the area by the new Commissioner of Police appointed by the Election Commission. The roadshow was a deliberate, intentional and criminal conspiracy to vandalise the culture and heritage of the city and to defame the state government and its people,” she wrote. She further questioned the legality of appointment of two retired officers as Special Observers and alleged that these officers had shown “partisan attitude and has always complied with the instructions of the Central government”. She has reiterated that all these issues were brought to the Commission’s notice but no justice has been done. Meanwhile, in another major development before the last phase of polls, the Commission restricted the entry of BJP leader Mukul Roy in all the nine constituencies which go to polls on Sunday. 1,49,63,143 voters are expected to exercise their franchise on Sunday in the Lok Sabha polls at Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur (SC) and Joynagar (SC). The total number of candidates for this phase of polls is 111, with the highest number of candidates — 21 — being from Kolkata North constituency. The total number of polling stations are 17,042 that are located in 9,230 polling premises. “There will be deployment of Central Forces in all the booths and all other necessary security measures to ensure free and fair elections,” said Sanjay Basu, Additional CEO, Bengal. Assembly by-elections will also be held in four Assembly constituencies – Darjeeling, Islampur, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara in which 828123 electors are expected to cast their voting rights for as many as 34 candidates. Interestingly, in Darjeeling, the number of female voters is 1,19,241 which is more than the number of male voters at 1,15,756. The Election Commission has also undertaken a slew of measures so that the voters face little difficulty in casting their votes in the scorching heat with the Alipore weather office predicting temperature on the higher side accompanied by nearly 95 percent relative humidity.
Things That Caught My EyeWhat on earth did I just watchLast night Houston beat Los Angeles 13-12 at home in 10 innings in one of the most ridiculous baseball related experiences America has collectively endured. The FanGraphs win probability chart looks like an advanced Lunar Lander level on Atari. There were seven home runs in the game’s 5-hour, 17-minute runtime. The Astros outscored or tied five NFL teams this week. Based on average change in win probability alone, it was the second-best ever World Series game ever. [FiveThirtyEight]Alabama is No. 3…of all time. Alabama is at the top of the Associated Press college football poll this week for the 99th time. This puts them above Notre Dame and behind only Ohio State and Oklahoma in all-time appearances at #1. [ESPN]Ohio State gets a massive winNo. 6 ranked Ohio State had a come-from-behind victory over No. 2 ranked Penn State to win 39-38. They entered the fourth quarter down 35-20 with an abysmal chance at winning. Later, down by 5 and with just under two minutes left the Buckeyes scored a touchdown, a single play that raised their win probability by 34.2 percentage points, one of the biggest swings of the week. Following the win, we give Ohio State a 64 percent chance of winning the Big Ten conference and a 57 percent chance of making the playoff, while Penn State has a mere 3 percent chance of winning the conference and only a 13 percent chance of making the playoff. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Maybe comparing your employees to prisoners isn’t super coolTexans owner Bob McNair made a comment that “We can’t have the inmates running the prison” during an NFL owners meeting in reference to recent player demonstrations against white supremacy. This ticked off his team mightily. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins and running back D’Onta Foreman missed a practice Friday in response, and Sunday all but about 10 Texans players took a knee during the national anthem. [ESPN]Something’s up with the ballsPlayers have begun to flag that something is off with the balls this World Series. Gosh, I wonder what’s up. The regular season wrapped with the most home runs ever. The rate during that season — that insane, record-breaking season — of one homer every 27.1 at-bats. In this World Series through the first four games, there were 15 homers or one every 17.5 at-bats. That’s a crazy 35 percent improvement in the rate, which is huge. Then you think about last night: There were 7 home runs in 85 at bats, or 1 every 12.1 at-bats. Something’s up. [Sports Illustrated]Olympics could be a distractionYear three of the National Women’s Hockey League started up Saturday, and the league will balance new signings and partnerships with the challenge of running operations while the top talent in the league is off the ice elsewhere preparing for the 2018 Olympic games. [ESPN]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number19 touchdownsIt would appear that Houston has found its future in Deshaun Watson, who Sunday passed Kurt Warner with 19 touchdowns in his first seven games. His statline in Sunday’s loss to Seattle was outstanding, and on the season he’s got three games with four passing touchdowns. Houston is far from a favorite but also far from out of the hunt when it comes to the playoffs this year — 18 percent chance of making the playoffs according to FiveThirtyEight — but finding a player like Watson could turn things around in years to come. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: Every Single Message Sent on Sundayrob:Well well well NFL See more MLB predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe waltjust looked at our predictions by the way and there’s a 19 percent chance the Browns go Defeated this seasonalways worth keeping an eye on that lovely numbergiven that we’re halfway thereNiners have a 9 percent chanceso actually a decent chance one of them goes defeated tbhPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWest Virginia had to put in the backup mascot on Saturday All newsletters See more NFL predictions