IHF and HI proceed further to resolve crisis

first_imgThe sports ministry has modified some of the clauses of its proposal to bring the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Hockey India (HI) under one umbrella, with the executive committee of the unified body consisting of 19 members each from both the factions.IHF president RK Shetty(left)IHF president RK Shetty and HI secretary-general Narinder Batra held a marathon meeting with joint secretary (sports) Injeti Srinivas, and the ministry has given the two factions time till Friday to consider the proposal.While the IHF and HI will have to merge together to run the sport in the country, the former will not be dissolved until the first edition of World Hockey League next year.The ministry had earlier asked the two bodies to increase the strength of executive committee to 33 to accommodate 16 members of the IHF but on Thursday.”We had a lengthy meeting with Hockey India and the sports ministry which went on from afternoon till the evening. It has been suggested that the executive committee’s strength should be raised to 38 with 19 members each from both the parties,” Shetty told Mail Today.However, for the time being, both HI and IHF will work as separate entities.Shetty said that according to the new plan, IHF will function as it has been doing and its ambitious project of the World Hockey League will also go ahead as planned.”We plan to stage the World Hockey League next year after the London Olympics and until then the IHF will not be dissolved. Although to run the game, both IHF and HI will form a unified body.advertisementThe FIH (International Hockey Federation) has also agreed that they will allow the players, who signed up with us by April this year, to play in the World Hockey League,” Shetty said.There were reports earlier that the IHF wasn’t too pleased with the proposals put forth by the ministry. However, HI had no issues with the proposal and accepted it soon after it was recommended.The proposals were the last ditch-effort by the sports ministry in order to get Indian hockey administration back on track.last_img read more

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Germany’s Miroslav Klose equals Ronaldo’s World Cup goals record

first_imgThe Germany striker clinched his 15th career World Cup goal against Ghana on Sunday Veteran German striker Miroslav Klose has the World Cup goals record after scoring as a substitute against Ghana on Saturday.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos The 36-year-old Klose made it 2-2 for Germany in the 71st minute for his 15th career World Cup goal, equaling the mark set by former Brazil striker Ronaldo.Klose scored just two minutes after coming on as a substitute for goal scorer Mario Goetze.He celebrated the record with an acrobatic flip, cheered on by the predominantly pro-German crowd at Arena Castelao in Fortaleza.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng (Shkodran Mustafi, 46th), Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger, 70th), Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze (Miroslav Klose, 69th)Ghana: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Mohammed Rabiu (Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 78th), Christian Atsu (Mubarak Wakaso, 72nd), Andre Ayew; Kevin-Prince Boateng (Jordan Ayew, 52nd), Asamoah Gyanlast_img read more

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Plantar fasciitis

first_imgInflammation (irritation and swelling with presence of extra immune cells) of the plantar fascia can cause heel pain and make walking difficult. Some risk factors for development of this problem include foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches), obesity, sudden weight gain, running and a tight Achilles tendon.Review Date:3/1/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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NS premier to tout provinces LNG projects in Europe A real opportunity

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil headed to Europe Thursday to drum up business opportunities for the province, including two proposed liquefied natural gas projects.McNeil said he will meet with officials from German energy giant E.ON to pitch Nova Scotia’s LNG potential.Two companies have proposed LNG projects in Nova Scotia — Pieridae Energy Ltd. of Calgary and Bear Head LNG Corp., a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd.“We believe there is a real opportunity for LNG plants in Nova Scotia. Germany has expressed a real interest of support around purchasing product out of those. This is my second visit in to see them,” McNeil told reporters Thursday morning.McNeil said both LNG projects are “doable.” An LNG megaproject slated for the West Coast — the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia — was scrapped last July.The premier is also going to France and England before returning June 9.McNeil said he would also meet officials from the transportation logistics sector, in a bid to expand cargo capacity at Halifax’s Stanfield international airport.“It’s really a global step for us,” he said.The premier, who was scheduled to board a WestJet inaugural direct flight from Halifax to Paris, was also to meet with officials in the financial and information sectors.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Latest job numbersStatistics Canada releases the labour force survey for August on Friday. The previous survey for July found that the economy generated 54,100 net new jobs and pushed the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent, down from six per cent the previous month.Like peas and carrotsConstellation Brands executives will speak about the company’s strategic business activities and outlook for the future at a Barclays investment conference in Boston on Wednesday. The U.S.-based alcohol giant recently announced an additional $5-billion investment in Canadian pot producer Canopy Growth, raising its share in the cannabis giant to 38 per cent.Couche-Tard earningsAlimentation Couche-Tard Inc. releases first-quarter results on Wednesday. CEO Brian Hannasch said in July that the North American convenience store giant is looking for new acquisitions following a blockbuster year that made it Canada’s largest company by revenues.Rate announcementThe Bank of Canada will make an announcement on its benchmark interest rate Wednesday. Most economists expect the central bank to keep its key interest rate target on hold, but they will scrutinize the central bank’s statement for clues about what it might do next.Transcontinental resultsTranscontinental Inc. will hold a third-quarter conference call on Thursday. The Montreal-based printing and packaging company’s second-quarter profit was up nearly 50 per cent from a year-earlier, mainly as a result of accelerated revenue from a long-term printing contract that was ended prematurely by Hearst.last_img read more

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Alberta politicians vote unanimously to back province in oil pipeline fight

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta politicians have passed a motion unanimously to back Premier Rachel Notley’s fight for the Trans Mountain pipeline.The United Conservatives, Alberta Party, and Alberta Liberals joined with Notley’s NDP to back the government motion in support of the project, which would triple the amount of oil flowing from Edmonton to B.C.The final tally was 70-0, with Notley and United Conservative Opposition Leader Jason Kenney in the chamber for the vote. However, some politicians say they still have concerns with how Notley’s government is handling the battle with B.C. and dealing with Ottawa, which has jurisdiction over inter-provincial pipelines.Kenney says Notley should have kept a recently lifted ban on B.C. wine in place, and was late to coming around to embracing the possibility of cutting off oil to B.C. to force the issue.Greg Clark of the Alberta Party says Notley’s government has failed to make the case to B.C. that Alberta shares its concerns and is taking action on climate change.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Heads of various depts asked to ensure compliance of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Chief Electoral Office (CEO)’s office in Delhi has asked heads of various departments under the Delhi government to ensure compliance of the poll code after it received a complaint that MLAs were allegedly “alluring” voters in the garb of undertaking field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in the city.In a letter to all principal secretaries and secretaries of the Delhi government, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in has said the matter appears to be “violation of instructions”. The CEO’s office said it is in receipt of a complaint that certain public representatives or MLAs were allegedly “alluring” the voters in the garb of field inspections during installation of CCTV cameras in residential colonies and market places in their respective constituencies. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe poll panel has also attached instructions containing point number 2 and 5 of Chapter 4 — special measures taken by the Election Commission to enforce model code. “It appears to be violation of instructions contained in point-2 and 5…All are requested to comply with the above instruction, in letter and spirit,” the CEO office stated. According to sources, Bharat Electronics (BEL), a state-owned company, had recently agreed to execute the project, under which 2,000 cameras will be installed in each of the 70 assembly constituencies and the work for installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras each in every assembly constituency has begun. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe motive behind huge installation of CCTV cameras are to curb cases of chain and mobile snatching. Thousands of people do not even file complaint with the police. Installation of CCTV cameras in every street will bring the situation under control and also help the police. The Arvind Kejriwal government has been installing CCTV cameras across the national capital, saying it will contribute towards the safety of women. Last month, the CEO office had also received several complaints about various departments of the AAP government and BJP-ruled MCDs which had started work on projects before the poll code came into force and had sought formal approvals later, an official said. The CEO office had shot off a letter to head of departments, saying the projects that actually started on the ground after obtaining all necessary permission, before the poll code came into force, can be continued.last_img read more

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Heavy tall kids at higher risk of kidney cancer

first_imgHeavier and taller children may be at an increased risk of developing kidney cancer as adults, a study has found. Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common form of kidney cancer found in adults. Although it often occurs in men between the ages of 50 and 70, the cancer can be diagnosed throughout adulthood. “We know that overweight in adulthood is associated with an increased risk of RCC. We also know that cancers take many years to develop,” said Britt Wang Jensen, from the Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”We therefore had a theory that already being overweight in childhood would increase the risk of RCC later in life,” Jensen said in a statement. To tease out the relationships between childhood body size and the risk of RCC in adulthood, researchers used data from 301,422 children born in Copenhagen in the years 1930 to 1985. The weights and heights were measured at annual school health examinations at the ages 7-13 years. During about 32 years of observation, 1,010 individuals (680 men) were diagnosed with RCC. Among men and women significant and positive associations were observed between childhood BMI and height, respectively, and RCC risk. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhen comparing two 13-year old children with one z-score difference in BMI –equivalent to 5.9 kg for boys and 6.8 kg for girls – but with similar height, the heaviest child had a 14 per cent higher risk of RCC than the leaner child. For height, a one z-score difference in two 13-year old children was associated with a 12 per cent increased risk of RCC later in life for the taller boy or girl. “We have found in other studies that childhood height is positively associated with several cancer forms. Therefore, we did expect to find that tall children have a higher risk of RCC than average-sized children.” Findings that heavier and taller children have increased risks of RCC opens new ways to explore the causes of kidney cancer.last_img read more

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EU leaders support Merkel over NSA spying

first_imgBRUSSELS –  28 EU leaders discuss the scandal of the US NSA’s monitoring of Merkel’s phone at the EU summit.Twenty-eight European Union (EU) leaders made a joint statement at a two-day EU summit noting the intentions of France and Germany in seeking bilateral talks with the United States (US).The EU leaders announced that other EU countries were welcome to join the initiative which underlined close relations between Europe and the US and the value of that partnership.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the summit aimed to arrive at a common understanding of the services between the United States, Germany and France for the establishment of a framework for cooperation.Regarding the recent scandal over reports claiming the US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, French President Francois Hollande said, “A special European cell is already set up to deal with the wave of snooping disclosures.”A recent examination by the German secret service BND and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) following Spiegel magazine’s report on files revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has supported suspicions that secret surveillance targeted Merkel’s private mobile phone.According to press reports, German authorities believe the possible surveillance operation had been controlled by a team at the US embassy in Berlin.Stressing that experts must accelerate efforts on the matter with their US allies, Hollande added, “This issue is not going away and there will be more revelations in the future.”Call for talks come “with the aim of finding, before the end of the year, an understanding on mutual relations in that field,” EU President Herman Van Rompuy said.“Any new understanding applies to relations between European countries, as well as to relations with the US,” emphasized Van Rompuy.last_img read more

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The Trail Blazers Arent Playing the Rockets Anymore

It took nearly four minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers to put their first points on the board Tuesday night in Game 1 of the second round of the NBA playoffs. By the time the final horn sounded, they hadn’t improved much, finishing with an offensive rating of just 90.5 points per 100 possessions against the San Antonio Spurs. It was a collapse for an offense that had been operating near peak efficiency — the Blazers scored 111.8 points per 100 possessions in their last series against the Houston Rockets, second only to the Los Angeles Clippers in this year’s playoffs. They need that offense, too. Portland had the league’s 16th-best defense this season. When the offense isn’t working, the team probably isn’t either.The offense stalled Tuesday night primarily because the Blazers just couldn’t make shots. Often “just couldn’t make shots” is a euphemism for bad luck, and a dismissal of how the opponent’s defense affected a team’s shooters. A glance at the numbers from Game 1 could certainly leave you with that impression. In the regular season, the Blazers made 38 percent of their shots from outside the restricted area. On Tuesday, that share was just 27 percent. But it was more than just a collection of tough rolls and bad bounces — the Spurs put whole lot more hands in the Blazers’ faces than the Rockets ever did.According to NBA.com’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Scores, 76 percent of the Trail Blazers’ shot attempts in Game 1 were contested. (Contested shots, according to the stat-keepers, are defined as shots that have a defender within 4 feet of the shooter.) In their series against the Rockets, only 49 percent of the Blazers’ total shot attempts were contested. The chart to the left shows the percentage of Portland’s shots that were uncontested in each of their individual playoff games this season.Unfortunately, NBA.com only has splits on contested and uncontested shots available by single games, so we can’t quickly put together a league-wide comparison to see how much of a random blip this is. What we do know is that the Spurs held their opponents to the fourth-lowest effective field goal percentage in the league this season. In December, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann found that the Spurs were contesting the highest percentage of opponent jump shots in the league, and by a fairly wide margin.That the Blazers are taking contested shots indicates the effectiveness of the Spurs defense in dictating who’s shooting and when. Twenty-one of LaMarcus Aldridge’s 25 total shots Tuesday night were contested, suggesting that the Spurs took away open jumpers and the Blazers ended many of their possessions with the highest probability of success given the circumstances — letting the preternaturally talented Aldridge take a shot. And he made plenty of them — 52 percent of the contested shots — to finish with 32 points overall. But the Spurs still forced the Blazers’ offense out of their rhythm.The foundation of the Trail Blazers’ offense is creating and making open jumpers. They use a variety of strategies built around Aldridge in the post or running pick-and-rolls with Damian Lillard, but the goal is always to get the ball into the hands of an open shooter. Every contested shot Aldridge takes is ending a possession that hasn’t resulted in an uncontested shot for someone else. In many ways, the ratio of contested to uncontested shots is one of the vital signs for the health of the Blazers’ offense. Any disruption of their ability to create open space for their shooters shows that the Spurs’ defense is succeeding. read more

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