FIFPro seeks Guerrero WC reprieve

first_imgRio de Janeiro, May 21: World football players union FIFPro has asked FIFA to allow Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to play in the World Cup despite a doping ban.Guerrero, who tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine last October, had his six-month ban extended to 14 months last week following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency.In a social media post, FIFPro said it hoped “for a breakthrough in the next 24-48 hours.”Last Monday’s decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rules the 34-year-old Flamengo striker out of the World Cup in Russia, which starts on June 14.Peru qualified for the tournament for the first time in 36 years by beating New Zealand in an inter-continental playoff last November.Guerrero, who says he unwittingly consumed the substance in contaminated tea, has said his lawyers are “considering all options” to contest the CAS decision and clear his name.FIFPro last week described the ruling as disproportionate and inconsistent with the facts presented during the case. IANSlast_img read more

Captain Phillips speaks with USC students

first_imgOn Thursday, the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, USC’s research center for risk and management analysis related to homeland security, hosted its 10-year anniversary conference at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.‘I am the captain now’ · Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama was the closing speaker of CREATE’s 10-Year Anniversary event, which took place on Thursday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Phillips spoke on the 2009 hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe all-day event’s closing speaker was Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. In 2009, a team of Somali pirates hijacked Phillips’ ship and held him hostage until a team of U.S. Navy SEALs rescued him; the incident inspired the 2013 film starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, and made Phillips a national hero.Sponsored by the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the event also featured panelists such as Randy Hall, vice president of research and co-founder of CREATE, and Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Panels involving “Next Generation’s Greatest Chaos,” “Advancing Homeland Security through University Research” and “The Changing Face of Terrorism” were also featured.Yannis Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School, introduced Phillips. Yortsos briefly discussed how rapid technological advances have expanded engineers’ role in society before commending Phillips’ heroism, calling Phillips a true American hero.“Engineering can now enable disciplines which in the past were nontraditional, like risk analysis, economics and behavioral science,” Yortsos said. “CREATE has utilized this convergence to help our country.”Phillips’ talk focused on leadership, and he emphasized the importance of preparation. Because Phillips knew about the prevalence of pirates off the coast of Somali prior to the highjacking, he organized a disaster drill to test the ship’s security procedures.After this test, Phillips developed a security protocol with his crew that may have saved their lives during the highjacking. Phillips stressed the importance of flexibility and adapting to situations, however, after sharing that he had to deviate from his plan to eject the pirates from his ship.Throughout the speech, Phillips reiterated three key points he wanted conference attendees to take away from his experience on to be applied to their own lives.“I have three things I would like to leave you with: One, you are stronger than you know and you can handle much more than you think,” Phillips said. “Two, the only time it is over is when you say it is over. Three, a motivated, focused team of professionals can solve any problem.”Throughout his talk, Phillips explained the events as they unfolded during the highjacking. After the pirates boarded the ship and held him at gunpoint, Phillips played what he called “mind games” to prevent further trouble.For example, Phillips prevented the pirates from calling their headquarters to assist in the highjacking by reconfiguring the radar system so they were unable to do so. Phillips was very humble when he discussed his actions during the hijacking, emphasizing that bravery is possible when one remains calm and maintains a level head during times of duress.“When faced with a threatening situation, we find something within us to do what must be done,” Phillips said. “It’s not possible to persevere when you’re panicked.”During the attack, Phillips attempted to regain control of the situation by luring the pirates off the Maersk Alabama and away from the members of his crew, who were hiding below deck. Adding that he wished to clear up one aspect of his portrayal in the media, Phillips said that he did not give himself up with the intent of becoming a hostage or as a heroic sacrifice.“My strategy was to be their adversary instead of their hostage, so I didn’t give up,” Phillips said. “My major responsibility was to get the pirates off my ship, so I carried out my duty.”last_img read more

Calls for Minister to intervene as Creeslough school denied extra teacher

first_imgAs Creeslough national school’s application for an additional teacher has been rejected, Deputy Thomas Pringle has raised the issue directly with the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton.Creeslough is a DEIS school with a projected pupil number of 124 children from September and there are currently five teachers including one post of ‘learning support’.It is claimed the threshold for an additional staff member is 113 pupils and as a consequence of the Dept’s refusal to provide an extra teacher, it has led to a situation of class overcrowding. Deputy Pringle told this week’s Tirconaill Tribune: “It is unfortunate that the Minister did not grant the school an additional teacher for 2018/2019 despite the pupil teacher ratio exceeding the Department’s own limits and considering that the DEIS school serves a rural area of high economic and social deprivation.“Overcrowding in the school will only increase as pupil numbers rise adding to the difficulties around the lack of facilities in the school. An enormous amount of pressure is being placed on teachers and staff particularly at infant level to deliver on the curriculum in an environment that continues to deteriorate as the pupil teacher ratio rises further over the course of the year.“I believed the situation at Scoil Mhuire warranted a debate in the Dáil with the Minister himself. Unfortunately the Minister declined my request to review the strict criteria for extra staffing even though schools like Creeslough are falling outside existing categories.“The school had to appeal on the grounds of ‘alleviating pressure on class size at infant level’ even though their needs went well beyond this categorisation.” Deputy Pringle said he was seeking a review of the decision and has issued a call on the Minister to examine what he called the ‘restrictive nature’ of the application process.Calls for Minister to intervene as Creeslough school denied extra teacher was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:CreesloughCreeslough NSDeputy Thomas PringleMINISTER FOR EDUCATIONlast_img read more

Noted authors to be honoured at Kalinga Literary Festival

first_imgKalinga Literary Festival has announced its annual awards to recognise brilliant literary work at different levels. Kalinga Literary Annual Awards have four segments: ‘Kalinga Literary Award’, ‘Kalinga Karubaki Award’, ‘Kalinga International Literary Award’, and ‘Kalinga Literary Youth Award’.Veteran writers Pavan K Verma, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Paro Anand to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Awards of 2019’. Young and dynamic writer Kedar Mishra to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Youth Award of 2019’. This was informed by the Kalinga Literary Festival, Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the last six years, Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has set a national benchmark in literary festivals. The sixth Kalinga Literary Festival is here. More than 250 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the Central theme of ‘Gandhi’s Idea of India: Truth, Non-Violence, Harmony”, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from July 19-21, at KIIT Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKLF has emerged as one of the leading literary platforms in India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs. Bigger than ever before, the sixth edition of the festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed names on one platform to discuss, debate and explore commonalities in the diverse voices in literature, justice, equality, equity and humanity. “After the blistering heat of the Indian Summer, it’s refreshing to welcome the monsoon rains, and along with it, the KLF. Poet Kalidasa would have been pleased. Arguably, KLF is one of the best known literary – cultural extravaganzas that brings under one roof some of the best minds of the cultural world from India and abroad. This year, the 6th edition of KLF will be held for three exciting days from July 19 to 21, at an important cultural landmark of Bhubaneswar, bringing together artists, writers, singers and connoisseurs of the arts, across class, caste, ethnic and gender divides, in a truly democratic spirit,” said KLF Founder and Director Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Kalinga Literary Award 2019 – Rajendra Kishore Panda Kalinga International Literary Award 2019 – Pavan K Verma Kalinga Karubaki Award 2019 – Paro Anand Kalinga Literary Youth Award 2019 – Kedar Mishralast_img read more