The National Elections Commission (NEC) has ordered an inquiry into an allegation that Robert Sirleaf voted in the November 4, 2014, mid-term senatorial election in the United States of America, which if true might disqualify him from contesting the December 16, special senatorial election here in Liberia.Mr. Robert Sirleaf is a senatorial candidate for Montserrado County and a son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He recently filed a lawsuit against his mother’s executive order #65, which is yet to be decided upon by the Supreme Court of Liberia.NEC had received the complaint from lawyers representing two political parties, Movement for Progress Change (MPC) and the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), Counselors Laveli Supuwood and Lofer Kaneah, respectively, that they have documentary evidence that Robert voted in the democratic primary in North Caroline on May, 4 2014, in the USA.They also allege that Mr. Sirleaf never applied in America for the revocation of his U.S. citizenship.The parties were among several individuals and civil society groups that resisted NEC and the government’s handling of the December 16 special senatorial election, on which the Supreme Court’s Justice in Chambers has placed a stay order.In response to Robert’s citizenship issue, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya, has written to one of the Counselors, Kaneah, stating that “in keeping with the practice of the Commission and due to the seriousness of the matter raised in your letter under reply, I have referred your complaint to the Independent Hearing Officer, Attorney Muana Ville for investigation.“Attorney Ville will cite the parties for a hearing as soon as he returns from his tour of the Southeast where he is conducting training for hearing officers in the special senatorial election,” the NEC response read.In conclusion, the communication said, “I want to thank you for brining the matter to the attention of the Commission and to encourage you not to relent in alerting the Commission on any violation of the laws governing the electoral process.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
However Pochettino, whose side last won at Chelsea in 1990 before Kane was born, told a press conference on Thursday that his star striker had made remarkable progress.“We need to assess him. He is very positive and he is doing very well. Every day he is improving,” said Pochettino.“We need to assess in the next few days. It’s difficult now to say yes or no. I cannot say no, but I cannot say yes.“Maybe next weekend. But the most important (thing) is that we are so positive about his recovery, and we are doing fantastic, and we are so happy.“After Bournemouth everybody believed it would be a long period out, but the resolution has been fantastic.”Chelsea desperately need a win as they are five points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, with both clubs having eight matches remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane could be in line for a surprise return this weekend after missing England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face Chelsea in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday after a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle ligament injury, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.The 24-year-old England marksman, who has 31 goals to his credit this term, injured his ankle last month against Bournemouth and wasn’t expected to return to training until April.
It is claimed Boyata, who is in the final year of his contract, has downed tools after the Parkhead club denied him a move to the Premier League with Fulham earlier this month.The centre-back has not travelled with the Bhoys squad for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying clash at AEK Athens, with manager Brendan Rodgers admitting that he was ‘saddened’ Boyata has stayed at home.The 27-year-old’s absence has been explained by an apparent injury, but claims in Scotland have accused Boyata of refusing to play for the club again as he seek to force through an exit before the transfer window closes on August 31.READ MORE: Boyata’s agent in furious attack on CelticAnd Brazil, a Glasgow boy and huge Celtic fan, is furious with the player’s conduct.“I just don’t know what he’s playing at to be honest, I don’t know what he’s playing at,” the Sports Breakfast host said on Tuesday.“Nobody really knew him before Brendan gave him a chance at Celtic. 2 “A disgrace… what sort of man is he!?” 😡#CelticFC fan Alan Brazil SLAMS Dedryck Boyata amid reports that the defender has refused to play for the Bhoys to push through a move away 🍀 pic.twitter.com/EvfJLanSi6— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 14, 2018 talkSPORT host Alan Brazil has SLAMMED Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata as ‘a disgrace’, amid reports the Belgian is refusing to play for the Hoops as he looks to leave the club. “He’s gone to the World Cup, he’s done great and his agent has thought, ‘cash-in time now!’“As far as I’m concerned he has to play tonight, he should have travelled to play tonight.“But he’s said ‘I’m not playing’, and it’s tools down.“I think he’s making a big, big mistake, but that’s the modern day player now. Do they care? Do they care about the badge, about the club? No.“He’s got 60,000 every week and he does that, it’s a joke, a disgrace.“A bad character, I would say.“If I was thinking of buying him, like Fulham are by all accounts, I would be worried about his temperament, his heart, about his ethics and about what sort of man he is.” 2 Dedryck Boyata has made over 100 appearances for Celtic, winning six domestic trophies Reports from Scotland claim Boyata wants to leave Celtic
THERE are real fears that dozens of jobs could go in local Donegal pharmacies if Tesco goes ahead with plans to open rival businesses.The British supermarket chain – which makes more cash in Ireland than in any other country in which it operates – opened its first Irish pharmacies this week in stores in Naas, Co Kildare, and Balbriggan, Dublin.Up to ten more stores could also get the pharmacy section. It has pledged to implement only the HSE-recommended mark- up of 20 per cent on pharmaceutical products as well as an inbuilt dispensing fee of €3.50. And Letterkenny could be on the list.Tesco sells medicines at massively reduced prices.In Britain thousands of people have lost their jobs where Tesco has introduced chemist counters in 300 of its stores.Opticians could be next in the giant company’s firing line. It has already opened opticians counters in Tesco in Belfast where people can buy prescription glasses for 30 euro.FEARS FOR JOBS AS TESCO OPENS PHARMACIES IN STORES was last modified: November 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:cheapletterkennypharmacytesco
Gerry Adams is to indicate when he intends to step down as Sinn Féin leader at the party’s Ard Fheis in November.Mr Adams will lead Sinn Féin into the next General Election, but is to outline his plans for stepping aside later this year.He was speaking this morning at a pre-Dáil think-in at the City North Hotel. “Sinn Féin is currently finalising our 10-year plan. This has been the focus of much internal discussion for the last year. It is about preparing the party for the next 10 years and to ensure that we are better able to achieve our strategic objective,” he said.“It is our intention to unveil at the ard fhéis in November the plan he [the late Martin McGuinness] helped to formulate.“I will be allowing my name to go forward for the position of Uachtarain Shinn Féin.“And if elected I will be setting out our priorities and in particular our planned process of generational change, including my own future intentions.” Mr Adams is expected to announce that he will step down soon after the next General Election.Gerry Adams to outline plans to step down as Sinn Féin leader in November was last modified: September 5th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:ard fheisgerry adamsSinn Fein
The National Lottery has issued an appeal for all Lotto players in Co. Donegal to check their tickets as the deadline for a €30,094 prize, won on May 5th expires on Friday 7th September.The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased on the day of the draw at Byrne’s Foodstore in Kilcar.The winning Lotto numbers for the draw on Saturday 9th June were 11, 12, 19, 27, 30, 38 and the Bonus 16. Lotto issue SOS for Donegal players after €30,094 goes unclaimed was last modified: August 13th, 2018 by StephenShare 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)
Ray Maota Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleafwas named the most powerful womanon the African continent by Forbes Africa and has now won the Nobel Peace Prize. Tawakkul Karman is an outspoken journalist and human rights activist in her home country of Yemen. Leymah Gbowee was instrumental in the ending of Liberia’s 14-year civil war and is still an advocate for peace. (Images: Nobel Prize) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Nobel Foundation +46 8663 0920 RELATED ARTICLES • Swazi attorney wins Green Nobel Prize • Environmental activist laid to rest • Angolan beauty crowned Miss Universe • Remarkable South African women hailedThree outstanding women from Africa and the Middle East jointly won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their tireless, non-violent struggle for women’s rights.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni human rights activist and journalist Tawakkul Karman received the award on 7 October and will share the US$1.5-million (R11-million) prize money that comes with it.The Norwegian Nobel Committee said: “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.”The committee’s press release added: “It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s hope that the prize to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman will help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent.”Sirleaf and Gbowee are the second and third African women to win the Nobel prize, while Karman is the first Arab laureate.Wangari Mathaai, the recently deceased Kenyan environmentalist and political activist, was the first woman from the continent to receive the accolade.Africa’s first female head of stateSirleaf became the first democratically elected female president in Africa after the 2005 Liberian presidential elections. She came into power as Liberia’s 14-year civil war was drawing to a close.Liberians go to the polls again on 11 October and Sirleaf is seeking a second term in office.The matriarch of African politics was named the most powerful women on the continent in the recently launched Forbes Africa magazine.Sirleaf said she was pleasantly surprised at the timing of the award but that “it sends a message to the Liberian people that peace must prevail as Liberians go to this critical event”.Opposition parties have been vocal about the Nobel committee awarding her the prize so close to elections. Some even say she doesn’t deserve it after earlier supporting the regime of Charles Taylor, when he toppled Samuel Doe for the presidency of Liberia.Fighter for peaceGbowee was instrumental in the ending of Liberia’s 14-year civil war and is still an advocate for peace.On her return from Norway on 9 October, she was greeted at the airport by supporters waving placards reading “Welcome to the Nobel Peace Prize winner”.The peace activist led women across ethnic and religious divides to a football field in the capital city of Monrovia in 2002. Dressed in white t-shirts, the women fasted and prayed for peace in the country.Under Gbowee’s leadership, the women put pressure on Taylor’s government to reach a ceasefire with the other warring factions in 2003 and they were instrumental in the signing of the Accra Peace Accord.She said: “The prize is for all Liberians and for all women in Africa, from Sierra Leone, Ghana to Togo to Zimbabwe.“Peace is a process, it is not an event and people should not think that six years of democracy are going to deliver all the things that we are looking for. I think right now we are on the right path, we just need to continue on that path and I think everything will fall into place.”‘Arab Spring’ leads to Nobel prizeKarman is an outspoken journalist and human rights activist in her home country of Yemen.She has been an advocate for press freedom, has fought for the release of political prisoners and has voiced her disapproval of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the president of Yemen.Karman said: “The Nobel prize is awarded to the great Yemeni people. The first money that will be returned to the public treasury is the money received from the Nobel Peace Prize.“All the youth and women in Egypt, in Libya, Syria and Yemen, this is a victory for our demand for citizenship and human rights.”
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Ever since autonomous cars became a real thing, people have struggled with the moral dilemma of training these vehicles on what to do when faced with a situation where there is no safe solution. In a recent interview with Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz executive Christoph von Hugo revealed that their self-driving cars would choose to save the occupants – even if that meant hitting a pedestrian.One common no-win scenario involves a car is making its way down the street when suddenly a pedestrian steps out in front of it. The vehicle can’t possibly brake in time, but swerving would mean either hitting another pedestrian or a pole which would certainly be catastrophic for to the vehicle’s occupants. The moral dilemma here is clear. Whose life is more important?The folks at MIT have created a test you can take to help determine how morality can be built in to autonomous vehicles in times like these. Its Moral Machine presents you with scenarios involving different types of pedestrians – forcing you to choose who to hit, or whether or not the occupants of the car should be given priority.In MIT’s scenarios, you make some tough decisions. Should you hit the group of three young females or five elderly females? Are dogs as important as humans? If pedestrians and occupants are of the same demographic, who should the car spare?Google has been tackling these questions and more with its own autonomous system – recently teaching it to be considerate to different types of wheeled traffic in addition to pedestrians. Cyclists, in particular, are a difficult subject for autonomous vehicles to predict. They don’t all obey the set of rules of the road, often swerving between lanes and zipping through stop signs. Because of this, Google decided to tweak its algorithm to be extra careful and courteous around them.Mercedes-Benz has made a difficult decision for its customers. While the car will examine any possible way to save all lives, it will choose to prioritize its occupants when presented with a no-win scenario.Some are ok with self-sacrificeNot everyone would want to sacrifice strangers over themselves. In fact, a recent study found that a majority of drivers would prefer that their lives were given a lower priority than that of a pedestrian. For them, at least, purchasing a level 4 or 5 autonomous vehicle from Mercedes-Benz will become a moral choice.Still, there are many drivers out there that would expect the vehicle to put their lives ahead of anyone else’s. After all, it’s their car and they’d expect it to prioritize their interests first. For them, a Mercedes-Benz would be exactly what they’re looking for.It’s not all doom and gloom for pedestrians in the roadways of the future. Autonomous cars have been found — even at this early stage — to be far safer than human drivers. So, the likelihood of a no-win scenario like this one presenting itself is much smaller. This will be especially true when autonomous vehicles reach a point of saturation among consumers, outnumbering those driven by human.With over 35,000 road fatalities occurring each year in the United States, it’s clear that humans are imperfect drivers. We distract easily, have an inherent delay in our ability to make decisions and act upon them, and have trouble seeing the whole scenario before us in the split second it takes to respond.Autonomous vehicles have an advantage over us there. They have a 360-degree view on what’s around them, and the ability to detect hazards and respond instantaneously. They also don’t get distracted by text messages and makeup application. Ryan Matthew Pierson 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving
All machines eventually break down. Self-driving vehicles are no exception.Autonomous vehicles pose two problems for the future of vehicles. The removal of the driver means there is no person providing feedback on how the vehicle performs over time. You are removing the point-person who says “something feels wrong, this needs to be checked out.” An autonomous truck could easily arrive at its destination with one fewer wheels than it left with at its origin without recognizing there is a problem.An autonomous truck could easily arrive at its destination with one fewer wheels than it left with at its origin without recognizing there is a problem.See also: Automotive 2.0 – the new road ahead for autonomous vehiclesAutonomous vehicles also create a second maintenance problem – the sensor systems they use can fail. An autonomous vehicle operating with a faulty sensor is an on-the-road hazard. Imagine the wheel-speed sensor that reports the vehicle has stopped when it is actually traveling at highway speeds. A human would know to disregard that faulty input because it “feels” wrong. An autonomous vehicle could respond by continuously accelerating.With the advent of autonomous vehicles, now, more than ever, systems need to be created for advanced diagnostics. AI should not just be used to make vehicles drive autonomously, but also to allow vehicles self-diagnose future and upcoming issues.The new AI for maintenanceThe concept of predicting breakdowns is nothing new. People have been using statistics for decades to calculate mean-time-to-failure – it is how the automotive industry came up with replacing parts based on number of miles driven. However, the ‘mean-time’ means that some parts repaired will have significant useful life yet and others will break before you get around to fixing them. AI allows something to be done that was unfeasible in the past – actively monitor every vehicle while it is in use.Established companies have been working in this place for a while now. They operate on the notion that if you have been collecting data then they can put enough experts on the problem to create a solution. SAP, IBM, and Pivotal Labs are all making plays into the space. The problem is that they require that a company has been collecting data, knew what data to take, and knew to keep it.As the industry matures and companies collect more data and gain large historical datasets, their solutions will be powerful. But nimble startups can use speed to their advantage in this situation by rapidly deploying a solution that will give them a permanent head start on collecting the sensor data needed to train the AI systems.One such company is Uptake. They have had phenomenal growth, breaking a $1 billion dollar valuation within a year of incorporation and being named Forbes’ 2015 Hottest Startup. They did this by collecting a dataset from scratch, first with locomotives and then with other vehicles, through this they ended up with a partnership with Caterpillar. Their future looks to be diverging away from vehicles and towards bringing predictive maintenance to other industries.Preteckt follows Uptakes footsteps in collecting its own dataset, but it targets the vehicles that are more commonly seen on the roads. Preteckt started with 18-wheelers and has already diversified into buses, and the hardware and software architecture that has been developed is portable to smaller vehicles. Preteckt’s technology has already been deployed in an autonomous truck and could be migrated to autonomous cars in the future.The future is not “Star Trek”Science fiction has people asking machines to run diagnostics to see if something is wrong, or what is wrong. The concept is flawed. The machines will know before you ask and will tell you what will go wrong with them next. They will tell you how to best take care of them to ensure that they do not fail on you. This is what you can look forward to with the autonomous vehicles of the future – a peace of mind in that your vehicle will not have any on-the-road surprises for you.But why stop at eliminating surprises. Once vehicles can know their upcoming maintenance needs and drive themselves – why won’t they just take themselves to the mechanic when your schedule says you don’t need it. Maintenance will become an “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” concept making the ownership of a vehicle that much more enjoyable.VB Profiles Connected Cars LandscapeThis article is part of our connected cars series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 250 companies here. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Autonomous vehicle#Caterpillar#driverless car#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#top Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Sasha Kucharczyk 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
England’s James Anderson (R) celebrates after dismissing India’s Mohammed Shami during the third cricket test match at the Rose Bowl cricket ground, Southampton, England July 30, 2014. Picture by ReutersIndia resumed their first innings on Thursday at 323 for 8 on the fourth day of the third Test match against England and folded cheaply.Live Score With 39 runs left to avoid follow-on, India lost both their wickets, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his overnight score of 50, at the score of 330.England have decided not to enforce follow-on in the second innings. At innings break, England is ahead by 39 runs.
The bold pictures posted on social media, or the explicit outfits sported while making public appearances–all of these might make one think Kim Kardashian is extremely comfortable in her skin.However, the recent controversy around her bikini pictures from her Mexico trip would make one believe otherwise.What emerged as unflattering pictures of Kim, in a pink bikini, had left her deeply upset, eventually driving her to untag herself from all such posts on social media. But the criticism that she received during the incident has left its imprint on her mind, Kim revealed in a recent episode of the show, Keeping up with Kardashians.While speaking on the talk show, Kim said that incessant public scrutiny of her body has left her extremely ”insecure”. ”It’s like literally giving me body dysmorphia,” she was quoted as saying by Daily News.So, what is body dysmorphia?Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder, characterised by the obsessive idea that a certain feature of one’s body is severely flawed, making one dig exceptional measures to hide or fix it. The flaw, in this case, is only imagined and if real, then highly exaggerated.Also Read: Just an hour of exercise a week can kill depression With our growing obsession over the perfect body, it won’t be unnnatural for one to end up being a victim of body dysmorphia, especially in the case of public figures, who are under the constant pressure of looking their best. A case in point being that of our very own Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/illeana_dcruz The Badshaho star had also been a patient of BDD for 15 long years. In a video shot recently for a particular brand, Ileana revealed that the obsession with her body began when she was only 15. All she desired was to gain acceptance among all but in vain. The situation worsened when she commenced her career in acting.”I had gone from happy to being completely depressed and not knowing what it was. The most comforting thought for me was what if I end things now! And I thankfully realised that this is not right,” she had said.Here’s a sneak peek:Unapologetic. Unfiltered. Imperfect. This is me. Flaws and all. @Levis_IN pic.twitter.com/5rEttxHUCh- Ileana D’Cruz (@Ileana_Official) September 18, 2017
The Rebels got out to an impressive start, with Roy Prasad diving over for the first touchdown of the game in the second minute.The Suns levelled the game up three minutes later when Ben Absolum scored and this opened the floodgates with several touchdowns following soon after. Rebels captain Christian Frost scored off a great ball from Manu Wakely in the next set, before his opposition captain Joel Willoughby scored for the Suns to level the scores at 2-all. Prasad was over for his second soon after to regain the lead for his side and when Amy Carr scored on the wing in the 13th minute the Rebels had a two touchdown advantage. Alicia Quirk was the recipient of a great long ball in the next set to bring the deficit back to one touchdown before Wakely scored in the next set to give his side a 5-3 lead. The Suns’ Andrew Baggio dived over close to the line in the next set of six to bring his side back to a one touchdown deficit, 5-4. Two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half, to Prasad and Matthew Wigg saw the Rebels take a three touchdown advantage into the half-time break, 7-4. Wigg picked up where he left off after the break, scoring the first touchdown of the half in the fifth minute to give his side a 8-4 lead. The teams then traded touchdowns for the next six touchdowns, starting with a touchdown to Madison Absolum, who was the recipient of a great long ball to score on the wing to take the deficit back to three touchdowns. Wigg scores his third for the game soon after, before Baggio set up Jess McCall to bring the score to 9-6. Prasad scored his fourth of the game with four minutes remaining to extend the Rebels’ lead to four touchdowns, before Willoughby score his second touchdown to bridge the gap at 10-7. Carr and Frost then scored their second touchdowns of the match in the final minutes of the half before Jeremy Locke scored for the Rebels as the siren sounded to take the win 13-7. Prasad and Carr were recognised for their impressive performances in the final, being named male and female Player of the Finals respectively. Manu Wakely was rewarded for his impressive tournament, being named male Player of the Series, with the Brisbane City Cobras’ Renee Fraser being named female Player of the Series. To view highlights of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf2mjsMiJD8&feature=plcp&context=C40b8ec6VDvjVQa1PpcFPrYFhxxhhUphxATV_rZ_4M2NQP7UBbfA8
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal consider Edu for director of football roleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are looking at former player Edu as a possible director of football.They are looking to add another person who can offer football expertise to their operations, which include Raul Sanllehi as the head of football and Sven Mislintat as a head scout.Edu played 127 times for the Gunners from 2001 to 2005.He has served as a director at Corinthians, while he is a technical director for the Brazilian national team as well.It is unclear if Edu even wants the role and if others are being considered. The news comes from the Evening Standard.
Rohit Paniker New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 12:43 IST Indian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home. (Twitter/maymolrocky)FIFA president Gianni Infantino, in his visit to Kolkata two years ago, opined that the country is no longer ‘sleeping giants’.Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell, witnessing the 2017 U-17 World Cup final at the Salt Lake stadium, said, Indian football has a bright future.The comments, otherwise music to ears, have a sense of ambiguity as they gloss over some serious facts.Just to jog the reader’s memory, India failed to win a single match out of their three group games held at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here, scored just one goal, courtesy Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, and were sent packing within six days of the competition.To put things into perspective, this national team’s performance was on the back of several foreign exposure tours, junior international tournaments and, not to forget, India had four years of preparation time.Now consider this: India has won the bid to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year. The country has no proper structure for women’s football, just one annual league across all age groups and only 11 states organise senior women’s tournament. The federation has selected 35 of the best players scouted at the Junior National Championship held in Kolhapur last month, a tournament which several players missed owing to school exams.In less than 18 months, players among these selected 35 will represent the country for the second time at a FIFA event but the stakes are higher this time around.Women’s football in India exists as oddly as the country’s presence at the international stage. The national team is ranked 63rd in the world, compared to men’s team lying 102nd, but that hardly gives an exact picture.advertisementOptimism is the word spread around the nation as the junior team starts preparation in Goa for the showpiece event in 2020. Just like their rankings, hopes remain high for the girls to outperform the boys from 2017.”The World Cup brings a lot of attention to the country. We will have many youngsters around and a lot of preparations will start from now. This will be the base for my senior team in 2-3 years time. They are a talented bunch and will have a good competition with the seniors,” senior women’s Maymol Rocky tells Mail Today.”As a coach, if you get time with the team you can do a lot of things, we def worked on their strength and fitness. The most important thing is, you make them understand that they should believe in themselves first,” she adds.The current lot of girls training in Goa is a bit different from the boys, who were preparing at the Tilak Maidan, couple of years ago.One of them, Drishti Pant, carries a badge of being the first and only player from Gujarat to be part of a World Cup probable squad.The 15-year-old was the star of the show when the state team reached the semi-finals of the Junior Nationals last month. And for her to be in the camp, considering Gujarat’s sad status at the national stage, speaks volumes of her talent.”I remember the time when I used to pick her up at 8.30 am from state camp because she had to appear for her exams. It seemed crazy that she was in training minutes before her exam but that’s the kind of dedication we had for her football career. It seemed like a dream when she told me she has been selected for the national camp. A World Cup is a huge thing and for her to be even in the probable squad is an achievement,” tells Hemant Pant, father of Drishti.It’s too early to predict the end product of what’s churning at the training ground in Goa. While the previous World Cup gave India improved stadiums and training facilities, hopes are the next one will improve the performance.Also Read | India set to host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2020Also Read | Revamped FIFA Club World Cup important for Asia, says Gianni InfantinoGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow FIFA U-17 World CupFollow FootballFollow FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 Girls gun for gloryIndian junior women’s team awaits their chance for global recognition with next year’s U-17 World Cup at home.advertisement
TORONTO — Strong earnings results from Shopify (TSX:SHOP) and Air Canada (TSX:AC) helped offset dragging energy shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 58.23 points to 15,202.10, with information technology and industrials sectors among the leading advancers.Energy stocks, which retreated more than 0.7 per cent, were the biggest decliners.“We’re seeing a lot of activity, particularly in the tech sector,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “But the biggest driver in that sector is Shopify’s quarter.”Second-quarter results from the Ottawa-based e-commerce company topped expectations, and its stock closed up $15.72, or 13.68 per cent, to $130.61.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Air Canada shares jumped $1.91, or 9.63 per cent, to $21.74 after it reported record second-quarter earnings.The airline posted a $300 million profit for the period ending June 30, up from $186 million a year ago, as traffic increased and costs dropped.“They put up a very strong earnings number that was above expectations and they also provided a more positive outlook for their business,” said Yie.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 72.80 points to 21,963.92, its fifth-straight day of record highs. The S&P 500 index edged up 6.05 points to 2,476.35 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.82 points to 6,362.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.91 cents US, down 0.19 of a cent.In commodities, the September crude contract was down $1.01 to US$49.16 per barrel while September natural gas was up three cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.December gold gained $6.00 to US$1,279.40 an ounce and the September copper gave back one cent at US$2.88 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.