first_imgAmid confusion over seat-sharing among NDA alliance partners in Bihar, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha on Friday said his party would contest on more than three seats, the number it had contested in 2014 Lok Sabha poll.“We will contest more than three seats, the number we had contested in last 2014 Lok Sabha polls,” RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said while addressing journalists in Patna.“Lok Janshakti Party and RLSP too are in the NDA alliance in Bihar… you can well understand why until now final seat-sharing announcement has not been made even after they said that it would be announced in next 2-3 days.” BJP president Amit Shah and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar declared in Delhi recently that both parties would contest on “equal number” of seats out of total 40 Parliamentary seats in Bihar.“My party RLSP had made an alliance with the BJP at the time when even in the BJP there was confusion over Narendra Modi to be declared as PM candidate… we had then said in Bihar that Narendra Modi should be the PM candidate. My alliance is with the BJP, and not with the JD(U). Ever since JD(U) has come in the alliance confusion has increased,” he added.When asked who did he consider bigger leader between Lalu Prasad or Nitish Kumar, Mr. Kushwaha said: “Lalu Prasad Yadav is history as he is not into politics so there should not be any comparison between the two.” Regarding Tejaswi Yadav, Mr. Kushwaha said, Mr. Tejaswi Yadav is “under training”.Mr. Kushwaha said that he will be going to Delhi in next few days and would try to meet BJP chief Amit Shah and Mr. Modi over seat-sharing. Regarding his party wanting a ministerial position under NDA in Bihar, he said, “I do not wish to eat stale food.”He also reiterated that he was hurt over Mr. Kumar addressing him as neech (mean) person in a programme. “Nitish Kumar should withdraw his statement… it has hurt me much,” Mr. Kushwaha said.He announced that RLSP would launch a programme “Shiksha mein sudhar-Jan Jan ka Adhikar (reform in education-everyone’s right) from November 28 in every district headquarter of Bihar.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has not at all looked pleased with his side’s batting failure for the second time in three matches after the defending champions went down to Gujarat Lions in a nail-biting finish on Saturday.”I think we didn’t put enough runs on the board. I don’t think we can afford to do that. 144 was always going to be a difficult target to defend. We need to bat well.”It has been twice that we have let ourselves down this year. We need to put runs on the board to defend. It starts from the top. If we lose 3-4 wickets up front, it becomes difficult,” Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony.Rohit, though, was happy with bowlers for taking the match down to the wire in their three-wicket defeat.”Our bowlers did well. Mitchell McClenaghan bowled great. We though, have to accept (this defeat) and move forward. We just didn’t bat well and didn’t put enough runs on the board. The dew came much later and it stopped swinging. If we had got 160 runs, we could have been in the game,” Rohit added.Finch injury not seriousMan of the Match Aaron Finch slammed his third consecutive half-century as he batted till the end scoring the winning runs. Finch looked in some pain towards the end of the match but ensured he stayed at the crease as Lions tasted their third consecutive victory.”Finch was calm today. (Dhawal) Kulkarni batted and bowled well too. Finch looks good. It must be a cramp. We still have another 4-5 days now. He will definitely recover,” Lions skipper Suresh Raina said.advertisementRaina praised his side’s bowlers for restricting Mumbai to 143 but said it was not an easy pitch to bat on.”When you have Bravo, Tambe, Praveen, Jakati and Co. you always believe. I thought initially they would get about 130, but they batted well.”It’s always difficult to chase down the target in a low-scoring game. The ball was doing a bit. Mumbai, though, fought well.Finch, who hit 67 not out off 54 balls laced with seven fours and a huge six, was happy to finish the job for his team.”It was nice to get us over the finish line. It was nice to take it over till the end and finish the job. Well, Dhawal Kulkarni smashing one over mid-off was great and it took the pressure off. It was a fantastic win and nice to get three wins in-a-row,” Finch said.Terming his injury as a minor one, Finch said he is hoping to get back in shape soon. “I started to cramp right at the end. I just think it is a cramp,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury sat the bench for most of his first postseason game after signing a $153 million contract with the New York Yankees. When he finally got in, he saw three pitches at the plate and one inning in center field.Brett Gardner, who took Ellsbury’s spot in center field and atop the batting order, struck out three times again left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the Yankees’ 3-0 loss in the Oct. 6 AL wild-card game. New York had just three hits, all singles.“Does Jake hit three home runs and it’s 3-3?” Manager Joe Girardi wondered. “I don’t know, but we didn’t solve Keuchel the whole year.”Keuchel was 3-0 against the Yankees in 2014, allowing 11 singles and a double in 22 scoreless innings.He was removed after six innings, and Ellsbury pinch hit and popped out against Willie Harris in the eighth. Ellsbury remained in for the ninth inning as the Yankees’ playoff run ended shortly after it began.Girardi said it was a difficult decision to sit Ellsbury, but he wanted to get right-handed-hitting Chris Young into the lineup.“I told him I wanted to play, but then I let him know I’ll obviously be ready to go at any point in the game and willing to do whatever it takes for this team to win,” Ellsbury said before the game.After the All-Star break, Ellsbury hit .220 with five homers and 23 RBIs and Gardner batted .206. But Gardner hit .263 against lefties over the span and Ellsbury .223.When Gardner grounded out in the eighth, fans jeered the Yankees“I don’t know if they were booing me or booing the team or whatever,” Gardner said. “They have the right to cheer or boo or do whatever they want. I know they’re very disappointed and frustrated, and nobody is more disappointed and nobody’s more disappointed the way I played than myself.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLucknow: BSP president Mayawati on Monday declared her party in the future will contest all elections “small and big” on its own, signalling the end of the much discussed Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party alliance forged for the Lok Sabha polls. Hours after Mayawati announced her plans of going solo in future elections in a series of tweets, a senior SP leader accused her of “weakening” the fight for social justice. Her announcement came a day after she held a meeting with party workers to review the BSP’s performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “Everyone is aware that forgetting everything of the past as also the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions like reservation in promotions and bad law and order during the SP rule in 2012-2017, BSP adhered to the ‘gathbandhan dharma’ with the Samajwadi Party in the interest of the country,” she tweeted in Hindi. “But the SP’s attitude after the elections has forced the BSP to think, will it be possible to defeat the BJP in the future? This is not possible,” she said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “Therefore, in the interest of the party and the movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength,” Mayawati added. She did not elaborate on what she meant by the SP’s attitude. Soon afterwards, SP national general secretary Ramashankar Vidyarthi told journalists in Balia that Mayawati was speaking against the SP in haste because of the Dalit support to his party and its leader Akhilesh Yadav. “She is weakening the fight for social justice,” he said, adding that Dalit society is getting connected with the SP and Akhilesh Yadav in a big way. People know about the reality about what the ‘malkin’ of the alliance has done, he said. Commenting on the development, Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi said commitment is most important in politics. “Commitment with the people as well as among political parties is very important… if people feel that politicians cannot keep their words while dealing with each other, they will not be able to keep their promises made to the people,” Tripathi said. The problem that we are seeing now is an outcome of lack of commitment, he remarked. The BSP entered into an electoral alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led SP and the Chaudhary Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls. The alliance, however, failed to make an impact in the politically crucial state. While the BSP managed to win 10 seats, the SP got five seats and the RLD drew a blank.last_img read more

first_imgASHCROFT (NEWS 1130) – It’s a strange scene at the edge of Cache Creek heading into Ashcroft where scorched hillsides meet lush, green, irrigated hay fields.While only one home in Cache Creek was lost to BC’s largest wildfire, one woman from the neighbouring community just a few kilometers away says she’s not bitter, despite losing everything.After taking to Mayor John Ranta, I’m making my way to #BostonFlats area of #CacheCreek where several homes were destroyed. @NEWS1130— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) July 19, 2017Holly Renz says her family fought hard to save her home when the fire –likely sparked by a person– raged into the Ashcroft Reserve on July 7th.“We had water out, and then the water ran out,” Renz said through tears. “You know, we tried hard to save it and there’s nothing we could do. We would have burned to death.”“All we had time to do was, my son came out of the house and I said ‘go look for the cat’. He goes ‘can we grab stuff?’ I said ‘No. Get the cat, see if he’s in there. Get your wallet, get out now.’”“By the time he did that the house was fully engulfed. Fully. And we had to run for our lives, that was it.”LISTEN: Reporter Marcella Bernardo speaks to Holly Renz, who lost her home in the wildfireAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Renz says she’s grateful no one was killed, her animals are safe and other homes were saved, but what she will miss most is a graduation photograph her brother signed for her shortly before he died.“That stuff, that was my brother, and he’s gone. That’s what bothers me is I can’t buy that back right? I’ll never be able to, but at least I’ve got the memories.”Just spoke with #Ashcroft woman Holly Renz who lost everything to human-sparked wildfire on July 7th. Her story at 7pm on @NEWS1130 #Hope— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) July 19, 2017last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Access to treatment for opioid addiction is about to get easier as the federal government promises changes to drug laws that would do away with some of the obstacles preventing doctors from offering prescription heroin and methadone.Forthcoming legal changes will allow patients to access, when appropriate, prescribed heroin outside of a hospital setting, such as addiction clinics, making it easier for them to balance their treatment with daily responsibilities.The government is also making methadone more accessible, allowing health-care practitioners to prescribe and administer it without needing to apply for an exemption from federal law.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Monday that removing barriers to treatment is crucial to combat what her department describes as a national public health crisis that continues to devastate families and communities.“We know way too many parents, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons or loved ones who have died because of opioids,” Petitpas Taylor said. “I believe we can turn the tide on this crisis. And we can do it together.”Health Canada estimates about 2,900 people died in 2016 as a result of the crisis; estimates slated to be released Tuesday suggest the epidemic claimed more than 4,000 lives last year.The Controlled Drug and Substances Act currently requires that physicians apply for an exemption from federal law to be allowed to prescribe, administer, sell or provide methadone.The government’s announced changes will mean doctors no longer require an exemption, something Petitpas Taylor called a barrier that discourages the treatment from being offered.Nurse practitioners who work in one of the six provinces that already allows them to prescribe methadone will also no longer be required to apply for an exemption — those include Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.The new regulations are expected to come into effect in May and stem from a guideline released earlier this month by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substances Misuse.The collection of best practices, put together by a network of 43 health-care practitioners, includes suggestions on how best to manage opioid-use disorder, including recommendations around what replacement medications should first be used to treat people addicted to powerful narcotics.A network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation that the opioid replacement Suboxone, a treatment considered to have safer side effects than methodone, should be the first medication used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics.Last month’s federal budget earmarked $231 million to improve access to treatment, address stigma and gather data on the opioid crisis.That includes $18.7 million over five years to tackle the stigma faced by people who use drugs, which includes a public education campaign aimed at changing stereotypes.“Stigma is a huge barrier for people getting the treatment that they need. And it’s not acceptable,” Petitpas Taylor said.She did not provide a date for when the education campaign would roll out, but emphasized it would happen as soon as possible.Dr. Jeff Turnbull, director of Ottawa Inner City Health, which provides health care to the homeless community, said improving access to opioid-addiction treatment is welcome news, but much more remains to be done beyond stabilizing a medical condition.“You have to find stable housing, you have to find support, you have to treat their underlying mental health problems and their addiction is all part of that,” Turnbull said. “The real work begins now.”Deirdre Freiheit, head of the Ottawa-based harm-reduction organization Shepherds of Good Hope, applauded the announcement and stressed the importance of tackling stigma.“Our clients have been vilified often by many rather than supported,” she said. “They’ve been judged for being in crisis rather than being supported. People have placed barriers in front of them — physical, emotional, systemic — rather than broken them down.”Of the $231 million set aside in the federal budget for the opioid crisis, $150 million will go to provinces and territories to improve access to treatment, about $32 million will help border security intercept fentanyl and other illegal substances and nearly $18 million will improve research and access to public-health data and analysis.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing in safety at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport.According to the Government, the $356,680 in funding will go towards the purchasing of a new grader which will be used to maintain the runways, taxiways, and aprons.Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says it is important to invest in airports in order to support economic growth and to maintain the safety for all users. “Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”Funding for the Airport comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program.To date, the Federal Government has invested more than $11.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects at the Northern Rockies Regional Airport.To learn more about ACAP funding, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website.last_img read more

first_imgNadi (Fiji): Asserting that Asia continues to be the growth engine of the world, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg Saturday said the ADB must expand its private sector operations to boost economic development.Addressing the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) here, he said there is a rising need for the agency to focus on strengthening human capital and develop social safety nets. “Therefore, we urge the ADB management to expand it social sector engagements in countries like India, while at the same time, continuing with the focus on making cities smart, providing 24×7 water and power supply, enhancing connectivity, and mitigating the risk of climate change. Our regional cooperation initiatives must aim to integrate the countries of the region with the global value chains,” he said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”While ADB should continue helping the member countries harness their growth potential by providing larger financial resources, it must expand its private sector operations across the region. By investing more through equity and infrastructure trusts, ADB can play a meaningful role in development of private sector initiatives,” Garg, India’s Alternate Governor on ADB’s Board of Governors, said. ADB’s private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion in 2018, a 37 per cent increase from the previous fiscal, and stood at 14.5 per cent of its overall commitment. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEmphasising that ADB has helped the developing countries in building infrastructure and reducing extreme poverty for the past 52 years, Garg said innovation in financing will be the key to success of long-term growth strategy. “This will require careful fine-tuning of both public and private sector financing. Private financing has to be carefully shepherded to the right sectors like manufacturing, services and new digital economy industries with active support of equity financing from ADB and other multilateral agencies,” he said. Private investment in more difficult sectors like infrastructure and human capital improvement, however, will not flow unless these projects are sufficiently de-risked for the private sector with both direct investment as well as provision of guarantees and other structured support, he said.last_img read more

6 March 2007When the top cricketers from across the planet come out to bat and bowl in the Cricket World Cup opening in the West Indies on Sunday, they will also be taking aim at HIV/AIDS in a United Nations campaign focusing on issues facing children and young people affected by the disease and the resources and actions needed to address them. The International Cricket Council is teaming up with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership, in the latest collaboration between the UN and world sports bodies, to produce a series of public service announcements (PSAs) and other events during the seven-week- long Cup, which is expected to draw more than 2 billion television viewers.The public, especially young people aged 15-24, will get information on the stigma and discrimination around HIV and on how to protect themselves against the virus. “Young people today have never known a world without AIDS,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said. “Sports stars such as top cricket players can act as role models for today’s young generation and reach out to them on AIDS issues. Sport is a force for change that can break down barriers, build self-esteem and teach life skills and social behaviour.”He added that by highlighting AIDS issues, the Cricket World Cup and its cricketing stars “are showing exactly the kind of exceptional response needed for the exceptional challenge of AIDS.”Through high profile activities around cricket’s biggest event, the Council is supporting the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign launched in 2005 by UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners, which is focused on ensuring antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive children, preventing mother-to-child transmission, promoting education programmes to help prevent HIV transmission, and aiding children who have been orphaned by AIDS. “Children have been the missing face of the AIDS pandemic,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “The International Cricket Council will be a powerful ally in ensuring that children are at the heart of the global response to the epidemic.”The PSAs, each lasting 30 seconds, will be available to broadcasters free of charge. They feature leading players, including Ricky Ponting from Australia and Rahul Dravid from India, speaking about how HIV affects children. Players and officials from each team will wear the red and blue ribbon of the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign during their first games and during the final. Players will also visit programmes supporting children and young people affected by HIV.“We hope the range of activities delivered at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 will make a difference to raising awareness and reducing stigma around HIV in the Caribbean and across the ever-growing cricket world,” ICC President Percy Sonn said. “By encouraging high profile players to support this campaign, we hope to be able to engage those who may otherwise be difficult to reach.”Cricket is popular in many of the countries most affected by AIDS, including India and South Africa. Together, these two countries are home to around 11 million of the 40 million people estimated to be living with HIV. In the Caribbean, where the Cup is being held, UNAIDS estimated that 250,000 people were living with HIV in 2006, 15,000 of them children aged 0-14 years.The ICC is being supported in the effort by the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, a coalition of over 50 broadcasters in 23 Caribbean countries and territories.“The exceptional reach of broadcast media in the Caribbean gives us a unique opportunity to educate audiences about how to avoid HIV, and how to combat the stigma and discrimination that surround the disease,” the Partnership’s Steering Committee Chair Allyson Leacock said.The campaign is but the latest in a whole series of collaboration between UN agencies and world sport, which has seen the likes of football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane shooting against poverty, the European Swimming League in “a race against time” to prevent deaths from unclean water, and similar initiatives with the International Rugby Board, American football stars, marathon runners and Formula One auto racers. read more

TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Inc. says it has signed a deal to merge its Bentall Kennedy real estate and property management firm with GreenOak Real Estate, a global real estate investment firm.The new company will be called Bentall GreenOak and be part of Sun Life Investment Management.The agreement will see Sun Life Financial contribute its interest in Bentall Kennedy and pay GreenOak shareholders $195 million in cash in exchange for a 56 per cent stake in the new firm, while GreenOak shareholders will hold the remaining interest.Sun Life will also acquire the right to a portion of the GreenOak shareholders’ share of Bentall GreenOak net income in exchange for a fixed amount to be paid in quarterly instalments.The insurer will also have an option to acquire the remaining interest in Bentall GreenOak approximately seven years from the closing.Senior management of the new firm will include executives from both Bentall Kennedy and GreenOak. read more

Nexen lays off 120 employees in Canada as latest company to cut costs CALGARY – Nexen, the Calgary-based company acquired by China’s CNOOC Ltd. more than three years ago, says it’s cut 120 jobs in Canada.Company spokeswoman Brittney Price said the company made the difficult decision to reduce its workforce because of the current economic situation.Last March, Nexen cut 340 staff in North America and 60 at its U.K. North Sea operations after it made cuts to its spending program.A number of oil-and-gas producers have announced layoffs recently as low oil prices have led to slashed spending plans for the year.In February, producers including Husky Energy, Chevron, Statoil, Cenovus Energy, Encana and Devon Energy, as well as Trican Well Services, all announced further job cuts.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimates that the industry cut 40,000 direct jobs last year. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2016 12:25 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2016 at 1:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“I condemn these horrific attacks in the strongest terms. Trying to silence the media will have a devastating effect on the nation’s vibrant media community,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga. “These attacks must stop and the crimes must be fully investigated by the Somali and Somaliland authorities.” On Tuesday, Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas, a correspondent with Universal TV was shot dead in the town of Las-Anod in Somalia’s Sool region. Two days earlier, Mohamed Mohamud Tuuryare, a journalist working for the Shabelle media network in the capital, Mogadishu, was shot and is still in a critical condition, the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which Mr. Mahiga heads, said in a news release. “I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ahmed Farah Ilyas and I wish Mr. Mohamed Tuurayare a quick and full recovery,” Mr. Mahiga said. According to the UN, Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists to operate, with 2012 being one of the bloodiest years on record for the country’s media industry. Sixteen Somali journalists have been killed this year alone and more than 20 reportedly injured. The UN has repeatedly called on the Somali authorities to conduct independent and swift investigations into the killings and to bring and end to the cycle of violence and to impunity. “I call on the authorities to bolster their criminal investigation capacity and bring the perpetrators to justice. UNPOS stands ready to assist in this regard,” Mr. Mahiga added. After decades of factional fighting and lawlessness, the East Africa country has been undergoing a peace and national reconciliation process, with a series of landmark steps in recent months that have helped to bring an end to the country’s eight-year political transition period. These steps included the adoption of a Provisional Constitution, the establishment of a new Parliament and the appointments of a new President and a new Prime Minister. Until last year, most of the capital, Mogadishu, was, for several years, riven by a fluid frontline dividing the two sides – fighters belonging to the Al Shabaab militant group and troops belonging to the Government of Somalia, with the latter supported by the UN-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Since the Al Shabaab withdrawal from the capital in August last year, the frontlines have been pushed back to surrounding areas. However, the use of roadside bombs, grenades and suicide bombers still take place, as do armed clashes. In September, Al-Shabaab insurgents withdrew from the port city of Kismayo, their last remaining stronghold located a sizable urban area, but still control parts of the country’s south-central areas. read more

“The killing of civilians is reprehensible and should be roundly condemned,” Mark Bowden, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and acting head of UNAMA, said of the incident, in which more than a dozen people were also injured, including civilians, with casualties expected to rise in the coming days.According to reports, a car laden with explosives detonated at a security check-point at an entrance to the province on Thursday afternoon. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on their website, UNAMA said in a statement issued today in Kabul.“Indiscriminate attacks which kill and injure civilians may amount to war crimes and are serious breaches of international humanitarian law which binds all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan” Mr. Bowden added.Through its statement, the UN Mission extended its condolences to the families of all of those killed and wished a speedy recovery for the injured. read more

Participants in the sixth annual Dirty Badger trail race will hit the ground running on Saturday, Sept. 14.Postponed from August due to inclement weather, the rescheduled event begins with check-in at Isaac’s at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. start.The race is open to anyone 16 years of age and older, and includes five- and 10-kilometre route options.A post-race barbecue at Isaac’s is included for all racers and volunteers, and will also feature live music and prizes courtesy of North Face Outlet at the Niagara Outlet Collection. There will also be free samples of craft beer for participants who are 19-plus, courtesy of Cameron’s Brewing of Oakville.Registration, at a cost of $25 per runner, is available online at parking for the event is available in Zones 1 and 2. read more

first_img Share Tweet Email Subscribe By Ryan Bailey 15,675 Views Short URL Apr 19th 2019, 6:15 AM Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: HE HAD GIVEN it so much thought, and been asked about it at every press conference for the last 12 months, but when the time came to tell the world of his decision to retire from rugby, Rory Best found it all a bit surreal yesterday.Accompanied by his wife, Jodie, and three young children, the Ulster and Ireland captain was visibly emotional as the reality of retirement hit him in front of the cameras and microphones. Rory Best pictured at Kingspan Stadium yesterday. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOWhile it had already been confirmed that Best would call time on his international career after the World Cup later this year, the 36-year-old had hoped to give it one last hurrah with Ulster next season, so announcing that he will bow out completely in November was difficult.Best struggled to hold back the tears at various stages during the 30-minute press conference at Kingspan Stadium yesterday as his young family watched on, but could draw immense pride and comfort from his achievements and the fact he has known for the last six months that the time is right to call it a day.“I think the family wanted me to go on for a bit longer,” he laughed. “Our Ben had earmarked the South Africa tour with the Lions [in 2021] and Richie has assured me when he plays rugby he’s never going to retire.“It’ll be nice to spend more time with them, the weekends especially. Just to do stuff with them. Even coming back early from Edinburgh last Saturday and getting to watch Ben play a bit of rugby and Penny over doing gymnastics and those are the sort of things when you’re being selfish and trying to play at the top level, you miss a lot of those. They’ve sacrificed a lot for me to be successful. They’ve been incredible. They go absolutely everywhere. I’ve told the story before about me taking the kids to watch Jodie play hockey and I couldn’t get from Guildford to Armagh, never mind Australia, New Zealand, Chicago. That support has been invaluable to me to allow me to be successful.It was fitting that Best had his family with him yesterday as he let his guard down and allowed the world in, reflecting on the highs and lows of his 15 years with Ulster and considered what the next chapter entails.“I don’t think you ever dream you’ll go this far,” he said, pausing briefly to keep his emotions in check. “Rugby had just turned professional when I started and you then realise you can actually make a living out of something you love doing. Then you get your first cap and you sort of dream and then you get to 50 for Ulster, and 100, 150, 200 and you do the one cap with Ireland, and then 50 there.“It’s hard to believe rugby has given me so much and I’m very grateful for what it has given me and I’d like to think I’ve given a little bit back along the way. I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved.”Following his debut for Ulster in 2004, Best has made 219 appearances for his native province, scoring 23 tries, and is the club’s most-capped international with 116 Ireland games to his name. Bowing out on his own terms, he says, has always been important and that makes this decision that bit easier to swallow.“That has always been the important thing. When you get to a stage in your career when you work hard to get there, you get to a point where you start to see people drifting out the back door and I always wanted to leave on my terms and to finish whenever I felt I was near or at the top of the game. I’m glad to be here now and proud of what I’ve achieved. Best’s son, Richie, watches the press conference. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“It’s a happy decision for me. I’m content with my contribution to Ulster and I’m hoping there’s still another three good games in me.”He faces a race against time to play for Ulster again. The ankle injury Best sustained against Leinster has not healed yet and with the province’s Pro14 quarter-final against Connacht less than a fortnight away, the hooker is aware that he may have played his last game in white.But he doesn’t agree with the assertion that his retirement marks the end of an era for the province.“There are disappointments along the way and there are times when you have opportunities to go somewhere else and maybe have seen other players go away and succeed or maybe win silverware. You sort of wonder and there are ifs and buts but at the same time, the support you get here is phenomenal.“I’ve seen a lot of change here over the years, the stadium being one. It’s not the end of an era because Ulster Rugby will go on. It was very successful long before me and it’ll be very successful long after me but I think when you give so much to something, it’s very difficult to say goodbye to it.”Before the final goodbye, Best has the small matter of a World Cup on the horizon. How he would dearly love for a big send-off with Ireland in Japan.“Just because you dream it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen,” he says. “If it finishes on a dream finish like that, brilliant, but if it doesn’t and we can look at each other in the eye afterwards and say we gave it absolutely everything, there’s a lot to be said for that too.”Best says he would find punditry difficult — ‘I would find it really hard to be critical of this place as it has done a lot for me’ — but coaching is a path he may look to go down once the curtain falls on his decorated playing career in the Autumn.“It’s something I’ve talked a bit to Jodie about and she’s very keen for me not to just walk away completely from the game, and ultimately as usual she’s right,” Best adds. I really enjoyed Tuesday nights with Banbridge. I might do it from November to end of season just to see if it’s something I’d like. I do love rugby, I’ve always loved rugby.What about a job on Dan McFarland’s coaching team here? “I don’t know, that’s for someone higher up the food chain than me. The coaching set-up is very much fixed up for next season.“I don’t know if something is there but to be honest, I’d be interested in hearing all options. Not just within Ulster. I’d like to think I have a bit to offer.” Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to preview the Champions Cup semi-finals and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Friday 19 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM ‘When you give so much to something, it’s hard to say goodbye to it’ Rory Best on coming to terms with retirement, spending more time with his family and a potential move into coaching. 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgTaapsee Pannu’s act of pressing man’s private part in Mission Mangal causes controversy.TwitterTaapsee Pannu is yet again in a controversy for a scene in Mission Mangal new trailer that shows her pressing a man’s private part.The particular scene, which has been shot in a humorous manner, shows Taapsee’s character being taught driving, while she mistakenly gets her hand on to the driving teacher’s private part instead of the car gear. This leaves the man in deep pain and he screams.This clip from the Mission Mangal trailer is being widely shared on social media, with many netizens expressing disgust at the scene. Angry Twitterati not only have been trolling Taapsee for the act, they have also been lashing out on feminists for apparently not objecting to this scene.They opined that the feminists of the country would have lashed out to the makers of the film if the same scene had shown a man doing something like this to a woman. Some of them even slammed the makers of Mission Mangal for adding a “disturbing” scene in the name of humour.”That’s called toxic & cheap FEMINISM. Imagine the vice versa & see the rage on social media. One more thing men will go on riot mode ( laughing) at this scene. @taapsee#MissionMangalNewTrailer,” tweeted a person.”They made Mission Mangal to show India’s achievements or so that Tapsee Pannu can harass men? If Kabir Singh sl@pping a girl was wrong, Tapsee molesting a man is definitely crime,” wrote another.That’s called toxic & cheap FEMINISM. Imagine the vice versa & see the rage on social media. One more thing men will go on riot mode ( laughing) at this scene. @taapsee#MissionMangalNewTrailer— PROFESSOR VEER PAAJI (@SRKVEERSINGH) August 8, 2019 Peak feminism from @taapsee ??— Arindam ?? (@bhattac_arindam) August 8, 2019 Well, it will be interesting to see if and how Taapsee or the makers of Mission Mangal would react to this criticisms.Apart from Taapsee, Mission Mangal also features Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithiya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi among others.Directed by Jagan Shakti, the film is based on the true events of India’s first successful satellite launch to Mars. Mission Mangal will be released on August 15.last_img read more