The Indian male boxers have left fans high and dry, unable to win a single medal at the London Olympics, but federation secretary Brig P K Muralidharan Raja is not going to press the panic button. In an exclusive chat with Mail Today on Thursday, Raja’s lament was the poor quality of work done by the referees.”I think we were distinctly unlucky not to have won a medal in men’s boxing, but there are no excuses. We had our chances and the depth was there for all to see. Had these same bouts taken place in some other country and not Britain, the results may have been different,” thundered Raja.In his view, even Devendro Singh’s last bout, which ended in agony, was a sad one to lose. “I am sure, because of the opponent being from Ireland, we were at the receiving end,” added Raja.Till now, there was a huge debate how the Indian boxers had lost some close bouts in London but Raja’s words make it clear that there are dubious verdicts even today in amateur boxing.”I am an international referee and am convinced the Indian boxers have been unlucky,” said Raja.Looking ahead, Raja said there is no need to panic about the future of Indian boxing. “It’s very creditable that seven male boxers qualified this time and there is huge depth. We need to keep working hard on their training programme,” said Raja.But there could be a brief lull in India’s future boxing preparations after this as elections are due to take place next month.advertisementAs per the government guidelines, Abhay Chautala, president of the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, has served two terms and will have to move out.”I have served two terms as secretary and can now become the president of the federation. We have our plans in place though at this point of time my talking about it may be premature,” said Raja.It is well known that Raja has played a huge role in making the federation plans all these years and deciding on the exposure-cum-training schedules.There is a clause in the government guidelines which says a government servant cannot serve more than one term as a sports federation official. However, Raja is hoping this will be waived off as he has permission from his department and the Indian Army to continue as an office bearer.”I am in any case retiring next November from the Army and am ready to be the president,” said Raja.The problem with sports federation elections is that the returning officer goes strictly by the rule book. However, if the sports ministry can make an exception, Raja can continue.In Raja’s view, the growth of Indian boxing has been a well planned one. At a time when more than technique of the boxers, scoring punches for the computers to register points has become important, Raja says it has been a coordinated effort.”We leave the coaching to the coaches but our technical experts do tell them what way the boxers need to be groomed. It is as a combined result of this our boxers have done well, though the disappointment of not winnng a medal is there,” said Raja.But the biggest statement from Raja came when he said the Indian boxing federation needed a total revamp. “I have always said that sports federations should be run like a corporate body. If I am to run this federation, I will ensure there is a total revamp and that will benefit the sport.We have got excellent support from the government and there is so much talent waiting to be tapped. If you got to the north east, there are so many women boxers who want to emulate Mary Kom,” said Raja.As regards the exit of national coach GS Sandhu, as he had said this would be his last international assignment, Raja said there was nothing to worry.”I think it’s only after the elections we can talk about all this. Let us celebrate Mary Kom’s medal for the time being,” he added.
Lanes leading to his house were lined with hoardings likeLanes leading to his house were lined with hoardings like “Welcome Back Sanju Baba”, “Bandraites Welcome Back Bandra Boy Sanjay Dutt” with a picture of young Dutt with mother Nargis. Also, a photo of his late actor-politician father Sunil Dutt was put up at the gate of his building Imperial Heights along with a message that read – “Dutt Sahab Amar Rahe”. Fans too were seen eagerly awaiting Dutts return.Soon after Dutts release, several Bollywood celebs and co-stars including Juhi Chawla, Gracy Singh, Mahesh Bhatt and Subhash Ghai wished him peace and welcomed his return to the industry with a hope that he will reach great career heights in his second innings in B-town.As far his future film projects are concerned, Bollywood filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani would collaborate with Dutt for the third instalment of “Munnabhai”, besides the biopic that he is making on the actor. Besides, “Oh My God” director Umesh Shukla is working on a socially relevant film in which he wants to cast the “Vaastav” star. Director Indra Kumar too has plans to work with Dutt in the third part of “Dhamaal”. Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had earlier revealed that he had several scripts for Dutt and would work with him soon. In Dutts absence, his wife Manyata had apparently signed Prabhu Deva to direct a film for his production house. Also the release date of the film “Hasmukh Pigal Gaya”, that Dutt is producing will be finalised soon as he is out of prison now. There have been reports that Dutt?s director friend Sanjay Gupta too wants to work with him. The Bollywood star was arrested on April 19, 1993, for possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of cache of arms and explosives which landed in India prior to the serial blasts of March 1993. During the investigation and the marathon trial, he spent 18 months in jail. On July 31, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act. In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling but reduced the sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence. According to jail officials, Dutt was assigned cane work making of paper bags in his cell due to security reasons.advertisementAlso, Dutt played his part in entertaining the inmates doing the role of “Radio Jockey” for the inner circuit YCP radio, compering songs with the script.His release today is 103 days ahead of the end of his full prison term. PTI KKP DK DV
Virat Kohli has single handedly paved the way to victory for the Indian cricket team with his exemplary performance in the T20 World Cup 2016.The most recent victory being the match against Australia.But his success was mired by some uncalled for debate on Twitter, where people trolled Anushka Sharma and linked his success to his personal life: RT if you think Virat kohli is performing better only because of breakup with Anushka. ??? Anushka Sharma (@LoKarDi_RT) March 19, 2016 Thanks @AnushkaSharma Ji, India will win #T20WC only because of you. pic.twitter.com/1G8oBxwFTj KRK (@kamaalrkhan) March 27, 2016@LoKarDi_RT he was single.Was amazing (debut-2014). Was out of form when anushka came in his life (2015). he is back after she goes (2016)! Proud Viratian (@pdevanshi20) March 19, 2016 Meanwhile, Anushka Sharma is searching “how to win your ex back” on google ???????????? #IndvsAus #viratkohli shashank nandennavar (@shashank_nand) March 27, 2016 Infuriated by this frivolous discussion, Virat Kohli condemned those who trolled Anushka Sharma with a powerful message on Instagram and Twitter saying, “Shame on those people who have been having a go at Anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what I do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity.” The Instagram post has garnered nearly 40,000 likes in just an hour after he posted it.
India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh savours “sweet feeling” after hammering 32-ball 53
Yuvraj Singh is a big tournament player and he loves delivering on the big stage. On Sunday, as India defied nature and rain breaks to build a platform, Yuvraj came out all guns blazing to up the ante against Pakistan at Edgbaston.In an innings affected by rain twice — consequently shortened to 48 overs as against the normal 50 — India posted 319/3.Further rain interruptions forced the match officials to revise the target to 324 runs off 48 overs according to the the Duckworth Lewis method.Kohli was not his usual fluent self for the first half of his innings, a composed 68-ball 81, and it was left to Yuvi to take the Pakistani pace attack on.The stylish southpaw made it all look all too easy, screaming away to his 52nd half-century off only 29 balls . He eventually perished for 53 but his knock had given India the impetus to push past 300.”Delivering in a big game is sweet. I was lucky to be dropped and then I could capitalise in the end,” said Yuvraj after India had stormed to 319/3 in their 48 overs.Yuvraj, the team-man that he is, gave full credit to Rohit and Dhawan, whose 136-run stand, he said, gave India the platform to raise a huge total. “The partnership between Rohit and Shikhar allowed us to bat deep.”Despite the persistent rain, Yuvraj thought runs could be scored on the pitch if the batsmen spent enough time in the middle.”It’s a very good batting wicket. You have to give yourselves time because of the rain breaks. If you give yourself enough time on this pitch, you will get enough runs,” he said.advertisementIndia’s batsmen gave themselves enough time alright. Four half-centuries at the top of the order and a six-ball 20 gave them a total they should fancy defending.The bowlers then stepped up with Umesh Yadav (3/30), Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) starring in the second innings as Pakistan got bowled out for 164 inside 34 overs.After the match Yuvi said he was lucky to have been dropped early on in his innings after which he capitalised on the reprieve.”I thought we all batted really well,” he said. “The openers gave us a good start, Virat finished well, and it gave me the opportunity to go and attack. You just have to go and back yourself, and tell the opposition that you’re here to attack.”I was lucky I was dropped, but I capitalised and I was hitting it well. I finished well. India-Pakistan is always a big game, and I think it has set us up really well. Hopefully we’ll take this confidence into the next game against Sri Lanka,” Yuvraj, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said at the post-match presentation.
ï¿½ ï¿½ ï¿½Bengaluru, Jan 1 (PTI) Star Indian badminton player and Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa has been named Coorg Person of the year, 2017 in a poll conducted by a news portal dedicated to Kodagu. Ashwini, who won a gold medal in the womens double event of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, was selected for the honour by www.coorgtourisminfo.com, Kodagus first news portal, promoted by senior journalist P T Bopanna. “What clinched the title of Coorg Person, besides her sporting achievements,was Ashwinis decision to marry a fellow Kodava, model Ponnachettira Karan Medappa, instead of outside her community,” Bopanna said in a release here. The close-knit Kodavas (Coorgis) who number less than two lakh, have been worried by the recent trend of community members marrying non-Kodavas, the release said. Ashwini Ponnappa is perhaps the youngest sportsperson from Kodagu to win the prestigious Arjuna award. In 2011, the Indian duo of Ashwini and Jwala Gutta came up with one of their finest performances when they etched their names in history books by becoming the first Indian pair to ensure a medal at the World Badminton Championships. Ashwini and Jwala participated at the 2012 London Olympics together and missed the quarterfinals by a whisker under controversial circumstances. Her father Ponnappa, who worked for the Reserve Bank of India at Hyderabad, was a hockey player and was in the Indian hockey camp during the 1982 Asiad. In the past, the winners of the title include Air Marshal K C Cariappa, environmentalist (2008), cricketer Robin Uthappa (2009) and tennis player Rohan Bopanna (2010). PTI RA APRadvertisement
The Unforgettables: Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor talk about cinema, life, sense memory, family
One defined the rage and restlessness of the ’70s and reinvented himself in the noughties. The other, a decade old in the film industry, is living up to an enormously rich heritage. Together, they are possibly the finest actors in the Mumbai film industry. Separated by a little over four,One defined the rage and restlessness of the ’70s and reinventedhimself in the noughties. The other, a decade old in the film industry,is living up to an enormously rich heritage. Together, they are possibly the finest actors in the Mumbai film industry. Separated by a littleover four decades of experience, they have much in common in how theyapproach their craft. Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor talk to eachother about cinema, life, sense memory and family.Ranbir Kapoor: I will not look into your eyes because I am intimidated. I’m such a fan of the work you do. I have ten thousand memories of you, having been around you while growing up. I remember when I came on the sets of Ajooba (1991); I was very young and not aware of actors or what they do. I didn’t even know my father was an actor. It really scared me when I saw you in that costume-your presence, your magnetism has stayed with me. Another thing I must tell you, Amit uncle, for the past 20 years, you have never forgotten to wish me on my birthday. And when I was in school, in my first semester in New York, I came home and found a message on my answering machine: ‘Hi Ranbir, this is Amitabh Bachchan calling to wish you a very happy birthday.’ That entire semester I showed off that phone call to everyone. It was my trump card. I got a lot of attention from women. But my best memory of you is while I was assisting (Sanjay Leela) Bhansali on Black (2005). Forget film school and acting school, it was when I got to see you live that I received my education. Tell me, what is your take on commercial cinema? I find it hard to digest when people tell me to do a masala film.advertisementAmitabh Bachchan: I don’t think there’s a necessity to have a debate on this. Every film is made to make money, whether it’s a so-called art film or “different cinema”. Everyone invests money and wants returns. It is the audience that decides whether it is a masala film or not and whether they would like to go watch it again. So when you talk of the other kind of cinema, the credit really goes to the audiences, because it means they have changed their tastes and they really want to see better films. Better in the sense that they want to see something credible rather than escapist. It is challenging for newcomers, for new filmmakers. But if you’re saying your kind of cinema isn’t making money, you’re wrong. Some of your films have done huge business. You want to be seen as someone doing something credible, something people can identify with. Audiences like you, irrespective of the kind of films you do. You have a quality; when you perform, you don’t do much. You have great movement within your eyes, and there’s something you do with your body. You’re brilliant, and audiences are very mature, so don’t worry about your films not doing well.Ranbir: You’re pulling my leg now, Amit uncle! When you’re not working, are you constantly in a state of inspiration? You’re always so aware of what happens in the world, about politics, about sports. Are you constantly learning, reading stuff or do you have moments when you are not doing anything, just relaxing.Amitabh: This mobile phone is a horror. The moment you switch it on, you want to go to Twitter or Facebook. You start scrolling and you don’t want to stop. The brain gets exhausted with the information you’re getting. I don’t know if it’s healthy, but it’s difficult to stop.Ranbir: I’ve stayed away from social media. I find that actors are so easily accessible-through social media,at airports.Amitabh: Yes, this is a problem! I have to think before I go to the airport. What did I wear last time?Ranbir: Do you think I am losing out by not being on social media?Amitabh: I think you should do what’s important to you. I started a blog because someone said there are a lot of websites out there in my name. The first day I wrote two lines: ‘Hello, everyone. I’ve started this blog.’ The next day I got a response and I thought this is fantastic. I sent a reply in my next one. The next day I got four replies. Now I’ve written it every day for over 3,000 days non-stop. I do it myself. Twitter and Facebook too.advertisementRanbir: Apart from social media, what else do you do? Are you comfortable being on your own? Do you enjoy travelling?Amitabh: I can’t say I prefer it, if I have company, I enjoy it, but if I don’t, I’m okay by myself. As far as travelling is concerned, I think now I’m more comfortable being at home.Ranbir: But how can you create something new if you’re not travelling and rejuvenating yourself?Amitabh: What’s the guarantee that I could rejuvenate by travelling?Ranbir: But don’t you want to meet new people?Amitabh: I meet them on TV, in the media, through social media; I read opinions, the reactions to them.Ranbir: I remember when you took off acting for some time. Did you take it as failure; the sabbatical?Amitabh: It was a mistake. I don’t think I should have been away from the camera and the studios. Every day on a set is great learning. To sit back and take a sabbatical is wrong. I felt, I’d be able to continue after three years, but in this profession, there’s always someone waiting around the corner; someone better, someone better-looking, more popular will take your place. Every day you are always learning something, meeting new people, working with new artists, working in new surroundings, meeting directors and people you have not worked with. I think I missed out on that.Ranbir: Which was your hardest phase?Amitabh: Everyday is tough, Ranbir. I’ve met with so many failures. At some point you’ve got to ask yourself what you can do best and what you can go back to. Work small, adjust. Reconcile with that and then it’s just taking steps forward. It’s well known that I had a huge failure in the corporation I began, it bankrupted me, I had no films, no money, I had creditors hounding me, it was a horrid feeling. The very people who applaud you, sing praises about you when you’re doing well, abuse you and become demanding. It’s tough to face that. I decided that I was an actor and went back to it. I went to Yash Chopra asking for a job.Ranbir: And your ego didn’t come in the way of having to ask for a job?Amitabh: I don’t know what ego means. If I don’t have a job, I’ll go and say I don’t have a job. If I need it, I’ll ask for it. That’s how I got Mohabbatein (2000). I didn’t find it embarrassing.Ranbir: Many in your position would have.Amitabh: You have to realise there was no position. I think we are capable enough to understand how we have performed, what was lacking.Ranbir: I remember on the sets of Black, we would be struck by your performance. But you’d go to Bhansali and say, Oh, I clenched my jaw a bit too early. You wanted a retake. You had a desire to get every bit right.advertisementAmitabh: I think it worries you when you see the film. When I see Black now, I hate to see the dining room scene, when I read the letter.Ranbir: When you read that letter, and you get choked. I remember it so clearly because Bhansali showed me that as an example of how you could control your physicality too. As an actor you should be able to do that, he told me.Amitabh: I remember it for the mistake I made. I pull out the letter and reach for my specs and start reading. But if I’ve got Alzheimer’s, how do I know my specs are there? I should’ve thought about it and then reached out. I curse myself. I kept telling Sanjay I wanted to redo it. But Ranbir, you were assisting Sanjay on Black, your main job was to train the little girl perform as a blind girl. If people have appreciated her performance, it’s because you used to train her.Ranbir: A piece of trivia-the only person I’ve been a body-double for is you, in the shot where Debraj is sitting by the fountain. I had to pad myself with overcoats and a skullcap. I’ve had the privilege of being Amitabh Bachchan for a day. It was awesome. If you had to choose one favourite film for all ages, if I pointed a gun at you and asked you to choose, which would it be?Amitabh: I’d tell you to use that gun and shoot it, because I really don’t have that one film. I can’t choose. I feel that I’d belittle the people who’ve made the other 200 films with me. I don’t mind dying for that. I want to ask you, you went to acting school in New York. I want to know how acting is taught. I’ve missed out on it. I didn’t know there were acting schools, until I met Jaya (his wife), who had been to such an institute.Ranbir: To be honest, it’s absolute rubbish. You can’t learn method acting in nine months. What they teach you is how to use sense memory or emotional memory for dramatic scenes. Any intelligent person can do it. My acting lessons came from you on the sets of Black. Bhansali directing you, you responding to his directions. I wouldn’t advise anyone to go to acting school, go to an Amitabh Bachchan set, I’d say. You haven’t done theatre. Would you consider trying it someday?Amitabh: I’ve done amateur stuff that everyone’s done. But I can’t take to the stage now. I’m scared, it’s tough to be on stage. I won’t remember my lines. I admire people who can do it.Ranbir: I’ve seen you memorise a four-page monologue in one hour. Which brings me to my next question. Do you like to stick to the script or improvise?Amitabh: I stick to the script. The writer is the most important person for the film. He’s not just the writer, he’s also the director, set designer, music director-when he writes, he imagines everything. It’s the toughest job to do. It’s disrespectful to say ‘hey, this is rubbish, I’ll just say what I feel like’.Ranbir: And you’ve never thought of directing a film?Amitabh: No, no. I wouldn’t know how to.Ranbir: But to direct is to tell a story, right?Amitabh: Telling it through a lens is tough. How do you know where to put the trolley, where to walk, tell the artist what you want them to do.Ranbir: Can you write a story?Amitabh: I’ve never tried.Ranbir: It happens to me, that I get a story idea, I share it with people, but I just get lazy and can’t get down to writing it. I don’t have the knack. Either you’re born with it or not.Amitabh: If you do have these moments even in the middle of the night, speak them out, record them. Give them to someone else, a friend who’s a writer. You never know, something valuable might come out of it.Ranbir: Do you miss singing and dancing with heroines in Ooty?Amitabh: It’s terrible labour and I hate it. I went along with it because it is a part of my profession. But there were a couple of incidents early in my career, when I was asked to do a song and dance routine, but I didn’t do a very good job and was replaced. So it became a stigma for me. I hate it when I have to do a song and dance sequence. The kind of stuff you guys do now is impossible. How can different parts of your body move in different directions?Ranbir: In Saara zamana? You moved different muscles!Amitabh: I did nothing at all. Just had a guitar and dark glasses, so you don’t see anybody. I was just strumming and doing simple steps.Ranbir: My personal life has been written about a lot. Mostly in a negative way, calling me a cad, a flirt. How do I get out of that?Amitabh: Negativity sells, so it’s going to happen. I deal with negative media even today.Ranbir: You didn’t speak to the media for some time.Amitabh: They felt I was responsible for the media ban during the Emergency. Photographers would put their cameras on the floor as a protest and I was not written about at all.Ranbir: Did it make you unhappy?Amitabh: Well, when they banned me, I said I wouldn’t speak to them either. For almost 15 years, I didn’t speak to them!Ranbir: What’s your relationship like now?Amitabh: Oh, I love them. Dare I say anything else (laughs)?I remember meeting you in London, we were staying at the same hotel. You had a book in your hand and you were going to a park to read. You said ‘I just want to be in my own space. It’s too complicated in Mumbai, I can’t function there.’Ranbir: I was going through a personal shift in my life, I had broken up with a girlfriend. I was taking some time off. That’s why I asked you about loneliness. I really enjoy being alone. It’s the most fun, which is probably not a good thing.Ranbir: Would you ever let anyone make a biopic on you?Amitabh: No. It would be the most boring. Not an autobiography either.Ranbir: Your blog is an autobiography of sorts.Amitabh: That’s an occupational hazard now. Thousands come down my throat if I don’t update it now. But autobiographies, they’re horrid.Ranbir: When will I get an opportunity to work with you?Amitabh: I hope we do, because I hope to get a lesson in acting from you. (The two will soon begin work on Ayan Mukherji’s Brahmastra.) n
WASHINGTON — One costly error and another spotty start from Zack Wheeler cost the New York Mets a chance to win a series for the first time this month.Wilson Ramos drove in four runs and Ian Desmond homered to help Jordan Zimmermann and the Washington Nationals beat the Mets 6-3 on May 18.Wheeler (1-4) went six innings, allowing five runs — three earned — and six hits, striking out five and walking one.Ramos doubled in two runs in the third after shortstop Ruben Tejada’s fielding error with a runner on and two outs kept the inning going.“We can’t make some of the mistakes that we’re making,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “We’ve got to play solid baseball. We’ve certainly got to play crisper.”Catcher Juan Centeno’s passed ball led to another run for Washington in the eighth.For Wheeler, it was the third time he has allowed five runs or more in his last four starts after not allowing more than four runs in any of his first five outings.“I felt great, probably the best I’ve felt all year,” Wheeler said. “The balls were inside, but I guess not inside enough. I threw a couple good two-seamers in and they just did a nice job of hitting them.”Desmond’s solo home run and second in two days tied the game in the second inning. Ramos drove in two more runs in the fifth to push Washington’s lead to 5-1.“It’s been a bunch of bad starts in a row here, so I need to hurry up and turn it around and get back on the right track,” Wheeler said. “Obviously, guys are starting to figure me out a little bit, and see what I have.”The Mets have not won a series since taking two of three against Miami in New York from April 25-27.Centeno hit a pair of RBI singles and Juan Lagares had a run-scoring single for the Mets, who have lost four of five. Washington is 5-1 against New York this season.Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann (3-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings for his first win in three starts. It came hours after Washington put left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano shut out the Mets over the final three innings. Washington’s bullpen pitched 13 scoreless innings in the series as the Nationals took two of three. Soriano worked the ninth for his 10th save.The Mets scored twice against Zimmermann in the sixth, but the rally ended when Centeno was thrown out at second base after his run-scoring hit.Zimmermann, a .385 hitter this season, singled in the fifth off Wheeler and later scored on Ramos’ base hit.“It’s all about locating his pitching,” Collins said of Wheeler. “But I tell you, I thought he had really good stuff today. He just made a couple mistakes and they got some big hits.”Kevin Frandsen’s RBI groundout in the eighth added an insurance run for Washington following Centeno’s passed ball.(JOEY KAMIDE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Seoul, Dec 14 (AFP) The two Koreas on Friday agreed to hold talks with the International Olympic Committee on their joint bid for the 2032 Summer Games in February, Seoul said, as a rapid diplomatic thaw takes hold on the peninsula.North and South Korean officials will meet with the IOC in Lausanne, Switzerland on February 15 to discuss the prospects of co-hosting the 2032 Olympics, according to a joint statement following a cross-border meeting on Friday.Making a joint bid for the 2032 Games was part of a broader agreement made between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in during their third summit in Pyongyang in September.If it materialises, it will mark the first time for the Olympics, summer or winter, to be shared by two countries.The two sides also agreed to form unified teams at the Tokyo Summer Paralympics in 2020, in addition to their earlier deal to jointly compete at the Olympics in the same year.They have yet to determine which Olympic sport will have North and South Koreans on the same team, but the South’s chief delegate said a decision will be reached in the next few weeks.”We agreed to narrow down the sports to those that will see a synergy effect under cooperation between the South and North,” vice sports minister Roh Tae-kang said after the meeting, according to pool reports.The two Koreas technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty with military clashes often erupting along the frontier.advertisementBut ties improved markedly after Pyongyang sent athletes and top delegates — including leader Kim’s younger sister — to the 2018 Winter Games held in the South in February, for which the two rivals also formed a joint women’s ice hockey team.Kim has made a series of reconciliatory gestures since then, including a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June and three summits with Moon — a dove who advocates dialogue with the North. (AFP) RUPRUP
After all the tension this week with Boone Pickens comments on Mike Gundy, the Oklahoma State mega booster cleared the air on the situation in a released statement on Saturday morning:For more than a decade I have worked to make all aspects of Oklahoma State University better, academically and in its athletics. And we have made great strides in both. I am proud of what we have accomplished, and what more we can accomplosh.But let me clear the air on some recent comments regarding coach Mike Gundy. I’m 88 years old. My competitive spirits have not diminished. When I made my first major gift, I expected that we would become competitive, and that we would one day win a national championship. If nothing else, age has made me more focused and anxious to achieve that goal.Mike Gundy has accomplished a lot at Oklahoma State. I recommended him for the head coaching position. I was one of his – and the schools – staunches defenders during the Sports Illustrated attack on our university. But the reality is I have a full-time job at BP Capital. I have not placed a call to Mike Gundy in years. Its his program to run, not mine.Coach Gundy and I are united in the belief that the school is bigger than both of us. I wish Coach Gundy well. I am proud of our football team. I remain the school’s number one fan. I do not intend to talk about our relationship publicly going forward.Cowboy fans, let’s fill up the stadium on Saturday and beat the Longhorns.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Chelsea It’s not easy to compete with Man City and United in the transfer market, admits Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte Brighton & Hove Albion The Blues have been linked with less fashionable names, while the Manchester clubs are targeting superstars in the January window Chelsea don’t find it easy to compete with the likes of Manchester City and United for top players in the transfer market, Antonio Conte hinted Friday. The Blues broke their transfer record this season by bringing in Alvaro Morata for £58 million, a move that could rise to £70m with the add-on involved in the deal, but they lag behind the two Manchester sides in terms of net spending during the transfer windows. Chelsea made a number of high-profile sales to fund spending and are now being linked with the likes of Stoke City’s Peter Crouch and West Ham’s Andy Carroll. But Conte admits that it might be tricky for the Premier League champions to keep up with some clubs on transfers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “This question is one for the club,” Conte said during a press conference at Cobham Training Centre. “For sure, now there are strong, big realities and it’s not simple to fight them. But I don’t know. I’m not in condition to follow up with that.”In this moment, about Ross Barkley, I think the club took a good opportunity to buy an important player, an important English player, and not spend a lot of money. Ross’ evaluation is more than £15m.”Chelsea go into the Brighton game on Saturday with a 15-point gap between them and Man City, who sit in first place in the Premier League table. The Blues have slipped to fourth after playing to a 0-0 draw with Leicester last weekend, while Liverpool beat Man City. Conte thinks that the Premier League is the toughest league in world football, and understands how difficult it is to win the trophy.“In every sport you have to fight if you want to reach great achievements,” Conte said. “I think in England, it’s very difficult to win the title, more than in other country. Because you start the season with six top teams trying to win the title.”This is the only country where you can find this type of situation. At the same time, it’s very difficult to fight and find a place in the top four. Last season, Manchester United and Arsenal stayed out.”Two seasons ago, Liverpool were out and Chelsea finished 10th. They were out. But we must be ready, we must be ready to fight for a place in the top four. It won’t be easy because every team wants to reach this target.“This target is very prestigious for every team because this competition, [along with] the Champions League, is the biggest in the world for clubs. We must be optimistic. There are four months to play. Good targets.”We are in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup with the possibility of reaching the final, the fourth round of the FA Cup, the Champions League, and we’re fighting for a Champions League place in the league. We must be optimistic and continue to work. Our work must give us the right optimism.”“At this moment, Manchester City are one of those in the Champions League places. I don’t know if they’ll win the (Premier League) or not, but they are 12 points from the second and 20 from Arsenal.”Chelsea don’t go into the game against Brighton in great shape having played 120 minutes in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday against Norwich. Conte saw Morata and Pedro both get sent off for two yellow cards and they will miss the game, while the manager confirmed Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are out with injuries. Conte admits he’s unhappy that Pedro dived but says that he knows he has made a mistake. “I think, during the game, the player can be tired, a bit tired, but Pedro’s reaction was to stand up quickly,” Conte said. “I think the player understood, at that moment, the mistake and wanted to stand up and admit it was a mistake, ‘I was a bit tired’.“But, sometimes we can make mistakes. The most important thing is to try and recognise the mistake and try and avoid repeating them next time. If you see, he didn’t ask for a penalty.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 16: The Houston Cougars carrying the American flag and UH flag enter the field before playing against the Rice Owls sat TDECU Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)Coming into Saturday only a handful of college football programs remained undefeated – five programs to be exact. Alabama and UCF both have the weekend off, Clemson destroyed Florida State in an All-ACC affair, and Notre Dame takes on Navy later tonight.That leaves just South Florida as the only undefeated program currently in action. It’s not going well.With former Alabama 5-star transfer quarterback Blake Barnett under center, the Bulls rolled into today’s game with an unblemished record. At 7-0, USF is the No. 21 team in the country.However, Houston entered this game as the favorite to take down the undefeated Bulls. There’s a reason Vegas is king.The Cougars hold a 28-21 lead at the half.YA WOO COUGAR FOOTBALL!@DeriqKing_ finds Courtney Lark for a 30-yard strike. @Witherspoon47 PAT is good. #HTownTakeover2nd | 1:06 | Houston 28, USF 21 pic.twitter.com/hNPBIoBkhi— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) October 27, 2018Can the Cougars hold on to the lead or will USF keep its undefeated season alive?Stay tuned.
Sources tell JohnWallStreet that UCLA mega donor Casey Wasserman “is advising the school not to re-up with the Pac-12 [beyond the conference’s existing Grant of Rights agreement, which expires in 2023].” Logic says that Wasserman is trying to steer his alma-mater to the Atlantic Coast Conference where he serves as an advisor, but it doesn’t seem feasible for the school’s non-revenue generating sports to play half their schedule 3,000 miles from campus (and they wouldn’t be welcomed to stay in the Pac-12 without football and basketball).In a vacuum, maybe UCLA could handle a move to the ACC for only football. You only play 12 regular season games and, while the Bruins would have some long flights, it could be manageable.Basketball would be trickier, though maybe that’s possible, too.It seems downright impossible, however, for any of UCLA’s non-revenue sports to be members of the ACC. The travel schedule would just be insane and highly expensive.UCLA has been a member of the conference since 1928. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 14: UCLA Bruins cheerleaders perform during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Arizona State Sun Devils at T-Mobile Arena on March 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Sun Devils defeated the Bruins 83-72. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)We haven’t had too much crazy conference realignment talk lately, but a new report involving the UCLA Bruins is bringing it back.UCLA, one of the biggest West Coast schools in the country, is reportedly being recommended for a move to the ACC by a mega booster.The booster, Casey Wasserman, is reportedly advising the school against re-upping with the Pac-12 and instead pushing for a move to the ACC.The report comes from JohnWallStreet.com:
zoom Chemical shipping market is heading toward a recovery phase, which would be supported by subdued ordering and a narrowing in the tonnage supply-demand gap from late 2018, shipping consultancy Drewry informed.Tonne-mile demand of chemical commodities is set to grow at 3.8% on a year-on-year basis in 2017, of which the organic trade is likely to grow only at 1.5%. By contrast, inorganic and vegoil tonne-miles are expected to increase by 6.3% and 6.5%.The global chemical trade is expected to grow at 3.3% in 2017, according to Drewry, owing to the strong vegetable oil trade from Southeast Asia to South Asia. The recent reduction in US exports, as a result of Hurricane Harvey, which had a negative impact on the chemical shipping trade, is expected to prove only temporary. Trade will return to normal patterns when North American plants resume production.Chinese demand for methanol has been improving during the second half of the year as methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plants either plan to ramp up or resume production. Ten new MTO plants are coming on stream in the second half of 2017, and two new plants will begin operations early in 2018. One methanol plant in Iran and two plants in the US will come online by the end of 2017. Drewry thus expects moderate growth in the global methanol seaborne trade, especially in long-haul and domestic trade routes in China.Time charter rates picked up in the third quarter of 2017, supported by strong demand for clean petroleum products (CPP) and palm oil. Robust demand, high fuel production and declining fuel inventories will strengthen the clean product tankers market from the fourth quarter to 2018.“The chemical tanker fleet is oversupplied, and increased demand in the CPP market will attract more swing tankers to move to the CPP trade. Overall, we expect earnings to improve over the medium term,” Hu Qing, Drewry’s lead analyst for chemical shipping, said.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that in the year 2018-2019, the state’s performance of credit linkage of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the Cooperative Sector is the highest in India.”I am very happy to share with all of you that during 2018-2019, West Bengal’s performance of credit linkage of Self-Help Groups in the Cooperative Sector is highest in the country. “As per report of NABARD, West Bengal provided credit to 97, 535 Self Help Groups in the Cooperative Sector, leading to huge creation of employment and income generation, mostly among women,” Banerjee posted on her Facebook page. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Chief Minister has recently announced a yearly aid of Rs 5,000 for the empowerment of the SHGs in the state. The SHGs registered for a period of one year or more will be entitled to the benefit. The government will spend Rs 500 crore for this purpose. “We are committed to empower and make the poor womenfolk self-reliant both in the urban and rural areas,” a senior official of the SHG department said. It may be mentioned that the bank loan disbursed for the SHGs in the state have gone up noticeably during the Trinamool Congress government. The loan amount that was Rs 553 crore in 2010-11 that went up to Rs 7,000 crore in 2018-19. The state government is also providing a subsidy so that the SHGs have to pay only 2 percent of their bank loan. The number of SHGs which was 4.72 lakh in 2010-11 has more than doubled with an emphasis from the Mamata Banerjee government.
James Cameron has partnered with celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform Prizeo.com to raise awareness and funds for One Drop, an organization which strives to ensure that safe water and proper sanitation is accessible to all.Fans can participate by clicking HERE and donating as little as five dollars. Those who contribute will be automatically entered to win the ultimate fan experience: one grand prize winner and a guest will be flown roundtrip to Montreal and given VIP tickets to see the December 21st premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming show, TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by the world of Avatar. The winner will be treated to lunch with Academy Award-winning director James Cameron to learn more about the inspiration behind Pandora. Winners will also receive hotel accommodations and a tour of the Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters.Those who donate at specific price points are also eligible for exclusive rewards, including an exclusive campaign t-shirt and signed items. A full list of campaign rewards is available HERE.The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and notified via email shortly after the campaign closes on December 4th. For full contest rules, see Prizeo.com. For more information about TORUK – The First Flight visit CirqueDuSoleil.com.
Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, May 1, 2017 – CTV announced today, in association with Ilana Frank’s ICF Films and Entertainment One (eOne), that production has begun on THE DETAIL, the network’s new, one-hour, detective series. The 10-episode ensemble drama centers on three fiercely talented female homicide investigators who work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives.The new series stars the award-winning Wendy Crewson (SAVING HOPE, Room), along with Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), and U.K. talent Angela Griffin (CORONATION STREET, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS).From the producing and writing team behind the hit TV series SAVING HOPE, THE DETAIL is set to premiere as part of CTV’s 2017/2018 schedule and will continue to shoot in and around Toronto until July 25, 2017. The series has also been picked up by ION Television for broadcast in the U.S. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Shenae Grimes-Beech stars as street smart Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Cooper, with keen investigative skills, but a messy personal life. Angela Griffin stars as Detective Stevie Hall, a sharp quick-witted interrogator who is Jack’s mentor – even while she balances the demands of work and her complicated family life. Wendy Crewson plays Staff Inspector Fiona Currie, the homicide unit’s formidable boss, who works overtime to secure justice, no matter what the cost.Also announced today, all-star supporting cast members joining the series include David Cubitt (MEDIUM, VAN HELSING) as Detective Kyle Price, Stevie’s (Griffin) old flame and new co-worker at the division; David Ferry (LEGION) as Harry Barker, Stevie’s (Griffin) step-father and retired cop; Matthew Edison (THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE) as Stevie’s (Griffin) husband Jono Hall; Ben Bass (ROOKIE BLUE) as Marc Savage, Jack’s (Grimes-Beech) silver-tongued boyfriend; Al Mukadam (SPUN OUT) as the well-connected Detective Aaron Finch; and Matt Gordon (Room, ROOKIE BLUE) as Detective Donnie Sullivan, the surly yet lovable lug of homicide.“We look forward to continuing our creative partnership with Ilana Frank and eOne on this dramatic detective series anchored by strong talented female characters and the actresses behind them,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. “THE DETAIL offers a fresh take on the one-hour procedural with a unique blend of drama, investigation, action, and wit by these three women solving major crimes against the odds.”“We share a passion for this project, for these characters, and for entertaining audiences with realistic, human, and engaging stories,” said Adam Pettle, Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer. Ley Lukins, Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer adds, “We can’t wait to introduce people to Jack Cooper, Stevie Hall, Fiona Currie and all the other exciting characters, brought to life by our team of wonderful writers, actors, and crew to TV screens.”THE DETAIL is produced by Ilana Frank of ICF Films with global independent studio eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. All distribution rights are handled by eOne.The series was developed by Ley Lukins (SAVING HOPE, LOST GIRL) who serves as Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer with Adam Pettle (SAVING HOPE, KING). Executive Producers are Ilana Frank (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), John Morayniss (BITTEN, RANSOM), and Linda Pope (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), with co-executive producers Jocelyn Hamilton (CARDINAL), Sonia Hosko (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), and Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE). Other writers include Naledi Jackson, Sarah Goodman, Graeme Stewart, Katrina Saville, Joe Pernice, and Matt Doyle. Directors on the series include Gregory Smith, Jordan Canning, Kelly Makin, Sara St. Onge, Grant Harvey, John Fawcett, and James Genn.For Bell Media, Kathleen Meek is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CTV_Television@TheDetailCTVAngela Griffin: @angela_griffinShenae Grimes-Beech: @shenaegrimesWendy Crewson: @wendy_crewsonDavid Cubitt: @david_cubittDavid Ferry: @lazyboyhatFacebook:www.facebook.com/CTV@TheDetailCTVInstagram:CTV: @ctv_television @TheDetailCTVShenae Grimes-Beech: @shenaegrimesbeechAngela Griffin: @theangelagriffinDavid Cubitt: @davidcubittAbout Entertainment One:Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.www.entertainmentone.comAbout Bell Media Original Programming:Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are Space’s internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK as well as KILLJOYS and DARK MATTER; Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2; CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and WHAT WOULD SAL DO?; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; and nine series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTV:CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement
Notley calls the price gap a “real and present” danger that hasto be addressed in the long term with more pipelines.The premier is travelling to Ottawa and Toronto next week to makeher case.The experts are Robert Skinner of the University of Calgary’sSchool of Public Policy, deputy energy minister Coleen Volk andBrian Topp, Notley’s former chief of staff and a policy consultant.She is giving them two to four weeks to report back to her.Last week, Cenovus Energy and Canadian Natural Resources calledfor government-imposed temporary cuts until the oil glut clears up,but Suncor Energy and Husky Energy have rejected the idea. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has appointed threeexperts to work with the energy industry to find ways to close anoil price gap that is costing Canada tens of millions a day.Notley says the Canadian economy is losing $80 million every daybecause oil from Alberta is selling about $45 a barrel less thanWest Texas Intermediate in the United States.She says that’s because there is an oversupply of Alberta oil dueto a lack of pipeline capacity to move it to markets.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to address five political meetings in the north next month, Minister of Environment and the UPFA Secretary Susil Premjayantha said.Accordingly meetings have been scheduled to be held in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Jaffna in support of the UPFA candidates contesting the forthcoming northern Provincial Council elections. Premjayantha who is gearing up the campaign for the UPFA in the Jaffna district addressing the media at his Jaffna office said that the President will address the Jaffna masses on September 15 at 10.30 am at the Jaffna Durai Appa Stadium. The Vavuniya district meeting will be held on 9th September. When asked about the violation of election rules in the Jaffna district he emphasized that the UPFA has given special instruction to all candidates to stick to election rules and the guidelines issued by the Commissioner of Elections as well.He also said that he has already instructed the Jaffna Police DIG and the Municipal Council to take all necessary action within their purview to strictly adhere to the laws of the country. Accordingly the minister said that he requested both the Police and the Jaffna Municipal Council to take immediate action to remove all unauthorized election campaign material inclusive of symbols drawn on the streets in the Jaffna district. (Colombo Gazette) “On September 14, there will be three meetings one after the other to be held in the districts of Mannar, Kilinochchi and Pudukudi-iruppu in the Mullaitivu district” the Minister told the media.
CALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is shelling out $1.53 billion to acquire struggling Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. as it looks to grow its presence in Saskatchewan’s shale oil fields.The Calgary-based company (TSX:CPG) will pay for the deal with its own shares as well as take on $967 million in Legacy’s (TSX:LEG) debt.The deal is expected to close around the end of June.Crescent Point is known for its big appetite for acquisitions, especially ones that help it grow in areas where it’s already active.CEO Scott Saxberg calls the Legacy assets a “tremendous fit” for Crescent Point.Just over half of Legacy’s land is in southeast Saskatchewan, where Crescent Point is a dominant player. The Legacy takeover gets Crescent Point an entry into promising oilfields in the Midale region of Saskatchewan.Earlier this spring, activist investor FrontFour Capital Group was pushing for a shakeup of Legacy’s board of directors.During times of low commodity prices, it’s common for companies with the financial wherewithal to snap up weaker players at bargain prices. Crude is at around US$58 a barrel, compared to last year’s highs of around US$107.So far in the current downturn, there haven’t been many deals as buyers and sellers have not been able to see eye to eye on price.“With the precipitous drop in oil prices beginning in July 2014, Legacy’s valuation has come under pressure. The company’s financial leverage, which was improving in the first half of 2014, also began to erode, putting additional pressure on Legacy’s share price,” Legacy said in a release.In February, Legacy began to weigh its options.“The process culminated with the board of directors recommending the transaction with Crescent Point, which was determined to offer Legacy’s shareholders the greatest opportunity to recognize the long term value inherent in Legacy’s assets through a better capitalized combined entity, with a well-funded capital plan, stronger balance sheet and reliable dividend.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2015 3:58 pm MDT Last Updated May 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crescent Point to acquire Legacy Oil + Gas for $1.53 billion, including debt
Is Hellenism relevant in Australia society? A workshop and forum run by the Peloponnesian Confederation of Melbourne and Victoria will discuss this topic and encourage all participants to have their say. This youth forum is a long overdue discussion which will identify the needs and requirements of the next generation and enable them to chart their own course throughout the decades of the future. Hellenism has historically been able to survive in locations where other cultures have been swallowed up, by a predominant culture through neglect of their own customs, religion, culture, identity and heritage. The Australian Hellenic community is at the cross roads at the moment and forces are at play vying for supremacy and control over the current generation of Australians’ of Hellenic background. The Greek Orthodox church on one hand is concerned about its congregation, dwindling church goers and what to do with its vast assets. The Australian Hellenic communities are concerned about its hard earned assets and the lack of interest among its members regarding the maintenance of Hellenic customs and traditions. Academia within the Australian Hellenic Community is seeing its student numbers being reduced year after year, forcing them in some cases to make drastic changes to their curriculum and student entry policies. The forum will also observe the traditional family dynamics being changed and diluted on a daily basis with the extended family now including different cultures and customs. Australians of Hellenic heritage are attracted towards leaders in the community such as Bill Papastergiadis, Bishop Iakovos, Chris Paikopoulos, Steve Kyritsis, Nicholas Kotsiras, Maria Vamvakinou, Jenny Mikakos, George Lekakis, Paul Kounelis, Arthur Psarakos, Con and Theo Markos, Lambros Tapinos, Jim Sainis, Sophia Kotanidis, Lee Tarlamis, Sophia Mirabella, Tony Tsourdelakis and many others who deserve a mention. These men and women are the current generation of leaders who have a part to play in the future of Hellenism in Australia and therefore the responsibility falls heavily upon them to promote the positive aspects of Hellenism in Australia and to ensure that Hellenism in Australia thrives and blends within the Australian fabric of society. The youth forum being promoted by the Peloponnesian Confederation is but one aspect of the mind set of its leaders are it is a pleasant surprise to observe the amicable working arrangements that have been agreed upon to find solutions to an age old problem facing the Hellenic communities in Victoria and that of Australia worked out by the leaders of the Peloponnesian Confederation. The Peloponnesian Confederation is a conglomeration of the Peloponnesian states that more often than not aspire to emulate the good work of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria as well as enhancing the role of the Greek Orthodox Church in Melbourne Victoria. The relevance of Hellenism in Australian society will take place on Sunday 17 June at the Laconian House at 253 Albert Street, Brunswick, Victoria at 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm. The workshop and discussion will take place in English and delve into each individuals outlook on what they think on this issue. If you would like to take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram