Kashmir Valley in freeze; weddings called off

first_img The change in plans has also meant a series of cancellations of orders with butchers, caterers, and makers of sweets. “At least 80% of my orders for Sunday and Monday stand cancelled. If it worsens with scrapping of Article 35A, I doubt if any marriage will be elaborate in the coming months,” said Majid Daryal, a meat seller in Lal Bazar.IAS topper cautionsCautioning against repeal of Article 35A, IAS topper from the 2009 batch, Shah Faisal, tweeted: “I would compare Article 35A to a marriage-deed or nikahnama. You repeal it and the relationship [with the Centre] is over. Nothing will remain to be discussed afterwards.” Fearing widespread violence, families in the Kashmir Valley have been cancelling weddings scheduled for Monday ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Article 35A .Local newspapers and cable channels have been full of cancellation notices.“We would like to inform our esteemed guests that due to the prevailing situation coupled with uncertainty, we have decided to cancel our daughter’s wedding on August 6. However, nikah will take place. God willing,” reads the notice published in the daily Greater Kashmir by Syed Liyaqat Gilani, a resident of Bagh-e-Mehta.Late summer is the peak wedding season in the Valley ahead of the harsh winter. Valley weddings are elaborate affairs with extravagant feasts; exotic dishes are prepared for days together at the homes of the bride and groom. “We do not intend that any guest should be harmed. I had done elaborate shopping in New Delhi to wear special clothes on my wedding. However, we have to keep it simple now,” said Sajid Ahmad, a prospective groom from Srinagar’s old city, who was scheduled to marry on Monday.Also Read Jammu and Kashmir tense ahead of SC hearing on Article 35Alast_img read more

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6 Bangladeshi girls repatriated

first_imgSix victims of human trafficking who spent up to five years in a Chennai shelter home have gone back home in Bangladesh.The Meghalaya-based Impulse NGO Network helped repatriate the six girls under a government-to-government partnership model it had designed a few years ago.“A team from Madras Christian Council of Social Service, which runs a home under the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s Swadhar Greh scheme, was among the multiple agencies involved in repatriating the six girls on July 16,” Hasina Kharbhih, Impulse’s chairperson, told The Hindu.The girls were repatriated from Phulbari on the international border near Siliguri in West Bengal under the standard operating procedure between India and Bangladesh.Members of their families received them along with activists of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), an NGO associated with Impulse.Coordinated effort“This was an exercise where the Home and External Affairs Ministries and the border force of both countries were involved, besides a number of NGOs working to end human trafficking,” Ms. Kharbhih said.Two such organisations – Ebong Aamra and Nari Shakti – function in northern West Bengal.Ms. Kharbhih said she came to know about the six trafficked Bangladeshi survivors in 2018 after Impulse’s programme manager Emarine Kharbhih met members of the Madras Christian Council of Social Service at a conference in Hyderabad.The six, she learnt, were at the Council’s home in Chennai for periods ranging from one to five years.Impulse coordinated with BRAC for ensuring that the victims could be integrated back with their communities in Bangladesh.BRAC has also designed a counselling, rehabilitation and reintegration programme for them in Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Hockey men’s team to face England in semis-finals in quest for first CWG medal

first_imgAt the 1982 Delhi Asian Games, a capacity crowd watched in horror as Pakistan slammed seven goals past India on way to the gold medal.On Sunday, there was redemption of sorts at the same venue as the hosts exorcised the ghosts with a 7-4 defeat of their traditional rivals as they sealed a semi-final spot in men’sSandeep Singh (centre) was in phenomenal form, scoring twice.It was one of those occasions which does justice to the sport’s stature as the national game as the supporters and players displayed a passion rarely seen. Sandeep Singh, who has a habit of shining against the neighbours, was one of the stars, scoring two goals and setting up another.Shivendra Singh contributed two of his own while Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh and Dharamvir Singh too chipped in to seal a memorable evening. India now take on England in the semi-finals on Tuesday in their quest of a first medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.The noise made by the capacity crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium made one’s own voice difficult to hear.The music played out by the public address system at every opportunity gave the occasion a rock concert feel. It brought back memories of the clash between the two sub-continent rivals at the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year.As on that occasion, Sandeep rose to the occasion with two penalty corner conversions in quick succession. India grabbed hold of the match from the first whistle itself and were ahead in the third minute.advertisementThe first penalty corner had India off to a dream start as Sandeep found the roof of the net with his drag-flick. The game was mostly confined to the Pakistan territory as the team from across the border was just trying to hold on.The next three penalty corners did not yield any result, but the fifth in the 11th minute saw Sandeep finding the corner to double India’s lead.By now, the visitors were rattled and started making errors in passing and trapping. Sandeep, whose prowess from open play has been questioned a few times, then found a sublime diagonal pass to an unmarked Shivendra, who found the target through the legs of Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah, who was coming off a stellar display against world champions Australia on Saturday.The sixth penalty corner for India saw another goal as the custodian made a smart save, only for Sarvanjit to find the net from the baseline. From Pakistan’s second penalty corner, they got a penalty stroke for an infringement by Vikram Pillay on the line.Muhammad Imran made no mistake and Pakistan revived their hopes of a comeback when Muhammad Rizwan deflected in a hit from Muhammad Irfan for their second goal. A draw would have taken Pakistan through and they would have thought they had a chance at half-time.But the hosts would have none of it as they kept their foot firmly on the throttle in the second period.last_img read more

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Angels rip Jet Spikers, give Motolite free semis ride

first_imgPetroGazz Angels. PVL PHOTOPetroGazz completed the semifinal cast on Wednesday night after gunning down Air Force, 25-20, 25-15, 25-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The reigning Reinforced Conference champion was hardly threatened in securing its 10th win in 14 games to Creamline and BanKo Perlas.ADVERTISEMENT It’s no coincidence that we’ve gotten better—Azkals coach Cooper “We are very happy with the win, and we will try to go for straight wins,” said Risa Sato, the Fil-Japanese middle blocker who scored 12 points.Creamline has semis qualifier BanKo Perlas and semis aspirant Motolite as its last two opponents.Valdez was in uniform but stayed in the sideline as Creamline coach Tai Bundit decided to rest her for her upcoming trip to Japan where she will train with the national team along with teammate Jia Morado.The Lady Troopers appeared to have a tight grasp of the third set, leading, 16-9, before the Cool Smashers unleashed a 10-3 rally that turned things around.ADVERTISEMENT 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES The Angels also effectively qualified resting Motolite, which at 9-5 is already beyond reach of PacificTown-Army and Air Force, who are tied at fifth place with 6-8 cards.Jonah Sabeta topscored with 14 points for PetroGazz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEarlier, even without team leader Alyssa Valdez, Creamline notched its 14th win after routing PacificTown-Army, 25-15, 25-18, 25-22.Valdez sat it out for the Cool Smashers, who are already in the semifinals since last week and are setting up for a sweep of the preliminaries. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

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Hawks Even With Wizards, 106-101

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed.“That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” forward Paul Millsap said. “Things we didn’t do, pretty much all series, we did tonight.”Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds as three of Atlanta’s four All-Stars played significant roles to help the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 106-101 on May 11 and evened their second-round series at two games apiece.Washington’s lone All-Star, point guard John Wall, missed a third consecutive game with a broken left hand.Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is May 13 at Atlanta.“To me, personally, I think this is the best we’ve played all series,” said Millsap, who had eight points in Game 3, when he was dropped from the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms.“Thirty assists, the way we played defense, the way we stepped up, the way we helped each other, the way we moved the basketball, the way we set screens.”Is that all, Paul?“That was mid-season form right there,” agreed Kyle Korver, Atlanta’s fourth All-Star, who was limited to four shots and six points, but all of the attention Washington paid to slowing him opened room for other Hawks. “I thought we played with just a lot of juice, and a lot of energy, and a lot of purpose.”Still, this one wound up being tight toward the end.Two days after hitting a buzzer-beater to win Game 3, Washington’s Paul Pierce missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied the score coming out of a timeout with 9.5 seconds left.“Thought I got a great look,” Pierce said.Said Bradley Beal, who scored a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards: “I thought it was going in. … That open one’s always the hardest one to make.”Right from the start, the Hawks were back to being the free-flowing, ball-moving regular-season version of themselves, the squad that won 60 games, rather than the disjointed, disorganized bunch that had been 5-4 this postseason.They used backdoor cuts. They drove to the basket. They found the open man.Early on, the Hawks built a 16-0 edge in points in the paint. And during a stretch that helped grow the lead to as many as 14 in the second quarter, Atlanta scored on seven consecutive possessions — with six players contributing points.“It felt good just to see how passionate the guys were and how hungry we were at the beginning of the game. That let me know we were here to play,” said Teague, who hit a key 3 with 72 seconds left to get the margin to seven points.Coach Mike Budenholzer praised his players for being aggressive at both ends of the court, but noted: “We’ve got to find a way to do that for more of the 48 minutes.”The Wizards, seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference, entered May 11 with the best record in these playoffs at 6-1, including 3-0 at home. And they got terrific performances from Beal and Pierce, who scored 22 points, including five of Washington’s 12 makes from beyond the arc.But with Wall again limited to cheerleading, the Wizards led the game get away from them.“It was a great opportunity for us to go up 3-1,” Beal said. “We won one game without John. We can do it again.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Chris Robshaw says England are braced for ‘dirty tricks’ before Calcutta Cup

first_imgShare on WhatsApp news Share via Email “We have all experienced things whether it’s going to Murrayfield or Cardiff: tricks and a sideshow to try and put you off, turning the lights off, whatever it might be,” he said. “After the game you have a smile about it but at the time it brings you closer. Little things to try and put you off your game – you’re prepared and have been through it before, so you’re ready for it.”According to Robshaw it is not unknown, even at Test level, for the hot water to be shut off in the visiting dressing room. As long ago as 2004 Sir Clive Woodward was complaining about a large pillar in the away dressing room in Murrayfield that he felt affected his team’s pre‑match buildup.These days, in the wake of the Cardiff stand-off when England refused to take the field prematurely, Six Nations teams are required to run out on to the pitch simultaneously but Steve Borthwick, England’s forwards coach, has stressed his players will still need to adapt to whatever is thrown their way.Borthwick was a member of the last England team to lose in Edinburgh, in 2008, and was subsequently unimpressed by the manner in which Scotland celebrated their victory at the post-match function. The current England squad, however, have enjoyed plentiful success on the road and Robshaw, for one, is looking forward to this latest Calcutta Cup challenge: “It’s always a very passionate place to hear the anthem. The tension in the ground when we meet Princess Anne … I imagine there’s always a lot going on around it. As soon as the first whistle goes it will probably erupt as well. It’s just getting used to that. So once we get there it’s about not having that shock factor.” Calcutta Cup crucible can reveal real England and test Scotland resurgence Six Nations 2018 Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Topics Read more England’s players insist they will not be affected by any “dirty tricks” which may be awaiting them before their Calcutta Cup game at Murrayfield. Down the years England have experienced everything from rogue bagpipers to tunnel stand-offs on their Six Nations travels and are collectively braced for whatever materialises .The Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has particularly vivid memories of this fixture in 2012, when he was captaining England for the first time and a marching band delayed the route of the team bus into the stadium. “We had to go in at a certain time and weren’t allowed to deviate from that,” he said on Friday. “As we pulled in 50 bagpipers pretty much crawled out in front of us.” The players were delayed getting to the dressing rooms but, on that occasion, still ended up winning the game.Last season Ireland were late getting to Murrayfield after their bus was caught in Edinburgh traffic and, with their routine disrupted, began the match so sluggishly they lost 27-22. England were caught up in a row in the tunnel in Cardiff before the Wales fixture in 2015, which Robshaw also remembers clearly. In Robshaw’s lengthy experience winning a big Test in hostile territory is as satisfying as almost anything in the game. “It’s great at home when you have 82,000 cheering you on and makes it a bit easier. But away from home you just have pockets of fans here and there and it brings you closer together as a unit. It’s you against everyone there and you’re going right into the heart of the fire.“When you’re defending and defending and come out the other side it makes you grow another inch. That’s why going away from home is always exciting. Whenever you play in these games there’s 5% more in every opposing team. The challenges are big and there’s a bit of niggle. There have been some hard-fought battles in Scotland and I’m sure this will be the same. We just want to play as well as we can and most importantly win. We’ll take that whatever way it comes.”center_img Scotland rugby union team England rugby union team Rugby union Chris Robshaw Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Finn Russell remains Scotland’s creative hub despite patchy form Six Nations Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia

first_imgShare on LinkedIn José Mourinho charged with improper conduct after Newcastle match Sign up to the Media Briefing: news for the news-makers Share on Twitter Read more Manchester United Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Read more Topics Saudi Arabiacenter_img Share via Email comment To repeat: 5% on the share price. And yet, “Saudis to buy United” remains nothing more than the sort of thing it sounds like those sort of people might do, considering the sort of things the sort of rulers in that region have already done. Meanwhile, the Daily Star’s suggestion that fans were blitzing social media seems to have been accepted uncritically. They quoted someone with the Twitter handle @RabonaNutmeg stating “Saudi rumours are rife”, in a tweet which garnered a single like.Still, where we’re going, we don’t need likes, because we have SEO aggregation. In fairly short order, papers from the Sun to the Express to the Telegraph to the Mail had taken up the tale – reports which were then noted by the BBC’s John Simpson. Is there a point at which there are so many reports about something for which there is no apparent evidence that SEO aggregation makes the story magically true? Not really, alas – though someone probably needs to point that out to United’s share price.In the absence of any facts, or even quotes from anonymous sources, media outlets were forced to look for ways in which to pad out a story which they may or may not have realised was pretty much sourceable to internet randos. Luckily, there are various twos and twos out of which five could be made. Last year, for instance, Manchester United committed to a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia, in which the club agreed to help the country develop its football industry. Signing this historic accord, the United managing director, Richard Arnold, declared: “The club has a longstanding relationship with Saudi Arabia.” Richard probably won’t be shouting much about that from the rooftops in the current climate, but back then he was keen to point out that “our partnership with Saudi Telecom is the longest running of all our commercial partners”. Well quite. United aren’t some Johnny-come-latelies – they were partnering with the Saudis 10 years before women were even allowed into football stadiums in the country.Back in the present day, meanwhile, the takeover stories continued to demand fuel. Much was made of the fact Avram Glazer is flying to Saudi Arabia this week for a conference at which he had been long scheduled to speak. This was judged to be “fuelling talk” of a takeover of the club by his Saudi hosts. As for why the takeover was a thing that might happen, that was simple. “It’s been claimed the wealthy Middle Eastern country are keen to buy the Old Trafford club from current owners the Glazer family,” noted the Daily Star, who by now appeared to be stepping away from the fact they were essentially the ones who’d been doing the claiming. “It’s said Saudi investors are keen to diversify their investments away from oil – and see football powerhouse United as a good option.” Interesting financial planning, there. I’m not sure precisely how many barrels a day of Victor Lindelöf #content the Saudis would need to produce to consider it a credible diversification from being an effing petrostate, but it is believed to be Quite A Lot. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Sportblog Certainly not the media outlets who ran with the “story” that the Saudi crown prince was preparing a bid for United. On the one hand, everything you’ve heard is true, and newspapers are mostly dying on their arses. On the other, some complete cobblers surfaced by the Daily Star can still put 5% on United’s share price.That was where we were by Monday afternoon, as shares in the club rose significantly on Wall Street as rumours of a takeover “swirled”. I say the cobblers was “surfaced by” the Daily Star, because the notion that the Saudis might be about to buy United seems to have originated in the even more tenuously informed corners of the internet rumour mill. The claim’s first appearance in what we might solemnly refer to as legacy media was on the Star’s website on 12 October, which stated that United fans had “blitzed social media to welcome claims” that the club might be sold to MBS.The aforementioned claims these notional United fans were apparently welcoming were themselves somewhat hand-wavingly attributed to “web football forums and Twitter”. The top source the Daily Star report quoted was @Daniel_K23, an anonymous United fan with 253 Twitter followers, who had declared: “I’m hearing #MUFC reps met with Arabs to potentially buy us could be huge [sic]”. But where was @Daniel_K23 hearing this? Judging by his preceding retweet, from a Spanish part‑time freelance journalist called Diego Martínez. By the next day, Martínez was using this very Daily Star report to confirm the tweet on which it had seemingly been indirectly based. “Told you,” he declared. Meanwhile, @Daniel_K23 was game-theorising the potential impact this phantasmal deal would have on United’s short- to medium-term success on the pitch. Or, to use his own words: “if we get arabs its over, becuz their SPEND”. Share on Messenger So that’s where we’re at. Are the Saudis buying Manchester United? On this evidence – or rather, this lack of evidence – the answer is surely no. Still, perhaps the kingdom is grateful for even the small distraction such stories provide. Indeed, it is a testament to the hermetically sealed world of football news that barely any of these accounts made mention of the main reason Bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia has been all over the news (and SEO aggregators) for many days. Namely, the disappearance and suspected torture and murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. As we know, football is much more serious than a matter of life and death. But if the past week is anything to go by, filling the football pages is five points more serious still. Even in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glazer family were considering selling Manchester United to a certain party were greeted with delight in various quarters. As one United supporter positively willing the deal to happen put it: “We deserve better.” Better, in this case, would be Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, a man whom journalistic cliche demands we style as “in the news for all the wrong reasons”. But hey – nobody’s perfect. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Iran win without a second-half shot

first_imgIran Shot-shy Iran make World Cup history against Morocco Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 02:15 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) SamanGhoddos - cropped Getty Images Iran World Cup Morocco v Iran Morocco Powerade Late goals have been the early theme of this World Cup, but Carlos Queiroz’s men mustered theirs without attempting a shot in the last 45 minutes Iran could not have recorded just their second World Cup win in more dramatic circumstances when they downed Morocco on Friday.Carlos Queiroz’s men were on the back foot for much of the Group B clash and looked to have held on for a goalless draw when Aziz Bouhaddouz put through his own net in the 95th minute.And the nature of that strike meant that Iran made rather bizarre history in Saint Petersburg. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move For the first time since the 1966 tournament, a team scored a World Cup goal without having a single shot in that half of football.Pretty it was not, but Iran would certainly take two more triumphs in that manner – and they have not been the only side to profit from a late strike.1 – Since 1966, Iran are the first team to score a goal in a half of football in the World Cup without attempting a single shot in that half. Fortunate. #MARIRN #MAR #IRN #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/AVD7xVJfU9— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 15, 2018With Russia scoring two of their five goals against Saudi Arabia in the dying embers of that clash, and Uruguay winning late against Egypt, four of the seven goals across the first three matches have been netted after the 88th minute.4 – Four out of the seven goals in the current #WorldCup have been scored after the 88th minute of play. Final. #MARIRN— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) June 15, 2018Plenty more drama will undoubtedly be in store before next month’s final.last_img read more

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Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight Suffers Injury vs. Mississippi State

first_imgTrevor Knight shaking hands with Josh Rosen.Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight suffered an injury against Mississippi State Saturday afternoon.Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight has been taken to the locker room for what appears to be a shoulder injury during the second quarter of his team’s contest against Mississippi State. Knight was replaced by backup Jake Hubenak.Trevor Knight has gone to locker room with what looks like a shoulder injury.— John Wilson (@WilsonKBTX) November 5, 2016Jake Hubenak coming in to play quarterback for Texas A&M.— John Wilson (@WilsonKBTX) November 5, 2016Trevor Knight was in pain trying to throw the football on sideline after TD dive, SEC Network says.— Brent Zwerneman (@BrentZwerneman) November 5, 2016Knight, on the day, is 5-of-10 for 43 yards – adding 51 more yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Aggies are struggling against the Bulldogs, however – the score is 21-7 in MSU’s favor.Update: Knight has returned to the game, but the Aggies went three-and-out in his first series.Update 2: Knight is now in street clothes, wearing a sling. It looks like he’s done for the day.Trevor Knight on the sidelines in street clothers with his arm in a sling not a good sign for #TAMU.— Matt Murschel (@osmattmurschel) November 5, 2016We’ll keep you updated.last_img read more

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JCF Partners with Radio Station to Push ARK Project

first_img “We believe that adolescent bullying, violence in schools and even crime in communities can be confronted with in-school programmes, such as the ARK. The carefully integrated kindness messages and actions are necessary to see change,” DCP Grant said. Story Highlights Speaking with JIS News, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Novelette Grant, who is on pre-retirement leave, said the project is one of the tools that should address the social ills that exist in schools and communities. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has partnered with the Northern Caribbean University-owned radio station, NCU FM, to do school tours across the island to sensitise students, teachers and communities about the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) project.The initiative, which is a violence interruption and prevention initiative geared at promoting kindness to combat destructive thoughts, words and actions, has been taken to schools to share its key message.Speaking with JIS News, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Novelette Grant, who is on pre-retirement leave, said the project is one of the tools that should address the social ills that exist in schools and communities.“We met up with NCU FM in January at St. George’s’ College, and now we are looking forward to our next school visit, which is scheduled for February 23 at St. Jago High School,” she said.She noted that the partnership with NCU FM radio has helped the JCF reach more students in a fun and interactive way.“We believe that adolescent bullying, violence in schools and even crime in communities can be confronted with in-school programmes, such as the ARK. The carefully integrated kindness messages and actions are necessary to see change,” DCP Grant said.“When students start to think in kind ways, they become kind and we would love if they use this to counter the violence and the negative interactions,” she added.DCP Grant, who spearheads the ARK project, said the initiative in quiet but impactful. “We are doing the groundwork, we are behind the scenes ensuring that ,through ARK, persons will know that there are ways to solve conflicts outside of fights, quarrels and killing each other,” she said.She noted that the campaign is steadily impacting the minds of persons who hear the messages from the JCF team, especially the youth.DCP Grant is encouraging Jamaicans to be a little more deliberate in their interactions. “Kindness is a state of mind, so think kind, act kind, then you will become kind,” she said.The DCP said there has also been keen interest in the ARK project by a number of service groups and stakeholders.The ARK builds on the JCF Youth Empowerment and Mentorship (YEM) programme, which has among its core values, kindness.The YEM programme which encourages positive attitudinal changes among participating students, was also developed by DCP Grant. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has partnered with the Northern Caribbean University-owned radio station, NCU FM, to do school tours across the island to sensitise students, teachers and communities about the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) project.last_img read more

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Province Takes Action on Bullying Cyberbullying

first_imgAll school staff will soon have a clearer understanding of their responsibilities to keep students safe. Education Minister Ramona Jennex will introduce amendments to the Education Act today, Oct. 29, to help clarify, update and define the role of all school staff in reporting incidents of severely disruptive behaviour, and of principals in dealing with it. “Students tell me that bullying, in all its forms, is heartbreaking and there are no easy answers,” said Ms. Jennex. “These changes will ensure all school staff are working together to keep kids safe by consistently reporting and responding to bullying and cyberbullying.” Legislation is only one part of the provincial action plan. To address the root causes of bullying and cyberbullying, a community response is needed. The province is working on several fronts, with student and partners, to fight bullying and cyberbullying in schools. Kathleen Richard is now working as the province’s anti-bullying co-ordinator. She is exploring research-based programs for schools and working with the Nova Scotia Youth Advisory Council to provide youth input for governmental policies. A group of students from Bayview Community School in Mahone Bay are also sharing their ideas about bullying by helping to develop a public awareness campaign that will launch later this fall. “Empowering students to take charge of the serious issues of bullying and cyberbullying has a much broader impact than leaving it only in the hands of adults,” said Erin Donovan, parent of a Grade 7 student at Bayview Community School. “I’m pleased to see the province involving students directly in anti-bullying work. If students feel they can positively lead change in their school community this will also pave the way to healthier adult communities.” The province has streamlined the reporting process to provide better data to help understand what is really happening with severely disruptive behaviour in schools. SchoolsPlus provides support for children, youth and families in all school boards and helps young people across Nova Scotia learn new ways to manage relationships and conflict through restorative approaches.last_img read more

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Largestever Eastern EuropeCentral Asia AIDS conference kicks off – UN

Some 2,000 participants from 50 countries will gather for three days to assess regional achievements, share results and determine how to tackle the challenge of curbing the epidemic’s regional impact. Focusing on the theme “Accelerating Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care for All,” the event will be hosted by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the International AIDS Society; and the Federal Service on Surveillance Protection of Consumer Rights and Wellbeing of the Russian Federation. “Eastern Europe and Central Asia is at a critical turning point in the epidemic,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot, noting that governments, civil society and communities are displaying indications of enhanced leadership and cooperation. “However, HIV-related stigma and discrimination continues to hamper HIV prevention efforts in the region and renewed political action is needed if real progress is to be achieved.” Efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS challenge have borne fruit in the region, with the estimated number of new HIV infections dropping from 230,000 in 2001 to 150,000 in 2007. But the number of people living with the epidemic continues to grow, according to UNAIDS and the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The gathering will examine the feminization of the epidemic, which is affecting an ever-larger number of women; the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people; and increased heterosexual transmission. This is the second Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference ( EECAAC II), following the inaugural session held in May 2006. 2 May 2008The United Nations is taking part in the largest-ever AIDS conference covering Eastern Europe and Central Asia which kicks off tomorrow in Moscow. read more

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Oppression of Muslims only fosters terrorism Pakistani leader warns General Assembly

In an address to the General Debate of the Assembly’s 61st session, Mr. Musharraf said that military interventions and old conflicts “have spawned a deep sense of desperation and injustice” across the Muslim world.“Each new battleground involving an Islamic State has served as a new breeding ground for extremists and terrorists. Indiscriminate bombings, civilian casualties, torture, human rights abuses, racial slurs and discrimination only add to the challenge of defeating terrorism,” he said.The Pakistani leader called for a two-pronged strategy of “enlightened moderation” so that terrorism is tackled head on while at the same time the international community strives to resolve conflicts in the Islamic world.“We also need to bridge, through dialogue and understanding, the growing divide between the Islamic and Western worlds. In particular, it is imperative to end racial and religious discrimination against Muslims and to prohibit the defamation of Islam. It is most disappointing to see personalities of high standing oblivious of Muslim sensitivities at these critical moments.”Turning to the long-standing conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Musharraf said “an acceptable solution” is now within reach, thanks largely to improved relations between Pakistan and its neighbour India.He added that he expected his meeting last week with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Havana, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Summit, will help to promote the peace process in Kashmir.First set up in 1949, the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has monitored the ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir since 1971. As of the end of July this year, there were 44 military observers and 66 civilian staff in the mission. read more

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Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 6:10 am MDT Nissan to recall Altimas for third time to fix hood latches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – Nissan is recalling thousands of Altima midsize cars for a third time to fix a latch problem that could let the hood fly open while the cars are moving.The latest recall covers 846,000 cars from 2013 to 2015.Nissan says in documents filed with the U.S. government that paint can flake off the latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open. If the main latch isn’t closed and the car is driven, the secondary latch may not hold the hood.The automaker says that in two previous recalls, dealers adjusted latches and applied lubricant. But if the lubricant wasn’t put on evenly, the problem could persist.Nissan will notify owners and replace the latch for free starting in mid-February. read more

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Testtube chicken meat unveiled to allow vegetarians to eat poultry

first_imgClean Duck a l'orange  The scientists believe that cultured meat will eventually entirely replace raising animals and that future generations will deem eating animals as unthinkable.  Test-tube southern fried chicken Credit:Memphis Meats  Dr Uma Valeti (centre) watches the finishing touches being made to the dish Dr Uma Valeti (centre) watches the finishing touches being made to the dishCredit:Memphis Meats  The mouthfeel was superb and tender. It was so good I almost forgot to chew.Emily Byrd, Good Food Institute The world’s first test-tube chicken meat has been unveiled by scientists who hope to start supplying supermarkets within four years.Memphis Meats founders Dr Uma Valeti and Dr Nicholas Genovese allowed food experts to sample their southern fried chicken recipe at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday. “It is thrilling to introduce the first chicken and duck that didn’t require raising animals. This is a historic moment for the clean meat movement,” said Dr Valeti, the CEO of Memphis Meats.“Chicken and duck are at the center of the table in so many cultures around the world, but the way conventional poultry is raised creates huge problems for the environment, animal welfare, and human health. It is also inefficient.”We aim to produce meat in a better way, so that it is delicious, affordable and sustainable.”We really believe this is a significant technological leap for humanity, and an incredible business opportunity—to transform a giant global industry while contributing to solving some of the most urgent sustainability issues of our time.” Last February the same team introduced the world’s first ‘clean’ meatball, made from beef cells.Modern animal agriculture consumes on-third of the world’s grains and about a quarter of all land is used for grazing. In order to grow meat in a lab,the scientists isolate chicken and duck stem cells that have the ability to regenerate, before culturing them in a nutrient soup of sugars and minerals.These cells are then allowed to develop inside bioreactor tanks into skeletal muscle that can be harvested in just a few weeks. Emily Byrd, of the Good Food Institute, was one of the first to taste the duck meat.”The duck was rich, juicy, and savory, with a perfectly crisped crust and a bright sweet orange glaze,” she said.”The mouthfeel was superb and tender. It was so good I almost forgot to chew. It was incredible to be eating the best duck of my life and know that it was produced in a way that is astronomically better for the planet, public health, and animals. Nothing could taste better.”Next, I moved on to some fried chicken. I was able to taste the future, and I went back for seconds. Clean meat is 100 per cent real meat, so it tasted just like, well, what it was.” Clean Duck a l’orange Credit:Memphis Meats  Although other companies have successfully created beef, it is the first time scientists have successfully grown poultry meat from stem cells. They also created duck meat.It marks a huge step forward for the ‘clean meat’ movement which aims to end the cruelty and environmental impact of battery farming while creating a product which even vegetarians could eat.  Test-tube southern fried chicken  The firm says its cutting-edge technique produces 90 percent less greenhouse emissions, consumes less nutrients and does not require antibiotics or other additives used in traditional meat production.However the current cost of producing meal-sized piece of meat is prohibitive, coming in at around £15,000. The team says that it will cut costs dramatically, with a target launch of its products to consumers in 2021.The first edible test-tube meat was revealed by Dutch scientist Mark Post in 2013. Dubbed the ‘Frankenburger’, the beef patty took three months to grow at a cost of £220,000. But with no fat in the burger, it tasted more like an “animal protein cake” somewhere between a soy based meat substitute and a burger from fast food restaurant, according to Josh Schonwald, a food writer who became the first to test it. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Teachers going home with students to cook for them in bid to

Teachers at a school in Middlesex are going home with students to cook them meals in a bid to improve grades. Staff at Reach Academy in Feltham have also had to set bedtimes for students and use home visits to check they have a clear space where they can do their homework.  In one case, teachers had to coax a pupil into widening his diet after he insisted he would only eat food of one colour.  “Where a child is very fussy, our teachers will go home and cook a meal with the parents and child and eat it altogether. We take a hands-on approach,” he said. “One… Ed Vainker, the school’s Executive Principal, estimated the school had staged 50-60 of these “interventions” over the past three years.   read more

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A British university has launched a major project investigating the practicalities of

first_img Wed 10:54 PM 58,188 Views Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM PLANS ARE BEING drawn up in London for a united Ireland. A team of academics, based in University College London, are starting a new project that hopes to investigate how a border poll could be designed, held and implemented. With Brexit and fears over a hard border raising the prospect of a united Ireland, Irish, British and Northern Ireland academics are working together to consider how a border poll could be conducted. A report, expected in 12 months, will draw on a range of experts from the fields of constitutional law, conflict resolution and political science. The project is being led from University College London’s Constitution Unit, which specialises on research into constitutional reform. It will look beyond simply how a border poll would be conducted in Northern Ireland, but also at what kind of constitutional change might be necessary in Ireland too. While the project is still in its early stages, it will examine whether Ireland might need to hold more than one referendum – such as one before negotiations on a united Ireland and one following such negotiations. In 1998, both Ireland and Northern Ireland approved the Good Friday Agreement in simultaneous votes.‘Timely’“We have seen an extraordinarily badly designed referendum process in relation to Brexit,” Dr Alan Renwick, the leader of the project and an expert on referendums and elections at University College London, told TheJournal.ie. “This makes getting the process right in Northern Ireland particularly important.”Renwick said that there was something of a reluctance to start thinking about the issue of a unity referendum. “Both UK and Irish politicians are reluctant to encourage this process in the short term and to talk about it,” he said. By Dominic McGrath Image: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4805119 52 Comments Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and DUP leader Arlene Foster in Dublin in 2017. Image: Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Imagescenter_img Short URL Share94 Tweet Email4 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and DUP leader Arlene Foster in Dublin in 2017. A British university has launched a major project investigating the practicalities of a united Ireland University College London is working with Irish universities on the project. There has been a recognition that these issues do need to be thought about. A referendum could happen. It could be required. Going into that blindly would not serve anyone’s interests.Renwick does hope, however, that politicians will decide to give their views as part of the process.In Ireland, academics from both Trinity College Dublin and University College are involved. From the North, staff from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University will also contribute to the project, which has received funding from the British Academy.David Kenny, an expert on constitutional law in Trinity, said that the project was “timely”.Ireland’s experience of citizens’ assemblies is expected to feed into the project, which will consider everything from how a border poll would be triggered to how ballot papers will be designed in the event of a referendum. Both Kenny and his colleague Dr Oran Doyle, who is also involved in the project, worked on citizens’ assemblies in Ireland ahead of the Eighth Amendment referendum. “We have that experience and both of us are interested in the role of citizen assemblies in framing constitutional questions,” Kenny said. However, he warned that such bodies should not be seen as “quick fixes” for addressing complex policy questions. While acknowledging that the project might face some opposition, especially from unionist communities, Kenny said that the questions couldn’t be ignored.  British Prime Minister Tony Blair, US Senator George Mitchell and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern after the Good Friday Agreement was signed. The new project will deal with similar constitutional complexities. Source: PA/PA Archive/PA Images“You’re going to have to consider it at some point anyway,” he said. With some polling indicating that support for a united Ireland is rising in Northern Ireland, significant questions remain about how the process could be carried out amid fears that a border poll could add further tension to a region experts think could be hardest hit by Brexit. A Constitution Unit report, published in March, found that: The real world risks are high. An early poll, particularly if it takes place in a political atmosphere that is strained following a hard Brexit, could seriously destabilise both parts of Ireland, and put at risk the political gains and civil order of recent decades.The project plans to engage with the public and civil society organisations over the next 12 months before making any recommendations on how a unity referendum could be facilitated and organised. Renwick said that while a public event would be held in London, the main focus of the work will be in Ireland on both sides of the border. The looming threat of a no-deal Brexit has prompted growing debate in Northern Ireland about a border poll.Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on the Irish government to plan for a united Ireland, while in July 2018 former DUP leader Peter Robinson said that the North needs to prepare for the possibility.Meanwhile a new report, authored by academics from Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, has warned that unification would require a “major” cut in the standard of living in Ireland in order to allow Northern Ireland to maintain its own living standards. The research, by John FitzGerald and Edgar LW Morgenroth, warns that “whatever form Irish unity took there would be a heavy economic cost for both Northern Ireland and Ireland”.  As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le code source dIce Cream Sandwich publié

first_imgLe code source d’Ice Cream Sandwich publiéLe code source d’Android 4, mieux connu sous le nom d’Ice Cream Sandwich, est connu depuis hier. Celui-ci a été publié à l’avance.Les sources d’Android 4 ont été publiées par Google lundi soir. Jean-Baptiste Queru, responsable du code source du système d’exploitation de Google a annoncé que celui-ci était disponible en fin de soirée lundi, avant minuit. Cette publication était initialement fixée au 16 novembre 2011.Le code source de de la version 4.0.1 d’Android (appelée aussi Ice Cream Sandwich – ICS) a donc été libéré, de même que toutes les versions précédentes d’Android, pour la première fois. Les développeurs qui souhaitent décortiquer l’ensemble de ce code (qui pèse près de 6 Go) peuvent le faire. Au Royaume Uni, le premier smartphone utilisant ICS est sur le point d’être commercialisé. Il s’agit du Galaxy Nexus, qui sera mis en vente dès le 17 novembre. Ce même modèle sera commercialisé en France, mi-décembre. Le 16 novembre 2011 à 17:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les orques ne pourront porter plainte pour esclavage contre leurs parcs aquatiques

first_imgLes orques ne pourront porter plainte pour esclavage contre leurs parcs aquatiquesL’association PETA avait porté plainte pour esclavagisme au nom des cinq orques Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka et Ulises, devant le tribunal fédéral de San Diego. Les cétacés présentent des numéros acrobatiques à Orlando, en Floride, et à San Diego en Californie. La plainte a été rejetée.C’était une première dans le monde. Il y a quelques jours, le tribunal fédéral de San Diego a dû étudier une affaire un peu particulière : celui-ci a dû se prononcer pour savoir si ou non le XIIIe Amendement de la Constitution qui abolit l’esclavage pouvait s’appliquer… à cinq orques. Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka et Ulises sont les cétacés vedettes des parcs aquatiques SeaWorld dans lesquels ils effectuent régulièrement des numéros. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il y a peu, l’association de protection des animaux PETA a ainsi déposé plainte auprès du tribunal et aux noms des cinq orques pour esclavagisme. Les militants voulaient pouvoir intenter un procès contre les parcs aquatiques qui exploitent selon les animaux. Mais la demande a été rejetée par le juge Jeffrey Miller qui a objecté que l’esclavage mentionné dans le XIIIe amendement ne concernait que les êtres humains. “C’est une nouvelle frontière aux droits civiques”, a commenté Jeff Kerr, conseiller général de la PETA. L’esclavage ne dépend pas de l’espèce de l’esclave pas plus que cela ne dépend de sa race, de son genre ou de son ethnie, a t-il ajouté. “L’esclavage se caractérise par de la contrainte, de l’avilissement et de la soumission. Et ces orques ont subi les trois”, a déploré Jeff Kerr cité dans un communiqué de la PETA.Le 9 février 2012 à 12:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force STRENGTH IS FOR SERVICE NOT STATUS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 6, 2017 – Nassau – ‘Strength’ can be defined in many different ways, because it means so many different things to different people.  But at its most basic meaning, we are usually inclined to think about bodily power…muscles…and the state of being strong.   Well if this is the measurement of strength, then Chief Petty Officer James Darling is the walking definition of the word.Chief Petty Officer Darling joined the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as a member of Entry 24 on May 8, 1989 and has contributed much in his years of service.   He has served in various departments such as the Military Operations Platoon (MOP) for some 18 years, Harbour Patrol Unit, Port Security and the seagoing Squadron Department.He is currently attached to the Training Department which is home for Chief Darling as he has been a part of the fitness world for approximately 31 years now as a competitive bodybuilder.   In a brief interview, he recalled how it all began.“When I was 18 [years of age], I had my first show at a stadium on Bernard Road.   Then I made The Bahamas team and we went down to Curacao and that’s where I got my first medal, a bronze medal in the Juniors. That was all in my first year of competing.”Chief Darling admits that his initial motivation for competing was based on vanity, however, over time, it has developed into something totally different.“Starting out, the sport was simply just fun and the girls, they always like a good body.   But over the years, with every part of my body I worked, I tried to develop it and I became extremely curious about nutrition and what I needed to do to carve my body to look how I wanted it to.”With a straight face, he said the sacrifices don’t feel like sacrifices anymore and that he stays away from bad habits.“I eat as healthy as I can and don’t really crave anything anymore.   I’ve been doing this for so long now, it’s no problem to not eat things I know I shouldn’t eat, because I eat for purpose and nutritional value, not for how things taste.   I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. I don’t live a wild lifestyle, because I know how my body works and responds based on what I put in it.”He continued competing and managed to rack up 2 championship wins before deciding to use his strength in the service of his country on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. However, this did not deter him from his bodybuilding pursuits.“After I joined the Force, I ended up in Military Operations Platoon [now referred to as Commando Squadron] and I hung it up for about 10 years until I went to Haiti for 6 months in 1996 for a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.   When we returned, I had two months off and started working out again and found myself back onstage.”Some of his national titles include the Bahamas Middle Weight Champion which he won four consecutive years from 1997 – 2000, Mr. Northern Bahamas in 2007 [where he also won Best Poser & Most Muscular], and the Mr. Bahamas overall title which he won six times.However, his success was not limited to local competitions.   He has also seen success in international competitions.   In fact, adding to his already extensive career accomplishments, just this year, Chief Darling competed in 3 separate international bodybuilding shows including the 2017 Pittsburg Pro Masters event where he won 3rd Place.   Other events this year included the 2017 Toronto Pro Supershow and the 2017 Tampa Pro where he placed 3rd in the Masters.As he continued to discuss his career, a few names came up such as Sub Lieutenant Delroy Dennis, Chief Petty Officer Greg Fernander (Retired), Chief Petty Officer Patrick Adderley and Petty Officer Kevin Dames, all Defence Force members who also had some experience competing in bodybuilding.Currently, as the only professional bodybuilder in The Defence Force and in The Bahamas still competing, Darling says he’s grateful for the way the Force has accommodated his training schedule and gave an exhaustive list of names of people who helped him along.  There was no way I could list them all.“The Command has given me the time off which is what I need most to train, make competitions and represent the country and I really appreciate that.   There were also people who encouraged me on and off the force.  The current Commander Defence Force [Commodore Tellis Bethel], Former Commander Defence Force, Commodore Clifford Scavella (Retired), Commander Michael Sweeting, Lieutenant Commander Whitfield Neely, Force Chief Petty Officer Edgar Brown, Petty Officer Marvin Darville…[list goes on].”After recalling names of some of the people who positively influenced his life, he was asked about his most memorable job-related experience – the one experience he will never forget, never wants to relive, but will never regret while enlisted on the Defence Force.“It was all a journey, but if I had to narrow it down, it would definitely be when I was sent to Haiti with CARICOM 3 for the UN Peacekeeping Mission.   I was a Marine Seaman at the time doing patrols in enemy territory.   That whole experience will stay with me.”When asked about possibly leaving after 31 years in bodybuilding, he said it’s not something he’s given much thought.“I’m open to mentoring others, but I have to see that they want it as bad as I did or even more.   But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop competing.   As long as my body responds, I’ll be competing.   I’ll think about leaving the sport, maybe when I turn 70 [joke].”He then commented on the future of the sport in The Bahamas.“There’s plenty room for persons interested to get in. It’s easy to get into, but difficult to stay in, because it’s an expensive sport and calls for plenty discipline, having to eat a certain way and take certain supplements.”He also didn’t fail to mention that he has a son [Jaye Darling], who is also actively involved in the sport.“I didn’t have a chance to hand the baton down to him, he kinda’ took it from me.   I sometimes give him pointers and tips wherever I can, but he trains himself, just like I did when I first started out.   He’s currently ‘Mr. Bahamas Men’s Muscular Physique’ and just recently made The Bahamas’ 22-member bodybuilding team scheduled to compete at the upcoming 2017 Central American and Caribbean(CAC) Championships.”Today, Chief Darling says for him, at this stage of his career, it’s definitely all about his country and it’s this love of country that keeps him going.“I believe every Bahamian has something they can give back and contribute to our country to make it better.   So for me personally, this is what I can give.   This is my talent and I feel obligated, like it’s my patriotic duty to represent The Bahamas in the best way I can.   The medals are great to come back home with, but I’m not chasing personal status, I’m doing it in service to my country.”Feature Story: Chief Petty Officer James DarlingBy: Marine Seaman Michael E. 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