Mouratoglou: “Tennis has one of the highest levels of inequality in sport”

first_imgThe suspension of the tennis season on the ITF, ATP and WTA circuits attributable to the coronavirus has left us some massive affected in skilled tennis: these gamers who’ve a really low rating and have hardly any sponsors and that they’ve the financial prizes of the tournaments as a approach of incomes a residing.The mediaman Patrick Mouratoglou, one of the most prestigious coaches on the circuit and present mentor of Serena Williams, needed to point out his solidarity and help for these gamers with a letter he posted on social media. “Pricey tennis group. Our sport is implausible. Nonetheless, the problem we face solely reveals the shortcomings it has. Gamers exterior the Prime-100 can barely cowl their losses, and lots of of them finance their careers by taking part in skilled tennis. Their lives are an financial wrestle. In contrast to soccer and basketball gamers, tennis gamers don’t have a set annual wage. They’ve unbiased contracts, their journeys are paid, they must pay their coaches whereas their wage is determined by the events they win. It’s a system based mostly on meritocracy that appears good to me. 100% of high gamers deserve their revenue. Nonetheless, I discover it disgusting that aside from the 100 greatest gamers in one of the hottest sports activities in the world and that near 1 billion individuals observe, the relaxation are barely in a position to make a residing from it. For the Prime-10 Tim Mayotte, ‘You might have received $ 200,000 in prizes and helps to earn a lifetime wage. For the present 225 in the world, Noah Rubin, ‘for somebody who’s out of the Prime-50 or Prime-100, he doesn’t have many sponsors off the observe and in case your work is minor, you may’t reside on it. When you don’t work, they don’t pay you. ‘” Mouratoglou regretted that this case has occurred for therefore a few years on the circuit and criticizes the inequality that exists in tennis and that has precipitated many tennis gamers to hold up their rackets. “So what about the gamers who’re out of work for an indefinite interval of time? Nicely, they’ll’t be paid. Some of them are giving their all for his or her goals and attempting to forge a profession. This has been the state of affairs for a very long time. Though we’ve got eradicated male supremacy in the monetary area, tennis nonetheless has one of the highest levels of inequality in any sport. The factor is, tennis wants these gamers to outlive. Tennis can not reside solely on the elite. The circuit would deteriorate. Final yr’s ITF reform, which was fortunately canceled months after it was handed, made the state of affairs for non-Prime-100 gamers unsustainable. Many of them determined to stop tennis as a result of that they had no different alternative. “Because of this Mouratoglou helps a gathering between the ITF, the ATP, the WTA and the Grand Slam to assist these gamers who can not earn a residing proper now due to their sport as there isn’t any competitors. “We’re at present dealing with a brand new problem. Since the circuit is stopped for causes everyone knows, these gamers don’t have any revenue and aside from the Prime-100 gamers, the relaxation don’t have any cash on them or sponsors to reside with. It’s time to take into consideration these gamers and assist them, first in the fast future after which in the long run. Because of this I wish to see the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and the Grand Slam sitting collectively to attempt to discover a sustainable answer. We rely on these establishments, which have the energy to guard the financial system and social duty of tennis. I would really like these establishments to say ENOUGH. We will’t depart any of the low-ranking gamers behind. It will not be honest. Tennis wants a change. Use this free time to start out discussing it. “last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay – In preparation for Rio

first_imgThe privilege of survival to read the opener to Foster’s Fairplay’s 2016 journey is much for which to be thankful. It mirrors what was wished for its audience over the festive season and beyond.The enhanced opportunity that Christmas offers to renew acquaintances with those hardly ever seen was most welcome. There was a plethora of expressions of appreciation for views exposed, whether or not there was agreement. That was the gift of a lifetime. While it is comforting to know that there is an audience, the resultant applause is even more so.Gratitude is extended to avid sports enthusiast Emile Spence for mentioning something that a sadly departed mentor, Jimmy Carnegie, would have described as “sloppy”.Sorry, Jimmy for not following your advice to “check for accuracy before stating what is claimed to be fact”.In last week’s column, the Sunshine Girls’ coach was referred to as Jill Patterson – albeit a star in her own right in the netball pantheon – a many-time national representative. The reference should have been Jill McIntosh. Apologies to any reader who might have been temporarily confused.The year 2016 is at hand. This being Olympic year, the spotlight is on track and field, which is once again expected to sparkle.This column has been traditionally critical of the stewardship of the sport as administered by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). This is not to say that there have not been noteworthy features. The annual Golden Cleats Awards, where participants at various levels receive distinguished mention, is one. The maintenance thereof is commendable, although the award base could be a bit more expansive – a subject for further ventilation.TEAMSELECTIONWith Rio in mind, Foster’s Fairplay is pleased to ease the pressure on the JAAA, if only momentarily. Apart from naming the team for competition, which can be a pain-free process (Oops!), all the main activity preparatory to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ falls under the canopy of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell’s JOA.One can sense a question from the readership: “Why the presence of Dr Paul Wright’s favourite word, “Oops”!Simple. Team selection to major events in track and field comes after national trials for which policy guidelines are predetermined and published. As such, there can be no missteps in the execution. Even so, this columnist clings to that “Oops!”. Sufficient, until the time.The dialogue now is what has been a distastefully contentious feature of past global competitions – preparation camps for the flagship sport. Vigorous, verging on vitriolic debates have ensued as to whether or not they should be mandatory. This, not only pertaining to attendance by all athletes, but if they should exist at all.The tug-o-war led to a ban on the Stephen Francis-led MVP athletes at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, ruling them out of participation.It took intervention from the organisers, the IAAF, to set the situation back on an even keel.One hopes that an initiative to avoid any semblance of a camp-related dispute is already under way. Jamaica needs to be building on its multiple-medal profile as of Beijing, 2008, further embellishing its image and seeking to enhance the lustre.GAININGMORERESPECTAll the energies and enthusiasm need to revolve around earning plaudits for the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz and that our people gain more respect in the global sphere.That glow of quality must not be allowed to be diminished by a quagmire of questionable quests for one-upmanship and throwing poison darts at one another.Foster’s Fairplay has a few suggestions. Foremost, that the JOA convene a forum, inviting a representative body of all stakeholders destined to descend on the Brazilian city this summer.Views must be candidly voiced on the necessity of a camp and if attendance should be compulsory. Given what will surely be a divergence of opinion, the JOA must issue an informed ruling for or against.The Foster’s Fairplay view is that camps only serve relay practices. Place the funds saved for the non-staging into a pool and collaborate with the meet directors on the professional circuit. From this could come a substantial increase in prize money for the far too infrequent relays in that arena.Decision-makers must think on these things.n For Feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

ONE: Askren retires undefeated, destroys Aoki in 57 seconds

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set READ: ONE: Aoki ‘really good’ opponent for Askren’s swan songAskren wasted no time pummeling Shinya Aoki, one of Asia’s best mixed martial artists, with heavy blows that prompted the referee to immediately stop the main event of the ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe American fighter is walking away from the cage with 18 wins sans a loss and the reputation of being one of the best fighters in the welterweight division.READ ONE: Iniong’s win streak ends with UD loss to Yamaguchi  USA’s Ben Askren throws a ground and pound against Japan’s Shinya Aoki. INQURER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonSINGAPORE—Ben Askren’s retirement fight didn’t last long.57 seconds to be exact.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I think this is it. If I get the opportunity to prove I’m number one, then I’ll take the opportunity. I don’t need any more money. I just want to show the fans that I’m the best welterweight in the world. Other than that, I’m out,” said Askren.Aoki, meanwhile, continued his slide with back-to-back TKO losses in a span of the year which started with his stunning setback to Eduard Folayang last year at the same venue.READ: Worth the wait: Folayang cops ONE lightweight title, stops AokiThe Japenese mixed martial arts legends just didn’t match up against the seemingly bigger Askren, who picked him up and easily threw him to the mat before finishing him off with ground and pound.Meanwhile, the Singaporean bets completed a sweep of their assignments to the delight of the big hometown crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Singapore’s May Ooi gestures after defeating Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch in the first round via submission. INQURER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonMay Ooi and Tiffany Teo came out with impressive submissions victories while Amir Khan pulled off a dominant unanimous decision in the co-main event against veteran Adrian Pang.Ooi submitted Camboda’s Vy Srey Khouch with a rear naked choke 3:58 in the first round while Teo made quick work of India’s Puja Tomar with a finishing armbar with 53 seconds left in the opening period.Meanwhile, two Filipino bets in the action-packed card failed to bring home a victory.READ: ONE: PH’s Corminal loses by submission to LepontGina Iniong lost to ONE Atomweight title contender Mei Yamaguchi via unanimous decision in her second fight in the promotion this month.Malaysia-based Richard Corminal, meanwhile, yielded to the returning Frenchman Arnaud LePont, who finished him off with a triangle choke at the 3:16 mark of the opener.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matter Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

LEC Honors Former WAPP SG

first_imgThe management of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) over the weekend honored the former Secretary-General of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), Amadou Diallo, for his dedicated role played at the corporation during his tenure.Prior to the end of his tenure, Mr. Diallo represented WAPP in Liberia and was assigned with the LEC to ensure that countries connected to the project were fully electrified.Joseph T. Mayah, LEC Deputy Chief Executive Officer, lauded Mr. Diallo, describing his tenure at the corporation as “praise worthy” since he was always available to listen to the plight of employees and advised them appropriately.The honoring ceremony was held at a resort in Monrovia on August 7.He assured Mr. Diallo that his good work at the corporation would always be remembered and appreciated by the people of Liberia.For his part, Mr. Diallo applauded the LEC Management for providing him the opportunity to work with them.He said LEC has been cooperative, ensuring that the dream to connect Liberia to the rest of the WAPP network to a single grid was realized.Mr. Diallo stated that with the help of LEC, the WAPP was energized as they handled problems related to the running of wires and other electric work in the country.“I’m so honored for this appreciation, and therefore, I remain grateful as you can see through my deepest appreciation to the LEC Management,” Mr. Diallo said.The program was climaxed with a gowning ceremony as well as the naming of Mr. Diallo as Mr. Tamba Diallo.Among those who attended the ceremony were Guinea’s Ambassador to Liberia Alhaji Abdullah Doré, Mr. Curtis Lavalle, Acting CEO of LEC, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Comeback still fresh for Schumacher

first_imgTo get to the moment of truth at Pomona, Schumacher and his team had to erase what was once a 336-point deficit almost halfway through the year. “Listen, that wasn’t an easy task by any means,” Schumacher said. “But I felt that if there was ever a team that could get over such a hurdle, it would be my team. When we got that first win at St. Louis in the end of June, I felt confident we could get on a roll.” Entering his 12th professional season, Schumacher knows times are changing. Not only is the competition getting tougher and tougher, but now he will have to contend with the NHRA’s new “Countdown to the Championship.” “As for the competition, there are no easy draws anymore,” he said. “The amount of talent in the Top Fuel class these days is mind-boggling. You have the three-car Kalitta team, Brandon Bernstein, Larry Dixon, Cory McClenathan and J.R. Todd, just to name a few guys. Any number of teams and drivers can win races and, ultimately, the championship. That’s why you have to be on your game every weekend. “And this year, in particular, you better be on your game right from the start. With the new championship format, you have to be in the top eight after the Reading (Pa.) race or else you’ll be relegated to playing the spoiler role. It was at the 2006 season finale in November when Schumacher completed the biggest comeback in NHRA history by winning the Auto Club Finals with a record-setting 4.428-second quarter-mile effort in the finals. The 20 bonus points allowed him to clinch a third straight championship. “If I said I’ve stopped thinking about what happened that day, I would be lying,” Schumacher said. “You can’t forget about history. What the U.S.Army team did last year was incredible.” “This new chase will be exciting, for sure. I’ll be interested to see how it all shakes out. As a team, you clearly want to be running your best toward the end of the year. In recent years, we’ve typically run well later in the season. I hope that trend continues this time around.” Should Schumacher rise up and win a fourth straight crown, he will enter the Top Fuel record books as the only driver to turn that trick. “I know the record is hanging out there, but I’m not overly concerned with it,” he said. “My goal is to win another world championship for the U.S. Army and all of our soldiers around the world. Plain and simple, we race for the brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom on a daily basis.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Despite the old adage – “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it” – Tony Schumacher can’t be faulted for thinking about 2006, and specifically the NHRA Auto Club Finals. The NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series returns to Pomona Raceway this weekend for the season-opening Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals. Schumacher would probably like a stroll down memory lane, but he’ll be all business behind the wheel of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster. last_img read more

Murphy goal the difference as Glenswilly win Donegal SFC title

first_imgAn early first-half goal from Michael Murphy proved to be the crucial score as Glenswilly ousted Kilcar by the minimum in a thrilling Donegal SFC final. Glenswilly started the brighter and it was their inspirational full-forward Michael Murphy who started dictating the play early on.Murphy scored an early free and a monster 45 which settled Michael Canning’s side into this affair. Then that old combination of Neil Gallagher and Murphy did it again to unlock the Kilcar defence.A long direct ball inside from Gallagher found Murphy who shrugged off two Kilcar defenders to hammer the ball home.It was the perfect start from Glenswilly, but Kilcar juts like they did in the semi-final against Naomh Conaill responded well.Martin McHugh’s side got back to within two thanks to points from Paddy McBrearty and Andrew McClean. However, Glenswilly were always able to keep Kilcar at arms length and added on another few scores to lead by four at the break.The game was played in horrendously difficult conditions with some very heavy downpours throughout the match.Kilcar are a team full of quality and showed plenty of fighting spirit in the second-half, as they tried desperately to claw back the deficit.In truth, Kilcar with rue the amount of wide’s they kicked in the second-half, and those wide’s proved fatal in the end.Glenswilly have a team of seasoned campaigners and they used all their experience to get over the line, Kilcar got it back to a point when Mark Sweeney pointed, but it wasn’t enough. Glenswilly hung on to land their third Donegal SFC title in six years.Commiserations to Kilcar who played their part in a cracking match, but it’s Glenswilly who take the Dr Maguire back to Foxhall again.Final score: Glenswilly 1-10 Kilcar 0-12Murphy goal the difference as Glenswilly win Donegal SFC title was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCglenswillyHome-page NewskilcarMurphylast_img read more

South Africa’s Constitution: youth weigh in

first_img12 April 2016Almost 100 young South Africans aged between 19 and 22 were asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation how the Constitution and Bill of Rights affected their lives. Their answers are on display at the foundation in an exhibition entitled My Constitution.“I’m very pleased that young people are as outspoken about the Constitution as they are,” said Denis Goldberg, anti-apartheid activist and Rivonia trialist, who attended the launch on 17 March in Houghton, Johannesburg. “Some are for it, some are against, but they speak out with integrity.”See more:The foundation’s chief executive, Sello Hatang, said that 20 years after its adoption, he was still amazed at what a remarkable document the Constitution was. Its authors had vision and foresight regarding the kind of society they wanted to build.“The one question that bothers all of us, that should bother all of us is. are we still on course?”Issues youth raisedAccording to Hatang, the exhibition gives a voice to young South Africans and “forces us to listen to their experiences over the past 20 years of how the Constitution has worked for them but, more importantly, where the Constitution has failed our people”.Gugu Mthethwa, one of the young respondents, said: “My Constitution makes me more responsible and mindful of the things I do, how I act towards other people and how I would like to be treated.”Others, such as Balungile Radebe, raised critical questions. “We are the born-frees. Are we free from HIV? Are we free from ridiculous fees? Are we free from oppression? Are we free from poverty? No.”Clive Makhetha said: “I value freedom of association. I can be with people I want to be with at any time or place. I’m not restricted.”My Constitution exhibition: giving a voice to young South Africans #myconstitution— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) March 20, 2016Constitution as post-conflict documentWandisa Phama, candidate attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, described the Constitution as beautiful when she spoke at the launch. “I think all of us in this room have a sense of the beauty of this Constitution and, as much as there are things that we can question, there are things that we can celebrate.“So when the foundation asked me to give a brief reflection of what it meant to be a young South African 21 years into our democracy, I thought to myself it meant a number of things – but what it means for each individual really depends on the lens that, as a person, you use to look at things.”Phama said each person’s lens was influenced by factors such as gender, socio-economic conditions, and race.Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who served 10 years on Robben Island, explained that the Constitution was a “post-conflict” document. It was aimed at “moving us from a dark, dim and terrible past to an inclusive society that celebrates diversity”.The Constitution gave voice to every man and woman by giving them the right to take part in elections and decide who was in power.Quoting Frantz Fanon, the Afro-Caribbean philosopher, revolutionary and writer, Moseneke urged the youth “accomplish or betray their own mission”.“Mr Mandela and other great freedom fighters have not sold out,” he said. “They laid down beginnings that leave you with the clear mission to change your world within the values of a great Constitution.”This year marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Constitution being signed into law.Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

New Apps for Your iPhone: July Edition

first_imgThere are some 225,000 mobile applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and counting. How on earth do you find ones that are actually worth using? You could use a recommendation service like AppsFire (itself a nifty little iPhone app too), or you could ask a friend. But every now and then, we like to round up a few of our favorites and share them with you. This latest edition of our favorite iPhone apps includes some brand new ones for you to try along with us, as well as some which may not have just launched, but which you may not have heard of either. Brand New (and Still in Testing)The brand new apps in this list sounded intriguing, but after some initial testing we’re not sure if they’ll ever make it to “home screen” status. Some have a few kinks to work out, and others, well, we’re just not entirely sold yet. But in all cases, we definitely like the ideas, so we hope the developers can improve these new releases over time. Cardmobili: Promised as the next big thing in loyalty/membership cards, this app tracks your discount cards, but stores the data in the cloud, not locally on your device. It also plugs into merchant’s customer relationship management systems so they can run their programs on customers’ mobile phones. Integrated offers are included too. Downsides: I’m not impressed with the design of the app, especially when compared with the clean and simple CardStar app. It also didn’t have the first two membership cards I entered, ones I use so often they dangle from my keychain: Babies R Us and L.A. Fitness – both large, national brands whose absence wasn’t promising. Quanp: Last year, we looked at Quanp, Ricoh’s visual online storage site with the odd name. Now the app is available in iPhone format and offers 10 GB of storage with a free account. Users can share files up to 500 MB, upload photos and videos from the iPhone and share files locally via Bluetooth with other iPhone users. Sounds great, in theory. One problem: I had forgotten my Quanp password, but when I logged onto the website to reset it, it redirected me to a “helpful” Japanese page. Using Google Translate, I believe I requested a new one. It hasn’t arrived yet, and it’s been hours, so consider this app’s testing “in progress.” I may need to set up a new account. I love the idea, though. iMovie: Apple’s own iMovie app is worthy addition to any iPhone 4 device, allowing you to create HD movies using editing controls, themes and music playlists. It’s simple (almost too simple – I wouldn’t mind having a few more editing features) but it lets you turn that cute footage of your dog/baby/vacation/party/etc. into a movie worthy of sharing on YouTube. (Read More) sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology iHound: I refuse to pay $99 for Apple’s MobileMe service when all I really want is the “Find My iPhone” feature. Determined to find a cheaper option, I first tried the similar $0.99 app “Find My Device.” It didn’t work and crashed constantly. Next I tried iHound, and I was totally sold. The $3.99 app lets you track your iPhone via an online dashboard. The app can be configured to “check in” with frequency intervals you specify, and you can even turn on a “spoof screen” that displays when someone launches the app, saying things like “location updating” or “warning!” And if your iPhone goes missing somewhere in the house, you can go online to trigger an alarm in order to locate it. I guess that could scare robbers too. In-app purchases let you extend your subscription in three-month, six-month, one-year or two-year intervals, all for very affordable prices ($3.99 for three months up to $19.99 for two years). Take that, MobileMe! The app was also recently updated to run in the background on iOS 4-enabled devices. Related Posts Tags:#Apple#mobile#web center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces MapQuest: The AOL company has been busy lately, and its new iPhone map app is just one example of the exciting changes being made. Although still not as rich and robust as Google Maps, the app does offer spoken turn-by-turn directions now… for free! Version 2.0 of MapQuest for the iPhone adds this feature and more, including iOS 4 compatibility for running in the background. The voice used isn’t too bad, either. (Read More) Apps We’re Still UsingIn case you missed our earlier reviews, a few apps that we’re still happily using include:Plancast: the plan-sharing app (our review) Bing: maps, directions, search and other local info, now iOS 4 compatible (our review)Digg: We think it’s better than the website (our review)Siri: A long-time favorite, now with Wolfram Alpha integration! (our review) RWW: Of course, we love our own iPhone app too! (Someone else’s review!) Face2Face: The latest entry in location-based social networking, this app doesn’t force you to recreate your network; it uses those you already built on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and LinkedIn. In theory, once you sync your friend lists with the app, you can see if your friends are nearby. There’s a big focus on privacy controls as well, which is nice. Downside: Apparently, your friends have to use Face2Face too in order for it to work. It didn’t find my husband (and Facebook friend) even when we sat with our iPhones in the same room. How Did I Live Without This App?Some of the apps in this list aren’t brand new, but rather recently installed on my iPhone. Forgive me if you’ve been using these for ages; I just discovered they existed and can’t believe I lived without them for this long. The last two, however, are newer apps to launch and are definitely worth the download.Grocery IQ: This simple shopping list app lets you create organized lists quickly, using both barcode scanning techniques or text-based entry. As you type, it automatically suggests brand name items and/or standard grocery needs (milk, eggs, etc.). The best part, though, for two-iPhone (or Android!) families is the ability to share lists with others. You create, they shop or vice versa. is partnered with the service, too, allowing you to add discounts to your shopping list. Unfortunately, these still need to be printed out before use at the store. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Alaskan Glaciers Are Rapidly Melting

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in I recently returned from a two-week family vacation trip to Alaska. This was my first trip to Alaska; of course, two weeks is a very brief time to visit such a vast state. We were able to spend some time in Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Anchorage, and Seward. We also spent several days fishing along the Salcha River and at Lower Paradise Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.My visit to Alaska sparked ideas for several possible blogs:But all of these topics have been pushed to the back of my brain by a more serious issue: Alaska’s shrinking glaciers.In Alaska, we got close to at least five glaciers: Exit Glacier, Holgate Glacier, Mother Goose Glacier, Surprise Glacier, and Wolverine Glacier. It was a rare privilege to crawl out of our tent on a bright July morning on the shore of a remote Alaskan lake to see sunlight playing on the blue and white surfaces of a mountain glacier on the other side of the lake. A visit to Alaska sharpens the pain I feel when I learn the facts about climate change, because I have a better idea of what is now at risk.When I looked at these impressive glaciers, I had no way to determine (like most tourists to Alaska) whether these glaciers are growing, stable, or shrinking. However, at the most visited of these glaciers, Exit Glacier, the National Park Service has provided a graphic way of displaying how quickly Alaska is losing its ice. Rangers have installed a series of signs, stretching over more than a mile, showing how much the glacier has shrunk in the last 100 years. The signs indicate the edge of the glacier at various times, beginning in 1899.In recent decades, Exit Glacier has been retreating at a rate of 43… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

BJP puts on hold names of councillors as leaders of House in

first_imgMCDsNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) The BJP has put on hold the names of its councillors who were to be appointed as leaders of House in three municipal corporations, owing to the “cold war” between Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel.The three BJP councillors who were considered for the posts of leaders of House in South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have been “punished” for attending a felicitation function hosted by Goel on May 16, a senior party leader said.”Shikha Rai (SDMC), Jai Prakash (NDMC) and Santosh Pal (EDMC) were considered for the posts of leaders of House but the party has put on hold their names as they attended Goels function despite being instructed to avoid it,” he said.Tiwari was also invited to the function but he chose to give it a miss, while around 40-50 councillors took part in it.With the BJPs massive victory in the MCD polls last month, the party leaders are now focusing on the next assembly elections. This has led to a competition between Goel and Tiwari for the post of chief minister, sources said.”Goel being an old-timer well embedded in Delhi politics is asserting himself as Tiwari has pulled off a stunning victory in the MCD polls barely six months after being appointed as the Delhi unit chief,” a source said.Goel said he is not engaged in a “tussle” with anyone and the function he hosted was part of a “slum movement” to promote sports among the youth.advertisement”I do not know what people are talking of but the function was held by my ministry to engage Nehru Yuva Kendra youths in our slum movement. I have no tussle with anyone,” the Youth Affairs and Sports minister said.The Delhi BJP denied claims that the three councillors names were withdrawn as a punishment for attending Goels function.”The BJP has announced Shikha Rais name as the Leader of House in SDMC and we stand by it. No names were announced for the posts of leaders of House in North and East corporations,” said Delhi BJP media in-charge Pravin Shankar Kapoor.Tiwari was not available for comments on the issue. PTI VIT GVSlast_img read more