Michelle Obama’s humour in this ‘History of Exercise’ video will win you over

first_imgWhat better way to celebrate 60 years of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition than to see First Lady Michelle Obama match steps with funny man Nick Offerman!It’s no secret that the way we exercise has changed drastically in the past 6 decades–from using to machines to using electrodes to melt body fat to using the ‘ab maker’ to aerobics to weights–phew! Alongside comedian Megan Mullally (who happens to be Offerman’s wife) and First Lady Michelle Obama, Offerman takes us through the many fitness trends that come and gone during the past 6 decades. The video was created in collaboration with Funny or Die! and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the council.Watch Offerman sweat it out right here:last_img read more

Narendra Modi’s 33rd Mann ki Baat: PM recalls dark days of emergency

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today will address the nation through his monthly radio broadcast programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ at 11 am.He will share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today at 11 a.m.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a visit to the United States is expected to share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues.LIVE UPDATES:Everyone should dream about Olympics, Modi adds.Talking about India’s achievements in sports, Modi says children should be encouraged to take part in sports.Even after a 1,000 days, ISRO’s Mars mission is still functioning -this is a big achievement.India has achieved a lot, Modi says, going on to talk about ISRO launching satellites for around 14 countries.Modi talks about E-GeM a website that allowsDr. Anil Sonara from Ahmedabad asks the Prime Minister on reading and giving books as giftsMy dear countrymen, every Indian today is proud & holds head high. 21st June 2017- Yoga has permeated the entire world.On 21st June, the rays of the sun were welcomed with people practising Yoga.Yoga is about fitness and wellness.After one year of Emergency, Atal ji wrote a poem, in which he describes the state of mind during those turbulent times.The Emergency will be remembered for the way in which people of India came together and safeguarded the democratic values.Believers of democracy fought prolonged war and great nation that India is where spirit of democracy pervades very being of all peopleThe PM notes how yoga was practised on the Great Wall of China.Nearly every country celebrated this occasion, Modi says.Modi now recounts the recently held Intentional Yoga Day that were organised on June 21.The PM goes on to talk recite a poem written by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.Modi speaks about a listener who wrote to him, asking him to talk about the Emergency during Mann Ki Baat.We have to work together for a clean India. We know tremendous hard work is required to achieve anything worthwhile whether it is in one’s own life or for society.The movement to clean India is a mass movement. It is no longer restricted to the government’s aloneHabits take a long time to change, Modi says, talking about how sustained efforts are required to inculcate habits that promote cleanliness.I felicitate residents of Mubarakpur for transforming pious occasion of Ramzan into opportunity for welfare of society.In this holy month of Ramzan, I came across very inspiring incident at Mubarakpur village of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh.People in a village in Bijnor did not accept money from the administration to build toilets. They did it themselves. This is heartening.They said, instead spend the money on other development works. We will build the toilets through our own resources.Modi wishes the nation on Eid.Greetings to everyone on Rath Yatra. The poor of India are attached to Lord Jagannath, says ModiWeather is changing. The monsoon seems to be on time, bringing a relief from the heat, PM says.Modi starts off Mann ki Baat with Rath Yatra.Also Read:Narendra Modi on Mann Ki Baat: Constructive criticism strengthens our democracyadvertisementAlso Watch:Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges people to join New India movement, announces increase in maternity leavelast_img read more

Andre Russell believes T10 cricket could be part of Olympics

first_img Press Trust of India Abu DhabiOctober 16, 2019UPDATED: October 16, 2019 16:43 IST West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell believes T20 cricket could take the sport to Olympics”It would be brilliant for cricket to become an Olympic sport,” Russell saidRussell will be part of Northern Warriors in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10West Indies’ big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell on Wednesday reckoned that the advent of T10 format could help cricket become part of the Olympics.Russell, who has enjoyed plenty of success in T20 cricket in recent years, will be part of Northern Warriors in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10, the third season of which will take place in the UAE capital between November 14 and 24.Asked if the T10 format is the way forward to take the sport to the Olympics, the West Indian responded in the affirmative.”It would be brilliant for cricket to become an Olympic sport and I know all players would love the opportunity of representing their country at an Olympic event,” said Russell.The 31-year-old said every cricketer must raise his game in T10.”The T10 format is obviously shorter than T20 and batsmen have very less time to get themselves in. You have to really attack and go after the bowling from ball one.”As a bowler and a fielding team, you have to really be on your game and plan well as you know the batsmen are looking to take you down every delivery,” said the Jamaican.One of the challenges of the format is that it gives little time to players to settle down, and Russell acknowledged it.”The T10 format has put pressure on the batsman to start striking and to be aggressive from ball one.”You have to think about where you are looking to attack each bowler and also what field they are setting to work out where they are trying to bowl to you,” he said.advertisementTalking about the Abu Dhabi T10, Russell said he was confident it was going to be bigger and better than last year.”I am sure it will be a box office event. Abu Dhabi is a brilliant place to host the T10. It is a great place to tour as a player with a lot to do away from cricket culturally and the Zayed Sports City Stadium is an excellent stadium with brilliant facilities.”Abu Dhabi seems to be attracting a lot of high profile cricket events and I am looking forward to getting over there,” he said.Also Read | Mithali Raj shuts down troll: Tamil is my mother tongue but above all I am an IndianAlso Read | Vijay Hazare: Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal youngest batsman to hit double hundred in List A cricketFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Andre Russell believes T10 cricket could be part of OlympicsWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell believes T10 format of the cricket is the way forward to take the sport to the Olympics.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Arkon Shipping Partners Establish New Chartering JV

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license German shipmanager Arkon Shipping has teamed up with a number of compatriot firms to form Arkon Allied Container (AAC), a new chartering joint venture.The company informed that the parties in the JV are the shipowners Jüngerhans, Wessels, HS Schiffahrt, Nordic and Jebsen Shipping Partners, as well as the chartering specialists Ole Gabs and Wolfgang Klodwig.The objective of this foundation is to group the shareholders’ container feeder vessels to a large fleet, counting more than 90 container vessels with capacities of up to 4,350 TEU. Additionally, the JV will jointly market the vessels and optimize the cost structure of the chartering of the fleet.After the forehanded antitrust auditing was concluded without any objections, AAC officially launched its business at the beginning of August.The JV, with the registered office of the company in Haren/Ems, was created in June 2018.Arkon Shipping informed that AAC “is open for the acceptance of additional shareholders. The precondition for the admittance is to bring in further vessels that reasonably supplement the fleet.”last_img read more

Over 6 crore EPFO subscribers to get 865 interest for 201819 Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Tuesday said over six crore EPFO accounts would be credited with interest amount at 8.65 per cent rate for 2018-19 ahead of the festival season. The Central Board of Trustees – the apex decision-making body of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) – had approved 8.65 per cent interest rate for the last fiscal on February 21, this year. The proposal was sent for the concurrence of the finance ministry. Once approved by the finance ministry, the EPFO would credit the interest amount at 8.65 per cent rate in subscriber accounts and settle claims on this rate.last_img

PRSI celebrates National PR Day

first_imgThe Public Relations Society of India, Kolkata Chapter organised a debate on ‘Criminality is an Unavoidable Ingredient of Political Governance’, at iLead campus and auditorium to commemorate National PR Day on April 21. The event which was inaugurated by Pradip Chopra, Chairman, iLead was attended by various media and mass communication colleges and universities.Out of them, St Xaviers University emerged as the winner and JIS University was the runner-up in the competition. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPR toppers from various colleges, universities, institutions like Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Rabindra Bharati University, ADAMAS University, University of Calcutta, Viswabharati and iLead were felicitated, as an initiative from Rita Bhimani – a veteran Public Relations practitioner and Founder-CEO of Ritam Communications, to commemorate her 50 years in the PR profession. She gave the valedictory address to students on the new trends they should follow in the PR profession. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking at the event, Rita said that image plays pivotal role in building perception and trust, as it works on two way communication between an organisation and public. And, being the largest democracy of the world and the most vibrant economy in recent times, whole world is looking at India. Representing India to the world or an organisation to its public and building bridges of trust, PR and Communication professionals of India work with dedication and commitment. Chairman of PRSI, Kolkata Chapter, Soumyajit Mohapatra, said that ‘Beyond the Classroom’ initiatives would continue apace as a proactive initiative of the PRSI, Kolkata Chapter.last_img read more

Vidyasagar statue PM Modi Mamata in furious war of words

first_imgMau (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by “TMC goondas”.Speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau on Thursday morning, Modi said, “We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas.” “The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of BJP President Amit Shah. Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment,” the prime minister said. Modi charged that “anarchy” was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar. “In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it,” he said. Responding to Modi’s offer, Banerjee said Bengal does not need money from the BJP, it has enough resources to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue. She said that it was BJP “hooligans” who had destroyed a heritage of the state by breaking the bust in the violence during BJP Amit Shah’s roadshow. It is a matter of shame for Bengalis that the bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised, she said at a poll rally at Mandirbazar in support of Trinamool Lok Sabha candidate C M Jatua. “Bengal does not seek alms from BJP. We have the money for a new bust of Vidyasagar, who was part of Bengal Renaissance. Don’t you (BJP) feel ashamed saying that Bengal has been reduced to a state of being a pauper,” said West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee was referring to a comment by Shah at a poll rally at Canning earlier this week in which he had said that under Banerjee government “sonar(golden) Bangla has become kangal(pauper) Bangla”. “He (Modi) should squat holding his ears for destroying a heritage of the state,” she said. “The media has shown how Vidyasagar’s bust was broken. Bengalis’ pride is hurt that they will not spare BJP. They will not give it (BJP) a single vote …. It will be very surprising if Modi gets a single vote from Bengalis,” Banerjee claimed. She alleged that the BJP is spreading fake messages on the social media and warned the voters not to fall prey to it.last_img read more

Official Observation of the Lunar Crescent in Morocco Begins Wednesday

Rabat – The observation of the lunar crescent expected to announce the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan will take place on Wednesday, Chaaban 29, 1439 (in the Islamic calendar), which corresponds with May 16, 2018, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment announced on Tuesday, May 15.Magistrates, nadhers (traditional moon sighters), and delegates of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment are invited to inform the ministry of the observation of the lunar crescent or its non-observation by contacting it at the following phone numbers: (, (, ( and ( or fax number (, according to the ministry’s website.

DR of Congo Council appeals for efforts to reach settlement in Ituri

Ituri has been the scene of ethnic clashes since June, according to the latest report of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the situation in the DRC. “The violence and the resulting displacement of the population have deepened the mistrust among the communities of Ituri, which is also related to the distribution of resources, as well as manipulation by both internal and external actors,” he wrote. In a statement to the press following closed-door consultations, Council President Martin Belinga-Eboutou of Cameroon said the members “appeal to all local groups and, in particular, to the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), to show restraint and to put their efforts into achieving a political settlement.” Towards that end, he said the members called on Uganda and the DRC to work with the UN Mission in the area (MONUC) to ensure the success of the Ituri Pacification Commission, and asked other States in the region, particularly Rwanda, also to contribute. Uganda, as long as it maintains forces on the spot, should “watch out for the security of the civilian population in and around Bunia” the President added, referring to a town in Ituri. The members also called on all parties to cooperate with MONUC, condemned the difficulties that the Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD) and the Mouvement pour la Libération du Congo (MLC) have created for the Mission, and demanded “that this type of behaviour cease immediately,” Ambassador Belinga-Eboutou said. By today’s press statement, Council members welcomed the ongoing withdrawal of foreign troops and asked MONUC to continue its verification work until it can report that all forces have been withdrawn, the Congolese parties were encouraged to continue their efforts to arrive at an inclusive agreement on the political transition as soon as possible. read more

Court orders Japan reactor to shut down keeps 2nd offline

TOKYO – A court issued an unprecedented order Wednesday for a nuclear reactor near Kyoto to stop operating and ordered a second one to stay offline.The Otsu District Court, which issued the injunction, said the emergency response plans and equipment designs at the two reactors have not been sufficiently upgraded after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.The order requires Kansai Electric Power Co. to shut down the No. 3 reactor and keep the No. 4 unit offline at the Takahama plant in Fukui prefecture in western Japan, home to about a dozen reactors.The two reactors restarted this year after a high court in December reversed an earlier injunction by another court. The No. 3 reactor, which uses a riskier plutonium-based MOX fuel, resumed operation in late January, while the No. 4 reactor had to be shut down late last month after operating for just three days because of a series of technical problems.Kansai Electric said it would abide by the decision and start the shutdown procedures for the No. 3 reactor Thursday morning. The utility, meanwhile, said that the decision was “disappointing” and that it planned to appeal.The decision reflects Japan’s divisive views on nuclear safety and leaves only two of the country’s 43 reactors in operation.The Takahama plant has been a major concern for the region. Residents say a major accident at the plant, which sits right next to Kyoto, a major tourist destination, would destroy tourism. They also worry about radiation impact on nearby Lake Biwa, a key source of drinking water for western Japan.Judge Yoshihiko Yamamoto said the operator has not fully explained exactly how it has upgraded safety features at the two Takahama reactors under the post-Fukushima safety standards. The utility has not fully explained its design philosophy, its measures to mitigate power loss or how to carry out evacuation plans in case of a severe accident and a massive tsunami, he said in the ruling.The decision also shakes the credibility of the stricter safety requirements installed following the Fukushima disaster. Wednesday’s ruling supported concerns by residents and experts that the stricter standards still do not require utilities to have adequate evacuation plans before applying to restart reactors.Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said he could not immediately comment on how the ruling would affect the regulatory activity, but defended the new requirements, which incorporated lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster.Lawyers for the plaintiffs welcomed the ruling as “fair, calm and wise,” raising questions over the utility’s safety culture and the regulators’ safety standards. They urged the nuclear authority to amend the safety requirements per Wednesday’s ruling.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the government stands by the regulators’ standards and that plans to restart Takahama and other reactors deemed safe are unchanged.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to restart as many reactors as possible. It says nuclear energy should remain a key power source for Japan, which has few natural resources to fuel its economy.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at https://www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchiAnd at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/mari-yamaguchi Court orders Japan reactor to shut down, keeps 2nd offline by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2016 2:03 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2016 at 4:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Grandmother 83 tied up by staff on luxury cruise when she had panic

A grandmother with dementia was tied up by staff on a luxury Mediterranean cruise when she had a panic attack weeks before her death, an inquest heard. Marguerite Hayward was on a dream holiday with her war veteran husband Frederick when she fell ill on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer in April 2017.Mr Hayward, who fought for the British army in Korea and Suez, called for help after she woke up from a nightmare “screaming” in their £8,500 suite.He said his 83-year-old partner, who had mild dementia, became more agitated and “lashed out” at security guards because they shouted at her.Her hands and feet were bound with cords from bathrobes and she was given two doses of a sedative as seven members of staff intervened, a court heard.Mr Hayward said he felt they were being treated “like criminals” and described his wife being “pinned” to the bed and “forcibly injected”. Marguerite Hayward and her husband Frederick, who served in the British army in Suez and Korea. Staff on the Seven Seas Explorer – a six-star ship promoted as the “most luxurious ever built” – gave them a £1,000 bill for the drugs used to sedate Mrs Hayward before they left.She developed bed sores as she was kept sedated for five days in Italy before being flown back to the UK for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital.She was later moved to Glastonbury Court care home, where she died on July 29, 2017, Suffolk Coroners’ Court heard.Coroner Nigel Parsley concluded that the “sequence of events which started on the ship, and the treatment which she received overseas, had a cumulative and contributing effect on her death”.The coroner also concluded that the “nature of the treatment” Mrs Hayward initially received on the cruise ship “contributed to her acute episode of delirium at that time”.Mr Hayward died aged 89 in February but statements he wrote shortly after his wife’s death were submitted as evidence at the hearing earlier this week. He said she was “much calmer” the following day, but the ship’s doctor insisted she had to be “medically disembarked” so she could have “specialist treatment”.The retired property manager and her husband of 64 years, from Lavenham, Suffolk, were ordered off the cruise at the southern Italian port of Sorrento and taken to hospital by a waiting ambulance. Marguerite Hayward and her husband Frederick, who served in the British army in Suez and Korea.Credit:Family handout Giving evidence at the inquest, geriatrician Dr Elena Jameson said it would have been more appropriate to give Mrs Hayward time to calm down rather than rushing her to hospital.Mrs Hayward’s marketing consultant son Martin, 58, from Hertfordshire, told the Telegraph: “I just don’t understand why they didn’t give some space and some time and some care to her.”Why did they create a blue lights and sirens emergency when mum was clearly calm, coherent and walking in the morning?”Regent Seven Seas Cruises maintains it followed correct procedures for dealing with the situation and offered appropriate support.A spokesman said: “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Hayward family.”We support the coroner’s conclusion that the decision to medically disembark Mrs Hayward to receive further medical attention was correct and that no criticism was made of our staff’s conduct in this very sad and difficult situation.” In his statement, he said: “If only Marguerite had not been wrongly diagnosed by the ship’s doctor, if only the port agent had done his job, she would have been home enjoying her beloved garden instead of suffering the horrendous pressure ulcers caused by the appalling lack of care in the Sorrento hospital.” 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. read more

Emma OReilly Why Ive forgiven Lance for calling me a prostitute and

first_img“THIS WASN’T ABOUT Lance, it was about something that was bigger than him. But that got lost in the whole message when Lance went on the attack.”Emma O’Reilly, the Tallaght-born former soigneur (personal assistant) who gained worldwide renown for being one of the earliest whistleblowers to expose cycling’s doping culture, is at pains to emphasise that her story does not primarily concern Lance Armstrong — one of the many cyclists she worked with during the four years she spent as a member of staff on the US Postal team between 1996 and 2000, and who was ultimately convicted of doping largely thanks to the willingness of people such as O’Reilly to step forward and refuse to remain silent about the issue.Yet Armstrong is inextricably linked with O’Reilly. Practically every article ever written about the 44-year-old Dubliner, who now runs The Body Clinic in Hale, Cheshire, inevitably has the disgraced cyclist’s name in the headline. Moreover, Armstrong looms large over O’Reilly’s new book, The Race to Truth: Blowing The Whistle on Lance Armstrong and Cycling’s Doping Culture, in which she tells her story, from those early days as a teenage cycling obsessive, to her controversial departure from the sport and all the ensuing revelations and accusations and court cases that followed.Having left the US Postal team in 2000 on acrimonious terms, she eventually agreed to be interviewed by David Walsh of the Sunday Times in 2003, lifting the lid on cycling’s doping culture in the process.Although O’Reilly was somewhat complicit owing to a willingness to tolerate these illegal activities during her time in the sport, even back then, she also clearly disapproved of these secret goings-on to an extent. Known as a “clean soigneur” in a sport riddled with corruption, O’Reilly still occasionally got herself mixed up in this seedy subculture, such as when she used make-up to cover up needle marks on Armstrong’s arm, or the time she transported illegal materials on his behalf.Having been friends with O’Reilly during her time in cycling, Armstrong turned against her once she made these much-publicised accusations, defaming her as an “alcoholic” and a “whore” in an attempt to discredit her controversial statements. Armstrong’s aggressive approach was seemingly working for a while — The Sunday Times, the newspaper he sued as a result of O’Reilly’s claims made in one of their articles — had to initially pay out substantial costs to the then-star of the the cycling world, while she was essentially vilified by a substantial proportion of the sport’s community as a result of her actions.With all this in mind, did she ever regret coming forward, given how bleak the situation increasingly became?“If you’d asked me that question before the USADA report came out in October 2012, I’d have said yes, because I genuinely felt that it had actually brought nothing positive on any level,” she tells TheScore.ie. “But now, since the USADA report’s come out and everything’s changed, yes I would still have spoken out. I would have tried to have protected people closer to me a bit better and be less naive about it. But on principle, I still would have spoken out. I still firmly feel that it needed to be done. I don’t think [the changes were implemented] because of me, but hopefully I helped the tide to turn, because something did need to be done. People were dying.” Source: AP/Press Association Images(This July 25, 1999, file photo shows then-Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong left, riding down the Champs Elysees avenue with teammates, from left, Frankie Andreu, George Hincapie and Pascal Derame — O’Reilly, not pictured, would leave the team the following year)Rather than any desire for revenge against her former employers as had been claimed by Armstrong and others, O’Reilly says it was the cyclists whose deaths were linked with the use of PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) that ultimately prompted her to conclude that she had no option but to speak out, in an attempt to curtail these continual tragedies. She describes how the premature deaths of cyclists such as Johan Sermon, Denis Zanette and Fabrice Salanson, all of which were allegedly linked with use of EPO, had deeply affected her outlook on the sport.“These lads [who died] all had dreams,” she says. “They all had posters of bike riders on their walls growing up. They went out and they missed their teenage years because they were training. They end up winning races, getting the pro contract, going to Europe, living the dream, and then the dream starts souring and they’re faced with a difficult decision. And that’s one thing I couldn’t ever reconcile. That always stayed with me. I was a facillitator, and it still took me three years [to speak out]. You’re helping the system [by not speaking out]. You’re every bit as guilty as someone who’s administering.”O’Reilly points out that she is one of the few people in this story who has been on both sides — partially enabling the continued existence of cycling’s doping culture, before eventually revolting against it.“That’s probably why I was able to forgive Lance,” she explains. “That whole guilt [of speaking out] had been lifted and the story has had a happy ending. I knew the absolute mayhem that was going to happen. I didn’t think it was going to be quite as bad, but I knew that it was just putting heat on people in the team and these were my colleagues, people I’d shared highs and lows with and who had looked out for me.“So I did feel so bad about speaking out — I was speaking out about the bigger picture. But it meant that some people who had been close to me were going to get hurt in it. I felt so guilty — the guilt of having spoken out and nothing good coming from it. The guilt of the pressure I’d put people under. Nothing good seemed to be coming out of it. It didn’t seem to be changing cycling.”This willingness to forgive others — perhaps partially owing to the Catholic ethos that, she says, was “culturally ingrained” in her — is a recurring theme in O’Reilly’s story. And whereas in the early parts of The Race to Truth, Armstrong is portrayed as someone who is not without redeeming features, Johan Bruyneel, the US Postal team’s managing director at the time, constantly treats O’Reilly in a cruel manner and even fires her for no apparent reason at one point, before being forced to reverse the decision. Yet O’Reilly has even met up with Bruyneel since to resolve their differences. Source: AP/Press Association Images(Lance Armstrong and sporting director of his Discovery team Johan Bruyneel pose for photographers on the Champs Elysees during a victory parade after Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France in 2006 – Bruyneel and O’Reilly were constantly at loggerheads during their time working together)“I think it was just a personality clash. It was really interesting to go back and sit down weeks later and see him as a human being, not as my boss, just as Johan. And for me, that lunch was really enlightening, because I actually saw things from his perspective“I kind of realised I played a part in that in what was a hugely stressful melting pot. One of the things I’d never noticed was that he had a lot of pressure to deal with too — it was just a big personality clash. It was probably a bit of a clash between his wife and I, and then it just escalated.”Similarly, she speaks with a tone of understanding when recalling how her ex-husband, Simon Lillistone, initially backed up her claims about cycling’s doping culture, before refusing to do so in court.“That was one of my low moments. I was very upset, but then I thought it’s probably our different personalities, which was what also led to the breakup. So while I was awfully hurt, I thought: ‘he doesn’t owe me anything.’ He owes himself, but he doesn’t owe me anything.“In a sense, that’s why we never would have survived [in a relationship]. And he has the right to get on with his life and do what he thinks is best. If I can bring myself to forgive Lance, I should be able to do it with people close to me. And God love him, he had to put up with me for a few years [laughs].”The book is full of such nuanced depictions, to an extent that even someone who is often regarded as one of the heroes of the Armstrong saga — the Sunday Times journalist David Walsh who spearheaded the revolt against the cyclist — is shown in a not entirely favourable light.O’Reilly says she was badly treated by Walsh, writing: “He’d hung me out to dry — but worse than that, the publisher had even openly warned him of the impact this would have on my life and had recommended proper support. Something I feel I never got.”In light of these feelings, are the pair still on good terms currently?“We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses, and sometimes our strengths become our weaknesses,” she explains. “Everything I put down was a fact. But I’ve nothing but respect for David, nothing but respect for what he’s done, and if I’m going to talk to a journalist, David would still be up there.“My opinion of him is the same as it was in 2003 — this is a good journalist who writes for a good paper who has a brilliant reputation. My naivety, I feel, did lead me to being a little more exploited. But that’s my naivety. Is it David’s job to make me more media savvy, or is it up to me to find out? But as an outsider in the world of media, it’s difficult to find out [how to operate].” Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster/YouTube(Walsh and O’Reilly appeared together on The Late Late Show last year following Armstrong’s much-discussed Oprah interview)While complaining of how she was portrayed by certain media outlets at times over the years and acknowledging that she has become increasingly “reticent” when being interviewed by reporters, she also speaks of encountering “some really good journalists that have put my faith back in the media”. And she is similarly positive when discussing cycling itself, despite the sport’s many detractors. Accordingly, she believes the UCI when they claim the sport has cleaned up its act.“There’s a huge concerted effort, I feel, having spoken to riders and having spoken to the UCI and spoken to people. I believe there’s an effort on every level between the team managers, doctors, the UCI and WADA to clean up the sport. The culture is changing and I think there’s an awful lot of positives now. Cycling is trying to face its demons and deal with them.”She has thus made peace with the sport that brought her worldwide fame as well as threatening to leave her bankrupt at one point, owing to the numerous court cases that her revelations prompted.Indeed, even after the disillusionment she felt and antipathy she received from the cycling community, O’Reilly still worked up the courage and enthusiasm to attend the Tour of Britain as a spectator in 2009, while she has continued to retain an interest in the sport again ever since, cycling on a regular basis herself and attending An Post Rás earlier this year.“I think I’d started watching the tour that summer and thought: ‘awww, that’s nice’. I remembered the effort that they put in, the fatigue, the sheer exhaustion and the sacrifices. I thought this stage would be killing them, or ‘oh my God’ look at this stage. So I could get back into it, but I still took my Doberman with me. I was still a bit nervous.“But it was just nice to go back to grassroots cycling, which is what got me into it in the first place.” Source: AP/Press Association Images(O’Reilly remains friends with Tyler Hamilton — another member of the US Postal team who was ultimately found guilty of doping)Therefore, despite now being 14 years out of cycling and seemingly content with her current situation, O’Reilly has good memories of her past life, and says she would have no hesitation in encouraging other women to emulate her path into the sport.The Dubliner also still has a fondness and respect for former teammates, particularly Tyler Hamilton, who comes across as perpetually friendly over the course of the book, though she also points out that the unrelenting obsession and immense effort that characterised Armstrong’s descent into infamy is far from uncommon in the sport.“I remember, I asked one of my riders: ‘What are you most looking forward to about retiring?’ He said: ‘Not being hungry.’ Even though I’m obviously against drugs in the sport, I feel as if the hard work and the dedication that goes into it has been forgotten.“I would always say that about any sport or any world-class athlete. I used to laugh at them and say ‘lads, you’ve only got two dimensions.’ You’ve got to lose a bit of objectivity to be a world-class athlete. You have to be so focused that you cannot be distracted by other things and most of us have not got the talent to be that focused on anything. They have a drive that I don’t have, and I would see myself as a normal person. I think it’s a talent to be that focused and to have that drive and to block out whatever needs to be blocked out to achieve your goal.”“They’re all in that culture and they feed off each other. One time, I was going to a race and there wasn’t enough food in the car. The journey was a bit longer and they were all complaining. There were three or four of them in the car and they were wanting this and that, so in the end, I pulled into the petrol station and gave them the team credit card and said go get what you want. It was a bit of a maternal relationship.“So they come out of the petrol station with a bit of food, all smiles on their faces and they hand me the credit card. So I said ‘lads, what do I exist on?’ And at least they looked ashamed. In the real world, you don’t get away with that kind of behaviour. So I sent them back into the shop just to get me a can of Coke on principle.” Source: Michel Spingler(Then-US Postal Service team masseur Emma O’Reilly tends to team leader Lance Armstrong, whose leg is seen, after the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Bonneval and Amiens, northern France, in this Thursday, 8 July, 1999 file photo.)O’Reilly understands that some people will balk when she describes how Armstrong was a “deserving champion” in some ways, adding that “everybody’s entitled to deal with things their own way”. Yet she insists the criticism that the Texan-born athlete has been receiving of late, in comparison to other similarly culpable parties, has been too excessive.“I had such intimate access to these lads. I saw the good days, the bad days, the highs, the lows, but I also saw the complete and utter dedication — the sacrifices they make. They’ve got this unrelenting desire to succeed. And I was part of all of that. So I saw them out in the rail and hail. They’d literally have to be carried off their bikes they’d be that tired. To get off their beds to come for a massage would just be one effort too much.“I saw all of that and thought — these are lads are out there everyday, slogging their guts out. They’re deserving in that sense because they have worked very hard and to a level I know I would never be able to reach, even if I had the physical capabilities. So there is an awful lot more to it than just taking drugs.”And despite all the nasty accusations the disgraced cyclist aimed at O’Reilly, the pair had a high-profile reunion last year and have spoken several times since then. Armstrong even gave O’Reilly his best wishes on Twitter ahead of the book launch, after she controversially invited him to write its foreword.“It sounds trite but I’ve had an incredible, emotional journey of highs and lows… I’m sure there’s probably people angry with me because I have made up with Lance,” she says. “It was my idea [for him to write the foreword] — probably as much to bring closure from my perspective more than anything else. That was why I wanted him to write it. Other people had suggested [doing it], but I wanted Lance to write it.“Before I asked him, I thought ‘oh my God, what is he going to say?’ But it was almost part of the journey and by him writing it, we had come full circle. Although we’ve fallen out and fallen in, we’ve known each other for a long time, even if the relationship has been adverse at times.”The Race to Truth by Emma O’Reilly is available to buy now. More info here.Susie Wolff becomes first woman in F1 for 22 years>Tour de France: The route facing the peloton on the road to Paris this year>last_img read more

Floppy drives find new life in the Phantom of the Floppera

first_imgWhile compact flash drives have silently killed floppy drives and their usefulness in our tech society, there are those out there that still find a use for them. Apparently floppy drives can be harnessed to make music.Take, for example, the following setup created by YouTube contributor FunToTheHead. He has taken two 5 1/4- inch floppy drives and two 3 1/2-inch floppy drives and interfaced them with a PIC18f14k50 microcontroller. Then the microcontroller is fed some MIDI code and viola, the floppy drives become musical instruments.Sure you may be thinking that FunToTheHead’s system may look old school, but let me assure you that his system can belt out eerie music like nobody’s business. Watch below as the floppy drive system performs a haunting electronic rendition of Toccata and Fugue.Read more at YouTube, via Redditlast_img read more

Southgate didnt promise anything to Rice

first_imgThe England national team boss said he made no promises to Declan Rice over his international future with the Three LionsIt has been reported that young Irish national team player Declan Rice has decided not to play for his country for a while.The reason? The London-born footballer wants to be free to decide if he will choose to play for Ireland or England.He’s eligible for both countries since he has only three caps for the Irish team, all on friendly matches.But England’s boss Gareth Southgate has said that even after speaking to him, he has not made any promises.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I think it’s fair to say I have spoken with him but I have not promised anything because I don’t think that’s right,” the England manager explained according to The Irish Examiner.“It would be easy whether you are with a club or national association to promise people things but I can’t promise players who were with us at the World Cup that they will be involved in six months’ time.”“So why would I promise that to a young player? I think that would be unethical. It’s a very difficult situation and I can understand the debate on all sides,” he added.“The landscape is very complicated. The way the world is families are quite transient and nearly every player in Under-15s and Under-16s are dual nationality. This is something all countries are aware of.”last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy a tough negotiator on transfers

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the club’s chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers and contract negotiations.Pochettino feels he has an advantage over his predecessors when it comes to dealings with Levy because he doesn’t have an agent.The Argentine will face his suitors Manchester United on Sunday, with reports in the English press saying that he remains the favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.The former Southampton boss has shown little desire to leave Tottenham and recently stated just last week that he can envisage himself staying for the next two decades.But Pochettino says he’s aware that Levy makes it as difficult as possible for other clubs to take key personnel out of Spurs.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Daniel is, you know very well, it’s so tough to negotiate with him,” said Pochettino, according to ESPN.“It’s so difficult for different clubs in England to do business with him.”“For me, it’s the opposite. For me, if there was one person that was easy to do business with it was Daniel, personally. For me it wasn’t difficult — I think it was more difficult for him than me. It’s difficult because I’m the manager and he cannot upset me. If we’re talking about extending a contract or giving more money, you need to be careful.”“With agents, you can talk very openly and say anything that you want and then the agent will manage the situation. But when you’re talking directly to your manager, you need to be careful because one word can change the negotiation or change your mind. I think for him that was new and it was tough every time he needed to talk to me.”“I negotiate harder when I’m talking about my staff. I’m tougher when I talk about them because I feel a massive responsibility when I talk about the people I bring with me, because they depend on me.”last_img read more

AAA says Christmas is the busiest time for air travel

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:32 PM December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego International Airport is a busy place to be this holiday season. As a matter of fact, it’s breaking records!AAA predicts that one third of Americans will travel this season, whether it’s on a plane, train or in a car.That makes this the busiest traveling season on record.A lot of people seem to be heading out of San Diego for a white Christmas, but there will be plenty of people making their way here too.San Diego is the top destination to head to in all of California for the holidays. center_img AAA says Christmas is the busiest time for air travel KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 24, 2018last_img read more

Eye Magazine Changes Hands

first_imgAccording to Walters, “I have learned a lot from my time at Haymarket, and we have a fantastic team to spearhead the new company, both commercially and creatively.”Eye has a circulation of about 9,000 and is distributed predominantly in the U.S. and U.K., Walters tells FOLIO:.Haymarket Media Group publishes several magazines in the U.S. and abroad—including titles like Eve, F1 Racing and SC magazine—a number of Web sites and produces several live events. International publisher Haymarket Media Group has handed over ownership of Eye—a quarterly magazine covering graphic design—to John L. Walters, the editor.Haymarket decided that Eye’s “niche-market readers would be better served by a smaller, design-oriented company,” the publisher said in a statement. Eye will now be published by Eye Magazine Ltd, a company started by Walters, art director Simon Esterson, and Hannah Tyson, who was involved with the magazine’s launch in 1990.Vicky McDougal, who served as Eye’s commercial manager, is joining the new management team as publisher.last_img read more

This iPhone XR XS app lets you blur the background and foreground

first_imgFocos gives you a side-view of your portrait mode photos so you can precisely change the depth. Angela Lang/CNET When I take pictures of friends and family on my iPhone, portrait mode is my go-to. I love the way it transforms a busy flat background into a dramatic, beautiful blur that makes my subject pop. And with the new iPhone XS, I can change the amount of blur or swap Apple lighting effects to make the photo look even better.But there are times when I crave even more creative control over my portraits. The iOS app Focos caught my attention because it allows minuscule levels of control over every aspect of a photo.My favorite feature, for instance, is the app’s ability to adjust both background and foreground bokeh like an actual lens and camera. Portrait mode photos can be shown in a side view, revealing contour map-like slices that represent depth. Sliders let me adjust which parts of the background and foreground get blurred. Sep 1 • 7 phones with the best battery life: iPhone XR, Note 10 Plus and more Boost Mobile Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple See It Share your voice $999 Post a comment Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iOS 12 Apple reading • This iPhone XR, XS app lets you blur the background and foreground in portrait mode photos 48 Photos Apple iPhone XS Now playing: Watch this: iPhone XR photos, and how Portrait Mode works 4:02 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It See it iPhone XS vs. iPhone XR: How much better is the camera? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Focos lets me change the quality of the blur, too. For example, I can make it more creamy or more swirly in appearance. I can also add effects that make out-of-focus areas take on different shapes like stars, triangles and hearts. The OnePlus 6 had a similar feature in its default camera app, but it didn’t work as elegantly.Best of all, the Focos app is free, though there are some optional in-app purchases. If you take a ton of portrait mode photos, this app is definitely worth a look. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $999 0 See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) • Best Buy $999 Phones Sprintlast_img read more

HSBC Admits Swiss Banking Arm Held Accounts For Tax Evaders

first_imgHSBC could be in trouble after admitting that its Swiss-based private banking arm could have held accounts for tax evaders, as the bank potentially risks losing its banking licence in the US by virtue of an agreement signed in December 2012.The bank’s latest confession come after confidential files uncovering widespread tax-avoidance practices were leaked to various media outlets.HSBC admitted that its private banks, including those operating in Switzerland had many clients that “may not have been fully compliant with their applicable tax obligations. We acknowledge and are accountable for past compliance and control failures,” reports FT.  After admitting that it processed proceeds of drug trafficking through Mexico and routed the funds to countries like Iran that were under sanctions, HSBC paid $2 billion in fines in December 2012 and agreed to a five-year prosecution agreement with US authorities. The agreement reportedly stipulates that the bank would be liable to criminal conviction and possibly lose its US banking licence if it commits another during the five-year period. HSBC’s statementIn a statement released on Monday, the bank said: “We have taken significant steps over the past several years to implement reforms and exit clients who do not meet strict new HSBC standards.” It also said its private bank client base had shrunk by 70 percent.The current acknowledgement was triggered after international news organisations received client bank account detail files, which were stolen in 2007 by one of its Swiss employees, Herve Falciani, who later fled to France.News reports suggested that the bank facilitated opening Swiss bank accounts for clients who have been subsequently convicted for crimes, or are believed to be in breach of their national tax obligations. Allegations point to HSBC marketing tax avoidance strategy to it Swiss clients.HSBC AmendmentsThe bank noted in the statement that it had made amendments to the terms and conditions involving its private banking arm, enabling it to refuse requests to withdraw cash, besides “strict controls on withdrawals over $10,000.”HSBC said that it had withdrawn from markets where it has been unable to conduct due diligence adhering to the statutory standards. It also said that it reviews all Politically Exposed Persons annually at the highest level in the bank.Tax Authorities Follow the ScentSeveral nations have had access to the stolen files, with some of them – France and Belgium –deciding to take legal action over HSBC as a result.The bank has come under increased scrutiny after France chose to investigate if the bank’s private arm had assisted French citizens evade tax. Switzerland’s UBS had to part with €1.1 billion in fines over similar allegations.Argentine had alleged last year that HSBC provided banking to 4,000 of its citizens to squirrel away their funds to secret Swiss accounts, an act denied by the London-based bank, said the FT report. Regulatory HeadacheLast year, HSBC sold a portfolio of its Swiss private banking assets to Liechtenstein’s LGT Group. The deal cut the number of countries in which the business had customers to 70, from more than 150.HSBC also noted that its Swiss private banking arm cut down its asset base to ₤45 billion at 2014 end, from ₤78 billion in 2007.Even as HSBC claims to have set right its policies, it is unlikely to be the last word in the matter. HSBC’s headache may just be beginning.last_img read more