Sports Ministry Throws Open Four Delhi Stadia Free of Cost to Federations, Athletes

first_img badmintonFootball DelhiIndira Gandhi stadiumJawaharlal Nehru stadium First Published: October 13, 2019, 2:52 PM IST New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Sports Ministry has decided to provide access to four of its sporting infrastructure, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting range, free of cost to federations and athletes from November 1.The decision was made in an effort to promote the Fit India Movement and to make playfields and sporting infrastructure accessible to all sports persons across the country, the ministry said in a statement. The first phase will see stadiums in the capital, including Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN), Indira Gandhi Stadium (IG), Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and Karni Singh Shooting Range being opened for state and national federations to host competitions, tournaments and leagues of all sporting disciplines.Each stadium has been earmarked for a specific sport. JLN will host football leagues, training and competitions organised by federations, while IG stadium will be earmarked for wrestling, boxing, judo and badminton. Shooting competitions will be hosted at KSSR and hockey and swimming at National Stadium.Talking about the move, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said the government is trying its best to provide aspiring athletes with enough playfields to children and those interested in fitness and sports.”The Ministry has at its disposal some of the best sporting infrastructure of the country, and needs to be utilised for the benefit of promoting the sporting culture and ecosystem in the country,” Rijiju said.”The intention of the ministry is to increase use of existing sports infrastructure by 3 times in the next 3 months. I am sure this step will not only promote fitness, but will also prompt more youngsters to compete in sport and help us identify more talent for the country,” he added.However according to a ministry source, the electricity charges will have to be borne by the federations as per usage.”But in case the competition is of national level, Sports Authority of India may bear that cost on case-to-case basis,” the source said.The new policy will also allow non-SAI coaches to train their athletes at the stadia without any charge, provided that the coach has a minimum of at least 10 wards under his or her tutelage.Training sessions can be booked by a coach online from November 1 and the coach can charge a reasonable training fee from his or her trainees.Youngsters, who aren’t training for any sport professionally, will also have access to these stadia and can play a game of their choice by advance online booking against available slots.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Hockey India have already charted out a roadmap for conducting a number of leagues and competitions in the next three months, the statement said.The first league in the calendar is the Khelo India Golden League, underway at JLN, which will see football being played by U-7, U-9 and U-11 boys and girls.”This step taken by the Sports Ministry will help popularise the game of football in the Delhi-NCR region in a big way. We are starting with the Khelo India Golden League, and will soon be hosting the Khelo India Group A and Group B division leagues for clubs in Delhi,” said Shaji Prabhakaran, President, Football Delhi .”We would further initiate a holistic coaching programme for children in the age group of five years and above at JLN in which, over the next three months, we expect more than 400 youngsters to participate,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal vs Spain Review

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: SEKDRIVE)Cristiano Ronaldo was the star as his hat-trick ensured that a point was secured in a thrilling 3-3 draw against neighbours Spain.Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 4th minute through a penalty after he was fouled by his Real Madrid teammate Nacho inside the box. 20 minutes later Spain equalized through a fierce shot from Diego Costa.At the stroke of halftime Ronaldo once again put Portugal into the lead when Spain’s goalkeeper David de Gea made a blunder and fumbled the incoming shot which lead to the goal.Coming back from the break Spain made a quick comeback with Costa and Nacho scoring in quick successions and putting Spain 3-2 ahead. Nacho scored a spectacular goal from 25 yards that just fizzed past everyone and eventually ending up behind the net. But a sensational Ronaldo free kick in the 88th minute ensured that both the teams walked away with a point each.This draw puts both the teams behind Iran who are currently in the first place having beaten Morocco.Here are the highlights of the match played between Portugal and Spain.Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Morocco vs Iran Review Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Arsenal F.C. players keen on Alexis Sanchez stay, says Laurent Koscielny

first_imgArsenal players want Alexis Sanchez to stay at the club next season, defender Laurent Koscielny has said, as speculation continues to swirl about the Chilean international’s future.Sanchez has scored 28 goals in 49 appearances this season despite not being an out-and-out striker, but media reports have suggested he is unhappy at the club.The 28-year-old has a year left on his contract and has been linked with both Manchester United and City and several other leading clubs across Europe.”Firstly, he scored a lot of goals for us but his first job is not to be a striker, it is more midfield but he is an unbelievable player. He just wants to fight and have the best result for the club,” Koscielny told Sky Sports.”When you have a player like this in your team, to show the way we want to grow together, it is important and I think he has a lot of players behind him to keep him.”I don’t think there are a lot of players like him and a player like this who can be the difference during the game, it’s rare. We want to keep him with us because we know he is so important for our team.”Fifth-placed Arsenal trail Liverpool by a point and host Everton in their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday. Liverpool host Middlesbrough.last_img read more

How record-breaking Olympian Michael Phelps dealt with depression and anxiety

first_imgMichael Phelps, who has 23 gold medals and 39 world records, is arguably one of the most decorated Olympic legends of all time. But a little known fact about the ‘Flying Fish’ is his battles against mental health, going so far as to wanting to kill himself.But all that is in the past now, and the 33-year-old nowadays has been championing the cause of fighting mental health problems.”When depression hits, it can feel like nothing really matters. Sometimes my greatest challenge was just getting out of bed. Compared to that, winning a gold medal was pretty easy,” Phelps recalled his battles with depression and anxiety at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha.After the highs of 2012 London Olympics, where he won four golds and two silvers, he announced his decision to call time on career.And in two years time, depression had taken a hold of him. “I didn’t want to be alive. I was so down that I spent five days in my room and quite frankly, I didn’t want to get out. I saw myself as worthless,” Phelps recalled.Then he asked for help, something he now says was best decisions of his life.”It was one of the best decisions of my life. As I started opening up and started talking about my mental health challenges, I thought of strength, not vulnerability. I realised that it’s okay not to be okay,” he said.”In the end, I realised it was okay to sit down with a therapist and talk. It wasn’t easy for me but it was necessary. The decision to seek professional help saved my life. That’s why I am standing in front of you today,” Phelps said.advertisementPhelps also said that more people need to acknowledge the seriousness of mental health and seek help, rather than suffer in silence.”I understand how it can seem like an insurmountable barrier to getting help and support that is needed. But in sharing our journey I would like others to know that you are not alone and you do not need to suffer in silence,” he said.Also watch –last_img read more

TWO BUSINESSES TO EXPAND IN BRIDGEPORT AREA

first_imgTwo more companies hope to operate facilities in Sioux City’s Bridgeport Industrial Park.City staff has negotiated proposals from Tritz Pallet Incorporated and Monterey Management, LLC to sell a 21-acre site that includes a spec building that the city developed with a private contractor last year.Tritz Pallet plans to relocate and expand their business by purchasing the spec building and constructing an additional 140,000 sq. ft. building to the north.The $6 million project will add at least 25 new employees.The other project with Logistics company, Monterey Management, LLC, will utilize nine and a half acres to develop four separate buildings to service inbound and outbound trucks servicing businesses in the area.That development will create 38 new jobs with an $11.7 million investment.The two companies would provide support for the new Seaboard Triumph Foods pork plant.The City Council will be asked to consider the proposals for the sale of land in Bridgeport from the two companies on Monday.Development agreements for each project will be presented to the City Council in May.last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions League

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like this

first_img​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like thisby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never played on a team with such quality.The Albion have gone through a change in style this summer, with manager Graham Potter favouring a possession based, attacking game plan.And Stephens admits that having so much of the ball in games is a change for him, given the way his teams have usually played throughout his career.Asked by reporters if he has played in such a team before, Stephens responded by saying:”No, honestly not.”It’s the first time I have played in a system that probably suits me better, I would say.”It probably suits the players and individuals we have at the club at the minute.”Everyone is enjoying playing in a team that is dominating possession.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Strengthening Residential Tenancies Act for Tenants and Landlords

first_imgService Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act today, Sept. 18, that will benefit both tenants and landlords. “Our goal is to make the act more inclusive, accessible and balanced for tenants and landlords,” said Mr. MacLellan. “These changes are largely based on consultations with tenant and landlord groups. While we are pleased to adopt these amendments now, we will continue to work with these groups on other opportunities for improvement.” The following changes will improve clarity and consistency in the law, increase efficiency and help balance interests of tenants and landlords: both tenants and landlords will have alternate ways to serve documents, such as electronically, in addition to only through personal service or registered mail reducing the minimum timeframe landlords are required to store abandoned property from 60 days to 30 days currently, new homebuyers who do not wish to be landlords may only make an application to evict a tenant after a home is purchased and in their possession. The proposed changes allow the seller to initiate the eviction upon proof of sale allowing tenants to give notice to change their yearly tenancy to month-to-month instead of asking for a landlord’s permission providing landlords with entry times to show an apartment to a prospective tenant or purchaser where there is a fixed-term lease in place terminating a lease the next month after a single tenant dies to eliminate unnecessary financial hardship for family of the deceased. Currently, a family of a deceased tenant must give one month’s formal notice to end the tenancy and could be responsible for up to two months’ rent, depending on when the notice is given. There are over 300,000 people living in over 110,000 rental properties across Nova Scotia. These changes are part of ongoing work to modernize the Residential Tenancy Program and support government’s commitment to cut red tape for business and citizens, modernize legislation and make government services more accessible and efficient for Nova Scotians.last_img read more

Historical association rebrands award named for John A Macdonald

first_imgREGINA – A Canadian historical association is stripping the name of the country’s first prime minister from one of its top honours.John A. Macdonald’s place in Canadian history was debated by many of the scholars who know it best at the Canadian Historical Association’s annual meeting in Regina.After around 40 years of handing out the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, the association’s members voted 121-11 on Tuesday to rebrand the award as the CHA Prize for Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History, said association president Adele Perry.Perry said the new title is more in line with the intentions of the $5,000 prize, which recognizes non-fiction writing that’s been deemed to have made a significant contribution to the study of Canadian history.“One of the distinctions that historians always draw is that there’s a difference between history and commemoration,” said Perry, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba.“Prize names are something that people talk about and have expectations and ideas about, and the conversation has occurred in a range of ways.”Trent University history professor Christopher Dummitt, who is not currently a member of the association, said he thinks the name change was motivated more by the current climate of “political correctness” than by historical fact.“I think it’s a very ahistorical decision by a group that’s supposed to be interested in history in all its complexity,” he said.Dummitt said Macdonald’s political leadership was essential to Canada’s founding. His efforts to integrate French and English Canada were progressive for the 19th century, said Dummitt, and still merit admiration by contemporary standards.However, said Dummitt, many in scholarly circles have been struck by a “moral puritanism” that imposes a single interpretation of history, rather than viewing figures who shaped the past as products of their time.“We’re saying that there is a single right history, and we’re judging a series of people according to that standard,” he said. “We’re interested in a certain kind of diversity, but not a diversity of opinion.”University of Regina professor James Daschuk, who won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize in 2014, said a small group of association members voiced similar concerns about erasing history during this week’s annual meeting, but he sees it as just the opposite.“Most of us who have done research know that Macdonald shouldn’t be uniquely honoured in this way,” he said. “We have to balance out his accomplishments with the deeds that have undermined his reputation.”For too long, said Daschuk, history books have written out accounts of oppression suffered by Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and other marginalized groups in favour of largely incomplete colonial narratives.Daschuk described Macdonald as the architect of “draconian” policies including the establishment of residential schools, the criminalization of traditional religious practices and the displacement of nearly 10,000 Indigenous people who were forced to go hungry until they agreed to move to federally designated reserves.“We’re trying to actually provide a more fulsome history of that, which is the story of that marginalization,” he said. “In doing that, some of our ‘old heroes’ … are going to be set aside, because we have a clearer picture of their impact.”Other historians at the meeting argued that the “symbolic” gesture did little to advance the cause of reconciliation, said Daschuk, and while he acknowledged that the name change is minor in the grand scheme of things, he felt keeping the title would have sent a stronger statement — one that could put the organization on the wrong side of history.“It’s not that we’re expunging his memory from our collective consciousness. It’s that his name is taken off a prize for historians who should know better,” said Daschuk.“If we have a tin ear to what our work does, where do we stand?”Macdonald’s political legacy is part of a country-wide debate about how Canada commemorates its colonial past.In August, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario called for the removal of Macdonald’s name from elementary schools in the province, referring to him as the “architect of genocide against Indigenous Peoples.” That call was rejected by Ontario’s premier, who noted the need to understand all parts of the country’s history.A pub in Kingston, Ont., dropped a reference to Macdonald from its name in January after receiving requests to do so from members of the Indigenous community.last_img read more