Haryana’s Olympic greetings

first_imgHaryana, which brought laurels to the country during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, has launched a campaign to motivate and cheer the Indian contingent to the London Olympics. The campaign, named Bol India (Best of Luck India) is set to go on until July 27.The campaign is part of the state’s efforts to promote sports. It will feature two road shows touring every district of Haryana, exhibitions at district sports complexes and an SMS component allowing people to wish good luck to their favourite Olympic athletes.Haryana has only two per cent of the country’s population, but the state’s representation in the Olympics is an impressive 21 per cent. Bol India will also promote sports in Haryana and encourage students to take up physical activities.last_img

Carl Bryan Cruz comes to the rescue of ailing Aces

first_imgAlaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 1 PLAY LIST 00:59Alaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 135:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201630:42PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – March 09, 201602:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Coach Alex told us that this was our opportunity to correct our mistakes from the first game,” said Cruz. “It just showed here in the second game how much we’ve improved. We did not just improve individually but we were able to adjust.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—With Alaska playing without most of its starting five in the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, Carl Bran Cruz picked the perfect time  to put on a show.Cruz had a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds to lead the Aces to a 94-72 walloping of Columbian Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game Alaska badly needed to win. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong determined to get back into ONE title contention PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Aces were coming off a sorry 85-72 loss against Rain or Shine and they were obviously missing the help of Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, Simon Enciso, and Kevin Racal.“All I could think of was this was my opportunity because we didn’t have our main guys like Vic,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Simply put, this was my chance so I had to step up and just give it my all.”Cruz was dormant for all of the third quarter but turned it up a notch in the fourth, scoring 12 points with the Aces already well in the lead, 68-50, to start the period.“It’s hard playing without the main guys especially without our guards but it was our system that really brought us to the win,” said Cruz. “Whoever coach Alex [Compton] called, even though we didn’t have a star player inside the court, played within the system.”The bounce back victory, which hiked the Aces’ record to 1-1, was proof of how they learned from their mistakes from the last loss, said Cruz.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The Elders Condemn US Refugee Ban

first_imgThe Elders have condemned the US president’s Executive Order banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States and restricting migration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.They are concerned that the policy is at odds with the United States’ distinguished record in resettling refugees and protecting victims of conflict.The Elders believe that the complex challenges posed by refugee movements amid unprecedented levels of global migration, including legitimate security concerns, can only be resolved through international cooperation and coordination, not unilateral actions.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“It is deeply regrettable that a nation of immigrants should turn its back so harshly on refugees escaping violence and war. Curtailing the US resettlement programme, the last lifeline to so many, undermines the great values of a nation that has always championed humanitarian principles and human rights.”Hina Jilani, Elder and international human rights defender, added:“The United States has been a sanctuary for refugees for centuries, and has played a key role in developing the current global framework including the 1951 Refugee Convention. These decisions by the new President are at odds with both universal human rights and fundamental American traditions. Any weakening of the international system to manage and protect refugees, including resettlement programmes, will hurt vulnerable people, stoke resentment and threaten greater insecurity.”In their September 2016 report “In Challenge Lies Opportunity: How the World Must Respond to Refugees and Mass Migration”, The Elders set out four key principles that they believe should inform global policy. They participated in the United Nations summit on refugees in September 2016 and support the ongoing negotiations to develop Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.This is the best way of developing a workable framework based on shared responsibilities that delivers protection, human rights and security for refugees and host communities alike.The Elders believe all refugees should receive equal treatment for protection and assistance, regardless of religion, nationality or race. They are concerned that the measures announced by President Trump are already disrupting the lives of people who desperately need protection from war and tyranny, dividing families and threatening livelihoods.Developing an effective and humane global refugee policy requires concerted political will and The Elders hope that the United States will provide leadership in line with its honourable historical and humanitarian traditionslast_img read more