Champion athletes feel more encouragement needed to promote sports, future stars

first_imgOlympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom believes schools need to do a lot more to promote sports and nurture future stars.”Sportspersons get the spotlight only when a big event like the Olympics or Asian Games is around the corner and we win medals in them. For those who triumph, there is a financial windfall, but athletes toiling hard at national events hardly get any recognition,” Mary said after the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) felicitated her and London Olympic silver medallist shooter Vijay Kumar on Tuesday.”The schools should also help in promoting sports by holding competitions at regular intervals and providing adequate infrastructure.” She also said that the assistance of foreign coaches plays a critical part in the success of the athletes at various levels, but added they should work alongside Indian coaches.”The assistance of foreign coaches becomes necessary when it comes to winning close bouts. The Indian coaches are also good, but with the technical input of the foreign coaches, we can perform much better,” she said.Vijay said that the corporates also need to step up their investment in non-cricket sports and start supporting sportspersons from the initial stages of development.”The corporate houses should support sportspersons when they are starting out. They will feel more secure and will be more motivated to perform,” Vijay said.Meanwhile, in a session on the viability of broadcasting non-cricket sports, shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who was one of the panelists, felt that sportsmanship needs to be harnessed in kids.”Indians have sportsman spirit but we need to give children the infrastructure in their vicinity for sports and games,” he said.Former athlete Ashwini Nachappa stressed the need for developing community sports.Nimbus unperturbedMeanwhile, Nimbus Communications boss Harish Thawani said he is prepared to take on the upcoming Hockey India League (HIL).He said he was pretty satisfied with the response the rival World Series Hockey got in the first year and having two leagues won’t do the game any harm.”I welcome competition and it would be good for the game. I am pretty happy with the ratings and response in the first season. I am aware that Hockey India is also planning to hold its league in a big way but I’m confident of my product,” Thawani told Mail Today. Thawani also said that it is highly unlikely that Nimbus will bid for the English Premier League’s sub- continental TV rights, which are coming up for renewal.advertisementlast_img read more

AP Grameena Vikas Bank is recruiting 181 Officer and Office Assistant posts

first_imgAndhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank (APGVB) has invited applications for recruitment to the post of Officer Scale (I, II, III) and Office Assistant. Interested and eligible candidates are required to fill the application forms on or before July 16, 2014.Vacancy details:Officer Scale – III: 5 postsOfficer Scale – II (General Banking): 9 postsOfficer Scale – II (IT): 1 postOfficer Scale – II (CA): 1 postOfficer Scale – II (Marketing Officer): 1 postOfficer Scale – II (Agricultural Officer): 8 postsOfficer Scale – I: 47 postsOffice Assistant (Multipurpose): 109 postsTotal number of posts: 181 postsEligibility criteria: The candidates should have been declared qualified in the RRBs-Online Common Written Examination (CWE) conducted by IBPS in September/October 2013 should have obtained the required scores as per IBPS.Application fee: The candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs 100 (Rs 20 for SC/ ST/ PWD/ EXSM candidates). The fee has to be deposited in the Account No. 73082159654 through CBS at any Branch of Andhra Pradesh Grameena Vikas Bank or by NEFT in the name of “APGVB – Recruitment Account 2013 – 14 (2nd Phase)” A/c No. 73082159654, IFSC Code SBIN0RRAPGB.Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected for recruitment to the advertised posts on the bais of their performance in the RRBs- CWE-II conducted by IBPS in September/October 2013 and the personal interview conducted by the administration.How to apply:Interested and eligible candidates have to apply online the APGVB website: www.apgvbbank.inonThe candidates have to take a printout of the duly filled online form for future requirement/ reference.  Important date:Opening date for submission of application: July 1, 2014Closing date for submission of application: July 16, 2014                                                     Date of payment of application fee: From July 1, 2014 to July 16, 2014 advertisementlast_img read more

Hundreds of Young People to Benefit from Employment and Training

first_img Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said Youth Month 2013 will not only focus on empowerment, but also on change. Story Highlights Hundreds of young people are set to benefit from training and employment opportunitiesas part of activities for Youth Month 2013. Hundreds of young people are set to benefit from training and employment opportunities over the course of the next few months, as part of activities for Youth Month 2013.The event, which is being coordinated by the Ministry of Youth and Culture, through its various agencies, will be celebrated from November 1 to December 1 under the theme: ‘Reset di ting! The Courage to do things differently’.Speaking at the launch held at 689 by Brian Lumley in New Kingston on October 14, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said Youth Month 2013 will not only focus on empowerment, but also on change.Ms. Hanna said, as the theme suggests, the objective of this year’s activities is to “reset and rework the cultural mindset” of Jamaica’s youth, many of whom believe “‘a jus so di ting set’, that they were boxed in and that they were lost and cannot find themselves.”Ms. Hanna noted that, the aim of the Ministry of Youth “is now to encourage them to change their cultural and emotional mindset, to get into a space to ‘reset the ting’. We have to inspire, motivate and educate and to really put them on a path that will take them in another direction.”Activities will include a Graduate Work Programme to be launched on October 15. The programme, which is being coordinated by the National Youth Service (NYS), aims to place 100 young, tertiary-level graduates in jobs by November 18. The overall objective is to place 300 unemployed, tertiary-level graduates in jobs by the end of the year.Also, there will be a National Empowerment Fair to be held on November 7 that will showcase the talents and achievements of young entrepreneurs, such as Brian Lumley and Keneea Linton-George.The NYS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will also implement 40 community-based projects, which promise to empower and utilise the skills of youths across the island.“We will also be having a typical ‘shark tank’ in the coming months where we will be training young people on how to write business plans. A number of private sector individuals will be putting together equity, so that young people can pitch their ideas to those persons and get funding for that,” Ms. Hanna informed.A youth summit will also be hosted by the Ministry, which aims to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, public and private sector stakeholders and youths. The aim of the summit is to encourage young people to voice their concerns and opinions on various national issues.The National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) will also be officially opening several of its Youth Information Centres (YIC), including two centres in Westmoreland and Clarendon.The primary objectives of Youth Month are to: advance youth participation in the socio-political, economic, cultural and religious processes of society; celebrate and highlight the outstanding contributions and achievements of Jamaican youth; showcase and display the best of youth talent in Jamaica; promote national pride and goodwill; foster national, community and youth development; and empower youth, through initiatives, for their economic and social development. The NYS, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, will also implement 40 community-based projects, which promise to empower and utilise the skills of youths across the island.last_img read more

Dutch have done human animal diesel tests for years Update

Dutch researchers have been performing tests “for years” on humans and animals to study the effects of diesel fumes, scientists said Tuesday, amid an outcry in Germany over similar experiments. © 2018 AFP Citation: Dutch have done human, animal diesel tests ‘for years’ (Update) (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) “is involved in research in which volunteers … are exposed to diluted emissions from a diesel engine” for a maximum of two hours, Flemming Cassee, a toxicologist at the organisation told AFP.The volunteers were made up of people “in good health, as well as those who are sick, such as those who are been treated by cardiologists”. The emissions are similar to those breathed in every day in a busy town or close to motorways, added Cassee, a researcher at the institute which often carries out assignments for the Dutch government as well as other public bodies.”We’ve been doing it for years, and there is nothing extraordinary about it,” he stressed, adding the situation was the same in “many countries”.According to the New York Times, US researchers in 2014 locked 10 monkeys into airtight chambers and made them breathe in diesel exhaust from a VW Beetle while the animals were watching TV cartoons.Separately, it emerged that a research group funded by VW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler and BMW had ordered a study in Germany measuring the effects of inhaling nitrogen dioxide on 25 human volunteers.Casse said the controversial German experiments had been “ordered by industry and private research organisations,” whereas everything done by the RIVM “is public” with a focus on “what we are doing, how we do it and what will come out of it.”Volkswagen on Tuesday suspended its chief lobbyist Thomas Steg as outrage mounted over monkey and human experiments.Dutch researcher Nicole Janssen told the Dutch daily NRC that between 2010 and 2015 a large research project into air pollution was carried out in which a group of volunteers was exposed to the fumes on two busy highways, one in central Rotterdam.”I myself have carried out tests for the RIVM. Sometimes with mice, sometimes with rats, and yes occasionally with people,” another toxicology professor, Paul Borm, told NOS, the Dutch public broadcaster.Such tests are carried out under strict conditions and each experiment must be approved by a medical ethics committee, Cassee said, adding that in the case of animals the project must first be get a green light from an animal welfare charity.In most cases, a combination of methods is used, with tests on animals, stem cells as well as human beings who remain “the most pertinent” for deciding how best to protect people.The new scandal follows VW’s admission in 2015 that it had manipulated 11 million diesel cars worldwide, equipping them with cheating software to make them seem less polluting than they were. VW under fire for diesel tests on monkeys, humans This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further read more