Graduating CU Student’s Web Site Helps Match Donor Siblings

first_img Published: May 6, 2009 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Ryan Kramer, an 18-year-old who is graduating May 8 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, is no stranger to national publicity.”Oprah,” “60 Minutes,” “Good Morning America,” USA Today, Time magazine and many other mainstream media outlets have told his story about being conceived through an anonymous sperm donor and his quest to find his half-siblings and help match other people with their half-siblings.”I was told that I was donor-conceived at a very young age, and as long as I can remember I have been curious about who my biological father was,” Kramer said. “My mom and I are also very big proponents of openness and honesty in this process. For me, it’s who I am, and it’s not a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just who I am.”Through research he and his mom learned that anonymous sperm donors often donate multiple times, meaning that there are many half-siblings out there. So in 2000 he and his mom started a Web site called the Donor Sibling Registry at www.donorsiblingregistry.com/index.php.”We started it to see if anybody else was out there who was curious like I am about being donor-conceived,” Kramer said.Kramer’s story received some local coverage in the media, and then it really took off. He and his mom appeared on “Good Morning America,” “60 Minutes,” “Oprah” and just about every show you can think of, Kramer said. The huge amount of media attention helped bring people to the Web site which today has more than 25,000 registered members.”We have nearly 6,500 people who have made matches with each other,” Kramer said. “These are, for the most part, half-sibling to half-sibling matches, but also matches between children and their donors. It’s been really cool because it is a mutual consent site. People only come on if they want to be found.”Kramer said learning about his sperm donor helped answer some of his questions about his school interests.”As long as I can remember I had a curiosity about airplanes and space,” Kramer said. “Most everybody on my mom’s side of the family has more of a liberal arts background, but my sperm donor is an engineer and his father was an engineer and his father was an engineer. On my paternal side I come from a long line of engineers, so I inherited this very mathematical, scientific type of brain, and it has always attracted me to science and engineering.”And it’s aerospace engineering that has kept Kramer busy at CU-Boulder, where he entered school at a very young age.”I came to CU when I was 14,” Kramer said. “At first it was intimidating. It took me a little while to settle in and get comfortable. The challenge of fitting in was difficult at first.”In high school he often was bored with his courses, but that changed when he arrived in college.”When I came to CU I felt overwhelmed by the level of intensity of the academic competition,” Kramer said. “That was a good thing because it was the challenge I was looking for.”Most recently he has been working on his senior project, which is a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, an airplane that uses solar power to try to achieve indefinite flight. It charges its battery with solar power during the day and then flies through the night on that charge.Kramer is interested in unmanned vehicles as well as alternative energy.He will head to the University of Southern California in the fall to work on a master’s degree in engineering management, which will give him the skills he needs to take his knowledge to the next level.”I want to take ideas and make them into the realities of real products and real businesses,” he said.But shortly after his May 8 graduation, Kramer has an important trip to take.”I have been able to locate seven half-siblings, and have been able to meet one so far,” he said. “After graduation I will be traveling to New York to meet two of my half-siblings who I found recently.”Kramer said the support that his mom always gave to him when it came to his curiosity about his paternal roots is really important to him.”My mom has been awesome and so supportive of my curiosity,” Kramer said. “This really is a big part of my life, and our efforts are something I am very proud of.”A photo slideshow can be viewed on the CU-Boulder News Center at www.colorado.edu/news/.last_img read more

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Startups challenged to improve CoWIN network

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on December 26, 2020 Related Posts COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution SystemCoWIN NetworkGrand Challenge COVID-19 Updates News Startups Comments (0) Rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores from Grand Challenge launched by health, electronics & IT ministries, entries close on January 15To harness the talent and innovative ideas of new startups / new technology specialists, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Electronics and IT, launched Phase-I of a Grand Challenge to strengthen the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN Network).Participating start-ups stand to access rewards totalling Rs 3.85 crores across the implementation pathway.The Grand Challenge opened for applications on December 22 and will close on January 15, 2021.The aim is that governments and healthcare organisations start to think beyond the existing CoWIN Network and devise cost-effective mechanisms using emerging technologies including AI and ML to manage COVID-19, to check for better monitoring of vaccinated patients and public in general.As per a release, this initiative may be further extended to Phase-II to find solutions with respect to different aspects of COVID-19 in the future.The Phase 1 problem statements provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare includes seven areas of focus and technology development for charting out an effective mechanism of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution System. The statements are followed by a detailed description and two examples of technologies which could solve this problem.The proposed Grand Challenge with seven pre-identified problem statements tries to tackle challenges relating to infrastructure, monitoring and management information systems, constraints of human resources-including technical capacities, gaps identified in cold chain and vaccine logistics management, massive vaccination of citizen, effective monitoring mechanism for vaccinated population (for adverse effects and appropriate COVID-19 behaviour).These identified parameters will holistically address the likely limitations associated with complete and effective vaccine distribution system (VDS) and administering across the country.Implementation mechanismIn the first step, the applications would be scrutinised initially. Based on the initial scrutiny, top 25 applicants from each thrust area will pitch their solutions before a Jury comprising experts in the area of IT and Health/ Immunisation etc. especially constituted to adjudicate the contestants.As a second step, the Jury would shortlist the top five applicants from each thrust area who will be provided the CoWIN APIs for showing the efficacy of their respective solutions for possible integration with the CoWIN platform. Each shortlisted applicant for the activity will be rewarded with Rs. 2 lakh each for covering their logistical needs.Third, the solutions as integrated with the CoWIN platform through open APIs will again be assessed by the Jury. Prior to this, STQC and iCERT will be entrusted to perform functional/ scalability/security testing of the solutions.In the fourth step of the implementation process, after the successful migration of the solution on the cloud on which the CoWIN is hosted, in addition to it being successful integration with CoWIN the Jury will select the top two contestants from each thrust area.The top two contestants from the initial six areas will be rewarded with Rs. 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively and for the seventh thrust area, (which entails the development of a logistics management information system for end to end logistic, supply chain and inventory management of vaccine) the top two contestants will be rewarded with Rs. 50 lakhs and 25 lakhs. Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Startups challenged to improve CoWIN network The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Read Articlelast_img read more

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Habitat for Humanity and Efficiency Vermont build energy-saving homes in Essex Jct

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first project in Essex Junction: a triplex built to one of Efficiency Vermont’s higher energy efficient standards. The home allows the new owners to live more comfortably and spend less on energy, all while building equity through homeownership.The three families residing in the newly completed 55 Park Street homes were selected based on need and the following criteria:Have an income 60 percent or less of the median household income in Chittenden County as well ability to pay a monthly no or low-interest mortgage.Willingness to collaborate with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity including completing 400 hours of sweat equity helping to build their home, helping at the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Route 2A in Williston, as well as other projects.Must be living in substandard rental housing and/or not qualify for a conventional mortgage.Efficiency Vermont estimates that the families living in the triplex will spend approximately $900 less per year on energy than the average Vermont household. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity homeowner families are typically leaving rental housing that is significantly less efficient than the average Vermont home.“Our goals for affordable, healthy homes are the same as what energy efficiency delivers,” said Catherine Stevens, Advancement Director for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. “It only makes sense that we take advantage of Efficiency Vermont’s residential new construction services. High energy bills hit everybody, but they’re a huge percentage of income for the people we serve. Low energy bills, along with a mortgage payment less than what the family paid in rent, provide the family with the ability to improve their economic stability.” With support from Efficiency Vermont, the newly built homes feature continuous exterior wall insulation, greater air-tightness, high-efficiency balanced heat recovery ventilation and mechanical systems, as well as high-efficiency appliances and lighting.Those measures secured federal ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS certifications for the homes by following Efficiency Vermont Certified™ Homes Base 2.0 level, a new and improved 2018 protocol for residential construction developed by Efficiency Vermont.The federal certifications mean these new homes are more energy efficient than virtually anything else on the market, while also minimizing residents’ exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. As a result, these homes are not only more affordable through lower energy bills, they’re also more comfortable, more durable, and healthier.By engaging with Efficiency Vermont in the earliest planning stages for the 55 Park Street project, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity was able to easily and affordably achieve top efficiency standards for the new homeowners.Any new residential construction project in Vermont can do the same to meet the new Efficiency Vermont Certified™ Home standards. Efficiency Vermont offers free efficiency consulting(link is external), as well as services for contractors throughout the planning and construction process that allow any project to meet the highest energy efficiency standards.“We are proud that our work supports Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity,” said Efficiency Vermont Director Karen Glitman. “The cost of living in an inefficient home hits low-income Vermonters hardest. The lower expenses and healthier living conditions in an energy efficient house can mean fewer illnesses and a more affordable house to live in.”The 55 Park Street triplex was built after the previous single-family home on the lot was damaged by fire in 2016.  An existing carriage house unit will be owned by a fourth family. The new residents were selected by Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer-based family selection committee, which pores over many applications before choosing families.About Green Mountain Habitat for HumanityGreen Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information about Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, including how to apply to become a homeowner, how to donate and how to volunteer, please visit https://vermonthabitat.org/(link is external) About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external)Source: Green Mountain Habitat for Humanitylast_img read more

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Price Chopper matching donations for Red Cross disaster relief in September

first_imgPrice Chopper Supermarkets,Vermont Business Magazine This September, Price Chopper/Market 32 is once again joining forces with the American Red Cross to raise funds that will support families impacted by disasters. From September 1 – 30, Price Chopper/Market 32 customers can donate $1 or $5 at checkout each time they shop to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Price Chopper/Market 32 will match all donations made during the month, up to $5,000.Last year, in the wake of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season, Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates and customers raised more than $150,000 to support Red Cross Hurricane Relief. The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year, nationwide, and Price Chopper/Market 32 is committed to helping people affected by disasters big and small.“Given that the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, we know how important it is for them to have emergency response funds at the ready. We are proud that the collective generosity of Price Chopper/Market 32’s customers and teammates, in addition to our corporate match, supports neighbors near and far whose lives have been altered by disaster,” said Mona Golub, Price Chopper/Market 32’s vice president of public relations and consumer services.“Here in our region, Red Cross volunteers provide relief to families impacted by home fires and other emergencies every day. That relief is available immediately thanks to generous donors in our community who ensure that we are ready to respond each time disaster strikes,” said Maria Devlin, CEO of the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “The support we receive in September from Price Chopper/Market 32 and their customers helps to ensure that we can provide relief to disaster victims down the street and across the country all year long. We’re very grateful for this partnership.”For more information about Red Cross Disaster Relief, please visit www.redcross.org/disaster-relief(link is external).About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org(link is external) or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross(link is external).​CONCORD, NH / BURLINGTON, VT. REGION – Wednesday, August 30, 2018 – Price Chopper,Yeslast_img read more

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Welch unveils $120 billion bipartisan bill to help local restaurants survive the pandemic

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) held a press conference Monday afternoon on Church Street with local restaurant owners to unveil bipartisan legislation that he recently introduced in Congress to create a $120 billion grant program specifically to help local restaurants survive during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Welch has held numerous e-meetings with restaurant owners throughout Vermont since the start of the pandemic and he has heard a consistent message, “we need help.” This legislation was introduced in direct response to those pleas for help.See Legislation Summary BelowDuring this unprecedented time, many restaurants have been forced to completely close, offer take-out only options, or open at significantly reduced capacity. While all of these steps were necessary for the public health of Vermonters, they have devastated the local food industry and cost the jobs of thousands of Vermonters who worked in the industry. Facing months of lost revenue from a decrease in customer traffic, restaurants are also coping with the rising cost of supplies and new expenses for personal protective equipment.Congressman Peter Welch found a shady spot on Church Street in Burlington to reveal the details of a new $120 billion plan to help rescue restaurants, which have been one of the hardest industries hit by the economic consequences of the pandemic. Courtesy photo.“Vermont’s restaurants are often the lifeblood of our communities, where we catch up and socialize with our loved ones and neighbors,” said Rep. Peter Welch. “We need a strong food industry in Vermont, which supports local jobs and suppliers, farms, and our downtowns. The SBA loan programs do not fit all of the needs of the many restaurants hit hard by this pandemic, who have closed for months and are just now opening at greatly reduced capacity. This bill is a critical step to ensure our treasured local establishments are able to survive this pandemic to serve our friends and neighbors for many years.”“The Vermont Restaurant Coalition is grateful to Representative Peter Welch for co-sponsoring the RESTAURANTS Act,” said Sue Bette, co-owner of Bluebird BBQ and co-founder of the Vermont Independent Restaurant Coalition. “This bill will not only save hundreds of restaurants in Vermont but will also serve to provide secure employment for our teams, preserve our local supply chain, and maintain vibrant downtowns. We would also like to acknowledge the diligent work of the Independent Restaurant Coalition which helped bring this legislation to fruition. Thank you Congressman Welch for your leadership and for recognizing the important role that restaurants will play in Vermont’s economic and social recovery. With this step, you have helped save our restaurant industry so that it will once again thrive.”Welch partnered with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and eight other colleagues to introduce the RESTAURANTS Act (H.R. 7197(link is external)) last week.  The $120 billion grant program would:Be available to food service or drinking establishments, including caterers, that are not publicly traded or part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name.Provide assistance to cover the difference between revenues from 2019 and projected revenues through 2020.Include an initial 14 day period when funds will only be made available to restaurants with $1.5 million or less in profit to guarantee that small local restaurants receive funds.Provide coverage for payroll (not including employee compensation exceeding $100,000 per year), benefits, mortgage and rent payments, utilities, maintenance, supplies (including personal protective equipment and cleaning materials), food, debt obligations to suppliers, and any other expenses deemed essential by the Secretary of the Treasury.Welch was joined at the press conference by Sue Bette; Matt Birong, chef and owner of the 3 Squares Café in Vergennes and Vermont State Representative; and Cara Chigazola Tobin, chef and co-owner of Honey Road. Text of the legislation can be found here(link is external).ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO SURVIVE (RESTAURANTS) ACT OF 2020 Legislation to create a new $120 billion grant program to provide structured relief to restaurants through 2020. _______________ A GATHERING PLACE FOR COMMUNITY There is perhaps nothing more central to communities large and small than their local restaurants. It is impossible to separate a community’s character from its cuisine – from New Orleans and Portland to New York City and Los Angeles, restaurants make a place unique.Whether it’s food carts or a Michelin-starred institution, restaurants provide a space where people from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status can come together in an increasingly divided world.They are places where families and friends celebrate or reconnect and where someone can have “the usual” or explore the world’s flavors without leaving their neighborhood.Restaurants play host to everything from first dates to proposals and many of life’s important memories.The local restaurant industry supports Top Chef Masters, first jobs, and parents working double-shifts to give their children a brighter future.Restaurants are the beating heart of a community but the COVID-19 pandemic is putting their survival in jeopardy.ECONOMIC VALUE OF RESTAURANTS Since the COVID-19 pandemic upended American life in mid-March, the vast majority of independent, local restaurants have closed their doors, laid off most of their employees, and are now wondering what they will look like after the pandemic, if they can even reopen at all. While independent restaurants employ more than 11 million people, it isn’t just restaurants and their employees that are hurt by the pandemic.The food supply chain touches every corner of the country and every congressional district. From farm workers and fishermen to truck drivers and restaurant workers, the restaurant industry provides a $1 trillion annual boost to the United States’ economy, to say nothing of supporting tens of millions of individuals’ and families’ livelihoods.Unlike any other industry, restaurants have been uniquely devastated by COVID-19. Social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have drastically reduced demand, so much so that the restaurant sector is now the top contributor to unemployment rolls across America.In April alone, 5.5 million restaurant workers lost their jobs, accounting for 27% of total job losses in the month. Today, four in ten restaurants are closed and the remaining open restaurants are grappling with revenues that have been decimated and will remain so until COVID-19 is eradicated.Recent surveys found that COVID-19 has forced operators to lay off 91% of the hourly workforce and 70% of salaried employees.Only one in five restaurant owners subjected to state mandated dine-in shutdowns said they felt confident they could keep their restaurants running.The National Bureau of Economic Research predicts that only 15% of restaurants will be able to stay open if the COVID-19 pandemic lasts six months. All of this in an industry that already runs on extremely thin margins. Previous efforts to help small businesses such as the Paycheck Protection Program are too restrictive for restaurants and do not address their specific challenges.The simple fact is that restaurants and their employees need direct assistance to get through the end of the year, and they need it now.THE SOLUTION – THE REAL ECONOMIC SUPPORT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES UNIQUE RESTAURANT ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO SURVIVE (RESTAURANTS) ACT OF 2020 Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) will soon introduce the RESTAURANTS Act of 2020, legislation to create a new $120 billion grant program to provide structured relief to restaurants through 2020.• The program will be administered by the Department of the Treasury and available to food service or drinking establishments, including caterers, that are not publicly traded or part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name;• Grant values will cover the difference between revenues from 2019 and projected revenues through 2020;• Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan funding recipients must subtract funds received that do not need to be paid back from the maximum Restaurant Stabilization Grant value;• Restaurant Stabilization Grants do not need to be paid back and funding is made available through 2020;• Eligible expenses include: payroll (not including employee compensation exceeding $100,000/year), benefits, mortgage, rent, utilities, maintenance, supplies (including protective equipment and cleaning materials), food, debt obligations to suppliers, and any other expenses deemed essential by the Secretary of the Treasury;• Recipients must certify that current economic conditions make the grant request necessary, that the funds will be used retain workers, maintain payroll, and make other payments (as specified above), and that the recipient is only applying for and would only receive one grant;• If a restaurant permanently ceases operations before the end of 2020, unspent funds must be returned. If the grant award exceeds the actual end-of-year revenues the grant is converted to a loan with a 10-year term at 1% interest;• The first 14 days of funds will only be made available to restaurants with annual revenues of $1.5 million or less to target local small restaurants, particularly those that are women, veteran, or minority-owned and operated eligible entities that are owned or operated by women or people of color; and• The Restaurant Stabilization Act provides $300 million to administer the program – $60 million of which is set-aside for outreach to traditionally marginalized and underrepresented communities, with a focus on women, veteran, and minority-owned and operated eligible entities.TIME TO ACT Over the past two months, Congress has mustered the political will to pass more than $3 trillion of relief to most sectors of the economy – the House of Representatives just passed an additional $3 trillion of relief.There were broad-based programs for direct individual assistance, small business loans, and tax relief for businesses large and small. Likewise, there was targeted relief for industries that were hard-hit by the effects of COVID-19.Yet in every piece of legislation, restaurants have been ignored at the peril of the very communities they serve.We can’t afford not to act. Nothing less than millions of livelihoods, hundreds of thousands of businesses, and the fabric of our communities is at stake.Source: BURLINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch 6.22.2020last_img read more

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Despite a 10th place finish, Minnesota happy with its team score in Oregon tournament

first_imgSpeaking of low scores, junior Young Na Lee fired the Gophers’ low round of the tournament for the second time in a row, carding a 1-under par 71 in the final round to help Minnesota solidify its finish.Lee’s 71 was also a career best, one stroke better than her previous mark which she set a year ago at the Indiana Invitational and tied last week at the Diablo Grande.Final rounds seem to be Lee’s specialty, as all three of her best scores have all come on the last day.Unfortunately, those numbers have always followed rounds in the 80s.“She does a good job of finishing with good rounds,” associate head coach Kristine Wessinger said. “Now we just need to get her to start off with those 71s and 72s.“But I was proud that she came back and finished very well.”In her brilliant round yesterday, Lee didn’t think she necessarily hit the ball a lot better, but her mindset allowed her to be successful.“I was a little bit more aggressive on my shots and more decisive,” she said. “I didn’t hit the ball bad the first rounds so it’s the mental side that I have to improve on, but it’ll come.” Despite a 10th place finish, Minnesota happy with its team score in Oregon tournamentMarch 26, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s golf team’s version of the West Coast Swing has come to a close, but the Gophers have some solid play to show for it.Minnesota finished off its trip yesterday, firing a 54-hole total of 944 at Eugene Country Club to finish 10th out of 15 teams in the Oregon Duck Invitational.Though it was a significantly lower finish than the Gophers’ victory last week at the Diablo Grande Invitational, they managed to best that winning score by 10 in Oregon.And similar to Diablo Grande, Minnesota showed steady improvement over all three rounds.A final round 307 kept the Gophers firmly in the 10 spot and bettered their first round 323 and second round 314.Individually, Minnesota was led by Teresa Puga, who was a model of consistency, shooting a 77-78-77-232 to tie for 24th.Puga, a freshman from A Coruña, Spain, has played just four collegiate tournaments and has been a dependable anchor in each, but Director of Golf Brad James sees potential for much lower rounds from her.“She’s obviously very consistent but she’s also capable of shooting some scores in the 60s,” he said. “I think once she gets more comfortable in her environment you’ll start seeing some low scores for her.”last_img read more

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Football News FIFA Delegation Inspects Stadium In Guwahati

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Guwahati : A FIFA delegation on Thursday inspected the city’s Indira Gandhi Athletic International Stadium and expressed satisfaction with the facilities. The FIFA delegation was accompanied by members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup.FIFA’s Project Lead for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, Oliver Vogt said: “We are very happy to be back after 2017. We know the passion for football in this part of the country, and are confident we will repeat the success of 2017 if Guwahati is picked as a venue for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year.”Tournament Director of the LOC, Roma Khanna said: “It is really good to be back in Guwahati. As we know, this region is bursting with affinity towards football, as well as talent. We had a fantastic tournament in 2017, but that was the benchmark.“The support from all stakeholders has to be even better. The infrastructure from 2017 is in place, but some modifications need to come in.”The FIFA delegation will inspect the facilities in Bhubaneswar on Friday. The tournament will be held in India from November 2 to 21 next year. last_img read more

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Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event

first_imgHome  »  Disciplines News  »  Eventing News  »  Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event ENDS 31 March 2016, 20:17 The Irish Horse Gateway will also attend the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton International Horse Trials the week after Rolex. For information on The Irish Horse Gateway please see www.irishhorsegateway.ie. The Irish Horse Gateway brand will be represented at this year’s Rolex Kentucky three day event to promote the global success of Irish bred and produced event horses. With over 20% of the horses entered to compete at this year’s prestigious event bred in Ireland, the Rolex Kentucky three day event is a wonderful shop window for Irish horses. Included in the 20% are two horses bred by Thomas Hughes in Kilkenny that are from the same mother, the Imperius sired mare – Flown.The Irish Horse Gateway aims to be the first point of contact for overseas clients seeking information on sourcing Irish horses and ponies for equestrian sport and leisure. The Irish Sport Horse Studbook is leading the way for eventers internationally and speaking about the event Elaine Hatton, Horse Sport Ireland’s Director of International Marketing  said;center_img “The Irish Horse Gateway aims to attract and facilitate future American buyers to come to Ireland to source their next eventer.” Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event “I’m looking forward to attending Rolex Kentucky Three Day event this year, Irish horses are leading the way for international eventing. Their longevity, bravery, ride-ability and willing temperament are just some of the reasons why Irish horses are so popular. Credit must be given to the breeders and producers of these horses who have done an incredible job and who have played an integral part in getting them to the highest level in their sport.” ​For a full list of Irish bred horses please click HERE Tags:last_img read more

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Carlo Ancelotti dismisses rumours he is set to quit as Chelsea boss

first_imgChelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours he is set to quit the club after the team’s string of poor performances.The West London club have lost three of their last four Premier League matches, including their worst home defeat since 2002 and have not suffered consecutive defeats since the 2005-06 season.Ancelotti even admitted after the Birmingham match he was not in complete control of the club. In a press conference on Monday however, he rubbished suggestions he is going to quit the side.He said, “I don’t know if it’s enough to clarify my position to close these rumours and speculation. These rumours are totally untrue. I don’t know why they came out.”The Italian also quashed reports he had contacted the League Managers’ Association [LMA] about resigning.“I didn’t speak with the LMA,” he added. “They called me [on Sunday night] when I was at home, quiet, to find out what was happening. “These rumours are totally untrue. I have my contract until 2012, here, in this club. I’ve said a lot of times that I’d like to stay here.”During the club’s run of poor form, assistant coach Ray Wilkins, who Ancelotti had praised glowingly in his autobiography, was sacked. Many senior players decried the situation and there were implication a civil war was raging at Stamford Bridge.Ancelotti has rejected these suggestions. He said: “I love not just this club, but these players. I have a lot of confidence in these players, in this squad, so there’s no reason to change my ideas.”The 51-year-old admitted the losses were hurting the team, but he believes this is merely the lot of a coach.“I think that when the team don’t reach the right results, obviously the coach is under pressure,” he added. “Obviously I am under pressure because I’d like Chelsea to win every game, but just this. “I am the coach and I have to train my players to maintain the team, the club, at the best level. Now, this moment is not so good on the pitch and we have to do better there.“Obviously I understand very well because I had a lot of occasions like this in my career. The coach is in trouble when the team doesn’t produce results, but this is my life. I like my life.“I’m not disappointed about this. I’m disappointed because Chelsea have lost three in four games, and this is not good: for me, the players, the club, for my job. We want to do better there.”last_img read more

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Team France won the World Cup, not Team Africa

first_imgDear Editor,FIFA World Cup Soccer 2018 has just come to a close, and I am sure it will be memorable for the many fans that were glued to their television sets. We have witnessed many disappointments, and the one that blew me away was when Team Germany was eliminated and didn’t make it to the last 16.Having read many reports via international newscasts, and reading the many reports on social media, I was elated to read that no player failed a drugs test at the FIFA WCS 2018. Most memorable for me… Apparently, it’s catching on that it’s not worth the risk. Not sure if WADA International was assigned to conduct the testing, or whether FIFA had another agency contracted, but no negative result was detected, and hats off to whichever agency was responsible for the testing.Team France played impressively, and deserved the win. However, my hopes were crashed, because I expected Team Belgium and Team Croatia to battle it out for the championships. Matters not what any group is protesting about, I will never support any group which invades play at any sport event to be heard. Sports events are not grounds to take your message. Yes, you can protest outside the venue, which is okay by me.I observed on social media forums that persons were advertising a message that reads ‘Africa has won the world Cup.’..Un-believable to read such a message.The World Cup was won by a country (France), and Africa is a continent. I respect the fact that players on Team France originated from countries in the African Continent, but, at the end of the day, I will put my head on a block and say that their respective passports read ‘French’ as their nationality. It’s common sense that players would have given up their rights to the country of their birth and been granted citizenship by the French Government.Perhaps some might have being born to parents residing in France, who migrated from their respective African country.I honestly doubt that any player was placed at gunpoint or had been forced to accept French citizenship. They made a choice, and it allowed them to represent the flag of their adopted home country. Perhaps their countries of birth could never provide or pave the way for a soccer career, and by switching flags, it was probably the best decision, which made them world famous and wealthy to some extent.Yours faithfully,T. Pembertonlast_img read more

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