China Open: Radwanska powers past Konta to win title

first_imgAgnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4 6-2 victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.Third seed Radwanska, the 2011 champion, did not drop a set on her run to the title and closed out her win over Konta in an hour an 36 minutes.Konta, who is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released and is the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984, committed 34 unforced errors against Radwanska and struggled on serve.The Pole finished with just eight unforced errors and wrapped up victory with an ace. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”It’s a very special moment; third final and second title here. It was a really special week for me and it couldn’t be any better,” Radwanska told reporters.”Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments. It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week.”Konta, who was 146th in the world 17 months ago, has continued a remarkable rise up the rankings despite her defeat. (Caroline Wozniacki ends Agnieszka Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final)On her main draw debut at this year’s Australian Open, Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in more than 30 years.She also earned her first WTA title at the Stanford Classic in July. (Agnieszka Radwanska rolls into US Open fourth round, hungry for more)advertisement”I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb. I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka,” Konta said.Radwanska, who bowed out in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last month, also won the Connecticut Open and Shenzhen Open earlier this year and has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore.last_img read more

Blayne Lastman decides he will not be a candidate for Toronto mayor

first_imgTORONTO – Blayne Lastman, the son of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, announced Thursday that he will not be seeking the city’s top job, ending weeks of speculation that he would try to follow in his father’s footsteps.In an early morning statement, Blayne Lastman said he decided not to run for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election after “careful consideration and consultation” with his family.“The last week has been an emotional roller-coaster,” Lastman said in the statement. “While I am overwhelmed by the support I have received, my decision not to run is in the best interest of my family, my business and of course, the great City of Toronto.”Lastman is best known for running the Bad Boy furniture and appliance empire his father started in 1955. He was expected to appear at city hall on Thursday and announce his candidacy, a day before the deadline to enter the race.His father served as mayor of North York, Ont., for more than 20 years before becoming the first mayor of the amalgamated city of Toronto in 1998.Lastman said he will now offer his full support to current Mayor John Tory, who is running for a second term in office.“The mayor’s job is not one that can be taken lightly,” Lastman said. “Our city faces many concerns including crime and gridlock. I am well aware of the commitment that John Tory has made to the city and I offer him my full support.”In the elder Lastman’s post-mayoral days, he could be seen in Bad Boy commercials alongside Blayne, who re-launched the chain in 1991, shouting its notorious slogan with an “OK” sign and an exaggerated wink: “Who’s better than Bad Boy? Noooooobody!”The 85-year-old Mel Lastman left politics in 2003 after serving six years as Toronto’s mayor. One of his defining moments came in 1999 when he called in the army after a fierce winter storm paralysed the city.So far, 21 candidates have entered the mayoral race, including Tory.last_img read more

BET Honors Ticket Sales Benefit Charity

first_imgBET Networks has announced that Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Karen Clarke Sheard and Wayne Brady are set to bring down the house at the Warner Theatre with a series of powerful and magnetic performances for BET Honors 2014.Honoring distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels, this year’s show will celebrate the achievements of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube.Hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings).Esteemed gentlemen, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year’s show. “BET Honors” has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.Proceeds from “BET Honors” limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.For more information on “BET Honors,” visit www.bet.com/bethonors. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Wrestling Tom Ryan eyes more dual meet emphasis in NCAA

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan addresses his team after the Buckeyes’ practice on Oct. 20. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe television outside of Tom Ryan’s office is often set to ESPN. Inevitably, he walks by a lot of College Football Playoff talk on the sports network. And every time he hears it, he can only think of one thing — a college wrestling playoff. This idea has been more than a thought in the mind of Ohio State’s wrestling coach. Ryan has pushed for a stand-alone, dual-meet championship tournament in the NCAA, among other things. He’s even a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force committee, which is dedicated to developing a long-term plan for NCAA wrestling. The Blue Ribbon Task Force includes members such as North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The task force was formed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. “We’ve got some big dogs involved,” Ryan said. “And they all like the sport and they all see the value in wanting to move in this direction. And because they’re involved now, things can happen.”There is currently a proposal, unanimously approved by the committee, in the works that would change college wrestling to a one-semester sport that starts during December and would end about six weeks later than usual with a dual-meet tournament. The current individual championships would stay in March. The NCAA has yet to sign off on the proposal. Ryan’s reasoning for the change stems from the idea that dual meets are more fan-friendly than longer individual tournaments. He wants to attract more interest in his sport. “I think it’s spectator-friendly,” Ryan said. “An hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes is way better than three days in a gym, or tournaments two days in a gym. I think it’s substantially more team-oriented. I think team sports are sports that our culture follows. I think it’s important for the sport of wrestling that we value the team aspect as much as the superstar aspect.”Ohio State has experience balancing individual success with team success. The Buckeyes won a team national championship in 2015 and their current roster is home to former individual national champions and an Olympic champion in heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Ryan said the proposed changes would place importance on more wrestlers in his program, due to the fact that dual-meet wins and losses would count more in preparation for a dual-meet tournament. “I think it would add more value to more people,” Ryan said. “Because, right now if you lose a dual meet, it doesn’t hurt your chance to win the national tournament. And because of that, you’re hesitant to put all your guys in when they may be banged up or not. So, because of that, it brings less value to your guys in the room.”Ryan said most of the opposition that the proposal faces involves the timing and scheduling of the hypothetical events. He said there also are differing viewpoints on how teams would be chosen for a dual-meet tournament and how many teams would be involved. The ability of wrestlers to maintain their peak performance for an entire season is also up for discussion. Redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello seemed to be all for the proposed changes. He placed value on the ability of dual meets to attract new, casual fans to the sport. “I think it’s important to make it more of a team sport and easier to follow,” Tomasello said. “If you don’t really know wrestling that well, it’s tough to follow how people get points at national tournaments.” Ryan said wrestling is one of the few collegiate sports that actually succeeds as a business model with ticket sales, and that gives the NCAA incentive to retool the sport and maximize profit. A dual meet at the Schottenstein Center between Ohio State and Penn State drew an attendance of 15,338 just last season. Ryan drew a comparison to Ohio State football fans tuning in to Saturday’s game between Penn State and Michigan because of a vested interest in the sport and the outcome of the game. That type of heightened interest is what he desires for the sport of wrestling. “We don’t have that in wrestling,” Ryan said. “And we need it. And until we get it, we’ll continue to be a sport that’s kind of status quo instead of one that’s thriving.” read more

FuboTV Hires Warner Bros Digitals David Yoon Tidals Erik Gerson

first_img Popular on Variety FuboTV, the sports-centric internet subscription-TV startup, has added two execs to its senior management ranks: David Yoon, formerly with Warner Bros. Digital Networks and DramaFever, and Erik Gerson, previously SVP of customer experience at Jay Z’s Tidal.Yoon has been hired to the newly created position of senior VP of design, reporting directly to David Gandler, co-founder and CEO. Gerson is FuboTV’s senior VP of engagement, also a newly created role, reporting to Alberto Horihuela, co-founder and chief marketing officer; Yoon.They join other recent hires at New York-based FuboTV, including technology veteran Geir Magnusson Jr. as chief technology officer and Yale Wang, a former DramaFever exec, as VP, head of North American marketing.“FuboTV is committed to raising the bar in user engagement and experience across our live TV streaming platform, and today’s appointments underscore this investment in our subscribers,” Gandler said in announcing the hires. “With the additions of Erik and David to our world-class executive team, we are in an even stronger position to build for the future.” At FuboTV, Yoon is tasked with managing all design and creative services. He most recently was VP of design at WB Digital Labs, the studio’s over-the-top platform service provider which owns and operates DramaFever and powers direct-to-consumer OTT services of AMC Networks, Boomerang, Warner Archive and DC Entertainment. Prior to WB Digital Labs, Yoon created interactive experiences for digital and ad agencies as well as entertainment companies for brands including Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam, Sony Pictures Classics, Rockstar Games, Swarovski, Verizon and Procter & Gamble brands.Gerson is responsible for growing FuboTV’s user engagement across web, mobile and connected-TV platforms. He was most recently SVP of customer experience at music-streaming subscription service Tidal, where he led user acquisition, customer retention, direct marketing, and customer care and experience. Previously he held senior marketing and customer experience roles at Nestlé USA, Hearst Digital Marketing Services, Cricket Wireless, Atari, Gateway and Sony Electronics.FuboTV first launched as a U.S. streaming soccer service in January 2015 and has expanded its offerings to compete with other over-the-top TV providers, including Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.To date, the company has raised more than $150 million in funding. It most recently closed a $75 million Series D round in April 2018 that included participation from 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (now owned by Discovery).Pictured above: David Yoon (l.) and Erik Gersoncenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens

first_imgShahid Kapoor’s Haider with Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to come out, but that is not enough for the actor. His wish is that the filmmaker should make Kaminey 2 with him.While reports are doing the round that Shahid is, in fact, already a part of Kaminey 2, the actor said: ‘I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens.’ Released in 2009, Kaminey starred Shahid in a double role and he won accolades for his performance from all quarters. It also starred Priyanka Chopra and it brought out the news of the affair the two actors had, which lasted for a few months after the movie released. The actors, however, still maintain that they are in good terms with each other. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had an amazing experience with Vishal sir working on Kaminey and now Haider. I just hope he casts me in his next film and I hope that this film is Kaminey 2,’ the 33-year-old said here Wednesday on the sets of reality show Cine Stars Ki Khoj.In fact, Bhardwaj has already locked a story. ‘He has an amazing story and I think everyone should tell him to make it because he is difficult to convince. But he has a story and a romantic version of Dhan te nan also. I have been telling him he should do it, but he is a filmmaker and he has his own thoughts,’ he added.An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Haider also stars Shraddha Kapoor. The film will hit theatres on  2 October.last_img read more

Ghanas MegaChoice Digital Network has signed a 1

first_imgGhana’s Mega-Choice Digital Network has signed a 10-year contract with Eutelsat for distribution of its new direct-to-home (DTH) TV service.Mega-Choice, an associate company of Ghana’s first private television network Crystal TV, has taken capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite.It will initially offer its TV service to viewers in Ghana, but plans to extend to other West African markets as part of a second phase of growth.The new platform will offer a mix of free-to-air and pay channels with a particular focus on news and entertainment.Aljazeera English, Crystal TV Prime, Deutsche Welle, E TV Ghana, EWTN Africa and Asia, France 24 English, CGTN, Paradise Music Channel and Metro TV will be among the first free-to-air channels to be available.Its pay TV line-up will include a number of channels from SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group, such as Filmbox Africa, Filmbox Arthouse and Filmbox Action.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog posted on his website.  This one is entitled “Gold is Coming to a Fork in the Road”…and the link is here.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, so I hope you have the chance to read the ones that interest you.The banker must at all times conduct himself so as to justify the confidence of his clients in him. – J.P. Morgan Jr.It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.  Even I was taken aback by how brazen JPMorgan et al were during the Comex trading session yesterday.  They made no attempt to hide behind any sort of dollar rally, as they just sent in their high-frequency traders and ‘did the dirty’ in broad daylight in front of everyone.Of course the CFTC, CME…and the precious metal companies you own shares in…will do precisely nothing.  They’ll just stand there as the usually do and watch while the public and the shareholders get raped again.How low we got from here, remains to be seen.  But it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen the lows, as there’s a limit to the number of short positions that the technical funds and small traders are prepared to sell…and when that point is reached, that will be the low.Here’s the 2-year gold chart.(Click on image to enlarge)I would be really surprised if they can get the price much lower than approximately $1,540 the ounce, as that seems to be a bottom-of-the-barrel price that goes all the way back to late September 2011…as every engineered price decline since then has never gone much lower than that…and if it has, it’s only lasted for a matter of hours, or maybe minutes.  And if they do get it lower than that, it won’t gain them a lot of contracts, as we’re already pretty much all sold out to the downside right now.As an aside, if you lost money in MF Global…or with Bernie Madoff…or the new debacle over at PFGBest…I sort of feel sorry for you…with the emphasis on ‘sort of’.  You should know better…and I hope you’ve learned your lesson by now.  There appears to be little or no protection for you in the options and futures market if something goes sideways.  So forget leverage…just buy the physical metal and sit tight.In overnight trading, all precious metals rallied in fits and starts during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and now that London has been open for a couple of hours, gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up just under 30 cents.  Volume in both, as of 5:04 a.m. Eastern time is already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rally attempts are not going unopposed.  The dollar index has been declining all night long…and is currently down about 20 basis points, with most of that drop coming since the open of London trading earlier this morning.That’s all for today…and I’ll see you on Thursday…Friday west of the International Date Line. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.center_img It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.The gold price traded flat on very light volume through the entire Far East trading day on Tuesday, but as I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, that all ended shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.The rally that began at that point ended just minutes after 9:00 a.m. in New York when it broke through the $1,600 spot price.  Gold’s high price tick…$1,603.00 spot…occurred at that point.  Then ‘da boyz’ let loose their high-frequency traders…and by the time that the low price tick for gold occurred, gold was down to $1,563.70 spot…and intra-day move of almost forty bucks.  The low came at 2:45 p.m. in electronic trading…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,566.50 spot…down $20.80 from Monday’s close.  For such a price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…125,000 contracts, give or take.  Hopefully all of the volume associated with the price decline up until the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.It was pretty much the same price action in silver, although the high tick of the day, somewhere north of $27.60 spot, occurred within a one hour time period around the London silver fix at noon local time.Silver’s secondary high occurred just minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time mark in New York…and then silver [along with platinum and palladium] suffered the same fate as gold, with the low tick [$26.66 spot] coming around the 2:35 price mark in electronic trading.  From that point, silver also trade flat into the close.Silver closed at $26.81 spot…down 53 cents on the day…but had an intraday price move of just over a dollar.  Considering the hit that silver took, the net volume was a rather subdued 30,000 contracts.The dollar index rallied about 15 basis points from its Tuesday open…with the Far East high coming around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From that point, it rolled over pretty hard, hitting its low of the day [82.98] about 8:30 a.m. local time in London.  But from there, the dollar index rallied strongly, hitting its high tick [83.47] about 11:15 a.m. in New York.From its zenith, the dollar index slipped back about 10 basis points or so…and then traded flat into the close…finishing the Tuesday trading session around 83.40.It should have been obvious to any impartial observer of the dollar index, that it played no meaningful roll either before nor during the engineered price decline in all the precious metals yesterday.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open of the equity markets…and then followed the gold price lower all day long…with the low tick coming in the last half-hour of the New York trading day.  The HUI finished down 2.89%.  I thank reader Scott Pluschau for providing today’s chart once again, as the good folks over at yahoo.com still haven’t done a thing with their HUI chart problem.(Click on image to enlarge)All the silver stocks got it in the neck again yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a whopping 4.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another yawner…as only 3 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  But there are still 1,791 silver contracts open in July…and one has to wonder how many of these long/stoppers will stand for delivery, and who the big short/issuers will be that will be forced to deliver the physical metal itself.  The friendly bet I have with myself is Jefferies, but it isn’t big money.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant[s] withdrew 135,830 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories did not receive any silver on Monday…but Scotia Mocatta shipped 996,615 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that action is here.The July Bank Participation Report didn’t show much change from the June report.  The data for this report was taken from last Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  In gold, it showed that 4 U.S. banks are net short 75,895 Comex Futures contracts…and the 19 non-U.S. that hold Comex futures contracts are net short another 49,949 contracts.  Both the U.S and non-U.S. bank categories increased their net short position by about 5,000 Comex contracts from the June report…10,000 contracts in total.The four 4 U.S. banks are net short 7.59 million ounces of gold…and the 19 non-U.S. banks are net short an additional 4.99 million ounces.  From last Friday’s COT report, the Commercial net short position was reported as 16.66 million ounces…so these 23 banks hold 75.5% of the entire Commercial net short position in gold.In silver, it’s an entirely different story, as it has been since JPMorgan took over Bear Stearns short position in silver back in the spring of 2008.Four [4] U.S. Banks are net short 18,272 Comex silver contracts…an insignificant decline of 600 contracts from their June position.  I’d bet serious coin that about 80% of this amount is held by JPMorgan…and 19.99% is held by HSBC USA.  The other 0.01 percent is held by Citigroup and one other bank…but are immaterial, regardless.The 11 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex silver contracts are net long 904 contracts…a minor drop of about 300 contracts from the June BPR.The net Commercial short position in silver in last Friday’s COT report was 17,354 Comex contracts. JPMorgan and HSBC hold over 100% of that amount in silver all by themselves.  And as I pointed out in the previous paragraph, the 11 non-U.S. banks are actually net long the silver market.This is not rocket science, dear reader, as the silver price management scheme is obviously 100% ‘Made in America’.  And with 4 U.S. banks holding just about 50% of the Commercial net short position in gold, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in gold as well…especially since they collude in this price fixing scheme.  When I say “JPMorgan et al“…or ‘da boyz’…that’s who I’m referring to.  Most of the ‘et al‘s are not U.S. banks…but other Commercial traders that work together with JPMorgan.This is precisely the same way that the LIBOR scandal works/worked.  I would guess that a lot of other markets work that was as well…and the dollar index and the New York equity markets would be two others that fall into that category.As GATA’s Chris Powell said…”The are no markets anymore…only interventions.”Of course, since the cut-off for both the BPR and COT reports from last Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, the engineered price decline in all precious metals has changed both reports dramatically…and as Ted Butler so quaintly pointed out…both reports are now very much “yesterday’s news”.Here are two charts courtesy of Washington state reader S.A. that he borrowed from Monday’s edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch…which is linked here.  Both are self-explanatory…and neither of them require any further embellishment from me.last_img read more

Disabled peoples organisations DPOs have raised

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) have raised ongoing concerns about the government’s failure to comply with basic principles of the UN disability convention at a long-awaited meeting with the minister for disabled people.Representativesof six of the UK’s leading DPOs met with minister for disabled people SarahNewton and senior civil servants last week to discuss the government’s trackrecord on engaging with disabled people and their user-led organisations.It was the first time that Newton (pictured) had met with the group of DPOs – members of the UK CRPD Monitoring Coalition of Disabled People’s Organisations – since she took up her post in late 2017.Representativesfrom coalition members Inclusion London (which was also there on behalf of theReclaiming Our Futures Alliance), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland,DisabilityAction (Northern Ireland), the National Survivor User Network andEqualities National Council attended the meeting.Thecoalition also used the meeting to share its ideas for monitoring the UK’simplementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities(UNCRPD).The meetingfollows a series of failings by the government which appear to demonstrate itsreluctance to accept key rights and principles laid out in the convention.They includeplans to allow non-disabled people and organisations not led and controlled bydisabled people to be part of Newton’s new Regional Stakeholder Network – whichaims to “provide a channel for disabled people and their organisations to sharetheir views and experiences about policies and services that affect them” – andNewton’s reluctance to pay those people taking on roles in the network fortheir time.There wasalso frustration at the decision of the Cabinet Office to host aworkshop on the barriers facing disabled people withoutinviting any DPOs to take part.Andin November,the Department of Health and Social Care wrongly insisted that it had beencomplying with the UN convention by only consulting on its mental capacity(amendment) bill with non-user-led charities like Mencap and Sense.Last week’smeeting came after the coalition was forced to write to Newton last August aftershe refused to meet them to discuss the UK’s failure to implement the UNconvention.But thelong-awaited meeting ended last week without easing concerns among DPOs at theapparent ongoing confusion among senior civil servants in the Office forDisability Issues (ODI), and Newton herself, about the convention’s principles aroundengagement.A meetingearlier in the day between three members of the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (RoFA)– which is part of the coalition – and two senior civil servants from theOffice for Disability Issues was also marked by frustration at the government’sapparent ignorance of the UN convention.MarkHarrison, from RoFA, said they had hoped to come out of their meeting with astrategy for how the government would engage with DPOs and resource them inthat work, but left disappointed.He said Newton’sregional network was set to be a “disability free-for-all”, with disabilitycharities and other organisations “all in the tent on an equal footing” with disabledpeople and DPOs.He said he hadasked the civil servants why they did not understand the principles on engagingwith disabled people and DPOs that had been clearly laid out by the UN.He said thecore of the issue was the failure by repeated governments – including the lastLabour government – to provide infrastructure funding for DPOs to do this work,which he said was “absolutely shameful”.Tara Flood,director of TheAlliance for Inclusive Education, who was also at this meeting, saidthe civil servants became “very, very uncomfortable” when she and her twocolleagues made it clear they thought the new regional network was “a joke”.She saidthere was “no understanding of the difference between DPOs and disabilitycharities. Shame on the ODI for not understanding that.”It is nowhoped Newton will agree to three key requests: for both the regional networkand any similar UK-wide engagement to be restricted to representatives of DPOs;for there to be funding for DPOs to take part in that engagement; and for thosenetworks to work with the government on implementing therecommendations made 18 months ago by the UN’s committee on therights of persons with disabilities.TraceyLazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who waspresent at both meetings, said there appeared to be ongoing confusion withinthe government about the difference between DPOs and non-user-led charities.She said:“We put forward what we think are key minimum asks in order to have meaningfulengagement going forward.“We will nowsee whether the government has listened to us and taken the opportunity toclarify, improve and extend engagement with us so it reflects and promotes theprinciples and practice of the UNCRPD and general comment number seven*.”She added: “Itis slightly dismaying having to reiterate principles of engagement withdisabled people and DPOs that were recognised and acted upon 10 years ago, andhaving to re-argue them as if they were radical new ideas descended fromanother planet.” *The UNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines “representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed by persons with disabilities”, a definition which the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities included in its general comment number seven, which was adopted in September.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

The Story of McScam and Professional Canners Stories That Fascinated Us This

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Enroll Now for $5 The staff of Entrepreneur.com share the articles we loved from other publications. Next Article –shares August 10, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Net neutrality activists, not hackers, crashed the FCC’s comment systemRemember when Net Neutrality was a thing? Remember when a lot of people tried to save it last May, but then the FCC’s comment system crashed? At the time, the agency suggested it was a coordinated attack by hackers. Now, they’re saying it was system overload — largely caused by a Last Week Tonight segment by John Oliver. Who said TV is dying? — Hayden FieldBehind Hollywood’s A-List Bidding War for a McDonald’s Monopoly ArticleI was fascinated by the original article “McScam: How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.” But, the backstory on how the article’s author and a partner deliberately “planted” the story as a way to get Hollywood to bid for the movie rights — which ultimately led to a payday as big as the McDonald’s Monopoly Game grand prize — is just as captivating. It just goes to show the power of the press in promoting your business venture, and how sometimes it pays to reach potential investors in unconventional ways. — Liz WebberInside The World Of NYC ‘Canners’ Who Survive By Collecting Recyclable Cans & BottlesIt’s stories like these that are both wholly inspiring and downright depressing. Some of the individuals spotlighted by author Francesca Berardi work up to 10 hours, constantly on the move. Members of this profession — finding bottles and cans to earn up to five cents each — include a range of people from struggling addicts to parents. It’s a slice of New York City life that most of us are witness to, but never think about. — Stephen J. Bronner The Story of ‘McScam’ and Professional Canners: Stories That Fascinated Us This Week Fascinating Stories Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Russian Dominos Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got

first_imgFood Businesses September 12, 2018 Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » Russian Domino’s Ends Promotion That Gave Away Pizza to People Who Got Domino’s Tattoos Because It Was Too Popular Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –sharescenter_img There is brand loyalty, and then there’s brand loyalty.A Domino’s franchisee in Russia decided to award 100 free pizzas each year for 100 years to customers that got tattoos of the restaurant chain’s logo. The only stipulation was that tattoos had to be visible.The campaign was originally intended to run from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31, but the lure of free pizza in perpetuity proved to be a strong motivator for people to get some red and blue ink, so much so that contest had to be, very quickly, capped.Related: Did Your Customers Get Tattoos of Your Logo? These Did.”Friends, we already have 350 participants!” the Domino’s location posted on Facebook on Sept. 10. “We are not receiving any new tattoos! If you are at a tattoo artist’s and getting tattoos, we will include you in the list of participants. But we are waiting for pictures before 12:00 today.”Customers got pretty creative with their tattoo designs. Many included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those crime-fighting, pizza-loving reptiles.This isn’t the first time that a brand has inspired this kind of, permanent, likely somewhat painful love. Anytime Fitness, the global gym franchise, has seen many of its customers get a tattoo of their logo to show their passion for the company.Is there a brand that you would get a tattoo of? Let us know in the comments. Image credit: NurPhoto | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Entrepreneur Staff A Russian Domino’s franchisee’s promise of free pizza in exchange for a visible logo tattoo quickly got out of hand.last_img read more

In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices

first_img Register Now » Entrepreneur Staff Coffee November 30, 2018 Next Article Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Add to Queue –shares Patrick Caronecenter_img In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography, Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices 2 min read Special Projects Director YouPorn’s VP is now pushing Dunkin’ on employees. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. The porn industry is striking back!Earlier this week, Starbucks announced it will start blocking pornography on its store’s WiFi beginning next year. Now, according to TMZ, the adult website YouPorn is getting revenge on the coffee giant by pushing Dunkin’ on its workforce.Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped IndustryThe company’s Vice President, Charles Hughes,  sent a memo to employees announcing a ban on all Starbucks products from YouPorn offices effective New Year’s Day.Dear YouPorn Team:In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked its customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, YouPorn has updated their company policy banning all Starbucks products from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st, 2019.See your direct manager for any questions.While watching porn is not permitted at Starbucks locations, the chain has not blocked such content on its Wi-Fi service. That’s about to change. “To ensure the Third Place remains safe and welcoming to all, we have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019,” a Starbucks representative told Business Insider via email.YouPorn, it seems, is not taking the news lying down.last_img read more

Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana

first_imgLegal Marijuana Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. May 14, 2019 –shares By Amy Adamczyk, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, City University of New York; Christopher Thomas, Ph.D Candidate in Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jacob Felson, Associate Professor of Sociology, William Paterson UniversityAmerican views on marijuana have shifted incredibly rapidly. Thirty years ago, cannabis legalization seemed like a lost cause. In 1988, only 24 percent of Americans supported legalization.But steadily, the nation began to liberalize. By 2018, 66 percent of U.S. residents offered their approval, transforming marijuana legalization from a libertarian fantasy into a mainstream cause. Many state laws have changed as well. Over the last quarter-century, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, while 22 states have legalized medical marijuana.So why has public opinion changed dramatically in favor of legalization? In a study published this February, we examined a range of possible reasons, finding that the media likely had the greatest influence.It’s Not About Use, Geography, or DemographicsOur study ruled out a few obvious possibilities.For one, it’s not about marijuana use. Yes, cannabis use has increased. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that, in 2002, about 10 percent of adults reported using cannabis the previous year. By 2015, 13.5 percent reported using. But that increase is too small to have had much of an impact on attitudes.And it’s not about older, more conservative Americans being replaced by younger generations who are more familiar with marijuana. Both younger and older people developed more liberal views about the legalization of marijuana at a similar pace over the last 30 years. In this way, changes in attitudes about marijuana legalization mirror recent increases in support for LGBTQ individuals.We looked to see if people who lived in states where it was illegal, but resided next to ones where it became legal, were more likely to have changed their views. But the rate of change has been no different in states that legalized marijuana than in others.Likewise, the pace of change has been similar across political parties, religions, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups and gender. As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans have been changing their attitudes together, as a nation.We did find that a small part of the increase in support was related to more people disaffiliating with religion. The proportion of people who do not identify with a religion has increased some, by about 7 percent between 2007 and 2014. People who do not have a religion tend to be more liberal than others. However, this factor accounts for only a small proportion of the change.Media Medical FramingSo what’s going on? What has likely made the biggest difference is how the media has portrayed marijuana. Support for legalization began to increase shortly after the news media began to frame cannabis as a medical issue.We took The New York Times as a case study, looking at the number of published articles from 1983 to 2015 about marijuana. Just before the number of Americans supporting legalization began to increase, we found a sharp increase in the proportion of articles about marijuana that discussed its medical uses.In the 1980s, the vast majority of New York Times stories about marijuana were about drug trafficking and abuse or other Schedule I drugs. At that time, The New York Times was more likely to lump marijuana together in a kind of unholy trinity with cocaine and heroin in discussions about drug smuggling, drug dealers and the like.During the 1990s, stories discussing marijuana in criminal terms became less prevalent. Meanwhile, the number of articles discussing the medical uses of marijuana slowly increased. By the late 1990s, marijuana was rarely discussed in the context of drug trafficking and drug abuse. And marijuana had lost its association with other Schedule I drugs like cocaine and heroin in the New York Times. Gradually, the stereotypical persona of the marijuana user shifted from the stoned slacker wanting to get high to the aging boomer seeking pain relief.Of course, many Americans do not read The New York Times. But analysis of newspapers of record, like this one, provide insight into how the news media has changed its framing of marijuana, especially during an era when newspapers were still a primary news source.Harsh Criminal Justice SystemAs Americans became more supportive of marijuana legalization, they also increasingly told survey researchers that the criminal justice system was too harsh.In the late 1980s, the “war on drugs” and sentencing reform laws put a large number of young men, often black and Latino, behind bars for lengthy periods of time. As Americans started to feel the full social and economic effects of tough-on-crime initiatives, they reconsidered the problems with criminalizing marijuana.Because support for the legalization of marijuana and concerns about the harshness of the criminal justice system changed at about the same time, it’s difficult to know what came first. Did concern about the harshness of the criminal justice system affect support for legalization – or vice versa?By contrast, the cause and effect is clearer with respect to the media framing of marijuana. The news media’s portrayal of marijuana began to change shortly before the public did, suggesting that the media influenced support for the legalization of marijuana.Once attitudes begin to change, it is difficult to know what keeps the momentum moving. Whatever the initial impetus, attitudes today are drastically more supportive, and legalization is increasing fast.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Why Do So Many Americans Now Support Legalizing Marijuana? Download Our iOS App Image credit: Pacific Press | Getty Imagescenter_img 5 min read Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As politically polarized as the country is, Americans have been changing their attitudes toward marijuana together, as a nation. Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more

Association between tobacco use and paranoia is largely due to shared genetic

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 25 2019Increasing evidence supports an association between tobacco use and psychotic experiences, such as paranoia and hallucinations, due in part to shared genetic influencesParanoia is associated with regular tobacco smoking in adolescents after accounting for other factors like cannabis use, sleep disturbances and stressful life events, reports a study recently published to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). The study also provides novel insights about the underlying causes of the association.The authors found that the co-occurrence of paranoia with tobacco use was largely explained by genetic influences. Similar results for other types of psychotic experiences were also reported, including having hallucinations and disorganized thinking, which were also associated with tobacco use in teenagers.”While the links between drugs such as cannabis, paranoia and hallucinations have been reported before, much less is known about the relationship between tobacco use and mental health problems,” said senior author Angelica Ronald, Professor of Psychology and Genetics at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. “In particular, we do not really know why tobacco use and mental health problems often co-occur.”In these new findings from our lab, we show that using tobacco is to some degree heritable and that some of the same genetic influences on using tobacco also play a role in experiences such as feeling paranoid. It will be exciting to pursue this finding further to unpack the mechanisms that lead to this association.”The findings are based on the Twins Early Development Study, a large sample of twins born in England and Wales between 1994- 1996.More than 3,700 adolescents twin pairs took part in this study when they were aged 16. Of these, 31.4 percent reported smoking cigarettes within the past year, with 12.1 percent of the sample identifying as occasional smokers and 5.2 percent as regular smokers.Related StoriesGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset genetic risk of dementiaMolecular switches may control lifespan and healthspan separately, genetic discovery suggestsAdolescents reported on their paranoia and other experiences such as having hallucinations and disorganized thinking, while their parents reported on issues such as a lack of motivation, social withdrawal, and their teenager seeming emotionally flat. These types of psychotic experiences and behaviors are common in adolescence and there is significant variability in how severe they are across individuals.The researchers found that the frequency of adolescent cigarette smoking was associated with having experiences such as paranoia, with regular smokers having more psychotic symptoms and experiences than non-smokers and occasional smokers. The associations remained even after accounting for several other possible factors such as gender, socio-economic status, cannabis use, prenatal maternal smoking, sleep disturbances and stressful life events.Environmental influences accounted for about two thirds of the differences in adolescent smoking behavior, and a third of the differences were due to genetic influences.The authors urge caution in interpreting the findings. They note that the reported association between tobacco use and psychotic experiences was modest and that their study does not show whether tobacco use causes or worsens psychotic symptoms and experiences, only that they are associated with one another. Nevertheless, the findings could be important because, if confirmed, tobacco use could be a modifiable risk factor for psychosis. Adolescence is an important stage of life when the brain is still developing and individuals can be vulnerable to mental health problems including psychosis. As such, understanding factors related to tobacco use is important and can contribute to changes in public policy.Source: https://www.elsevier.com/last_img read more

Photo of Sea Stars Butt Goes Viral Spoiler Thats No Butt

first_img Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures Saw a thicc ass starfish at the aquarium today pic.twitter.com/NwF0xYabHQby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndo — あかり(AKARI) (@Babyshoujo) June 30, 2019 Vermilion sea stars (Mediaster aequalis) are known for their vivid red-orange color and the symmetry of their five arms. But one individual quickly gained internet fame for a body part that isn’t usually associated with starfish: a shapely rear end. Twitter user @Babyshoujo recently photographed and tweeted an image of the “thicc” starfish as the animal clung to a rock in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The sea star’s prominent derrière has captivated hundreds of thousands since the photo was shared on June 30. Quite a few commenters drew comparisons to the “SpongeBob SquarePants” starfish character Patrick Star, who often proudly displays his prominent, rounded bottom. However, experts were quick to point out that the “butt” isn’t quite what it seems. [In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Sea]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65864-sea-star-butt-aquarium.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Vermillion sea stars are found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean, with their range extending from Baja California north to Alaska, according to the Georgia Aquarium. Though sea stars are often referred to as starfish, they are not fish. They are echinoderms, the group that also includes sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins. And no, sea stars don’t have “butts”; they have a centrally located anus, but they don’t have human-like buttocks, as the cartoon Patrick Star does. What we’re seeing in the photo are the contracted muscles of the starfish’s arms as they grip the rock, Nate Jaros, curator of fish and invertebrates at the Aquarium of the Pacific, told USA Today. Because the sea star’s body is vertically aligned, gravity causes the creature’s internal structures to “slump,” and that produced the shapes resembling the human buttocks in the picture, Jaros explained. Previously, in March, social media users were intrigued by a similar illusion of thiccness in a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) in Finland’s Korkeasaari Zoo. The monkey, named Bea, appeared to be heavily muscled, her biceps as rounded as the sea star’s butt at the Pacific Aquarium. However, the so-called buff monkey’s bulk was really just fluffy fur, zoo representatives told Live Science. In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’ In Photos: Sick Sea Stars Turn to Goo Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Karnataka should handle its coal stocks more efficiently says GoyalKarnataka should handle

first_imgCOMMENTS ‘Rising imports, coal shortage are key challenges for the aluminium sector’ December 27, 2018 RELATED ‘India can meet 300 mtpa steel production target by 2030’ SHARE SHARE EMAIL There is no shortage of coal in Karnataka, according to Minister of Coal and Railways, Piyush Goyal.In a statement issued after a meeting with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy, Goyal said there is no scarcity of coal in the State. He also said that the plants in Karnataka currently have, on an average, five days stock of coal which is equal to 2.24 lakh tonnes.Goyal hit out at the Karnataka government and hinted at mismanagement of coal stocks. “Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd. (KPCL) sold 584.91 million units of power at the energy exchange this year till October 2018. This amounts to consuming 3.8 lakh tonnes of coal which otherwise could have been used to boost coal stocks in power plants,” he said.“It is better that the plants maintained at least 20 days’ stock of coal for uninterrupted functioning,” he added. He pointed to the anticipated pick-up in the demand for power in February/March 2019 and asked the power plants to manage their inventory efficiently. Peak in demandHe said that transaction at energy exchanges should be done to take advantage of cheaper power right now to ensure better build up of coal stocks in thermal power plants. “This will help avoid purchase of power in February/March, when prices are expected to be higher due to peaking of demand,” he added.center_img coal Published on SHARE COMMENT Piyush Goyal, Interim Finance Minister   –  BusinessLinelast_img read more

Baseball5 seminar proves a big hit

first_img Related News Community Sports 09 Jul 2019 Ipoh lass in devastating form Related News “Thailand is interested in hosting the Asian championships early next year and we are excited about this,” said Low.“This sport is really in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vision of being young and urban, and we are also working towards preparing Baseball5 as a showcase sport at the Tokyo Olympics.“We are also hoping that we can get Baseball5 into the next Youth Olympics which will be held in Dakar, Senegal in 2022.“With this, we aim to introduce Baseball5 at all levels here, especially in schools, colleges and universities, to popularise the game,” she added. Low said to develop and grow major sports, they must be easy to play, exciting, fast, inexpensive and with access to playgrounds.“Many (sports) have reduced their number of players in the game and taking them to exciting new grounds like the beach, open air, indoor courts, hard courts and the streets. And in a way, Baseball5 is like a street version for us.“I see no problems because it is an exciting game that can be played everywhere with just a ball, bases, a small area and just five players on a team,” she added.The regional supremo explained that Baseball5 was promoted by WBSC through the softball division.“Although many may mistake it for a baseball game because of the name and acronym B5, the name was actually coined by combining “base” (the bases used in the game), “ball” (one ball used) and “5” (five players).”Softball Association of Malaysia president See Kok Wooi said it would “definitely catch on” in schools and that there were plans to include it in the schools’ sports calendar.“First and foremost, on our agenda is to organise a national Baseball5 championship and we urge all our affiliates to familiarise themselves with the game and form their state team. So, for starters, the states can organise their state championship,” added See.SK Pulau Indah headmaster and former Selangor schools softball coach Hazi Kadir, who also played a key role at the seminar by offering the school facilities, said he planned to propose to the Education Ministry and Malaysian Schools Sports Council to include Baseball5 in the schools’ sports curriculum.All the participants at the event underwent a test and were presented with certificates of participation. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: Community Sports 12 Jul 2019 No guts, no glory THE Softball Asia Baseball5 coaching seminar held at Botanic Resort Club, Bukit Tinggi and SK Puala Indah in Klang proved a huge success and gave a clear indication that the sport is heading in the right direction.Held under the auspices of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the two-day event drew 63 participants who comprised teachers and coaches from various state associations and clubs, as well as Pakistan, Singapore and Vietnam.There was a general feeling of excitement and enthusiasm during and after the course that was conducted by instructors Ran Liu of China, Japan’s Ayako Rokkaku and Itsarapong Oyaree of Thailand. More importantly, before departing, the participants pledged to spread the sport in their respective regions. Football 11 Jul 2019 Doping: CAS lifts Olympic ban on former Russian Sports Minister Mutko A group shot of the coaching seminar participants in Klang. (Right) In high spirits at the event were (from left) See, Hazi and Low. In high spirits at the event were (from left) See, Hazi and Low. Central Region , Baseball Baseball5 or B5 is an urban version of baseball and softball. It is a fast and energetic sport that follows the same principles of baseball and softball. It can be played almost anywhere and only requires a rubber ball.Played on a much smaller area than the conventional sport, with fewer players (just five), over a shorter period (10 to 15 minutes and five innings) and no equipment required except for a rubber ball, B5 is simple to get started with.It can be played on a hard court or field and is also a mixed gender game.Softball Asia president and WBSC secretary-general Datuk Low Beng Choo said at the coaching seminar, “The game may be new but it has caught on like wildfire in other parts of the world and there are already plans to stage an Asian Baseball5 championship to be used for qualification for the World Cup Baseball5.last_img read more