The City Hospital in Berhampur is the only government medical institution in Odisha where Modified Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) is being administered to mentally ill patients instead of conventional ECT, which at times is a painful process.The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 27, makes direct administration of ECT without anaesthesia illegal. As per the new Bill, ECT can only be administered to a patient with use of muscle relaxants and anaesthesia, which is called Modified ECT.Bibhu Kalyan Sahu, who was a psychiatrist posted at the City Hospital of Berhampur, claims that during the past four months, 58 mentally ill patients were given Modified ECT in this district hospital of Ganjam district. He said the City Hospital was the only government hospital in Odisha where Modified ECT was being administered.Key treatmentLast week, Dr. Sahu joined as an assistant professor at MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. He hopes to start Modified ECT in the medical college hospital, while it will be resumed in the City Hospital when a psychiatrist takes up his vacant post. ECT, commonly known as shock treatment, involves passing of small electric currents through a patient’s brain to reverse symptoms of mental illness. It is a key treatment method in management of acute psychiatric illnesses.Only hospitalOver three decades ago, several countries replaced conventional ECT with Modified ECT. Some private medical institutions in Odisha are providing Modified ECT. “But no government hospital in Odisha, except the City Hospital in Berhampur, was using Modified ECT. Now all hospitals will have to shift to Modified ECT once the Mental Healthcare Bill becomes an Act,” he said.
After registering a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab on Friday, Zaheer Khan has warned rival teams to beware of Delhi Daredevils in the long season ahead. (Match Highlights | Report)”It was required. The win was required for us. Happy with the way we put our efforts on the field. We want to build momentum at the right time, let everyone express themselves freely. We are playing RCB in a couple of days, and this win will definitely help,” Zaheer said in the post-match presentation ceremony.The former India pace spearhead was also impressed by his team’s “energy level” that helped them bounce back after a humiliating loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match.”The energy out there was fantastic. We want that young energy, you want to see that energy on the field and very happy with the way the boys threw themselves around,” Zaheer said.However, Amit Mishra was outstanding in his 100th IPL game bagging a four-for to set up a big win for the Daredevils. His effort also helped him bag the Man of the Match award.”I think nothing much to say. Just trying to take wickets, I got success, really happy today. Wicket was on the slower side, little effort needed to spin the ball.”We worked hard on batting and bowling and fielding, and it came out very well on this game. We hope to do good work in later matches too,” Mishra said. (Mishra steals the show)David Miller, the KXIP skipper, once again rued his team’s batting collapse but is hopeful of a quick turnaround in their next match on Sunday.advertisement”Obviously, not enough runs, we have to look at the positives. We have a long tournament and hoping for a quick turnaround on Sunday. We have to look at the batting line-up as well,” Miller said.
Germany midfielder Thomas Muller has said that his side are not afraid of hosts France whom they meet in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday.Germany were engaged in a desparate struggle with a superior looking Italy over 120 minutes of regulation period and extra time in their quarter-final clash before scraping past in a dramatic penalty shootout. On the other hand, France eased to a 5-2 win over Iceland, ending the dream run of the tournament’s surprise package. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)The Germans will also be missing key players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira and Mario Gmez due to injuries while Mats Hummels will sit out with a suspension. (Also read: Euro 2016: Germany forced to make key changes for semi-final vs France)But Muller insists that the reigning world champions have nothing to fear.”Fear never comes into it,” Muller was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Tuesday.”We know France have many good players, but Iceland didn’t honestly look that good at the back so if we defend well as a team, we will not let these players get into positions to show their class. We’re respectful, but I’m optimistic (that) we’ll find a solution even if we’ve got some players missing out, which is bitter,” he added.”This happens in football, there are always injuries and suspensions for big games but you’ve got to compensate as a team.”Muller also believes that this is one of the best German teams ever and they can compensate for the big names who would be missing out.advertisement”I said before the tournament that I’ve never seen so much depth of quality in our team as we have now so I’m sure we can compensate,” he said.France have had a kind draw so far, but Muller said the 1998 world champions deserve to make the last four stage.”France have not got here by luck. But they are now under a bit of pressure too as the hosts, and they know they’re facing a strong Germany side,” the 26-year-old said.”We were both being mentioned as favourites before the tournament and there aren’t many bigger games than this one.”
FILE – Errol Spence Jr fights Mikey Garcia in an IBF World Welterweight Championship bout at AT&T Stadium on March 16, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPErrol Spence is in an enviable position as he returns to the ring Saturday night in a welterweight title fight against Shawn Porter.There’s a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao looming. Perhaps a fight with fellow champion Terence Crawford after that.ADVERTISEMENT But a resurgent Pacquiao is available, a fight that Spence says can sell out AT&T Stadium in Texas, and Crawford could come after that if boxing politics can be settled.“At some point we’ll meet definitely,” Spence said. “The pot keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger, so it will happen eventually.”For now, though, there is more immediate business on the line. Porter is a champion in his own right and presents a challenge, even though oddsmakers in Porter’s hometown of Las Vegas make Spence a 9-1 favorite.“Shawn Porter will try to make it dirty and rough so I’ve got to be focused,” Spence said. “I think you make adjustments as it comes. There’s going to be swings in the fight and some things may go his way, some may go mine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics It’s not exactly the 1980s, when Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran were fighting each other and the 147-pound weight class was the most exciting in boxing. But Spence sees some similarities as he goes about trying to make himself a household name in boxing.“Throughout history I feel the welterweight division has always been one of, if not the most, talented weight class,” he said. “You’ve got guys that are fast, guys who can punch, guys with quick feet who are all around athletic. It’s always been the golden division in boxing.”Spence is a big favorite to beat Porter, an awkward and aggressive fighter who owns a piece of the 147-pound crown himself, as he returns to the ring for the first time since his dominating win in March over Mikey Garcia before a crowd of more than 47,000 in Dallas. Spence threw a career-high 1082 punches in that fight, easily winning a decision and delivering Garcia his first loss.It was the latest in a series of spectacular performances for the 2012 U.S. Olympian, who is undefeated in 25 fights with 21 knockouts. Fighting at home he proved he could draw a crowd, and with his second straight pay-per-view fight he’s trying to prove he can draw big bucks on TV, too.He and the unbeaten Crawford — both of whom are near the top of everyone’s pound-for-pound best list — would appear to be on a collision course for a mega fight, but this is boxing and nothing big ever comes easy. Spence is aligned with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions while Crawford is promoted by Bob Arum, and the two don’t do business.ADVERTISEMENT And, of course, millions of dollars to be made.Titles count in boxing, even as fans complain that there are way too many. And Spence suddenly finds himself with a lot of attractive options as he goes about trying to collect the major belts in what could be a series of blockbuster fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“There’s no shortage of guys to fight,” Spence said. “Some guys have belts and it’s time for me to get to work. Next year will be a real busy year.”Spence will try to get one of those belts when he meets Porter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be the second straight pay-per-view fight for the undefeated welterweight champion, and one that could serve as a table setter for even bigger fights to come. View comments This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:01Ex-Pacquiao rivals Érik Morales, Marco Barrera weigh in on Pacquiao-Thurman fight01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Andy Murray hails ‘toughest win’ after first ATP Tour victory since surgery P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Kaka, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, joined Orlando in 2014 and scored 25 goals in 77 appearances for the team.”As you all know, my contract with Orlando City ends this year. My final decision is not to renew,” Kaka told reporters at a news conference with Orlando’s chief executive Alex Leitao and majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva on Wednesday.Leitao and da Silva thanked Kaka for his service to Orlando and said the club’s doors would always be open to the former world player of the year.
WUHAN, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached her biggest WTA final when she beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-0 at the Wuhan Open on Friday.Barty will play Caroline Garcia in the final after the Frenchwoman beat qualifier Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.Ostapenko, the last surviving seed at No. 8, appeared tired. Her previous three matches, including a win over top-ranked Garbine Muguruza on Thursday, all went three sets. But Barty’s three previous matches went the distance, too, plus she reached the semifinals in doubles.Barty took command of their match with a break for 4-2. When she served out for the set, it began a run of seven straight games to finish the match and her third win over a top-10 player this week.Unable to get going, Ostapenko complained to her coach and asked for treatment from a trainer. Neither helped the Latvian.Garcia was hardly threatened by Sakkari, who was more tentative than she had been all week in her first WTA semifinal.Garcia has reached her first final of the year, and will play for her fourth career title.“It feels good,; it was long time without a final but a lot happened this year,” Garcia said.She has never met Barty, who won her first career title in March in Kuala Lumpur.TweetPinShare0 Shares
As the trial detailing widespread corruption in world soccer enters a fourth week, prosecutors are close to concluding their case in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.One sleepy juror was dismissed last week, one defendant was admonished by the judge, and the FIFA president thanked American authorities.“They do whatever they can to help us fight corruption and bribery,” FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Friday at the Kremlin ahead of the 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow.The three men on trial, when indicted and arrested in 2015, held the positions of a FIFA vice president, the head of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee, and a member of the FIFA committee allocating tens of millions of dollars in project grants.Still, in what is often called “the FIFA trial,” it can seem that 2022 World Cup host Qatar and Nike are under equal scrutiny.Here is a look at the current talking points in the trial:___ON TRIALJuan Angel Napout, the former president of Paraguay’s soccer federation and a FIFA vice president at the time of his arrest in December 2015.Jose Maria Marin, the 2014 World Cup organizing head who was president of Brazil’s soccer body when arrested in Zurich in May 2015.Manuel Burga, who was head of Peru’s soccer federation when arrested in Lima in December 2015.All are on trial for racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies and face up to 20 years in prison. The charges are linked to bribery in the award of broadcasting contracts for South American soccer competitions.More than 40 defendants are charged in the wider case. Many have pleaded guilty to get reduced sentences.PROSECUTION WITNESSESLuis Bedoya was the first former elected soccer official to testify, spending Monday and Tuesday on the stand.He was Colombia’s soccer leader and a FIFA executive committee member when pleading guilty in 2015 to racketeering and wire fraud charges. He said he accepted more than $3 million in bribes since 2007.Bedoya said the U.S. federal government pays the apartment rent for himself and his wife, who fear returning to Colombia. His cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors lets him apply for entry into the witness protection program.Eladio Rodriguez formerly worked for Alejandro Burzaco, the main witness in the first week, keeping track of finances and bribe payments at the Argentinian sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias.Bribes to Marin and Marco Polo del Nero, the current president of the Brazilian Football Confederation who has been indicted, were coded “brasileiro,” according to Rodriguez. The witness forfeited more than $600,000 in his deal with prosecutors.QATAR ALLEGATIONSNone of the defendants voted in the FIFA executive committee’s December 2010 decision to pick Russia as 2018 World Cup host and Qatar for 2022. The tiny gas-rich emirate has spent much of the past seven years denying it bought votes or acted improperly.Still, testimony in Brooklyn court has suggested a broader Qatari plan to build influence among colleagues of FIFA voters. The three South American voters were Julio Grondona of Argentina, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, and Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil. Leoz and Teixeira have been indicted in the U.S., but not extradited. Grondona died in 2014.Prosecution witness Bedoya, who replaced Grondona on FIFA’s ruling committee, testified he met a Qatari television representative in Madrid ahead of the 2010 Champions League final.Bedoya said he was introduced by Mariano Jinkis, an executive of Argentinian marketing agency Full Play Group who has also been indicted but evaded extradition.According to Bedoya, Jinkis said up to $15 million was available from Qatari interests to bribe South American officials who worked with the three voters. Bedoya said his Colombian soccer body supported the U.S. bid which lost to Qatar.NIKE AGAINThe sportswear company has twice been named in court over alleged willingness to engage in bribery when negotiating contracts to equip national teams. Bedoya said a Nike representative asked for a bribe during talks, but Colombia’s soccer federation later signed with Adidas.Earlier in the trial, a former employee of Full Play said talks in 2015 to kit Chile’s national team included payments to soccer officials.SECOND CAUTIONBurga was again in trouble for alleged behavior inside the courtroom.In the first week, his apparent throat-slitting gesture at Burzaco led to restrictions on his access to a cellphone. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen admonished Burga for allegedly taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk’s desk.“No one, no party, nobody should be touching anything in this bench area,” Chen told him.SLEEPY JUROROn Thursday, Judge Chen dismissed one of the jurors for allegedly sleeping during testimony.UP NEXT?The court has yet to hear a witness from the third big South American marketing agency implicated in the case: Brazil-based Traffic.One star cooperating witness could yet take the stand: Traffic boss Jose ‘Jota’ Hawilla. He pleaded guilty in December 2014 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Hawilla agreed to forfeit $151 million and wore a wire to gather evidence against former colleagues.Hawilla’s indictment was signed by Loretta Lynch, when she was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch unsealed the FIFA case in May 2015 as Attorney General during the final 21 months of the Obama administration.___GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Kolkata, Oct 2 (PTI) The National Dispute Resolution Chamber of the FIFA is likely to have a workshop later this year to address the contentious contractual disputes, chairman of FIFpro Asia/Oceania division Takuya Yamazaki said Tuesday. The players status committee of the All India Football Federation has recently imposed a transfer ban on East Bengal over irregularities in their attempts to sign defender Sukhdev Singh from I-League champions Minerva Punjab FC. Sukhdev was banned from playing any competitive match and also was to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 each to AIFF and Minerva Punjab. “It’s the contractual dispute that’s one of the biggest concerns. We are aware of it. We are in talks with FIFA to bring the NDRC project to India,” Yamazaki, a Japanese sports lawyer, told reporters to kick off a three-day conference of the Asia/Oceania division of the world players’ body here. NDRC is FIFA’s body that provides arbitration and dispute resolution on the basis of equal representation of players and clubs and an independent chairman. “We believe by having NDRC project (workshop) in this country we will be able to solve a lot of issues. It will check the content of the standard players contract to see if it’s in line with FIFA regulations or not. “By the end of this year we will have this project. It’s not been official yet but it’s highly likely to happen. It will involve AIFF,” he said. The first NDRC workshop was held in Johannesburg from May 31-June 1 this year, officially kicking off FIFA’s global programme to support the national implementation of NDRCs worldwide.advertisement The Football Players’ Association of India is currently not recognised by the AIFF but Yamazaki said it’s just a “matter of time”. “FIFpro has made a cooperation agreement with FIFA. Based on the agreement, FIFA has an obligation to recognise our member. It’s a matter of time for the AIFF to recognise FPAI,” he said. Pointing out the issue of Sukhdev, FPAI General Manager Cyrus Confectioner said the defender has not approached them. “We have told every player repeatedly to contact us before signing a contract. He (Sukhdev) has not yet approached us,” he said. FPAI president Renedy Singh said the need of the hour was to educate the players. “It simply happens because of lack of knowledge in most cases. We need to work in tandem with AIFF,” the former India captain said. Meanwhile, FPAI House was inaugurated on the sidelines of the conference. PTI TAP PDSPDS
Rising star Rishabh Pant added another feather to his cap on Tuesday as he achieved a career-best ranking in the latest list released by the International Cricket Council. Pant gained 21 slots and reached 17th place to equal Farokh Engineer’s feat which he achieved in 1973.Pant’s 20 catches and 350 runs in the four-match Test series against Australia saw him gain 673 ratings points, which is the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper batsman. Pant beat the record set by MS Dhoni, who had gained 662 points, while Engineer had managed 619 points.Before the Border-Gavaskar series, Pant was placed 59th on the list but made rapid progress to move into the top-20 after just nine Test matches.He scored an unbeaten 159 in the final Test in Sydney which ended due to rain and bad weather conditions, thus, handing India a 2-1 series win, their first ever in a Test series in Australia.He finished the series as the second highest run scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara’s tally of 521 runs at 74.40. Pujara also gained a spot to be third in the batsmen’s rankings behind Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.Pant’s hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground was his second in Test cricket after the Oval century and was also the first by an Indian wicket-keeper in Australia.He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper during the series and also equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval.advertisementDespite his groundbreaking series Down Under, Pant was ignored for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the Aussies starting January 12.But chief selector MSK Prasad assured that Pant remains in their plans for the World Cup with MS Dhoni being the primary keeper-batsman along with Dinesh Karthik.”There is absolutely no doubt that he is among one of those wicketkeepers [for World Cup]. All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of pour World Cup plans. It’s a part of the workload management we are following,” Prasad told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.Prasad also went on to reveal that Pant is carrying a few niggles in his body after playing four high-intensity Tests against Australia which is why they are looking to manage his workload at the moment.”You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. Body also takes a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I am sure he will come back much stronger.”He is the only wicketkeeper to score hundred in England and Australia. We have given him some targets. We have set him he has to finish the matches and come. This Sydney Test match will be a turning point in his career,” Prasad added.Also Read | Rishabh Pant needs to bat at No. 6, he can convert starts into hundreds: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist is Rishabh Pant’s latest fan Also Read | Watch: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant sign SCG honours board after sensational hundredsAlso Read | Rishabh Pant will score more Test hundreds than MS Dhoni: Ricky Ponting
Stoke City 0 Liverpool 3: Salah at the double for rotated Reds Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 06:01 11/30/17 Getty Images Liverpool edged closer to the top four courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away to Stoke City. Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rest several key men paid off as Liverpool climbed to fifth with a convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 23-minute cameo off the bench to add to Sadio Mane’s first-half opener and edge the visitors closer to the Premier League’s top four.Egypt international Salah was one of six players rotated out from the side that drew with Chelsea at the weekend, although the changes failed to prevent the Reds from registering a fourth consecutive away win in this fixture. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mane, who had not scored in his previous five league appearances, earlier opened the scoring by punishing a sleepy Stoke defence in the 17th minute.And the Reds all but confirmed another important three points when Salah – who joined the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson on the bench – fired home from Mane’s cross in the 77th minute.The in-form attacker completed the rout with his 12th league goal late in proceedings as Klopp’s side leapfrogged Tottenham, while Stoke – who were aggrieved not to see Simon Mignolet sent off for bringing down Mame Biram Diouf in the first half – slipped to 16th in the table.14 – Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 14 goals in his 14 Premier League games for @LFC (12 goals, 2 assists). Electric. pic.twitter.com/svPn4HYALi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2017Any concerns over the effectiveness of Liverpool’s attack without Salah were soon extinguished by Mane’s early opener.They were aided by a static Stoke defence, which paused to protest that Joe Gomez’s byline cut-back had run out of play. That enabled Dominic Solanke to turn the ball into the path of Mane, who dinked a clever close-range finish over Lee Grant.Solanke – in his first league start for the club – should have doubled the advantage when he was freed by Roberto Firmino’s back-heel but, with time to pick his spot, the young forward fired straight at Grant.He almost paid an immediate price as Diouf latched onto a long ball, only to be tripped just outside the area by the onrushing Mignolet.The goalkeeper escaped with a yellow card despite denying the attacker what would have been a certain goal, and the resulting free-kick came to nothing.Stoke then received a reprieve of their own on the stroke of half-time, Mane hitting the base of the left upright after being sent through one-on-one by Solanke’s pass.The run of chances continued after the restart as Joe Allen’s half-volley deflected narrowly wide off the fit-again Dejan Lovren.And with Peter Crouch coming more into the match on his first league start of the campaign, Mark Hughes’ men began to mount a greater aerial threat.Crouch’s knock-down from an Erik Pieters cross teed up Allen for another promising opening, but the fast-arriving midfielder blazed well over the crossbar.Klopp responded to the slight loss of control by introducing Salah and James Milner and the former quickly continued his hot run in front of goal, volleying home Mane’s cross to make it 2-0 with just over 15 minutes remaining.And he only needed a further six minutes to double his tally and complete a one-sided victory, outpacing Pieters and applying a cool finish past Grant.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League games, winning five and drawing four.- Liverpool have now made 48 changes to their starting XI this season in the Premier League, 11 more than any other side (Everton next on 37).- Sadio Mané scored for the first time in six Premier League games for Liverpool, ending his longest top-flight goal-drought with the Reds (5 games).- Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 14 goals in his 14 games for Liverpool this season in the Premier League (12 goals, 2 assists).- Salah’s haul of 12 goals in his first 14 Premier League games for Liverpool is a club record. read more
MLS New York City FC names Domenec Torrent new head coach Seth Vertelney 00:50 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexander Hassenstein MLS New York City Following the departure of Patrick Vieira, the MLS side has moved quickly by appointing Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man New York City FC has named Manchester City assistant Domenec Torrent as the club’s new head coach. The 55-year-old Spaniard replaces Patrick Vieira, who has departed the MLS side after two and a half seasons to take over Ligue 1 side Nice. Torrent has served as Man City manager Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man for the past 11 years, following the Spanish manager from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and to his current position at City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola, it has always been my ambition to manage a team again and I really couldn’t have hoped for a better opportunity than at this football club,” Torrent said in a club release.Torrent’s head coaching experience has come in the Spanish lower divisions with Palafrugell CF, Palamos CF and Girona FC.“Domenec is someone we know really well and have great confidence in as both a person and as a coach,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said.”He has a very clear idea of the style of play he wants – he’s a coach who will want to play the attacking and possession style of soccer that we want to continue to build upon.”Torrent takes over NYCFC, which, as a part of City Football Group, is under the same ownership as Man City. NYCFC has a record of 8-3-4 through 15 games of the 2018 MLS season, just two points off first-place Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference.
At 5:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Depression Eleven was located near Latitude 26.9 degrees north and Longitude 46.7 degrees west or about 1845 kilometres east-southeast of Bermuda.The Depression is moving toward the east near 7 km/h. A slow and erratic motion is expected during the next couple of days.Maximum sustained winds remain near 55 km/h, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours , and the depression could become a Tropical Storm later Monday, September 30.Tropical Depression Eleven is not a threat to Jamaica.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted MLA and gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari and others accused in the 2005 murder case of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj exonerated all the accused in the case. The trial of the 2005 murder case was transferred from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi by the Supreme Court in 2013 on a plea filed by Alka Rai, the wife of Krishnanand Rai. Ansari, the MLA from Mau in Uttar Pradesh, has several criminal cases against him, including that of murder and abduction.
Prince Harry spoke Arabic at a fundraising dinner in Dubai in aid of his charity Sentebale this week.The Prince, looking smart in a dinner jacket and black tie for the event, told guests that the funds raised by a charity auction would not disappear into a “box” but were destined for a vital project.The dinner raised more than a million dollars (£624,000) to help build Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre of Excellence in the African kingdom of Lesotho.The centre will allow the charity to scale up its Mamohato programme, which addresses the emotional and psychological needs of children living with HIV.Prince Harry told the guests who enjoyed dinner at an exclusive hotel in remarks reported by gulfnews.com: “Your money is not being thrown in a box where you don’t know where it’s going. It is going into brickwork. It means a lot to us to be able to provide this opportunity to so many children.”Sentebale was co-founded by Prince Harry and supports projects that help disadvantaged children in Lesotho.And speaking in Arabic, The Prince wished the Emirates well in its bid to host the World Expo 2020 saying: “Thank you for your generosity and all the very best with Dubai’s bid for 2020.”During the evening items were auctioned to raise funds including rare Islamic gold and silver coins and a polo weekend.Singer Joss Stone sang for the guests. In 2007 she performed at the 10th anniversary concert in memory of Prince Harry’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.Sentebale has entered into a partnership with the Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit healthcare organisation established by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to raise money for Prince Harry’s charity.Prince Harry left Dubai for the UK soon after the dinner finished and had spent the weekend on a whistlestop tour of Australia.Prince Harry’s visit included a trip to Perth where he made an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Australian SAS to honour special forces soldiers killed in the line of duty.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.org
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Udhampur: Failing to engineer infiltration of militants from across the LoC, Pakistani agencies have resorted to social media to radicalise Kashmiri youths, with 40 of them joining militancy since January, an Army commander said on Monday.”Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to show this (terrorism) as an indigenous movement. Today, they feel absolutely starved because of the very effective counter-infiltration grid of the Indian Army,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadLocal recruitment still remains a matter of concern, but youths are realising that “we do not want to become fodder for Pakistani agencies”, he said. “Successful infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) is virtually becoming very difficult,” Singh said while replying to a question on recruitment by militant outfits in Kashmir. “Therefore, for them (Pakistan) to continue with this militancy, they want that the local content should be increased,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Local recruitment remains a matter of concern for all of us. Last year, 217 local youths had taken to militancy. This year, number has significantly reduced. As on date, there are only 40 youth who have picked up arms,” the Army commander said. The Army said a large number of misguided youths returned to mainstream society because of its outreach programmes to connect with families and teachers. Since 2016, there has been a constant rise in the number of youths joining militancy, as per official data. In 2015, 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir and 53 in 2014. In 2017, 126 locals had joined militant ranks, it said. South Kashmir districts Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag have become a breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their rank and file, it said. Outfits like the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e- Taiba find more recruits. The data said out of the 217 recruits in 2018, 154 hailed from south Kashmir. The highest, 69, was from Pulwama.
Rabat- A Moroccan delegation led by House of Councillors President Abdelhakim Benchamach will be in Chile from July 17 to 19 to strengthen ties between the two nations. The three-day visit aims to foster cooperation and friendship between Morocco and Chile, while exploring various ways to benefit from the partnership. The delegation is composed of Abdelkader Salama, the 4th vice president of the House of Councillors, Ahmed El Kharif, a member of the House’s office and its representative in the Central American parliament,and Touria Lahrach, a coordinator of the Democratic Confederation of Labor in the House councillors. This is the second time Benchamach has led a Moroccan parliamentary delegation to Chile in 2017, his first being in January.During the trip Chilean Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism Luis Felipe Céspedes said that Morocco was a gateway for Chile to African markets, while Chilean Minister of Energy Andrés Rebolledo said his country was interested by the kingdom’s solar energy experience.
By Samantha TropperRabat – Living in the southern part of the US, I’m frequently made aware that my looks are unique. I am different, and people want to know why. But in Morocco, ironically, my experience was the opposite. I was the same.I have the same hair color and texture, the same skin tone, the same eye color and shape, even a fairly similar facial form as many Moroccan women I saw. People did not inquire about my family background. That is, until I started talking. I was in Morocco learning Arabic, but I was studying Modern Standard Arabic, not Darija (the Moroccan dialect). Not knowing Darija, I struggled to understand native Moroccans when they spoke to each other. But people still spoke to me in Darija.Leather tanneries in the Fez Medina. Photo by Samantha Tropper.I would respond in French, the language many Moroccans use with foreigners. Cue a pronounced look of surprise. “Oh, you are not Moroccan?” they would ask. They would be surprised again when I would say that I am American.I am not exactly the image that springs to mind when people envision a generalized American person.Morocco was not the first time I had this experience. I lived in Cairo for a few months in 2011, where I also fit in physically. I am familiar with the shocked expressions that come with discovering that I am, in fact, American, not North African.At that time, I was not sure how I felt about it all. But I have come to realize over the years and after more travel that this kind of assumption can seldom be negative. People love to fit in. People sometimes actively try to change things about themselves, whether they physically or in personality, in order to be accepted by their peers.I have done it. I have seen others do it. I feel like I would be hard pressed to find someone who has honestly never done that. It is not necessarily a bad thing. Read Also: Fez’s American Fondouk Promotes Equine WelfareSo if other people go to great measures trying to be the same, why have I felt awkward in the past about being assumed to be the same, when, in reality, their perception of similarity is inaccurate? Does that matter anyway? Of course, it matters that I am not actually North African. I would not pretend to be something that I am not. But it does not matter in the way that it matters that a dog is different from a snake because each one’s basic biological needs are vastly dissimilar.It matters because being American has brought me different life experiences than I would have had if I were Moroccan, simply because of geographical and cultural diversity. But it does not make it overly difficult to relate to others. I have one advantage over the “stereotypical” American, however: I have a connection.I do not mean a connection because of language or the fact that I studied the Middle East and North Africa in college. I had an automatic connection with many people I met in Morocco before they knew any of that. My connection came from a relational conclusion, however inaccurate, that they presumed when they first saw me.Even after finding out that I am American, people were still interested and friendly, perhaps more so than if there were no obvious similarities between us.I lost count of how many times I was told, in English, “You have a Moroccan face,” especially by taxi drivers. I quickly realized the statement was meant as a compliment, and I enjoyed taking it as such!Since I was able to converse in French instead of only English, some great conversations then ensued after the typical exchange in which I told them I was American. I felt like I had an advantage, a privilege even, simply because of how my genes made my face look, genes which have quite the opposite effect in the US.So how can that assumption be a bad thing? It usually is not. I can change it too, if I want.If I responded as if I were offended by the assumption, presumably the conversation would not usually go in a positive direction. Each party has a share in the outcome of that seemingly inevitable assumption. But it works out well.In fact, during my entire 7-week stay in various parts of Morocco, of all the copious times I was greeted with the same surprised look, nothing negative ever occurred.Because of this perceived connection, I felt more relaxed around people I met and felt more included in daily life. I was given the opportunity to engage in the culture on a deeper level, almost as a part of it, instead of only as an outside observer. It was a great feeling.For that, I am proud of and grateful for my “Moroccan face.”Merzouga desert-Morocco. Photo by Samantha Tropper.
Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks, made the announcement today after his meeting in New York with the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, and the country’s main negotiator for the “name issue,” Zoran Jolevski. He added that he hopes to develop some momentum, which he believes was already developing during the summer with a number of ideas on the table.In July, Mr. Nimetz travelled to Athens and Skopje, where he held talks with government officials and conveyed his amended proposals for resolving the issue.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 24 September 2009Talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the official name of the latter country will restart once the Greek elections are over and a new government is in place, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue said today.
Shared experiences at scale — Like all interactions in the AR cloud, the virtual realm will be layered over the view of the physical world, so the technology can detect the real-time movements of people. The ability to enable shared experiences will yield engagement opportunities across commerce, gaming, and medicine, and will create new ways for employees to collaborate. ARcloud_774.jpg To read the full report, “Ovum Market Radar: AR Cloud’s Promise of Persistent Virtual Data and Interactions,” go to www.ovum.com.Tags:News & Viewsaugmented realityVirtual realityCustomer EngagementContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCustomer ExperienceDigital TransformationNews & Views Articles You Might Like Ovum believes the enablement of multiuser engagement combined with the AR cloud’s persistence of information will greatly enhance the overall customer experience by transforming the way enterprises serve and interact with customers and the way they work and collaborate with employees. The scenarios for how the AR cloud will improve customer support and engagement are endless. Ride-hailing company Lyft, for example, last October acquired Blue Vision Labs, an AR localization and mapping startup. Blue Vision connects ride-sharing passengers with their drivers by overlaying the car’s position onto the rider’s smartphone screen in AR. The company said the application of the AR cloud is allowing developers to create shared new AR experiences at unprecedented scale. For example, consumers would be able to search for information just by visualizing an object or concept rather than by clicking through pages online. Or, when reporting issues or a product malfunction, a customer could simply use an AR-enabled camera to present the object, such as a nonfunctioning cable box, to a technician. The technician, in turn, would see not only the issue through an AR-ready device or visual browser, but also the complete history of the relationship between the cable company and the customer. Retailers such as Walmart and Ikea will begin adopting immersive AR experiences that allow shoppers to use their phones to view how products will look and feel in their homes. And home goods retailer Wayfair has released an AR app that uses a phone’s camera to create a digital version of an interior. The app can then place a 3D object such as a virtual sofa in a room to see how it would fit in certain spots and to try different fabric colors and patterns. Log in or register to post comments Real-time employee visibility and productivity metrics — Ovum expects the greatest momentum around the AR cloud will come from the adoption of AR tools to create greater visibility and transparency throughout organizations internally. A specific hotbed for growth lies in the contact center. Consequently, in the coming months, Ovum expects to see several cloud contact center and platform providers offering AR tools geared toward supervisors to monitor performance levels and identify coaching opportunities. Here are six examples of the potential benefits businesses could gain from engaging with customers and employees via the AR cloud: Increased redemption and conversion rates — The AR cloud presents a unique opportunity to move off screen and into the physical world. This is especially valuable in retail, where companies can overlay products with targeted offers and upsells. In the AR world, retailers can guide and inform users along their shopping journeys, providing a concierge-like marketing and guided service that is rarely achieved in physical stores. Connected global workforce — Companies are increasingly investigating AR and virtual reality (VR) to deliver new workplace experiences such as improving collaboration or making hands-free data access easier. Typical examples of these workplace experiences include training, design, and field service. The potential of AR headsets such as Oculus Rift and the Microsoft HoloLens connected to the AR cloud could create virtual meeting places and communications platforms where documents and information persist, enabling users to conduct business collaboratively, work in teams, and transact. American Apparel, for example, is equipping customers with mobile app-driven experiences. Essentially, a shopper opens the app and scans a picture of signage. The app pulls up product details, including customer reviews, color variants, and pricing. In another example, the latest version of the Warby Parker app for iOS includes a new Virtual Try-On feature that shows users how they’ll look in any pair of glasses. Reduced support costs — Many companies are turning to AR to improve maintenance, repair, and support processes as well as to reduce on-site and travel costs for technicians. The advantage is that important information is provided quickly and at the right place, resulting in faster repairs and prevention of mistakes during specific tasks. Whether guiding people through crowded environments or uniting remote workforces, the promise of the AR cloud is vast. It has been called the single most important software infrastructure in computing. Its complex architecture of technologies enables developers to overlay a 3D virtual map onto the real world, where information and experiences are augmented, shared, and tied to specific physical locations to occur and persist across apps and devices. Genesys, for example, demonstrated AR software loaded onto a tablet that supervisors can use to scan the contact center. Three-dimensional icons of contact center agents at their desks pop up on the screen, depending on where it’s aimed. The device simultaneously displays real-time data, so supervisors and agents can simply visualize the clusters of data around them presented in bubbles and nodes through a 3D user interface to help them decide where to go and who needs help in real time. Ford, for example, is using the Oculus Rift to create virtual models of cars and collaborate on design changes with different team members. VR minimizes Ford’s need for physical prototypes and allows engineers to explore creative design. And Microsoft is equipping the global workforce of deskless employees in warehouses and factories with HoloLens headsets to build 3D models, receive training, and other activities. ThyssenKrupp, an elevator manufacturer, is using HoloLens to visualize an elevator repair before the technician reaches the site. Once on site, the technician can use AR to view digital overlays of manuals and repair guides while fixing the elevator. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? This shared 3D spatial web of the future will eventually serve as the data framework for enabling the use of shared spatial screens among hundreds of millions of digital devices. These shared experiences (not just videos and messages) will be augmented with information for visualization of a dimensional universe of virtual data, objects, and logic. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Enhanced customer engagement and loyalty — The interconnectivity and transparency of personal data enabled by the AR cloud will allow enterprises, especially retailers, to deliver hyper-personalized interactions because of the ability to analyze IoT data and then enable its persistence. Being able to visualize or get quick information on products right on a mobile screen would enable a retailer to personalize offers and drive engagement, using strategic techniques to connect customers to brands in hyper-personalized ways. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI In his 1950 book, “The Human Use of Human Beings,” cybernetics theorist Norbert Wiener argued that machines are meant to interact harmoniously with humanity through automation. The augmented reality (AR) cloud could truly fulfill Wiener’s prophecy. On the enterprise side, rather than click through customer histories, contact center associates could simply visualize the information. Together, the components of the AR cloud would give in-store associates a real window into inventory to search for products on the floor for customers and then blend that with their historical and real-time data. And marketers could use AR tokens or objects as a means of gamification or to engender customer loyalty. Such capabilities will inevitably transform the way enterprises serve and interact with customers.