Craig-Steele a top five grand prize finalist in TSN’s highlight of the month

first_imgAiden Craig-Steele of the Fort St. John Midget Petroleum Tier 1 Flyers is a top five finalist for the grand prize of TSN’s highlight of the month. He advanced to the top five after voting was conducted online in February and March of a spin-o-rama shootout goal he scored.Finalists in the voting have the potential to win $500 while winners could win $1,000. There is also a grand prize up for grabs of $25,000 and a chance to meet TSN personalities as well as tickets to a to be determined sporting event.Those wanting to vote can do so by clicking the link provided. Voting ends April 3rd and you can vote every 24 hours. Every vote puts your name into a draw for a chance of winning $5,000.- Advertisement –last_img

Odisha comes up with a flood atlas, aided by satellite imagery

first_imgOdisha has come out with a unique flood hazard atlas on the basis of historic flood inundation captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018, which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hyderabad had taken the study on flood hazard zonation for Odisha. The atlas was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State-level Natural Calamity Meeting here on Saturday.Vast areas of the State are inundated when there is flooding every year in major rivers, namely, the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Rushikulya. Some of the rivers like, the Vamsadhara and Budhabalanga, also cause flash floods due to instant run-off from their hilly catchments. According to Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), damages due to floods are caused mainly by the Mahanadi, the Brahmani and the Baitarani, which have a common delta where floodwaters intermingle, and, when in spate simultaneously, wreak considerable havoc. The entire coastal belt is prone to storm surges, which is usually accompanied by heavy rainfall, thus making the estuary region vulnerable to both storm surges and river flooding. Few districts in the western and southern part of Odisha are prone to flash floods, he pointed out.The NRSC analysis says about 8.96% (13.96 lakh hectares) of land in Odisha was affected by floods during 2001-2018. Out of total flood-affected area (13.96 lakh hectares), about 2.81 lakh hectares of land falls under high (inundated seven-nine times) to very high (inundated 10-14 times) flood hazard categories. Eight out of 30 districts such as Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghapur, Balasore, Puri, Jajpur, Khordha and Cuttack districts are more flood-affected districts. As high as 77% of Bhadrak and 70% of the Kendrapara district have been categorised as flood hazard.According to P. G. Diwakar, Director of Earth Observation, Application and Disaster Management Support Programme Office of ISRO, “A large number of satellite images acquired over 18 years (2001-2018) were used. All satellite data sets were analysed and flood layers were extracted. All the flood layers corresponding to a year are combined as one inundation layer, so that this layer represents the maximum flooded area in one year.”‘Useful resource’“All such combined flood layers for 18 years were integrated into flood hazard layer representing the observed flood-inundated areas with different frequencies. This layer was integrated with the digital database layers of Odisha,” said Dr. Diwakar. The atlas would serve as a useful resource of information for policy makers, planners and civil society groups, said Chief Secretary A. P. Padhi.last_img read more

IAAF allows 21 more Russians to compete as neutrals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests However, with just eight days before the European indoors start in Glasgow, Russia says they won’t have time to get British visas.“They’re all obviously happy to get neutral status and the theoretical chance to compete at the European championships, but for objective reasons our athletes have to turn it down,” head coach Yuri Borzakovsky said in a statement. “They just physically can’t manage to sort out all the organizational issues in such a short time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe federation said this affects six athletes including Sokolova and decathlete Artyom Makarenko who meet the qualifying standards. Another 11 Russians who already had approval will compete led by two-time world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene.The IAAF said it had not been told of any visa issues before deciding the athletes’ cases and that Russian officials told its staff they wanted to send Makarenko to the championships as recently as Tuesday. FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, June 6, 2013, Russia’s Yelena Sokolova competes in the women’s long jump event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting, in Rome’s Olympic stadium. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, FILE)MOSCOW, Russia—Russia’s officially neutral track and field team swelled in size as the IAAF approved 21 more athletes on Thursday to compete internationally — but Russia says it’s too late for next week’s European indoor championships.The IAAF ruled Yelena Sokolova, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in long jump, can return to international competition for the first time since Russia’s team was banned in 2015 over widespread doping. Triple jumper Irina Gumenyuk has her approval extended from last season.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte To get neutral status, Russian athletes have had to show they’re clean by providing information about their drug-testing history to an IAAF panel.The approvals are the first granted since the World Anti-Doping Agency started analyzing data from the Moscow laboratory last month. The IAAF said it has yet to receive any of the data.A total of 64 Russians have neutral status for 2019, of which 45 had the same status last year. A large number of cases have yet to be heard ahead of the world championships in Doha, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6.Seventy-three Russians had the status at some stage last season, according to Russian officials, who said they sent 192 applications for this season.Even with the neutral-status system in place, there have still been doping-related embarrassments for the IAAF and Russia. Of the six Russians who won world championship medals as neutrals in 2017, two have since been stripped of that status.ADVERTISEMENT They are race walk silver medalist Sergei Shirobokov, who traveled to a remote part of Kyrgyzstan to work with a banned coach, and the high jumper Daniil Lysenko, who is charged with failing to make himself available for three drug tests.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

French prosecutors probe PSG ‘racial profiling’ claims

first_imgParis, Nov 19 (AFP) French prosecutors have opened an investigation into claims Paris Saint-Germain subjected apprentices to racial profiling, breaking anti-discrimination laws. The alleged practice at the reigning French champions was first revealed by investigative website Mediapart. The club has already conducted an internal investigation and found “no proven case of discrimination”. Mediapart, citing information from Football Leaks documents, said that between 2013 and this year, PSG’s scouting department filled in recruitment forms on potential youth signings that included a section on ethnicity. The section offered four options: French, West Indian, North African, African.Documenting information on racial or ethnic origins is illegal in France. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu condemned the practice and said she was “shocked” at the revelations while the French Human Rights League, an anti-discrimination group, filed a legal complaint citing discrimination and racial profiling. Mediapart, part of the European Investigative Collaborations consortium which has studied the Football Leaks documents, said the controversy “blew up internally” in March 2014. That was in relation to the case of a 13-year-old player called Yann Gboho, who caught the eye of scouts while playing for FC Rouen in northern France. But despite his talent and potential, he was overlooked by the club after he was racially profiled as West Indian. The teenager, who is now a French youth international, was actually born in the Ivory Coast and not the West Indies. He eventually signed for another Ligue 1 club, Rennes. PSG said its own probe into the racial profile allegations had showed that the forms on which the information was requested were “the personal initiative” of the head of its scouting network outside the capital.advertisement The club’s internal report concluded: “Despite their existence, there was no process of discrimination at the level of scouting, evaluating or recruiting of young players.” The scandal is the latest blow to the reputation of PSG, whose ultra fans have been punished in the past for racism, while the club is being probed for allegedly flaunting UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. A match-fixing probe has also been launched following the club’s October Champions League tie against Red Star Belgrade. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

Jharkhand-based NGO Yuwa wins Laureus Sport for Good honour

first_imgYuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, Sunday won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour.The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.The girls are amateurs and, those who have been around for long, have become coaches.Four girls out of the 450 – Hima, Nita, Radha and Konika will receive the award on behalf of Yuwa at The Laureus World Sports Awards here on Monday.”Empower girls through sport to overcome violence and choose their own future.”It’s clear to see why @YuwaFootball have been honoured. Congratulations! #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/EiPDIFHDOF#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019An Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus Awards for the first time in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and its Pakistani counterpart shared the Sport for Good honour for resuming bilateral ties despite tensions between the two countries.Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.Congratulations @YuwaFootball!Hugely deserved winners of the Laureus Sport for Good AwardHelping young women in Jharkhand, India choose their own future. #Laureus19 pic.twitter.com/tOgarOJGes#Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2019On Sunday, none other than legendary coach Arsene Wenger kicked football with the young Indian girls ahead of the announcement.”They are good technically and want to play together. We used to say football is a sport played by 11 selfish individuals but they play like a team and are highly motivated,” said Wenger.advertisementFive-time Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin too was inspired by the story of the Indian girls who come from humble backgrounds and from a region where child marriage is prevalent.”It is just so inspiring to hear their story and meet them. I am glad I could spend some time with them,” said the 23-year-old Franklin, who took a shock retirement from the sport in December last year.Also Read | Sprint sensation Hima Das juggling between training and board exams in AssamAlso Read | SAI requests CBSE to reschedule exam dates for Manu Bhaker, Vijayveer Sidhulast_img read more