‘India, Pak. can help resolve Afghan conflict’

first_imgIndia should cooperate with Pakistan to ensure regional stability and to end the Afghan war, said the Ambassador of Russia on Monday. Speaking at a public event here, Nikolay Kudashev said that India-Pakistan collaboration will help in resolving the decades-old conflict in Afghanistan.“The problems of Afghanistan are impossible to resolve without taking on board every neighbouring country. Excessive pressure on certain states would just antagonise them and make numerous problems even more complicated… this logic also guides us to further develop ties with Pakistan and it is in the interest of regional stability to help Pakistanis as well as Indians effectively adjust themselves to the new forms of cooperation offered by SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and enhance their anti-terrorism cooperation,” said Mr. Kudashev elaborating on Russia’s engagement of Pakistan.In a set of frank observations at an event organised by the Anant Aspen Centre, the envoy urged India to cooperate with Pakistan in the platforms that various multilateral bodies are providing.New-found bonhomieMoscow and Pakistan dealt with a difficult phase during the 1980s when Pakistan supported the Mujahideen fighters to counter Soviet occupation forces. However the cooperation took off in the last few years with joint counter-terror drills between two sides that India has observed with concern. The envoy clarified that Moscow does not prioritise bilateral disputes in South Asia while framing policies.“We don’t look at the region from the point of view of bilateral disputes that we are not in a position to interfere or take sides. There should be realistic and comprehensive approach to the issues of common interest,” said the envoy highlighting the need for peace between India and Pakistan.“No doubt that existing disagreements between India and Pakistan should be resolved politically and diplomatically according to the provisions of the Simla Agreement of 1972 and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” Mr. Kudashev said.He said that Russia is open to a relationship with all sides for the sake of regional stability and the crisis in Afghanistan requires the “Afghan-led” solution.last_img read more

Ashish scripts history in gymnastics

first_imgAshish Kumar gifted himself an early birthday present by winning a historic gymnastics bronze medal in the men’s floor exercises on Tuesday. The youngster from Allahabad was competing in a tough field which included the big boys from China, Korea and Japan.Yet, the Allahabadi, who turns 20 on November 26, showed rare mental strength and character to win the medal in the Asian Games gymnastics hall, where the crowds had turned up in good numbers.As someone who had attracted attention during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi by winning silver in vaulting and bronze in floor exercises, Ashish had become very popular. And when he made it to the final in Guangzhou on Saturday, it was under intense pressure. His coach Vladimir Chertkov had walked away from the Games after a ‘fiasco’ at the opening ceremony. Yet, Ashish took it in his stride.In his moment of glory on Tuesday, Ashish wanted to talk of the positives and how he was actually hoping to win a better medal. But for someone who was soaking in the adulation after the highs of the CWG, he didn’t get as much time to prepare. “If I had more time after the CWG, I would have prepared better. All the same, this was a worldclass field and I am very happy that the entire Indian team and so many officials and people from the Indian media came to see me perform,” said Ashish.Back home, Ashish has a tough schedule to follow. He lives in a joint family and wakes up at 4am everyday to train, disturbing the schedules of the rest. But he does realise only such commitment can take him to stardom in a sport which does not have a rich tradition in India.advertisementAs for Tuesday’s performance, Ashish went ahead with his routine elements in a manner only a boy with a devil-may-care attitude can do. Ashish did precisely thatwith with an excellent triple-twist dismount which ultimately fetched the bronze-winning point (6.300+8.625) for a total of 14.925. China’s Chengiong (15.400) and South Korean Soo Myun Kim (15.400) were way ahead for gold and silver, respectively. The Chinese won after scoring 9.000 in the final to Korean’s 8.8. Ashish was happy for another reason as well. He admitted that he had ironed out the flaw in his execution of the Salto-powered dismount, but felt he could have done still better. “I felt good after the dismount because my first line of 900 to forward back was unique,” he said.Ashish is keen to compete in more World Cups next year to prepare himself for the Asian championships and the 2012 Olympics. “I had competed only in a couple of World Cups this year. But from now on I am going to participate in more to help improve my world ranking (now 32),”he said. Late at night, Ashish was busy with more press conferences and interviews. He was obliging and thanking all the people. “I am going to land in New Delhi on 18th and then go to Allahabad. My celebrations have to be there,” said Ashish.Coach served noticeWhile Ashish Kumar made history by winning India’s first medal in the sport at the Asian Games, the Gymnastics Federation of India has slapped a notice on his guiding force, Vladimir Chertkov, after the foreign expert consultant walked out of Guangzhou.The American of Russian origin has been asked to explain why he returned before the start of the gymnastics competition alleging discrimination and humiliation on the part of the team manager and other contingent officials. “We have issued a notice to Chertkov asking him to give in writing the reasons and circumstances for his behaviour,” secretary general Kan Singh Rathore told Mail Today. “We have asked him to send his reply within three or four days. Team manager Satpal Kaur’s report is also expected by then.”Chertkov said he had not received any communication yet. “I have not got any notice from them,” he told MAIL TODAY. Chertkov’s contract in India expires on November 30 and he has no idea about whether he will stay on after that. “I have had five offers for coaching in other countries but nothing has been finalised yet. They are impressed with my work here,” Chertkov said.- By Tushar Bhaduri in New Delhilast_img read more

CTCRI notifies recruitment for 18 Skilled Support Staff posts

first_imgThe Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) has invited applications for various posts. The interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by August 4.Post details:Total posts: 18 Post name: Skilled Support StaffEligibility criteria:Age limit:The candidates applying for this post should age between 18 and 25 years as on August 4, 2014. In case, the candidates belong to SC/ ST category, five years relaxation in the upper age limit is applicable. And for those belonging to OBC category, three years relaxation is applicable.Educational qualification:The candidates applying for this post should have passed ITI or should have passed their matriculation exam.Pay Scale:Rs 5,200-20,200 with Grade Pay Rs 1,800 per month.Selection process:The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performances in the written test and the interview.How to apply:Candidates should send their duly-filled applications to “the Director, CTCRI, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-695 017, Kerala”. The candidates are required to send a latest passport size photograph, DD, attested copies of certificates in proof of age, educational qualification, mark sheets, experience, caste status along.CTCRI:Established in the year 1963, it is a constituent institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).last_img read more

$573 Million Allocated for Basic Needs Trust Fund

first_imgThe Government has significantly increased its allocation to the Basic Needs Trust Fund to $573 million in the 2019/20 fiscal year, from $163 million in 2018/19.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, as he opened the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday (March 7).Financed by grant resources from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Fund seeks to improve access to quality education and human resource development in low-income and vulnerable communities.“This includes upgrades to rural primary schools and support to micro community enterprises,” Dr. Clarke said.He noted that 14 projects will be undertaken throughout the next financial year in select communities across Jamaica.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport was allocated $126 million to facilitate the establishment of two new centres for women, who are victims of domestic violence, which will become available by the end of 2019/20 fiscal year.“We will then have one centre to serve parishes in each of the three counties – Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey,” Dr. Clarke said.last_img read more

Deadpool 2 accident a rarity in industry that takes precautions stunt pros

first_imgTORONTO – Monday’s deadly crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver was a rarity in an industry that takes extreme precautions to ensure safety, say stunt professionals, who nevertheless accept there is always an element of risk involved.“Most of us know each other and everybody was shocked, because this stuff just doesn’t really happen, in Canada, anyway,” says Neven Pajkic, a 39-year-old Toronto-based stunt performer whose credits include Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film “The Shape of Water” and the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”“It just doesn’t happen and it’s heartbreaking.”Joi (SJ) Harris, a 40-year-old female stunt driver from New York, died after her motorcycle crashed into a window of a building during production. Details have not emerged as to exactly what happened but some witnesses said she appeared to lose control of the vehicle.The incident came about a month after the death of a stuntman on the set of “The Walking Dead.”“It is a rarity but the possibility exists that it can happen,” says Rick Forsayeth, a Toronto-based stunt co-ordinator, noting in his 35 years in the industry — working on films including “X-Men,” “Resident Evil: Extinction” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” — there’s never been a fatality on set.Adam Winlove-Smith, a 34-year-old stunt performer from Toronto whose credits include the upcoming “Code 8” film starring Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, agrees that catastrophic accidents “are super rare” but professionals accept there are risks.“It is risky but everybody knows that going into the industry, so you have to have that personality to deal with that risk that may occur.”Stunt performers hail from various backgrounds, including martial arts, boxing, motorsports, mountain climbing, gymnastics, circus arts and swordfighting.Pajkic got into the industry after being a professional boxer and has since taken various industry certification courses, including one for rappelling.Meanwhile, Winlove-Smith says he was trained in extreme sports growing up, including freestyle skiing, martial arts, knife fighting and acrobatics.Both are members are Canada’s performers’ union and say stunt co-ordinators research the background of all talent in order to ensure they have the proper skills.“Nobody’s going to pick you to do a stunt if you don’t have sufficient training,” says Pajkic.“You can’t just go out there and pretend you’re a stunt guy. That doesn’t happen, ever.”Pajkic can’t speak for the industry in British Columbia but says in Ontario and Quebec, where he’s worked, “it’s an utmost controlled and safety-oriented place.”“I had more bumps and bruises in my boxing career,” he says. “You’ve got to understand, there are people who’ve done stunts for 40 years in this city. You don’t do something for 40 years if it’s that dangerous.”Both he and Winlove-Smith say they’ve never been seriously injured on set, or felt unsafe.“Most of my friends who are stunt performers tend to get injured when they’re doing their own training,” says Winlove-Smith“There’s only a few people I’ve known that have actually gotten hurt on set but it hasn’t been to the extent of career-ending. You get bumps and bruises, but that comes with the territory.”Pajkic says the one time he felt uncomfortable with a stunt he was asked to do, the stunt co-ordinator understood and found someone more specialized to do it. Pajkic was still paid for that day’s work.“They’re never willing to take risks with lives,” he says. “When there’s a high-speed chase, there’s always a risk. When there’s a stair fall, there’s always a risk.“We take precautions…. This is very extensive training to get into the industry. But you get killed walking a doggie nowadays, a car runs you over…. You can only control so much. There is obviously an X-factor with our industry that’s a little bit higher.”Safety precautions vary according to the stunt being performed. When a scene involves rappelling, the cables and wires used to rehearse are switched out with new ones for the day of shooting, says Forsayeth.If a scene involves a car crash or car chase, they may use fuel cells, which bypass the gas tank and contain just enough fuel for the scene in order to avoid explosions. Such a scene may also involve roll cages and safety bars.Stunt scenes are often extensively rehearsed at a different site and then again once more on the site of production before cameras start rolling.“Any co-ordinator will do his max (to prepare) … then it’s out of your hands as those cameras roll and somebody calls ‘action,’” says Forsayeth.He expects Monday’s crash will prompt the industry to “certainly have a close look at it and see whether it was preventable.”“These situations sometimes open eyes and get more people involved.”last_img read more

ETALK KICKS OFF SEASON 18 WITH CANADAS MOSTWATCHED COVERAGE OF TIFF BEGINNING

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV2, CTV.ca, and the CTV app (visit CTV.ca for local listings). Full festival coverage is available at etalk.ca. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: TORONTO – As film’s biggest, brightest, and most-talented make their way to the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 5-15), ETALK is on the ground covering the top world premieres, landing exclusive interviews, breaking festival news, sharing red carpet highlights, and more. ETALK (@etalkCTV) launches its new season with unparalleled exclusive access to all things TIFF, beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. Click here for a look at ETALK‘s TIFF promo.Season 18 of ETALK officially kicks off Sept. 3 with a week of exclusives, including one-on-one interviews with Lenny Kravitz about his new design project – all leading up to the extensive TIFF coverage that begins later that week.This year, ETALK brings audiences even closer to the stars with more real-time coverage than ever before. ETALK‘s Twitter followers can access ETALK‘s red carpet interviews at the most buzzed-about premieres as they happen. Plus, ETALK‘s always candid, always fresh social series The Drop (weekdays on Instagram and Facebook Stories), broadcasts from the heart of the action on opening weekend. ETALK hosts share their hot takes on the movies everyone’s talking about on Instagram in a new daily confessional series, while Etalk.ca delivers comprehensive festival coverage, including extended interviews, daily fashion roundups, breaking news, and more.last_img read more