With almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine).Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games.He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games.Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has offered monetary help of Rs 1 lakh to national level football and volleyball player Arunima Sinha who lost her leg after being thrown out of a running train by robbers near Bareilly.Harbhajan, who played a crucial role in India’s triumph in the World Cup which India won after 28 years, had some encouraging words for Arunima.”I got to know this news through a friend and I really feel for the young girl. Her life is ahead of her and as a sportsman, it’s our responsibility to help her.”I would like to tell Arunima that she should not lose heart and champions like her will overcome all the obstacles.I offer this small token of help and wish her all the very best in life,” Harbhajan said.Earlier, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh too came in support of Arunima, offering her Rs 1 lakh.”It is really unfortunate and tragic with what has happened to Arunima. She must be brave sportsperson who came forward to fight against robbery. I know the loss is irreparable, but I would like to offer her this little contribution on of one lakh rupees,” he had in a statement issued by ‘Yuvraj Singh Foundation’.Arunima alias Sonu lost her leg after she was pushed out of the Padmavat Express near Bareilly on Monday night by three men trying to snatch her gold chain when she was travelling to Delhi to appear for a CISF examination.As she lay on the tracks, another train ran over her left leg. She had fractures on her right leg and also suffered head injuries.advertisementRailways has offered her a job while sports minister Ajay Maken announced Rs 2 lakh medical compensation and an immediate ex-gratia of Rs 25,000.- With PTI inputs
CALGARY — With the Alberta election campaign in its final days, NDP Leader Rachel Notley launched another attack on the integrity of the United Conservative’s Jason Kenney at a raucous rally in Calgary.Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, is Notley’s main rival in Tuesday’s vote.“We’ve made sure Albertans know exactly who Jason Kenney is and we’ve made sure they know the risk that he presents to Calgary because those risks are real,” Notley said Saturday to about 400 screaming supporters as many chanted “four more years” during her speech.Notley has pledged that if she’s re-elected premier, she would offer an honest, scandal-free government that would diversify the economy, build a pipeline and defend public services.In addition to revelations of racist and homophobic remarks by UCP candidates in open nomination contests and during the campaign, the party is also under investigation by elections officials and the RCMP into the leadership race that delivered Kenney to victory in 2017.Earlier this week, RCMP searched an auto-repair shop owned by Calgary UCP candidate Peter Singh. Mounties seized a computer hard drive, other electronic devices and a suitcase but have not released the nature of the investigation or who is being investigated.The UCP issued a statement saying the RCMP had not contacted the party or Singh regarding the investigation but had been in contact with Singh’s son.Singh also said in a statement that he has done nothing wrong and accused political opponents of undermining his campaign and his party.Notley said Saturday that Kenney should have removed Singh from the party.“It is quite striking and shocking to me that Mr. Singh is still a candidate for the UCP,” Notley said.“We should not be voting for people who are under active criminal investigation and it is clear that is what is going on now.”Notley told reporters she knows the campaign has been negative but isn’t apologizing for it.“These are things that people need to know about. I wish it wasn’t so negative but at the end of the day I think these are things that people need to consider,” she said.Calgary is considered a battleground in the election and the NDP took out a front page ad in a major newspaper on the weekend showing an unflattering photo of the UCP leader with the headline: “Jason Kenney is TOO RISKY for Calgary.”The NDP isn’t without controversy. Two members of Notley’s caucus have been accused of inappropriate behaviour since 2015 and, following independent investigations and the adoption of recommendations, the names of the politicians were not made public to protect the privacy of the complainants.Notley was asked Saturday whether the two MLAs are running again in the election.“I can’t answer that,” she replied.Kenney spoke Saturday at rally at an oil services company in Valleyview, northwest of Edmonton.He didn’t mention the RCMP’s search of Singh’s business.Instead, he repeated his pledge to call a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-oilsands campaigns and promised those in the cheering crowd that had moved to Alberta for work that he would fight for more jobs.“You’re Albertans by choice and not chance. You or your parents came here to pursue opportunity,” Kenney said.“We need the ability to be that beacon of opportunity for generations to come. We need to stand up without apology to fight for this province, to fight for our resources, to fight for jobs and, in so doing, fight for Canada and for an Alberta that is strong and free.”Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Press
NORTH ANDOVER, MA — Merrimack College officially inducted the newest members of the Merrimack Athletics Hall of Fame, as six former student-athletes, one team and a distinguished honoree were enshrined as the Class of 2018 on Friday night on campus.Friday’s induction enshrined Wilmington resident Judy O’Connell and her national championship-winning softball team for bringing distinction, honor and excellence to the College.Judy O’Connell (Class of 1995) was a three-time All-American and three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1993, 1994, 1995), one of only two in program history. O’Connell was a key player on the 1994 National Championship Softball team, leading the team with a .482 batting average, 35 runs scored, 54 hits, 10 HR, 54 RBIs and only nine strikeouts. She ranks third in single-season batting average (.482), second in single-season RBI’s (54); seventh in career batting average (.398) and fourth in career home runs (28) and RBIs (148). A cum laude graduate, she was part of four straight NE10 regular season and tournament teams as part of the mid-1990’s softball dynasty, helping the Warriors win both titles every season while qualifying for three straight NCAA Tournaments and reaching the Division II College World Series in back-to-back years (1994, 1995). O’Connell served as team captain in her final two seasons and was named NE10 Player and Rookie of the Year over the course of her decorated career.O’Connell’s 1994 softball team set the precedent, becoming the first-ever National Champion in Northeast-10 Conference history. The team was the first to truly bring the Northeast-10 Conference name to the national stage. Merrimack was also the first team from the Northeast/East/New England region to capture a national championship. The Warriors dominated from start to finish that year, losing only four games while winning a school-record 45 on their way to the national title. They also captured the league’s regular season and tournament title that year, while three players were named All-Americans. The team was honored by the league in 2011 when it was inducted into the NE10 Hall of Fame.Other inductees included Amanda (Baldwin) Mayock, Nancy (Daly) Dwyer, April Daugherty, Jim Hrivnak, Corey Lunney, and Ken Duane.Altogether, six different sports are represented among that group, including the first-ever selections in the history of the field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs.Merrimack College President Dr. Christopher E. Hopey and Director of Athletics Jeremy Gibson delivered remarks throughout the event before each new inductee had the opportunity to speak. Additionally, a number of former Hall of Fame inductees – which now boasts nearly 60 total selections dating back four decades – were recognized, as well. The event culminated with each new inductee receiving a commemorative framed photo.The event coincided with the College’s annual Homecoming Weekend, which started with the athletic department’s first-ever quadruple-header earlier in the day with women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, field hockey and women’s volleyball all playing on campus leading up to the induction ceremony.(NOTE: The above press release is from Merrimack College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Judy O’Connell To Be Inducted Into Merrimack College’s Athletics Hall Of FameIn “Community”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Kevin Caira Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Holds Campaign Kick-Off RallyIn “Government”
Around 1200 artists gathered at Central Park to showcase the rich cultural legacies of our country.Sahitya Kala Parishad and the Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Delhi Government organised 8th edition of the Youth Festival from February 22 to 27. Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia also graced this 6-day long cultural extravaganza. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “I am proud to see how Delhi Youth Festival has engaged more than 1200 youngsters who are serving the society through art and culture. There are many social problems in our history and present times. I strongly believe solutions will come from education and art. Creative, innovative and compassionate youth give us hope for the future, as they take our country forward with passion.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSahitya Kala Parishad also hosted Kala Mela under Youth Festival where 15 young artists showcased their work in a group exhibition at Central Park. On the first day of the festival, people were mesmerised by larger than life puppet show by Puran Bhatt and his group. Jan Akansha Pratish then gave a performance depicting life of a soldier. The evening continued with a street play titled ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Guru Govind Singh College of Commerce. The play was about the importance of natural resources and how a human should take care of the Earth. This was followed by Meenu Thakur’s Kuchipudi Ensemble, which stunned the audience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the second day, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre presented a cultural performance. To tune the musical aura of the festival, Delhi based youth band Manzil Mystics played various songs with a theme of peace, unity, and secularism. Another performance was by Violin Trio, the disciples of Kalamamani V S K Chakrapani who presented Violin Ensemble. Apala Verma, a trained Kathak dancer for past 10 years under Guru Nandini Singh, performed Jal- A Heartbreaking Cry. The production is divided into three sections namely, the origination of water, full filling needs with water and depletion of water. The evening saw various other performances. On the third day, Puran Bhatt entertained audience with their puppet performances on various songs. Salaam Baalak Trust presented a cultural performance for the audience which was spellbinding. This was followed by a street play by Mukhauta – The Dramatics Society of Shaheed Rajguru College. The day saw tremendous footfall. On the fourth day, Dadi Pudumjee grabbed attention of the audience with his puppet show. Cultural performance by Music Basti, Integrated Development Education Association was highlight of the day. On the fifth day, the production ‘Ab, Normal!’ – revolving around the conflict of Gender-based discrimination and identity crisis – won applauses. The evening also witnessed a classical music ensemble, where disciples of Pandit Prateek Chaudhuri had a special presentation. The festival ended on a successful note.