Press release: Liam Fox launches new export champion community

first_imgDr Fox will also visit students at Durham University who have been tasked with designing their own British heritage fashion brand and export strategy, as part of the National Trade Academy Programme.Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, said: We are delighted that the Department for International Trade has recognised the impact of our research and collaboration locally, nationally and internationally. It is great to see Durham University spin-out, Kromek, become an export champion. The company is an excellent example of how academic research can be commercialised, leading to global export success and job creation. As a University we are rooted in the North East of England, but our global connections and partnerships are important to us and mean that our research has the ability to tackle challenges in many corners of the world. Minister for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead added: A key part of DIT’s role is to help UK businesses to export. That is why our Export Strategy is unapologetically business-led. So today, I am delighted to help launch this Export Champions programme which was created in response to business demands for a peer-to-peer means of finding information, advice and inspiration. It will allow companies to seek support from ‘those who look like them’. I’d encourage any business looking to export for the first time, or seeking to expand its exports, to get in touch with DIT to find out more about this programme or any of the other of the services we offer. We are here to help. As the Board of Trade meets later at Durham University, Dr Fox will present companies from across the Northern Powerhouse with Board of Trade Awards (BOFTAs) for their exceptional performance in international trade.A hallmark of British quality, these awards have become a globally-recognised certificate of excellence, shown on product labels of successful businesses from every corner of the UK.Six companies will be presented with BOFTAs later today: Last August, DIT launched the government’s ambitious new Export Strategy, seeking to move exports as a percentage of GDP from 30% to 35%.The strategy sets out a range of support which will help companies make the most of global business opportunities.Businesses that wish to apply to become part of the Export Champion Community, or those seeking further information, should visit great.gov.uk.ENDSNotes to editorsThe Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.We are an international economic department, responsible for:center_img Companies of all sizes from across the UK will benefit from first-hand advice as the Export Champion Community will today (Thursday 28th February) be launched by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP.Almost 1,000 businesses that have successfully entered overseas markets will encourage their fellow firms to start exporting, offering practical advice.Over 730 new Export Advocates have agreed to join businesses that are already working with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to help promote the government’s message to their industry audience and get businesses thinking globally.Together these businesses form the new Export Champion Community – a nationwide network of UK companies acting as ambassadors for exporting, sharing success stories, offering practical advice and leading by example.Launching the Export Champion Community in Durham, International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade Dr Liam Fox MP said: Powdered baby milk producer Kendal Nutricare Middlesbrough based Wilton Engineering Leeds medical lighting company Brandon Medical Huddersfield firm Paxman Coolers, which provides scalp cooling for chemotherapy patients Ulverston’s Playdale Playgrounds Gateshead based components manufacturer Gate 7 The Export Champion Community is an important initiative and its members will play a vital role in creating the culture of exporting that my international economic department is building in Britain. By raising the profile of exporters in this way, we will help to normalise exporting across the country, expanding horizons, removing barriers to market access and facilitating expansion here in the UK. Supported by a community of the UK’s leading exporters, I am confident that our businesses will continue to grow their exports in the months and years ahead. supporting and encouraging UK businesses to drive sustainable international growth ensuring the UK remains a leading destination for international investment and maintains its number one position for international investment stock in Europe opening markets, building a trade framework with new and existing partners which is free and fair using trade and investment to underpin the government’s agenda for a Global Britain and its ambitions for prosperity, stability and security worldwide.last_img read more

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In Lika 96 partners is part of integrated quality management, it’s time for everyone else to get involved in this great project

first_imgAs part of the project, a series of trainings was held in 2019 for the population of the destination, which will continue in 2020, with the aim of encouraging networking, synergy and raising the level of quality of each of the entities involved and the overall tourist product of Lika. Take a brief look at the Lika Destination Cluster and how the whole story unfolded HERE Due to the great interest of the public, Cluster Lika Destination, Plitvice Lakes National Park and the company Feel IQM this year invite all interested tourism entities whose work contributes to the development and quality of tourism in Lika to apply for participation in the project.  RELATED NEWS: The story of the development of the Lika Destination cluster is an excellent example of how a tourist destination can be developed in a quality and sustainable manner, while using mostly EU funds. Excellent positive and concrete case study, who will tell his story about development at the first conference of the HrTurizam.hr portal – One Day Or Day One, which will be held on 02.04.2020. in Zagreb. The project of branding Lika as a unique tourist destination started in 2015 through the INTEGRA LIKA 2020 project. This project educated the population in the destination not only about tourism, the combination of agriculture and tourism, local food production, but also about branding food and branding the entire destination. Through this process, Lika has developed a system of regional quality label for locally produced food, beverages and souvenirs called Lika Quality, which already has 169 certified Lika Quality products in its system, with 62 manufacturers.  DESTINATION PROFILE LIKE FROM NOW ON TRIPADVISOR Last year, the implementation of the IQM Destination Lika project or integrated quality management in the destination was launched, which aims to improve the overall quality of the destination by connecting entities in the destination in order to provide the best service to guests.  LIKA QUALITY SYSTEM HAS A TOTAL OF 169 PRODUCTS, AND NOW THEY HAVE THEIR COMMON POINT OF SALE As always, it is the most difficult at the beginning, and especially at the beginning to involve as many partners as possible, but the most important thing is to start bravely. How? Bravely taking the first step forward. In the case of Lika, in 2019, the project involved as many as 96 partners from 7 categories (attractions, hotels, caterers, camps, local products, private accommodation and travel agencies). Excellent result. And now is the time for everyone else to get involved in this great project, because only through synergy and networking can we lay a good foundation in the long run, and grow and develop strategically and sustainably. The destination of Lika includes the coastal and mainland part of Lika-Senj County, the Municipality of Gračac in Zadar County and the Municipalities of Rakovica, Saborsko and Plaški in Karlovac County. The aim of the project is to connect entities and encourage excellence in order to improve the overall quality of the destination. Anyone interested can send their applications by Monday, March 02, 2020., and learn more about the project and the details of the Call here. THE CHARACTER OF DESTINATIONS AS A SCHOOL EXAMPLE OF DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT The whole story from the beginning to the development is more than impressive, especially in the context of development in a tourist undeveloped area or only at the beginning of its development, regardless of the importance of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. LET’S FORGET THE PAST, LET’S TURN TO THE FUTURE. #DAYONE FIRST CONFERENCE OF THE HRTURIZAM.HR PORTALlast_img read more

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Australia invests in Saab’s AUV62-AT

first_imgThe Morrison Government is investing around $11 million to acquire AUV62-AT, an advanced anti submarine warfare capability for Defence. Navy will partner with Saab Australia to bring the new capability into service, providing opportunities for local industry to contribute to the project. Australian companies, including locally-owned company BlueZone Group, which has facilities in Newcastle, Perth and Melbourne, will have the opportunity to support and manage the operation, repair and maintenance of the AUV62-AT for Defence. “This capability will improve the ADF’s Anti Submarine Warfare proficiencies for more complex operations and environments.” The AUV62-AT supports ASW operator training and onboard sonar and commandsystems check-ups. Capable of deceiving any torpedo homing system, the AUV62-AT’s tail system provides forces with a highly qualified tactical training target. The new AUV62-AT will enhance Australia’s warfighting capabilities. The AUV62-AT can operate in several different modes, enabling it to comply with various sets of training regulations. It can generate realistic submarine noises and echoes, which are transmitted at a precise target strength and over clearly defined distances. “This advanced technology training target will simulate submarines and torpedos, providing highly realistic live training scenarios for submariners, aviators and surface vessel combat teams,” said Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds.last_img read more

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Unhappy Migne walks off press conference

first_img“I am very happy of that (winning), but I am not happy at all and I think I will be very brief tonight because during the week there was a lack of respect with this team. When I saw Cameroon have training in this field (Kasarani) and not us who we were at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, I was not happy” the tactician said of his side’s failure to train consistently at Kasarani.He went on;“I can speak about Blackberry (George Odhiambo) for example, in France Under 21 team, a Liepzig player was not there when he was called and they asked FIFA to give him a suspension. Hugo Loris who is a World Cup Champion with France, he was in Paris to check with the national team doctor if his injury was true or not.“I have full confidence with Victor Wanyama but I need to check. If we want to achieve at the high level we need to improve a lot of things and I don’t want to speak about Boniface Oluoch or Allan Wanga; I think it was a lack of respect, I don’t want to say too much I want to keep cool, keep quiet… I need to think about the future… thank you,” the French tactician said before exiting the room, leaving waiting journalists dazed.Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne giving instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe tactician had called in Odhiambo, Wanga and Oluoch into the squad but none of them reported to camp as it was said they were injured.Wanyama on his end missed the tie as he has just returned from injury and is yet to pick match fitness and has been at the club’s training round.Despite missing the captain as well as the suspended duo of Brian Mandela and winger Ayub Timbe, Stars pulled a surprise off their bags beating the Black Stars by a solitary goal and putting their hopes of qualification to the 2019 African Cup of Nations on track.“I am very proud of my players; I like so much the spirit of the team. With only four days it was not easy to build a good spirit and with this kind of opponent it is difficult but in terms of spirit my boys gave something incredible,” the tactician said as he basked in the glory of the valuable three points.But even despite the win, Migne says there is still a lot of work to be done but says the path has picked up and soon, the team will be where he wants.“We are far from the high level. We are on the way but so so so far away. If you think because tonight we have beaten Ghana we are on the same level, it is not true. It is not the reality; I am not a liar,” added the tactician.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne with attacking midfielder Eric Johanna during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana on September 8, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8 – An unhappy Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne walked out of his Ghana post-match press conference and took no questions after speaking for two minutes and 37 seconds, expressing his disappointment with an apparent lack of respect to the team.The Frenchman expressed displeasure at two items; first, his side did not have adequate time to train at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani while visiting Cameroon, who pitched camp in Kenya ahead of their clash away to Comoros, were accorded full access, and secondly with the injured players who never reported to camp, including skipper Victor Wanyama.last_img read more

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Henry, Arcata finish girls golf season No. 1

first_imgAvary Henry shot a field-low 86 to win the day at Beau Pre, and claim an outright Humboldt-Del Norte League girls golf championship on Tuesday.The Arcata High standout beat out McKinleyville’s Phoebe Sundberg by 1-stroke to take Tuesday’s round and lock in an individual title.Henry finished the 7-round season with a total score of 498, 16 strokes better than Sundberg (514). The highest round for each golfer was dropped from their final scores.McKinleyville’s Isabella Sundberg shot a 95 on …last_img read more

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Establishing new forage stands

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This month provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages. The other preferred timing for cool-season grasses and legumes is in late summer, primarily the month of August here in Ohio. The relative success of spring vs. summer seeding of forages is greatly affected by the prevailing weather conditions, and so growers have success and failures with each option.Probably the two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough before it gets too late, and managing weed infestations that are usually more difficult with spring plantings. The following steps will help improve your chances for successful forage establishment in the spring.Make sure soil pH and fertility are in the recommended ranges.  Follow the Tri-state Soil Fertility Recommendations (https://forages.osu.edu/forage-management/soil-fertility-forages) .  Forages are more productive where soil pH is above 6.0, but for alfalfa it should be 6.5 – 6.8. Soil phosphorus should be at least 15 ppm for grasses and 25 ppm for legumes, while minimum soil potassium in ppm should be 75 plus 2.5 x soil CEC. If seedings are to include alfalfa, and soil pH is not at least 6.5, it would be best to apply lime now and delay establishing alfalfa until late summer (plant an annual grass forage in the interim).Plant high quality seed of known varietal source adapted to our region. Planting “common” seed (variety not stated) usually proves to be a very poor investment, yielding less even in the first or second year and having shorter stand life.Plant as soon as it is possible to prepare a good seedbed in April. Try to finish seeding by late April in southern Ohio and by the first of May in northern Ohio. Timely April planting gives forage seedlings the best opportunity to get a jump on weeds and to be established before summer stress sets in. Weed pressure will be greater with later plantings, and they will not have as strong a root system developed by early summer when conditions often turn dry and hot.Plant into a good seedbed. The ideal seedbed for conventional seedings is smooth, firm, and weed-free. Don’t overwork the soil. Too much tillage depletes moisture and increases the risk of surface crusting. Firm the seedbed before seeding to ensure good seed-soil contact and reduce the rate of drying in the seed zone. Cultipackers and cultimulchers are excellent implements for firming the soil. If residue cover is more than 35% use a no-till drill. No-till seeding is an excellent choice where soil erosion is a hazard. No-till forage seedings are most successful on silt loam soils with good drainage and are more difficult on clay soils or poorly drained soils.Plant seed shallow (¼  to ½ inch deep) in good contact with the soil. Stop and check the actual depth of the seed in the field when you first start planting. This is especially important with no-till drills. In my experience, seeding some seed on the surface indicates most of the seed is about at the right depth.When seeding into a tilled seedbed, drills with press wheels are the best choice. When seeding without press wheels or when broadcasting seed, cultipack before and after dropping the seed, preferably in the same direction the seeder was driven.In fields with little erosion hazard, direct seedings without a companion crop in the spring allows harvesting two or three crops of high-quality forage in the seeding year, particularly when seeding alfalfa and red clover.For conventional seedings on erosion prone fields, a small grain companion crop can reduce the erosion hazard and will also help compete with weeds. Companion crops usually increase total forage tonnage in the seeding year, but forage quality will be lower than direct seeded legumes. Take the following precautions to avoid excessive competition of the companion crop with forage seedlings: (i) use early-maturing, short, and stiff-strawed small grain varieties, (ii) plant companion small grains at 1.5-2.0 bu/A, (iii) remove companion crop as early pasture or silage, and (iv) do not apply additional nitrogen to the companion crop.During the first 6 to 8 weeks after seeding, scout new seedings weekly for any developing weed or insect problems. Weed competition during the first six weeks is most damaging to stand establishment. Potato leafhopper damage on legumes in particular can be a concern beginning in late May to early June.The first harvest of the new seeding should generally be delayed until early flowering of legumes, unless weeds were not controlled adequately and are threatening to smother the stand. For pure grass seedings, generally harvest after 70 days from planting, unless weeds are encroaching in which case the stand should be clipped earlier to avoid weed seed production.last_img read more

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3 Interesting Reads on Node.js

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… What it’s like building a real website in Node.js“It seems more and more so that people are interested in building their applications in node.js yet there are few reviews on what it’s actually like to work with the framework,” wrote Travis Glines as to why he decided to write a review of Node.js. Glines found that there was a steep learning curve, but he also found that the support was great and server stuff was easier to handle among other things.Node.js Surpasses Clojure in PopularityArnor Heidar concluded his post about Node.js surpassing Clojure in terms of total search volume by writing “I don’t really want to turn this into a language flame war or give my theory of why one language is more popular than the other.” I have to say the same. I’m not sure how significant it is that Node.js has passed Clojure in particular, but the charts Heidar drudges up are a good demonstration of Node.js’s growing popularity. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.The Node Ahead: JavaScript Leaps from Browser Into FutureThe Register’s lengthy profile of Node.js does a great job explaining what Node.js is and why it’s important. The paper interviewed Hughes-Croucher and Node.js creator Ryan Dahl, and covered some of the various ways the framework is being used in real settings. Hughes-Croucher makes the case that Node.js is the new PHP:“For a while, I called it The New Rails,” says Tom Hughes-Croucher, the author of the upcoming O’Reilly tome Up and Running with Node.js (preview PDF) and the chief evangelist at cloud computing outfit Joyent, Node’s primary steward. “But then I realized it was getting more views on github than Rails. So now I call it The New PHP.” Tags:#hack#news last_img read more

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Find Inspiration Beyond the Big Screen

first_imgFilmmakers can draw inspiration from a number of sources. Check out these recommendations to broaden your horizons.Cover image via Naughty Dog.In Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, which is part biography and part reference book for aspiring writers, he says, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”The same goes for filmmaking. There is no better way to learn than watching a lot of movies and television shows. And not only the good stuff. Watching the odd the film with a 20 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes can also be insightful. Knowing what not to do in a movie is just as a critical as knowing what to do.However, you should not limit your sources of inspiration to these two media. Sometimes you may find yourself unable to source an idea. That pesky third act for your short film just isn’t sliding into place — or your client wants an elaborate advert for his car dealership, and you are drawing a blank on the concept. It happens. Creativity is fickle.Let’s have a look at three different forms of storytelling and how you can use them for inspiration.Image via Marvel Comics (New Avengers Annual).Theater for Sound DesignThe theater is fantastic resource for sound design ideas. I’ve been lucky enough to see the play The Woman in Black three times in London’s Fortune Theatre. The difference between the theater adaptation and the film is that the play takes the form of performance inside an empty theater. An older Arthur Kipps wants to tell his story through the power of stage and has come to a young actor with the hope that he will perform his story. That’s it. Two actors in an empty theater with a few props and a number of projected backgrounds.Unlike the grandeur of large set pieces and musical numbers, this production might seem somewhat dull. However, the play truly grabs your attention, and it doesn’t let go. While the actors and crew all do a tremendous job, the sound really sets the stage — literally, in this case.Image via thewomaninblack.com.Sound is an often-misunderstood aspect of filmmaking, and many filmmakers argue that clear sound is more important than clear imagery. Going to the theater to hear the sounds of locations, props, and offscreen actions really helps you recognize the power of sound design. In films, sound designers and foley artists add and enhance sound to complement the footage. In theater, sounds can compensate for missing visual elements. Video Games for Atmosphere and StorytellingVideo Games are the subject of a long-running debate regarding whether or not the medium constitutes art. Legendary film critic Roger Ebert said, “Nevertheless, I remain convinced that in principle, video games cannot be art.” However, it always seems like video game critics base their opinions on games like Pac-Man or Donkey Kong — antiques in the video game world.However, if you’ve owned a console or PC and have played games within the last decade, you’ll know that they are now highly crafted stories with multiple interconnecting plots, varied characters, and worlds full of history and lore.Image via Naughty Dog.While long-form storytelling isn’t anything new, within the last several years, many TV shows have opted for overarching story arcs instead of the conventional procedural format of the ’90s and ’00s. Many video games have now opted for long-form storytelling too. These games prioritize story and characterization over gameplay mechanics. A common term to refer to this type of video game is “cinematic.” Games are increasingly competing with the cinema with their grandiose storytelling, powerful visuals, and great stories. They are a trove of narrative inspiration.Check out these titles for a demonstration of the inspirational power of video games.The Last of UsThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntBioShock InfiniteRed Dead RedemptionThe Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimUncharted (1-3)The Walking Dead Season 1 (Telltale Series)AtmosphereSome films just have an “atmospheric presence.” They present a lasting, noteworthy style. The Witch: A New-England Folktale, The Revenant, and Drive are recent examples. They present a viewing experience rich in a stylistic flavor, and although they don’t necessarily feature characters everyone can relate to, the substance of the films is enough to render them cult classics or critic favorites.There are also video games that create this kind of atmosphere.Image via Remedy.These games garner praise for their atmospheric elements while telling an engaging and provocative story.Alan WakeLimboJourney Inside ConclusionThese examples aren’t set in stone. You may find more inspiration for lighting from theater rather than sound, or costume ideas from a video game instead of story.  The list is endless. The idea is to broaden your horizons when it comes to sourcing ideas. You can only learn so much from watching Akira Kurosawa‘s filmography over and over. While film and TV are your principal sources of inspiration, other forms of entertainment can be just as influential.Where do you go for filmmaking inspiration? Let us know in the comments.center_img Comic Books for Composition and VFXComic books have become a principal medium for expressing social and political culture. Even superhero books by comic book publishing giants Marvel and DC often come with a “teen and above” rating, and they are always pushing the boundaries of social issues.So, what does this have to do with filmmaking?Image courtesy of Mark Vargo, ASC.99 percent of film productions begin in a comic book fashion with storyboards. The difference between cinematic framing and comic book framing is that, in a film, there will be movement within the frame, and in comics, the movement is implied from panel to panel.  A comic book artist wants to make sure you continue to move your eye from panel to panel until you turn the page. Conversely, a cinematographer hasn’t done their job properly if your eye wanders through the frame during a conversational scene.While the two are fundamentally different media, you can definitely ignite a spark when it comes to composition. Daredevil 28 (2002) tells its story without any text bubbles or narration. I find issues like this incredibly inspiring. The creators (Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev) have produced these images very carefully. Without narration or dialogue, the reader must analyze the imagery; there’s no room for a throwaway image. While the two media aren’t completely interchangeable, the notion of choosing your composition carefully is.Image via Marvel Comics.Another good example is Hawkeye 11. The entire issue is through the perspective of his dog. So, again, the panels tell the story very carefully to keep from confusing the reader. For a filmmaker, however, it’s interesting to see an exposed narrative core like this.Image via Marvel Comics.For more on the topic of comics and cinematography, check out this seven-minute video on IndieWire featuring comic book creator Ty Templeton.Check out these comic books for compositional inspiration.WatchmenOmega MenTale of SandSandmanPreacherCriminalFataleComic Books for VFXMarvel and DC have both had distinctive house styles for the better part of seventy years. These days, however, both Marvel and DC are bringing experimental art into mainstream superhero comics. Check the panel below from Batwoman 4 (2011).Image via DC Comics.The artist, JH Williams III, has broken the page up into panels using Batwoman’s cape. This is a highly creative technique that produces something unique and beautiful. These books are a haven for creative VFX techniques. How could filmmakers translate JH Williams’s approach for filmmaking? To display several separate shots in just one scene?What if your next flashback sequence took its cue from this approach? Photographs around a room can play out scenes like small TV screens. One by one, the static photographs turn into animated memories. We get to see a character’s emotional responses, and the memories all play out in the same composition without a single cut. (Ok, don’t use that one — I might use that myself.)Check out these comic artists for creative inspiration.JH Williams IIIDave MckeanMike Del MundoMarco Rudylast_img read more

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Doping: Doctor blows lid off SAI’s role

first_imgThe doping menace in the country continues to get murkier with a junior scientific officer claiming that the malaise is widespread inside the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Sajib Kumar Nandi, who was appointed as a scientific officer (sports medicine) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, has come out with startling revelations about the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ganging up against him when he tried to raise his voice against the corrupt activities at the country’s premier sports institute.Nandi said he has seen banned drugs lying inside the NIS, Patiala premises and alleged that top SAI officials were involved in corrupt activities which facilitated doping among athletes.Before the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) came into existence in 2009, the National Dope-Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was under government jurisdiction and the dope tests were conducted under SAI’s nose.For decades, Indian athletes have been using banned performance – enhancing drugs and all that happened under the nose of SAI. Nandi has now blown the lid off SAI’s corrupt activities and said the system was corrupt from top to bottom.”For long, Indian athletes have been failing dope tests and I used to notice all that during my tenure at the NIS Patiala. In 1999, I was asked to collect dope samples without any documentation and when I protested, the then chief executive director of NIS, Patiala, BS Ahlluwalia forced me to go ahead without following the proper procedures,” Nandi told MAIL TODAY from Patiala.He said in 2002, a huge stock of banned supplements was found in the hostel at NIS Patiala and he went up to the higher authorities in SAI so that it could be used as evidence in court to prove that there was organised doping going on inside the institute.advertisement”But all those medicines were destroyed and there was no chance those drugs could be used as evidence,” said Nandi.”All my efforts to check the doping menace at the institute were resisted by the SAI officials.Since I was against the malpractices of the SAI, they harassed me in whatever way they could.”I was accused of theft and sexual harassment against a lady doctor and was transferred twice – to Gandhinagar and Bangalore. In 2009, I was assaulted.”But I fought against the system and took legal recourse. A Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal quashed my transfer orders to Gandhinagar as all allegations were found false,” added Nandi.He pointed that the samples of athletes were collected without keeping any records and it was all because of the involvement of the SAI officials, national federations and the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA).”All this cannot be done within the premises of the institute without the knowledge and encouragement of the administration.” He further revealed that there were times when the dope samples were collected but never reached New Delhi for testing.”Through an RTI petition, I asked for the travel and daily allowances of the driver and attendants who took the samples to New Delhi. But SAI did not furnish any such information as the samples were never transported to the capital for testing in the first place,” Nandi alleged.The junior scientific officer is not the only one who has charged SAI and federations of malpractice. As many as 558 positive cases between 1991 and 2009 are set to be revisited by the anti- doping disciplinary panel.The names of all those erring athletes are in two sealed documents which are currently with the NADA panel and reopening those cases may have serious implications.last_img read more

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Sports legends honor basketball great John Havlicek

first_imgFILE – BOSTON, MA – APRIL 13: Member of the Boston Celtics 1966 and 1976 Championship teams John Havlicek is honored at halftime of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at TD Garden on April 13, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Sports legends were in Boston to honor basketball great John Havlicek.Former Celtics and Bruins stars gathered at Trinity Church in Boston on Thursday for a memorial service. The Hall of Fame Celtics player died in April at the age of 79.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Megan Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women’s soccer not treated equally Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Boston Herald reports that Celtics greats Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn and Dave Cowens joined Bruins legend Bobby Orr at the memorial. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Phil Niekro and former U.S. Senator and New York Knicks player Bill Bradley were among others to pay their respects.“Hondo” Havlicek played 16 years for the Celtics and is the team’s all-time leading scorer. He was voted one of the 50 greatest players of the league’s first 50 years and is best remembered for his steal to clinch the 1965 Eastern Conference finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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