Two men arrested with stolen property and narcotics

first_imgHome Local News Crime Two men arrested with stolen property and narcotics Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Pinterest By admin – January 19, 2018 Police searching for man connected to hit and run Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Texas Fried ChickenSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay center_img Nicholas Howell, left; Joe Ellenburg Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleOPD: Man driving on wrong side of road found with narcoticsNext articleNORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Jackalopes score six, down Amarillo Bulls admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter A search warrant led to the arrest of two men Friday after they were found in possession of a stolen vehicle and methamphetamine.Police found a gray 2018 Toyota Tundra parked on a residential driveway in the 2600 block of Newell Road, an OPD press release said, and a computer check revealed that the listed vehicle had been reported stolen.After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, officers made contact with 25-year-old Nicholas Howell and 31-year-old Joe Ellenburg, the release stated. Howell was found to be in possession of a black Toyota Tundra key belonging to the stolen vehicle and Ellenburg was found to be in possession of a bag of methamphetamine and a pipe.Howell was charged with theft of property and Ellenburg was charged with possession of methamphetamine, both state jail felonies.Jail records show Howell and Ellenburg were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Friday. No bonds were set as of Friday afternoon. Local NewsCrime Two men arrested with stolen property and narcotics Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends last_img read more

Episode #52: May the (4) Force(s) be with you, always!

first_imgCloud Native Apps, and DevOps, may be the most overused terms in IT today; so what is EMCs plan?  Matt Cowger (@Mcowger) stops by to help clarify the mud and introduce the EMC dotNext team.  Matt coordinated 42 sessions at EMC World 2016, all focused on Cloud Native Apps and DevOps.  10 sessions focused on Cloud Leadership and 32 technical code and modern operations.Matt reviews the four forces in IT– Agile Methodology, DevOps, Microservices and Containers.  All influencing each other, changing how applications are being built, deployed and managed.May the Four Forces be with you!  Matts Blog http:/www.exaforge.comDon’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #52: May the (4) Force(s) be with you, always! with Matt CowgerAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_52_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Knighthood for SA businessman

first_img15 June 2005South African property and insurance magnate Donald Gordon has been awarded a knighthood for his service to the arts and business, reports Business Day.Gordon, who holds both UK and South African citizenship, built up two successful business empires, Liberty Life in South Africa and top UK property company Liberty International. He was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list last weekend, the paper reports.“I’m obviously very pleased about the recognition,” he told Business Day on Monday. “I have had British nationality for 21 months.”Gordon has made significant donations to British opera.Last year the Sunday Times reported that his £20-million (R248-million) sponsorship of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the renamed Donald Gordon Opera Theatre in Cardiff could earn him a knighthood. It is believed that this is the largest single private donation ever made to the arts in the UK.Gordon, who will turn 75 next week, emphasised that he still had strong ties with South Africa, the country of his birth, according to Business Day.“I am a dual citizen of the UK and South Africa. I am a very happy South African citizen and I am a very happy British one – I am very fond of both countries.”Gordon retired from Liberty Life in 1999, but still contributes to many South African charities.The Donald Gordon Foundation, formed in the early 1970s, is the largest private charity in Southern Africa.The Sunday Times reports that its donations include R100-million to Wits University for the Donald Gordon Medical Centre.The Gordon Institute of Business Science is named in recognition of Gordon’s contribution to South African business, and Gordon’s R30-million endowment to the institute.Gordon told Business Day he would like to “resuscitate the ballet and opera world” in South Africa. “I am prepared to put in a lot of effort if I can find the right route in.”In 1957 Gordon, a chartered accountant by profession, founded Liberty Life Association of Africa with initial capital of R100 000. By the time he retired as chair of Liberty Life in 1999, the company was valued at over R40-billion.At the time Liberty Life was the largest listed life company and the third-largest life insurance company in South Africa, and was also listed on the London Stock Exchange.Gordon co-founded UK company Abbey Life Insurance, which has since become one of the largest life companies in the UK and is a major subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.In 1980 Gordon founded Liberty International, a £5-billion (R62-billion) shopping centre and commercial real estate business and the third-largest property company in the UK.Gordon will retire from Liberty International at the end of this month, Business Day reports. The company has invited him to stay on as president for life.In October 2000 Gordon received the UK Entrepreneur of the Year Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. In December 1999 he was cited as the “Achiever of the Century in South African Financial Services” by the Financial Mail, the leading South African business journal.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Muck Crops Field Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a July 28 field day focusing on the needs of fresh-market vegetable producers that will offer farmers the latest information on diseases facing muck crops.The Muck Crops Field Day is from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, 4875 state Route 103 S in Willard.The station covers 15-plus acres of high-organic-matter muck soil in Huron County’s productive “salad bowl” region, said Bob Filbrun, the station’s manager.The workshop will also offer growers information on several research trials being conducted at the station, including a look at herbicides used on nurse crops such as barley and oats, Filbrun said.“The field day will include a session that focuses on what issues local muck crop growers are facing this year on their farms and how things are going for them in production so far this season,” he said. “The second half of the morning will focus on plant pathology, including club rot issues in greens as well as a look at the use of a new fungicide, Orondis, which is used for control of root rot in cucurbit crops.“We will also look at the latest research on carrot weevil control.”The event will also offer updates on the station’s latest research findings on managing weeds, insects and diseases in muck-soil vegetable crops, Filbrun said.The event is being held in collaboration with the Huron County office of Ohio State University Extension. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of the college. The program is free and open to the public and will include a catered brunch.For more information or to RSVP for the program, visit the station’s website at go.osu.edu/MuckCropsStation or contact Filbrun at 419-935-1201 or [email protected]last_img read more

Ketogenic Diet: A Successful Weight Loss Diet?

first_imgCitations: Paoli A, Rubini A, Volek J, Grimaldi K. Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013;67(8):789-796. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2013.116Nordmann A, Nordmann A, Briel M et al. Effects of Low-Carbohydrate vs Low-Fat Diets on Weight Loss and Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(3):285. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.3.285Naude C, Schoonees A, Senekal M, Young T, Garner P, Volmink J. Low Carbohydrate versus Isoenergetic Balanced Diets for Reducing Weight and Cardiovascular Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE. 2014;9(7):e100652. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100652Jensen M, Ryan D, Donato K et al. Executive summary: Guidelines (2013) for the management of overweight and obesity in adults. Obesity. 2014;22(S2):S5-S39. doi:10.1002/oby.20821 Ketogenic Diet: A Successful Weight Loss Diet?By: Annabelle Shaffer, Dietetics senior at University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignOverview of Ketogenic DietsThe ketogenic diet, popularly known as the keto diet, is low in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, and high in fat.1 While an official definition is not recognized, carbohydrates are often restricted to less than 50 g per day.1 A balanced diet typically consists of 45-65% daily calories from carbohydrates (or 225-325 g when following a 2000 calorie/day diet), 10-35% from protein, and 20-35% from fats.The diet was initially used in the 1920s for epilepsy therapy.1 Now, the ketogenic diet is promoted by Instagram influencers, medical doctors, and bloggers as a successful weight loss, dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome treatment.With obesity rates on the rise, it is important to explore different avenues of weight loss methods. In this post, we will delve into the science surrounding the ketogenic diet for weight loss.What does the science say? Low-fat diets are commonly recommended for weight loss, but recent randomized controlled trials have compared the ketogenic and low-fat diet’s effectiveness in weight loss. Thus far, studies have shown that low carbohydrate diets induce greater short-term weight loss than a balanced diet, but the diets are equally successful long-term:“In this meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of low-carbohydrate vs low-fat diets, low-carbohydrate diets were more effective in inducing weight loss after 6 months, but this effect was no longer obvious after 12 months of follow-up”2“Our results show that the weight loss in overweight and obese subjects with or without diabetes on isoenergetic low CHO or balanced weight loss diets was similar at 3–6 months and at 1–2 years”3We do not yet know the effectiveness of a ketogenic diet, nor have we identified the mechanism behind the weight loss it can cause. Traditional weight-loss diets work on the principle of consuming fewer calories than a person burns during everyday living and exercise. Possibilities for weight loss on the keto diet include:Increased satiety due to protein consumption1Reduction in lipogenesis (the synthesis of fat in the body) and increased lipolysis (the breakdown of fat in the body)1Increased metabolic efficiency due to higher fat consumption1Increased energy expended in gluconeogenesis (the synthesis of glucose, a type of sugar, in the body)1It is important to be mindful that ketogenic diets are difficult to stay on for long and many nutrient-dense foods are rich in carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, whole grains (oats, rice, wheat), and legumes. Also, the long-term health impacts of a ketogenic diet remain unknown as many studies have a 6-month to a year duration. Finally, a high-fat diet can have negative health impacts including increased total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol.2 Due to insufficient supporting evidence for the ketogenic diet, a balanced diet and exercise plan is still the recommended route towards weight loss for the general population.4To learn more about the Ketogenic diet please tune in to our free webinar The Ketogenic Diet-Is it Another Fad?  February 26, 2019 at 11:00 am ET. Ketogenic Dietlast_img read more

The Facts about PCOS

first_imgSelena Wang, James Scholar Honors projectPolycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS, is a hormonal disease that can affect the ovaries, with a prevalence of around 6.5% of women of reproductive age.3 Diagnosis is when two or more of the following three criteria are met: presence of irregular menstrual periods, excess androgens (greater than typical amounts of male hormones), or ovarian cysts. Hirsutism (undesired male-pattern type hair growth in women) may be an additional symptom, but is not diagnostic criteria.2PCOS has also been epidemiologically linked to type 2 diabetes (T2D), in which in one study by Gambineri et al., it was found that of their studied patients with PCOS, 15.7% had impaired glucose tolerance.4 In another study, by Moran et. al, there was increased prevalence of T2D in women with PCOS, with odds ratios of 4.43, and 4.00 when BMI-matched.5 This epidemiological link between PCOS and T2D may be due to insulin resistance presenting in both diseases.1Because of this epidemiological link between PCOS and T2D, patients with PCOS are at risk for developing T2D, and dietitians treating patients with PCOS should also consider strategies for diabetes prevention.In one study, women with PCOS consumed three 16-day long eucaloric diets, each diet being separated by a 3-week washout period. It was found that in general, fasting insulin blood levels were lower in diets with lower dietary carbohydrate intake (43% vs 56% total kCal), and may be able to improve endocrine and reproductive function in the future for women with PCOS.3A study done by researchers at Stanford University compared results between two isocaloric diets, both given to obese women with PCOS and insulin resistance. One of the diets was standard (60% carbohydrates/25% fat) and one was low carbohydrates/high unsaturated fat (40% carbohydrates/45% fat), both of which the remainder was composed of 15% protein and <7% saturated fat.  After three weeks on each diet, daylong glucose, insulin, and fasting lipids were measured in each participant.It was discovered that although daylong glucose was not significantly different between the two diets, insulin concentrations in the women on the low carbohydrates diet had significantly lower daylong insulin levels (30% lower,) along with some observations of beneficial changes to their lipid profile levels (observations of lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.) As a result, this dietary intervention of low carbohydrates and high unsaturated fat may be a potential dietary treatment for patients with PCOS in preventing the onset of T2D.7Dietitians can play an important role in the management of PCOS, and strategies are needed to increase referrals of patients with PCOS to dietitians. In addition, sound advice for dietary lifestyle choices for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in PCOS patients is an important part of patient care.References:Barber, T. M., & Franks, S. (2012). The link between polycystic ovarian syndrome and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus: What do we know today? Women’s Health.Boyle, J., & Teede, H. J. (2012). Polycystic ovary syndrome: An update. Australian Family Physician, 41(10), 752-756.Douglas, C. C., Gower, B. A., Darnell, B. E., Ovalle, F., Oster, R. A., & Azziz, R. (2006). Role of diet in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome. Fertil Steril.Gambineri, A., Pelusi, C., Manicardi, E., Vicennati, V., Cacciari, M., & Morselli-Labate, A. M. (2004). Glucose intolerance in a large cohort of Mediterranean women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Diabetes, 2353-2358.Moran, L. J., Misso, M. L., Wild, R. A., & Norman, R. J. (2010). Impaired glucose tolerance, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 16(4), 347-363.PCOS (Part 2) [Image]. (2017). Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:PCOS_(Part_2).pngPerelman, D., Coghlan, N., Lamendola, C., Carter, S., Abbasi, F., & McLaughlin, T. (2017). Substituting poly- and mono-unsaturated fat for dietary carbohydrate reduces hyperinsulinemia in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Gynecological Endocrinology, 33(4), 324–327. https://doi.org/10.1080/09513590.2016.1259407Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). (2014). Retrieved from www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/last_img read more

Using 23.98 NTSC On The LUMIX GH5S in A PAL Region

first_imgAre you traveling? Can you use the GH5S’s NTSC for 23.98fps? What about flickering lights? We’ve got answers for all these questions.With the recent release of the successor to the GH5, the GH5s, questions that surrounded the GH5’s release are relevant again:“I live in Europe. Can I use NTSC for 23.98fps?”“Can I swap to NTSC for 23.98, or will I get flickering lights?”Well, let’s find out.In the setup menu on the GH5 (or GH5s), you’ll find three System Frequency settings:PALNTSCCINEMAEach setting overhauls the camera with different recording capabilities, depending on what frequency you select. For example, NTSC (59.94Hz) will provide you with 23.98, 30fps (29.97), and 60fps (59.97). PAL (50.00Hz) will allow you to record at 25fps and 50fps, and CINEMA (24.00Hz) will open up the 24fps option.Side note: using the NTSC system frequency on the GH5 will also allow you to use the C4k (4096 x 2160) resolution, while the highest resolution available in PAL is only 3840 x 2160. On the Gh5s, you can shoot in C4k across all frequencies. Given that 23.98fps and 24fps are the most popular frame rates that (narrative) filmmakers like to use, the question is Can those who live in a PAL region switch the NTSC system frequency to use 23.98? As you may know, in a PAL region, the frequency of the alternating current running through electrical mains is 50Hz, and that can cause a strobing effect when shooting under artificial light with the wrong settings. Flickering Lightbroadcasting systems and AC frequency is a lengthy topic to cover. (The NTSC Wikipedia page has enough content to fill a 30-minute bus ride.) Therefore, to stay focused on the questions from GH5 users in PAL regions, we’re only going to skim the surface of the topic to contextualize it.NTSC is an acronym for National Television Standards Committee, which was the video and broadcast standard for the majority of North and South America, and also parts of Asia.PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line, which is the color encoding system used by the vast majority of broadcast and DVD players in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and a good percentage of Africa.NTSC displays at 30 frames per second.PAL displays at 25 frames per second.A lot of this information may appear dated, and that’s because, in essence, it is. Toward the end of 2010, many countries around the globe switched from analog terrestrial television to digital terrestrial TV, and with the adoption of HDTVs, the PAL vs. NTSC broadcasting fight has been somewhat silenced. Most modern TVs can adapt to different frame rates on the fly, and the need for transcoded media isn’t as high.The reason why these broadcast systems were established in the first place is because of the alternating current for the given countries. In PAL regions, the AC supply has a frequency of 50hz, while in NTSC territory, the frequency is 60hz.50Hz AC 100 fluctuations every second.60Hz AC 120 fluctuations every second.What does that mean? Well, even though electrical light to the naked eye looks constant, the light is actually is pulsating 100/120 times a second. When your camera is recording at 30fps in a 50hz location, the light pulses fall unequally within the passing frames, and as a result, we get a flicker. Jonas from 52Things: Rob & Jonas explains this with a visual animation in the video below. The video has been shared with a timestamp so you can jump straight to the relevant moment by clicking play. The Golden SettingsSince the combination of shutter speed and FPS is responsible for aligning the light pulses to each frame, where does this leave shooting at 23.98/24fps in a PAL region? When presented with flicker, other than using a different lighting source, there are two camera parameters you can adjust: the frame rate and the shutter speed.Camera company RED not only has a flicker-free calculator, they also offer insight into the math you need to avoid light flicker in a foreign region.Frame Rates. Choose a frame rate equal to the lighting pulse rate divided by some integer. This is often the simplest option since most corresponding shutter speeds will appear flicker-free.Shutter Speeds. Choose a shutter speed equal to the lighting pulse rate divided by some integer. This option often isn’t as straightforward, and it can constrain one’s ability to control motion blur. On the other hand, this option typically minimizes flicker under a broader range of lighting and power types.Since we want to use 23.98, the option of adjusting our frame rate is null and void, but we can change the shutter speed. If you’re in a PAL region, the shutter speeds that will work flicker-free are 1/33.3, 1/50, and 1/100. The irony here is that many DSLR and mirrorless users opt for 1/50 for 24fps filming as 1/48 is often unavailable — although in the GH5 you can achieve a 180-degree shutter by turning the SS/Gain Operation to Angle. If you’ve been shooting 23.98 at 1/50 in a PAL region, it’s likely you haven’t encountered a problem anyway. However, if you were to increase the fps to 30, and increase the shutter the 1/60 to maintain a 180-degree shutter, you would see the flickering.TL;DR — yes, you can use the NTSC 23.98 recording settings in a PAL region. See above.Looking for more information on video gear? Check out these articles.DIY Filmmaking: How to Build Your Own Dolly for $50Sony Announces the a7 III 4K Camera for Under $2000Canon Joins the Mirrorless Camera Game with the EOS M50The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2018 Oscar-Nominated FilmsIs Downscaling 4K to 1080p Worth It After Online Compression?last_img read more

Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace

first_imgDuring a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket.The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team.”I love cricket,” said Mullah Badruddin, a Taliban commander in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where a tournament organised by the militants at the start of last winter drew large crowds.”When Afghanistan play against another team, we listen to the radio with great interest and we also check for scores in social media and follow those in Facebook who give live updates,” he told Reuters by telephone.First played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century, the game was adopted by Afghans in the refugee camps of cricket-loving Pakistan, where more than 3 million fled a Soviet invasion and civil war in the 1980s and 1990s, and has since made huge strides in the country, particularly among ethnic Pashtuns in the eastern border provinces.Taj Malook Khan, who helped set up the Afghan Cricket Club in Kacha Gari refugee camp outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar in the 1980s, and a small group of players used to cross into Afghanistan during the 1990s Taliban era to play and promote cricket.The Taliban had banned games such as cricket and football in the early years of their austere rule because they believed they kept men away from prayers, according to former national cricketer Hasti Gul, but later became more tolerant of cricket.advertisementFrom there, despite at least two attacks in the past couple of years on cricket matches claimed by the ultra radical Islamic State group, the game now rivals football for popularity in a country that has long been cut off from international sport.STAR NAMESAdmitted as a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017, Afghanistan won its first five-day Test match against Ireland last month after making steady progress in the lower levels of the international game.However it is in the dynamic, shorter form of the sport that Afghans have had most impact.Players such as spin bowler Rashid Khan or big hitting batsman Mohammad Nabi Esakhil have become undisputed stars of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the razzle-dazzle showcase of so-called T20 cricket, the 12th season of which has just got under way. Rashid Khan has quickly become one of the most popular cricketers in the world (Asian Cricket Council Photo)Despite the Taliban’s former suspicion of organised sports and their opposition to much of the transformation in Afghanistan since their hardline Islamic regime was toppled in 2001, many of the mainly Pashtun movement’s fighters are fans.Unlike football, which offends the sensibilities of some very conservative Muslims because it is normally played in shorts, cricket is played in long sleeves and trousers, in line with traditional dress codes. It also bears some resemblance to traditional Afghan children’s games involving throwing and using sticks to hit smaller sticks or balls.Karim Sadiq, a former batsman in the national team and an early pioneer of the sport who visited some Taliban-controlled areas in eastern Afghanistan this year, said he was mobbed by fighters asking about the game and their favourite players.A video clip he shot on his mobile phone shows dozens of Taliban, many with Kalashnikov automatic rifles slung across their shoulders, dissecting the quality of the team.”I like all the players but my favourite is Rashid Khan Arman,” says one fighter, referring to the young spin bowler who stars for the Afghan national side and IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. “His bowling is amazing.”WORLD CUP DREAMWith the approach of the cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May to July, Afghanistan’s hopes of making a dent in the tournament are higher than they have ever been, even if few give them a chance against giants of the game such as India, Australia or England.”We have a very strong team and my dream is Afghanistan bring the World Cup home,” said Hazrat Gul, a young cricketer in the eastern city of Jalalabad, as he prepared to play a friendly match against a team from neighbouring Kunar province.As peace talks between the U.S. government and Taliban officials continue and Afghanistan looks for a way out of 40 years of conflict, excitement is building and officials and government ministers lavish praise on the players, whom President Ashraf Ghani has called national heroes.advertisementFrom the other side of the war, the feeling is similar. Sadiq who has just returned to practice after a long injury, aiming to take part in the upcoming World Cup, said the Taliban usually send them congratulatory messages through social media and on his cellphone when Afghanistan win.Such broad appeal has seen the sport widely hailed as a unifying force in Afghanistan, a patchwork of different languages and cultures, sometimes at peace with each other but increasingly in recent years in conflict.ETHNIC DIVIDES Cricket was first played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century (Reuters Photo)Not everyone is on board the cricket bandwagon, however.Look deeper, and the state of the game has much to say about a country where sport has repeatedly attracted violence, including suicide attacks on cricket and wrestling matches, and where politics is increasingly divided along ethnic lines that shade into all aspects of life.For many Persian-speaking Tajiks and Hazaras, cricket is a sport for Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group from the south and east of the country that has provided almost all kings and presidents throughout Afghan history.”I have no interest and don’t know anything about cricket,” said Ahmad Jawad, a shopkeeper in Parwan, a mainly Tajik province north of Kabul. “It’s a Pashtun game with Pashtun players, so let them enjoy their game.”After the Taliban fell following the U.S.-led campaign of 2001, Sadiq and Gul – brothers who, like many teammates, learned their cricket in Pakistan – and other players struggled to convince Tajik commanders from the victorious Northern Alliance that swept into Kabul to allow them to continue playing the game.”Palace officials told us to join Afghan guard units and forget about cricket,” said Gul, who recalled having to cancel a provincial tournament in Kabul in 2005 after losing a fistfight with soccer players who wanted to use the pitch.Now, with the IPL beamed into homes all over the country and the looming World Cup, he feels change is coming and the sport can give Afghanistan a platform no other can equal, one that offers hope for a more normal future after so many years of war.”We literally had no support from the government for so many years before they have realized we could bring glory to our country,” he said. “Now everyone loves cricket and we are so proud to raise our national flag on the world stage.”last_img read more

Feds commit cash to preserve Inuit art and culture in Winnipeg

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsThe federal government has made a major commitment to conserve Inuit art and culture in Winnipeg.Canada is putting millions of dollars into a centre to give people in the south a chance to learn more about their northern neighbours.Matt Thordarson reports.last_img