Sachin Tendulkar wishes childhood friend Vinod Kambli on his 47th birthday

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first_imgSachin Tendulkar wishes childhood friend Vinod Kambli on his 47th birthdayHappy Birthday Vinod Kambli: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar led the wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, on his 47th birthday. The two cricketers were involved in quite a few memorable partnerships at the domestic and the international level.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 13:13 IST Sachin Tendulkar wished his childhood friend Vinod Kambli on social media on Friday (@sachin_rt Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer India cricketer Vinod Kambli, who played more than 100 ODIs, turns 47 on FridaySachin Tendulkar, a childhood friend of Vinod Kambli, wished the former left-handed batsman on social mediaKambli, who had scored 1084 runs in just 17 Tests, retired from international cricket in 2009Batting great Sachin Tendulkar took to social media to lead wishes for his childhood friend, Vinod Kambli, who is celebrating his 47th birthday on Friday.Tendulkar wished his friend always remained in “pink health” while posting a picture of himself and Kambli, from what seems to be last year’s Christmas celebrations.”Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349! May you always be in the “PINK” of health my friend!” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.Notably, Tendulkar was present at Kambli’s birthday bash last year. The Master Blaster had uploaded photographs from their celebrations on social media.Happy Birthday, @vinodkambli349!May you always be in the PINK of health my friend! Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 18, 2019The two had recently attended the funeral of their childhood coach, Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away in Mumbai on January 1, 2019.Achrekar had maintained that Kambli and Tendulkar were equally talented but the former lacked the ability to assess his own game.Kambli, who had played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs, during his nine-year-long international cricket career, was spoken in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar during the nascent stages of their career.The childhood friends had announced their arrival in Mumbai cricket circle with a historic partnership of 664 runs with individual scores of 326 not out (Tendulkar) and 349 not out (Kambli) for Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier’s High School in the Harris Shield semi-final in February 1988.While his friend Tendulkar had made his international debut in 1989, Kambli had to wait for two more years to earn his spotlight at the highest level.advertisementKambli made a stunning start to his Test career, smashing two double centuries in his first seven Tests. However, he played his last Test at the age of 24. The flamboyant Mumbai cricketer’s disciplinary issues had played a big part in not allowing realise his full potential.”In a sense that is true [attitude is Kambli’s worst enemy]. He comes from a very poor family, and often does not know how to behave, both on and off the field. He doesn’t mean any harm, it is just that his fondness for a flamboyant lifestyle, his swagger, gives him an I-don’t-care appearance, which puts people’s backs up. I’ve spoken to him about this, enough times, each time he tells me he will improve, but that determination lasts only for a couple of days, then he reverts to his own former behaviour,” Achrekar had told Rediff Cricket as early as 1998.Also Read | Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in AustraliaAlso Read | Hardik Pandya’s moment of madness gives Vijay Shankar another shot at redemptionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Vinod KambliFollow India cricket teamFollow Ramakant Achrekarlast_img read more

UN study tackles violence against women in Arab region using economic model

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Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly, Representative of Egypt’s National Council of Women, speaks to the media wearing the Taa Marbouta campaign pin on her jacket. Photo: ESCWA/Daniela Abraham “We use this letter as the secret of our power as women,” Dr. Al-Adly explained. “We’re stressing the idea to not be afraid, fight for your rights, be strong, we are behind you.” ‘Taa Marbouta’ is added to words that are feminine to denote grammatical gender; it is also associated with several powerful words in the Arabic language such as ‘dignity,’ ‘power’ and ‘willingness.’ Launched one year ago by Egypt’s National Council of Women and the UN, the ‘Taa Marbouta’ campaign promotes women’s social, political and economic empowerment in the North African country. “Because it’s an Arabic letter it is also relevant to women in many other countries,” she added, indicating that the “secret” of women’s power can only be stronger when they come together. An economic model to estimate the costs of intimate partner violence – the most common form of violence against women in the Arab world – was spotlighted this week at one of the United Nations regional commissions, based in Beirut, Lebanon. “Our ultimate goal has always been to translate the findings of our studies into practical projects with a view to empowering women and enhancing their position in society,” said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which serves 18 Arab States. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 37 per cent of “ever married women” in the East Mediterranean region – which encompasses most Arab States – have experienced physical or sexual partner violence. Speaking at the opening of ESCWA’s Committee on Women, Dr. Alhakim noted that despite progress in developing national plans to address gender-based violence, Arab countries need to do more to end the grave violations still being perpetrated against women. To support these efforts, ESCWA and UN Women developed a regional project to estimate the cost of violence against women and use the costings as an instrument for policy reform and advocacy. “We aim to utilize it as an advocacy tool with policymakers to substantiate that if we work in a holistic manner to end violence against women, it will not only be the right thing to do, but it will also be the smart thing to do,” said Mohammad Naciri, the Director of UN-Women’s regional office in Egypt. Source: UN-Women“My heart aches when we try to quantify [the violence] because the emotional and psychological scars that women and girls live with as a result of the violence exerted on them cannot necessarily be quantified,” he continued. “That’s why I said it’s a smart thing to do, but the right thing to remember is that it’s the absolute right of every single woman and girl to end the violence against them.” According to UN-Women, the dire economic, political and security situation in many Arab countries fuels the problem given direct correlation between crises and domestic violence. During the last conflict in Gaza, intimate partner violence reportedly rose by 700 per cent due to feelings of hopelessness, humiliation, and lack of opportunities. While the drivers of violence are not contested, there are multiple approaches to costing the phenomenon. The two main methods involve estimating the cost of inaction—measuring the direct and indirect, tangible and intangible costs of violence to survivors, their families, and the community, including missed paid or unpaid work; and estimating the costs of implementing policies to prevent and address the violence – or the cost of the solution. Dr. Nata Duvvury, the Director for Global Women’s Studies at the National University of Ireland, has been working closely with ESCWA to develop the model and create this important “accountability tool.” “Direct costs have been largely focused on the costs of service provision incurred by governments to provide police stations, health services, social services, and others,” she explained. “But there is another aspect of direct costs that has not been captured very carefully across countries, which are the costs incurred by women to access services,” Dr. Duvvury stressed, noting that paying bribes is not uncommon for women in the Arab region, in addition to other fees to access physical and psychosocial support. As the eighth session of the Committee on Women inched to its end on Thursday, small pins were distributed by Dr. Naglaa Al-Adly from Egypt’s National Council of Women, featuring an Arabic letter called the Taa Marbouta. read more

BMT WBM conducts independent EIS review for Woodlark Island project

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first_imgBMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed an independent expert review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan (EMMP) for the proposed Woodlark Island Gold Project, situated in the maritime province of Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea.BMT was commissioned by the Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to provide technical review, advice and recommendations which were then incorporated into the final EIS Assessment Report for the Director of Environment to present to the Environment Council. BMT’s assessment was undertaken through a staged process which included a detailed technical review of the EIS and EMMP documentation and development of a numerical model to analyse the predictions made in the EIS regarding the behaviour of tailings from the Deep Sea Tailings Placement (DSTP) in the receiving environment.Lyn Leger, Senior Environmental Consultant at BMT WBM explains: “In the review we undertook independent modelling based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and with Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software to predict the behaviour of DSTP plumes and provide a basis for cross-checking the impact predictions generated by the modelling outlined in the EIS.”Another key aspect of BMT WBM’s work included a thorough review of the sedimentation impacts in downstream waterways from the mining activities such as construction and operation of the mining voids. BMT WBM’s sister company, BMT Cordah also provided support in assessing potential social impacts related to food, water and cultural resources and helping to determine whether or not the local people’s livelihoods would be affected by the associated environmental impacts.Dr Darren Richardson, Project Director at BMT WBM comments: “We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to support DEC with this project.  Since presenting our findings to DEC enabling them to put forward a recommendation, the Environment Council has recently provided approval for this project – a true indicator of the confidence our team of experts instilled as part of our thorough, independent review.”last_img read more