GAA NEWS – NAOMH MUIRE HOLD COLLECTIONS FOR UNDERAGE TEAMS

first_imgCluiche/FixturesComhghairdeachas leis an fhoireann sinsearach a raibh an bhua acu in éadan Gaeil Fhanada i bpáirc Uí Dhomhnaill ar an Satharn. Tá siad fríd go dtí cluiche leath cheannais an chraobh idirmheanach anois áit a n-imreoidh siad Bun Cranncha nó Aodh Ruadh, Béal Átha Seanaidh.Beidh cluiche sraithe ag an da fhoireann an Domhnach seo (18/08/13) in éadan Gleann Fhinne ag 1:30 agus 3:00 i.n. Bord na nÓgAt the recent church gate collection for under age team development, we collected €288 in St. Marys, Cionn Caslach and €410 in St. Marys Star of the Sea, Anagaire. Bord na nÓg and the Club wish to thank the gate collectors and the public for their generosity.Peil na mBanThe U-14 girls had a good win against Carndonagh last Thursday in The Banks in the championship. This Thursday (15th) they have an away game against Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon. Details of game and bus times will be given at training on Tuesday. Let’s rally the troops and head to Ballyshannon to support the young girls as they continue to produce the winning results in the division 1 championship. Training for U-14 girls is on Tuesday from 6 to 7pm.Minor training is on Thursday 15th from 6 to 7pm. All minors need to attend as fixtures for the minors are as follows– 20th Aug away to Fanad Gaels– 27th Aug home to Milford– 3rd Sept home to Termon – 10th Sept away to St. Michaels.Training for U-12/10s is on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm in the Banks.All under 8 girls will still train with the boys and girls mixed on Saturday mornings from 10am to 11am. We especially need girls born in year 2001-2002 as we will have a game against Gaoth Dobhair on Friday 16th. Details will be given at training on Monday.Well done Caroline, Tara and Emma who are in the junior ladies final with Gaoth Dobhair which will be played against Naomh Conaill on the 25th August. GAA NEWS – NAOMH MUIRE HOLD COLLECTIONS FOR UNDERAGE TEAMS was last modified: August 12th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NAOMH MUIRE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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Another Human Distinctive: Lying

first_imgHere’s another evolutionary conundrum: animals usually don’t tell lies.  Why is lying such a well-documented human trait, but rare in the animal kingdom?  Animals signal their own and their enemies in many complex ways.  It would seem that lying would have evolved as a useful strategy many times in the animal kingdom, yet apparently it has not.  In a book review of Animal Signals by John Maynard Smith and David Harper (Oxford, 2003) published in the April 23 issue of Science,1 Nils Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre describe the puzzle:A central problem for evolutionary biologists interested in animal communication is to explain why animal signalers generally are truthful.  A male nightingale advertising for a mate reliably signals properties of his qualities through his beautiful song.  By dressing in screaming black and yellow colors, the wasp reliably warns approaching predators (and us) of her painful sting.  The trivial answer to the honesty problem is that it would not pay animals to respond to a signal unless they by and large benefited.  If wasps never stung, no one would bother to notice their striking colors.  The color pattern would cease to be a signal.  However, the more interesting question–the main theme of John Maynard Smith and David Harper’s Animal Signals–is what keeps signalers from cheating?  What prevents, say, a poor-quality male nightingale from claiming that he is of higher quality than he actually is?It’s not that evolutionists never thought about this before.  One explanation, for instance, is called the handicap theory: “signals are reliable because they are costly to produce or have costly consequences.”  Ideas about indices vs. amplifiers and evolving signals vs. equilibrium signals are discussed in the review, along with this puzzler:The problem of honest signaling seems especially challenging to our intuition when we consider contests, situations in which the contestants prefer different outcomes.  In their chapter on signaling during contests, Maynard Smith and Harper explore some consequences of the contestantsְ shared interest in avoiding an escalated fight.  They discuss badges of status, minimal-cost signals that indicate need, and aspects such as extended interactions, punishment, and the effects of the divisibility of a resource.All this seems to beg the question of why humans are such inveterate liars, if their behavior evolved, too.  The authors provide some “suggestions” –In the final chapter, the authors discuss signaling in primates and some other social vertebrates.  Here we find several topics that border on other fields such as psychology and the evolution of language.  The chapter provides some of the book’s most entertaining examples and most thought-provoking suggestions.  These include the evolution, through natural selection, of animal signaling into human language; that is, the transition in our past where genetic change was eclipsed by cultural change and history began.With that tantalizing impression, they leave us hanging; the reviewers probably expect us to buy the book to hear the suggestions.  Are they suggesting that cultural change and history do not evolve by natural selection?1Nils Chr. Stenseth and Glenn-Peter S�tre, “Behavioral Ecology: Why Animals Don’t Lie,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5670, 519-520, 23 April 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1097384].Interesting that they do not mention mimicry, which seems to be a form of deceit: “don’t eat me–I’m a stick!”  But mimicry is not really lying.  The animal can’t help the way it was born.  Anyway, in terms of vocalizations or behavioral traits, it is striking that animals don’t lie to each other like humans do, except in The Far Side comic strips.    So here again, another phenomenon is found that seems counterintuitive to evolutionary expectations, and Darwinians are left employing just-so stories to explain it.  How many exceptions to the rule are required before the rules must be changed?    With glittering generalities, evolutionists exercise their fertile imaginations to dream of monkey screeches evolving into Shakespearean soliloquies.  Prove it, we say.  Interestingly, though human beings can be shown to all have a single genetic ancestor (like Adam), their languages cannot.  Dr. Joseph Kickasola, a linguist at Regent University, has shown that all the thousands of human languages and dialects can be reduced to 17 families, but no further.  Could this fact be an echo of Babel?    The cynic says, “Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, because nobody listens.”  What if enough people stop listening to Darwinian just-so stories?  After all, it is a form of deceit to pretend to have an answer when you don’t.  It would be more honest for a naturalistic researcher to say, “I don’t know why humans are liars but animals are not.”  Maybe this and maybe that doesn’t cut it in science.  This is an area where science is limited, but there are other sources of information, such as history and eyewitnesses.    The One who cannot lie told us about a father of lies, the devil, who was a liar from the beginning, and that it is not surprising that his followers would follow in his ways.  He also commanded us not to bear false witness, and warned that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire.  If you don’t like to hear such things, don’t ignore the credibility of the source of that information.  Don’t lie to yourself.    Postscript: Science Now reported a week ago that John Maynard Smith, co-author of the book Animal Signals and one who “revolutionized the way biologists think about behavioral evolution” died on April 19.  This is the fate to which we all are racing.  Are you ready?  Choose carefully whose words you trust.  At the end of your life, it will not matter how entertaining the just-so stories you told or believed.  But you can know the Truth, and the truth can set you free.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Non-violence campaign kicks off in South Africa

first_imgChildren should be able to grow up and live in a safe environment. Minister Lulu Xingwana will launch the South African campaign. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Themba Maseko Government spokesperson +27 12 314 2150 RELATED ARTICLES • A woman’s place is everywhere! • Anti-abuse campaign hits SA • NGO fights for gender equalisation in SA • Crime in South AfricaRay MaotaThe safety of women and children is the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, which runs from 25 November until 10 December 2010.The UN-headed drive begins on the International Day of No Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day.Internationally, the campaign concentrates on crimes committed against women, but in South Africa this has been extended to include children to create awareness of their rights.Origins of the campaignThe 16 Days of Activism campaign originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), a women’s human rights group, in 1991. This year is the 20th edition of the campaign.Participants at the institute chose the dates, November 25 and December 10, to symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights.Each year the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership develops a theme for the international campaign in consultation with women’s organisations around the world. This year’s theme is Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence against Women.According to the CWGL: “Militarism is a distinctive way of looking at the world; it influences how we see our neighbours, our families, our public life, and other people in the world. To embrace militarism is to presume that everyone has enemies and that violence is an effective way to solve problems.”The campaign aims to raise awareness around human rights and gender-based violence, strengthen existing structures to work with victims of violence and create safe places for women before violence occurs.Wear a white ribbonThis year marks the 11th anniversary of the campaign in South Africa, with the media launch taking place in Cape Town.It will be led by the Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana and supported by other ministers, leaders of civil society organisations and additional senior government officials.“We call on faith-based organisations, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations, civil society organisations and other stakeholders to observe and work on programmes aimed at ending violence against women and children,” the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa said in a press statement.“We also call upon all interested parties to join us in various provincial programmes as we accelerate our efforts to fight all forms of violence against women and children, in an endeavour to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality,” it continued.South Africans are urged to wear a white ribbon for the duration of the campaign as a symbol of peace and promise never to commit or condone violence against women and children.Another way to support the campaign in South Africa is to join the Cyber Dialogues initiative, through which the public can discuss issues relating to the abuse of women and children, share experiences of these violations and come up with solutions.People can also make donations to the Foundation for Human Rights, which distributes money raised during the campaign to various non-governmental organisations.South African’s are also urged to encourage victims to speak out on their abuse to raise further awareness and help the healing process.last_img read more

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Alstom-led firm in $5.1bn SA rail order

first_img15 October 2013Gibela Transport, a joint venture 61% owned by French company Alstom, on Tuesday signed a contract worth US$5.1-billion (R51-billion) to supply 600 passenger trains, comprising 3 600 coaches, to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).The contract was signed in Johannesburg by Prasa Group CEO Lucky Montana, Alstom CEO Patrick Kron and Alstom Transport president Henri Poupart-Lafarge in the presence of South African President Jacob Zuma and visiting French President Francois Hollande.“This project is one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history,” Alstom said in a statement.In 2010, the South African government embarked on an ambitious fleet renewal programme aimed at revitalising the country’s rail industry. The programme will see the ageing fleet of suburban trains currently in service in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban being replaced with 1 200 electric trains over a period of 20 years.Gibela’s 10-year contract represents the first phase of a 20-year programme in which Prasa will procure approximately 7 224 new rolling stock with a projected investment of R123-billion.The contract includes the construction of a local manufacturing facility. Gibela will build a manufacturing site in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, to produce the trains in South Africa. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2014, with the factory due to come on-stream in 2015.The manufacturing facility will also house an engineering centre and a training facility, enabling Gibela to provide technical support and supply spare parts for the coaches over an 18-year period.According to Prasa, the project will create over 1 500 direct jobs in the local factory and 33 000 indirect jobs over the first 10 years, achieving a local-content level of over 65%.The first 20 trains will be manufactured in Lapa, Brazil. Alstom’s French sites Ornans, Tarbes, Villeurbanne and Saint-Ouen will be involved in the project over the long term.“While the urgent challenge to improve passenger services remains primary, the rolling stock programme has been designed to achieve government’s objectives of developing skills, creating jobs and delivering quality services to citizens,” Montana said.Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom was “fully committed to mobilising the best of our technology and expertise through our South African joint venture Gibela, and we believe our trains will set a high standard in serving the interests of commuters.”Prasa will be supplied with X’Trapolis Mega, the new X’Trapolis train developed by Alstom to fit the 1.067 metre gauge in South Africa. The train can travel at speeds of up to 120 km/h with the ability to be upgraded to 160 km/h. Each single-deck train comprises six cars and can carry more than 1 300 passengers.According to Alstom, the train is equipped with air conditioning, ergonomic seats, real-time on-board information and wi-fi internet access, and includes an enhanced door system to provide better accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility, along with full-length connecting gangways for improved fluidity.“The stainless steel car body-shell reduces the weight of the train, and its electrical braking capacity enables a significant reduction in energy consumption.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Chinese government pledges billions to industrialise Africa

first_img21 October 2015The Chinese government reiterated its commitment to support industrialisation in South Africa and the rest of the African continent by pledging $50-billion (R668- billion) towards industrialisation projects.According to a press release, the pledge was announced during a courtesy visit by China’s commerce vice-minister, Zhang Xiangchen, to Lionel October, the director-general in the Department of Trade and Industry, in Pretoria this week.The courtesy visit also focused on the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Co- operation (Focac), which will be hosted in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 December.Initiatives like these fall in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan that has as its aim an improved country and continent. Its goals are to end poverty and build a strong, resilient and smart economy.Xiangchen said there were several new measures that the Chinese government was finalising to further promote industrialisation and development of the African continent as a whole.“China-Africa industrialisation partnerships will be at the forefront of any development in the continent followed by agricultural activities. China will also increase investments in Africa especially in the special economic zones and provide training in those sectors,” said Xiangchen.His government would provide 50 technical experts in building and upgrading of industrial parks and new power plants, 200 000 industrial managers to train and develop local industrial managers, as well as 40 000 training opportunities in different sectors.October welcomed the pledge and praised China for its efforts to support the African cause.China had remained an inspiration to most developing countries, especially those in Africa, for the last forty years, he said. Even though the continent was underdeveloped, summits such as Focac could bring progress in industrialisation.The first Ministerial Conference of Focac was held in Beijing in October 2000. After that meeting, China cancelled 10.9-billion renminbi (about R23-billion today) of debts for 31 heavily indebted poor countries or least developed countries in Africa.Source: SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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U.K. Victorian Finds Its Way to Passivhaus Performance

first_imgUPDATED with a corrected R value for the shell, plus additional details about the project’s renewable-energy systems and its overall cost.Builders and remodelers who aim to transform U.K.’s housing stock from leaky and creaky to highly energy efficient face daunting challenges. One of the premiere examples of a successful transformation is an 1860s Victorian row house that was recently retrofitted to perform to the Passivhaus standard.As the interior walls and ceilings of the four-bedroom home were stripped to the timbers, the 2,526-sq.-ft. building disclosed a number of unexpected features, some the product of age and a few that were just plain disturbing. In a blog post about the project, team leader Green Tomato Energy, a London-based specialist in energy-efficient building, noted the following discoveries once the framing was exposed: “woodworm in almost every piece of timber in the house; structural columns sitting on midair, supported by precisely nothing; brickwork that looks more like pebble-dash than a wall; 6-cm. gaps between first and second brick layers on external walls; bowed walls throughout (which are particularly trying when applying insulation).”Honoring architectural heritageThose on Green Tomato’s design-and-construction team who were from the U.K. were probably more than nominally familiar with the challenges inherent in deep energy retrofits of this sort. Beyond addressing those issues, though, the team also had to comply with historic-conservation rules governing the building’s appearance and materials, a process that typically requires considerable cost, patience, and caution. (A GBA post about a deep energy retrofit of a 19th-century Victorian in northeast London notes that the project took more than two years from beginning to end.)The good news is that Green Tomato, which is involved in other Passivhaus projects in the London area, persevered. It took about a year to bring the renovation far enough along for Passivhaus certification, which the house earned last month, along with an airtightness reading of 0.4905 air changes per hour at 50 Pascal pressure difference.Teaching an old building new tricksBecause much of the original timber was compromised in some way, the team used a combination of steel (more than 5 tons of it), wood, and manufactured studs and joists to rebuild and steady the skeleton. A 130-mm. layer of Kingspan Kooltherm rigid closed-cell foam was installed outside the OSB sheathing on the roof and exterior walls (see image number 5), and a 50-mm. layer of rigid foam was installed on the inside of the roof and wall framing. Aluminum tape was used to seal gaps. The Green Tomato project blog notes that the insulation package delivers thermal resistance of U-0.1 (R-56.78).The project’s triple-glazed windows, which had to conform to the sizes and styling of the originals, were custom built by Ryder Strategies Europe using newly developed glazing from Pilkington Glass. That process took a few months longer than originally planned, although the windows met every design and performance requirement.The house is equipped with a small photovoltaic system (1.17 kW) whose array is angled unobtrusively on an A-frame on the flat rooftop, and two solar thermal flat-plate panels (5.57 kW) embedded in the slate-shingle roof. The project’s only other renewable energy system is a labyrinthine heat exchange the builder devised and then installed under the kitchen floor – it is about 3 ft. underground, covers about 300 sq. ft., and is sealed with an antibacterial film – to “prep” the incoming air to about 55 degrees F before it reaches the building’s heat recovery ventilator, a Genvex Combi. The total cost of the renovation came to about $414,300.last_img read more

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Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Fix Banding in After Effects

first_imgRemoving banding in After Effects is easier than you might imagine.Banding is seen on the left side of the image above.Banding occurs when similar colors appear ‘posterized’ in your video image. For motion designers, it can be an annoyance and create ugly results. It’s all do to the color limitations associated with codecs but it can be avoided if you follow a few simple techniques. Feel free to follow the following written steps below for an in-depth look at banding and how to get rid of it.1. Scatter a Gradient RampSimply increase the ramp scatter parameter in the gradient ramp effect box. You should be good setting it around 70.2. Add GrainSimply use the ‘Add Grain’ effect and change the intensity to around “.3”.3. Change Bits-per-ChannelBy default the Bits-per-Channel is defaulted to 8, but if you want to make it even more smooth option-click on the bits-per-channel button in the project panel. However, if you are outputting to the web your video will end up being 8bpc even if you export 16bpc in After Effects.Of course the best thing to do when trying to avoid banding in After Effects is to simply choose a different color if you can.Have any tips for minimizing banding in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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5 Tips for Shooting Digital Screens

first_imgFollow these five helpful tips to capture the best possible footage when shooting digital screens.All images via ShutterstockIf you’ve every tried to shoot a TV or computer monitor, then you know that it’s much more complicated than simply pointing a camera at the screen. Because of the way cameras work, you have to consider a few things before and while shooting a video monitor or TV screen. Let’s take a look at a few of the best practices for putting screens on camera.1. Test Your Monitor FirstBefore you show up on set, you need to test the monitor you’ll be using. Cheaper monitors tend to have slower refresh rates that can produce a flickering screen if you’re shooting at a fast shutter speed. Other factors like rolling shutter and frame rate can also lead to screen blinking or awkward rolling bars. If you realize that your computer monitor won’t work for your given shooting scenario, the best thing to do is simply test out another one to see if it works well for you.However, if you’re already on set, try turning down your shutter speed. This will get rid of flickering or rolling shutter in most circumstances, but it isn’t ideal. If you’re still seeing a flicker in your monitor, you can try slowing down your frame rate. This may work for a couple of shots, but you should avoid doing this for more than a few shots in your film or video.2. Expose for the EnvironmentBy default, TVs and computer screens are very bright when compared to the ambient lighting found on set. Instead of adjusting your exposure for the brightness of your computer screen, expose for the environment around the computer and adjust the screen brightness as needed. This will ensure that your digital screen is well balanced in your image.3. Laptops Are the BestLaptops use an active matrix power system that holds the color values of each pixel until it is updated by new pixel information. Practically speaking, this means your pixels won’t flicker like on a desktop computer. If you have the option to choose between using a laptop or a desktop computer, I recommend using the laptop.4. Calibrate Your MonitorBy default, most digital screens are naturally white balanced for daylight. If you’re shooting a video that’s utilizing daylight-balanced bulbs, you’re fine. However, for most situations, you’re probably using a warmer, tungsten-balanced bulb. Because of this, you’ll want to change the white balance of your TV or computer to a warmer setting. You can usually find these settings in the monitor calibration menu.5. Record Your MovementsInstead of having your actor click and type information for each shot, it’s much better to simply do a screen recording and play the video back during production. This will make it easier for you nail your focus and ensure that your take is perfect every time.While there’s a lot of screen recording software out there, one of my favorite tools to use is the screen recording function found in QuickTime. After you record your screen, you can edit and export the footage in your NLE of choice. Another great tool for recording your screen is ScreenFlow.If you want to learn more about shooting TV or computer screens, I recommend checking out the How to Shoot a Laptop Screen article over at Wistia. The video tutorial included in the post features a lot of really good tips for anyone looking to practically shoot a screen on set.Got any on-set tips for shooting digital screens? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Last stop: Abhinav Bindra

first_imgHe made history, and the country proud, by being the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Here, the ace shooter tells us that he never flies without books and ear plugs and loves to shop in New York and LondonMerlion Park in SingaporeYour last vacation:In Singapore. I particularly enjoyed it because I was there with my sister and brother-in-law on our first ever holiday with my little nephew.Newest thing tasted:Snake, at a restaurant in Clarke Quay in Singapore. It tasted like chicken.A souvenir you’ve just picked up:A coffee table book, The Fort Pupils, on the Scindia School, Gwalior and its students. It was presented to me by the students after our interactive session.Harrods in LondonDo you prefer travelling by trains, planes or automobiles:Although I love to visit new places, I do not particularly enjoy the journey. I prefer to travel by planes as it is the fastest mode of travel.Baggage check-how much do you carry:I usually don’t carry check-in baggage to avoid waiting at airports.What you carry to make flights comfortable:A good book and ear plugs.Ever done a spur of the moment trip-only credit card and no baggage:Something like this may happen once I have retired from active sport.A sculpture from The State Hermitage Museum in Saint PetersburgYou have to travel a lot for work. Does that take the fun out of travelling:Not really… although I have travelled to most parts of the world for competition, I haven’t seen much except the airports, hotels and the shooting range. In fact, this has created an urge to go back to a lot of these places.Favourite places to shop:In New York, it is 5th Avenue for clothes and accessories and in London, I visit Harrods and Bond Street. From Munich I pick up shooting accessories.advertisementPlaces on Abhinav’s wish list:The Himalayas for their sheer geographic diversity–the forested valleys, tropical jungles, flowering meadows and the rugged terrain.Saint Petersburg in Russia for its museums.The Serengeti National Park in Africa for its amazing wildlife. I would love to go up in a hot air balloon to get a bird’s eye view of the animals in their natural habitat.last_img read more

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CWG denigrated India’s image: Aiyar

first_imgContinuing his tirade against the just-concluded Commonwealth Games, former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar on Sunday said India should have focused on improving the plight of its poor instead of spending thousands of crores on the event which only “denigrated” its image.”Tell me if your stadium is empty why not invite the children of those labourers who built the stadium to come in and sit down,” Aiyar, the most vocal critic of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, told PTI in New York. “But no, this was a middle class party.””So only PLUs (people like us) were given the opportunity of coming in and they didn’t come in adequate numbers,” the Congress MP said, noting that 960 crores spent on renovating the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium could have been put to better use.Aiyar also claimed that no single event had done more damage to India’s image in the past 63 years since independence than the recent Commonwealth Games.”I don’t think the world has ever denigrated us and in such obscene language as we have seen happening in the past few weeks,” he said.”70,000 crores to get ourselves a bad name,” the former minister said, referring to the total amount spent on the 12-day mega sporting event.On whether the Games were a success as declared by the Indian government, Aiyar claimed that the event had failed to position India as a top player on the global stage.”I’m not sure we’ve attained the objective we had of projecting ourselves as a great rising economic power to the Western world or even to Africa,” he said.advertisementGiven India’s poverty and inability to provide basic health care to millions of women and children, Aiyar said that the question is not whether the Games were successful but whether so much money should have been invested in the event.In view of talks that India is ready to host the Olympics as well, the former minister urged that CWG should be seen as a deterrent for India hosting mega sporting events, and noted that sports in India would be better served if the money was spent on the athletes and not stadia.”I see no reason at all why we should create this perversion of national priorities,” Aiyar said. “We must get back to the fundamental goal of poverty alleviation.””95 per cent of our youth have no access to organised sports and games,” he said, calling for “making India a sporting nation rather than a nation that hosts sports events.”On being pointed out that China and South Africa had pulled off the Olympic Games and the football World Cup respectively while dealing with developmental issues, Aiyar stressed that China was already a “fantastic sporting nation” and South Africa had plenty of financial help from outside.”Huge number of Chinese children and Chinese youth are given full facilities to develop their sporting talent,” he said. “They are a sporting nation that then hosted a sporting event … we are not … we have to become a sporting nation first.”On whether the criticism of the CWG was fair, Aiyar said, “Why are you making the Games a test of patriotism.””Is it patriotic to have done the games in such a way that the first action of the Prime Minister after the games are over is to appoint a probe team to look into malfeasance, inefficiency and possible corruption,” he said.last_img read more

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