The newly elected Congress government in Madhya Pradesh reintroduced the ‘Vande Mataram ritual’ at the State Secretariat in a novel way with much fanfare on Friday.The practice, which had been started by the previous BJP government for State government employees to be held at regular intervals, was stopped last month by Chief Minister Kamal Nath who had promised to hold the event in a “new form” on the first working day of every month.Keeping his word, Mr. Nath opened the event to common people and other officials besides the State government employees and made it much grander by introducing a police band and a road procession from Shaurya Smarak to Vallabh Bhavan, the Secretariat.Addressing the event, the Chief Minister launched a scathing attack on the BJP, which had criticised his order to discontinue the practice last month, by asking it to refrain from “teaching us patriotism”. “Patriotism runs in our blood and we don’t need lessons in patriotism from those who never took part in the country’s Independence movement,” said Mr. Nath while speaking to media persons after the conclusion of the programme.Large gatheringA large number of officials, State government employees and general public assembled at the Shaurya Smarak on Friday to take part in the event. From there they proceeded to Vallabh Bhavan to the beats of the police band which played several patriotic songs. The previous BJP government used to hold the national song singing programme at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Park in the vicinity of Vallabh Bhavan.
There will be no easing of the prevailing curfew-like restrictions and communications blockade in Kashmir, at least till the Independence Day functions — planned to be held in all districts of the Valley — are concluded, as the administration is buoyed by the calm maintained by people during Id and Friday prayers.“The restrictions are being eased out in a phased manner in the Valley,” said J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal. “Normal situation in the Jammu division has been restored,” he added.Mr. Kansal, however, remained non-committal about any time frame for restoring communications including the Internet in the Valley. Residents in the valley have largely been cut off from the rest of the country and the world since August 5. He also asserted that no untoward incident had been reported anywhere in Kashmir in the past 24 hours.Also Read Newspapers pause publication Police officials said authorities did not want to leave anything to chance ahead of Independence Day. All venues were in the process of undergoing “security sanitisation”, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Mr. Kansal said full dress rehearsals for the I-Day functions were held in every district of the Valley on Tuesday. “The necessary arrangements have been put in place for grand and befitting functions,” he added.Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute at the march-past in Srinagar’s main venue Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium.Once the hotspot for separatists to organise street protests, Lal Chowk’s Ghanta Ghar was also being spruced up for the I-Day celebrations.In a separate move, Mr. Kansal said the J&K government would host a first-ever global summit, attracting investors from many countries, between October 12-16. “The summit will see investors travelling to Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh,” he added.This is a major bid by the authorities to establish confidence among the local population on the development front.The Centre has affirmed that J&K offers major potential in tourism and information technology sectors and is keen to help the province to tap it.
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ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Hard-hitting Yuya Wakamatsu has the unenviable task of welcoming one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Demetrious Johnson under the ONE Championship banner on Sunday night.But while all eyes will be on the debuting Johnson, Wakamatsu is dead set on stealing his thunder.ADVERTISEMENT Wakamatsu wants no less than a win in front of his hometown crowd and he wants it to be in spectacular fashion.“I would like to knock out Demetrious Johnson. That is what I’m aiming for, that is what I want,” Wakamatsu said through a translator during a star-studded ONE: A New Era press conference on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton here.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“Many are doubting me in this fight against Demetrious but I’m born for this,” he added as he faces Johnson in a Flyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal at the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan.Coming up with a bold fight plan is one thing and executing it an entirely different story especially when knocking out Johnson hasn’t been done before. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES MOST READ The 32-year-old Johnson has never been stopped through 30 fights with his three losses coming via decision.The heavy-handed Wakamatsu has made a career out of knocking his opponents out with nine of his 10 wins coming by stoppage due to strikes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Rockets lock down on Nuggets for easy win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments
Bengaluru, June 25 (PTI) Indias most decorated woman boxer MC Mary Kom today rued that the sport is as good as “dead in India” because there has been no competition happening with national association in a limbo. “Boxing in India is almost dead. There are no major competitions held for the past two years in India. I miss tears welling up in my eyes when I see the Indian flag going up after I had won a medal in an international event,” Mary Kom said at inauguration of Ultimate Boxing Championship organised by Phoenix Market City here. “I hope this event will give a big boost for fighters and for upcoming youngsters,” she said. Mary Kom again made it clear that retirement is not on her mind as she wants to continue for another three years. “It was unfortunate not to get the wild card, but would continue to play for next three years,” she told reporters ahead of the Ultimate Championship organised by Phoneix Market City here. On a separate note, the London Olympics bronze medallist also congratulated athlete Dutee Chand for qualifying in the womens 100 metres dash at the Rio Olympics. “I congratulate Dutee on her qualication for Rio Olympics. It is a great honour to represent country at the Olympics. Its a matter of great pride as she became first woman in 36 years after PT Usha to qualify for 100m dash”, Mary Kom said. Mary Kom felt that Dutees achievement is more praiseworthy as qualifying in a major athletics event is tougher than winning medals in boxing. “To qualify and winning in boxing at the Olympics is a bit easy compared to Athletics. Therefore, to qualify in 100m is a great achievement. I will always pray for her success,” she added. PTI BDN KHS KHSadvertisement
This is a limited period offer. Xiaomi on Thursday launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India for a starting price of Rs 13,999, which is similar to the current price of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Today, it is for the first time that the Naya Note will be up for grabs. The Redmi Note 6 Pro sale will kick off at 12PM (noon) today on Flipkart and Mi.com. The offline buyers can get the phone from Mi Home.In India, the base model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced at Rs 13,999, while the top-end model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will sell for Rs 15,999. The storage of both the phones is expandable by a microSD card up to 256GB. During today’s sale, all the four colour models of the Redmi Note 6 Pro including red, blue, black, and rose gold will be available.As a part of the launch offer, Xiaomi has announced a special price for the Redmi Note 6 Pro, which will be limited only to today’s sale. On account of Black Friday sale, the Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available for Rs 12,999. This price is for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model. The price of the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone will sell for Rs 14,999. This Rs 1,000 drop from the MRP offer is available only for today. So, if you’re interested to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, today is the best time to get it.advertisementXiaomi just doesn’t stop here. On top of the Rs 1,000 discount, Xiaomi has also partnered with HDFC Bank to offer an additional Rs 500 off which brings down the price of the 4GB RAM model of phone to Rs 12,499. While the 6GB RAM model of the phone can be purchased for Rs 14,499.Before you go ahead to buy the Redmi Note 6 Pro, here’s a quick look at what the phone offers:–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi to come with four camera setup. Two of the cameras sit on the back panel, next to the fingerprint sensor, while the other two sensors are equipped inside the notch on the front.–This is also the first Note phone to come with a notched display. The notch equips the two selfie cameras, sensors and earpiece.–On the rear panel, the phone includes a dual camera system. It comes with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel with Dual Pixel autofocus and f/1.9 aperture and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing.–On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro includes a primary sensor of 20-megapixel and a secondary camera with a 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro is also the first phone from Xiaomi to come with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box.–The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with an aspect ratio of 19:9.–On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is also powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor paired with Adreno 509 GPU.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro: Key specs, India price, and everything you should know–The phone comes in two configurations — one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage and second one with 6GB RAM/64GB storage.–It comes in four colour options — red, blue, black, and rose gold, and all the colours will be available during today’s sale.
Nick Kyrgios overcame a bout of nausea, a stiff back and saved three match points on the way to stunning top seed Rafael Nadal 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in the second round of the Acapulco International in Mexico on Wednesday.The Australian fell to the floor in celebration after clinching the victory, before sticking a finger behind his ear and asking the raucous crowd to cheer louder.Spaniard Nadal, who has won the tournament twice, took only one of his 10 break point chances and failed to put the match away despite leading 6-3 in the final set tiebreak before Kyrgios reeled off five straight points.World number 72 Kyrgios improved his career record against Nadal to 3-3.After dropping the first set, Kyrgios called for the trainer and said that he felt sick but would play on as he feared the media would “blow it up”.He returned to the court for the second set and immediately looked a different player.At one stage a frustrated Nadal called for the crowd to quieten down, a request that received backing from Kyrgios, who screamed “shut up” together with an expletive, an outburst that brought him a warning from the umpire.After calling for the trainer again between the second and third sets due to a sore back, Kyrgios then saved five break points in the sixth game of the final set.He got out of jail again in the deciding tiebreak, particularly on the second match point when his volley caught the tape but toppled over and landed on the line.advertisementNext up for Kyrgios is Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who defeated American Steve Johnson 7-6(5) 6-4.Also on Wednesday, Mackenzie McDonald continued his recent strong form with a 6-7(7) 7-5 6-3 upset of fellow American Frances Tiafoe.McDonald last week made it to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open, where he lost to eventual champion Radu Albot.Third seed Isner posted the 400th win of his career, 6-4 6-4 over fellow American Sam Querrey.Also Watch:
Sheffield Utd boss Wilder: I watched Liverpool from the Kop as a boyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he stood on the Kop at Anfield as a young boy.Wilder’s dad is from Norris Green on Merseyside and his uncle took him on the Kop a couple of times in the 1970s as a kid during trips to see his relatives.Wilder saw Liverpool greats Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes in their pomp and remembers being carried down the Kop in an avalanche of people when the Reds scored.“I was on the Kop with my uncle Colin, he’ll like this plug!” said the Sheffield United boss ahead of hosting the Reds today. “He took me a couple of times.“I would have been eight or nine when we used to go for Christmas holidays and we’d have the odd trip to Anfield.“As people at the time will know and relate to you, you started halfway up the Kop, then when Liverpool scored you ended anywhere, possibly down the bottom, and my uncle would take the next 20 minutes to try and find me.“It was great to experience in my formative, young years. I am, and always will be, a Sheffield United supporter, but that part of me has always been there from my dad’s side and my uncle and my auntie.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: EDMONTON, Canada – Buff up the Talus balls and grab a green onion cake. Corus Radio is bringing a new feel to the Edmonton airwaves today with the launch of 92.5 The ‘Chuck. Rebranded from Fresh Radio, The ‘Chuck is giving listeners more music variety full of hits and surprises, interspersed with irreverent slices of this city that we love.“If you live in Edmonton, you’ll get it. We saw an opportunity in the market to introduce an unconventional and original sound,” says Greg Johnson, FM Program Director, Corus Radio Edmonton. “Edmontonians are proud of their city and this station embodies that passion.”92.5 The ‘Chuck will keep the city entertained on shuffle with an exciting, unpredictable mix of pop rock and variety from the 80s through today. In between the hits, The ‘Chuck’s distinctly local personality will keep things topical with less chatter than any other station in the market. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Join The ‘Chuck Crew out and about this weekend, starting this afternoon in Old Strathcona where they’re dodging potholes and blasting the hits aboard an Urban Pedal Tour team bike. Then on Saturday at the Heritage Festival, The ‘Chuck is inviting Edmontonians to break bread at the city’s largest communal table. Measuring 70 feet in length, take a seat near the main entrance of Hawrelak Park to learn about the brand, check out the local art on the table and enter to win $500 to Skip the Dishes.Tune in to 92.5 The ‘Chuck, or listen live online at 925thechuck.ca Advertisement
CAIRO- Egyptian ambassador to Turkey Abdel-Rahman Salahuddin returned to Cairo on Saturday from Ankara.Last week, Egypt downgraded its diplomatic relations with Turkey to the level of charge d’affaires and declared the Turkish ambassador a “persona non-grata.”It linked the decision to statements made by Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Egypt’s domestic affairs and his criticism of Egyptian authorities.The Turkish Foreign Ministry responded the same day by downgrading diplomatic relations with Egypt to the level of charge d’affaires and declaring the Egyptian ambassador a “persona non-grata”.
Quebec – Minister Delegate in Charge for Transportation, Mohamed Najib Boulif, held, Tuesday in Quebec, a series of meetings with leaders from the Quebecer transportation association (AQTr), the Montreal port department (APM) and transportation and infrastructure enterprises, on means to foster relations between Morocco and Quebec in these fields.Boulif highlighted the importance of debates and talks he had with the said leaders and of the province’s performance in the transport sector, underlining that Morocco boasts huge opportunities that could be the basis of a win-win cooperation between the two parties.He also underscored Morocco’s interest in the development of port infrastructure to become real engine for socio-economic development, stressing Morocco’s geostrategic positioning (3500 km of coastlines) as well as its maritime assets.
New York – The members of the Security Council concluded on Thursday morning their negotiations on the draft resolution regarding the Western Sahara.The United States has pushed for the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution that is very pro Morocco, sources acquainted with the matter from inside the United Nations told Morocco World News on Thursday.The 15-member body held another closed-door meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the final language of the resolution. The final version of the resolution was submitted “in blue” – meaning ready for adoption – to the secretariat of the Security Council. But according to our sources in New York, new developments may warrant revision of the text and a vote has not been scheduled. It is unclear whether the 15-member will adopt the resolution tomorrow or this weekend.The latest version of the resolution, which was obtained by Morocco World News, is positive for the Moroccan position and puts clear pressure on the Polisario.The resolution reflects the concern expressed by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres concerning the situation in the region. In his first annual report on the Situation Regarding the Western Sahara, the UN chief called on the Security Council to urge the Polisario to withdraw from the Gueguerat region.The resolution calls unequivocally on the Polisario to respect the provisions of the 1991 ceasefire agreement and withdraw from the Gueguerat region without conditions.Paragraph 3 of the resolution expresses the Security Council’s “deep concern with the continued presence of elements of the Polisario Front in the buffer strip in Guerguerat and strongly urges the Polisario Front to fully and unconditionally withdraw from the buffer strip in Guerguerat immediately.”The Polisario will be given 30 days to abide by the provisions of the resolution. In the event it refuses to withdraw from the Gueguerat region, the Security Council will decide on ways to compel it to do so.The Security Council “requests the Secretary-General to brief the Council within 30 days on whether elements of the Polisario have withdrawn from the buffer strip in Guerguerat and expresses its intention, if there is no full and unconditional withdrawal, to consider how best to facilitate achievement of this goal,” says the resolution in its paragraph 4.On the other hand, the resolution calls on the parties to show commitment towards achieving a mutually acceptable political solution. In this regard, unlike last year’s resolution, the new text insist three times that the any political solution should in the “context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations.”The addition of this sentence in three paragraphs echoes the recommendation made in the report of the Secretary General in which he called on the parties to work towards achieving a mutually political solution and on defining the meaning and scope of the concept of self-determination.The recommendation of the UN chief and the text of the resolution are in line with the position of Morocco, which has for long insisted that independence is not only way of achieving self-determination and that autonomy is also among the arrangements of the United Nations that provide achieving self-determination.The Security Council expressed “its full support for the commitment of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy towards a solution to the question of Western Sahara in this context to relaunch the negotiating process with a new dynamic and a new spirit leading to the resumption of a political process with the aim of reaching a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,”To achieve this goal, it calls on “the parties to resume negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, with a view to achieving a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and noting the role and responsibilities of the parties in this respect.”The resolution calls on the Secretary General “to update the Security Council within six months of the appointment of the new Personal Envoy on ways in which the Personal Envoy, working with the parties, is progressing towards a mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and present a clear path forward.”US and France lend their support to MoroccoBut while the United States, penholder of the resolution, and France wanted to push for the resolution along the lines expressed in the first draft, other members called for the adoption of a more nuanced and more balanced resolution.The main bones of contention were the need that Polisario withdraw from the Guerguerat region and respect the ceasefire agreement, and the approach that the Security Council will adopt to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable political solution.“The differences relate to how the Council addresses the situation of Guerguerat, and also how it addresses the parties’ proposals. It appears that the Council is leaning for the Moroccan proposal submitted to the Council in 2007,” the same source said.“The text was leaning or very favorable to Morocco as prepared by the US, especially in these two areas. Therefore, there was some disagreement from other members that do not agree with this approach,” the same source added.
by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yukon Party promises to fight federal carbon tax amid territorial election WHITEHORSE – The federal government’s carbon tax strategy is dominating Yukon’s territorial election, with the leader of the long-governing party promising to fight the levy while his rivals dismiss the pledge as political bluster.Yukon Party Leader Darrell Pasloski said that putting a price on carbon would raise the cost of virtually everything in the territory, including food, clothing and gas.“A carbon tax would do nothing but hurt the economy,” he said in an interview. “When you put in a new tax that makes everything cost more money, people have a lot less money to spend in an economy.”Pasloski was elected leader of the governing Yukon Party in 2011 and went on to win the election later that year. He called this election on Oct. 7 with just a week to spare on the party’s five-year mandate.The premier said his experience working with politicians on the national stage could earn an exemption from a federally-mandated carbon tax by showing Ottawa what the territory has done to cut emissions.“Yukoners want a leader and a party that’s going to stand up for Yukoners and not simply roll over with inevitability,” he said.But leaders of the territory’s opposition parties have called the carbon tax promise unrealistic.“I think he’s misleading Yukoners,” said Sandy Silver, leader of the Yukon Liberals. “That’s not a great plan for Yukoners, just to stick your head in the sand.”Instead, Silver said the territory needs to plan to take money from the levy and put it back into businesses.The federal government made it clear that carbon pricing is coming and Yukon has to come up with ways to make sure the tax brings benefits, said Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson.Her party is proposing half of the revenues from the tax be used to create a rebate for families and the other half would be dedicated to grow the territory’s renewable-energy sector.“We need to make the direct link that if we’re going to address climate change through a carbon price, show us that it’s going to help by fostering both the creation of jobs in the renewable energy sector and the replacement of fossil fuels through those funds,” she said.There’s huge potential for wind, solar and geothermal energy in Yukon, Hanson said, and creating jobs in the renewable energy sector could help replace positions lost due to a shrinking mining sector, which has long been the region’s dominant economic engine.Silver, too, said there’s a need to diversify the territory’s economy and create new jobs. But mining will always have a future in Yukon and it’s important that the next government looks to find a more sustainable way forward for the industry, he said.Pasloski acknowledged that there has been a downturn in mineral prices globally during his tenure, but said he’s optimistic about the future of mining in Yukon and proud of how his government has weathered the slowdown.New businesses are coming in, flights in and around the territory have increased, and a new subdivision has been built in Whitehorse, he said.“For the first time ever in a mining economy downturn, we haven’t seen a mass exodus of people, which has historically been an issue in mining downturns.”While Pasloski’s party campaigns on continuing to put the interests of Yukoners first, his opponents say it’s time for a change.The Yukon Party has been in power for 14 years, and Silver — the lone Yukon Liberal elected in 2011 — said the party has gotten “a little long in the tooth.”It’s time to get away from partisan politics and start working directly on the issues that impact Yukoners, he said in an interview, arguing his party is the best for that job.Hanson said the NDP’s record as the official opposition shows they’re ready to take the reins.“People can see by our work ethic that we’re prepared to take on issues, to stand up with people or for principle,” she said. “To me, those are the kind of things I hope people consider when they consider voting.”Sixty-three people are vying for 19 seats in the election, which takes place on Nov. 7.– By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver– Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski arrives for a meeting of provincial premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon, in a July 21, 2016, file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
“You are not here to initiate new negotiations. You are here to strengthen and conclude the work that has been done in earnest since the beginning of the ATT process in 2006,” Mr. Ban told representatives from 193 Member States in his opening remarks to the conference in New York.He added that now is the time for the focus and political will to negotiate the final details and arrive at a consensus outcome during the nine-day conference. “That is the clear message of the General Assembly when it decided that this is the Final United Nations Conference on the ATT.”The last negotiations on the ATT ended in July of last year without agreement. Disappointed, Mr. Ban described it as a “setback” but also noted that States had reached considerable common ground that can be built on.In today’s speech, Mr. Ban noted that international standards regulate everything from t-shirts to toys and tomatoes, and he questioned why “there are common standards for the global trade in armchairs but not the global trade in arms.” An effective and strong ATT will put on notice warlords, pirates, human rights abusers, organized criminals, terrorists and gun runners, Mr. Ban said, and require exporting countries to assess the risk that weapons will be used to commit grave violations of international humanitarian law or even fuel conflict. Armed violence, he noted, kills more than half a million people each year, including 66,000 women and girls. In addition, between 2000 and 2010, almost 800 humanitarian workers were killed in armed attacks and another 689 injured, according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. “We owe this landmark UN treaty to those who have fallen victim to armed conflict and violence, to all the children deprived of a better future, and to all those risking their lives to build peace and make this a better world,” Mr. Ban said.Some 2,000 representatives of Governments, international and regional organizations and civil society have gathered at UN Headquarters to take part in the negotiations and related events. The process is overseen by Ambassador Peter Woolcott of Australia who took over today as president of the conference. “My door will always be open,” he told participants during his opening statement, adding that by “working together we can make the Arms Trade Treaty a reality.” Mr. Woolcott urged participants to focus and to reach a consensus, reminding them that “expectations are high and time is limited.” According to the conference’s website, the proposed treaty will not interfere with the domestic arms trade and the way a country regulates civilian possession; ban, or prohibit the export of, any type of weapons; impair States’ legitimate right to self-defence; or lower arms regulation standards in countries where these are already at a high level.An arms trade treaty will, it pointed out, “aim to create a level playing field for international arms transfers by requiring all States to abide by a set of standards for transfer controls, which will ultimately benefit the safety and security of people everywhere in the world.”
Maggie Heim works with Big Ten Network during an OSU women’s volleyball home game. Credit: Courtesy of Maggie HeimThe crowd at Nebraska’s Omaha Marian High School basketball game was in shock. Freshman center Maggie Heim went up for a rebound and had her legs swiped out from under her. Heim’s head hit the floor and everything went black. “The last thing I remember is the whole crowd going, ‘Oh …,’” she said. It would be her first concussion, but not her last. An avid high-school athlete, Heim played not only basketball, but she also ran track and played volleyball. Now, biologically more prone to have concussions since her first had occurred, Heim suffered two more collisions in high school, but she was mentally hard-headed and brushed off the accidents. “With my stubborn personality, I was like, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’” she said. Heim eventually bounced back from her injuries and was recruited by Ohio State volleyball coach Geoff Carlston after her sophomore season. She said she considered herself a risk taker. The long distance from home did not bother her because she loved OSU for more than just its athletics. “If my sport were to ever be taken away, I knew that I would still love the school,” Heim said. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe has known Heim since they were in high school, playing each other in the club volleyball circuit. Sandbothe said Heim had an infectious personality, and she stood out on the court. “Everywhere she went, she would just light up a room, or she lit up a game,” she said. During her first two seasons as a Buckeye, Heim made a big impression. Her team knew her as a leader and an encouraging voice. Even though she didn’t see a lot of playing time as an underclassman, Heim said she was determined to be the best teammate possible to everyone around her.“Something about Maggie that not a lot of people know is that she was one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met in my life. When it came down to the wire, she was an absolute competitor,” Sandbothe said. “She pushed everyone to be better.” Just before the NCAA tournament during Heim’s sophomore season at OSU, the past reared its ugly head once again. She was hit in the head during two consecutive practices. Immediately, she knew something was off. “I finished practice and walked off the court and said, ‘Something doesn’t feel right,’” she said. The athletic trainers took her into their office and asked her simple questions. “What day is it?,” “Who was the last team you played?,” Heim couldn’t remember any of it. Despite the scare, she was back in the gym the next day, ready to spend another practice with the team she loved most and take off for tournament play. However, she was sent home to rest, and had to watch the Buckeyes play from a television screen. The following days would be focused on getting back on her feet.Before Heim left to go back to Omaha for winter break, the trainers suggested this was more than just another hit. Her injury was potentially career-ending. A neurologist’s recommendation confirmed her worst nightmare. She returned to OSU with a heavy heart and bad news for the Buckeye sisterhood. “I told them I wouldn’t be playing anymore, which is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say to anyone. We sat in the locker room and just cried. It was almost like a loss, like a death,” she said. “I hugged every one of my teammates.”Sandbothe remembers that day and the greater message that stood out through the tears.“It was really scary, and it was a realization that this game is something that’s bigger than all of us and it can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.” Sandbothe said. But just because she wouldn’t be on the court, it didn’t mean Heim was abandoning her team. After telling them the initial news that she wouldn’t be wearing a Buckeye jersey anymore, she also had a second message. “The second thing I told them is, ‘I’m going to be there as much as I can, as much as I can emotionally handle these next two years because they’re my family,’” she said. Heim hung around St. John Arena a lot after the incident, because she still had so much love for the team, even if she wouldn’t be playing. It helped her transition into her new role as a student assistant coach.The Ohio State women’s volleyball senior class poses for pictures. Credit: Courtesy of Maggie Heim“It’s a student-coach role, but I think it’s more being a sense of calm, peace and happiness around the team,” she said. “I wanted to continue to bring that in any way I could.” It was a good fit for Heim. Carlston said she brings a great perspective to the team as a walking example of gratitude. “One of the most valuable things she brings is that sense of gratefulness, that sense of urgency — understanding that it all can be taken away from you,” he said. “That’s a really essential piece to have within your program, someone who can speak to that and who has lived it.” As time progressed, Heim began to explore new facets of life outside of volleyball. She expressed interest in television, modeling, the Peace Corps and traveling the world after graduating in May. Heim currently works with Big Ten Network doing play-by-play broadcasting of her team’s home matches. “It’s in my personality to not say no to things that freak me out,” she said.Helm said she would have never known about the other opportunities that existed for her had she not gotten injured. “I’m not a victim to my injury. I’m not curled up in a ball saying, ‘Oh, poor me,’” she said. “I’m using it to motivate myself to go do other things.” Heim’s story has been an inspiration for those around her, including Sandbothe and Carlston who have seen Heim through all of the stages of her journey. Sandbothe said Heim has grounded the senior class in humility. “She did a tremendous job of letting people know she was okay and letting people know there is life beyond this game,” Sandbothe said. As for Carlston, Heim is one of the reasons that being a coach is so rewarding. He’s seen Heim at her lowest and, now, her highest. “She’s a good example of really why I enjoy coaching,” he said. “To see a player like Maggie go through what she went through and come out of it … and not only come out of it, but come out of it on the other side much better.” Even though her time as an OSU athlete was cut short, Heim is anything but bitter. She said her days spent as a Buckeye are something that will always be carried with her.“As difficult as it’s been at some points, there’s been so much joy that’s come from being a student-athlete here,” she said. “I don’t really have words for it. It’s been so unbelievable, but I’m beyond grateful for everything that God has given me and this program has given me.” Heim has been officially released from the NCAA and OSU, so she is free to decide whether she will ever play volleyball again, but what she’s more interested in is exploring who exactly Maggie Heim is. “My identity was always being an athlete and that’s where my confidence came from. My happiness was from going to practice and wearing a jersey,” she said. “Something I’m interested in is establishing an identity that’s being a human being and not just being a student-athlete.”