Himachal Pradesh poll: Congress eases ticket norm for VIP kin

first_imgThe Congress on Sunday cleared the nominations of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s son from Shimla Rural and Minister Kaul Singh Thakur’s daughter from Mandi for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll, relaxing its “one family, one ticket” formula.Just a day before the filing of nomination for the November 9 election comes to an end, the party announced its final list of nine candidates.The party fielded Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress president and Mr. Virbhadra Singh’s son Vikramaditya Singh from the prestigious Shimla Rural constituency, earlier held by his father, and State Minister Kaul Singh Thakur’s daughter Champa Thakur from Mandi (Sadar).The Congress had initially dithered over fielding Mr. Vikramaditya Singh and Ms. Champa Thakur, but gave in to pressure at the last minute, party sources said.According to the sources, the Congress was taking seriously its “one family, one ticket” formula, whereby only one member of a family would be made party candidate.This was the reason for the delay in declaring the candidates for Shimla Rural and Mandi seats.Second listEarlier in the day, the party released its second list of seven candidates, withholding the names of its nominees for just two seats —— Shimla Rural and Mandi (Sadar).About an hour later, the party, however, cleared the nominations of Mr. Vikramaditya Singh and Ms. Champa Thakur.Arki for VirbhadraMr. Virbhadra Singh had earlier publicly declared that his son would contest from his seat. The Chief Minister has moved to the Arki Assembly seat in Solan district and the party has declared his candidature from there.Mr. Kaul Singh has been fielded from the Darang Assembly constituency.Ms. Champa Thakur’s seat was held by former Union Minister Sukh Ram’s son Anil Sharma. Mr. Anil Sharma has quit the party and is now the BJP candidate from the seat.Monday is the last day for filing of nominations for the election to the 68-member Assembly. The Congress had on October 18 announced its first list of 59 candidates.last_img read more

Separatists call for march against PM

first_imgSeparatists joint forum, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, on Tuesday called for a protest march during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to J&K. “People should march towards the historic Lal Chowk on Saturday [May 19] to protest Mr. Modi’s visit,” said a JRL spokesman. Mr. Modi is visiting the State on Saturday and will inaugurate many development projects. The separatists also expressed anger over deaths in Palestine in Israeli action on Monday. “I lament the world’s indifference towards grave injustice and repression perpetuated upon Palestinians, thrown out of their own land by a powerful occupier. People of Kashmir sympathise and empathise with the Palestinian people,” said the Mirwaiz.Mr. Geelani asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation “to take stock of the situation and use its good offices on diplomatic front to deter the policy of genocide of the weaker nations of the world at the hands of imperialistic powers”.last_img read more

CBI examining calls in Muzaffarpur molestation case

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation’s forensic team is mapping the mobile phone calls made by those suspected of having raped 34 girl inmates at the Muzaffarpur shelter home in Bihar.“The forensic team is also examining the evidence lifted by the State Police. It will visit the scene of crime to collect more evidence,” said an official. The agency plans to seek custodial interrogation of the 10 arrested accused.The abuse at the Balika Grih came to light following a social audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences of shelter homes across the State.last_img read more

10 cops hurt in Puri bandh over queue system

first_imgAt least 10 policemen were injured when protesters resorted to violence to enforce a day-long bandh in Puri on Wednesday in protest against the introduction of a queue system for darshan in the Jagannath temple.The bandh, called by Jagannath Sena, a Puri-based social-cultural organisation, turned violent when a large number of protesters uprooted the barricades put up to facilitate the entry of devotees into the temple through the main entrance in a queue.The Jagannath Sena had called for a bandh after the temple administration introduced the queue system on Monday on an experimental basis. The protest was supported by sections of temple servitors.The police had a tough time in controlling the situation as the violence escalated after the organisation convener Priyadarshan Patnaik was taken into custody in the morning as a preventive measure.House ransacked The protesters, who burnt tyres at several locations on the Grand Road to block traffic, also ransacked the house of local Biju Janata Dal legislator and State Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty.They also hurled stones at the official residence of the Superintendent of Police and vandalised the office of Shree Jagannath Temple administration. Many valuables were allegedly looted by the agitators from the temple office.The agitators also damaged a police outpost and an information centre outside the temple as well as the Town police station, prompting the police to resort to a mild lathi-charge and tear gas lobbing to control the situation. Several police vehicles were damaged.The Puri police later conducted a flag march on the Grand Road in order to bring the situation under control. Senior administration and police officials also reached the spot to defuse the tension.The devotees had a difficult time during the day till normality was restored in and around the temple complex. As many as 26 platoons of police personnel were deployed in the town to restore peace.Director-General of Police Rajendra Prasad Sharma, who reviewed the situation, said that administration will soon be holding talks where all outstanding issues will be discussed to restore peace.last_img read more

Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League

first_imgView comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England—Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage in some style on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Emre Can scored goals either side of Salah’s tap-in as Liverpool surged 3-0 ahead. The third goal was masterful, with Mane breaking clear, cutting inside and backheeling the ball to Firmino, whose cross to the far post was tucked home on the volley by Can.“I think we’ve scored a few nice goals,” Klopp said of his nearly two years in charge, “but that was outstanding.”With his team now needing five goals to progress, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach, Julian Nagelsmann, threw on an extra attacker in the 24th minute and Mark Uth had an immediate impact, drilling a low shot into the corner four minutes later.Neither defense covered itself in glory in the first half, and the goals kept coming after halftime. Jordan Henderson robbed Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt to run through on goal, before passing across for Firmino to slot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.“He was impossible to defend,” Klopp said of Firmino, his deep-lying striker.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games With the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane combining brilliantly, Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 with a devastating attacking display to seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a two-year absence.The Reds advanced 6-3 on aggregate in the qualifying playoff and will be placed in the pot of third seeds in Thursday’s draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said. “We were so dangerous, so clinical. We could have scored even more.”Hoffenheim is playing in European competition for the first time in its history this season and was swept away on another atmospheric night at Anfield. Sandro Wagner headed in a late goal for Hoffenheim.“We were running around like headless chickens,” Nagelsmann said of his team’s display in the first 30 minutes, “and they were scoring the kind of goals they always score in the Premier League.”“Sometimes,” he added, “you just have to admit your opponent is better.”Liverpool produced its exhilarating performance without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who remains unavailable — officially because he is both ill and injured — amid sustained interest from Barcelona.On this evidence, the Reds don’t need him, although their defensive frailties were exposed again, especially on the flank of left back Alberto Moreno.Liverpool joins Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United as part of a five-strong English representation in the group stage.Here’s a look at the other second legs in the playoffs: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Djokovic says he had ‘medical intervention’ on right elbow

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over France’s Gael Monfils during the men’s final tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on July 1, 2017.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKNovak Djokovic says he had a “small medical intervention” on his bothersome right elbow.The 12-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player wrote on Instagram on Friday: “It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017 because of problems with his racket-swinging right arm, saying it had been bothering him for more than a year.The 30-year-old Serb made a late decision to enter the Australian Open last month, and then was clearly hampered by the elbow in a straight-set loss to Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the fourth round. Djokovic winced and grimaced throughout and took a medical timeout to have his elbow massaged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rookie Mitchell scores 40, Jazz rout Suns AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13

first_imgRead also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Action & Drama As La Albiceleste Makes It To The Last SixteenFIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi Thanks All His Supporters For Their Sacrifices As La Albiceleste Progresses To The Last Sixteen Advertisement AdvertisementBrazil’s Adriano celebrates after scoring against Ghana, Photo Credits: The HinduGreetings readers. We’re back yet again with FIFA’s edition of today’s “Stats of the Day” feature.Here is an excerpt of the “Stats of the Day”: 1977 – The first-ever World Youth Championship kicks off in Tunisia with two matches played simultaneously. Ten players (Brazil’s Bebeto, Dida, Dunga, Jorginho, Mueller, Taffarel; Spain’s Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Marchena and Argentina’s Diego Maradona) and one coach (Argentina’s Cesar Luis Menotti) have won both a FIFA U-20 World Cup and a FIFA World Cup.1994 – Erwin Sanchez scores in a 3-1 loss to Spain to end Bolivia’s record five-match goal drought after a total of 517 minutes. It remains the longest such series in FIFA World Cup history and includes matches played in the 1930, 1950 and 1994 editions.2006 – By beating Ghana 3-0 in the round of 16, Brazil set an impressive World Cup record of 11 consecutive wins dating back to their win against Turkey on 3 June 2002. Adriano’s strike to make it 2-0 is Brazil’s 200th goal in the competition.To read more click here: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13last_img read more

Roger Federer celebrates 1,500th match with Basel breeze

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australian Alex de Minaur beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien 6-1, 7-5, a victory which sends the wild card into a match with the winner from second seed Alexander Zverev and American Taylor Fritz.Henri Laaksonen knocked out French eighth seed Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5 for the evening’s second Swiss victory and German Jen-Lennard Struff defeated Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rapinoe named but Modric, Neymar miss out on Ballon D’Or shortlist Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “I thought the match was good,” Federer said.“I felt a nice spring in my step. I was quick to the ball and it didn’t take me long to get used to the conditions, that’s positive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“There is a danger in playing Peter indoors since he’s already had two solid qualifying matches. He also serves great indoors.“But I was able to control things.” Swiss Roger Federer reatcs after winning his 1,500th match of his career at the opening day of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament on October 21, 2019 in Basel. – Roger Federer check off another landmark on October 21, 2019 when he starts his bid for a 10th Basel title by playing the 1,500th match of his career. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)Roger Federer opened his bid for a 10th title at the ATP Swiss indoors in Basel on Monday, crushing German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in what was the Swiss legend’s 1,500th career match.This landmark 6-2, 6-1 success in his hometown set the 38-year-old up for his tilt at a 103rd title.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LATEST STORIES Federer is defending the 2018 title at his hometown event. The victory improved his career record at the tournament to 72-9 and increased his Basel win streak to 21 straight matches.Federer, who has made the Basel final on all of his last 12 visits, owns ATP titles this season in Dubai, Miami and Halle.The Monday rout took just 54 minutes with Federer forced to break back in the second set before sprinting to the win.He will face the winner from Radu Albot and Dusan Lajovic in the second round.Federer, the winner of the previous two editions, last lost here in the 2013 final to Juan Martin del Potro.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream: Special cards, players & how to get packs

first_imgFIFA 19 has been out for just under a month and EA Sports are already spicing things up in Ultimate Team (FUT) mode.With the season of ghouls and ghosts fast approaching, the game’s developers have launched this year’s FIFA Ultimate Scream team, following on from the success of the FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 versions.Past editions of the game have seen stars such as Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Romelu Lukaku affected by mysterious changes and FIFA 19 is no different. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Avid FUT gamers will no doubt be eager to make their teams even more frightening in the run up to Halloween. With that in mind, Goal brings you everything you need to know, including which players are involved, how to get them and more.What is FIFA Ultimate Scream?FIFA Ultimate Scream is a promotion run by EA Sports as an additional perk to the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) mode in the run up to Halloween.A limited selection of players are endowed with an upgrade of +1 to their overall rating and they will also have two of their attributes boosted to 90.The shapeshifters have arrived 👹👀😨 #UltimateScream is back ➡️ https://t.co/qLp0uIkL3F #FUT #FIFA19 pic.twitter.com/aISVW4nCrw— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) October 19, 2018In keeping with the theme of Halloween, the players in question are described by EA Sports as ‘shapeshifting beasts’ because their strengths will alter.Those changes, which will see two different attributes boosted to a minimum of 90, will occur sporadically throughout the season and players will have to pay attention to find out when. As well as improvements to attributes and ratings, each Ultimate Scream item comes decked out in a unique Halloween style design.FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream squadA total of 21 players form the FIFA Ultimate Scream team and they are drawn from a variety of different leagues.Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is the highest rated of the 21 players, along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, Besiktas defender Pepe and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.Embed only Diego Costa FIFA 19 Ultimate ScreamOther stars who feature as part of the promotion are Nice forward Mario Balotelli, Liverpool playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.You can see the full FIFA Ultimate Scream squad and their ratings below. Player Club Position Overall rating Sergio Busquets Barcelona CDM 89 Marco Verratti PSG CM 87 Pepe Besiktas CB 86 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid ST 86 Mario Mandzukic Juventus ST 85 Mario Balotelli Nice ST 84 Bas Dost Sporting Lisbon ST 84 Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig CAM 83 Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool RW 82 Hakan Calhanoglu AC Milan LW 81 Javier Mascherano Hebei China Fortune CDM 80 Marouane Fellaini Manchester United CDM 80 Salomon Kalou Hertha Berlin LM 80 Rafinha Bayern Munich RB 78 Troy Deeney Watford ST 78 Martin Caceres Lazio CB 78 Omar Abdulrahman Al-Hilal CAM 77 Guillermo Ochoa Standard Liege GK 77 Tyrone Mings Bournemouth LB 75 Ethan Ampadu Chelsea CB 75 Jason Denayer Lyon CB 75 When & how can you get FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players?Embed only Marouane Fellaini FIFA 19 Ultimate ScreamFIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players are lurking in packs right now following the promotion’s launch on October 19.FUT gamers will be able to acquire the ‘shapeshifting beasts’ right up until November 1, when the promotion ends after Halloween.However, the magic does not end there, with Ultimate Scream players randomly changing their strengths throughout the season. Can you trade FIFA 19 Ultimate Scream players?You will be glad to learn that Ultimate Scream players are indeed tradeable, meaning you might be able to get your hands on some if you don’t get them in packs.Additionally, they can also potentially be picked up on the Transfer Market.When will Ultimate Scream attribute shifts happen?The precise timing of the attribute shifts for Ultimate Scream items is unknown. When it happens, how often and which attributes is supposed to remain a mystery However, we can take an educated guess by using FIFA 18 as a touchstone and in that edition they occurred on the night of Halloween, full moons and Friday the 13th.We’ll just have to wait and find out when it happens this season though!last_img read more

Abhinav Bindra conferred International Shooting Sport Federation’s highest honour

first_imgLegendary shooter Abhinav Bindra was on Friday conferred the International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) highest sporting honour in Munich.Bindra took to Twitter to express his happiness after he was bestowed with the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest award.”Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting’s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today,” Bindra, who remains India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, tweeted.Bindra, who was the chairman of ISSF’s Athletes Committee, was succeeded in the post by the legendary American shooter Kimberly Rhode.Extremely humbled to receive the @ISSF_Shooting s highest honour the Blue Cross at the General Assembly in Munich today. pic.twitter.com/pNNgQWxT5LAbhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) November 30, 2018″Handing over the @ISSF_Shooting Athletes Committee to the legendary @KimRhode at her first Executive Committee meeting in Munich today !”Handing over the @ISSF_Shooting Athletes Committee to the legendary @KimRhode at her first Executive Committee meeting in Munich today ! pic.twitter.com/LkjQaI8EPHAbhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) November 27, 2018The shooter, who created history by winning the 10m air rifle gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was a member of the ISSF Athletes Committee from 2010 to 2014 and chairman from 2014 to 2018.During this tenure he has also been awarded with the President’s Button and the Diploma of Honour in January 2016 in appreciation for his outstanding career as an athlete and role model for shooters globally.With him at the helm, the committee has brought out a comprehensive Athletes Handbook, for the benefit of shooters around the world.advertisementNational Rifle Association of India president Raninder Singh was awarded the ISSF diploma of honour gold medal at the general assembly.He was presented with the diploma and medal by the outgoing longest serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vazquez Rana, who was at the helm for 38 years.Expressing gratitude to the global shooting fraternity, Singh said, “The sport has grown by leaps and bounds under the able leadership of Mr Rana and it will be a tough task for whoever replaces him, to match up to the lofted benchmarks set.”Singh added, “I accept this award on behalf of the entire NRAI team, who have been tireless in their pursuit of growing the sport in India, the Government of India who have stood by us at all times and above all the shooting fraternity in the country, who are simply the very best.”(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Ravi Shastri wants Team India well rested for Perth Test: To hell with the nets

first_imgTeam India coach Ravi Shastri hinted that India might ditch net session ahead of the second Test against Australia in Perth by saying that the players will need rest ahead of another gruelling Test match.India claimed a famous victory at Adelaide on Monday as they defeated Australia by 31 runs in the opening Test of the four-match series. For the first time in 10 years, India have defeated Australia Down Under and Shastri wants his boys to cherish the victory and get ready for another battle.India had failed to seize crunch moments in the opening Tests during their two previous overseas tours of the year in South Africa and England but Kohli’s men made sure they ended up third time lucky on Monday, defending a 323-run target successfully despite a heroic effort from Nathan Lyon who gave India a few nervous moments towards the end.With the win, India also went up 1-0 in a Test series for the first time in Australia, ending a 70-year long drought.”We lost the first Test in England by 31, lost the first Test in South Africa by 60-70, so this is a very good feeling for the boys to come out on top. When you get off to a good start, there’s belief,” Shastri said.The Perth Test begins on December 14 and the Indian players are set to travel for the same. On December 11, Virat Kohli is all set to celebrate his first wedding anniversary with actor wife Anushka Sharma.The Perth pitch is likely to assist fast bowlers and Shastri was sure they will play a crucial role.advertisement”They have to rest up, to hell with the nets. You just come there, mark your attendance and get away to the hotel. We know the Perth track is quick, it’s a drop in surface, there will be something there for the fast bowlers.”India’s four-man bowling attack — pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin — put up a collective performance to help India earn a 15-run first innings lead before they completed a rare win.”The bowlers were brilliant in the first innings, defending 250, the discipline was magnificent. They’ve worked on it, it’s not come in overnight. As a bowling unit, when you show that discipline, it doesn’t matter which side you play against. You will be successful,” Shastri said.The coach also said he was hopeful that players had learnt from their mistakes in the first innings and commended man-of-the-match, Cheteshwar Pujara, for his knocks in both the innings.”There was some rash shots played in the first innings, that was foolish cricket, but they learnt from it. Pujara was absolutely magnificent, we’ve asked him to be a little more upright to counter bounce in these conditions.”On youngster Rishabh Pant, who equalled the world record of most catches in a Test by a wicketkeeper, dropping the catch of Nathan Lyon, Shastri said: “You have to allow him to play his game, but he has to be a little more sensible now.”He did the hard work in getting Lyon to spread his fields, so he has to be smarter. You make a mistake now, but don’t repeat it, then I’ll be in his ears.”(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Had our b***s in our mouths: Ravi Shastri after Adelaide win. Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar heaps praise on India’s pace attack after Adelaide win: Outstanding stuffAlso see:last_img read more

Nick Saban Addresses Alabama Quarterback Battle

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Nick Saban took the podium at SEC media days today. Naturally, the Alabama quarterback battle was a big topic, to the legendary coach’s chagrin.Alabama is in the advantageous, yet touchy, place of having two quarterbacks that are probably good enough to win a national title. With that being the case, both of those guys are going to want to be in situations where they can play.Jalen Hurts led the team to the title game last year, losing to Deshaun Watson’s Clemson Tigers. This year, he brought Alabama back, but struggled in the first half vs. Georgia and was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to the win.Tagovailoa admitted that he had some transfer thoughts during the season. Now, Hurts is a serious transfer risk for Alabama.Nick Saban insists that no choice has been made between Hurts and Tagovailoa in the Alabama quarterback battle.He got pretty snippy with reporters when asked about it during his press conference this afternoon.Saban: “It’s still to be determined who will play quarterback for Alabama. You can ask all the questions you want, but it’s still to be determined.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) July 18, 2018Nick Saban at #SECMD18: On the “quarterback controversy that you love to create and have already created … is still to be determined.”— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) July 18, 2018That’s no surprise. You got annoyed Saban during these things more often than not.Still, it is a very valid question. Two of the best quarterbacks in the country are on the same roster, and there’s a very good chance that one is on his way out when a decision is made.Saban’s timeline was actually aided by a spring injury to Tagovailoa. He is the expected winner of the quarterback battle, even if it lasts into the season. However, he was very limited due to a hand injury in the spring, making it impossible to really make a determination during the spring.In all likelihood, we’ll see both guys get time for at least a few weeks to start the year. Alabama opens with a game against Louisville in Orlando on September 1.last_img read more

Lamark Media Partners With AfterSchool AllStars To Support 3rd Annual Celebrity Poker

first_imgLamark Media, an innovative full-service digital marketing agency, partnered with After-School All-Stars as a premier sponsor and strategic partner for the 3rd Annual All-In for All-Stars private charity poker tournament.The tournament was held on January 22, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Nobu Miami Beach, Florida.The charity event benefitted the local South Florida students enrolled in After School All-Stars (ASAS), Arnold Schwarzenegger’s foundation for at-risk youth that provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.Hosted by Wayne Boich, Mark Groussman and Sean Posner, and featuring celebrity comedian Tom Arnold, the event featured top prizes from HUBLOT. The tournament took place in a private space at Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu Miami, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Sushi and Japanese-Peruvian fare were served with hand-crafted cocktails in a pre-tournament reception. A premium open bar and hand-rolled cigars were available throughout, along with fine wine and liquor tastings. Premier Sponsors of the event included Nobu Miami, Hublot, Crystal Cruises, Hard Rock Hotels, Inspirato, Lamark Media, Miami Marlins, Miami Heat, Fox Sports Florida, Rose Magazine, XM Cigar Co., Chivas, Haute Living, Louis XIII, and Estrella Damm. Numerous athletes and celebrities were in attendance to support the cause and participated in the live auction, all in efforts to create awareness for the After-School All-Stars charity.“We are honored to sponsor this event and will continue to support this great organization as a strategic partner to increase awareness for an amazing cause. As a new father myself, I am even more aware of the importance and value in providing children with the tools that they need to achieve success throughout all stages of life.” – Bryan Shetsky, Founder and CEO of Lamark MediaASAS South Florida’s VP of External Affairs Natalia Sol thanks Lamark Media for their participation in the 2017 tournament.“We are tremendously grateful to the many incredible partners that supported this important fundraising effort to ensure that critical programs for our community’s most at-risk students can be provided every day from 3-6pm. Working with Lamark Media enables us to amplify our message and engage our greater community in this important work.” – Natalia Sol, Vice President of External Affairs of the South Florida chapter of After-School All-Stars.NFL Conference Championship games were broadcasted on large screen televisions during the tournament and silent auction, keeping the sports theme throughout, while philanthropists, celebrities, athletes and other supporters enjoyed a day of celebration and fundraising at Nobu on Miami Beach.Since its inception, the All-In for All-Stars event has raised over $1 million towards the charity fulfilling their mission to help middle school youth through the nation’s largest school-based, comprehensive after-school program.last_img read more

Family reacts to arrest of man accused of killing Tina Fontaine

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man accused of killing 15-year old Tina Fontaine will make his first court appearance in Winnipeg Tuesday.Raymond Cormier, 53, has been charged with 2nd degree murder in the teen’s death.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more on the impact Fontaine’s death is having in her home city.dward@aptn.calast_img

Marrakech Increases its Market Share From Germany

Marrakch- The number of German tourists arrivals in Marrakech over the first eight months of the year rose by 36.5% compared to last year. Nights spent in Marrakech by tourists rose by 34%.The Moroccan Tourist Office is designating Germany as a strategic market, noting that German tourists take 82 million trips per year, making it the largest market for tourism package flights. Germans are high-spending tourists who travel an average of 5 days. In Morocco, the total expenditure of German tourists increased by 13% between 2010 and 2011, from 1.46 to 1.65 billion dirhams, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the Observatory of Tourism, according to L’Economiste.Marrakech’s Menara airport recently added an airline route to Frankfurt, operated by Lufthansa. The Frankfurt link comes after the airport recently established a link to the German capital, Berlin. Marrakech now has 34 flights to six German cities: Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hahn, Cologne/Bonn, and Memmingen. Three additional routes are scheduled to open in 2014-15, including Düsseldorf (operated by Air Berlin) and Hamburg (operated by Germania) and Vienna (operated by Niki Air).Lahcen Haddad, the Minister of Tourism, reassured local authorities and tourism professionals in Marrakech that the tourism market was stable, after reported cancellations due to a French government tourist warning for 28 Muslim countries, including. Morocco.Abdessalam Bikrat, the Wali of Marrakech, stressed that there had been no evidence of tourist cancellations and no cancellation of any events in Marrakech’s busy calendar of conferences and shows.Hamid Bentahar, the Chairman of CRT Marrakech, also confirmed that the activities in the city remained unaffected and the general trend remained extremely positive. read more

WTO Chief Praises Moroccos Southsouth Cooperation Approach

Geneva- Morocco’s role in promoting south-south cooperation reflects the openness of the Moroccan economy as well as its dynamism and attachment to cultural roots, said Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Roberto Azevêdo.In an interview with MAP prior to his visit to attending an African conference in Morocco on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the WTO, Azevêdo said that Morocco’s status as the second African investor in Africa reflects the growing trend of its economy.“Morocco recognizes the importance of the African market as a driver for future growth,” said Azevêdo.  The WTO is closely following the development of the Moroccan economy which showed remarkable resilience in the wake of the economic crisis and the fluctuations it engendered in European markets, the WTO chief said, noting that growth prospects in Morocco for 2015 are estimated at 4.5%.While recognizing the work that remains ahead in terms of reducing unemployment, the WTO Director General highlighted the sound foundations of political stability in Morocco that enable the implementation of efficient economic and trade policies with promising results.“Since it joined the international multilateral trade system, the Moroccan economy successfully managed to transform and to diversify exports,” he said.Azevêdo recalled that Morocco remains the world largest phosphate exporter and a leading producer of citrus fruits, agri-food products and textile.In the same vein, he noted the growing exports of high added value goods such as cars, electronic devices and airplane parts.He also pointed out to the important infrastructure investments in Morocco, notably the Tanger-Med ports and its role in promoting large-scale investments in car making and aviation.Azevêdo will be visiting Morocco to attend the ministerial conference on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the WTO.The conference is held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI with the participation of several African trade ministers. read more

2 Oklahoma tribes to build a bison meat processing plant

OKLAHOMA CITY — A tribal business official says two Native American tribes in Oklahoma are planning to build a meat processing plant in an effort to take a more active role in bringing the nations’ bison herd to the marketplace.Nathan Hart, business director for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, says an eatery at the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum currently being developed in Oklahoma City could sell the meat plant’s first bison entrees.The Journal Record reports that Hart says the U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected processing plant being built in El Reno will be chiefly for bison, but the planned 150-acre site will also take in cattle and wild game.The tribes’ farming program already has supply chains for bison meat to be retailed in dozens of the region’s stores.___Information from: The Journal Record, http://www.journalrecord.comThe Associated Press read more

IMF leader Lagarde warns against trade protectionism

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IWF) chats with a member of the staff as she waits for the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool) IMF leader Lagarde warns against trade protectionism WASHINGTON – The head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that after six years of disappointing growth, the world economy is finally gaining momentum. But she warned of potential threats, from political uncertainty in Europe to protectionism that could hinder trade.Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, said there is a critical need for more international co-operation. Restricting trade flows would be a “self-inflicted wound” that would harm workers and consumers, she said in a speech previewing next week’s meetings in Washington of the 189-nation IMF and its sister lending organization, the World Bank.In the speech in Brussels, Lagarde did not single out any country for criticism on the issue of protectionism. In his campaign, President Donald Trump had vowed to impose punitive tariffs on goods from countries that he thinks harm American workers by flouting trade rules.Trump has threatened to slap tariffs as high as 45 per cent on goods from China and Mexico unless those nations stop practices that he says violate trade laws.Resorting to protectionism, Lagarde said, would disrupt supply chains for domestic companies and inflate prices that companies and consumers must pay. A better approach would be for countries — both those with trade surpluses and those with deficits — to co-operate in pursuing policies to address the imbalances.“Cooperation means working together to ensure that countries observe a level playing field,” Lagarde said.The Geneva-based World Trade Organization released a report Wednesday predicting that global trade will rebound this year and in 2018 after a lacklustre 2016. The WTO estimated that trade flows would increase 2.4 per cent this year, up from 1.3 per cent in 2016, which was the weakest figure since the height of the financial crisis in 2008.Next week’s finance meetings will likely be dominated by debate over how the global financial system should respond to trade and other economic proposals being pushed by the new Trump administration. The United States will be represented at the discussions by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.In an interview with Bloomberg television, Lagarde cautioned against any move by the United States to target China as a currency manipulator in a report scheduled to be released in coming days by the Trump administration. She spoke in response to a question about the possibility that the administration could label China a manipulator, something Trump had pledged to do during the campaign but which most analysts say he is unlikely to do now.Lagarde said a better approach would be to conduct currency assessments in a “cohesive manner.” She noted that the IMF plans to issue a report on exchange rates in July.In her speech, Lagarde said next week’s meetings will occur at a time when prospects for the global economy are improving after struggling for six years to emerge from the severe downturn triggered by the worst financial crisis since the 1930s.“After six years of disappointing growth, the world economy is gaining momentum as a cyclical recovery holds out the promise of more jobs, higher incomes and greater prosperity going forward,” Lagarde said in her appearance at Bruegel, an economic research institute in Brussels.She pointed to stronger manufacturing activity in advanced economies and robust gains in emerging economies, which she said will provide more than three-fourths of expected global growth in 2017.One of the reasons for optimism is a rebound in the price of commodities which have brought relief to many low-income countries.“Putting all this together, we see a global economy that has a spring in its step,” Lagarde said, while cautioning that downside risks remain.She said that in addition to the threat to trade from rising protectionism and political uncertainty in Europe, persistently sluggish growth in productivity — the amount of output per hour of work — remains a problem for the global economy.Lagarde said that if productivity had grown since 2008 as it had been before the financial crisis, economic output in advanced economies would be 5 per cent higher today — the equivalent of adding a country with output larger than Germany to the global economy.Lagarde said that nations must find ways to reinvigorate productivity, such as investing more in education and infrastructure and providing tax incentives to foster research and development. read more

Tajik restrictions on opposition civil society media eroding rights says UN expert

“The people of Tajikistan enjoy fundamental protections under their Constitution and human rights law, but those protections are eroding as the Government punishes dissent, limits access to alternative voices in the media and online, and shrinks the space for civil society,” David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, said at the end of a week-long official visit to the Central Asian country.The expert voiced particular concern over the recent ban of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) and the prosecution of at least 13 of its leaders in secret trials.“The Government accuses the IRPT and its members of serious crimes, but it has refused to give public access to the trial and evidence,” Mr. Kaye said, urging the Government to release all persons detained on political grounds and ensure due process and a fair trial.He also drew attention to the attacks on members of Group 24 and other independent politicians. Criminal cases have also been brought against lawyers defending opposition leaders, and other critical voices also reported harassment.During his visit, the expert received numerous reports from journalists of pressure to refrain from covering issues of public interest, especially those related to the political environment. The Government raised its national security concerns, which are grounds of concern for any government, he said.“Yet banning peaceful political opposition forces and harassing lawyers, journalists and activists undermine security and generate tensions and long-term instability,” he pointed out.Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have also reported a deterioration of the space for their work. “New amendments to the Law on Public Association pertaining to foreign funds place a burden on many NGOs,” Mr. Kaye said.On the blocking of websites and networks, including mobile services, the Special Rapporteur underscored that these measures are disproportionate and incompatible with international standards, urging Parliament to consider adopting legislation that would impose restrictions on the Government’s ability to block the Internet and mobile communications.“Tajikistan maintains a very good and open dialogue with various human rights mechanisms,” he said, underlining his intention to work further with the Tajik Government to improve the legal and political environment for fundamental rights.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more