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Is BJP lacking in leadership in Goa: Cong.

first_imgVeteran Congress leader Jaipal Reddy has asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party is lacking in leadership in Goa as it hasn’t been able to find another chief ministerial candidate in the State. The former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting was addressing a Jan Akrosh rally in Margao in South Goa on Thursday. Mr. Reddy said, “India has survived the deaths of greats like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. Is Manohar Parrikar greater than these stalwarts that the BJP cannot find his substitute to function as the Goa Chief Minister?” Mr. Reddy said that despite the demise of Gandhi, Nehru and Patel who made significant contributions to unify India, the country was still functioning. “Is Manohar Parrikar bigger than this?” he asked.Mr. Reddy also attacked Mr. Parrikar on his poll promises, especially shutting down the offshore casino industry. He said, “Mr. Parrikar had said before the Assembly elections that he would drown the operations in the Mandovi river. He himself is drowning now, but he will not let them drown.”last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 rumours: Snapdragon 617, 4GB RAM and more

first_imgSamsung’s yet-to-be-announced Galaxy C line-up — consisting of at least two phones to begin with — has been subject of numerous leaks and rumours lately. Just the other day, live photos of the alleged Galaxy C5 were spotted doing the rounds on the Internet. Now, a new report adds possible specs and pricing of the new Galaxy C phones.According to Android Headlines , both the C5 and the C7 will sport all-metal unibody design and will be available in Silver, Gold, Pink and Gray colour variants. While the C5 is said to be a 5.2-inch phone, the C7 will be the bigger variant at 5.7-inches. Both the phones will however sport FullHD resolution display.In terms of internal hardware, both the phones will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 processor aided with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of in-built storage. On the camera front, both the phones will carry the similar 16-megapixel rear cum 8-megapixel front snapper set-up. While the C5 will use a 2,600mAh battery, the C7 will be backed by a larger 3,300mAh battery.Both the phones are said to be dualSIM and carry Samsung’s Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) technology.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J5, J7 2016 editions quick review: Same old feeling back againWhile the Galaxy C5 will reportedly be priced at 1,599 Yuan (Rs 16,396) in China, the Galaxy C7 will come at 1,799 Yuan (Rs 18,447) in China. Note that the Galaxy C5 and C7 will be a China-exclusive to begin with. These phones will likely be a connecting link between Samsung’s affordable J-series and upper mid-tier A-range.advertisementSamsung recently launched the Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) phones in India at Rs 15,990 and Rs 13,990 respectively. The Galaxy J7 (2016) and Galaxy J5 (2016) phones join the previously launched Galaxy J3 (2016) completing the company’s Galaxy J-line up.last_img read more

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#MeTwo floods Twitter as Mesut Ozil retirement triggers racism discussion

first_imgMesut Ozil quitting the German national team citing “racism and disrespect” has triggered a larger debate on how immigrants are treated in their adopted nations. The fact that Ozil was born and brought up in Germany and yet faced discrimination because he had Turkish roots made it even more troubling.Now thousands of Germans from ethnic minority backgrounds are coming out with their version of #MeTwo on social media, supporting Ozil and speaking of their own experiences with discrimination.Ozil sensationally quit the German national team after there erupted a major furore over his photograph with Turkish President Erdogan during a charity event in London in May.In the build to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Ozil cited, a lot of discriminatory happenings around him and post the humiliating exit of Germany from Russia, a lot of blame was put on Ozil and many within the German FA were party to it.READ – What Mesut Ozil said as he quit German national teamAlso read – German football chief admits to mistakes in handling Mesut Ozil photoGiving a twist to the #MeToo used in the campaign against sexual harrasment, #MeTwo became the trending label in Berlin on Thursday with thousands of second-generation immigrants shared their daily life experiences.”Why ‘two’? Because I am more than one identity,” said Ali Can, a Turkish-German writer and activist, in a Facebook video that launched the campaign.Also read – German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism charge”I didn’t think it would be that many,” Can, 24, told Reuters, after the #metwo posts exploded on German Twitter, adding that it had needed a big event like Ozil’s departure to spark a long-overdue debate on integration in Germany. “It’s an opportunity to talk about integration, and what it actually means to be German,” he added.advertisementWhile America is a “melting pot”, he said: “Here, it’s like a salad bowl: everyone is somehow mixed but next to each other. We hope that we’ll be a bit more like America.”Also read – Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan slams ‘racist’ treatment of Mesut OzilMore than 22 percent of Germany’s population have a foreign background but many migrants share Ozil’s sentiment of being treated as “German when we win, immigrant when we lose,” and that feeling has become stronger since the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Can said.The AfD has risen in popularity due to concerns about the influx of 1.6 million migrants since mid-2014.Also read – Mesut Ozil’s hometown in Turkey switches street-sign in his supportForeign Minister Heiko Maas said the #metwo tweets showed racism was a problem.”It is impressive and painful how many people are speaking out here,” Maas tweeted.Also read – Mesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich boss”We have to realize that it is the flippant talk at work or the despicable gesture in the train that can sometimes be more painful than the blatant slogans of half-naked people with bald heads,” he said.i think it’s time to acknowledge that Germany is a very racist country and no one should endure this, please do yourself a favor and leave as quick as you can to escape this hell hole! #metwomc froggerson (@send_frogs) July 27, 2018Not me, but someone else on the train. The person who controlled out tickets only checked the two black guys. Not a single white person. Only them and I sat beside them.#MeTwoValentin (@astroprincet) July 27, 2018#MeTwo should be a daily mandatory reading for everyone in Germany (especially non-poc). I am learning a lot.Frederik (@iFrederik) July 27, 2018#metwo “For many germans Racism is a tabu topic. You can read and talk about it, but if you adress it directly, Germans get protective and feel like you just blamed them for the holocaust. You will hear that you are problematic, overly sensitive and trying to disturb the peace”RethinkQuotes (@RethinkQuotes) July 26, 2018#metwo my son’s friend’s been slapped and spat on coz he had a lunchbox to school during ramadan. His classmates told him not to eat, called him dirty pork eater, smelly infidel and that he is bound to go to hell. In 1st grade! Hatred is not a german problem, it’s mankind itself!Nic10do (@NicoOelrichs1) July 26, 2018When I hear Germans talking shit about immigrants I always remind them that I’m one too. The reply is always ‘but you’re one of the good ones’. Apparently white skin & English speaking makes you ‘good’ #MeTwoadvertisementMeg (@riayn) July 27, 2018Yo Germany (and the rest of the world), Go read about what it’s like to grow up German whilst the children of immigrants under #metwo. READ IT, see the sheer volume of it. Don’t look away now.Sofia Diogo Mateus (@sofiadmateus) July 26, 2018Regularly in professional as well as other contexts: “Where are you from?” – “Germany (or Berlin)” – Pause. Facial expression that says “Well yeah, you know what I mean with the question, so why are you not responding?” – No Response – “Where are you REALLY from?” #MeTwoTarik Abou-Chadi (@tabouchadi) July 26, 2018(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Nayar cremated; politicians, friends, others hail his legacy

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) The mortal remains of noted journalist and author Kuldip Nayar, who died today were consigned to flames, as grieving friends, families, admirers and a host of public figures bid farewell to a man, who was often described as an “institution in himself”.Nayar died aged 95 at a private hospital here around 12:30 am today and his funeral at the Lodhi Crematorium was attended by former vice president Hamid Ansari, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia, photographer Raghu Rai, artist Jatin Das, and several journalists and former colleagues. Raghu Rai, who worked with him during the 60s and 70s at the The Statesman, described his departure as an “end of an era”.”He was last of those editors, who stood for truth, honesty and commitment in their profession. And, till the last days, he stood for integrity and commitment for his country that he loved so deeply,” the photographer said.Nayar, born in Sialkot in Pakistan in 1923, began his career in journalism in the Urdu press and went on to serve as editor of several newspapers, including Indian Express and The Statesman.He was arrested during the Emergency.He fought fiercely for press freedom and civil liberties and to improve the ties between India and Pakistan, Rai said.Union Sports Minister Rathore said Nayar was not just an eminent journalist, “he was an institution in himself”, in every aspect.”He stood steadfast in what journalism stands for, a true definition of it in every aspect, intellect-wise or the ability to keep people informed without any prejudice. And, I hope and pray that his legacy continues,” he said.advertisement Kejriwal, who attended the funeral along with Sisodia, described Nayar’s death as a “great loss to the nation”. “His absence will be sorely felt,” the chief minister said.Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujral, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also attended the funeral.”He was in true sense the embodiment of the idea of India, the very facet of secularism as enshrined on our Constitution. Also, journalists and activists have benefited from his presence and encouragement,” Yadav said. The Swaraj India leader recalled his student days at the JNU in early 1980s, when he had attended a talk by Nayar in a hostel mess. “I had read his articles and was aware of his work already, but to see and hear him talk left quite an impression,” he said.”He belonged to the generation uprooted during the partition, but never had bitterness towards anyone,” Yadav said.Rai also recalled the time when he had shot Nayar’s photograph for the cover photo for his book, “Beyond the Lines: An Autobiography”.”He asked me if I could take a picture of him for the book. And, I told him – ‘You don’t ask me, you order me’. He was a great humanist too and very sensitive to every situation and people he dealt with. “He was not a man of ego, but of grace and dignity. His school of journalism was class apart. Today, the fast food generation, and infotainment concept has diluted everything,” Rai said. Historian Ramachandra Guha had once described Nayar as a journalist who followed the dictates of his conscience rather than the lure of money or fame. Nayar’s son, Rajiv Nayar (62) said, “He was a stalwart in his field, a mine of experience. For us in the family, he was a source of inspiration every day.” PTI KND TIRTIRlast_img read more

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Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma happy to have Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu in back in team

first_imgIndia captain Rohit Sharma said he was happy to have both Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav back in the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2018 in Abu Dhabi.India play their first match of the tournament against Hong Kong on Tuesday before taking on arch-rivals Pakistan on Wednesday.Rayudu is back in the Indian team having cleared the YoYo test and he also performed well in the Quadrangular series for India A. Jadhav is back having recovered after hamstring surgery.”They are both important members of this team. Rayudu was originally part of England series and similarly Kedar before his injury. It was unfortunate that they couldn’t play for some time and I am very happy that both are back in the team. I expect them to win matches for India,” said Rohit said.Asia Cup 2018: India vs Hong Kong previewThe problem for India during the past one year is the lack of a settled middle-order, which was evident during the recent ODI series defeat in England.Slightly nervous, but excited to lead this squad in the #AsiaCup2018 – Captain @ImRo45 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/eQfN8ryAQfBCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2018Rohit made it clear that the likes of Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu are fighting for the key middle-order slots.”Lot of spots are up for grabs like Nos 3, 4 and 6. All these guys (Kedar, Manish, Rayudu) are eyeing for those slots. We want to give chances to as many guys for this particular series. In this tournament, we need to seal the batting slot Nos 4 and 6,” Rohit said on the eve of the lung opener against Hong Kong.advertisementRohit didn’t reveal whether he was open to rotating bowlers in this searing Dubai heat but did say that performers should be given a longer run.”I haven’t thought about it right now. We want to see how each individual react to different situations. At the same time, we want to give chance to as many guys as possible but also give more opportunities to those who are consistent. We would see how individuals respond to conditions and take decisions accordingly,” said Rohit.Mohammed Aamir and Usman Khan in Asia Cup and Mitchell Starc in Australia are some of the left-armers that India will be encountering in their next few assignments and that’s why left-arm throwdown specialist Nuwan Seneviratne from Sri Lanka has been roped in.I’m happy that @RayuduAmbati and @JadhavKedar are back. They are important members – @ImRo45 #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/OXOan1NNBhBCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2018The skipper seemed impressed having faced him in the nets.”We saw him in Sri Lanka and we already have two right handed throwdown experts (Raghu and Sanjay Bangar). We will play in Australia and even in Asia Cup, where will face a few left-armers. It is a great move BCCI and is quite accurate with what he does. He is a great addition to our team.”He was all praise for little-known left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed, who has been included in the team more for variation than domestic performance, which has been ordinary at best.”He is a great addition and has tools to succeed at the highest level,” the skipper said.Nice and compact – #TeamIndia captain @ImRo45 at the nets #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/DvCF2FSdtxBCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2018Having had a look at the match strip, Rohit’s assessment is that it will get slower as the game progresses.”The wicket isn’t that bad. It’s going to get slower and slower as the match progresses. The first match we need to figure out the dimension of the ground and things like that,” he added.More than Hong Kong, it is the change in climate that might bother the players, coming from the cooler confines of English weather.”It will be a challenge as a lot of our guys are coming from England. Some of us have been here for four days now and we are getting used to it.”About Hong Kong, the answer was on predictable lines.”We are treating every opposition equally. We are looking at what we want to do as a team and if we do that a lot of worries and issues will take care of itself. Yes, the conditions are not going to be that easy. But it’s game time now and we have to focus on the match.”In focus and in the zone @msdhoni #TeamIndia #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/64wOC9nEtgBCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2018On a personal note, Rohit is excited as well as nervous as this is the biggest tournament for him as India captain.advertisement”I am excited as well as nervous. It is a big tournament for me. I know all the boys well. I understand them well which is necessary,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Champions League: Lucas Moura hat-trick sinks Ajax as Tottenham reach final

first_imgLucas Moura conjured the second Champions League miracle in 24 hours with a last-gasp winner to complete his hat-trick and a 3-2 win to send Tottenham Hotspur past a shattered Ajax Amsterdam into the final on away goals on Wednesday.A day after Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit, Tottenham came back from the dead after Ajax had looked certain to reach their first final for 23 years.Ajax skipper Matthijs de Ligt’s fifth-minute header and a superb 35th minute effort by Hakim Ziyech put Ajax 3-0 ahead on aggregate by halftime at a raucous Johan Cruyff Arena.But Tottenham were transformed after the break as they became the eighth English club to reach the European Cup final, where they will face Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.With veteran Spanish striker Fernando Llorente on as a second-half substitute, Tottenham refused to lay down and when Moura scored in the 55th minute the impossible began to seem possible for the north London club.Four minutes later he fired through a crowd to equalise on the night and after both sides hit the woodwork in the heart-pumping finale, Moura drilled into the corner in the sixth minute of stoppage time to leave Ajax crestfallen.”Football gives us moments we can’t imagine,” Moura, who scored the goal in Barcelona in the final group game to keep Tottenham alive in the competition, said.Tottenham’s only other European Cup semi-final came 57 years ago when they lost to Benfica and their improbable victory left the away fans in a state of delirium and Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino in tears at the end.advertisement”The emotion is amazing, thank you to football,” Pochettino said. “My players are heroes – in the last year I was telling everyone this group are heroes.ALL HEROES”They are all heroes but Lucas Moura was a superhero.”Tottenham had suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions before Wednesday’s second leg and when Ajax led 2-0 at halftime, there was a celebratory mood inside the jam-packed Johan Cruyff Arena as their fans’ thoughts turned to Madrid.But their joy turned into a nightmare as they were overwhelmed by a Tottenham side who dispensed with complicated tactics and simply threw the kitchen sink at their hosts.”Football can be very beautiful and it can be very cruel, we have had to experience that today,” Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag said.Ajax got off to a dream start as captain De Ligt took advantage of poor marking to head past Hugo Lloris.Tottenham responded in spirited fashion with Son Heung-min deceiving keeper Onana with a cross that hit the post.But Ajax were cool, calm and collected and bided their time before striking again in devastating fashion.Tadic, who moments earlier had dragged a shot just wide, was released down the left and he cut the ball back perfectly for Ziyech to whip a left-footed shot inside the far post.Only one of the 17 teams to lose the first leg of a Champions League semi-final at home had ever come back to win.But with Llorente on for Victor Wanyama, Tottenham went for the direct approach after the break and Ajax were rattled.Moura converted in the 55th minute, sliding home after running on to Dele Alli’s pass and four minutes later, after Onana had made a remarkable save to dent Llorente, the Brazilian showed great footwork to thread a shot through a crowd.It set up a rip-roaring finale with Tottenham pressing for the winning goal and Ajax looking to counter-attack.Ziyech shot against the post, then Tottenham’s former Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen headed against the crossbar with the goal gaping before Lloris’s save kept Spurs alive.Lloris went up for a corner in stoppage time but it was Moura who proved Tottenham’s hero, producing a clinical finish from Alli’s flick.last_img read more

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ESPN Ranks Rudolph Fifth in Heisman Race After Week 1

first_imgMason Rudolph’s season debut against Tulsa went off without a hitch, as the senior quarterback tossed for 303 yards and notched the second highest QBR nationally on opening weekend.Rudolph’s performance — along with his team’s dominating debut against Tulsa — has already thrust him into the Heisman conversation early this season after OSU launched a not-so-subtle campaign this summer. According to ESPN, QB1 ranks No. 5 on the Heisman watch list through week 1, behind Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Saquon Barkley.Here’s what ESPN said of his week 1 performance that has earned him national buzz.Rudolph announced himself by turning in the second-highest QBR in Week 1 (94.7). He accounted for 311 total yards, four touchdowns and only missed his target on four throws. [ESPN]Winning big and notching big numbers against Tulsa is one thing, but doing it against tougher competition is another. Unfortunately for Rudolph, his next opponent, South Alabama, isn’t exactly the showcase game needed to maintain national relevance. But if he can put up efficient numbers and prove his worth as a Heisman contender through this week, games against Pitt, TCU and Texas Tech in the following weeks could give him the springboard he needs to make headway on the list and among national opinion.Last season, Lamar Jackson used a fast start to make his Heisman case before fading as the season closed. Perhaps Rudolph can take the same approach with a fairly open schedule before Big 12 play ramps up on Sep. 23.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroics

first_imgLiverpool attacker Salah: I can repeat last season heroicsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Mohamed Salah is hoping he can emulate his heroics from the 2017-18 season. The Egyptian attacker bagged an incredible 44 goals last season.”Of course, that makes me feel great, and makes me want to work harder and to continue performing,” he told GQ Middle East.”Because after that if your standards drop, people will not accept it. It’s a great feeling, but I don’t see it as more pressure.”For me it was, of course, a fantastic, historic season [in 2017-18] which I’m very proud of, but I’m looking for another one like it.”I’m not going to live off it. On the contrary, it made me more excited and determined for this season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: West Indies leave Afghanistan winless after 23-run victory

first_img commentary view more view less Next No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 4, 2019UPDATED: July 4, 2019 23:05 IST West Indies handed Afghanistan their 8th World Cup 2019 defeat on Thursday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runsAfghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019Carlos Brathwaite picked four wickets in West Indies winIn a game that had no implications on the World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up, West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 23 runs at Headingley, Leeds on Thursday to keep the latter winless in the tournament.In a rematch of World Cup qualifier last year, West Indies had set a 312 target for Afghanistan, who had never scored above 300 in an ODI, but Afghanistan were all out for 288 to suffer their 8th defeat of the World Cup 2019.In the mammoth chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper Gulbadin Naib in the second over. However, Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil played with composure to a build 133-run stand and bail Afghanistan out of a pressure situation.Rahmat Shah brought up his maiden World Cup fifty off 57 balls, while Ikram Ali became the youngest to get an above 80 score in the history of World Cup to keep Afghanistan’s chase on track.It was Carlos Brathwaite, who gave West Indies a crucial breakthrough and broke the well-looking partnership. Rahmat Shah (62) got a leading edge to hand an easy catch to Chris Gayle at short cover.The game took a turn when West Indies claimed three wickets in 14 balls to create worries for Afghanistan. With his occasional offspin, Chris Gayle took the key wicket of Ikram Ali Khil, trapping him lbw for 86. Najibullah Zadran (31) was run out two balls later and Mohammad Nabi (2) then holed out in the deep off Kemar Roach.Roach then picked his third wicket after dismissing Samiullah Shinwari for 6. As Afghanistan kept losing wickets, Asghar Afghan spent some time at the crease to keep Afghanistan alive in the chase but Jason Holder took a brilliant catch at the boundary rope to get rid of him for 40 off Carlos Brathwaite.advertisementBrathwaite then also sent back Rashid Khan (9) and Dawlat Zadran (1) to get four wickets.Earlier, young Nicholas Pooran and skipper Jason Holder provided the final flourish with a century plus stand as West Indies scored a respectable 311 for six in an inconsequential World Cup league stage encounter, here Thursday.Pooran (58) and Holder (45) added 105 runs in 71 balls to take the total past 300-run mark.This was after Shai Hope (77) and Evin Lewis (58) set the platform with an 88-run second wicket partnership.For Afghanistan, seamer Dawlat Zadran was the most successful bowler but was hammered during the last few overs. He ended with figures of 2 for 73.Afghan spin troika of Mujeeb ur Rahman (0/52), Mohammed Nabi (1/56) and Rashid Khan (1/52) were once again steady as the Caribbean batsmen couldn’t push the run-rate up during middle overs.Hope and Lewis both hit six fours and two sixes each as they built a foundation after Chris Gayle’s early dismissal. Shimron Hetmyer (39) also got a start but was out after being set. He added 65 runs with Hope for the third wicket.Hope and Hetmyer were out within 20 runs off each other and West Indies weren’t exactly comfortable at 192 for 4 in the 38th over.But it was Pooran and Holder, who attacked the bowling during the last 10 overs.Also Read | Pakistan’s performance in World Cup 2019 not bad at all: Moin KhanAlso Read | It is very difficult: Sarfaraz Ahmed on Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chancesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow West Indies vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: West Indies leave Afghanistan winless after 23-run victoryWorld Cup 2010: Afghanistan suffered their 8th defeat of the tournament as they lost their last group game by 23 runs to West Indies.last_img read more

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Funding Applications Available for Fire Departments First Responders

first_imgFire departments and first responders will once again benefit from improved equipment through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Applications for the Emergency Services Provider Fund are now available. The $500,000 provincial funding program are now available to helps fire departments and first responders purchase equipment such as jaws of life, pumps and hoses. “This fund helps ensure that emergency service providers have the proper equipment to perform their duties safely and effectively,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It helps make life safer for families in every region.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Application Forms are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf .last_img read more

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Win a Trip to NY Meet President Carter and Build Homes

first_imgHabitat For Humanity and President Carter are coming together to provide housing to people across the US, and you can join them.The 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place between Oct. 6-12, and coincides with the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day.Celebrating 30 years of building safe homes.An estimated 3000 volunteers will be on hand to build and repair more than 80 homes across the chosen locations. Volunteers will help improve homes and communities through a range of tactics from new, energy-efficient construction and critical home repair to rehabilitation, weatherization and home preservation.The events will be hosted in four states – California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey – and honor the three decades of service by the former President and his wife.Every year since 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have dedicate a week of their time to help build Habitat homes somewhere in the world. It all started when the former president led a group to New York City to renovate a six-story building for 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Events since then have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, and the past two years, in Haiti.This year Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be joining President and Mrs. Carter at receptions in California, Colorado and New York, with each location seeing additional local celebrities and politicians in attendance. Among others, Susan Sarandon will be attending in New York, Mark Curry will attend the California event, and Isaac Slade, lead singer from the Fray, will be there for Denver’s Raise The Roof gala.Volunteers are a key part of the program’s success, and this year’s volunteers are being invited to create a personal fundraising page, with a chance to win a trip for two to the New York build to meet President and Mrs. Carter. Volunteers who register by September, 15th will be entered into the random drawing to win a slot in the October, 15th build.To start a fundraiser and enter to win a trip to NY to meet President Carter, visit helpbuild.habitat.org.Learn more about the needs of the 2013 locations here.For more information about the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, click here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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India and Sri Lanka to step up cooperation against terrorism

Noting that the relations between the two countries since ancient times based on mutual trust and respect, the two leaders pledged to further strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Modi said that the responsibility of friendly and brotherly countries is to help each other when one faces difficulties. He said that he accepted President Sirisena’s invitation to visit with joy and India would continue the trust placed on Sri Lanka, the President’s office said in a statement.Prime Minister Modi also appreciated President Sirisena’s programmes to fulfil the duties towards all the communities.The two leaders held discussions, covering issues pertaining to bilateral relations and regional security, peace and stability. Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and decided to step up cooperation in this critical area. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people and the Government of Sri Lanka for the warm hospitality and welcome extended to him and his delegation.Two leaders planted a sapling at the premises of the President’s House to mark the visit of the Indian Prime Minister. President Sirisena hosted a Luncheon in honour of the visiting Indian Prime Minister.President Sirisena presented Prime Minister Modi with a photograph taken during the welcome ceremony, together with another photograph of the two leads taken in New Delhi during the President’s last visit. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka and India have decided to step up cooperation to fight terrorism, the President’s office said today.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Colombo today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President’s House in Colombo. President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to Indian Premier for visiting Sri Lanka at a time when the country is reeling under the terrible terrorist attacks, thus giving a positive signal to the world about Sri Lanka’s secure environment. He added that the visit also reflects the strength and trust exists between the two neighbours.The President said that the visit also would be useful to promote Sri Lanka’s economic, trade and tourism development. President Sirisena, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for his second term as Prime Minister in New Delhi, was the first leader to have bilateral talks with the Prime Minister. Premier Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Islamist terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. Prime Minister Modi was ceremoniously received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The visiting Head of Government was accorded a Guard of Honour and 19 Gun Salute. read more

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Storm Barbara and rail engineering works to disrupt Christmas getaway

first_imgRoss Greenhill, the coastal operations area commander, said: “We always advise people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out so that they can either prepare accordingly or consider whether they should even be going out at all.”At sea, changes in tidal streams can make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other and tidal heights may hide underwater hazards.”It also emerged that some customers who had used Atlas Choice to book a hire car over Christmas were double-charged after the firm failed to pass payments onto suppliers. Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, added: “We are expecting gusts of around 80mph widespread within the amber warning area, up to 90mph in places.”We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to.”But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings.”The UK Coastguard also issued its own safety warnings ahead of the weekend. There are also fears of delays on the road through a potential last-minute increase in motorists after Network Rail announced it is carrying out up to 200 improvement works, with some starting on Christmas Eve.Rail passengers will face disruption for up to 14 days, as stations including London Paddington, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street are closed.Those in London, Manchester and Cardiff are expected to be the hardest hit by the works, which may cause delays as well as cancellations and diversions.Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s managing director for England and Wales, said the “vital investment” was being carried out to improve journeys and make the railway more reliable. Amber & Yellow weather warnings for #wind have been updated https://t.co/TmvTfmDfrK. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/rmTN2Dsgzl— Met Office (@metoffice) December 22, 2016 Highways England said it had completed or lifted 448 miles of roadworks ahead of the Christmas period, but 164 miles were still in place. It came as the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning for wind to include the South West and Wales on Thursday and Scotland on Boxing Day. An amber “be prepared” warning remained in place for the north of Scotland, where winds are expected to get up to 90mph.Rod Dennis, the RAC’s traffic watch spokesman, said the extreme weather would “make the going tough for anyone driving on Friday especially”. Motorists are set to face chaos as the Christmas getaway begins on Friday, with rail engineering works, strikes and extreme weather all expected to disrupt travel.More than 10 million people will make journeys between now and Sunday, with 3.5 million setting off on Friday, according to the RAC.Forecasters and road experts warned of potential restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries as heavy rain and gusts of wind “join forces”.Parts of the country also face potential structural damage and power outages as Storm Barbara – this year’s second named storm – sweeps in. It still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossingsGrahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office We are currently experiencing foggy conditions, which are expected to clear later this morning. (1/2)— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 22, 2016 He insisted more than 95 per cent of the network would remain unaffected and “will be open for business as usual”.”There’s never a good time to impact on journeys and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience”, he added.Meanwhile, ongoing industrial action is expected to affect Southern and Gatwick Express services, with further planned strikes by ASLEF and RMT between Dec 31 and Jan 2.There will be roadworks on the M1, M5 near Droitwich and M6 near Crewe as improvement works are carried out. Others found their booking had been cancelled or was marked as not paid for, despite having paid. Atlas Choice could not be reached for comment. Storm Barbara has been named in line with the Met Office’s alphabetical policy for the strongest weather systems and is only the second name designated this season, which began on October 1, after Storm Angus.It came after festive travel plans faced being thrown into chaos after Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport all experienced a raft of hold-ups due to the weather on Thursday morning.All three airports were hit by delays as thick fog shrouded the capital. A spokesman for Heathrow said some early-morning flights had been been pushed back and knock-on delays could take place throughout the day, adding that there have yet to be any cancellations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Metal 7 acquires mining shovel heavy lifting specialist Megatraction

first_imgTo broaden its range of highly specialised products and solutions for the mining industry, Metal 7 Inc has announced the acquisition of the manufacturer Les Équipements Megatraction Inc, which is headquartered in Quebec City. Megatraction is a company that designs and manufactures a specialised range of lifting equipment for heavy electric shovels or hydraulic excavators used by the mining industry.Its MEGALIFTER® is the mining industry’s first and only patented heavy lift system designed specifically for undecking and redecking mine shovels. “Since 1997 MEGALIFTER® has been employed by the world’s most safety oriented mining operations to perform the critical maintenance functions on mine shovels of all types and sizes. With a design capacity of over 3,000,000 lbs MEGALIFTER® can safely lift the world’s largest mine shovels complete with truck and boom as well as the capability to include the handle and dipper if desired.”“Its patented technologies coupled with our expertise in international trade allow us to add a range of products that fit perfectly into our mission of delivering high performances solutions that increase our customer’s productivity,” said Marc-André Gervais, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metal 7.“Megatraction has the best technology of the industry but, because of its size, it was mainly limited to North American markets. With our commercial and financial capabilities this transaction will enable Megatraction to develop international markets and to accelerate the development of its range of solutions,” added Gervais. “The size of the global market is huge. The expertise and resources of Metal 7 will be catalysts to propel Megatraction,” added Robin Belley, General Manager of Megatraction.Metal 7 is a manufacturing company serving primary industry since 1974. It specialises in the design and manufacture of high performance equipment for the mining industry and aluminum smelters and it says it “distinguishes itself from the competition by its expertise in engineering and its international sales network.” Metal 7 exports more than 75% of its production in over 20 countries and its exports are mainly outside of North America.“The acquisition of Les Équipement Megatraction Inc is part of our expansion and consolidation initiative aiming to create a leading Canadian based company offering high value products and services for the mining sector, a company whose expertise is internationally recognised,” said Bruno Fortin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metal 7.last_img read more

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Former X Factor judge Tulisa issues statement following drug charges

first_imgThis case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists. The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for the gross invasion into the private life of others. This entire case has been manufactured by the Sunday Sun and Mazher Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh. Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers. This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status.Tulisa posted a series of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” selfie photos to Instagram yesterday. Source: tulisasinstagramWatch: Anchorman 2 cast sings Happy Birthday to Ireland>“Who’s putting the f**king wrappers back in the box?” – Every Irish Christmas ever> They spend a large amount of their readers’ money in flying Tulisa and a number of her friends first class to Las Vegas. There Mahmood posed as a film producer offering her a £3million film contract TULISA CONTOSTAVLOS, THE former X Factor judge and N-Dubz singer has been charged with involvement in supplying drugs.The Crown Prosecution Service in the UK confirmed yesterday that the 25-year-old had been charged “with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs”.The CPS also said that the charge is related to an investigation by the Sun newspaper which resulted in drugs being supplied to a journalist.Contostavlas will appear in court on 19 December.The singer and TV star has released a statement in which she said she will plead not guilty.The statement, issued via her lawyer Ben Rose also said:last_img read more

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Regency trial collapses as murder charge against Patrick Hutch dropped

first_img Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 11:04 AM By Ruaidhrí Giblin PATRICK HUTCH HAS walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State.Hutch (26) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on 5 February 2016.The three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court heard that the shooting took place during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel. A man dressed as a woman and another wearing a flat cap, armed with handguns, followed by three people dressed in tactical-style garda uniforms, carrying assault rifles, raided the venue.It was the State’s case that Hutch was the man dressed as a woman and that, although he did not shoot Byrne, he was part of a “shared intention” to commit the offence.Hutch had also denied possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the shooting.The Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi against Hutch today meaning the State will not be proceeding with the charges against Hutch, and he was free to walk from court.Counsel for the DPP, Sean Gillane SC, said the the State was no longer in a position to lead evidence on a number of matters “sadly” as a result of the death of the lead investigating garda on the Regency Hotel shooting case, Detective Superintendent Colm Fox.Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding in the three-judge court, said Hutch could be “discharged” in light of the State’s application. “Further comment is not necessary,” the judge said.Members of the Byrne family stood up and called the situation “disgraceful” and a “farce”. They said there was “no justice in Ireland” and claimed the gardaí could not “solve this case but could solve all the others”. They told members of the media sitting in front of them that “you can put that in the paper”. One Byrne family member said: “You’re afraid of the Hutches, that what you are”. Moments after being discharged from the court, Hutch left the Criminal Courts of Justice building in Dublin and departed on a motorbike that was waiting outside. Counsel for Hutch, Michael O’Higgins SC, said his client had pleaded not guilty and the case was being “keenly contested”, which remained his client’s position.“I note his (Gillane’s) observation that the passing of Detective Superintendent Fox has brought about this situation today and I’ve nothing further to add,” O’Higgins said.Detective Superintendent Colm Fox was found dead on the evening of 10 February in his office at Ballymun garda station. His official firearm was recovered at the scene, foul play was not suspected and it was treated as a personal tragedy. The trial had been stalled at the time over the disclosure by the prosecution of emails between four gardaí.Notes written by the late superintendent were handed into the court and read by the three judges.The court was subsequently told that a report into the death of the Detective Superintendent was being prepared. This report concerned the analysis of electronic data – a mobile phone, two USB devices and a laptop computer.‘Immediate panic’Opening the prosecution’s case in January 2018, Sean Gillane SC told the court that on 5 February 2016, the hotel was hosting a weigh-in for a boxing event scheduled for the following day, billed as the ‘Clash of the Clans’.The event, widely publicised on social media, was a co-promotion between Queensberry Promotions, run by boxing promoter Frank Warren, and MGM, a Marbella-based firm which runs a boxing management company and a boxing gym, the barrister said.He added that the event was to include boxers associated with the MGM gym, which “enjoyed the patronage of a number of people”, and that the prosecution case is that “a number of these people’s presence might have been anticipated at the event”.Gillane said the court would hear evidence that as the weigh-in commenced, at 2:20pm, a silver van parked up outside the hotel and some seven minutes or so later, a man wearing a flat cap and a man wearing a wig got out of the van and walked toward the hotel, their progress captured on CCTV.He said the court would hear evidence from eye-witnesses that boxer Gerry Sweeney was having his weigh-in completed, when there were “gunfire, gunshots and cracking sounds” and that “immediate panic ensued”.Gillane said that the man with the wig and the man with the flat cap were observed carrying handguns, running down the corridor following or chasing people toward a larger function room, where there were emergency exits.He said the court would hear evidence that at 2:29pm the same silver van proceeded through the security gate and pulled up in front of the hotel before three individuals dressed as gardaí, in armed tactical style uniforms, got out of the van and went to the hotel’s entrance, carrying assault rifles.He said the court would hear that a number of shots were immediately discharged from the weapons, which caused “all-round panic with people running in opposite directions”, and that the manner in which the three people were dressed caused further confusion, with some believing they were in fact gardaí, arriving to deal with the incident.Gillane said the court would hear that the deceased, Byrne, was in a group running toward the main reception when he was shot by one of the men in garda uniform, with an assault rifle, and shot again by another of the men dressed as a guard.Byrne was injured and made his way to the reception desk, the barrister said.‘Calmly and coldly’Gillane said the court would also see footage of a BBC reporter jumping over the reception desk, lying on the ground and taking cover, when one of the men in garda uniform jumped onto the reception desk, pointed the weapon at the reporter, engaged with him for a number of seconds, but did not discharge.He said the gunman then jumped back over the counter, to where Byrne was lying on the ground, and “calmly and coldly” discharged rounds into the victim.He said the prosecution case would also establish that the raiders were clearly looking for a specific person and that the man wearing the wig was heard shouting “He’s not fucking here” and “I can’t fucking find him”.He said the van meanwhile was parked outside, idling, waiting for the alleged gunmen, who all left the hotel and got into the van, which drove away towards Charlemont Estate, where it was burnt out.Gillane said that the prosecution case is that all six people – the man in the wig, the man in the flat cap, the three men in garda uniforms and the driver of the van – were involved in a “resourced, carefully planned, targeted, murderous attack”.He added that a “perfected callousness” was displayed when one of the men shot Byrne, who was “prone” on the floor.There was a “shared intention to commit the offence” by all six individuals, the court heard.The court also heard that three firearms were found in County Meath on March 9th 2016, and that discharged cartridge cases recovered from the hotel matched the weapons. Scene of the shooting Scene of the shooting Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Feb 20th 2019, 11:04 AM Share40 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4503209 center_img Short URL Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie No Comments Regency trial collapses as murder charge against Patrick Hutch dropped Hutch was accused of the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,493 Views last_img read more

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DOJ grant to help fund equipment purchases

first_imgClark County – The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has won more than $90,000 in grant money from the Department of Justice, money that will go to buying protective equipment for officers and deputies addressing other needs.The grant typically comes every year, Undersheriff Mike Cooke said, and the office gives most of it to the Vancouver Police Department. This time around, 58 percent of the grant will go to Vancouver police.Typically, the agencies use the grant to replace old stun guns or radios, or buy bullet-proof shielding, Cooke said.Recently, the sheriff’s office used money from a previous grant to buy new software to speed up the background check process for potential hires, Cooke said.“It’s a catch-all kind of a grant that is basically designed to fill in those one-off needs for agencies,” Cooke said.Law enforcement agencies were awarded nearly $8 million for a range of projects, the department announced Tuesday. The grants were broadly categorized as for forensic science, records improvement and DNA test backlog reduction.last_img read more

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Laporte believes Deschamps has personal reasons for France snub

first_imgLaporte has not been included in France’s lineup since appearing on the bench in their 2-0 loss to Spain back in March of 2017.Aymeric Laporte says Didier Deschamps has “personal reasons” for not letting him debut for the French squad, yet. Despite Laporte becoming a regular starter in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, Deschamps hasn’t given the youngster an opportunity.Laporte is sure that Deschamps’ decision is not based on his current form on the pitch.“There is a coach and he doesn’t call me, so I need to wait, to keep working and that’s it,” Laporte told EiTB, according to FourFourTwo.“Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.“I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I’m not going to call him. Why? To slam him?“I’m still working in the club, playing at the highest level for this kind of thing [an international call-up]. The only person who can solve this is the coach.”Laporte started his career at Athletic Bilbao before moving to Premier League champions Manchester City in January of 2018. He could also be eligible to play for Spain, but the 24-year-old wants to play for his birth country, instead.“Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so I opt for France because I’m French,” Laporte said.“I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to ask for it. I don’t know if playing with Spain is possible.”last_img read more

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Deerfield Beach High School placed on lockdown after stranger scare

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH (WSVN) — Deerfield Beach High School had to be placed on lockdown due to a reported suspicious person on campus.Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with guns drawn, were spotted conducting a search of the school and an apartment complex just east of the school, at around 9 a.m., Wednesday.Though they did a search of the campus, deputies found no one suspicious, and the lockdown has since been lifted.Nearby Quiet Waters elementary school was also locked down earlier.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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