Policeman killed in south Kashmir

first_imgOne Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed, and his wife and a civilian injured in two separate incidents of firing in south Kashmir on Thursday evening. Militants also attacked an Army patrol in another incident. Preliminary reports suggest that gunmen barged into the house of SPO Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Anantnag’s Bijbehara area in the evening. A police official said Mr. Sheikh died of bullet injuries and his wife suffered injuries in the attack. “She is stable now,” said the police.In a separate incident, unknown gunmen fired upon civilian Sayer Ahmad Wani of Kulgam’s Chancer area. Mr. Wani is a teacher in a local madrasa. The police said it were investigating the matter.Earlier, militants ambushed an Army patrol of 4 Rashtriya Rifles in Shopian. The ambush led to a brief exchange of fire between. The area was cordoned off. However, the militants managed to flee from the spot, said the police.last_img read more

Stevenson stops Fonfara in 2nd round

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Usain Bolt skips training to mourn friend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Fonfara’s trainer Virgil Hunter stepped in and stopped the fight saying his boxer was taking too much punishment.It was a rematch of their action-packed meeting in 2014, when Fonfara sent Stevenson to the canvas but was knocked down twice himself as Stevenson won by scores of 115-110, 115-110 and 116-109.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn Saturday Fonfara was the first to hit the canvas in the opening round.Stevenson hurt him with a hard left to the temple which was followed quickly by the knockdown. Later in the round, a helpless Fonfara had to be saved by the bell after Stevenson trapped him in the corner and was landing punches at will.  View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The 39-year-old champion now boasts a record of 29-1.Fonfara, 29, who falls to 29-5 with 17 knockouts, was seeking a first world title.Stevenson is now thinking about unifying the division, saying he wants the winner of the upcoming bout between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward.ADVERTISEMENT MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 03: Adonis Stevenson (left) lands a punch against Andrzej Fonfara during the WBC light heavyweight world championship match at the Bell Centre on June 3, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Adonis Stevenson defeated Andrzej Fonfara in the second round by way of technical knockout. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPCanadian champion Adonis Stevenson stopped challenger Andrzej Fonfara 28 seconds into the second round to retain his World Boxing Council title on Saturday.The 39-year-old easily won the rematch between the two light heavyweights as the Polish-born Fonfara barely survived the opening round at the Bell Centre Arena in Montreal.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

India to take on England in hockey semi-final

first_imgAfter the euphoria of the win over arch-rivals Pakistan, the Indians are getting their feet back on the ground to take on England in the men’s hockey semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.India has never won a men’s hockey medal in the three editions in which the sport has featured. A win over England on Tuesday will ensure the hosts of at least the silver. Australia will take on New Zealand in the other semi-final.In the World Cup in February-March, India had a brilliant start beating Pakistan, but everything went downhill from there. The team management needs to guard against complacency.The Indians fed off the passion of a capacity crowd at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium as they thrashed their neighbours 7-4 on Sunday. It was a very open game which the home team thoroughly dominated, but they can expect a very different match against England. The Englishmen are unlikely to offer much space in the field and the hosts cannot afford to leave any room in their defence. The two teams played three practice games of different durations against each other before the competition started, with the Indians winning two and drawing one.But India coach Jose Brasa stressed those matches will not count for anything when the teams take the field on Tuesday. England, the European champions, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year. As far as the rankings are concerned England are placed five spots above India at fourth. England had beaten India 3-2 at the World Cup and it would be an ideal stage for the hosts to extract revenge.advertisementThe team remains more or less the same for both sides. England has the deadly drag-flicker Ashley Jackson in their line-up and the Indians will hope he does not get many chances to score.Sandeep Singh scored two goals through penalty corners against Pakistan but his overall strike rate still leaves room for improvement. Brasa will hope he is at his best in the semi-final. The forward line of skipper Rajpal Singh, Shivendra Singh, Dharamvir Singh and Tushar Khandker excelled in the last game and will need to continue their good performance. Midfielders Arjun Halappa, Bharat Chikara, Vikram Pillay, Danish Mujtaba and Sarvanjit Singh will have to be on their toes as the linkmen between defence and attack.However, custodian Bharat Chetri, who has let in 11 goals in four matches at the tournament, needs to pull up his socks. A prominent feature of India’s performance against Pakistan was the effective runs on the wings which stretched the rival defence. This tactic must continue against England.It would be dangerous to assume that the English threat would come only through penalty corners. Captain Barry Middleton is a very accomplished player, as was evident at the World Cup. Nick Catlin, Richard Alexander, James Tindall and Alastair Brogdon have the experience to get it across the Indians at this venue and will call upon that experience.The Mantell siblings – Simon and Richard – will add a bit more steel to the outfit. Simon had to withdraw from the squad just days before the team left for the World Cup while his brother joined him midway through the tournament after breaking his ankle in the match against Pakistan. They would not be lacking motivation.last_img read more

Sania Mirza: I believe you can have it all

first_imgThe picture of poise and perfection, all of Sania Mirza’s dignified grace is tempered by a phone call from her mother, Nasima. Bursting into charming Hyderabadi Urdu, Mirza in an instant becomes one of us. A few moments later, her cheerful banter with her staff and crew, her ‘entourage’ as,The picture of poise and perfection, all of Sania Mirza’s dignified grace is tempered by a phone call from her mother, Nasima. Bursting into charming Hyderabadi Urdu, Mirza in an instant becomes one of us.A few moments later, her cheerful banter with her staff and crew, her ‘entourage’ as she jokingly calls them, firmly roots her as the self-effacing star she is. The 28-year-old, India’s most successful female tennis player with this year’s Wimbledon win and three mixed doubles grand slams in her kitty, walks into our meeting in a figure-hugging grey maxi dress and the en vogue Lennon-esque sunglasses. Clearly, she likes being a girly girl just as much as she enjoys being one of the boys on tour. She has been crowned doubles world number 1 and recently won her first Wimbledon title; a dream come true. Both are firsts for Indian women in tennis, but by no means has it been easy for Mirza to get this far. Her 12-year-long journey through the international tournament circuits has been disrupted by controversies revolving around her personal choices, fatwas about her clothing on court; debates on her relationships, and a serious wrist injury.”She is a fighter,” says Mahesh Bhupathi, who has known her since she was 14 years old. “Not many people would understand how hard it is to recover and rehabilitate when you have undergone surgery. She is now number 1 in the world in doubles after having three surgeries. Her ability to fight adversity is what makes her special in my eyes,” he adds about his former mixed doubles partner, with whom he bagged the 2012 French Open title. As a female Muslim tennis player, she has probably had to face far more controversies than someone else in her place might have, believes Bhupathi. “But she has dealt with it like a champion,” he says.advertisementSTORY OF SUCCESSThis year may have been an exceptionally good one for Mirza, with her partnership with Swiss player Martina Hingis, winning her the Indian Wells Masters, the Miami Masters, the Family Circle Cup, and finally the title at Wimbledon. It was at Wimbledon where she began her career with the Junior title in 2003. But it has taken dogged persistence and resilience to get this far. “To be successful, you have to have strength,” Mirza rationalises.”It doesn’t have to be tennis or any other sport, just in general. You’ve got to be stubborn and not be easily distracted to be able to achieve something. Especially as a girl in our country, you must believe you belong. Empowerment is not about what you wear and it is not about being modern. It is about believing you belong in the world of men. So what if no one else has done it before?” she declares.When as a teenager, she’d have classmates and friends who’d want to be IAS officers or doctors, there she was dreaming of something completely unheard of. She often found herself wondering if she should follow the herd. “But thankfully I didn’t. My parents were there to guide me towards what I really wanted to do,” says Mirza, who appreciates how lucky she has been to have a strong support system in her parents-Nasima and Imran Mirza. Comparing her personality to her mother’s, she claims it was from Nasima, a homemaker, that she gained the inspiration to fight against all odds in her life to be where she is today. Recognising her potential, her father, a builder who had played more cricket than he had tennis, took up the mantle of being her coach.”Even when she was about six or seven, Sania showed a lot of promise, although it was too early then to foresee her full potential. When we sent her to a class at that age, about two or three months into her practice, her coach called me and said, ‘you should come and see what your daughter is doing.’ She has always been dedicated to the game and her focus was unwavering even back then. She was a quick learner too,” recalls the proud father.Even now, no matter where she’s playing and against whom, Mirza’s eyes always dart to her father to gauge his reaction, reveals movie director Farah Khan, who has been a close friend of the tennis star for the past eight years. “It’s her love for family that I admire the most about her. I’ve seen thousands of people become stars, but she wears her stardom well and doesn’t let it get to her head. Neither failure nor success changes her,” says Khan. Level-headed, funloving and down-to-earth, is how Khan describes Mirza. “She’s been through so much in her life, but it’s her family who keeps her grounded,” she adds.advertisementOFF THE COURTHer crazy schedule means she has little time at home in Dubai with husband, Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Malik. And yet the two, undeterred by the constant rumours of their marriage hitting shaky ground, have found a way to make it work. Ask her if the India-Pakistan divide ever comes in the way, especially during the nail-biting cricket matches, and Mirza laughs it off. “You make it sound so dramatic. In truth, we hardly ever talk about sport; maybe football once in a while. It’s not like I watch matches with him waving an Indian flag.Besides, I’d like to believe that we have more than just sport to bond us,” she says. Her parents and her little sister Anam, 21, who continue to live in Hyderabad, had the chance to celebrate her world number 1 title with her. “Because it happened in the middle of the year, I didn’t really have time to celebrate in a big way. I was on a flight for 10 hours and came to Hyderabad for the Fed Cup. But I was cutting cakes everyday. On Friday night, the week after, we had a felicitation ceremony in Hyderabad where people I cared about were there,” reveals Mirza. The Khans, Farah and her brother Sajid, were there as well. Playing continuously for seven weeks straight, she finally managed to get some time off in Hyderabad and then it was back to work and dressing up for the camera for us in Mumbai.”I consider this the work part that comes with being a celebrity and a star. It’s hectic, but I’ve always enjoyed working both on and off the court. Of course, I have to make sure I’m doing well on court. If I’m not winning, no one’s going to want me to do this, so that’s primary,” says Mirza with a laugh. But as a tennis player, she believes, there’s never enough time to celebrate wins or mourn losses. “Either way, you have to get back to the court. In a way, it gives you a kind of hope to keep trying even if you have a bad loss. It keeps you grounded. The year goes on, the matches continue, and it keeps me inspired to be number 1,” she adds.When in Hyderabad, Mirza starts her day at 6.30 in the morning. “That’s when I practise. I have breakfast; go to the gym for a workout. It is a four-to-six-hour physical day,” says the offensive baseliner, who uses her powerful groundstrokes to cover for her weakness with pace. But if she is a tigress on court, Mirza seems quite the opposite off it. And if her little sister is to be believed, Mirza is more of a homebody than a party animal. “When she’s at home, she gets so lazy that she barely gets out of the bed. She loves doing absolutely nothing. For Sania, a perfect day off would be lying in bed all day watching television,” says Anam, a college student.advertisementThat’s exactly how she likes spending her time with Khan, too. “We just sit in bed and watch Bigg Boss together. Sometimes Tabu, the actor, joins us, and it’s a bitchfest,” laughs the director. Khan, who was in London at the time of the tournament at Wimbledon, went to watch Mirza play live. “She was so worried about us, and wanted to make sure we were all right and taken care of even though she was about to start her match,” recalls the filmmaker, touched by Mirza’s thoughtfulness.Laidback, accommodating and extremely caring, she is also someone you could describe as a yaaron ka yaar. “My personality is more like a guy’s I suppose-I am not dramatic when it comes to relationships, so that way, it’s easier to be friendly. I think that is probably what makes it easier for me to hang out with boys-Mahesh (Bhupathi), Rohan (Bopanna), and Somdev (Devvarman)-rather than the girls while on tour. Even at home, my best friends have always been guys. Maybe it’s the athlete in me, which naturally veers me towards them,” says Mirza.With Steffi Graf and Roger Federer as her idols, the tennis star, appointed as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia in 2014, has most certainly become an inspiration and an icon for young Indian women. Recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Sports Ministry, she has strong opinions and is confident enough to voice them. Ask her whether it is possible for women to ‘have it all’ and she readily offers her take on feminism and equality.”I may not be a mother yet, but I see a lot of them on tour. I want to have kids soon and I am keen to start a family. I’ve seen so many tennis players take a year off to be a mother, and then when they return to the circuit, their husbands are so supportive; it’s wonderful to see. I think that’s what equality is all about. And I think in this way, women can have it all. We need to believe that,” concludes Mirza.With inputs from Mona RamavatStyling: Karuna LaunganiClothes: White shirt, pleated full skirt; both from Zara. Leather tie-up heels, from Stuart Weitzman. Silver bracelet, from AquamarineHair and make-up: Bianca Louzadolast_img read more

Cricket: 10-year jail term proposed for match fixers

first_imgcrime, law and justice SHARE 0 SHARE SHARE EMAIL BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, has introduced three private member bills including a significant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends “10 years of jail term” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing.It is a significant step taken by Thakur considering that the BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 IPL witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers including former India pacer S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan.“It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur told PTI when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is “to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.”The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.“The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports.”The private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing.For cases of fraud of age or gender, a jail time of 6 months as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be viable. Not just sportspersons but coaches, members of sports federations who assist in such criminal activities would be punished with similar provisions.Hence, the private member bill seeks to set up a ’National Sports Ethics Commission’ consisting of judges as well as eminent sports personalities. The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules and bye-laws of practices along with help of sports associations.The other private member bill is seeking amendment of constitution where he has sought Sports to be taken from the State list to Concurrent list to encourage co-ordinated and more focused approach. cricket New Delhi 07/12/2015: Indian Captain Virat Kohli being presented Trophy by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur after the Series against South Africa on the last day of the fourth Test Match at Ferozshah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Monday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy   –  The Hindu New Delhi 07/12/2015: Indian Captain Virat Kohli being presented Trophy by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur after the Series against South Africa on the last day of the fourth Test Match at Ferozshah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Monday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy   –  The Hindu COMMENTS RELATED Published on × May 01, 2016 COMMENT IPL-6 spot fixing: Court to pass order on charge on July 25last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Los Cafeteros face Gareth Southgate’s men in a tough fixture…

first_imgAdvertisementColombia faces England in one of the most awaited matches of the Round of 16 which England are hopeful of winning. England has had a good World Cup till now and would like to play in the Quarters, which they haven’t since 2006. For Colombia, this is their third time in the knockout stages and haven’t reached the quarters before.Team News:-For Colombia, doubts still persist over whether star man James Rodriguez will be fit to start for the South Americans in Moscow. James, 26, went off injured during Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal on Thursday that saw Jose Pekerman’s side seal top spot in Group H.However, fellow midfielder Abel Aguilar is likely to feature having recovered from the muscle problem.For England, Dele Alli is fit from the thigh injury he had picked up and has been cleared for a start.It will also be a test of the number 9’s as both are in good form.Lineups:-TEAM NEWS | The teams are in for #COL and #ENG#COLENG // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/mGBizd89rl— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018Read Also:-Football : Mesut Özil, Arsenal’s new No.10Football: Riyad Mahrez set to join Manchester City this week as Leicester City accepts a £60m bid Advertisementlast_img read more

Nico Rosberg wins European Grand Prix to extend title lead

first_imgMercedes driver Nico Rosberg led from start to finish and won Sunday’s European Grand Prix on the Baku street circuit, extending his lead in the Formula One championship from nine points to 24. (Latest F1 stories)Despite expectations of crashes and safety-car periods on the narrow circuit, there was little on-track action and the safety car remained in the pits throughout as Rosberg won by 16.6 seconds from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Force India’s Sergio Perez passed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the penultimate lap and took third.Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton made up several places early after starting tenth, but a problem with the Mercedes hybrid power system – and his team’s inability to tell him how to fix it due to new rules restricting instructions between the pit and driver – saw him finish a frustrated fifth.PERFECT WEEKENDAfter winning the first four races of the season, Rosberg had watched with alarm as Hamilton won the past two to cut his lead to single figures, but the win gives him some breathing room coming into the European heart of the season.”Everything went to plan for me so it was really awesome,” Rosberg said. “The weekend went perfectly.”Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was sixth, ahead of the Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, who struggled on the soft tires in the first half of the race, and were forced into making two pit stops while those ahead needed just one.Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Williams’ Felipe Massa completed the top ten.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2017: Robin Uthappa, spinners star as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to go on top

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders on Saturday defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs at the Eden Gardens to move on top of the Indian Premier League 2017 table. (Scorecard)After a shaky start being put in to bat by visiting captain David Warner, Robin Uthappa stemmed the rot with a brilliant 68 off 39 balls to help the hosts post 172/6. (KKR vs SRH: Match Highlights)Sunrisers, in their run chase, lost wickets at regular intervals with David Warner (26) and Yuvraj Singh (26) top-scoring for the visitors who batted very poorly to finish at 155/6 in 20 overs. Naman Ojha (11) and Bipul Sharma (21) were at the crease at the end.The defending champions made a steady start with Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (23) stiching together a 46-run stand off 40 deliveries.But once the spinners came to the party, both the openers departed in quick succession. First, Dhawan holed out at long on to Yusuf Pathan who in the end conceded just just two runs in his first over.Soon, Warner – not a great player of spin – fell to the guile of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.The southpaw could not read him from the first ball and finally picked out Chris Woakes at long off for an easy catch less than one month after falling to the same bowler while playing for Australia against India in the fourth Test at Dharamsala.Moises Henriques (13) followed suit in the next over, playing a uppish drive off Woakes which the England bowler latched onto in his follow through.Deepak Hooda (13) also failed to shine, missing the line off Narine’s delivery for Uthappa to cause an easy stumping.advertisementJust when Yuvraj looked set for a match-winning knock smacking Umesh Yadav for a six and four off consecutive balls, Woakes got the back of the southpaw with a slower cutter that substitute Rishi Dhawan pouched at long on.Earlier, Uthappa and Manish Pandey (46) stitched together a 77-run stand for the third wicket.Openers Sunil Narine (6) and skipper Gautam Gambhir (15) departed early to leave the hosts tottering at 40/2.Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/20) bowled wonderfully well with a superb first spell that yielded 2-0-7-1.Coming in at No.3, Uthappa used all his experience to engineer a crafty 68 along with Manish Pandey who was guilty of a slow start — scoring only 13 in his first 18 balls — to finally score a 35-ball 46.Narine failed to repeat his heroics at the top as a fiery Bhuvneshwar uprooted his off-stump with an in-swinging yorker to which the leg-spinner had no answer.Bhuvneshwar looked dangerous in his first spell of two overs (2-0-7-1) getting the ball to swing away from the right hander.Just when it looked like Gambhir was about to continue from where he had left against Kings XI Punjab, Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/29) snared the KKR skipper.After the Powerplay, KKR were in a spot of bother at 40/2 with Pandey joining Uthappa in the middle.Uthappa upped the ante after the break. The clean-hitting right-hander from Karnataka brought up his half-century, sweeping Rashid to deep midwicket where Shikhar Dhawan misjudged a difficult catch. Together with Pandey, Uthappa tore apart the Sunrisers attack.Uthappa, in the process, became the third batsman after Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan to score 1500 runs for KKR.Cutting (1/41) finally got Uthappa out — his legcutter forcing the 2007 T20 World Cup winning player to mistime his pull with Rashid running from deep midwicket to long on to take the catch.Bhuvneshwar halted Pandey from scoring a fifty, getting the back of him as Pathan remained unbeaten at 21 off 15 with Suryakumar Yadav and Colin Grandhomme falling to Nehra and Bhuvneshwar, respectively.KKR now have six points from four outings, while Sunrisers have four in their kitty from the same number of matches.last_img read more

BCCI welcomes Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals back into India Premier League

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday welcomed the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – back into the League.The two franchises have completed the two-year suspension imposed by the Supreme Court appointed Justice (Retd.) Lodha Committee and will now participate in the IPL.BCCI acting president CK Khanna said: “VIVO IPL will be enriched by the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on-field success and have a mass following. The loyal fans will again get to see their favourite teams and stars in action from the upcoming season of the VIVO IPL.”Rajeev Shukla, IPL chairman, said, “It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL. We have had a strong working relationship with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and hope that we can continue to build upon the close ties that we have enjoyed in the past, as we move towards the next edition of the league.”Amitabh Choudhary, acting secretary BCCI, said: “I welcome CSK and RR back into the league. I hope they bring back the intensity and the flair that they are reputed for and continue to add immense value to brand VIVO IPL. I wish them, all the very best.”Shukla had earlier in the year revealed that no extension has been given to Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions as the agreement was only for a two-year period.advertisementTwo new franchises in Pune and Gujarat were formed when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended by a Supreme Court-appointed panel as their team officials – CSK’s Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra – were charged with betting during the 2013 edition of the tournament.last_img read more

Vijay Patil files nomination, set to be elected MCA president

first_imgVijay Patil files nomination, set to be elected MCA presidentThe soon to be crowned MCA President Vijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineage; his father Dr. DY Patil has been Congress politician and Governer of three states.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 23:02 IST Vijay Patil is not an politician himself but comes with political lineage. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Patil will soon be crowned as the new MCA PresidentVijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineagePatil fought hard against Sharad Pawar for the top post in 2015 but could not overcome Pawar’s political nousFor the first time, resulting out of Lodha reforms, 39 international cricketers from Mumbai will be making the voter base in addition to the 350 clubs that vote in Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) elections slated for October 4th.However, cricketers with a right to vote from Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Zaheer Khan will ironically have only two cricketers to choose from amongst 38 who have filed their nominations across 14 posts. Former Mumbai cricketers Amit Dani and Ravi Thakkar are the only cricketers vying for managing committee posts; subordinates to the office-bearers.The sorry state of affairs is partly due to the winnability quotient taking prominence. However, the same Lodha reform clauses that were meant to facilitate cricketers into the game’s administration have also played a role, bowling out cricketers with stringent conflict of interest rules. “We wanted to field Sandeep Patil as our presidential candidate but he could not qualify due to his conflict with his commentary contract,” a senior administrator of Bal Mhadalkar group tells India Today.The likes of former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Ajit Wadekar have contested in the past unsuccessfully for President’s post. But in the first elections post reforms, the picture gets bleaker for cricketers wanting to foray into administration.MCA’s international stadium is named after a late politician Sheshrao Wankhede and ever since political heavyweights of the day have remained interested and invested in running Mumbai cricket.It’s no different this time but with the cooling-off and tenure clause coming in the picture, many have had to use the proxy route to stay in power.advertisementFormer Maharashtra Chief Ministers Manohar Joshi, Sharad Pawar, and Vilasrao Deshmukh have served as MCA Presidents over the last three decades. But this won’t be a year for a political potboiler.The soon to be crowned MCA President Vijay Patil is not a politician himself but comes with political lineage; his father Dr. DY Patil has been Congress politician and Governer of three states.”I have to be very candid, considering stature of people who have been Presidents of MCA and the rich legacy is has, to be considered for the post of President, unanimously, is humbling,” he spoke after filing his nomination.Patil fought hard against Sharad Pawar for the top post in 2015 but could not overcome Pawar’s political nous.The weight of the Chief Minister’s chair also makes its presence felt in the final analysis. Amol Kale, a Nagpur based industrialist and close aid of CM Devendra Fadnavis is fielded by the Bal Mhadalkar group for Vice President and allowed free sailing with no contest from opposing, Cricket for Change group.Maharashtra state sports minister and former MCA President Ashish Shelar backed Sanjay Naik is contesting for the crucial Secretary’s position but likely to face stiff resistance from the seasoned administrator and pitch curator Nadeem Menon.Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik who has unsuccessfully contested in past MCA elections has fielded his son Vihang Sarnaik, this time for one of the nine Managing committee posts.While none of the political candidates this time are heavyweights, a look at representatives of 350 clubs’ voter base would tell you, there will be no shortage of mega politicians turning up on the voting day. Starting from Aditya Thackrey who could be the next Deputy CM of the state, his father and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackrey, BJP’s current minister Ashish Shelar, NCA politician Jitendra Awahad – politicians across party lines have stakes and will come for voting.Also See:For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Mumbai Cricket AssociationFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Dilip Vengsarkar Nextlast_img read more

BC mayor apologizes for repeating urban myth about teens fatal overdose

first_imgLIONS BAY, B.C. – A politician in British Columbia is apologizing for spreading a false story about a teenage boy who supposedly died from a drug overdose.Lions Bay Mayor Karl Buhr said in a council meeting last month that his 14-year-old son’s friend dropped dead after inhaling “vape juice” laced with the highly potent opioid fentanyl.Buhr said in an interview on Tuesday that he’s since been informed much of the story was an urban myth.“Unfortunately, I reported an incorrect rumour,” he said.The mayor for the village located midway between Vancouver and Whistler said he originally shared the story with his council colleagues to illustrate that the provincial opioid overdose crisis is getting closer to home.The BC Coroners Service released data last week showing that 1,422 people across the province died from illicit drug overdoses last year.Buhr said he wanted his colleagues to think about what, if anything, council could do about the issue.Now he’s apologizing publicly for recounting the tall tale and says doing so probably hurt his reputation.“It probably has damaged my credibility,” Buhr said. “I don’t think people look to me as their mayor to be the all-seeing, all-knowing national trend-setter. I deliver things that people care about — new water pipes, low taxes, stuff like that. I am a small-town, local politician.”He added that he doesn’t want the incident detracting from the issue of fatal drug overdoses.“I don’t want my ham-fistedness to detract from the real message, which is: these things are everywhere,” Buhr said.“This particular incident wasn’t as reported, but there are 10 stories like this a day and they are real, so what are we doing about it?”Several teens in Lions Bay have died from overdoses over the past few years, Buhr said, adding that he’s spoken with many people who believe the idyllic village is isolated from the problem.“I think a lot of people are in denial. I still hear a lot of people saying ‘That’s never going to happen here.’ That gets my goat.”last_img read more

Neither court nor CoA but elected bodies should run cricket

first_imgNew Delhi: Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae P S Narsimha is confident that BCCI is moving towards forming a democratically elected body which should actually govern the game rather than the court or its appointed bodies. Narsimha recently submitted a report in apex court after meeting representatives of various state associations and having made some headway where stakeholders are now getting ready for an election. In another pertinent point, the former Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India made it clear that composition of nine-member apex council was never in Lodha Committee’s mandate. “Ultimately, it is for the organisers (officials) of cricket to take care of the game. It is not for courts to take care of the game. It is not for the lawyers to take care of the game. It is not for the Court appointed committees to continue to take care of the game,” Narsimha said during an exclusive interview. “It is for the cricket organisers to do it and these organisers are the elected bodies. Now the reforms require that they associate cricketers also. They take care of the game that’s all. I think things are moving positively. The process of reforms commenced long back has taken time. Now it is time for implementation,” Narsimha said. The amicus said that his near “135 hours of mediation” with the state units have been “fruitful” as the matter is now nearing a “good conclusion”. “It seems to be near to that good conclusion we are thinking of to the litigation. So I think this mediation has resulted in some kind of a gateway of holding elections and putting in place a democratically elected BCCI,” Narsimha sounded confident.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral sounds alarm as Israeli forces enter Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep concern over Israel’s launch of a ground operation into Gaza today, with the Security Council calling an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. Mr. Ban expressed his extreme disappointment to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.“He is convinced and alarmed that this escalation will inevitably increase the already heavy suffering of the affected civilian populations,” according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General”s spokesperson. “He called for an immediate end to the ground operation, and asked that Israel do all possible to ensure the protection of civilians and that humanitarian assistance is able to reach those in need.” Mr. Ban underscored that today’s developments thwart efforts to bring peace to the region by the so-called Quartet – comprising the United Nations, the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – and others. He repeated his appeal for an urgent end to the clashes, and “urges regional and international partners to exert all possible influence to bring about an immediate end to the bloodshed and suffering.” Israel has cited rocket and other attacks by militants in Gaza against Israeli civilians as the reason for its military offensive and closing crossings into Gaza for much of the previous two months. Following the Security Council’s closed meeting this evening, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France, which holds the Council Presidency this month, said that while there was “no formal agreement” among the 15 members, he witnessed “strong convergences” to express concern over the stepped up violence and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. “There was also strong convergence to express full support to the regional and international diplomatic efforts which are underway to resolve the crisis and to call all parties to resume peace talks,” he told reporters. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, more than 400 people have been killed since Israeli military operations began on 27 December, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the distribution of food to the most vulnerable has been impeded by the insecurity. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has only been able to deliver a fraction of the more than 1,000 metric tons of supplies available, while the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was able to resume distributions on 1 January that it had suspended in mid-December. The Kerem Shalom crossing was closed today, but three truckloads of medical supplies reached Gaza today through the Rafah crossing. According to OCHA, fuel to restart the Gaza Power Plant which has been shut down since 30 December, flour and cash are urgently needed in Gaza. 3 January 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep concern over Israel’s launch of a ground operation into Gaza today, with the Security Council holding an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the situation. read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices mixed barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.50 higher $489.10; Jan. ’18 $0.70 higher $495.70; March ’18 $0.20 higher $501.50; May ’18 $0.50 higher $505.70; July ’18 $0.60 higher $507.50; Nov. ’18 $2.00 lower $482.00; Jan. ’19 $2.00 lower $483.70; March ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; May ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; July ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40; Nov. ’19 $2.00 lower $486.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 326,140 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 326,140. read more

Pryor lights up Indiana defense with career day

A week after suffering a quadriceps strain that caused him to miss playing time, quarterback Terrelle Pryor put up career-high passing numbers against Indiana. Pryor threw for 334 yards, topping a previous career high of 266 yards against Oregon. “Obviously it means something, I’m human,” he said. “We all have statistics we want to get.” Pryor reached the milestone in less than three quarters of work, as he exited the game when the Buckeyes led 38-0. Despite its significance, Pryor was more concerned with adding to the number in the win column than piling up yardage, he said. The team was quick to share the praise. “I think the combination between the (offensive) line protecting well, Terrelle making his reads and knowing his coverages and the receivers running great routes, it’s all going well,” center Mike Brewster said. Coach Jim Tressel agreed it wasn’t all Pryor’s doing. “The key to the passing game is protection,” he said. “I thought our guys up front did well. I thought our blitz pickup was good.” The leg injury to Pryor, the team’s leading rusher entering the game, might have factored in to the gaudy passing numbers. “I wasn’t comfortable running at all. I really wanted to stand in (the pocket),” he said. “I threw some good balls.” The team did not call any designed runs for Pryor and encouraged him not to scramble. “We did talk a little bit more this week in some film session about hanging on (to the ball longer) … because we did feel like we could protect,” Tressel said. The extra time allowed Pryor to complete 24 of his 30 passing attempts. “He was putting the balls on the money,” running back Brandon Saine said. “I think he was going through his progressions and doing what he knew how to do.” Preparation was also important. “From the film, it looked like we would get a lot of zone coverage from them and not a lot of man coverage,” wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “We knew what was coming and how to prepare.” That film study allowed OSU to take what the defense was giving them en route to three touchdowns through the air. “The pass was working well, so we felt like we were (going to) pass it more,” Brewster said. That won’t always be the case. “We can have that success throwing the ball anytime, but that’s not the style of play we always want to play,” Pryor said. When the Buckeyes do play that style, teammates trust their quarterback. “When Terrelle is passing as good as he’s passing,” lineman Justin Boren said, “we’ve got a Heisman trophy candidate in the back field.” read more

Couple reveal they are raising child gender neutral and havent even told

However their decision has sparked some controversy. Rosa Freedman, Professor of law conflict and global development at the University of Reading, said: “While this is an individual case the worry would be that in the unlikely event many parents took up this way of parenting, that the NHS,  government, and service providers would not know what to plan for in the future as they would not know how many boys or girls exist.”“Parents concerned about gendered social construct would do better to fight patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia rather and try to virtue signal to their friends and communities so they can get praise.”The couple have said that the reaction to their decision has been mixed. However Mr England-Johns said: “But over a year in, it’s clear that we are serious and gradually people have got used to it. “Although, that still doesn’t stop some pretty confused looks from old ladies in the park when they come up to us and ask if they’re a boy or a girl. It can take a bit of explaining.“We are quite good now at holding space for people’s discomfort in us going, ‘Oh well, actually we don’t tell anyone, we’re not telling anyone for now.” After taking the decision to bring up Anoush as gender-neutral, Jake England-Johns and Hobbit Humphrey refer to their 17-month-old as “they”, rather than “him” or “her”. 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. A couple have decided to keep their baby’s sex a secret from close relatives in a bid to avoid gender bias.  Hobbit Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, refer to their 17-month-old child, Anoush, with the pronoun, “they”, and dress them in both girls’ and boys’ clothing.The married couple, who are members of the climate action group, Extinction Rebellion, have been accused of “virtue signalling”. However, they are keen to let their child, Anoush, choose their own gender identity when they are old enough, because they wish for them to “grow into their own person”. Close family members have not been told the child’s sex and grandmother, Camille, only found out when she changed a nappy.  The couple, who live on a houseboat in  Keynsham, Somerset, discussed the ways in which they could challenge gender bias after discovering Ms Humphrey was pregnant.  After taking the decision to bring up Anoush as gender-neutral, Jake England-Johns and Hobbit Humphrey refer to their 17-month-old as “they”, rather than “him” or “her”.Credit:./. Mr England-Johns told the BBC’s Inside Out: “The neutral in gender neutral refers to us trying to behave neutrally towards our child rather than trying to make them neutral.” “Eventually, we decided that we wouldn’t tell people whether they were a boy or a girl … in order to create this little bubble for our baby to be who they are,” Ms Humphrey said.  read more

Monarques likely to use RailVeyor at Wasamac

first_imgMonarques Gold Corp has presented the initial parameters today for the feasibility study to be carried out on its Wasamac gold property by BBA. The study, to be completed in December 2018, will include assessment, design, engineering and costing for the mine, the processing plant, the tailings management facility and all the related services and infrastructure required to develop and mine the Wasamac deposit.•The feasibility study will indicate that the Wasamac deposit will be mined using a top-down rather than a bottom-up sequence•The initial parameters include a planned production rate of 6,000 t/d, access to the deposit via twin ramps and the use of the Rail-Veyor transport system•The project includes many large intersections that were drilled by Richmont Mines in 2011-2012 and that were part of the resource estimate done in October 2017 (see NI 43-101 report from Roscoe Postle Associates)•The goal of the study is to put the Wasamac gold deposit into production at the lowest possible cost.Monarques is taking a different approach to the project than Wasamac’s previous owner. It will harness the latest technology and use a top-down rather than a bottom-up mining method in its attempt to put the Wasamac deposit into production at the best possible cost. Furthermore, it is opting for twin ramps and the use of the Rail-Veyor system underground to haul the mineralized material close to the railway, which will eliminate the hefty capital expenditures associated with building a shaft. The Rail-Veyor system is a promising new technology currently in use at Agnico Eagle’s Goldex project in Val-d’Or.The study also assumes a production rate of 6,000 t/d. In addition, the land acquired for the mill and tailings facility provides major advantages as it lies alongside the Ontario Northland railway track, on the other side of the Trans-Canada Highway, farther away from the local communities.“We are working hard to make Wasamac a success, both economically and for the local communities,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarques. “We want this project to fulfil the economic and environmental criteria and meet the local communities’ requirements, and we are confident that with BBA’s help, we can achieve that goal. We are also keeping open the option of custom milling the ore at one of the sites identified by BBA’s previous study.”Monarques is an emerging gold mining company focused on pursuing growth through its large portfolio of high-quality projects in the Abitibi mining camp in Quebec, Canada. The corporation currently owns close to 300 km² of gold properties, including the Wasamac deposit (M&I Resource of 2.6 Moz of gold), the Beaufor mine, the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson advanced projects and the Camflo and Beacon mills, as well as five promising exploration projects. It also offers custom milling services out of its 1,600 t/d Camflo mill.last_img read more

Greek grandparents amongst family conflict

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A structured course for all Greek speaking grandparents to participate will be hosted by the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) in collaboration with Family Mediation Centre & Life Works.The seminar, supported by the Department of Social Services, is aimed to inform grandparents affected by the separation or divorce of an adult child, as well as around their grandchildren’s rights to contact and visit them. The course will also cover the topics of stress management and family conflict resolution, effective communication, looking after yourself and relaxation techniques (cofacilitated with Carers Victoria), and will discuss the AGWS services and other supports available. The course will be held on Monday 28 April; Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 May and Monday 2 June 2014, from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm, at Family Relationship Centre, 41 Stamford Road, Oakleigh.Entry is free. Light refreshments will be provided. To attend the seminar, it is essential to make a booking and commit to attending all six sessions. For more information and RSVP please contact AGWS on (03) 9388 9998 by Thursday 24 April 2014.last_img read more

Patrons abuzz over library districts energy meters

first_imgWhen Megan Dugan first brought home an energy meter last month, she didn’t test every gadget in her house. She didn’t need to.“I tested like four or five things,” Dugan said. “And then I started unplugging everything.”Dugan used the meter to measure the energy usage — and cost — of mostly idle, plugged-in household items: her toaster, coffee maker, phone chargers and the like. Every one of them added to the electric bill just by remaining plugged in, even if not in use.What she found wasn’t exactly surprising, Dugan said. But it was enough to change the family’s behavior.“I thought, ‘When you’re not even using it, why would you leave it plugged in?’” Dugan said.The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District in November began allowing patrons to check out the meters — dubbed “Kill A Watt” readers — after they were donated by a local Wells Fargo call center. Dugan, a Vancouver resident and circulation services coordinator for the library district, received one to test out early on.The devices have been in high demand since. The library received 26 meters, but the waiting list to check one out topped 80 people earlier this month, Dugan said.The meters are available to patrons at all 13 libraries in the Fort Vancouver district, which stretches from Clark County to as far east as Goldendale. Wells Fargo donated the devices following a similar arrangement with Oregon’s Multnomah County Library system.last_img read more

Former hospital patients promote EKG screenings

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some former patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital reunited to raise awareness for EKG screenings.Those who participated in the heartfelt reunion promoted the importance of EKG screenings to detect heart conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac death.“About one in a thousand times we are going to find something important,” said Dr. Anthony Rossi, of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, “and when we find that one patient, one in 1,000. We can save them, and we can prevent terrible things from happening, and preventing more tragedy is what this is all about.”The hospital has screened nearly 14,500 children for heart conditions since the program began in 2011.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more