Bumbling Along

first_imgOn the DefensiveComparing military intelligence (MI) to IB and RAW is unfair and unrealistic (“Intelligence Failure”, June 14). While IB and RAW have a clear mandate of procuring internal and external intelligence, MI has neither the mandate nor the resources for procuring intelligence. Also, defence forces depend on RAW for,On the DefensiveComparing military intelligence (MI) to IB and RAW is unfair and unrealistic (“Intelligence Failure”, June 14). While IB and RAW have a clear mandate of procuring internal and external intelligence, MI has neither the mandate nor the resources for procuring intelligence. Also, defence forces depend on RAW for external intelligence and IB for internal security-related information.Additionally, border surveillance is the responsibility of field formations deployed in a particular sector. There is definitely a need to restructure the existing MI setup in order to make it capable of meeting the defence requirements independently. Moreover,this should not be the time to do a performance audit.Brigadier (Retd) S.C. Jolly, NoidaYour article on the failure of our various agencies in detecting the large-scale infiltration at an early stage reflects very poorly on those in charge of national security. It is also an eye opener for us since it shows how the lack of political stability, lack of consensus on national issues and lack of accountability puts the nation in such dangerous situations. We live on hope and believe in fate.R.S. Kannan, SingaporeShooting Off Their MouthsThe congress reaction to kargil has been shocking and shameful (“Sniper Fire”, June 14). After losing to Pakistan strategic territories which the gallant soldiers won with their blood in the 1965 and 1971 wars, through the Tashkent and Simla agreements, the Congress has no moral right to speak on the Kargil tragedy. After all it is the bungling of the Kashmir issue and the policy of appeasement of the so-called minorities by the Congress that has brought things to such a pass.A.K. Sharma, ChandigarhCampus CapersThe college survey and the methodology adopted to analyse them has many shortcomings (“Top 10 Colleges”, June 14). Most of the respondents interviewed were from the metros. Besides, several colleges which merited a place among the best were neglected.advertisementI suggest that instead of selecting 10 colleges based on some group discussion, you should come up with a broader range that would allow a more representative survey of the colleges of the country.Prashant Saraswat, on e-mailCricket: C’mon, it’s just a GameThe cricket fever gripping the nation and the dismal performance of our team in the World Cup only show how pampered and overrated our cricketers are (“Cricket Crazy”, June 14). If practice makes one perfect, our cricketers ought to have been practising the game and honing their skills instead of selling soft drinks, shoes, shirts and sundry. Had this been done we’d have won the World Cup effortlessly and the cricket craze in the nation would have had some justification. I suggest cricketers should be banned from endorsing consumer goods.T.N. Misra, LucknowUndoubtedly an indulgence in sports is a worthwhile way of achieving the oft-repeated maxim – a healthy mind in a healthy body.But don’t we stretch it a bit too far with our lopsided involvement with the game of cricket? Most cricket fans even seemed insensitive to the bereavement of their idol Sachin Tendulkar. Consider the manhours that get wasted during the matches. Complete paralysis grips the nation – offices bear a desolate look with the cricket-crazy staff either glued to transistors or on leave to watch matches at home. Can we afford to waste so much money and time?Anuradha, Chandigarh Your ranking of the colleges, based on interviews, is not very fair. These may be the most popular but not the country’s top colleges. What we expect is a comprehensive ranking based on facts such as student facilities, campus placement, faculty-student ratio, standard of the pass-outs in the industry, research projects, infrastructure, amount spent per student, class strength, curriculum, teaching methods and the experience of the staff. This can be supported by an on-the-spot assessment by a qualified team.Anand Gopalan, MumbaiHome TruthThe issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin seems to be limited only to urban areas (“All Roads Lead to Rome”, June 7).The underprivileged couldn’t care less about her origins. All they see is someone who can improve their quality of life.Whether Sonia, if elected, can deliver is debatable, but the BJP should not raise this issue. If it can improve the standard of rural life, let them make that their manifesto.N. Kumar, CalcuttaPolitics of DramaThe recent emotion-packed melodrama that unfolded in Delhi has severely damaged the already tattered image of the Congress (“Quitting to Conquer”, May 31).This was not the time for Congressmen to bring up the issue of Sonia’s “foreign born” status.Given that the issue had been raised, it was an inappropriate way for a CWC president to react.advertisementInstead of getting emotionally overwhelmed by the situation and submitting a resignation letter, which subsequently led to the expulsion of senior members, a shrewd politician would have tried to resolve the matter behind closed doors and keep the party unified.Swapna B. Batabyal, Logan, UtahThe Better Team Now that we are out of the World Cup, people will concentrate more on the war in Kargil (“Blasting Peace”,June 7). Our soldiers are fighting at 17,000 ft where temperatures range from minus 5 to minus 30 degrees Celsius. The cricketers were routed while playing in better conditions. If killed in action, an IAF pilot gets around Rs 2 lakh in compensation. Our cricketers get an equivalent amount or more as tournament fee, not to speak of the money they get through endorsements and ads. People offered pujas and observed fasts so India could win the Cup. Has anyone cared to do anything for the valiant soldiers? The least the Indian team can do is send all the awards and match fees to the Army Relief Fund. Parvez, on e-mailwrongly Plane FactsYour story wrongly states that the Haryana Government flew BJP leader Sushma Swaraj from Shimla to Delhi at state expense (“Friends in Need”, June 14).Swaraj did use a Haryana state plane on May 20, 1999. But a bill amounting to Rs 17,500 was made in her name and she paid the amount promptly through a cheque in the first week of June itself. In fact state aircraft have been used by VIPs for non-official purposes and they have been billed similarly.It’s a different matter that many of these VIPs, including former chief ministers, have not paid the bills for the past several years.Director, Public Relations, HaryanaClarificationIn our cover story, the map of Kashmir was not to scale (“The Marathon War”, June 21). Therefore, the Line of Control as shown in the map may not conform to the actual LoC.last_img read more

Pune Supergiant slay Kings XI Punjab to enter IPL Play-offs

first_imgIPL 2017 SHARE Rising Pune Supergiant cruised into the Indian Premier League play-offs with a throughly one-sided nine-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in a do-or-die final group league match, here today.It was complete domination by the home team, which first skittled out Kings XI Punjab for a paltry 73 and then knocked off the runs in only 12 overs to finish second in the eight- team table with 18 points.Young Rahul Tripathi blasted 28 off 20 balls to make a mockery of the chase in an encounter which turned out to be an anti-climax of sorts.It was the ninth time in 10 seasons of the IPL that a team involving Mahendra Singh Dhoni made it to the final four stage.In the first eight seasons with the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was a part of the last four on all occasions.The only other player to achieve this feat in 10 seasons is Suresh Raina (CSK and Gujarat Lions).It was only last season that a team involving the former India skipper couldn’t make it to the last four.The victory also gives Supergiant, the cushion of two shots at a place in the final.They will be playing Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 while Sunrisers Hyderabad (3rd with 17 points) will meet Kolkata Knight Riders (4th with 16 points) in the ‘Eliminator’.The match as a contest was over by the time Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell (0) got out with the scoreboard reading 32 for five.The chase was a mere formality with Tripathi blasting the three Sharmas —— Mohit, Ishant and Sandeep —— for four boundaries before hitting a six over deep mid-wicket off Rahul Tewatia.The run-rate pressure was non-existent which made it easier for Ajinkya Rahane (34 not out) and skipper Steve Smith (15 not out) to knock off the runs after Tripathi got out.Rahane finished the match with a six off Maxwell.Put into bat, Kings XI Punjab put up their worst batting performance of the season when it mattered the most.After the high of scoring 230 against Mumbai Indians in the last game, their campaign hit the worst note as it became a virtual no-show.They were all but out of the game after being shot out in only 15.5 overs. Axar Patel was the top-scorer with 22 runs while Wriddhiman Saha’s 13 was the next best.Shardul Thakur (3/19 in 4 overs) was the pick of the bowlers and he got fantastic support from Jaydev Unadkat (2/12 in 3 overs), Adam Zampa (2/22 in 3.5 overs) and Dan Cristian (2/10 in 2 overs).Even Ben Stokes (0/10 in 3 overs) looked dangerous as he beat the bat a number of times.Martin Guptill (0) uppishly drove to Manoj Tiwary at short cover off the very first delivery from Unadkat.Shaun Marsh (13) hit a couple of boundaries before he failed to clear Steve Smith at mid-off. He didn’t fully commit to the drive and failed to get the elevation.Unadkat was again in the game when his direct throw found Eoin Morgan (4) short of his crease.Rahul Tewatia (4) hit a square drive and then mistimed a pull from Shardul Thakur. Tewatia, to his horror, found Unadkat stationed at short fine leg. Unadkat dived full stretch to take the catch.Within a couple of deliveries, Glenn Maxwell flicked straight to Ajinkya Rahane at the deep square leg boundary.At 32 for 5, it was all over for the Kings XI as none of the batsmen showed any stomach for a fight.Wriddhiman had opened the batting and from the other end, saw wickets falling like ninepins. Finally, he was out trying to steer Cristian with Dhoni taking a regulation catch.It was a formality as Zampa polished off the tail with 25 deliveries remaining unconsumed. cricket COMMENTS × Published oncenter_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL May 14, 2017 Rising Pune Supergiants bowler Jaydev Unadkat celebrates the wicket of Kings XI Punjab batsman Martin Guptill during the IPL match in Pune on Sunday. – PTI Rising Pune Supergiants bowler Jaydev Unadkat celebrates the wicket of Kings XI Punjab batsman Martin Guptill during the IPL match in Pune on Sunday. – PTIlast_img read more

Obama to discuss N Korea, SCS with Japanese, S Korean leaders

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Mar 30 (PTI) US President Barack Obama would hold a tri-lateral meeting with leaders of South Korea and Japan on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, during which they are expected to discuss North Korea and security situation in South China Sea, the White House said today.”This meeting is an opportunity for these three leaders to discuss the threat posed by North Korea, and to discuss how we can advance our trilateral security cooperation,” the Deputy National Security Advisor, Ben Rhodes, told reporters during a conference call.Dan Kritenbrink, National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs said the prime focus of the tri-lateral meeting would be North Korea.”I think the three leaders will clearly demonstrate their unity in our commitment and our firm resolve to deter and defend against North Korean aggression,” he said.The three countries recognise that our security is linked and that its essential that they work closely together to meet this challenge.”I anticipate that they will call upon all in the international community to join in vigilantly implementing UN measures on North Korea,” he said.Leaders of US, Japan and South Korea will also discuss their tri-lateral security cooperation that goes well beyond the Korean Peninsula, he said.”I anticipate that they will discuss a range of issues, including defeating ISIL to promoting global health to combating climate change, as well,” he added.Responding to a question, Rhodes said that given the shared threat posed by North Korea, and given the many shared interests between the Republic of Korea and Japan, the Obama Administration believes that facilitating greater security cooperation and improved relations is good for both countries, good for the US, and good for the Asia-Pacific broadly.advertisement”On the South China Sea, Id just say that we once again reiterated the principles that we would uphold as it relates to maritime disputes in the South China Sea — most recently at Sunnylands,” he said.”Non-militarisation was certainly one of those principles, along with the peaceful resolution of disputes, support for resolving the issues consistent with international law. Thats not to single out China. Thats a principle that we would support as it relates to any country,” he said.”We will be very clear where we believe that there is behavior that is counter to those principles, just as were very clear in our own interests in promoting international principles like freedom of navigation,” Rhodes said. China contends it has a historic right to most of the South China Sea, claimed by five other nations including Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei.China has reclaimed more than 3,000 acres of land in the past two years near disputed sea lanes in South China Sea crucial for world trade. PTI LKJ SUA AKJ SUAlast_img read more

Delhi pollution affects India vs Sri Lanka Test: Timeline leading to dramatic declaration

first_imgThe poor air quality affected the players during the second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi as the cricketers were seen wearing masks at the post lunch session.Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps. Strangely though, some players weren’t covering their mouths and noses and were seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players seen taking the refuge of a breathing mask.BCCI Photo Sri Lanka pacers Suranga Lakmal and then Gamage complained of uneasiness and play was halted for a few minutes. However, Sri Lanka forced play to be stopped again and that saw, Kohli throwing his bat away in frustration. He even attempted some shots in anger and the ball flew past the umpire at the non-striker’s end. Another stoppage infuriated Kohli further and he lost concentration, losing his wicket for 243 in the process. Virat Kohli had enough of Sri Lanka’s shenanigans, and declared the Indian first innings for 536/7.Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7.Updates – https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/jRzygy50g4- BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017Play was halted for a total of 16 minutes and 30 seconds, by the discussions between both sets of players and the umpire, regarding the playing conditions due to the poor air quality. Here is the what happened:12:53 IST to 13:05 IST – Virat Kohli infuriated by the antics of the Sri Lankan players.advertisement13:00 IST: Gamage wants out, he is feeling the effects of the smogThe artificial lights in the ground are seen taking their effect now. Meanwhile, Gamage again looks to be in some discomfort and is down on his knees. This makes the visiting physio rush out to the centre. Very unwise for play to continue in such conditions at the cost of the health of the players. Gamage is off the field now and SURANGA LAKMAL will complete the over now.BCCI Photo 13:06 IST – Virat Kohli fell prey to SandakanSandakan came around the wicket and to float the ball around off. The ball spun in sharply, as Kohli tried to flick it. Surprised by the spin, he was struck on the back leg in front of the stumps.  He was given out by the third umpire and he walked out to a standing ovation from his home crowd.13.16 IST: Ravi Shashtri wants some piece of the action, walks out onto the pitchSuranga Lakmal is seen walking off the field, with one ball still left. The Sri Lankan team manager is seen walking to the middle to have a talk with the umpires. Seeing this, even Ravi Shastri dashes out to the middle, before the situation is taken under control by the umpires by sending both of them off the field. DILRUWAN PEERA will bowl the last ball of the over.BCCI Photo 13.25 IST: Not enough players on the field for Dinesh ChandimalDinesh Chandimal isn’t happy there. Not sure what’s the reason. The on-air commentators observe that there are ONLY 10 PLAYERS ON THE GROUND! Yes, you read that right. Apparently, no one walked in as a replacement for Lakmal. Samarawickrama is out already, Gamage and Lakmal walked out a while back. Harsha Bhogle jokes on air that among the Lankans, only Russel Arnold looks fit and will have to take the field now.13:27 IST: Virat Kohli declares the India inningsSandakan comes round the wicket and floats it around off. The ball spins in sharply. Kohli goes back to flick it but is surprised by the spin that beats him and strikes him on the back leg in front of the stumps. On appealing, Nigel Llong upholds it. Kohli wears a surprised look on his face as he widens his eyes post that decision. Has a chat with Saha who gives him a green signal to opt for DRS. Sandakan is just fine with his front foot and there is no bat on that either. Ball Tracker returns three reds to signal the end of the Kohli journey in this innings. He walks out to a standing ovation from the crowd. Raises his bat in acknowledgement of the same. It has been a brilliant knock by the skipper, one where he looked fluent from start to end. Perhaps he has a right to feel hard done by due to the hold ups in play. But taking nothing away from the Lankans, who despite not being at their best, have seen the back of the Indian skipper.advertisementlast_img read more

Jeter Now 6th All-Time Hits Leader

first_imgYankees shortstop Derek Jeter got a hit Saturday afternoon, to go along with his 3,430 previous ones, thus placing him sixth of all time in career hits.Jeter’s 3431st hit puts him ahead of fellow shortstop Honus Wagner, thus rendering Jeter the all-time hits leaders among shortstops.Actually, in 2009 Jeter became the all-time hits leader while playing the position of shortstop (as opposed to Wagner, who in a 20-year career played various other positions) – so now Jeter has fully surpassed Wagner – no footnote necessary.Next on the list for Jeter to catch is Tris Speaker, who has 83 more hits than Jeter, at 3514. Like Wagner, Speaker played baseball over 100 years ago.  Though 83 hits seems like an easy hurdle for Jeter to leap over, there isn’t much time. There are 47 games left this season, and Jeter has announced he is retiring.Jeter says he’s not too worried about not catching Speaker. Being the all-time hits leader among shortstops, and 6th among hitters overall, along with an illustrious Hall-of-Fame-bound career certainly seems rewarding enough.The all-time hits leaders ahead of Speaker are Stan Musial in 4th place with 3630, Hank Aaron in 3rd with 3771, Ty Cobb in 2nd with 4191, and Pete Rose in 1st, with 4,256.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FIFA to Give 2018 World Cup Champion $38M from $400M Fund

first_imgKOLKATA, India (AP) — The 2018 World Cup champion will get $38 million from a prize fund FIFA has increased by 12 percent to $400 million.FIFA says each of the 32 competing national federations will get at least $8 million, the same as in 2014 when the overall prize fund was $358 million.In 2014, World Cup champion Germany received $35 million and runner-up Argentina got $25 million. Next year, the runner-up will also get a $3 million increase to $28 million.FIFA says the third- and fourth-place teams will each get a $2 million increase to $24 million and $22 million, respectively. The quarterfinalists will each get $16 million, also a $2 million increase, and teams eliminated in the last 16 get a $3 million increase to $12 million.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

What happened to India when England last hosted a World Cup 20 years ago?

first_imgFactor this: When England last hosted the Cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli was 10 year-old. MS Dhoni had just entered the domestic arena and Jasprit Bumrah was only 5! In the summer of 1999, Mohammad Azharuddin was captain of a young Indian team which was attempting to create history after 16 years.In 1983, India had stunned the mighty West Indies to win their first World Cup. After heartbreak in 1987, 1992 and 1996, India had their hopes pinned on the dynamic young trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. As it turned out, there was more heartbreak in store.Jasprit Bumrah was perhaps too young to even notice but a 10-year-old Virat Kohli and a 17-year-old MS Dhoni, who had already started his journey to stardom, must have started dreaming. Sure enough, 12 years later, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup glory at home with Virat Kohli in the side. But World Cup triumph away from home in England would seem sweeter.Mohammad Azharuddin and Robin Singh were the only players over 30 in that Indian World Cup squad of 1999. The others were much younger but they were experienced. Sachin Tendulkar, at 26, was an international cricketer for 10 years. A 28-year-old Anil Kumble had established his reputation as a dangerous leg-break bowler while Ganguly and Dravid had made impressive Test debuts in England 3 years ago.India may not have been outright favourites but they were still a force to reckon with. Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Ajit Agarkar and Debasis Mohanty formed a formidable pace attack. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Azharuddin, Jadeja, Robin Singh and Nayan Mongia made up a strong batting line-up.advertisementBut India lost their first two group matches and the campaign was immediately in shambles. On May 15 in Brighton, Sourav Ganguly led the charge for India with a bright 97 while Rahul Dravid a total of 253 for 5. However, a fine 96 by Jacques Kallis meant South Africa won by 4 wickets.In their next encounter against Zimbabwe in India were the more fancied team even without Sachin Tendulkar who returned home briefly following the death of his father. On May 19 at Leicester, the Indian team was shocked as Zimbabwe won a thriller by 3 runs. Chasing 253, India fell just short after Henry Olonga and Heath Streak took 3 wickets apiece to set up a memorable victory for Zimbabwe.India needed a win desperately to get their campaign back on track. Tendulkar returned from India and smashed an unbeaten 140 while Rahul Dravid hit 104 not out against Kenya in Bristol on May 23. Kenya could respond with only 235 for 7 to India’s 329 for 2 and the Indians were back in business.3 days later, Sourav Ganguly hit 183, Rahul Dravid continued his rich run of form to score 145 while Robin Singh took 5 for 31 as India decimated defending champions Sri Lanka by 157 runs. Next up, India won a rain-hit match against hosts England. The game spanned over 2 days but Ganguly’s all-round brilliance (40 and 3 for 37) helped India to a 63-run win. Rahul Dravid scored an important 53 while Debashish Mohanty, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble pocketed 2 wickets each.India reached the Super 6 stage after winning 3 games on the bounce after 2 successive defeats.Australia were world beaters in those days and they were India’s first hurdle in the Super 6 stage. Mark Waugh’s stylish 83 set India a challenging 283 against arguably the most balanced bowling attack of that time. Despite a feisty 100 not by Ajay Jadeja and a heroic 75 by Robin Singh, India hurtled to a huge 77-run defeat in London on June 4.India’s next challenge were arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 8. It was a low-scoring game and one where India kept their nerves while Pakistan failed. Half-centuries from skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Rahul Dravid and 45 from Sachin Tendulkar helped India post 227 for 6. Venkatesh Prasad, who was involved in a fiery duel with Aamer Sohail in the 1996 World Cup, then grabbed 5 for 27 to blow Pakistan away for 180. It was a resounding win for India but they still had to deal with the dangerous New Zealand before the semifinals became a reality.Ajay Jadeja played a glorious innings in Nottingham on June 12. India were happy with their 251 for 6 and it was a desperate battle for survival. India were still in the game despite Matt Horne’s 76 and Roger Twose’s 60. It was set to be a tight finish with New Zealand needing 34 off 4.5 overs but a cameo by Adam Parore knocked India out. Azharuddin was captain during India’s heartbreaking semifinal exit at the Eden Gardens 3 years ago. He would have hoped for another shot at the title but that did not happen.The men who represented India in the 1999 World Cup: Azharuddin, Agarkar, Chopra, Dravid, Ganguly, Jadeja, Khurasiya, Kumble, Mohanty, Mongia, Prasad, S Ramesh. Robin Singh, Srinath, TendulkaradvertisementIndia’s journey at Cricket World Cups ever since:In 2003, Sourav Ganguly led India to the World Cup final where they lost to AustraliaIn 2007, India were knocked out of the league stages after losing 2 out of their 3 league matchesIn 2011, MS Dhoni led India to World Cup triumph at home with an iconic knock at the Wankhede StadiumIn 2015, Dhoni’s pacers were on fire as India reached the semifinals only to lose to AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Recapping some of the greatest upsets in World Cup historyAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019last_img read more

Sevilla: Not necessary to insult Vitolo

first_imgPrimera División Sevilla president urges fans not to ‘insult’ returning Vitolo Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 06:26 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vitolo-Cropped Getty Images Primera División Sevilla Sevilla v Las Palmas Atlético Madrid Las Palmas Vitolo will face Sevilla for the first time since his controversial transfer and the club’s president has told supporters to behave. Sevilla president Jose Castro has urged fans not to “insult” Vitolo on Wednesday when he returns to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with Las Palmas following a contentious transfer.The Spain international enjoyed four successful years with Sevilla after initially leaving Las Palmas in 2013, but he forced through a permanent departure to Atletico Madrid during the close-season by depositing his €37.2 million release clause at La Liga’s offices, before moving on loan to the Canary Island side as his new parent club serve a player registration ban.Sevilla 7/1 to beat Las Palmas 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Sevilla claim Vitolo’s agent had agreed a contract extension earlier in the day which took his release clause to €50m.Since then, Sevilla have opened legal proceedings against Vitolo, his agents, Atletico and Las Palmas, with the Andalusian club adamant they are owed almost €13m more than they received.Wednesday’s match will be Vitolo’s first return to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since the move and he is expected to receive a frosty reception, but Castro hopes supporters have learnt from the episode which almost saw sections of their stadium closed for abuse aimed at Sergio Ramos in January.”It does not matter whether he comes or not,” Castro told Sevilla’s official radio station.”I will not talk about a player who is already at another team. But indifference [from supporters] is the best way to go.”The fans have come to understand that it is not necessary to insult. A bad atmosphere would hurt us.”last_img read more

Griezmann to Barca? Valverde hints at move

first_imgTransfers ‘Griezmann? We’ll see’ – Valverde hints that Barcelona could move for Atleti ace Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:57 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) antoine griezmann - cropped Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Antoine Griezmann Ernesto Valverde Leganés v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División The France international attacker has been linked with a move to Camp Nou and the Catalans’ coach has admitted he thinks he is a “great player” Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has opened the door for a pursuit of Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.Reports in France have claimed the 26-year-old has agreed a deal in principle to join the La Liga leaders next year for a fee in the region of €90 million.Griezmann 17/4 FGS v Madrid Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Atletico midfielder Koke said on Thursday his team-mate was happy at the club but indicated he should move on if he no longer feels completely committed.Valverde insists the talk is simply a rumour at present, much like suggestions of Real Madrid’s interest in Neymar, but stopped short of ruling out a bid in future.Antoine Griezmann France WalesAsked whether Griezmann to Barcelona or Neymar to Madrid were the most likely, he told a news conference: “Neither. Rumours are rumours.”He then continued on Griezmann: “He is a great player and every time players are linked with Barcelona, they are great players. “But I’m happy with the ones I have and, in the future, we’ll see.” All back together at last in training! pic.twitter.com/rcVG2hjJJC— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 16, 2017Valverde would also not confirm whether Denis Suarez will stay at Barca beyond the next transfer window.The midfielder has been linked with the likes of Napoli, having only made two starts in the league this season.Valverde says Suarez remains in his plans but is not ruling out business of any kind in January.The coach explained: “He is one more player in the squad. It’s true he’s played in some games and not others but I’m counting on him for the matches. It then depends on his form and the circumstances.Denis Suarez Barcelona“He’s fine. I can’t comment on one newspaper story or another.”The club is open to all kinds of possibilities. Not only Barca – any club. We value what we have but we are not going to close doors.”However, Valverde suggested they would not look to sign another centre-back despite Javier Mascherano having been ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury.”You can never predict injuries,” he said. “We have four good centre-backs. We trust everyone: [Gerard] Pique, [Samuel] Umtiti and, of course, [Thomas] Vermaelen. We have the B team, too.”last_img read more

Eden Hazard can shine at Real Madrid without being the new Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgAnd yet on balance it does still seem likely – don’t you think? – that I do actually understand Hazard really well. That I could, for example, have had a really good talk with him on Wednesday night during that break in play where he walked across to the touchline at 1-0 down and stood slightly away from his teammates looking lost. I could have said, look, it’s a bit like that time where you were playing out of, and when José said, and the injury meant, and the other team did.He’d laugh and roll his eyes and we’d stand in companionable silence. Then he’d go back out and start playing a bit better. At the final whistle he’d wave up as he walked off and something would pass between us, information, understanding. For decadent, deficient Real Madrid the problems start in midfield Share on Pinterest Read more Pinterest Share on Messenger Eden Hazard finds his way past PSG’s Ángel Di María on Wednesday, but his first start for Real Madrid was a night to forget for the Belgian. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP Look, I’m OK if it doesn’t happen like that. Either way is good. It’s fine.But there are some things I’d tell him. First, I’d point out that the model he’s entered is in the process of failing. This version of elite football has prostrated itself before an unsustainable notion of individualism and star power. The dynamic has been distorted, made to look idiotic and confused by the presence of a pair of outsize, freakish talents, one of whom used to wear that same No 7 shirt. It is a hunger that has yet to run its course, at a club that will continue to eat its stars.Then I would tell him that although he’s a wonderful player this doesn’t mean he has to be that kind of wonderful player, whiting out the screen with his relentless, repeatable brilliance. You don’t have to be an obsessive, robot-level goal-lunatic to work here – but it helps!Hazard is a more elusive talent, a less linear definition of value. It might well work out for him. The parts might still fit. But this is the real power of elite sport, the reason it still creates that strange, irresistible fascination. Failure, discomfort, struggle: these are often the most involving parts of the process. Fly, Eden. Get fit. Play inside a bit more. Most of all remain, whatever the pressure, your intermittently luminous self. Read more Facebook Share via Email Eden Hazard Share on Twitter Sportblog Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Jonathan Wilson Real Madrid Eden Hazard’s first start for Real Madrid on Wednesday night was always likely to be a fascinating subplot for anyone who followed his progress in England.Predictably Hazard was miles off the pace in Paris. This was his first start in a proper football match since June, and his first outing in the full white-noise glare of Champions League-issue Real Madrid.On the UK TV coverage Glenn Hoddle winced and grimaced and wagged his head, looking as ever like the sad, kindly community support officer in a rain-soaked oilskin who knocks at your door in the middle of the night to tell you your dog has been run over. Topics comment Hoddle thinks Hazard went to Madrid “at the wrong time”. Perhaps he’s right. But then, there is no right time to go Real Madrid, except for that time you look down and discover you’re Cristiano Ronaldo. Otherwise, well, prepare to kneel, prepare to suffer.And so Hazard struggled, stuck out on the right in a team overrun in central midfield. He played like Eden Hazard, just a bit less so. The next day L’Équipe gave him two out of 10. Mundo Deportivo used the word “innocuous”.Watching Hazard in the stadium felt a bit different. He wasn’t terrible. He was the same, upright, scuttling, soft-shoed figure. But for me there was something else, a pall of sadness in seeing him out in all that space, exposed to that unblinking glare. Not to mention a sense of shared nostalgia, a lost intimacy that is no less poignant or tender for the fact it only ever existed inside my head and isn’t real.These are small details. For seven years Hazard was a genuine treat to watch in England. The press box at Stamford Bridge is low down and close to the pitch. You didn’t need to look up to know Hazard had just taken the ball, the only player on the pitch whose touch was completely silent but for a slight shift of air, a whisper around the stands.He was unusual in other ways. His brilliance came reluctantly. If this sounds like Hazard is soft, then the opposite is true. He was a driving force at the sharp end of two title-winning seasons. At times he played at a pitch beyond any other footballer in England, even the ones who won more and scored more. At others he meandered, a footballer whose own father had wondered if he might just be too nice and too normal to make it as a relentlessly high functioning machine-athlete.There was something else too, a quality of pathos. He is an oddly affecting figure. Watch him long enough and you could see – or imagine you could see, which is almost the same thing – the things this process took out of him, the way he was feeling. It became natural to think of Hazard as some vision of sporting perfection menaced by pitfalls and dangers. Although this might be because his name is literally the word for a vision of perfection, followed by a word that means pitfall or danger.And yes, reporting on sport can do strange things to you. I’m not proud.You stare at these people so intently, trying not just to understand what they’re doing, but to second guess it, to drape it in meaning. It becomes all too easy to invest theory and spiralling trains of thought in people who are often quite simple, and who would look at you strangely if you tried to explain your – wait, no – quite complex ideas about exactly why this thing is happening and not that thing; that you’re not just investing this with an assumed and, arguably, quite creepy sense of intimacy. Champions League Twitter European club football Real Madrid relieved to hold on for nervy win after Levante fightback Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Unsmiling Pogba and Lukaku pictured on Man Utd tour

first_imgPaul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have been photographed heading on Manchester United’s tour of Asia, despite speculation of transfers away from Old Trafford.Both players were named in the Red Devils squad list released on Sunday, but it remained to be seen whether they would actually depart on the trip for matches in Australia, Singapore and China.Among photos of posing and smiling teammates, Pogba was pictured looking downcast as he headed through the airport to Manchester United’s private plane. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The image came only days after Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola said he is ‘in the process’ of leaving the Theatre of Dreams with Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly interested in his services.Heading Down Under for #MUTOUR 2019 🛫 pic.twitter.com/GTtEtBTBum— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 7, 2019Lukaku, who is linked with a transfer to Inter, was also looking similarly glum as he prepared for the flight across the globe to Australian city Perth.Other players and staff, including manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Victor Lindelof, all posed for the camera and smiled as photos were taken onboard the private jet.New signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James also looked excited to be heading on their first United tour since joining the club over the off-season. There was three noticeable absentees from the travelling party with Chilean Alexis Sanchez resting after picking up an injury during the Copa America, while Fred and Matteo Darmian have both been excluded for ‘personal reasons’.Promising goalkeeper Dean Henderson was also excused from the journey after his efforts for England’s under-21 team at the European Championships and with a likely loan move back to Sheffield United in the works.The Red Devils will arrive in Perth on Monday and will be able to acclimatise to the Australian weather conditions and time zone before they take on A-League side Perth Glory on Saturday.Their second match Down Under will come against old rivals Leeds United on July 17 before they head to south-east Asia for the remainder of their tour in the region.Matches against Inter (Singapore) on July 20 and Tottenham (Shanghai) on July 25 will follow as part of their participation in the International Champions Cup.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts College Football’s Top 5 Offenses In 2019

first_imgtrevor lawrence throws a pass during alabama-clemsonnSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season is a long ways off, but predictions for the season are coming in fast. ESPN has added their hat to the ring with a prediction of the best offenses next season.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the top 5 offenses have been determined. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Clemson Tigers have taken the top spot.Last year, the Tigers trounced nearly all of their opponents, averaging 44.3 points per game – fourth in the FBS. They scored at least 50 points in four of their games, and outscored ACC opponents Louisville and Wake Forest by a combined 140-19.The other four are Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Oregon, in that order.Alabama had the third-best scoring offense in the FBS last year, scoring 45.6 points per game. But no team scored more touchdowns than the Crimson Tide with 92.Oklahoma had the best scoring offense last year, scoring a whopping 48.4 points per game before crashing down to Earth against Alabama in the Orange Bowl.Georgia was 14th in scoring last year, but bring in plenty of playmakers next year that can really get the most out of quarterback Jake Fromm.As for Oregon, the team is expected to thrive under star quarterback Justin Herbert, who passed up a chance to leave early and join the NFL in favor of making one more run with the Ducks.Absent from the list was Utah State, which finished second in points per game last year with 47.5 en route to an 11-2 record and a win over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.last_img read more

Youths Benefitting from YUTE Build Programme

first_imgApproximately 43 young people from Kingston and St. Andrew are currently being trained in housing construction through the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Build Programme. YUTE Build is a component of the broader YUTE initiative, being administered by a private sector stakeholder coalition, which aims to empower young people in communities, deemed troubled. This by: improving their employability through mentorship and skills upgrading; and providing opportunities for gainful employment. The initiative (YUTE Build), which forms part of the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), is being jointly undertaken with the National Housing Trust (NHT) and HEART Trust/NTA, over a nine-month period. It targets persons, 18 to 29 years, who are currently out of school and unemployed, for vocational training, and professional and personal development. The trainees, who have been selected from NHT housing communities as well as participants in the general YUTE programme, will receive training and certification, and exposure to activities at various construction sites Manager, Technical Support Services Department, HEART Trust/NTA, Dwayne Pryce, tells JIS News that the theoretical component of the programme will be delivered at the agency’s academy at Rockfort in Kingston. With respect to the practical aspect, he says the organization is collaborating with the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and NHT to expose the participants to a range of vocational disciplines and activities at various worksites. These, he informs, include: proper usage of hand and power tools, small plants and equipment, levelling devices, and construction materials; as well as waste disposal. “Other areas include (administering) concrete to simple forms; mixing cement material, which would include mortar and concrete; preparing for painting and decoration; preparing for carpentry construction; preparing solid plastering; and dry wall plastering. They will (also) be doing entrepreneurial skills (which will) teach them how to (manage a business), handle their budgets, (and) human resource management skills, etcetera,” he outlines.   Mr. Pryce contends that the ultimate goal is to encourage the participants to become small contractors and entrepreneurs so that they, in turn, can generate employment for others. YUTE Build Programme Coordinator, Melissa Johnson, says the initiative is geared towards the holistic development of the participants, in preparing them for the world of work. “We want to ensure that they don’t just have the formal certification, but that when they do go into the field, they are competent (in terms of their) skills. (Further that they are) competent in terms of their ability to use (these) skills to (make provisions) for their families, for their communities, and (become) ambassadors for programmes such as YUTE,” she states. Programme participant, Shane Neilson, who aspires to become an architect, says the skills and knowledge he has acquired will positively impact his life over the long term. “I (have) learnt about occupational health and safety, all the safety rules, the gears and (all the things that you are) supposed to (do) to maintain a healthy environment, protect yourself and the people around you. I have (also) learnt construction project management, (and) the different areas like the design team, (and) the building team,” he says. In noting that he is also able to undertake practical applications, such as tiling and block laying, Mr. Neilson says his participation in the programme has brought him closer to his career aspiration. Another participant, aspiring entrepreneur, Tasheka Halloway, in lauding the programme, describes it as an “awesome” initiative. “I’ve always wanted to own a business for myself; so this programme is showing me how to go about it. Even if it’s not in the construction area…that definitely is a plus for me because that was always a goal of mine, to own a business. So (whether it is) a construction business or any other business, I know this programme will help me in every way,” she posits, while encouraging other young persons, interested in a career in construction, to join the programme. Ms. Johnson tells JIS News that the YUTE Build Programme commenced in November 2012, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government and the administrators of the Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) project. She informs that at the end of the current YUTE Build programme, it is anticipated that internship opportunities will be created for the participants who successfully complete the programme. “With that, we are hoping to ease their transition into the world of work, and after that it is up to them to put into practise everything that they have learnt – both the hard and soft skills,” she says. Ms. Johnson boasts that the attendance rate for the participants involved in the programme is exemplar, pointing out that this is indicative of their interest in it. “Our young persons are often painted in a (way) that is not very positive. What this particular cohort has demonstrated is that when you provide opportunities and resources and support and guide your young people through that, you can uncover real success,” she adds. For additional information on the new recruitment cycle, persons may contact the YUTE Programme Management Office at 920-6254; or liaise with the relevant NHT representatives in their communities. The Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) is one of the Government’s strategic responses to unemployment among Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups, persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels.  The brainchild of Prime Minister, the Most Hon, Portia Simpson Miller, JEEP has yielded jobs for some 37,000 persons since its inception in March 2012. BY: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

Horn not ok please

first_imgI think that the biggest side-effects of urban living in India are the ensuing health issues. There is perhaps no major city in India that allows for a healthy life. Today, we routinely speak of air pollution in Delhi NCR and the region’s transformation into a gas chamber. Many other Indian cities too have dangerous levels of air pollution. I don’t know if you have noticed but I have since I’m a sky-gazer i.e., I can spend hours looking at the sky. The hues are not the same as they used to be when we were kids in the 90s. That is the direct consequence of air pollution. The country is also reeling under water crisis with 21 cities likely to run out of water by 2020. There is another menace that we aren’t speaking about and I’d like to get the conversation started – the deafening silence surrounding noise pollution (pun intended) is surprising. Also Read – A special kind of bondAccording to reports, Delhi was the second-noisiest city in the world in 2017, preceded by Guangzhou and followed by Cairo and Mumbai. I won’t be surprised if more Indian cities find pride of place should the Worldwide Hearing Index survey other Indian cities such as Kolkata. Did you know that Delhiites have a hearing age similar to that of 20 years older! Which means that a 20-year-old has the hearing ability of a 40-year-old. And, Delhi and Mumbai can’t be the only loud cities. Incessant car honking in Kolkata can literally get onto your nerves! Also Read – Insider threat managementI’ll tell you what happens to me when I hear loud noises, mostly car horns. I immediately have headaches, feel dizzy, have trouble focussing on anything, and more often than not, I’m so stressed and anxious that I’m ready to physically pound the living daylights out of the miscreant who dares honk constantly. And there are thousands of such nincompoops on road every day. Perhaps the continuous honking has already turned them deaf so they just aren’t affected or bothered. The possibility of most of these honking traffic goons being deaf is quite plausible. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that over 1 billion people risk permanent loss of hearing due to loud sounds, of which transport and automobile sounds occupy a considerable portion. The current permissible level for traffic noise is 53 decibels but it’s hardly implemented in any of the Indian metros. As per a 2014 report in the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, vehicular air horns were found to the primary contributor to noise pollution, day and night-time noise levels were found to be almost always well over the permissible limit, and alarmingly, the ambient noise levels in silence zones was found to go up to 90 dB when only 50 dB is allowed. Not to mention the other physiological effects of noise pollution – hypertension, high stress, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disorders among others. Obviously, animals suffer more than human beings. But in spite of all hazards surrounding this grave issue, there is barely any discussion surrounding this. Traffic police across cities never penalise rowdy, honking car drivers and bike riders. So, it was music to my ears when the Delhi police removed aftermarket loud exhausts from over 500 Royal Enfield motorcycles this month. Hopefully, traffic cops in other cities will also follow suit in maintaining proper silence zones near schools and colleges and also rounding up road Romeos who routinely make road travel a jarring experience. Hefty fines and monetary penalties must be levied on people who create noise pollution. But more needs to be done by the administration of various states as well as the Centre. There has to be an urgent rethink on the permissible sound limits; the current noise rules are almost 20 years old (Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000). Loudspeakers used at functions, political gatherings, and religious festivals must all follow permissible sound limits, otherwise, there should be a strict crackdown on those flouting rules. Most importantly, the central government should look at engaging automobile horn manufacturers and allowing only certain kinds of car horns that are within the allowed sound limit. Let’s not wake up to sound pollution only during Diwali; noise pollution is happening daily and it’s time to put the silencer on. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Union officials say opioids endanger guards want protocols changed

first_imgEDMONTON – Union officials say opioids are spreading to prisons and that’s putting prison guards at risk.Jason Godin, president of the Union of Correctional Services, tells CTV News that officers can come into contact with fentanyl in a number of ways, such as doing first aid on an inmate who has overdosed, by handling mail and by conducting searches.Godin says back in mid-July at the maximum-security Edmonton Institution, six officers were exposed to the potentially deadly opioid.Two of those were taken to hospital, and another had to be given naloxone, a medication to reverse an opioid overdose.At Bowden Institution, one guard had to be hospitalized for 48 hours after coming into contact with fentanyl.Godin says such incidents should be considered a wakeup call that protocols need to change for workers in this field.He says police officers start taking safety precautions when dealing with just one gram of an unknown substance, but for prison guards that threshold is three grams.“We should be the same as any law enforcement.”In a statement to CTV, the Correctional Service of Canada declined to answer questions on the issue but said it issued a protocol on the matter this past July.“This protocol provides staff with guidelines on which personal protective equipment and strategies to use when the presence of highly toxic substances is suspected in order to keep employees, offenders and members of the public safe.”At the Remand Centre, a provincial institution, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees president Guy Smith says workers have noticed an increase in opioids.“Our members have noticed a lot more on the front lines,” says Smith, adding none of his members have yet come into contact with fentanyl.(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

James Cameron defends Titanic ending stubbornly insists there was no space for

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In 2012, Mythbusters tackled the famous scene, proving that both Jack and Rose could have survived if they tied their lifejackets to the door for additional buoyancy. We may never know if the Loch Ness monster is real or what really happened to Jimmy Hoffa, but there is one mystery that might have just been solved: whether Jack and Rose could have both fit on that door at the end of James Cameron’s Titanic.It’s a question that has been asked for two decades since the movie hit theatres in 1997. We all know the tale of epic romance that ends with the sinking of the Titanic. I’m sure you can still see the scene: Rose clutching for dear life on a door amidst the debris of the ship as Jack drowns in the freezing water.Early last year, even star Kate Winslet said, “I agree. I think he could have actually fit on that bit of door.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

WGC Commends Minister Jolys Vision Statement

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly delivered a much-anticipated speech today outlining the government’s vision for Canada’s cultural and creative industries. The Writers Guild of Canada commends Minister Joly for emphasizing the key role screenwriters play in the industry by announcing a new focus on early-stage pitch document and script development at the Canada Media Fund (CMF). As well, the government will top up CMF funding to account for monies lost from diminishing contributions from cable and satellite companies.The Minister also demonstrated the government’s commitment to Canadian-created programs with the announcement that Netflix will spend $500 million over five years on original Canadian productions.“We’re very pleased that the Minister has listened, and heard, the concerns of Canadian screenwriters,” says WGC Executive Director Maureen Parker. “She understands that a high-quality script is crucial to the production of a high-quality show, and that means investing in the people who write the scripts. It means focusing on the early stages of script development, something we proposed in our Digi CanCon submission, to make sure screenwriters have sufficient time to do the best work and aren’t self-financing. Of course screenwriters around the country are also very glad to have Netflix setting up shop in Canada, creating another place to pitch ideas for great Canadian series.”The WGC also applauds the government’s new export strategy, which will help Canadian screenwriters to share their ideas with other markets and with potential new financing partners. With the new emphasis on script development and the new export strategy, there is reason to be optimistic for a healthier industry for Canadian screenwriters.The WGC recognizes that Creative Canada is an important first step. Much is still to be determined, with an upcoming review of the Broadcasting Act, a possible reassessment of the CRTC’s role, and a CBC mandate renewal. But it is extremely positive that the new Creative Canada policy framework puts showrunners and screenwriters at its very centre.last_img read more

Police probing whether robbery of Rs 14 crore was preplanned

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police is probing all relevant angles in the daylight robbery case where a Chandni Chowk-based businessman and his son were robbed at gunpoint near a crowded fruit market in Pitampura, according to police officials.When asked whether the robbery could have been pre-planned, police said they are not ruling out any possibility. The robbery, which seemed to be planned in advance took place around 7 pm, when the victims, Vinod Garg and his son Varun were on their way back home from their shop in Naya Bazar with Rs 1.4 crore in cash. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a complaint registered by Varun, a bike overtook them around 7pm and stopped in front of their car, following which the pillion rider got off and asked for the bag of money from Varun, who was driving with the window rolled down. When he claimed to not know what he was talking about, the accused pointed a gun at Varun through the window and demanded the cash. Varun added that in the meantime, two men on another bike arrived at the scene and asked both him and his father to get out of the car. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfraid for their lives, both victims followed what they were told and got out of the vehicle. By the time Varun called the police and crime teams reached the spot, one of the accused had driven off in his car and the rest had fled the scene on their motorcycles. The incident took place on a busy street near a local fruit market. Police later recovered the victim’s car, which was abandoned by the accused at a nearby spot. While registering the complaint at the Rani Bagh police station, Varun said he will be able to identify his alleged assailants if shown photographs. Police are also reviewing CCTV footage from the area. In addition to the team from Rani Bagh police station, special staff in the district and some crime branch officials are also involved in the investigations. A case against the accused assailants has been registered at the Rani Bagh police station under sections 392/397/34 of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Meeting Pakistani leader UNHCR chief discusses plight of fleeing Afghans

“I spoke rather tough with the President because I understand from his perspective that he cannot accept the flood of Afghans coming in,” the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, told reporters following his meeting with President Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Lubbers added that he had asked the Pakistani leader “to see his responsibility for the people here but also on the other side of the border when there is no alternative for them” but to flee. Mr. Lubbers said the Pakistani leader had asked the agency to concentrate its work in Afghanistan. “The President asked me… can you not be instrumental to provide camps for people who have to flee at the Afghan side of the border,” said Mr. Lubbers. “I said to him: we are the humanitarian and we never say immediately ‘no,’ because we have to be realistic as well.””If we go for refugee camps in the Taliban-dominated area, which is in process of militarization, we will be very cautious because we cannot go build camps and assist there when they are used for conscription of a forced labour or for a hiding place for those military who need a rest for while before going back to the front,” he added. In a related development, UNHCR reported today that Afghan refugees arriving in Pakistan described the health situation in the makeshift Taliban-controlled camp at Spin Boldak inside Afghanistan as deteriorating rapidly. Those interviewed by UNHCR alleged that the Taliban were preventing people from leaving Afghanistan, including those in need of urgent medical attention.Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today that over the past two months, more than 32,000 tons of food had been distributed to some 2 million persons in Afghanistan, but that amount represented one third of the needs. Insecurity and a lack of trucks, fuel and personnel were hampering the distribution of the food supplies, the agency said. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse wins 2nd straight game beats Delaware 159

In its first nine games of the season, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had not tallied a road victory.That changed Sunday.The Buckeyes headed east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens, and after starting fast never looked back, notching a 15-9 victory.Sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who saw more playing time in place of injured junior midfielder Turner Evans, got the Buckeyes on the board first with his third goal of the season.Outshooting the Blue Hens 14-3 in the first quarter, the Buckeyes tacked on five more goals to take a 6-0 lead into the second.Matching the intensity displayed in the first 15 minutes, OSU continued to build on its lead when junior midfielder David Planning tallied his second goal of the game.Junior attackman Reegan Comeault, who finished the game with two goals and one assist, scored just over a minute later to extend the Buckeyes lead to 8-0 before Delaware finally got on the board.The Blue Hens (6-6, 0-3 CAA) registered their first goal from junior midfielder Jeff Heath with 11:07 to play in the first half, but the Buckeyes scored two of the final three goals of the half, highlighted by junior midfielder Jesse King — who notched his team-leading 22nd goal of the season with two seconds to play in half.The 10 goals scored are the most in a half this season for OSU.Continuing to pile on the goals, freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh and sophomore attackman Carter Brown scored two quick goals for the Buckeyes to extend the lead to double digits at 12-2 less than five minutes into the second half.Taking a 14-5 lead into the fourth quarter, Delaware tried to mount a comeback as they scored four straight goals to cut the lead to five, but it proved to be too little, too late.Comeault would tally his second goal of the game with 38 seconds to play to ice it for OSU (4-6, 1-0).Offensively, the Buckeyes were led by King, who had one goal and seven assists. The eight points were a career high for King, who also extended his point streak to 32 games.The Blue Hens got a strong performance out of senior attackman Danny Keane, who scored five of the nine goals on the day for Delaware.Defensively, senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who started his third straight game in place of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton, made nine saves in the contest and improved his record to 2-1 on the season.Up next for the Buckeyes is the Showdown in the Shoe this Saturday when they welcome to town the Michigan Wolverines. Game time is set for 11 a.m. read more