Alleged Pakistani spy gets 10 years in jail

first_imgA Kanpur court has convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment an alleged Pakistani spy eight years after he was arrested in Uttar Pradesh on charges of passing on information about military installations in India.The UP Anti-Terror Squad arrested Waqas Mahmood on May 27,2009 on charges of being an ISI agent. The ATS had said that Waqas, who was arrested from Bithoor in Kanpur district, hailed from Lahore.The Additional Sessions Judge court in Kanpur on Friday also sentenced to six years and 10 months imprisonment Sitara Begum, the Indian woman who allegedly sheltered Waqas, the UP ATS said.Police claimed that Waqas was living in Kanpur under a fake identity and was collecting and passing on confidential information about Indian military installations to the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.The ATS had claimed that it had recovered confidential documents from Waqas, including restricted maps of the Air Force in Chakeri, fake driving licence and voter identity card, and mobile phones.Waqas was alledgedly living on rent under the alias of Ibrahim Khan at Sitara Begum’s house in Kanpur’s Kalyanpur area.The previous Akhilesh Yadav government had in 2013 made directions to withdraw cases against 19 terror accused persons, including Sitara Begum. The move was, however, stayed by the Allahabad High Court.ATS IG Aseem Arun said the officers involved in the operation would be rewarded.last_img read more

Symbiosis suspends two faculty members

first_imgThe Symbiosis International University (SIU) has suspended two faculty members of the Symbiosis Centre for Media and Communication (SCMC) on charges of alleged sexual harassment.The decision comes after the SIU last week sent SCMC director Anupam Siddhartha on leave pending an inquiry.At least 10 girl students from the SCMC have alleged harassment at the hands of their peers and some faculty members.Principal director of the Symbiosis Society, Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, said that an inquiry was conducted by the Internal Complaints Committee constituted (ICC) to look into the allegations against the director of SCMC and faculty members regarding disciplinary and administrative issues. Following the committee’s interim report, two faculty members, Suhas Gatane and Vijay Shelar, have been suspended on allegations of sexual harassment.Dr. Yeravdekar said that the ICC was probing allegations against Mr. Siddhartha who was accused of inaction on harassment complaints against faculty members.last_img read more

Paris disappointment past her, Saina eyes CWG gold

first_imgThe quarter-final ouster in World Championship is a thing of past for ace shuttler Saina Nehwal whose only target is now to clinch a medal for the country in next month’s Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi.”My aim is to win a medal for the country at the Commonwealth Games,” the shuttler said even as she went into intense preparations at the Pullela Gopichand-Nimmagadda Foundation Badminton Academy at Gachibowli here.”I have four more weeks for that (Commonwealth Games). This time I will be preparing even more harder, because it’s happening in India. It’s a big tournament. I am focusing on my game and I have to win a medal. Let’s see what happens finally,” the World Number 3 Saina said.”For me it’s only preparations now for doing well in the Commonwealth Games,” she added.Asked about her experience at the World Championship in Paris, where she lost to Chinese Shixian Wang, the 20-year-old said: “I think I was not moving quite well on that day. It was really a slow game for me, though I gave her a tough fight.”But it happens. When you play at that level you lose badly sometimes. I was really disappointed at the loss. I thought the way I played in the last few tournaments compared to that it was a bit slower this time,” she pointed out, adding “I could have reached the semi-finals.””I need to work more on my movements and also on my mental strength, because in this match I noticed that I gave up some points. I didn’t even think I will do such kind of silly mistakes. May be next time I will overcome (mistakes),” the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee noted.advertisementSaina, who slipped one spot from her career-best position of world number two in the latest international badminton rankings, observed:”No regrets. I have been playing very well. Last two years have been fantastic. I am sure the rest of the year will be a very good one for me.”Chief national coach and Saina’s mentor Pullela Gopichand, when asked about his disciple’s performance in the World Championship, remarked: “Yes, a little disappointment but we have to move on.””I think there are lessons to be learnt. The sooner we learn the better it is. We have big tournaments coming up with the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from October 3 before the Asian Games and we need to get over it (loss at World Championships) as quickly as there is not enough time. We have to get back to work and make the amends quickly to get results,” Gopichand added.last_img read more

BJP organises ‘Corruption under UPA government’ exhibition

first_imgFor a party that reserves dancing as a fundamental right and has patented the mythological rath yatra as the new-age equivalent of the humble protest march, it was natural for the BJP to set about portraying even corruption in an exhibition. Literally.Invites were issued to the media on Saturday morning to picture the president of the principal Opposition party Nitin Gadkari inaugurating an exhibition.Indeed, the theme of this ostensibly creative exercise was “corruption under UPA government”. Naturally, the allusions to corruption in the BJP-ruled Karnataka and Uttarakhand were not to be expected. And they were not made.The most iconic images of political corruption before Suresh Kalmadi of the Commonwealth Games infamy appeared on television screens with a smirk were naturally not on display.The BJP’s creative fight against corruption was sadly wanting in the absence of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman gleefully accepting wads of cash in the Tehelka tapes and party MP from Chhattisgarh Dilip Singh Judev’s lyrical tribute to his bribe- givers: “Paisa Khuda to nahin, par Khuda ki kasam, Khuda se kam bhi nahin (Money is not God. But by God, it is no less than God.)” Unmindful of such oversights, the BJP’s media wing was clearly concentrating on the task at hand. The early morning message was altered soon to announce that it was, in fact, not the BJP president but former president M. Venkaiah Naidu who will “inaugurate the exhibition”. Gadkari was stuck in a storm at Badrinath, not an unusual happenstance where the Hindu party is concerned.advertisementCameras were duly stationed and the party general secretary Vijay Goel, a manabout- town who is adept at organising such curious events, quickly collected a crowd of excited party workers.”It was my idea,” Goel was happy to inform. “The president gave his approval.In fact, he has said that our exhibition should travel to all the states.” Goel strung a red ribbon across the entrance to the conference hall in the BJP’s headquarters. A tray covered with colourful cloth materialised with a pair of scissors wrapped in saffron ribbons.Naidu arrived in his SUV to be given a ceremonial welcome by the three general secretaries – Ram Lal, Goel and J. P. Nadda. Party vice- president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi joined in and the welcome party strode towards the venue where cameras waited and work-ers in saffron shouted slogans, holding placards displaying caricatures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an oppressor and yoga guru Ramdev as a victim.Naidu cut the red ribbon to thunderous applause and the gathering moved indoors where the “exhibition” was on. It included large cutouts of newspaper clippings on an assortment of scams – CWG, 2G, Antrix-Devas et al. Pictures, mostly of Gadkari in righteous rage, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, L. K. Advani sitting on their day’s satyagraha at Rajghat minus, of course, the images of the midnight dance performance by the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, were on display.A television looped the midnight crackdown at Ramdev’s protest in Ramlila Maidan surrounded by still images of him in various stages of undress till he appeared in women’s clothing.The party is confident the effort will awaken consciousness about political graft. If just the creative and aesthetic value of the exercise was to be ascertained by the masses, it would probably have the potential of reversing the popular sentiment against corruption.Thankfully for the BJP, the show will remain restricted to the faithful.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Use of paracetamol during pregnancy can increase the risk of asthma in babies

first_imgIt’s not uncommon to be prescribed the humble Paracetamol every time we get a mild fever, given the dwindling weather, especially. But a new study has warned us against the casual use of this easily available medicine.According to the study, babies are likely to have an increased risk of developing asthma if their mothers consume paracetamol during pregnancy.Those children who were exposed to paracetamol during their mother’s pregnancy developed asthma at the age of three, the study showed.Also read: Make your little one munch on a high-protein breakfast “Uncovering potential adverse effects is of public health importance, as paracetamol is the most commonly used painkiller among pregnant women and infants,” said Maria Magnus from Bristol University in Britain.The study examined asthma outcomes at ages three and seven and evaluated the likelihood of the association being as a result of the three most common triggers for paracetamol use in pregnancy: pain, fever and flu, the researchers said.The findings, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, showed that 5.7 per cent of the children had current asthma at age three, and 5.1 per cent had asthma at age seven.Using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, the researchers compared associations between several conditions during pregnancy (with and without the use of paracetamol) and asthma developing in the 114,500 children in the study.Also read: This kind of DNA cuts down on the chances of breast cancer, says studylast_img read more

Sunderland out of relegation zone with goalless draw against Arsenal

first_imgSunderland moved out of the relegation zone on Sunday as Arsenal stumbled again in a 0-0 draw in the English Premier League.Sunderland rose to 17th after swapping places with Norwich on goal difference, with at least one of the two teams likely to go down.Arsenal stay fourth in the final Champions League spot, level on 64 points with Manchester City in third. But Arsene Wenger’s title ambitions are all but mathematically over with his team nine points behind leader Leicester City with three games left.One bright spot for Arsenal at the Stadium of Light was Jack Wilshere coming on with seven minutes left for his first full-team appearance since breaking his leg pre-season.last_img

Lights out: Ravens beat 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP). Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were turning the Super Bowl into a rout when, without even a flicker of warning, the power went off. When the game resumed 34 minutes later, the San Francisco 49ers were the ones playing lights out.Instead of a blowout, the blackout turned the big game into a shootout.The Ravens survived the frenzied comeback by the 49ers for a thrilling 34-31 win at the Superdome on Sunday night and their second NFL championship in 11 years.How could it be any other way? Its never pretty. Its never perfect. But its us, coach John Harbaugh said after winning the sibling showdown with younger brother Jim. It was us today.Barely.Leading by 22 points when most of the Superdome lights and the scoreboards went dark early in the third quarter, the Ravens used a last-gasp defensive stand to hold on after the momentum strangely swung to the 49ers. San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree was bumped in the end zone on the 49ers final offensive play — the contact appeared incidental — but coach Jim Harbaugh insisted a penalty should have been called.Theres no question in my mind that there was a pass interference and then a hold, Jim Harbaugh said.As for the foul-up at Americas biggest sporting event, officials revealed that an abnormality in the power system triggered an automatic shutdown, forcing backup systems to kick in. But no one was sure what caused the initial problem.Everything changed after that, though, until Ray Lewis and Co. shut it down. But there were plenty of white-knuckle moments and the Ravens (14-6) had to make four stops inside their 7 at the end.I think it speaks to our resolve, speaks to our determination, speaks to our mental toughness, John Harbaugh said. That is what wins and loses games.For a Super Bowl with so many subplots, it almost had to end with a flourish.Flaccos arrival as a championship quarterback coincides with Lewis retirement — with a second Super Bowl ring no less. The win capped a sensational month since the star linebacker announced he was leaving the game after 17 Hall of Fame-caliber years.At 4 hours, 14 minutes, it was the longest Super Bowl ever.The loss of power left players from both sides stretching and chatting with each other. It also slowed Baltimores surge, and that was considerable after Jacoby Jones 108-yard kickoff return and Flaccos three touchdown passes made it 28-6.Flaccos big start boosted him to the MVP award.They have to give it to one guy and Im not going to complain that I got it, said Flacco, who soon will get a rich new contract. His current deal expired with this win.Down by three TDs, back came San Francisco (13-5-1) in search of its sixth Lombardi Trophy in as many tries.As far as the power going out, that didnt change anything for us, tight end Vernon Davis said.Yet they got back in the game almost immediately.Michael Crabtrees 31-yard touchdown reception on which he broke two tackles made it 28-13. A couple minutes later, Frank Gores 6-yard run followed a 32-yard punt return by Ted Ginn Jr., and the 49ers were within eight.Ray Rices fumble at his 24 led to David Akers 34-yard field goal, but Baltimore woke up for a long drive leading to rookie Justin Tuckers 19-yard field goal.San Francisco wasnt done challenging, though, and Colin Kaepernicks 15-yard TD run, the longest for a quarterback in a Super Bowl, made it 31-29. A 2-point conversion pass failed when the Ravens blitzed.Tucker added a 38-yarder with 4:19 remaining, setting up the frantic finish.Kaepernick couldnt get the 49ers into the end zone on the final three plays, and Ravens punter Sam Koch took a safety for the final score with 4 seconds left. Kochs free kick was returned by Ginn to midfield as time ran out.The Harbaughs then met at midfield amid the Ravens confetti-laden celebrations.Its very tough, John Harbaugh said, referring to their conversation. Its a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. Its very painful.Only one other championship game in the NFLs 80-year title game history, Pittsburghs 35-31 win over Dallas in 1979, featured both teams scoring at least 30 points.In the first half, Flacco was as brilliant as Tom Brady, Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw ever were in the NFLs biggest game. The only quarterback to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons — his coach holds the same distinction — was nearly perfect. Overall, Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns to tie a postseason record, and had no interceptions.The Ravens stumbled into the playoffs with four defeats in its last five regular-season games as Lewis recovered from a torn right triceps and Flacco struggled. Harbaugh even fired his offensive coordinator in December, a stunning move with the postseason so close.But that — and every other move Harbaugh, Flacco and the Ravens made since — were right on target. Just like Flaccos TD passes of 13 yards to Anquan Boldin, 1 to Dennis Pitta and 56 to Jones in the first half, tying a Super Bowl record.New Orleans native Jones, one of the heroes in a double-overtime playoff win at Denver, seemed to put the game away with his record 108-yard sprint with the second-half kickoff.Soon after, the lights went out — and when they came back on, the Ravens were almost powerless to slow the 49ers.Until the final moments.The final series of Ray Lewis career was a goal-line stand, Harbaugh said.Lewis sprawled on all fours, face-down on the turf, after the end zone incompletion.Its no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates, Lewis said. And you looked around this stadium and Baltimore! Baltimore! We coming home, baby! We did it!It was a bitter loss for Jim Harbaugh, the coach who turned around the Niners in the last two years and brought them to their first Super Bowl in 18 years. His team made a similarly stunning comeback in the NFC championship at Atlanta, but couldnt finish it off against Baltimore.Our guys battled back to get back in, the 49ers coach said. I thought we battled right to the brink of winning.The 49ers couldnt have been sloppier in the first half, damaging their chances with penalties — including one on their first play that negated a 20-yard gain — poor tackling and turnovers. Rookie LaMichael James fumbled at the Baltimore 25 to ruin an impressive drive, and the Ravens converted that with Flaccos 1-yard pass to Pitta for a 14-3 lead.On San Franciscos next offensive play, Kaepernick threw behind Randy Moss and always dependable safety Ed Reed picked it off. A huge scuffle followed that brought both Harbaughs onto the field and saw both sides penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.Reed, also a New Orleans native, tied the NFL record for postseason picks with his ninth.Baltimore didnt pounce on that mistake for points. Instead, Tuckers fake field goal run on fourth-and-9 came up a yard short when Chris Culliver slammed him out of bounds.The Ravens simply shrugged, forced a three-and-out, and then unleashed Jones deep. Just as he did to Denver, he flashed past the secondary and caught Flaccos fling. He had to wait for the ball, fell to the ground to grab it, but was untouched by a Niner. Up he sprang, cutting left and using his speed to outrun two defenders to the end zone.Desperate for some points, the 49ers completed four passes and got a 15-yard roughing penalty against Haloti Ngata, who later left with a knee injury. But again they couldnt cross the goal line, Paul Kruger got his second sack of the half on third down, forcing a second Akers field goal, from 27 yards.When Jones began the second half by sprinting up the middle virtually untouched — he is the second player with two TDs of 50 yards or more in a Super Bowl, tying Washingtons Ricky Sanders in 1988 — the rout was on.Then it wasnt.Everybody had their hand on this game, 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis said. We point the fingers at nobody. We win together and we lose together, and today we lost it. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Melo Misses Nets With Ankle Sprain

first_imgNEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony will miss the Knicks’ game against Brooklyn because of a sprained right ankle.The Knicks’ leading scorer was hurt Tuesday in a victory over Boston just before halftime. He started the second half but quickly realized he couldn’t continue, leaving the game for good in the opening minute of the third quarter.Anthony leads the Knicks with 21.6 points per game.Coach Derek Fisher says Lance Thomas will likely start at forward Wednesday. He says he hopes Anthony can return Saturday against Memphis.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

French Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams knocked out after 3rd round losses

first_imgThis was one deficit too big to overcome for Naomi Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak is over.The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn’t muster a comeback after falling way behind yet again at the French Open, losing 6-4, 6-2 in the third round to No. 42 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Saturday.Also, later in the day Serena Williams also suffered a surprise 6-2 7-5 defeat by compatriot Sofia Kenin in the third round of the French Open.Williams, a 23-times Grand Slam singles champion, has finished runner-up at two of the last three majors but has been unable to add to her tally since returning to the sport following the birth of her first child in 2017.Kenin, 20, who reached the last 16 at Roland Garros for the first time, will now face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.”I just feel like there has been a weight on me, kind of,” said Osaka, who was seeded No. 1 at a major tournament for the first time.She had won her past 16 matches at majors, allowing her to lift the trophies at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January. That run also included two victories at Roland Garros after trailing by a set and a break each time.”I could see,” Siniakova said, “that she’s not so confident like she was.”First win over a World No.1. First time into the R16 at a Slam. @K_Siniakova | #RG19 (@rolandgarros) June 1, 2019Osaka tired and was dealing with a headacheadvertisementBut Osaka said Saturday that she felt tired and was dealing with a headache.Her mounting mistakes just kept accumulating against Siniakova, who never had reached the fourth round in singles in 18 previous Slam appearances. She is better known for her doubles success, winning championships at the French Open and Wimbledon last year and topping the rankings.She is the first woman ranked No. 1 in doubles to defeat the singles No. 1 in more than 30 years, according to the WTA: The last occasion was when Martina Navratilova beat Steffi Graf at the 1987 U.S. Open.”I mean, it’s incredible. It’s amazing. It’s the thing I couldn’t believe,” said Siniakova, who will face 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys next. “It was my best tennis.”It decidedly was not Osaka’s, who quickly gathered her things and headed to the Court Suzanne Lenglen locker room when the lopsided match was finished.She wound up with a hard-to-believe 38 unforced errors; Siniakova made only 13.And Osaka, so good lately at the biggest moments on her sport’s biggest stages, wasn’t able to come up with the goods on the hottest day of the tournament so far, with the temperature topping 80 degrees (approaching 30 Celsius).One key statistic: Osaka compiled seven break points in the first set but failed to convert a single one. She was 0 for 4 on break chances when Siniakova served out that set, then never managed to earn one in the second.Clay has never been Osaka’s best surface. Her power game is served better by the speed of hard courts, in particular. That’s why she still has not made it to the round of 16 at the French Open.Was overthinking the Calendar Slam: OsakaThe first tennis player from Japan to be ranked No. 1 thought she was better suited to contend this time and spoke about eyeing a third consecutive major title – and moving halfway to a true Grand Slam.”It’s weird, but I think me losing is probably the best thing that could have happened. I think I was overthinking this calendar Slam. For me, this is something that I have wanted to do forever,” Osaka said.”But I think I have to think about it like: If it was that easy, everyone would have done it. I just have to keep training hard and put myself in a position again to do it, hopefully.”After going just 9-11 on clay over her career until this season, she was 9-1 in 2019 until Saturday’s setback.The loss ends Osaka’s run of 16 straight wins in Grand Slam tournaments, which included titles at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.Osaka’s exit, a day after No. 2 Karolina Pliskova lost, leaves defending champion Simona Halep, at No. 3, as the highest-seeded woman remaining. Halep needed only 55 minutes to get to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 27 Lesia Tsurenko.Keys, a semifinalist in Paris a year ago, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.Also Read | French Open: Djokovic eases into fourth round with straight-set winAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Coming up short in the face of apparently imminent triumph

first_img Read more Now The Fiver knows what you’re thinking, but the current version of Tottenham aren’t really like that. Punching above their financial weight in a league they were threatening to win as recently as three weeks ago, Mauricio Pochettino’s men seem to have been found guilty by association with their more flaky predecessors on the back of two consecutive defeats and a decidedly fortuitous draw with Arsenal. And it was the scheduling of that particular derby that had Poch in a hot funk as he embarked on that all too familiar rant you tend to hear from certain football managers around this time of year, when they get the hump over the fact that the highly paid footballers in their care are being asked to play football.While Europe’s other big leagues are happy to schedule or even postpone matches to give their representatives in Europe the best chance of success, the Football Association and Premier League remain weirdly intransigent on the matter for reasons we’re going to presume have to do with spinelessness on the part of the former and the bottom line on the part of the latter. “It’s impossible in this type of game, the last 16 of [Big Cup] – with how important it is – that one team have 24 hours more than the other to prepare,” roared Pochettino. “It is not fair for the players and for the team who compete with a massive disadvantage. We need help from the FA, we need help from the Premier League, and it’s true they need to be more sensitive to this type of situation.” He’s right, of course, even if the irony of anyone connected with a team hoping to call the still unopened White Hart Lane 2.0 home complaining about other people’s shortcomings in the scheduling and planning department should be lost on nobody.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We were doing agility testing. I went to bend down, hurt my back, went ‘aargh!’ and fell. Alex Neil asked what was up with me. ‘Gaffer, I was out lifting bricks and helping my mate yesterday’. He’s looking at me like, what the [eff] … don’t you ever do that again!’. All the other boys were howling. He laughed about it later but he was like, ‘what is wrong with you? You’re no’ right in the heid’” – Hamilton captain Darian MacKinnon on how he just can’t resist a bit of hod-carrying when his builder mates call for help.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGHad the pleasure of meeting Liverpool’s title bid at a charity do once … it’s David Squires. Football Leaks whistleblower Rui Pinto arrives at court in Budapest. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images The Fiver Facebook Reuse this content RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly got there eventually. Here you go.FIVER LETTERS“From yesterday’s Bits and Bobs: ‘If The Fiver’s honest, it doesn’t understand most of what it’s just written.’ Finally, some empathy with your readers. Thanks Fiver” – Justin Kavanagh.“Yesterday, Big Paper suggested Liverpool’s recent form showed alarming inconsistency. But surely four draws in six games displays remarkable consistency. Not the kind that wins the title, but still” – Mark McFadden.“Bratwurst mit kartoffelpuffer (yesterday’s Still Want More)? Well, I suppose it is officially a thing, but most Germans would probably prefer to combine their fried sausage with kartoffelsalat (potato salad), mashed potato and/or sauerkraut, or possibly a fairly prosaic white bread bun, usually with lashings of ketchup or mustard. If you really fancy something exotic, you could go for a currywurst (same sausage, but with curry-flavoured ketchup and bun). A local emporium offers the latter in all variations from hardly-noticed-it mild to burn-your-mouth-out-and-where’s-that-bucket-of-water. Almost inevitably, the spicier versions frequently give rise to daredevil competitions between young scallywags on a night out” – Chris Weaver.Send your letters to And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Mark McFadden, who wins a copy of Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga. Plenty more prizes to come.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSProsecutors in Turkey have launched an investigation into allegations that Amedspor player Mansur Calar attacked four Sakaryaspor players with a hidden razor blade in their third-tier match.Chelsea have appealed against Fifa’s decision to ban them from signing players in the next two transfer windows.Cardiff captain Sol Bamba has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering cruciate ligament-knack.Bolton v Millwall may be postponed unless the troubled Trotters can assure the local council by 1pm on Wednesday that they can rustle up the necessary cash to pay stewards and provide adequate safety measures for Saturday’s game.Gianno Infantino has been bigging up the possibility of a joint North and South Korea Women’s World Cup bid. ‘They have been in a very, very difficult situation until recently,’ he observed, astutely. “[A bid] would be great!”And Manchester City’s plans for world domination continue apace. “We’ve been looking at [buying a club in] India for nearly two years now,” blathered Feran Soriano, chief suit of City Group, who own seven clubs around the world but sadly not The Fiver’s pub team. “I’d say this year we’ll end up doing an investment in India.”STILL WANT MORE?Criminal or whistleblower? Ed Aarons brings you the story of the man behind Football Leaks. POCH’S THE MATTER?With his team holding a commanding 3-0 lead over Borussia Dortmund going into the second leg of their Big Cup last-16 tie, you could be forgiven for assuming Mauricio Pochettino would be in chipper mood. After all, even Dortmund are billing the game as “Mission Impossible” and history suggests Tottenham should be utterly incapable of blowing this one. Of the 130 occasions in Big Cup history that a side has won the first leg 3-0 at home, they have gone on to qualify 123 times – a success rate of 94.6%. Those numbers don’t lie and lead us to conclude that it would take quite a special team to squander this opportunity to make Big Cup quarter-finals for the first time in eight years and only the third time in their history. The kind of reliably unreliable outfit that, for all its talent is ingrained with the sort of mental fragility that invariably leads them to come up short in the face of apparently imminent triumph. Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Pinterest !!! Illustration: David Squires/The Guardian Share on Messengercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest features Tottenham face a test of their professionalism in Dortmund Share via Email Twitter Football Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Three losses in a row. Bother over Bale. Real Madrid’s Big Cup clash with Ajax is now the last chance to save their season, warns Sid Lowe.Dortmund: a warning from history. How a free-scoring BVB became the first German side to win a European Trophy, in 1966.Back to the present, and their trip to Dortmund will test Tottenham’s professionalism, writes David Hytner.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. 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Breed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 final

first_imgBreed of the dog doesn’t matter: Kane Williamson on underdog tag for World Cup 2019 finalNew Zealand have been called a lot of names during the World Cup 2019 including ‘underdogs’ and ‘dark horses’ but on the eve of the final, skipper Kane Williamson said that such tags don’t hold a lot of meaning for his team.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 00:06 IST Kane Williamson will be playing his 2nd successive World Cup final (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand will be up against England for the World Cup title on SundayKane Williamson said that his team’s focus was on playing good cricketEoin Morgan said England are focussed on not getting ahead of themselvesNew Zealand have belied all expectations by reaching the World Cup 2019 final where they will face England at Lord’s on July 14. As is almost always the case with New Zealand, they are considered ‘dark horses’ and ‘underdogs’ before the start of every ICC tournament. But the failure to win a single World Cup trophy has long haunted the Kiwis. However, all that could change when Kane Williamson leads his side on Sunday at Lord’s.When asked at the pre-match press conference, whether his team were comfortable with the oft-repeated tag of underdogs, Williamson wryly replied that it didn’t matter to his team which breed of dogs they were as they were only focussed on playing good cricket. Williamson went on to add that such a tag doesn’t mean anything as during the tournament every team got beaten at least once.”Whatever dog we are, the focus is on playing good cricket. Anyone can beat anyone, we’ve seen that already. Regardless of what breed of dog you are,” said an amused Williamson.The canine reference appeared to amuse the Kiwi skipper who was also asked how it would feel to play party-pooper in a match which would be broadcast free-to-air on TV.”Party-poopers? You talking about dogs again, hey?” he said with a smile.”Look, we are really looking forward to the occasion and the end point and the result…focussing too much on it, I don’t think, is a positive thing.”England have a negative head-to-head record of 3-5 against New Zealand but their 119-run thrashing of the Black Caps in the group-stages should give them a lot of confidence. It’s not going to be easy though as both teams will be bidding for their first World Cup title.advertisement”I haven’t allowed myself to think about lifting the trophy. Sport, in particular, is very fickle. If you ever get ahead of yourself, it bites you on the backside,” Eoin Morgan told reports in London on the eve of World Cup 2019 final.”It means a huge amount to me and everyone in the dressing room. It’s a combination of four years of hard work, dedication and it presents a huge opportunity to win the World Cup. We have had huge backing throughout the tournament,” Morgan added.Also Read | Come on England: 101 former cricketers wish their team good luck ahead of World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Always feared England would produce their best on the biggest stage: Allan BorderFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Eoin MorganFollow Kane Williamson Nextlast_img read more

New UCP members sworn in as Alberta legislature poised to axe carbon

first_imgNDP environment critic Marlin Schmidt said Alberta repealing its tax is an abdication of responsibility.“They’re just going to scrap the carbon tax, let everybody else deal with the fallout, and turn over the responsibility for climate change and all the things people want to do in this province to Ottawa and Justin Trudeau,” said Schmidt.Also Tuesday, Kenney and the 62 other members of the United Conservative caucus were officially sworn in as MLAs. They join 24 members of the Opposition NDP caucus, led by Notley, who were sworn in last week.“It is my fervent hope that as legislators on all sides of the house that we can and will work together to stop the coarsening of our public discourse and to raise the bar of civility, decorum and respect in this _ the people’s house,” Kenney told the new members. The spring session under new Premier Jason Kenney and his United Conservatives begins Wednesday.There will be a speech from the throne to outline government plans, followed by the introduction of a bill to repeal the carbon tax.Repealing the act was the signature promise of Kenney’s successful election campaign. He says the tax was a frontline failure, making no impact on greenhouse gas emissions while taking money from Alberta families.The tax on fossil-fuel heating and gasoline at the pumps was phased in by former NDP premier Rachel Notley’s government in 2017 and has raised more than $2 billion.Much of that money was rebated to low and middle-income Albertans while the rest funded a range of green projects ranging from solar panels and energy-saving light bulbs to light rail transit construction.Once the tax is repealed, the federal government has indicated it will introduce a federal carbon tax in Alberta as it has done in other provinces that have balked at bringing in their own carbon levies. EDMONTON, A.B. – On the eve of Alberta’s carbon tax heading to the chopping block, the province’s environment minister says green projects currently being funded by the levy will go ahead.But Jason Nixon says once the Carbon Tax Repeal Act is passed and implemented by May 30, there will be nothing new.“Projects that have already been approved will continue, but going forward no, they won’t,” Nixon, who is also the government house leader, told reporters Tuesday.center_img Members also elected the UCP’s Nathan Cooper as the new Speaker of the house, replacing Bob Wanner.Cooper, representing the riding of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills, defeated NDP candidate Heather Sweet in a secret ballot.He was then ceremonially dragged to the Speaker’s chair by Notley and Kenney as part of a tradition of forcing someone to take on the unenviable job.Asked how he will keep debate respectful and honourable in a chamber known for fiery outbursts, the 39-year-old joked: “I’ll try my very best dad voice.”Cooper said it will be a process of trial and error for both him and the politicians.“Over a period of time, I hope that I’ll find my groove and be able to be effective yet also provide a sense of tradition to the assembly.”last_img read more

Shatrughan stirs controversy over Jinnah remarks

first_imgChhindwara (Madhya Pradesh): Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha has stirred a controversy by saying that Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah was among the leaders of the Congress “family” who had the “biggest” role in India’s Independence and progress, evoking sharp attack from the BJP. Addressing a public rally in support of Congress candidate and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath on Friday in Sausar, Sinha said Congress “family” belongs to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jinnah, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi who played the “biggest and the most significant role” in India’s progress and Independence. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “This is the reason why I have come here. I have joined the Congress for the first and last time and will not turn back now,” said Sinha, who recently joined the Congress after quitting the BJP. Sinha made the remarks in presence of Kamal Nath, who despite sharing the same stage, said on Saturday that he did not hear any such thing. “I did not hear any such comment. If you are saying then he must have said it but I did not hear it… I must have been talking to other people at that time,” the Chief Minister said as the controversy erupted. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday raked up the issue while addressing a rally in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha constituency and slammed Sinha for praising Jinnah. “Shatrughan Sinha has just gone to the Congress. Now he says that Jinnah was also a great man like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. The Congress leaders are praising Jinnah, who has divided the country. It is their character,” Shah said. Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, when asked about the issue at a press conference, said it was for Sinha to explain. “Shatrughan Sinha, whatever his views are, he must explain. But a few days ago, he was part of the BJP… I don’t have to explain the statement of every member. I can only speak for party’s official position,” he said. Sinha is contesting the Lok Sabha elections as a Congress candidate from the Patna Sahib constituency where he is pitted against Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.last_img read more

UNHCR Expresses Concerns over Algerias Shutting Border to Refugees

Rabat – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued a statement after Algeria decided to shut its border to Syrian, Palestinian, and Yemeni refugees.The agency expressed concerns about the safety of refugees reportedly stranded at Algeria’s southern border with Niger.The agency said that it had received information that the “group, comprising some 120 Syrian, Palestinian and Yemeni individuals, were detained at the Tamanrasset Centre in southern Algeria before being taken to an area near the Guezzam border post on 26 December.” A group of the refugees remain “stranded in the desert, three kilometers from the Guezzam border post where they are exposed to the elements.”The other group “who were taken to the border are unaccounted for.”The UNHCR said that it contacted Algerian authorities regarding the matter. It also denied that the group of refugees were moved to the border “with the agreement of UNHCR,” saying that it had no involvement.Read Also: Algeria Shuts Border to Syrian Refugees, Invokes Terrorism ThreatUNHCR called on Algeria for “access to those individuals, to address humanitarian needs and to identify those in need of international protection and to ensure their safety.”After receiving criticism from the international community, Algeria cited concerns over terrorism.Hassen Kacimi the head of the migration department at the interior ministry in Algeria, said that the country cannot “accept members of armed groups fleeing from Syria when it comes to our security.”Quoted by Reuters, he added that “this is a criminal network and we must be very vigilant not to allow them to enter into Algeria.”In the summer of 2018, UNHCR strongly criticized Algeria for abandoning migrants in the Sahara desert. The Globe and Mail reported in June 2018 that Algeria had abandoned 13,000 migrants over the past 14 months, including women and children, without food or water. read more

Fighting in Darfur cuts hundreds of thousands of Sudanese off from aid

Hundreds of thousands of people in the volatile Darfur region of Sudan have gone hungry for three consecutive months because fighting and banditry have prevented the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) from reaching them, the agency’s representative to the country said today.Quoting figures released today, Kenro Oshidari said that insecurity has cut off 355,000 people from food aid in August, all of them in North Darfur. Their situation is reaching a critical stage because the area has experienced a sharp increase in tensions since May when the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) was signed, he warned.“Most of these people have now gone three entire months without our help. Their situation is even more desperate because we’re in the middle of the ‘hunger season’ – the period right before the harvest – so they have very little chance of finding food elsewhere,” he said.In July, WFP was blocked from delivering food to 470,000 war-affected people: 355,000 in North Darfur and almost 120,000 in South Darfur. In August, WFP was able to reach the people in South Darfur, thanks to careful daily security monitoring and diligent work by field staff, but large parts of North Darfur remained cut off from food aid.“Without food aid, things will become more volatile. Hunger exacerbates the already precarious security situation. It will add fuel to the fire,” Mr. Oshidari cautioned. “Food aid is vital to stability.”In recent weeks, WFP and other aid groups have been warning that Darfur region is reaching a critical state. Nearly 3 million people there depend on international aid for food, shelter and medical treatment, but rising insecurity in many parts of the region has made it more difficult for aid workers to reach them. Twelve humanitarian workers have been killed in Darfur since May – more than the total number since the conflict began in early 2003.The obstacles are not only physical; they are also financial. The agency was forced to cut Darfur rations by 50 percent in May so that it would have enough food to last through the current rainy season. It was able raise the ration level back up to 85 per cent in June after some donor nations responded swiftly.At current funding levels, WFP said it will only be able to continue feeding people in Darfur at the reduced ration amount until the end of the year. “It takes up to six months, once we get a donation, for the food to reach the people in the field. If we don’t convince donors to commit now, we could be facing more dramatic ration cuts in the future,” Mr. Oshidari said. read more

WikiLeaks leaks Fifth Estate screenplay denounces film as irresponsible

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2013 2:56 pm MDT WikiLeaks leaks ‘Fifth Estate’ screenplay, denounces film as ‘irresponsible’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – WikiLeaks has posted the script to “The Fifth Estate” and made its most forceful denunciation of the film about the site’s creation and its colorful founder.The whistleblower website posted a memo calling the movie “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.” The DreamWorks film, which Disney will release Oct. 18, chronicles the birth of WikiLeaks with Benedict Cumberbatch playing site founder Julian Assange.Assange has previously called “The Fifth Estate” ”a massive propaganda attack.” In a lengthy, point-by-point posting, WikiLeaks refuted the film’s depiction of WikiLeaks, disputing everything from its suggestion that documents the site released put confidential sources in danger, to the idea that Assange dyes his hair.“Most of the events depicted never happened, or the people shown were not involved in them,” reads the posting. “It has real names, real places, and looks like it is covering real events, but it is still a dramatic and cinematic work, and it invents or shapes the facts to fit its narrative goals.”The WikiLeaks memo stated that it was judging the film from “a mature” script from late in production, not the finished film.The screenplay by Josh Singer was partly based on “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous website,” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early WikiLeaks collaborator who publicly and bitterly fell out with Assange; and “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy,” by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. Assange has been critical of both.The filmmakers and Cumberbatch reached out to Assange in the making of the film, but were rebuffed.The film, which premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, portrays Assange as a visionary with democratic ideals for information and altruistic motives for whistleblowers, but also as a lying, reckless revolutionary who ultimately sabotages his own creation by his refusal to consider the lives of revealed sources in published documents.Representatives with the film didn’t immediately comment Sunday on WikiLeaks’ criticisms.In an earlier interview, director Bill Condon told The Associated Press that Assange “has the sense of (the film) being something very different than what it is.”“The idea was to present this incredibly complicated and, as we can see, relevant issue of the struggle in this age between privacy and transparency in all of its complication,” said Condon. “And in a similar way, present him in all his complexity.”___Online: AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

Venezuela leader defies demos launches constitution overhaul

President Maduro signed a decree convening a constituent assembly (Reuters Image) CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro Tuesday formally launched moves to rewrite the constitution, defying opponents who accuse him of clinging to power in a political crisis that has sparked deadly unrest.At an open air rally before thousands of supporters in red t-shirts, Maduro signed a document formally establishing the terms for electing members of a “constituent assembly” that will be tasked with drafting a new constitution.His backers waved red, yellow and blue national flags in defiance of angry opposition protests after the death toll from weeks of clashes reached 53. Violence appeared to intensify in recent days with the opposition marching daily to demand early elections.A man was doused in fuel and set alight on Sunday at a demo. Three people were shot dead late Monday in riots in the western state of Barinas.The government and opposition accuse each other of sending armed groups to sow violence during demonstrations.Maduro has accused the opposition of “terrorism,” and is resisting their calls for a vote on removing him from power.The opposition blames him for an economic crisis that has caused shortages of food and medicine. It says he plans to pack the “constituent assembly” with his supporters.Maduro said 176 of the assembly’s members will be drawn from certain civil groups, which the opposition say are traditionally loyal to him and his late predecessor Hugo Chavez.(Photo: AFP)In a move set to further inflame the opposition, Maduro said the constitutional body would sit in the chamber of the National Assembly legislature — the only state institution nominally controlled by his opponents.Electoral specialist analyst Eugenio Martinez said on Twitter the constitutional assembly looked likely to be set up via “a made-to-measure election, a process designed to make the Chavista vote worth more than the opposition one.”A total of 53 people have been killed during demonstrations, many of them shot, public prosecutors said on Tuesday. Looting has broken out in various cities.A man was set alight on Sunday by a crowd who accused him of thieving. Maduro said he was targeted for being a government supporter.Fresh riots broke out on Monday evening in the capital and Barinas.“Venezuelans awake today in mourning for those murdered in our beloved Barinas. Such viciousness against our people!” opposition leader Henrique Capriles wrote on Twitter.Opposition lawmakers called a session for Tuesday to discuss the violence.Elected in 2013, Maduro has resisted opposition efforts to remove him since January 2016.He has said there will be presidential elections as scheduled next year, but not before.Instead, he has angered the opposition by seeking constitutional reforms. His rivals say that aims to strengthen his grip on power and avoid elections.Maduro retains the public backing of the military and control of most state institutions.He says the crisis is an international conspiracy backed by the United States.Venezuelans are struggling to buy food due to shortages and soaring inflation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela denounces ‘imperialist’ US sanctions threatJuly 18, 2017In “Regional”Venezuelan legislature launches trial against MaduroOctober 25, 2016In “latest news”Almost 7.2m Venezuelans vote to reject MaduroJuly 17, 2017In “Regional” read more

Global lead mine production will approach 5 Mt by 2020 as demand

first_imgGlobal lead mine production is set to grow from 4.75 Mt to around 5 Mt by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that this growth can be attributed to various upcoming lead projects including Russia’s Ozernoe mine, Mexico’s San Rafael project, and Australia’s Dugald River project (pictured). Cliff Smee, GlobalData’s Head of Research and Analysis for Mining, explains: “A major driver of demand for lead is the global automobile industry. Lead is predominantly used in manufacturing lead-acid batteries which are widely consumed in automobiles, and in 2015 global automobile production was 907 million units including, 685 million cars and 222 million commercial vehicles” In 2015, the global lead mine (or metal content in the ore) production plunged 78% to 4.6 Mt as production from China declined by a substantial 252%, followed by Australia at 106% and the US at 55% This was due to sluggish economic conditions and falling demand for lead acid batteries, which also meant that global lead prices fell by 147% over the same period However, it is likely demand since 2015 has recovered.last_img read more

Enda Kenny says babies at Tuam home were treated like some kind

first_imgThis happened, in some cases, in our own time.He added the discovery put those whose siblings died in the home in a “horrendous situation” and said that the situation needed to be dealt with as quickly, as effectively and as sensitively as possible. By Sean Murray Short URL Kenny says find of human remains at Tuam site ‘truly appalling’— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 6, 2017 You can find’s coverage of the Tuam mother and baby home here.Read: ‘You were just a bastard in their eyes. But they can’t hide from the truth now’Read: ‘I was so badly whipped I had to be taken to hospital’ – Mother and baby home survivor Source: RTÉ News/Twitter Enda Kenny says babies at Tuam home were treated like ‘some kind of sub-species’ The Taoiseach said it was up to the coroner and everyone else involved to decide on the next steps. Mar 6th 2017, 5:03 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Kenny has said the Tuam discovery is “truly appalling”.center_img 136 Comments Kenny has said the Tuam discovery is “truly appalling”. Image: Image: 17,205 Views TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has described the revelations of the “significant number” of human remains at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, as “truly appalling”.Citing the work done by historian Catherine Corless to bring this issue to light, Kenny said that the way babies of single mothers were treated in this country was “akin to some kind of sub-species”.The Taoiseach also told RTÉ that it was up to the coroner and everyone involved to “see how best we can proceed with the next step in this case, and possibly others”.Kenny said that Minister for Children Katherine Zappone was liaising with the Commission of Investigation into the mother and baby homes to see what next steps should be taken, and evaluate if the commission’s terms of reference needed to be extended.The Fine Gael leader said: “This is not something which happened way back at the dawn of history. Monday 6 Mar 2017, 5:03 PM Share478 Tweet Email last_img read more

Mega Man Looks Glorious in 25D

first_imgStay on target ‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card GamesThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Mega Man Classic Mega Man is… well… classic, but that doesn’t mean that someone can’t come up with a different way of playing as the original Blue Bomber. A team of Mega Man devotees has taken the gameplay we’re all familiar with and added a whole new dimension to it (pun most definitely intended). Though we’ve all seen countless fan-made versions of old-school games over the years, it’s safe to say that this project is one of the more unique ones out there.For the past eight years, a team of developers led by creator Peter Sjostrand has worked hard on creating a greatest hits-type Mega Man game. What makes it stand out is that it is presented in 2.5D. This isn’t the type of 2.5D that you usually see in other games, however. Instead of using 3D polygons and locking them into a two-dimensional point of view, the 2.5D in this game is more like that of Paper Mario. It can appear a bit odd at first, but it all works beautifully. You can see for yourself in the trailer below.On top of having a unique perspective that also affects gameplay, Mega Man 2.5D has a co-op mode. Here, one player controls Mega Man while the other plays as the (arguably cooler and more bad-ass) Proto Man. The two characters have to work together to solve the game’s puzzles. Mega Man titles are known for being solo affairs, so having the ability to play with a friend is certainly welcome.If you want to try out Mega Man 2.5D for yourself, you can scoot on over to this page and grab it. While you download the game, please feel free to check out it’s cover art which is styled after the god-awful box art of the first Mega Man game.last_img read more