Monsoon session set to begin, Congress has no leader in Maharashtra Assembly

first_imgSuch disoriented and unorganised has become the situation of the Congress party in Maharashtra that barely three days before the monsoon session of the state legislature, the party has no clarity on who will be the group leader of the legislative party in the state assembly. Neither the central leadership of the party nor the state party has informed the legislative party about the selection of the new group leader. Following the resignation of former Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from the MLA’s post the Congress legislative party is left with no leader. Both at central and state level, the party is still struggling to recover from the drubbing it received at the 2019 general elections and the issue of chosing the new leader is pending for over 15 days now. “The decision to chose the group leader will be announced from Delhi. The central leadership has been apprised of the situation and decision will be taken soon,” said Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant. The state party leadership will be meeting in Mumbai on June 13 and 14 to discuss the Lok Sabha poll results in Maharashtra. It has already held similar meeting for Marathwada and north Maharashtra regions and next meeting will discuss Konkan, Mumbai and western Maharashtra.“We have no clue about what is going to happen in the assembly or who will be chosen the legislative party leader. This is the monsoon session and also the last before assembly polls. We need to be united and aggressive, but we do not know who is going to be our leader inside the house,” said a Congress MLA, on the condition of anonymity. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, senior Congressman Balasaheb Thorat, Vidarbha’s leader Vijay Vadettiwar are few of the names which are making rounds in the Congress circle. However no decision has yet been taken. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan too had offered his resignation following the party’s loss in Lok Sabha. That issue too has not been decided yet.last_img read more

Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round

first_imgRule of Thirds View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening She has played down expectations ahead of this year’s tournament but displayed strong form reaching the quarter-finals of this month’s Sydney International.She is also one of the few players with a proven record in Grand Slam deciders against Serena Williams, defeating her in the 2016 final at Melbourne Park and last year at Wimbledon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after defeating Slovenia’s Polona Hercog against during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Second seed Angelique Kerber brushed past Slovenia’s Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2 to power into the Australian Open second round Monday.The Wimbledon champion produced a clinical display to launch her campaign at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT The gulf in class between Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam winner, and world number 92 Hercog was apparent as the German took an early break then rattled past her opponent in 72 minutes.Kerber maintained constant pressure to snuff out any challenge from Hercog, saying she felt energised returning to Rod Laver Arena, where she won her first major three years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Every time I walk on this court I have great memories and such a special feeling, I really enjoy playing here,” she said.Kerber reached the semi-finals at the season-opening Grand Slam last year, blowing two match points before losing 9-7 in a tense last set to world number one Simona Halep. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic dispatches Bjorn Fratangelo to reach 3rd round

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia leaps in the air to play a backhand against Bjorn Fratangelo of the United States during their men’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPWorld number one Novak Djokovic shook off a nervy start to dispatch US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets Saturday to reach the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.Djokovic, playing his first match since winning a record seventh Australian Open title in January, was less than sharp in conceding an early break to his 128th-ranked rival.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Kyrgios said it wasn’t a matter of an emotional let-down in the wake of his first title in over a year.“I didn’t really have a problem getting up. I just didn’t play well today,” he said.“He’s an incredible competitor,” Kyrgios said. “He knows how to win tennis matches.”As men’s seeds swung into action after first-round byes, third-seeded Zverev advanced when Slovakian foe Martin Klizan retired with an ankle injury with the German leading 6-3, 2-0.‘Unbelievable’ Augur-AliassimeAction opened on stadium court with 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime powering past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 6-2, for his first win over a top-10 player.In a battle of two ATP young guns, 58th-ranked Auger-Aliassime came out firing, and his aggression paid off with a victory over 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who shot to prominence with a victory over Federer at the Australian Open.He moved into the top 10 for the first time with his runner-up finish to Federer in Dubai, where the Swiss great claimed a remarkable 100th career title.But Tsitsipas could find no answer to Auger-Aliassime, who broke early in the first to gain the upper hand and seized a 2-1 lead with the first of two breaks in the second.Auger-Aliassime saved all seven break points he faced — six of them in the first set.“It’s unbelievable,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I never expected to play that well today, to get my first top-10 win is special, against Stefanos who has been playing so well.” P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He broke back as Fratangelo served for the set to knot it at 5-5, and then raced to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreaker.Djokovic had to dig deep, however, when Fratangelo battled back to lead the tiebreaker 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter a double fault and a forehand error from the 25-year-old American, Djokovic suddenly had a set point, and once he’d pocketed the set, the second went all his way.“To be honest, I was a bit nervous in the beginning,” admitted Djokovic, who is going for a record sixth Indian Wells title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Auger-Aliassime, who next faces Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, is one of four teens in the draw, along with countryman Denis Shapovalov, Alexei Popyrin and lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic.Kecmanovic gained entry into the second round in place of injured fifth-seed Kevin Anderson.He made the most of his chance, beating Germany’s Maximilian Marterer, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the third round.At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) victory over 11th-seeded Croatian Borna Coric.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Djokovic, currently tied with Roger Federer on five wins in the California desert, can also tie world number two Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 Masters 1000 titles.“I haven’t competed for over five weeks. I was a bit rusty in the first set. I was kind of waiting for him to do something with the ball rather than doing it myself.“I was lucky to get the first set. After that, things went better for me,” added Djokovic, who loped over to share a word with US great Pete Sampras in the stands after wrapping up the victory in one hour and 29 minutes.Djokovic next faces German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Australian Nick Kyrgios.Kyrgios, seeded 31st, was coming off a scintillating run to the Mexico Open title in Acapulco, where he defeated Nadal, ninth-ranked John Isner and, in the final, third-ranked German Alexander Zverev.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams rallies to oust 3rd-seed Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells View commentslast_img read more

BCCI gives thumbs up to women players for overseas leagues

first_imgIn a significant move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to allow women players to play in tournaments like the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).The move is seen as a step further in developing the women’s game after the cricket board planned to introduce central contracts for them.”India’s women cricketers can now play in overseas leagues in Australia and England, subject to their contracts being approved by the BCCI. The decision, taken during a meeting of the BCCI’s women’s cricket committee on Wednesday, paves the way for India’s players to take part in tournaments such as the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia and the Women’s Super League in England,” reported on Thursday.However, BCCI’s announcement may have come too late, as the inaugural WSL will be held from July 30 to August 14 and the Indian board is yet to decide on the issue when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sent a letter to all full members seeking their permission to enlist players.The ECB signed up 18 overseas players – from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies – and unveiled its final squad lists in April.Similarly, in the inaugural WBBL, there was no Indian representation in any of the franchises.last_img read more

National Sports Awards: As it happened

first_img13.20 IST: The glittering ceremony ends with National Anthem. 13.15 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Purushkar (Identification and nurturing of young talent) to Hockey Citizen Group, Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club, Usha School of Athletics, STAIRS. 13.00 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Dhyan Chand Award to Satti Geetha (Athletics), Sylvanus Dung Dung (Hockey), Rajendra Pralhad Shelke (Rowing)  12.55 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Arjuna Award to Rajat Chauhan (Archery), Lalita Babar (Athletics), Sourav Kothari (Billiards & Snooker), Shiva Thapa (Boxing), Ajinkya Rahane (Cricket), Subrata Paul (Football), Rani (Hockey), Raghunath V.R. (Hockey), Gurpreet Singh (Shooting), Apurvi Chandela (Shooting), Soumyajit Ghosh (Table Tennis), Vinesh Phogat (Wrestling), Amit Kumar (Wrestling), Sandeep Singh Mann (Para-Athletics), Virender Singh  (Wrestling – Deaf) Delhi: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat conferred with Arjuna Award by President Mukherjee ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Arjuna Award to Raghunath V.R. for Hockey ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: Footballer Subrata Paul conferred with Arjuna Award by President Mukherjee ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Arjuna Award to Lalita Shivaji Babar for Athletics ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 201612.45 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers Nagapuri Ramesh (Athletics), Sagar Mal Dhayal (Boxing), Raj Kumar Sharma (Cricket), Bishweshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), S Pradeep Kumar (Swimming), Mahabir Singh (Wrestling) with Dronacharya Awards.Raj Kumar Sharma (Coach of Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma) conferred with Dronacharya award by President Mukherjee ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 2016Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presents Dronacharya Award to Bishweshwar Nandi (Coach of Dipa Karmakar) ANI (@ANI_news) August 29, 201612.40 IST: President Pranab Mukherjee confers PV Sindhu, Dipa Karmakar, Sakshi Malik and Jitu Rai with Khel Ratna awards.LIVE: #PVSindhu and #DipaKarmakar receive #KhelRatnaAward from President Mukherjee Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 29, 2016LIVE: #SakshiMalik (Wrestling) and #JituRai (Shooting) receive #KhelRatnaAward from President Mukherjee Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) August 29, 201612.30 IST: The coverage of the event has begun. Stay with us. Meanwhile, here’s a list of the awardees.Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ranta 2016PV Sindhu – BadmintonDipa Karmakar – GymnasticsJitu Rai – ShootingSakshi Malik -Wrestling Dronacharya Awards 2016Nagapuri Ramesh – AthleticsSagar Mal Dhayal – BoxingRaj Kumar Sharma -CricketBishweshwar Nandi – GymnasticsS. Pradeep Kumar – Swimming (Lifetime)Mahabir Singh – Wrestling (Lifetime) Arjuna Awards 2016Shri Rajat Chauhan – Archery            Lalita Babar – Athletics                 Shri Sourav Kothari -Billiards & SnookerShiva Thapa – Boxing  Ajinkya Rahane – CricketSubrata Paul –  Football                 Rani – Hockey       Raghunath V.R. – Hockey                 Gurpreet Singh – ShootingApurvi Chandela – Shooting            Soumyajit Ghosh – Table Tennis           Vinesh Phogat – Wrestling           Amit Kumar – Wrestling           Sandeep Singh Mann – Para-Athletics            Virender Singh – Wrestling (Deaf) Dhyan Chand Award 2016Ms. Satti Geetha – AthleticsShri Sylvanus Dung Dung – HockeyShri Rajendra Pralhad Shelke – Rowing 12.10 IST: On the eve of the National Sports Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu at his residence in New Delhi.He also met the Khel Ratna awardees, Dhyan Chand awardees, Dronacharya awardees, and Tenzing Norgay awardees.Later, the Prime Minister said in a tweet that every Indian is proud of these athletes and that a major role in the success of every athlete is the perseverance of their coaches..@PMOIndia @narendramodi meets Khel Ratna Awardees of 2016, @Pvsindhu1, @SakshiMalik, @DipaKarmakar and @JituRai All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 28, 201612.00 IST: Apart from this, 15 sports persons have been chosen for Arjuna Awards, among them are Olympian runner Lalita Babar, cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, boxer Shiva Thapa and wrestler Vinesh Phogat.Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke will be given the Dhyanchand Award.11.55 IST: Six coaches will be honoured with Dronacharya Awards, including Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi, Nagapuri Ramesh for athletics, Sagar Mal Dhayal for boxing and Raj Kumar Sharma for cricket.The Dronacharya Award for Lifetime contribution will be given to S. Pradeep Kumar for swimming and Mahabir Singh for wrestling. 11.50 IST: Welcome to our Live Coverage of the National Sports Awards. Stay tuned for all the latest updates. Brief Preview: President Pranab Mukherjee will give away the national sports awards at Rashtrapati Bhawan today to celebrate the occasion of National Sports Day.The day is celebrated to honour legendary hockey player, Major Dhyan Chand Singh who was born on 29th August, 1905.Olympics Silver medalist Badminton player PV Sindhu, Bronze medalist wrestler Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and shooter Jitu Rai will be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards.advertisementThe award is given for the most outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of four years.last_img read more

Dont think my potential will ever be tapped: Soha

first_imgMumbai, Sep 25 (PTI) Actress Soha Ali Khan says she is mostly offered films, which are hard-hitting and realistic, and feels that filmmakers are yet to tap her potential.”I am offered more gritty and thinking roles but I do enjoy it. I like performance-oriented roles. I dont have an agenda as far as acting is concerned. I want to do films that have good content,” Soha told PTI.”I dont think my potential will ever be tapped but thats ok. I want to work with good directors, I dont know if I will get that opportunity. Also I dont know if I will get to do a negative role or a biopic. I want to do these things,” she said.Soha entertained the audience with her performances in films like “Rang De Basanti”, “Tum Mile”, “Khoya Khoya Chand” and others. The 37-year-old actress insists she has not consciously stayed away from commercial cinema.”When you do certain kind of films, you are offered more those kind of films. I am offered more content driven films or that has social message. I have done some entertaining films but these offers are less,” she said.”Its not a conscious decision that I wont do commercial films as these films have good budget, you look good,” she said.But Soha enjoys watching commercial entertainers where one can shut their mind off and relax after a tough day.”Cinema is suppose to entertain you and not educate you,” she opines.Being the daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and acclaimed cricketer late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Soha feels she is good both in acting and sports.advertisement”I am a better actor than a cricketer. But I am a good sportsman. I dont know if acting is inherent, you become comfortable in front of camera. One learns acting while doing films,” she said.The “Sahab Biwi Aur Gangster Returns” actress doesnt believe in working hard all throughout her life and she wants to enjoy life as well.Soha will be seen next in “31st October” opposite Vir Das. Based on the aftermath of Indira Gandhi assassination, the film is set to release on October 7. PTI KKP GK PSHlast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah could be bowling in Test cricket for India soon: Glenn McGrath to India Today

first_imgAustralian greats continue to mentor Indian fast bowlers through the MRF pace foundation. After Dennis Lillee, it’s Glenn McGrath who now serves as the director of the foundation and he opines that the current Indian fast bowling stock is top class.In an interview to India Today, McGrath was all praise for Umesh Yadav and he also predicted that Jasprit Bumrah has Test cricket calibre in him.Here are the excerpts from the interview:Q. Our questions to Dennis Lillee as MRF director earlier would be centred around what it would take for Indian fast bowlers to be strong and effective. Indian fast bowling has evolved since. The areas you would be addressing would be a lot different?Look, fast bowling is still tough. You still have to work hard and get the basics right. Indian cricket has great facilities now. And, you have four fast bowlers who have more experience and confidence than earlier. All that has helped make them greater cricketers. It’s a much better situation now.Q. One of the four, Umesh has some pace in him. You look at him as a much better fast bowler to the one who went to Australia three years ago?Without a doubt Umesh knows himself better now with the experience of bowling day in and day out. What I like about him is he bowls good pace but still has better control. He knows what he is doing with his movement rather than spraying it here and there. All those things are about experience and going out there and doing it over and over again. It’s about knowing how to recover for the next match. He is doing exceptionally well at the moment.advertisementQ. Shami, Bhuvaneswar and Ishant Sharma combine with Umesh currently to make the fast bowling quartet.Indians bowlers are doing well at the moment and once you are doing well day in and day out as a group, you get to know how they work. Bowling like batting is about working in partnerships. Yadav has pace, Shami and Kumar have good swing. Ishant has experience and they all compliment each other as a group.Q. You have seen Bumrah bowl but he is yet to break into the Test side. Ricky Ponting, who worked as a coach with his IPL side, had advocated he should get the Test cap. Bumrah has worked with us in MRF earlier. He has something quite unique in his action and you don’t want to change much about such blokes. The way they bowl is how they bowl. He bowls really good yorkers and does really well with that in the shorter version. But that does not mean he cannot succeed in Test cricket. It’s about having a good game plan in the Test version and knowing where to bowl. The more he plays he will know. If he can improve his longer version game, he could be bowling for India soon.last_img read more

This has been the best one year for Indian table tennis: Soumyajit Ghosh

first_imgAce Indian paddler Soumyajit Ghosh, who along with G. Sathiyan came close to toppling the top-seeded Japanese duo of Jin Uda and Maharu Yoshimura only to end with a silver in the men’s doubles at the Bulgaria Open in Panagyurishte last week, feels this is the best phase for table tennis in the country in recent times.Ghosh and Sathiyan, playing as a team for the first time since their formative years, gave the experienced Japanese pair a tough fight before eventually finishing with a silver.The Japanese duo won 11-13, 11-7, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5 leaving India still awaiting their first gold medal on the ITTF World Tour.”I think Indian table tennis is in the right direction,” Soumyajit told IANS over phone from the Czech Republic on Wednesday.”This has clearly been the best one year or so for the sport in India. No doubt about it. You will get more feedback when you ask the foreign players. They are now scared of Indian players… they have so much respect for us,” the Siliguri-born player said.Last year, Indian table tennis men’s and women’s teams scripted history by bagging the gold medals at the World table tennis team championships.This was the first time India qualified for the champions division or the top tier of the team championships.Individually, paddler Sathiyan broke a six-year jinx to lift the Belgium Open title defying odds.India also leapfrogged 11 places from 26 in the team rankings two years back to 15 now.”We are among the top 15 teams in the world where there are more than 200 countries playing. We had four players qualifying for the Olympics last year and there are six players (men’s) in top 100 in the new ranking system,” Ghosh said.advertisementIndian paddlers need to continue working hard and the support from the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) should be the same like it has been in recent times, Soumyajt said elaborating on what needs to be done in order to topple the Japanese from their apex position.”We need to keep working hard. We need the same support from TTFI and SAI. What we are getting for the last few years has been amazing. I am very much thankful to TTFI.”Soumyajit said the signs are bright as he and Sathiyan pushed the Japanese pair to the brink this time.”I played them before with Harmeet (Desai) but we had no chance. This time we could challenge them actually.”They are one of the best pairs in the world and we (he and Sathiyan) don’t play each other. It was our coach (Massimo Costantini) who wanted to try us as the Commonwealth Games are coming up….”So he wanted to try and we got a medal… which is I believe a good result.”last_img read more

TI introduces smart AC/DC linear regulator

first_img Continue Reading Previous NVIDIA: DRIVE Constellation autonomous vehicle simulation platform now availableNext Toshiba: new small surface mount LDO regulators Texas Instruments has expanded its broad portfolio of over 500 linear regulators by introducing a first-of-its-kind smart AC/DC linear regulator. With 75 percent higher efficiency and two times the power density of other linear regulators, this device achieves the best balance between high efficiency and ultra-low noise while shrinking power-supply size. The fully integrated TPS7A78 linear regulator uses a unique switched-capacitor architecture to eliminate discrete components, including external inductors and transformers and miniature circuit breakers and interrupters, for tamper-resistant designs in applications including electronic metering in grid infrastructure and building automation.The TPS7A78 is a nonisolated linear regulator that delivers up to 0.5 W from AC to DC with smaller, fewer components. This smart design optimizes regulation through an active bridge, switch capacitor and integrated low-dropout regulator. This design results in higher efficiency and a reduced capacitor size compared to linear regulators in traditional capacitor-drop solutions utilizing a Zener diode.A unique dynamic active bridge clamp pre-regulates the input voltage for optimal performance to reduce standby power to 10 mW, which is up to 75% lower compared to traditional capacitor-drop solutions. The switched-capacitor architecture eliminates up to 26 discrete components, including the bridge rectifier. This architecture reduces capacitor size by 25% compared to traditional capacitor-drop solutions. The TPS7A78 is free of costly magnetic shielding, thus meeting the IEC 61000-4-8 standard required by applications such as electronic metering. The TPS7A78 is offered in a 14-pin, 5x 6.5-mm TSSOP.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Dejected Brazil coach Tite finds World Cup 2018 exit ‘very hard to accept’

first_imgThe FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia threw another surprise on Friday as five-time champions Brazil got knocked out of the tournament after being outplayed by a rampaging Belgium team in Kazan.Brazil dominated possession throughout the game but it was Belgium who converted their chances with lethal accuracy.Coach Tite was left to regret the missed opportunities that Brazil had in the second half and had a tough time pin-pointing the reasons for the shock loss.France and Belgium in historic World Cup semi-final: Stats and facts”Football has a randomness but I don’t like to talk about luck,” he said. “When it is on our side it is a polite way of putting down the opponent. So I don’t believe in luck. Was Courtois lucky? No, he was great. It hit the woodwork, what can you do. Belgium were competent and effective.World Cup 2018: Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De Bruyne”Randomness, accidents, they happen. And today they happened. It hurts to say that. That is not to undermine Belgium, who are a great team. But chance was cruel to us. It was so hard and it is very hard to accept,” Tite said after the game.Quarter-final 2: Belgium knock Brazil outThis edition has seen almost all the big names bow out early in the competition with three big teams getting knocked out in the city of Kazan. Brazil joined Argentina and Germany in the list of teams that played its final match at the Kazan Arena on Friday.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe defeat was Tite’s first in a competitive match since he took over in mid-2016 and only his second defeat overall. It was also the first time his side had allowed two goals in a game after conceding only six in their previous 25 matches.Yet Brazil were the dominant team for much of the game, and especially in the second half when substitutes Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto ran at the Belgium defence.Tite, though, praised their opponents – who had eight shots at goal to Brazil’s 26 – for their superior finishing.”We had the upper hand for two-thirds of the game, a very high quality game,” he said. “Belgium turned their chances into goals. It’s very difficult to say this but it was a great game. Two very impressive teams technically.””With all this pain that I am feeling, this bitterness, it is difficult to talk, but those who like football took great pleasure in watching this game. What a game it was,” the 57-year-old concluded.Fernandinho put Belgium ahead with an own goal when the ball came off his shoulder from a corner after 13 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne hammered home a second just past the half-hour.Brazil substitute Renato Augusto reduce the deficit after 76 minutes with a fine header but although Tite’s team piled on the pressure they could not get an equaliser and Belgium now go through to the semi-finals to play France.Brazil were every bit Belgium’s equal and had chances to score, hitting the woodwork early on through Thiago Silva and forcing Thibaut Courtois to make several great saves.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Valverde hails ‘fundamental’ Ter Stegen

first_imgBarcelona ‘Ter Stegen fundamental to Barcelona’ – Valverde hails keeper after Clasico shut-out Nicholas McGee 19:52 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) MarcAndreterStegen-Cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid The Germany international kept a clean sheet during a 3-0 victory over Real Madrid and his manager has hailed him as being crucial to La Liga leaders Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says Marc-Andre ter Stegen is “fundamental” to their fortunes after Saturday’s Clasico win over Real Madrid.Valverde’s men eased to what ultimately proved a routine 3-0 success at the Santiago Bernabeu, Luis Suarez’s opener, a Lionel Messi penalty – which came after Dani Carvajal was sent off for handling on the line – and an Aleix Vidal strike sealing the points.Ter Stegen was relatively untroubled at the other end, though he was forced into action by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while Karim Benzema hit the post in the first half. 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 Ronaldo also had a goal ruled out for offside but Valverde was very complimentary of Ter Stegen after seeing his La Liga-leading side go 14 points clear of defending champions Madrid.”Marc is fundamental for us for the saves he makes and because he is the player who starts our moves,” Valverde said of the German.”Sometimes we are a little nervous when we have the ball close to him but he’s always very calm. They always had a player nearby threatening to rob the ball but Marc reads the game well.”Barca’s comfortable win could hardly have been predicted when Madrid claimed a dominant two-leg triumph in the Supercopa de Espana at the start of the season.But, having avenged that 5-1 aggregate humiliation, Valverde denied this was a personal victory for him over counterpart Zinedine Zidane.”No [it is not a personal victory over Zidane]. I haven’t won anything,” Valverde said. “This is a game which sometimes is decided by a small detail. But for the kind of teams we are, everything is magnified when you lose”.last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea close

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle fullback Jetro Willems: We ran Chelsea closeby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United fullback Jetro Willems has urged teammates to stay calm after their 1-0 loss at Chelsea.The narrow defeat plunged the Magpies back into the relegation zone and piled the pressure back on the team ahead of next weekend’s tough encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park.Willems said: “It was close. I think we had the game under control and we were a little bit unlucky.”If it wasn’t for the goal I think we did good defensively – they have a good team and they are difficult players to play against.”Attacking, we could do more.”In the first half, we could have been more dangerous on the counter attack.”We had some chances – sometimes we were unlucky, but sometimes I think we need to just shoot when we are in front of goal.” last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Yahoo Finance‘$65,000 PER SPONSORED YOUTUBE POST’: LILLY SINGH MADE A TON BEFORE HER LATE NIGHT GIGNow that she’s landed her own show on NBC, YouTuber Lilly Singh’s star is shining brighter than ever. Even before becoming the first woman of colour to host a late night talk show on a major U.S. network, ‘Superwoman’ has been making a lot of money online.The Canadian social media phenom is worth an estimated $16 million. She amassed much of that fortune through YouTube, where she has over 14 million subscribers.Advertisements and subscriptions are the keys to make money posting videos on YouTube. YouTube says how much content creators get paid depends on factors like ad format mix, number of ads served, seasonality, and the overall market. READ MOREBYE BYE CARSON DALY, HELLOOOOOOOO LILLY SINGH!Scarborough’s very own IISuperwomanII has been tapped by NBC to take over its 1:35 a.m. late night talk show slot this September, making her the first woman ever to host such a program on one of America’s Big 4 networks and the first woman of colour with her own late night show.Singh, who’s gone from hilarious YouTuber to legitimate (and wildly successful) global pop culture icon over the past decade, announced the news last night on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement YOUTUBE STAR LILLY SINGH SET TO BECOME FIRST BISEXUAL LATE-NIGHT HOSTWhen “A Little Late With Lilly Singh” debuts in September, Singh is expected to be the only woman and only LGBTQ person hosting a late-night show on broadcast TV.YouTube star Lilly Singh, a vlogger with more than 14 million subscribers on the popular social platform, will be taking over the NBC late-night slot currently held by Carson Daly. When her show, “A Little Late With Lilly Singh,” debuts in September, she is expected to be the only woman and only LGBTQ person hosting a late-night show on one of the big four broadcast networks.Singh, 30, made the big announcement Thursday during an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Advertisement Facebook “Your girl is getting her own NBC late-night show,” Singh told the audience, which erupted with applause. “And to clarify, it’s not Jimmy’s slot.” READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment YES! So awesome congrats!— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) March 15, 2019She dropped the announcement on the Tonight Show on Thursday night , telling Jimmy Fallon that her new show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will be replacing Last Call with Carson Daly starting in September. That makes her the only woman hosting a late night show on a major network, and the only woman of colour hosting a major late night show on television. She’ll also be executive producing the show alongside her friend Polly Auritt, who heads her production company Unicorn Island Productions, Variety reports. READ MORENBC TAPS LILLY SINGH TO REPLACE CARSON DALY IN LATE NIGHTLilly Singh, who first amassed fame as a YouTube star, has been tapped to replace Carson Daly as the host of NBC’s 1:35 a.m. talk show.The retitled “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” will launch in September, and as noted by NBC, will make her the only female to currently host a late-night talk show on one of the Big 4 networks.“A Little Late” will feature Singh conducting in-studio interviews, as well as feature pre-taped comedy sketches and other “signature elements.” READ MORE attends the Seventh Biennial UNICEF Ball: Los Angeles on April 14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Started from Scarborough and now she’s ?Massive respect to Lilly Singh, one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met.Fly, @IISuperwomanII, fly— Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) March 15, 2019 NBC HIRING LILLY SINGH AS A LATE NIGHT HOST IS A VERY BIG DEALThe Canadian YouTube star will become the only queer woman of color hosting a late night show on a major network.There’s no TV format that screams “America will never change” quite like late night shows. Huge swaths of the country settle down nightly with mostly straight white men who tell us how to process a crazy day of news, each show with practically the same format and set design. But now, Lilly Singh, a bisexual Indian Canadian YouTuber, is breaking barriers as NBC’s new late night host. And she has everyone from Kehlani to Nick Jonas rooting for her.GO OFF QUEEN! CONGRATS!!!!— Kehlani (@Kehlani) March 15, 2019 Twitterlast_img read more

Bert Bowes Teacher wins national Energy Educator award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Grade 7 French Immersion teacher, Nicole O’Reilly has been awarded the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. The annual prize is recognized as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), funded by Shell Canada is an award-winning educational program created by Canadian Geographic Education, to improve energy literacy among Canadian students.Nicole O’Reilly’s class was one of nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada that participated in the Challenge this year. With 16 energy-related challenges, such as calculating your carbon footprint and going an hour without power, 27,000 students across Canada engaged in the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. O’Reilly shares she appreciates the recognition the award brings, but she’s even more excited about what her $500 cash prize will do for her school’s eco-initiatives. “The prize money will go right back into Bert Bowes Middle School’s recycling program and green projects, such as our two grow towers,” says O’Reilly. “I also want to offer gifts and prizes to my students who have worked hard volunteering their time sifting through many undesirable things that end up in our recycling. They deserve to be rewarded.”“Students not only learn about environmental impacts, they take action. Students have taken a leadership role within the school with our recycling program, they’ve designed and implemented competitions and school-wide activities to develop a broader understanding of energy literacy,” says Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes Middle School, who shares he is proud of the efforts he has seen in the students because of O’Reilly’s support, which is making a difference in the school and community. Susan McGarvey, an education coordinator for Northern Environmental Action Team, shares Nicole O’Reilly is one of the rare gems that takes on projects that are above and beyond the typical classroom setting. “Nicole doesn’t just educate her students about energy literacy, she helps them understand the nature and role of energy in their daily lives, and helps them to find creative ways to solve problems,” said McGarvey. The national Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an energy literacy program that provides K to 12 students across Canada competition that is fun to help teach students to reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment. The annual Educator of the Year prize is given out to teachers to celebrate their contributions to improving energy literacy among Canadian students.last_img read more

Pradhan hands 7 croreth LPG connection under PMUY

first_imgNEW DELHI: Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday handed over the 7 croreth LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). Under the scheme, deposit-free LPG connections are provided to poor households and the connections are released in the name of adult women.The scheme was launched on May 1, 2016, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an initial target of 5 crore, which was later revised upward to 8 crore connections. The 7 croreth connection has been released within just 34 months of the scheme’s launch, which is a spectacular achievement for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Nearly 69,000 connections are being released per day. There has been a huge jump in LPG coverage in the country, having gone up from 55 per cent in 2014 to 93 per cent. As many as 42 per cent of the total beneficiaries belong to the SC/ ST categories. As per recent data, 82 per cent Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries are going for refilling their cylinders and average refilling is about 6.5 cylinders per beneficiary. Congratulating the women beneficiaries, Pradhan said that they have been the main driving force behind this accomplishment. He said that the Government has not only provided connections to the poor but also distributed happiness to them. The scheme was launched with identification from the SECC list but was subsequently expanded to cover all the poor of the country. Pradhan lauded the efforts of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), distributors, field-level officers and all other stakeholders.last_img read more

The Netherlands Institute Morocco Opens its Doors for 2019 Intake

Rabat –  Leon Buskens visited Morocco in 1984 as a student for the first time. On September 9, 2019, he welcomed a new group of enthusiastic students from the Netherlands as director of the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR).When NIMAR faced an uncertain future in 2015, the oldest university of the Netherlands, Leiden University, had the courage to make the institute part of its infrastructure. In 2017 the institute was officially reopened by the then Minister of Education, Jet Bussemaker in the presence of the president of Leiden University Professor Carel Stolker and the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb.Under the aegis of Buskens, NIMAR has not only maintained a steady course but has safeguarded its future by being granted official funding by the Ministry of Education in early 2019. What is the role of NIMAR in contemporary Morocco and what do this year students hope to achieve during their four months stay? Main goal“Naturally, education is our main goal. Any student that is registered at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences, can participate in our education program. In addition, NIMAR not only aims at facilitating but also strengthening the collaboration by both Moroccan and Dutch scientists. The research fields encompass a variety of landscapes, but mostly focus on the humanities, social -and political sciences.”Buskens stresses that students do not only remain within the academic confinements of NIMAR, but are given many possibilities to sink their teeth into Moroccan society as well. “Students frequently stay with host families who are more than happy to teach them about customs, traditions and Moroccan culture in general. This creates a proper place for interaction, in which both Dutch and Moroccan students not only increase their knowledge, exchange lively opinions and widen their horizons, but grow out to be young adults who look beyond the limits of their comfort zone as well.”Why Morocco?“Being an anthropologist, I have an enormous interest in the way how people live in different cultures around the world. During my studies, I learned that Morocco can be observed in many different ways. Among else it is part of ‘Dar al-Islam’, it lies within the Arabic sphere of influence and is geographically located in North-Africa. However, what sparked my interest most, was the way how Morocco was regarded as part of the Mediterranean.“In a different day and age, The Netherlands and Morocco functioned as the opposite, outer borders of the Roman empire and later shared, let’s put it diplomatically, a certain annoyance with respect to the Habsburg dynasty in Spain. In other words: History shows us that Morocco, as part of the Mediterranean, has functioned as a cradle for cultural exchange throughout the centuries.”Though Buskens had studied the history, culture and art of Morocco, the first encounter with the country left a memorable impression. “I grew up in a small village in the south of the Netherlands, and I can tell you it was quite a shock when I arrived in Morocco for the first time in 1984! What you have to realize is that back in those days, young Europeans with full beards were often regarded as tourists in search of the finest Moroccan hashish. Though I can safely say I did not come to Morocco for Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll. I came in the humble capacity of an academic and wanted to know in what ways I could conduct my research.”Fear and anxietyBut a lot has changed since 1984. Now we live in turbulent times where distrust, fear, and anxiety flourish. During the official reopening of NIMAR in 2017, Jet Bussemaker as the then Minister of Education stressed the importance of NIMAR in a world dominated by increasing Islamophobia: “NIMAR can bring the worlds of the Netherlands and Morocco closer together by sharing knowledge about Morocco, the Arab world and Islam. Studying these topics in their own context is crucial if we want to really understand one another.”Buskens suggests that looking back at shared history is the antidote for the West’s growing Islamophobia: “Don’t forget, The Netherlands colonized Indonesia for over four centuries and thereby forcefully conjoined with the most populous Islamic country in the world! Once again, it is very worthwhile to study history in order to see what parallels can be drawn. Have people in the past expressed similar fears compared to today? What was the tone of public opinion with respect to Islam back then? Questions worthy of asking in our post-colonial world.”Through the eye of the studentsThough shocked by the attacks on two Scandinavian tourists in 2018 Sara, a 22-year-old German-Moroccan was determined to come to Morocco. “Naturally it was very shocking to hear this dreadful news. It has definitely changed my perception of traveling alone as a woman in Morocco, but the solidarity that was expressed by Moroccans in the aftermath of the attack was heartwarming.”Sara, a 22-year-old German-Moroccan was determined to come to Morocco.Sara has come to Morocco to properly discover her own identity, shaped by her Moroccan father and German mother. “There has always been a rather undefined part of me rooted within Morocco that I have always considered part of my identity. In the upcoming months, I hope to get more clarity on this.”Those who are laboring under the misapprehension that NIMAR is only playing host to young, adventurous students in search of their own identity, are mistaken. At the age of 69, Anne-Marie has seen quite a lot of the world and is not nearly ready to put away her traveling shoes. “I have always been very keen to properly learn Arabic, but never seemed to get around to it. NIMAR is providing me with the possibility to not only study Arabic extensively at the institute, but I get to practice Arabic on a daily basis by staying with a host family in the Medina.”Anne-Marie, 69-year-old student.Whereas Anne-Marie has traveled around the world and regularly stepped out of her comfort zone, Cemal thought it was high time to he did so too. “Up till now, I have dedicated much of my life to studying and thought it was high time for a change! I was born in the Netherlands, but have a Turkish-Moroccan background. Understanding Darija is therefore not very difficult for me, but I still have a lot to learn before I can properly bargain in fluent Darija with the better merchants of Rabat.”Read also: Ihattaren Declines Netherlands’Call, Opens Doors to Morocco read more

Brock in pictures celebrating 50 years

Left to right: Shannon Pettypiece, Ryan Cornell and Mandy Rolph2008:  Niagara Wine Festival ParadeStudents showing their Brock spirit throughout the streets of St. Catharines2011: Students today, alumni foreverProud new graduates at ConvocationDo you have photos from your Brock days? We would love to share them. Email us at Do you have an  idea on how Brock can celebrate its upcoming 50th Anniversary? Send us your thoughts to: Jamie Fleming, then Director of Residence, with winners of the 1984 Homecoming banner contest 2001 – 2002 Residence Action Council Executive As Brock’s 50th Anniversary quickly approaches, we thought it was appropriate to mark the upcoming milestone by delving into the University’s archives and sharing some photos housed in Special Collections at the James A. Gibson Library.  Although there are literally thousands of photos that tell Brock’s story, Brock Alumni Relations has uncovered a few unique and rarely seen shots that illustrate Brock’s varied and expansive history.Each issue of upcoming Brock Alumni Connect eNewsletters will focus on a different theme: faculty, athletics, Brock’s growing campus and more.This October issue captures photos of Brock’s most interesting and important resource: its students. Photos of students spanning five decades tell Brock’s story in a way no words ever could. Do you recognize anyone in these photos? Enjoy!1965 – 1966: Brock University Student AssemblyMembers of the Brock University Student Assembly, left to right: Robert Jennings, Jim McVeigh, John Auld, David Dargie, Donald Chapman, Ann Kennard, Allan Colbey, Barbara Hogrebe and Susan Biggs. 1968: Car prankTo create a stir during the third Winter Carnival festivities, students push a Volkswagen through the corridors of the campus and parked it in front of the auditorium stage, where it sat until the end of the day. 1968 Winter Formal Left to right: Princess Beth Bland, Queen Joyce Gideon, Pat Robinson and Princess Leslie Dawe. 1972: Students enjoying the outdoors Students reading outside, with the Arthur Schmon Tower in the background1976:  Quiet Campus MomentStudents enjoying a walk through Thistle Complex 1984: Residence fun read more

At UN office in Kabul Karzai inaugurates panel on convening Emergency Loya

Expressing his strong support for the Commission that will decide on a transitional government until democratic elections can be held, Mr. Karzai assured the members that they would function as an independent body in pursuit of their activities. Also addressing the ceremony, the officer in charge of the UN mission, Carl Fisher, stressed that the Commission was for and of the people of Afghanistan, but added that the United Nations would stand ready to help where assistance was required. Meanwhile in New York, a UN spokesman announced today that Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, was scheduled to go to Washington, D.C. for talks with US officials.

The Latest Fugitive real estate heir agrees to LA extradition to face

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 4:03 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Fugitive real estate heir agrees to LA extradition to face murder charge by August LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on real estate heir Robert Durst’s agreement with prosecutors to be extradited to California by August on a murder charge (all times local):3 p.m.Prosecutors say fugitive real estate heir Robert Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to Los Angeles by mid-August to face a murder charge.The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Tuesday that prosecutors jointly filed an agreement with Durst and his attorneys for his return by Aug. 18.Durst had previously waived extradition.Court filings show that Durst has struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors on a weapons charge in New Orleans.The weapons charge has kept Durst jailed in Louisiana since March. In Los Angeles, he’s accused of killing friend and former spokeswoman Susan Berman.Durst’s lawyers have said he is eager to prove he is innocent in Berman’s death. read more