Jats to call off stir, claims Haryana government

first_imgLeaders of the Jat community have agreed to call off their 48-day protest in various parts of the State over demands for reservation, the Haryana government claimed on Friday.The protest is called off just days ahead of massive rally planned by the community to lay siege to the national capital.Announcing the end of protests by Jats, Cabinet Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said that the State government has agreed to accept the seven demands of the community, including putting the issue of reservation in the ninth schedule of the Constitution, till High Court gives its verdict on it.“Jats, who are members of our big family have agreed to call off their agitation. The decision was taken after the meeting at Panipat yesterday. It was attended by all major khaps of Jat community. The State government has also accepted their seven demands,” Mr. Sharma told reporters here.However, the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS) leader Yashpal Malik was not present at the press conference when this announcement was made.Mr. Malik was scheduled to be present at the conference along with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.Talking about the agreement between the two, Mr. Sharma added that the government had agreed to give jobs to family members of those killed during the agitation within 60 days. “Cases against all youth from the community who are in jails will also be reinvestigated,” he added.Yesterday, the Sharma-led high level committee had met Jat leaders in Panipat to end the agitation by the community.The Haryana government had constituted a high-level three-member committee under the chairmanship of Sharma for holding talks on the Jat reservation issue.Two other members include minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Kumar Bedi and chief parliamentary secretary Kamal Gupta.AIJASS which is spearheading the Jat quota stir, had given a call for the march to Delhi on March 20 to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation.last_img read more

Judgment in Asaram’s case to be pronounced in jail

first_imgA special SC/ST court will pronounce its judgment in the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu in the Jodhpur Central Jail, where he is lodged, on April 25. The Rajasthan High Court directed the special court here on Tuesday to deliver the verdict in the jail, while accepting the State government’s plea.The State government and the Jodhpur Police had moved the High Court seeking directions for pronouncement of the judgment in the jail premises in order to avoid violence and disturbance. The police had apprehended that a large number of Asaram’s followers would gather in the city and indulge in violence and create law and order problems.The High Court’s Division Bench, comprising Justices Gopal Krishna Vyas and R.S. Jhala, also directed the Police Commissioner and district administration to make necessary arrangements and ensure that “no inconvenience or hurdle” was created by Asaram’s followers in the city. The Jail Superintendent was directed to make arrangements for delivery of the verdict.Additional Advocate-General Shiv Kumar Vyas told the court that intelligence reports had indicated to the possibility of thousands of Asaram’s followers from different parts of the country gathering on the District Courts premises on April 25. “There is a serious apprehension about loss of human lives and property by violence,” he said.The court directed that adequate police force be deployed to maintain law and order in the city. “Police authorities will be at liberty to take appropriate action to restrict the followers near the Central Jail strictly in accordance with law,” stated the Bench.The special SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) court had completed the hearing of final arguments on April 7 and reserved the judgment. The case against Asaram pertains to allegations of rape levelled by a minor girl in 2013. The alleged victim, belonging to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was staying at Asaram’s ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur.Asaram, who has been serving time in prison since September 1, 2013, has been denied bail several times.last_img read more

House Panel Subpoenas EPA for Air Pollution Data

first_imgIn a rare step, the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for data from key studies used to justify air pollution regulations.Following a heated exchange of letters between Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) and ranking member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the committee approved its first subpoena in 21 years. The vote was strictly along party lines, with Democrats opposing the measure.The information in question includes the underlying data in a 1993 paper considered to be groundbreaking work on the impact of air pollution. In the so-called Six Cities Study, Harvard researchers followed more than 8000 participants for 14 to 16 years and found an association between death rates and particulate matter, or soot, in the air. The study informed EPA’s 1997 decision to tighten its air quality standards and continues to underpin Clean Air Act regulations. Smith has repeatedly requested that EPA hand over raw data from the Six Cities Study and from a related (and much larger) American Cancer Society study known as “Cancer Prevention Study II,” plus all subsequent reanalysis of the studies. 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In her letter, she claimed that his evidence for questioning the validity of the studies was shoddy and that a subpoena would violate the trust of hundreds of thousands of Americans who had participated in the Six Cities Study and other research included in the subpoena. She demanded that Smith clarify who would receive the data and for what purpose.In his response, the chairman acknowledged that the data would need to be “de-identified” to protect the privacy and health information of the participants.Economist C. Arden Pope of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, one of the authors on the Six Cities Study, says that turning over what Smith requests would undoubtedly violate the confidentiality agreement made with participants. “It’s extremely hard to give a data set that will allow you to replicate the results in these studies that doesn’t include information that then allows you—with an Internet search of obituaries—to quickly figure out who the people were,” he says.Smith also explained in his letter that he intended to share the data with “independent scientists for review.” But Johnson, in yesterday’s opening statement, accused Smith of intending to pass the data to “industry hacks” who would try to discredit the research for financial gain. According to the subpoena that Smith signed following the vote, EPA now has until 19 August to turn over all relevant data. The agency has previously said it has provided Smith with all the relevant material that it has.last_img read more

Indian research scholars welcome big bonanza in stipends

first_imgNEW DELHI—An announcement yesterday from the Indian government that young scientists will receive a roughly 60% increase in their stipends drew a mixed reaction from the scientific community. Although the graduate students and postdocs are certainly grateful for the economic boost, they resent the government’s description of it as a “special gift.” And they are disappointed that it apparently took prolonged protests to force the government’s hand.“No doubt this is a long-overdue, much-needed relief to research scholars,” Raghavendra Gadagkar, an evolutionary biologist and president of the Indian National Science Academy here, told ScienceInsider. “But what is really required is a policy by which there are periodic and predictable revisions in scholarships roughly along the lines of [what] is paid to salaried employees. In the present system, every scholarship hike is preceded by agitation, disrupting normal work, and creating a bitter environment. More importantly, the present system conveys the impression that one can get anything through agitation but nothing without agitation.”The larger stipends come after months of protests, including a gathering of 800 scholars outside the gates of the science ministry here. India’s science minister, Jitendra Singh, said “the demand was legitimate and the science ministry worked doubly hard to get this pay hike implemented quickly even in these times of economic hardship.” Without the increase, he said, “many would have left their research jobs for other lucrative avenues.” Singh called the boost a “special gift” from the government on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights where Hindus pray to the goddess of wealth.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The raises are “a welcome step,” says Pankaj Jain, a Ph.D. student in molecular biophysics at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and a leader of the institute’s Students’ Council that led the fight for a pay boost. But Jain feels more reforms are needed to attract students into science, including a regular pay ladder.The increases, which went into effect on 1 October, apply to some 71,000 young scientists receiving support from the federal government. A graduate student in a Ph.D. program will receive Rs 25,000 per month ($410), up from Rs 16,000, and a research associate (equivalent to a postdoc) will get a hike from Rs 24,000 to Rs 40,000 per month. In addition, the trainees receive a housing allowance and medical benefits, which vary according to location and institution. The increases will boost overall government spending on fellowships by 45%, to Rs 24,130 million ($400 million).last_img read more

Davis turns ankle, but Pelicans roll to 10th straight win

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving New Orleans, which has played well since losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury in January, kept rolling without Davis, although the Kings made a brief run late in the fourth.Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento within 103-94 with 3:12 left, but Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday both hit 3s and combined for 11 straight points to help the Pelicans pull away.“We can do that against teams like this,” Davis said. “But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don’t play down to the level of our competition. We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game.”Mirotic scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, Holiday had 23 points and eight assists, and E’Twaun Moore added 15 points.The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans’ franchise record set Jan. 9-26, 2011. New Orleans has scored 100 or more points in each of the wins, setting another team record.ADVERTISEMENT Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.The Kings, who have lost six of eight, played the final 42 minutes without point guard De’Aaron Fox. He left early in the first quarter due to lower back stiffness.“It seemed like everything was real difficult,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “We missed a lot of open shots also, which certainly would have helped.”Ian Clark’s 16-foot jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions capped a 12-4 run to end the first and put the Pelicans up 32-21.With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Holiday later scored eight consecutive points and Davis added a late three-point play to help the Pelicans take a 62-44 halftime lead.MIROTIC’S MOMENTMirotic made 10 of 12 shots and is shooting 56.3 percent over his last four games.“I’ve been taking a lot of extra work to get my confidence back because I was (in) a little struggle in the beginning with my shots,” Mirotic said. “Now it seems that I did get my rhythm.”GOING HOMEThe Pelicans get a break with eight of their next nine in New Orleans after playing eight of their past 11 on the road. They’re in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.“We knew that this would be a real difficult stretch,” Gentry said. “The thing that we wanted to do is just give ourselves an opportunity at the end of games to win on the road. We’ve done a good job with that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans has won seven straight road games, one shy of the franchise record set in 2007-08. … The Pelicans shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the opening quarter. Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game with a lower back strain.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Washington on Friday night.Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night. SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDavis went down after battling Kosta Koufos for a rebound. The five-time All-Star winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. Davis remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans locker room with 3:11 left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.“I feel fine but they’ll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there,” Davis said. “Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody’s foot because you really don’t have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs his ankle after going down during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Davis left the court and didn’t return to the game as the Pelicans went on to win 114-101. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans’ franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It’s possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although X-rays taken on Davis’ ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.“Won’t know anything until tomorrow,” Gentry said. “They took X-rays but couldn’t really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we’ll go back home and I’m sure he’ll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow and we’ll have more information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

PH athletes to help run 2019 SEA Games

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Peping Cojuangco during the formal announcement of 2019 SEA Games hosting.Filipino athletes will have a voice on how the Philippines should efficiently run the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee chair Alan Peter Cayetano assured Thursday that the athletes would be involved in the selection of venues where their respective sports would be held.ADVERTISEMENT READ: PSC on top of SEA Games preparations While patiently putting the organizing committee together, Cayetano said they’re considering to hold the Games in Bulacan, Pampanga and Zambales.He also thanked Senator Migz Zubiri, who was initially designated as chair of the organizing committee, for the groundwork of setting up the organization.There was no mention yet on the figures that the government will spend for bringing the 11-nation sportsfest on local turf but Ramirez assured that the hosting budget can be embedded in the PSC allocation from the General Appropriations Act.READ: POC still not giving up on SEA Games hosting ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side AVC: Philippines drops to 8th place after close loss to Kazakhs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ READ: PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light “The athletes are the ones who will compete and it will be difficult if someone else will decide for them,’’ said Cayetano during the formal announcement of the country’s SEAG hosting at the Marriott Hotel in Paranaque City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. will co-chair the organizing committee with Cayetano, who also sits as Department of Foreign Affairs secretary.“I’m taking the lead from Sir Butch (Ramirez) that the athletes should be consulted,’’ said Cayetano. “With social media and the direct means of communication, we can really consult more people.’’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “In the course of our discussion with the sports committee (at the House of Representatives), there’s great hope that they will allocate money for the hosting and even the PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) budget,’’ said Ramirez.Cojuangco and Ramirez also functioned in their current positions during the 2005 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines captured its first overall title.“We’ve seen the effects of the 2005 hosting and this is how important it is for our country,’’ said Cojuangco. “I hope this will add more impetus for everyone to contribute to this effort, because this isnot for Peping or Secretary Cayetano or Butch Ramirez. This is for the country.’’Cayetano will arrange a meeting with Cojuangco over the next few days and attend the turnover ceremonies during the closing rites of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games on Aug. 30.“It’s more of putting a system so everybody will have duties appealable to us. The three of us (with Cojuangco and Ramirez) have agreed to do it the Asean way, which is by consensus,’’ said Cayetano.The Philippine hosting was initially shelved after the government explained that it would just focus on the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.Ramirez said talks were revived to save the hosting early this week through the efforts of Presidential Assistant Christopher Lawrence Go, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cayetano.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Intelligence Bureau denies bugging in Finance Minister’s office

first_imgPranab Mukherjee clarified that no bugging device has been found in initial probe by IB.The Intelligence Bureau has denied that the finance minister’s office was bugged. IB sources said the security and intelligence agencies carry out a four-level check for at least key ministries on Raisina Hills — Defence, Home, MEA and Finance. The drill includes shadowing of key officials, which was done in case of Ravi Inder Singh, Director of Internal Security in the Home Ministry. Singh was arrested a few months ago. Cell phone calls of key officials are also monitored. Hard disks of computers of officials handling sensitive charges are scanned. Electronic sweeps are also part of the security drill. IB sources told Headlines Today that they conducted a through probe into the complaint that several offices, including that of Finance Minister, were bugged. Sources said it seems to be a case of false alarm. No bugging devices have been found in the initial probe, a fact that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee himself has confirmed. “Regarding the bugging in my office?I would like to clarify that IB probed, but found nothing,” Mukherjee said on Tuesday.FM urged probe Mukherjee had urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to undertake a secret probe to look into the attempt to bug his office. Fears of a breach in Pranab’s office surfaced after taxmen and security agencies found as many as 16 adhesives strips planted in North Block offices of the Finance Minister and his officials. The adhesive strips were found in the offices of Pranab’s advisor, personal secretary and two conference rooms.  Pranab wrote a letter in September 2010 to prime minister asking him to order a secret probe. The Central Board of Direct taxes also conducted electronic sweeps.  The CBDT is particularly alarmed that the surface of the strips had grooves, which suggested planting of tiny devices that have been pulled out later. The CBDT chairman has also confirmed to Headlines Today about these adhesive strips.advertisementOpposition attacks govt Launching an attack on the UPA, the BJP said on Tuesday “this is a non-functioning government”. “The UPA government has lost its way. Things have reached such a pass that Pranab suspects that his office is bugged. Who is doing this? The fact that a private company was investigating suspicions of bugging indicates that the FM has no faith in Home Minister P. Chidambaram,” BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said. “There is civil war underway within the government and between ministers. This is a serious issue. People want to know who is snooping on the FM. Pranab has no faith in his home minister. This is a non-functioning government. Senior leaders within the party are sparring against the PM. The Congress president needs to reply what is the party’s stand on the matter,” Shahnawaz added. “These things are quite possible in the given situation. The Finance Ministry is the most sensitive ministry. Economics is the real politics today. There’s cut-throat competition with corporate houses working at cross-purposes and trying to influence policies,” CPI leader D. Raja said.  Raja added, “You come across such bugging n American thrillers. Now for the first time, you hear of something like this vis-a-vis our own government. Pranab must have had some serious doubts. Otherwise, why would he take it up with the PM? Some people say it was only chewing gum. But why was it everywhere? There is something dubious. It shows some serious situation that is emerging in the country.”  Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Bugs in the FM office is a serious issue. The government should clarify who is responsible – ASAP – when there are serious cases of economic offences.”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

Arsenal legend Henry rejects Bordeaux

first_imgArsenal legend Thierry Henry will not be making a first foray into management at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, with discussions between the two parties broken off.Goal revealed on Monday that an agreement with the World Cup winner had been plunged into doubt as he raised serious questions about the support he would receive.It has now been announced that talks are over, with Bordeaux president Stephane Martin telling AFP: “We can confirm the end of the negotiations.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Following the decision to part company with Gus Poyet, negotiations with Henry had dragged on for 10 days.A man currently working as an assistant to Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez has expressed an interest to head out on his own and was open to starting that adventure in his native France.It is, however, understood that Henry was concerned about the situation he would be inheriting at Bordeaux.He was seeking assurances from the club’s incoming owners, with American businessman Joseph DaGrosa – head of the GACP group – set to take control on September.Henry made it clear that he wanted to bring in new players before the summer transfer deadline in France passes on Friday.He was also looking to appoint former Arsenal team-mate Gilles Grimandi as a new head of recruitment.GACP declined those requests on financial grounds.Some of the agents who work alongside GACP also started to doubt Henry’s suitability to the role as he was reluctant to take players from within their networks.As a result, despite the 41-year-old having initially been their preferred choice, the search for Poyet’s successor is now set to move in a different direction.For now, Eric Bedouet will continue in his role of caretaker manager, with three games overseen so far.Bordeaux’s current owner, Nicolas De Tavernost, has also moved to quash talk of a breakdown in discussions with Henry leading to GACP reconsidering their position.A takeover is still set to go through, with all of those connected with the club working hard to make the best possible additions from the boardroom to the playing field.last_img read more

KKR will stick with Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine as openers: Trent Boult

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders fell short once again in their run chase against Mumbai Indians in an IPL encounter but their pacer Trent Boult says his side will stick to the ‘formula’ of banking on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to deliver at the top of the batting order.”It’s the formula we have followed throughout the tournament. It was about Narine and Lynn trying to put pressure on the opposition,” Boult said at the post-match press conference after KKR lost to MI by nine runs last night.Making a mess of a 174-run chase, Kolkata choked under pressure as the opening pair of Narine and Lynn failed to click. KKR were 53/3 at the end of powerplay overs.”The powerplay is a big phase of the game. It has come off very well for us in other games. I don’t think there’s any need to change the formula. It was just unfortunate that it did not work out tonight,” Boult said.It was KKR’s first home defeat while chasing since 2013 and their fourth defeat in five matches going into the knock- out stage of this IPL.”In this format, momentum is a big thing obviously. You would like to win as many games as you can. Unfortunately, it did not pan out our way,” Boult said.”We had hurdles in the last couple of games. We know we have to play good cricket from now on. Every game is a tough game. It’s a must-win game for us now. The pressure is on us to deliver. Unfortunately we ran out of luck,” he added.advertisementBoult said the wicket was two-paced and the opposition team bowled really well.”There was a little bit of variation and bounce. The luxury of bowling second is you can put the pressure on the opposition, claim wickets and make it very hard for the team to chase a decent total,” said the New Zealander.”We probably did not bat well enough, first of all. But I thought they bowled really well on a two-paced wicket.”Having already made it to the play-offs, Mumbai rested six of their regulars.”It’s disappointing to lose no matter which team it is.It’s a quality opposition and they can afford the luxury of moving a few players around and try a few combination. They delivered under pressure,” Boult said.Boult’s previous match in this IPL was against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 15 and he was the pick of KKR bowlers then with 2/30 from his full quota of four overs.”I was nice to be off few weeks. It’s hard to push into the side with only four having the chance to make the playing eleven. I enjoyed been out there tonight and contributing to the side. We have a lot of quality in the group.” PTI TAP PDSKKR will stick to Lynn and Narine at top of order: BoultKolkata, May 14 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders fell short once again in their run chase against Mumbai Indians in an IPL encounter but their pacer Trent Boult says his side will stick to the ‘formula’ of banking on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to deliver at the top of the order.”It’s the formula we have followed throughout the tournament. It was about Narine and Lynn trying to put pressure on the opposition,” Boult said at the post-match press conference after KKR lost to MI by nine runs last night.Making a mess of a 174-run chase, Kolkata choked under pressure as the opening pair of Narine and Lynn failed to click. KKR were 53/3 at the end of powerplay overs.”The powerplay is a big phase of the game. It has come off very well for us in other games. I don’t think there’s any need to change the formula. It was just unfortunate that it did not work out tonight,” Boult said.It was KKR’s first home defeat while chasing since 2013 and their fourth defeat in five matches going into the knock- out stage of this IPL.”In this format, momentum is a big thing obviously. You would like to win as many games as you can. Unfortunately, it did not pan out our way,” Boult said.”We had hurdles in the last couple of games. We know we have to play good cricket from now on. Every game is a tough game. It’s a must-win game for us now. The pressure is on us to deliver. Unfortunately we ran out of luck,” he added.Boult said the wicket was two-paced and the opposition team bowled really well.advertisement”There was a little bit of variation and bounce. The luxury of bowling second is you can put the pressure on the opposition, claim wickets and make it very hard for the team to chase a decent total,” said the New Zealander.”We probably did not bat well enough, first of all. But I thought they bowled really well on a two-paced wicket.”Having already made it to the play-offs, Mumbai rested six of their regulars.”It’s disappointing to lose no matter which team it is.It’s a quality opposition and they can afford the luxury of moving a few players around and try a few combination. They delivered under pressure,” Boult said.Boult’s previous match in this IPL was against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 15 and he was the pick of KKR bowlers then with 2/30 from his full quota of four overs.”I was nice to be off few weeks. It’s hard to push into the side with only four having the chance to make the playing eleven. I enjoyed been out there tonight and contributing to the side. We have a lot of quality in the group.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off after scoring in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at FC Barcelona

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo made a big impact in his truncated appearance at Camp Nou on Sunday, scoring a goal before being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Ronaldo went on in the 58th minute and scored with a beautiful strike to make it 2-1 in the 80th, earning a yellow card for taking off his shirt to flex his muscles at Barcelona’s faithful.But that defiant pose turned into a petulant pout two minutes later when Ronaldo was booked again for diving in the area following contact with Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.Ronaldo gave the referee a push in the back after seeing the red card that meant he will miss Wednesday’s return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that the club would consider appealing Ronaldo’s second booking to the Spanish football federation.”We played a great match. What bothers me is the sending off of Cristiano,” Zidane said. “Maybe it wasn’t a penalty, but the card is a bit too much.”After Madrid went ahead in the 50th from an own-goal by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi equalized for Barcelona in the 77th from the penalty spot. Messi was given the chance to take his “clasico” goal record to 24 against Madrid when Luis Suarez was fouled by goalkeeper Keylor Navas.While Ronaldo’s goal was a blow, substitute Marco Asensio’s 90th-minute strike – with Madrid down to 10 men – left Barcelona in a deep hole for the second leg.advertisement”I am not going to play this down, we are happy with the result. But of course it is not over,” Zidane said. “We are going to enjoy this today, because it is something to enjoy, and tomorrow we will think about the game on Wednesday.”?? Pictures from the 3-1 defeat at home to Real Madrid… Hopefully Wednesday will bring better fortune ????´ pic.twitter.com/YhNANZs1qx- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 14, 2017While Zidane’s Madrid took a big step to a second title to start the season after beating Manchester United in the European Super Cup, it was a dismal debut for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.Barcelona had hoped to show that, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta, it could still compete with Madrid despite having Brazil star Neymar plucked away by Paris Saint-Germain on a world-record transfer last week.????HALA MADRID! #RMSupercopa pic.twitter.com/WSxjmx68Zi- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadridfra) August 13, 2017Valverde opted to start Gerard Deulofeu in Neymar’s spot on the left side, and the contrast with Neymar was clear. The forward lacked the natural talent and expert timing that Neymar had developed over four seasons with Messi and Suarez up front, and Barcelona attacked better after midfielder Denis Suarez replaced Deulofeu early in the second half.While Barcelona slumped to a loss to its fiercest rival, Neymar scored a goal in an impressive debut for PSG to help it win 3-0 at Guingamp in the French league.”We don’t like to lose, especially against Madrid, and especially when there is a title at stake,” Valverde said. “We are hurting after a loss like this, but we have to regroup and get ready for the next match.”Barcelona’s night to forget started when Pique slid to defend a cross by Marcelo, only to redirect the ball into the corner of his net.Barcelona still dominated possession, but ended up playing into Madrid’s hands. It was caught off-balance in defense on goals by second-half substitutes Ronaldo and Asensio scored on the break.Both forwards were left all alone against Pique. And, after maneuvering to pick their spots, Ronaldo and Asensio executed superb strikes from outside the area to beat the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Ronaldo’s first goal of the season came after he played just the final 10 minutes of Madrid’s win over United as Zidane monitors his return to full speed following an extended summer vacation.The defeat leaves Barcelona under pressure to spend at least part of the record 222 million euros ($262 million) it received from PSG for Neymar before the market closes at the end of the month. So far, the club’s attempts to pry away Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele have failed.”The team needs to be renewed,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “There is no doubt that we have to sign players.”last_img read more

Srikanth, Prannoy need consistency for medals at Asian Games: Vimal Kumar

first_imgFormer India coach Vimal Kumar is disappointed by Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy’s show at the BWF World Championships 2018 in August and said that they will need better plans if they are to win medals at the upcoming Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.Asian Games are set to begin in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 and considering the rankings and quality of Indian players, there are expectations from them.However, just ahead of the Asian Games, Indian male shuttlers did not put a very good account of themselves as only B Sai Praneeth managed to reach the quarter-finals.Srikanth lost in straight games to Malaysia’s Daren Liew while HS Prannoy went down to unheralded Igor Coelho of Brazil to crash out of World Championships in the Round of 16.Also read – Saina Nehwal drops out of top 10, Kidambi Srikanth ranked 8th in BWF rankings”I am really disappointed with Srikanth and Prannoy. They need to find the consistency. You need to play differently when something doesn’t work. They are not being able to do that. Both of them are attacking players and when things go differently, they are not able to cope. That have to make that adjustment,” Vimal Kumar told PTI during an interaction.Ahead of the World Championships, Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei had pulled out of the tournament. Apart from him, even former world No.1 Son Wan Ho also withdrew from the Championships, making Srikanth’s half of the draw relatively simpler.Kumar was unhappy with the fact that Srikanth failed to capitalise on that golden opportunity he got to reach at least the semi-finals of the tournament.advertisement”Srikanth should have capitalised as Chong Wei’s pulling out opened the bottom half of the draw. Liew didn’t have any big result. Sometimes, you can take a game from a top player but he is not of the same level as Prannoy or Srikanth. So it was not a good result for Srikanth,” Kumar assessed.”But anything can happen at the Asian Games, because the top level badminton players play with such indifferent form, no one is playing anything special except Momota.”According to Kumar, the standard of men’s singles at the World Championships was poor and except for world champion Kento Momota of Japan, nobody is bringing anything special to the fore. He went as far as to say that watching men’s singles was “boring”.”Overall, if you look at the standard in men’s singles, there was no one special apart from (Kento) Momota. After Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, this man is taking badminton to another level. He (Momota) was literally toying with everybody, he is able to play both attacking and defensive and he has good deceptive strokes,” he said.”Otherwise, it was boring to watch men’s singles. There was no constructive rallies, there was no quality matches this time. But definitely, Momota is the most exciting player at the world now. Nobody troubled him. He has the game to dominate the likes of Chong Wei and Lin Dan.”Even as the male shuttlers disappointed, PV Sindhu clinched her second silver at the World Championship after losing another major final to Olympic champion Carolina Marin. Kumar said Sindhu has to quickly recover from the loss to do well at the Asian Games.”It was disappointing and I know it really hurts when you lose at that level. I can put it this way as a coach, she shouldn’t weigh too much into that. She has to get rid of all the negativity, she is still young and she will definitely win the World Championship,” said the two-time former French Open champion.”It comes every year and she will be able to do that. She shouldn’t worry. She needs to be just forget it and now Asian Games is coming back and other girls would be there.”Apart from the loss in final, Kumar felt Sindhu did well and brought different techniques on the court to trump the Japanese duo in the quarter-final and semi-final.”I feel she employed deceptive half smashes, using lot of back of the court drops, straight and cross drops and she was ready for those girls who employ slow drops. She was taking those early and did upset Okuhara and Yamaguchi and I think she did well,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Don’t blame Messi penalty miss for Argentina failures

first_imgWorld Cup Don’t blame Messi penalty miss for Argentina failures Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 23:11 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(89) Lionel Messi penalty miss Argentina Iceland 2018 World Cup Getty World Cup Lionel Messi Argentina v Iceland Iceland Argentina Opinion Much will be made of the Barcelona man’s inability to convert from 12 yards but Argentina should not need a penalty to beat Iceland Try to resist the temptation – as tantalising as it might be – to compare what Cristiano Ronaldo did for Portugal against Spain on Friday night to what befell Lionel Messi against Iceland in Moscow on Saturday afternoon.Sure, Ronaldo scored a penalty and Messi missed one. Sure, Ronaldo banged in a stupendous free-kick and Messi put a similar kind of one over. And sure, Ronaldo hit a hat-trick and Messi drew a blank. But there is so much more going on.Portugal – under Fernando Santos – have a high-class, settled squad with continuity in the line-up and a clearly defined method for obtaining results. They are the European champions for good reason. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And yes, they counted on Ronaldo for a hat-trick against their Iberian neighbours. Those moments are his own but there is a solid base for him to work with. In that regard it’s not too dissimilar to Real Madrid; 10 men to win the ball and keep it and one to score the goals.It might look like Portugal are a one-man team – if you concentrate only on the list of scorers – but they are not. For years it was said that Portugal lacked the genuine No. 9 they needed. Now they have one, don’t criticise them for that too.Argentina – on the other hand – have problems. They are the very definition of a one-man team. Portugal managed through Euro 2016 when Ronaldo had bad days – indeed he played precious little of the final – but Argentina simply cannot survive without their No. 10 playing 10 out of 10.Sergio Aguero’s first-half goal was the first goal scored by an Argentine other than Messi in a competitive international match since November 2016. Since then, of course, Messi’s hat-trick in the autumn against Ecuador has carried them all the way here to Russia.Jorge Sampaoli has a way of football that he likes to play but here we are 12 games into his reign and Argentina still looks entirely to its playmaker. It’s left to Messi every time to create, to conjure and to finish. One shot of his even hit the back of Ever Banega and another drive ended with Nicolas Tagliafico falling over in front of him. Lionel Messi Argentina Islandia Iceland World Cup 16062018He is the one making space and then demanding the ball. He is the one starting one-twos and then scurrying fruitlessly along as moves break down around him. He is the one to whom Sampaoli looks to get him out of trouble.At Barcelona, Messi has had the luxury of a team built around him since his teenage days. That is his talent. And that is the way to ensure he can give his maximum. Instead, for Argentina, it’s not the same.The formation Sampaoli preferred was confusing. To play two defensive midfielders in Lucas Biglia and Javier Mascherano was to pay Iceland entirely too much respect. There was a failure to deal with the direct aerial threat carried by the Islanders. There were jitters throughout the backline and from Willy Caballero and Marcos Rojo in particular. That much was proven in the Alfred Finnbogason equaliser. This is the kind of team in which Messi at his best can paper over the cracks. But when he has an off-day – and he did – there is simply no other answer. And for Argentina, that is a big worry.But what Messi and Argentina must remember is Portugal started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland… and it didn’t turn out too badly for them.last_img read more

Wet Hot American Style: Prepare Yourself For Camp

first_imgREI evrgrn Starry Nights 2P TentWe’re guessing you probably won’t do much camping around cabins or bunkhouses. For shelter, allow us to recommend the REI evrgrn Starry Nights two-person tent, which has plenty of headroom and a seamless mesh roof that provides a peek at the stars.$199.00REI evrgrn Downtime HammockCamping should be relaxing; it is technically vacation, after all. If you’d like to feel the breeze while you read or take naps,  you might check out the Downtime Hammock. It can accommodate two or three people, making it a sort of wilderness couch.$130.00 The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Experience Life on Mars With TripAdvisor’s Astroland Agency 5 Survival Knives That Could Save Your Life Editors’ Recommendations Alternative Light French Terry Contrast ShortsA good pair of comfy shorts is a must for the summer. These lightweight French terry shorts are highly breathable and flexible. Also, they boast the simple charm of shorts you probably wore back when you were at camp.$64.00K-Swiss Classic VNThe K-Swiss Classic is one of those shoes that never changes because it never needs to change. The iconic design came to us in 1966 — it was stylish in 1981 (when Wet Hot American Summer is set), and it still looks fly today.$75.00The James Brand Knife Though you’d probably get in trouble if you brought a knife to Camp Firewood, it’s an essential tool to have when you’re camping under most other circumstances. This 2.81″ blade can hold an edge and resist corrosion for virtually a lifetime.$275.00Fjallraven Rucksack No.21 MediumIf you’re planning some day hikes this summer, you’d do well to outfit yourself with one of these. This rucksack is made with strong waxed fabric and natural tone leather. You’ll be the fliest fella on the trail with this Fjallraven rucksack on your back.$180.00center_img Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is premiering on Netflix on July 31, and we couldn’t be more excited. The 8-episode follow-up to the 2001 cult classic will take place before the events of the original, despite being filmed 14 years later. We’re not precisely sure what to expect, but it’s probably safe to bet on another delirious romp through 1980s camp life.After you take in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, you might consider doing a little camping yourself — that’s why we’ve put together this list of WHAS-inspired throwback camping gear. This gear will serve you well as you attend a tasteful lakeside wedding, engage in an absurd fitness montage, or repeatedly roll a D-20 to prevent a wayward satellite from destroying your camp.Alternative Contrast Eco-Jersey Ringer T-ShirtThis comfy number from Alternative is made with eco-friendly materials, and includes bands along the neck and sleeves for a splash of throwback style.$32.00Cotton Modal Baseball T-ShirtThis shirt has your classic 3/4-length baseball sleeves, and is made of 60% cotton and 40% modal. You might recognize this as Michael Showalter’s character’s shirt of choice throughout much of the first Wet Hot American Summer.$48.00 It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Hang Tight with the Best Camping and Backpacking Hammocks  Related: Pack It In: Summer Car CampingPalladium Pampa Sport TWThe Palladium Pampa Sport TW is a sturdy hightop boot made of cotton canvas twill, with an EVA footbed that provides outstanding comfort all day long. There are several color and lace options, making customization easy.$75.00Fjallraven Kiruna HatThis soft, water-resistant hat offers excellent comfort and 360 degrees of sun protection. It’s also easy to fold, allowing you to shove it in your pocket when you’re in the shade.$45.00Shwood Canby Fifty FiftySlick shades and summertime go together like Camp Firewood counselors and neglect. If you’re looking for a good pair of throwback shades, we suggest these bad boys from Shwood. These wayfarer shades are just like the retro ones you’re bound to see in WHAS.$109.00REI evrgrn Crash SackGetting up in the morning is one of the hardest parts of camping. No one wants to forsake a warm sleeping bag for the cold wilderness air. REI and evrgrn have taken care of this problem with the “Crash Sack” sleeping bag-jacket hybrid.$119.00last_img read more

Police lay more charges against Ottawa cop accused of sex assault

first_imgAn Ottawa police officer previously accused of more than 20 offences, including sexual assault, is now facing more charges.Ottawa police first charged Const. Eric Post last week, alleging he had committed 21 offences against four women.Those offences included two counts of sexual assault, two counts of forcible confinement, five counts of assault and one count of pointing a firearm.Now police say they’ve charged the officer with 11 more offences concerning an additional three alleged victims.They say the new charges include an additional count of forcible confinement, six counts of breach of trust by an official, two counts of criminal harassment, and one count each of assault and assault with a weapon.Police say they’re continuing to investigate the 47-year-old Post, adding they believe there may be additional alleged victims.A lawyer representing Post could not immediately be reached for comment.The initial round of charges against the officer prompted the force’s chief to issue a statement acknowledging the potential impact on the community and describing the situation as “disturbing.”Police have otherwise remained tight-lipped about their probe of Post, declining to indicate when they launched their investigation, how far back the allegations date, or what the purported connection with his accusers may be.Police said Post has been suspended from the force since June, adding he will remain so until further notice.Other charges against Post currently include four counts of harassment by repeated communication, two counts of uttering threats, intimidation by threat of violence and forcible entry.Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes police-involved incidents in which someone is accused of sexual assault, previously said it had been notified of the allegations against Post in August but left the investigation in the hands of the Ottawa Police’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse unit.The new allegations against Post came as the SIU announced charges against another Ottawa police officer in a separate incident.The SIU said Sgt. Aasim Ansari is facing one charge each of sexual assault and breach of trust by a public officer. The allegations against Ansari date back to October 2017, the SIU said.last_img read more

Family backs Dennis Oland as retrial begins in his fathers murder

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – The family of both murder victim Richard Oland and his accused killer, Dennis Oland, say they are steadfast in their support for Dennis as he faces retrial in his father’s murder.Evidence will begin to be presented on Tuesday now that a jury is in place for Dennis Oland’s trial, which is estimated to take at least four months.Oland, 50, has pleaded not guilty in the bludgeoning death of his dad, Richard Oland, 69, on July 6, 2011.Oland has been free on bail while awaiting the retrial.He attended the jury selection last week in the Saint John law courts as did members of his family, notably his mother and Richard’s widow, Connie; his wife Lisa, and often his uncle, Derek Oland, the executive chairman of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. and brother of Richard.In a statement released Monday, the Oland family says they are confident Dennis will be cleared.“We wish to restate our steadfast support for Dennis and our faith that the judicial process will prove his innocence,” the family said.Signed by Connie, Lisa, Derek and his wife Jacqueline, “and family,” the statement says the Olands – one of the most prominent business clans in the Maritimes – have “endured an unimaginable ordeal since Dick’s death in 2011.”Dennis Oland originally stood trial in 2015 for the second degree murder of his father. But the verdict in that trial was overturned on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered.Richard Oland was a former executive at Moosehead, Canada’s oldest independent brewery, until he had a falling out over control of the family-owned business and left in the early 1980s. A multimillionaire, he founded several businesses including an investment firm called the Far End Corporation.It was in the offices of that corporation on Canterbury Street in Saint John’s historic uptown that Oland’s body was discovered on the morning of July 7, 2011. The businessman and avid sailor was found lying in a pool of blood by his desk. He had been beaten to death.After almost two years of investigation, Dennis Oland was charged in 2013.He has always maintained his innocence, supported by his family.“During this time our faith in Dennis’ innocence has never wavered,” they said in Monday’s statement.“We also wish to thank the innumerable friends and strangers who have expressed to us their unfailing belief in Dennis’ innocence. We cannot adequately express how much this continuing support means to us.”last_img read more

Gusto Provides Respite from the Winter Blues with BrandNew Series and Returning

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Viewers can also indulge in brand-new episodes of Gusto’s original programming all month long. Global flavours continue on ONE WORLD KITCHEN, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, while Fridays bring viewers a dose of healthy food programming with THE URBAN VEGETARIAN at 10 p.m. ET, followed immediately by the exuberant Spencer Watts in FISH THE DISH at 10:30 p.m. ET. For information on Gusto’s series, chefs, recipes, how-to videos, and more, visit gustotv.com..BRITAIN’S BEST BAKERY – Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning Feb. 2Bakeries go head-to-head to win the title of  best bakery in Britain in the new one-hour series which features judges Mich Turner, who has been described as ‘the Bentley of cake makers’ by Chef Gordon Ramsay, and Peter Sidwell, an award-winning artisan baker and author. Bakeries from all over the U.K. compete in a series of baking challenges that put their skills to the test making viewers’ mouths water along the way.MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY –  Monday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET; moves into its regular Monday at 10 p.m. ET timeslot beginning Feb. 20The “high”-ly acclaimed series featuring unlikely hosts Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg returns with all-new episodes. The duo kicks it in the kitchen, hosting weekly dinner parties with celebrity friends, putting a personal spin on each of their themed meals. In the first episode, Martha and Snoop show off their rolling skills by making sushi alongside comedians Kathy Griffin (MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST) and Mike Epps (Next Friday), musical guest D.R.A.M. and Japanese chefs Abe Hiroki and Masaharu Morimoto (IRON CHEF).JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB – Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning Feb. 14Filmed along Essex’s Southend Pier, Jamie Oliver and childhood friend Jimmy Doherty, along with celebrities including Goldie Hawn, David Tennant (DOCTOR WHO), and more, cook blowout feasts designed to add some serious culinary wow factor to the weekends. From spiced lamb flatbreads to British bangers and smoked salmon, Oliver and Doherty create both show stopping dishes, as well as easy-to-make family staples. The star-studded series begins with Hollywood heart-throb Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) cooking up a Moroccan lamb shank tagine, Oliver cooking Asian-style seafood, and Doherty making homemade British bangers.For Gusto’s complete February programming schedule, click here..About Gusto:Gusto, Bell Media’s first food and lifestyle channel, features a delicious mix of creative cooking and food programming paired with exciting home renovation, travel, and lifestyle shows. Gusto features a menu of original Canadian series and specials produced in 4K including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH, as well as acquired series from stars such as Jamie Oliver and Martha Stewart. Gusto is distributed to more than five million households across Canada and is also available online at www.gustotv.com and on-demand via participating television service providers. Gusto is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Viewers are in for a treat this February as two new series featuring British bake-offs, and fan-favourite chef Jamie Oliver and his celebrity friends join Gusto’s lineup. Additionally, Gusto’s #1 series, MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK DINNER PARTY returns to the lineup with two new back-to-back episodes, Monday, Feb. 13 starting at 10 p.m. ET.Since Gusto launched in November 2016, overall viewership is up 82% with total viewers and 86% among the key A25-54 demo. In primetime, audiences have more than doubled with total viewers and are up 163% with A25-54.The search is on for the top bakery across the pond in the new, one-hour series BRITAIN’S BEST BAKERY, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 2. Then, the incomparable Jamie Oliver and his childhood friend Jimmy Doherty create show-stopping dishes alongside celebrity guests including Goldie Hawn and Orlando Bloom, in JAMIE AND JIMMY’S FOOD FIGHT CLUB, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 14. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Denver teachers prepare to strike amid pay dispute

Denver teachers are planning to strike Monday after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay.The Denver Classroom Teachers Association released a statement Saturday saying the district’s proposal lacks transparency and “pushes for failed incentives for some over meaningful base salary for all.”Teachers plan to picket around the city beginning Monday as the district tries to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes.The two sides disagree on pay increases and bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority.Teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries. The district says the bonuses are key to boosting the academic performance of poor and minority students.The Associated Press read more

UN hails first ratification of African pact to protect millions of displaced

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warmly welcomed Uganda’s ratification of the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Africa, which was adopted in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, last October.“This first ratification, coming within the first four month’s of the Convention’s adoption, is an important milestone,” it said, noting that that 25 nations – or nearly half of AU Member States – had now signed the treaty, which needs 15 ratifications to come into force, a goal the AU has set for the end of this year.At the beginning of last year, an estimated 11.6 million people were internally displaced by conflict in Africa, nearly 45 per cent of the world’s internally displaced persons (IDPs)The treaty’s adoption “has come at a time when Africa is faced with complex and persistent internal displacement challenges affecting millions of people,” UNHCR said. “When ratified and implemented, the Convention will provide a critically important legal framework for protecting, assisting and finding solutions for millions of IDPs in Africa, as well as for the prevention of future displacement by addressing the root causes.”At its adoption in October, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said the convention served as a reminder that the responsibility to protect its own citizens is first and foremost an individual State responsibility but that where the State fails to do so, there is a collective African responsibility to act.“This represents the concept of ‘responsibility to protect’ in action. It demonstrates that national sovereignty is fully compatible with the responsibility to protect,” he told a news conference. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called the treaty’s adoption “a significant step forward in filling the unfortunate vacuum that has traditionally been the lot of internally displaced people…“It is very good to see Africa taking a leadership role in creating the first legally-binding instrument to protect and assist internally displaced persons across the continent,” she said. 19 February 2010The United Nations refugee agency today called on all African Union (AU) member countries to follow Uganda’s example and ratify the first legally binding international treaty to provide legal protection and aid to millions of people displaced within their own countries by conflicts and natural calamities. read more

Schools in Kandy to remain closed until further notice

The Ministry of Education announced that schools in Kandy will remain closed until further notice.The move comes as curfew continues to be imposed at different times in the Kandy administrative area following the recent violence. Meanwhile, the annual Trinity-St. Anthony’s cricket ‘big match’ has been postponed due to the prevailing situation in Kandy.  (Colombo Gazette)

Canada VS USA on the road to Tokyo 2020

Canada handballToky0 2020 handballUSA handball The biggest games of the year for handball start this week as Canada’s men’s and women’s national teams start the Road to Tokyo when they face the United States on September 2nd and 5th with the winner earning a ticket to the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.  That tournament acts as the qualification event for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.The first leg of the home and away series will take place at Auburn University in Alabama on Sunday September 2nd at 4pm and 6pm. The final matchday will be on Wednesday September 5th at the Claude-Robillard Sports Center in Montreal. The women start the action at 7pm with the men starting at 9pm (all times in EST).The winner will be decided by total aggreggate goals over the two games. The loser wil then advance to a last chance competiton against the teams listed below.Men’s 2nd Chance Tourney:  Chile, Dominican Republic, Colombia and USA/Canada loserWomen’s 2nd Chance Tourney: Chile, Mexico, Guatemala and USA/Canada loserGames will be livestreamed on the IHF Facbook page. Tickets for both matches in Montreal are available for only $15Sunday, 2 September at AuburnUSA – Canada (Women) 3:00 PM (Central Time)USA – Canada (Men) 5:00 PM (Central Time)Wednesday, 5 September at MontrealUSA – Canada (Women) 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)USA – Canada (Men) 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)Source: http://handballcanada.ca ← Previous Story VIDEO: Sticky ball stays on the post! Next Story → IHF president Hassan Moustafa confirms: We think about 32 teams at World Championships read more