Indian football sees more highs than lows in 2017: A recap

first_img2017 will be remembered for the year that Indian football finally managed  to stir from its deep slumber. Stirred not shaken mind you.Once called the “sleeping giants” by FIFA, India have not exactly woken up to the potential that the world body saw. FIFA has since rechristened the country to “passionate giants” and all the right noises have been made to insist that India are inching in the right direction.India played the perfect host when the best young footballers came knocking for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the month of October. The year though started on a completely different note.FAIRY-TALE STARTAizawl FC, a small club cradled in the foothills of the Himalayas, led a revolution in Indian football. A small club with small means, but with a spirit of unwavering passion, slew  the traditional giants of the game in the country. Mizoram’s pride became the pride of the nation. Aizawl FC created history when they became the first club from north-east India to win the I-League. They beat Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan to the title race by drawing 1-1 with Shillong Lajong on the last day of league.The team that was relegated last year and only made the cut in the first division as the Goan clubs pulled out.  Mumbai FC’s coach, Khalid Jamil was roped in to lead the team, and the team new vigour to stage a fairy-tale season, characterised by resolute defence and late goals.  Arguably the ‘greatest feel good story’ Indian sport had witnessed in a very long time, it was exactly what the country needed to turn their attention towards the game.advertisementWORLD CUP DREAMAnd when FIFA Under-17 World Cup finally came around, the whole country was watching. The tournament became the first ever FIFA tournament that India participated in and it was a rousing success.India were clubbed with Colombia, Ghana and the United State of America in group A. Though India were supposed to play their home matches in Mumbai, they we moved to the national capital.  Eleven boys from around the country were tasked with heralding in a revolution to steer India’s aspirations to a force in the ‘beautiful game’.  India’s coach, Luis Norton de Matos, though was very careful about placing expectations on his young boys. Rather harping on the notion that the tournament is only the first step for India as a nation in the world of football.The stadiums in Kolkata, Guwahati, Goa, Kochi, New Delhi and Navi Mumbai were revamped according to international standards. The Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, was the only casualty before the tournament, when the semi-final clash between England and Brazil had to be shifted to Kolkata at the last minute. Incessant rains forced FIFA and the local organising committee (LOC) to move the game after even a helicopter could not dry the pitch.In the first match, goals from Josh Sergent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton helped USA defeat India 3-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The young boys gave a good first impression but it was evident that the magnanimity of fate could be seen on their faces.   In the second match against Colombia, history was made. Jackson Singh Thounaojam scored the first goal for India as a nation in a FIFA tournament. It wasn’t enough though as the hosts lost 2-1 in the end and practically crashed out of the tournament. The difference in class was seeming less apparent as the tournament progressed, but the gulf in physical ability was showing.In the last match, the Indian boys were schooled by Ghana in football. Rarely does the scoreline reflect the match, but at the end it did not matter how many goals the African team would pump in the ‘home’ net. Both teams shook hands at 4-0.The country did win something though and all was not gloom. India overtook China to become the most attended World Cup in the U-17 category as 12,80,459 spectators filled the stands throughout the course of the tournament. The earlier record attendance by China of 12,30,976, was set way back in the first edition of the tournament in 1985.Truth be told, all was not hunky dory. The mystery of the missing millions baffled many in the business, as empty pockets punctured the starry night that were the home games of the Indian team.   England and Spain played the best brand of football, knocking teams out of the competition en route to the final at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on the fateful night of October 28. The Kolkata crowd is no less iconic, breaking attendance records over the course of the tournament and saw 66,684 football loving fans fill the stands for the final showdown between the Three Lions and La Roja.advertisementPhil Foden starred for England with a brace as the Three Lions came back from behind in a thrilling game, to beat Spain 5-2 and lift their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup.I-LEAGUE-ISL CONUNDRUM The national league was the main ‘bane’ of contention for the All India Football Federation (AIFF). With the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) breathing down the necks of the national association and the mounting financial might of the Star Sports-IMG-Reliance forced Indian football’s hand. Major changes were rung in to the footballing calendar as the Indian Super League saw two new teams join their ranks and be extended to a four-month (November to February) affair. Running simultaneously would be the I-League, as the race began to see who would jump ship to the ‘IPL’ of football.The Jindal group pulled their club from the I-League and entered the ISL, as the TATA group were ‘rewarded’ for their service (read TATA football academy) to Indian football with a team. So, Bengaluru FC and Jamshedpur FC became the new teams of the fourth season of the ISL. As for the I-League, AIFF opened their doors for new clubs. The league returned to the beautiful state of Kerala with Gokulam Kerala  FC, based out of Kozhikode, after the Sree Gokulam Group won the bid. Last season’s I-League 2 winners NEROCA FC, were promoted, as the club became the first to play from the state of Manipur. The final debutants were the heroes of the U-17 World Cup Indian team. The players from the U-17 team and some of the U-19 boys, who represented the country in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification, formed the Indian Arrows.GLORY FOR SENIORSThe Indian national football team finished their year ranked 105th spot in the FIFA Rankings, but rarely has the position on the list reflected the year a team.  The Sunil Chhetri-led team, for majority of the year, remained unbeaten throughout the year.The last time India were at the wrong side of the scoreboard was back in March 2016. India had lost to Turkmenistan in the World Cup qualifiers (India failed to qualify). They are on a record 13-match unbeaten streak, last of which came in November 14 when the team drew 2-2 against Myanmar.India made history back in May, as the national team made it into the top-100, ranked 96, for the first time in over 21 years. Stephen Constantine’s boys qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, to be held in the United Arab Emirates, after the 2011 edition. Bengal men’s team became the Santosh Trophy champions after six-years and Eastern Sporting Union bagged the inaugural Indian Women’s League (IWL).AIFF also worked themselves into a knot when the Delhi High Court questioned their elections and asked to have them again. Praful Patel’s presidentship is definitely under threat and will, in all likelihood, force him to step down.   advertisementThe new year will bring new challenges for Indian football. The ISL-I-League experiment will be under thorough scrutiny and the national team will hope for more games to challenge and improve their ranking further. In a country crazed by marriages of popular celebrities and sporting heroes, the ‘beautiful game’ will try to germinate from the idea that is Indian football.last_img read more

India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli plans to repeat Dublin tactics vs England

first_imgVirat Kohli revealed India will experiment widely with their middle-order after India crushed Ireland by 76 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match India vs Ireland T20I series in Dublin. After Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set a strong platform for India with a 16-run opening partnership, Kohli sent Suresh Raina up the order at No.3. MS Dhoni walked in at No.4 while Hardik Pandya batted at No.5.Kohli, a constant at No.3 in the shorter formats, batted at No.6 and bagged only his second duck in T20 Internationals.The India skipper was on the verge of a milestone before the match: he needed only 17 to become the fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runs. Kohli, of course, has the opportunity to get to the coveted club over the next four T20Is against Ireland and England.The 29-year-old, however, said India will continue to experiment with the batting order on Friday and in the three T20Is against England starting next week.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTIndia have in their ranks the likes of KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik, who scored heaps of runs in the IPL. These two men will get the chance to play in the final T20I in Dublin and also in England as India seek to find the perfect combination for their ODI line-up.”Look, we’ve already announced we will experiment with the middle-order a lot. Even in the next few T20 games, even in England, we will look to throw in guys and surprise the opposition.advertisement”It presents an opportunity for those lower down the order to go in and bat at the top.”In the next games, we will play the guys who din’t play Wednesday.”We’re going to give everyone a go in this series. The management and me as captain decided it. There’re no mysteries and we looking everyone to give game time,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Against Ireland, India really do not have much to worry about.After Rohit (97) and Dhawan (74) helped India post 208/5 off their 20 overs, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal ran through Ireland’s batting line-up to condemn the hosts to a massive defeat.Kuldeep took career-best figures of 4/21 while Chahal snared 3/38. Jasprit Bumrah also picked two wickets.India had last played the Nidahas Trophy but they had rested some of their key players including Kohli, Dhoni, Pandya, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar.last_img read more

Argentine tennis player Patricio Heras found guilty of match-fixing

first_imgArgentina’s Patricio Heras has been found guilty of match fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Friday.The tennis player has been and suspended until his punishment is confirmed at a later date.The 29-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of 269 in September 2013, was found to have contrived the outcome of a match at the ATP Challenger event in Barranquilla, Colombia in 2015.Following an investigation by the TIU, Heras’ case was considered by independent anti-corruption hearing officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC at a hearing in London on April 6 this year.”Having now been found guilty of the charges, he will be sanctioned at a future date to be determined by AHO Mulcahy,” TIU said in a statement.El argentino Patricio Heras fue sancionado por arreglar partidos en un Challenger de Colombia en 2015. La sanción aún no se conoce poco de tenis (@unpocodetenis) July 27, 2018The TIU added that Heras had also failed to report corrupt approaches in August and September 2015.It said details of the decision on Heras’ sanctions will be made public when received.”Until that time, and with immediate effect, Heras is not allowed to compete in or attend any sanctioned events organised or recognised by the governing bodies of the sport.”Heras is currently ranked 306 in singles.Two other Argentine players — Federico Coria and Nicolas Kicker — were also found guilty of breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program in May.Coria was suspended for eight months for failing to report an approach while Kicker was banned for six years for match-fixing.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Otamendi goal sends City past United

first_imgManchester United 1 Manchester City 2: Otamendi strikes massive blow in Premier League title race Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:26 12/11/17 nicolas otamendi - cropped Getty Images Manchester City curiously scored twice from set-piece situations to beat Manchester United and seize control of the title race. Nicolas Otamendi was the surprise hero as Manchester City secured a 2-1 derby win over Manchester United to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.The Argentina defender struck in the second half after Marcus Rashford cancelled out David Silva’s opener, ensuring a record-equalling 14th win in a row in the top flight for Pep Guardiola’s side.Much had been made before the game of City’s vulnerability from set-pieces and it was a curious quirk of fate to see them triumph at Old Trafford for the second year in a row by virtue of two dead-ball situations. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United took a 40-game unbeaten home run, including a 100 per cent record this season, into the match, but City were the dominant force from the outset and deserved the lead Silva secured in the 43rd minute.Marcus Rashford capitalised on some slack defending to draw United level, but the hosts were punished for failing to clear the lines again nine minutes after the break, as Otamendi finished in style.United were denied twice at the death by Ederson and the result leaves them with a daunting gap to their neighbours, who look to be on an unstoppable march towards the title after only 16 matches, with Guardiola also enjoying the bragging rights over Jose Mourinho.2 – Manchester United have conceded two goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League for just the second time under Jose Mourinho (also conceding two v Man City in September 2016). Flashback.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 10, 2017Perhaps unsurprisingly, City dominated possession in the early exchanges against a United side who lined up with Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all in support of striker Romelu Lukaku.City’s first chance fell to Raheem Sterling, who shot straight at David de Gea, before Gabriel Jesus produced a similarly tame finish after surging clear into the penalty area past Marcos Rojo.Jesus incurred the wrath of Mourinho when he went to ground under little contact in the United area, but it was the home support who appeared most frustrated with the half as they watched their side sit deep and offer next to nothing in attack.De Gea made his first real save of note four minutes before the interval, tipping over Leroy Sane’s effort from close range, but it proved a futile piece of agility as City snatched the lead moments later.Lukaku misjudged his header from the resulting corner and the ball fell kindly to Silva, who prodded home from inside the six-yard box.The goal seemed to spark United into life suddenly, with Martial at last testing Ederson, and they snatched an equaliser in first-half injury time when Rashford pounced on Fabian Delph’s failure to clear and slotted home from 12 yards out.But City regained their lead nine minutes into the second half in remarkably similar fashion to their opening goal. Lukaku’s attempted clearance from Silva’s free-kick went straight against Chris Smalling and fell to Otamendi, who steered the ball acrobatically into the net.4 – Nicolás Otamendi has scored more Premier League goals this season than any other defender (4). Danger.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 10, 2017City’s control of the ball showed no sign of waning and De Gea was called upon to make a fine low save to deny Kevin De Bruyne, although Rashford stung the palms of Ederson after another Delph error as Mourinho turned to substitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic for hope.Ederson pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Lukaku and Juan Mata six minutes from time, depriving United of a second equaliser and putting the title race firmly in City’s grasp as they became the first side to win 14 consecutive top-flight games in a single season. Key Opta Facts:- Manchester City have won their last 14 league games in a row – the most by a team in a single English top-flight season.- Indeed, City’s 14-game winning streak is the joint-best-ever in the English top-flight alongside Arsenal’s run between February and August 2002.- This was just the second time a team has scored more than one goal in the Premier League at Old Trafford against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United (also City in September 2016, 2-1).- Jose Mourinho has lost nine matches in all competitions against Pep Guardiola, more than against any other manager.- Five of David Silva’s six Premier League goal involvements against Manchester United have come at Old Trafford (three goals, two assists).- Marcus Rashford has been involved in 11 goals in 12 games in all comps at Old Trafford this season (6 goals, 5 assists), more than any other United player.- Nicolas Otamendi is now the top scoring defender in the Premier League this season (4).  read morelast_img read more

Arsenal’s Van de Donk and Miedema seal Women’s Champions League rout

first_imgWomen’s Champions League And then there was Miedema, one of the best players around. It’s hard to believe that she is only 23. Nominated for the Ballon d’Or last month, Miedema arrived at Boreham Wood one goal away from crossing the half-century mark for Arsenal. Of course, she couldn’t bear to just score one, her hat-trick propelling her to 52 goals in just 50 starts.“I’ve had a few interesting players I have managed in my career,” said Montemurro. “Viv’s special and we are starting to see her press, the level of defending and the amount of work she is getting through against [Manchester] City and today was fantastic.”Miedema’s first goal did not come until the final minute of the first half as she calmly slipped past Prague goalkeeper Barbora Votikova and rolled the ball into the net. But as is so often the case, she had the final word, heading home the eighth goal of the night and her seventh goal across the two legs to drive Arsenal into the last eight in the most emphatic manner possible.It has been a while. The 2006 European Cup winners have not contested the tournament since the 2013-14 season and had to watch other English teams claim the Champions League places. Under the lights at Meadow Park, Arsenal made it clear that they are back and they are determined to make up for lost time. Read more Arsenal Women Atlético Madrid’s Ángela Sosa ends Manchester City’s European hopes With his side already on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final, Joe Montemurro rotated his squad here, making five changes from the team that started against Manchester City. The fact that he was even capable of doing so was a source of joy. Arsenal’s title run last season may have been one of their most dominant in history, yet throughout last season the team was ravaged by injuries and were left with no choice but to focus on one competition.The mental scars from the previous season’s injury list remain and the mere mention of injuries was enough for Montemurro to flinch and superstitiously thump a wooden table. “There’s a little bit of wood here, so please don’t mention that again,” he said. He was only half-joking. What a comfort it must be to finally be capable of rotating his players yet still watching them soar.Indeed, as Arsenal immediately took the game by the scruff of its neck, it was clear that the players rotated in were determined to impress. Leonie Maier stood out early on, providing a lively outlet for the midfield as she tore down the right wing and whipped in crosses at will. Eventually, after creating many near misses, Van de Donk opened the scoring from Maier’s third probing low cross. Despite a brilliant performance from so many, the Dutchwoman was the best player on the pitch, both for her brilliantly taken hat-trick and the way she helped Kim Little control the tempo from midfield throughout.This was also a significant occasion for Jill Roord, who is still looking to make her mark after joining Arsenal this season. Throughout the game she showed her movement, passing and energy, but what will most be remembered is the way she blasted her name on to the scoresheet with a rocket of a half-volley for Arsenal’s third goal. Share on WhatsApp It has been five years since Arsenal last contested a Champions League last-16 game, but the sight of them still relentlessly passing the ball and driving at the Slavia defence long after the match was already sealed made it clear that they have missed this. In the end, Arsenal moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 13-2 win on aggregate. Their fourth consecutive victory was sealed with hat-tricks from player of the match Daniëlle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema.The big question for Arsenal this season was how they would fare with the renewed burden and benefit of Champions League football after so long. Two weeks ago, Arsenal travelled to Prague on the back of their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. Their 5-2 victory in the away leg was an exhibition of their resilience. Miedema was merciless, crushing the home side with a hat-trick by the 29th minute and four goals in total. The Netherlands striker was decisive again on Sunday, scoring the only goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Manchester City, a game notable for Arsenal’s slick passing and relentless pressing. Read more match reports Share on Messengercenter_img Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Women’s football Share on Pinterest Topics Share via Email West Ham’s Kenza Dali: ‘Football was my escape. I had a bad life then’ Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Boca deny Arsenal Pavon bid but move could happen

first_imgTransfers Boca deny Arsenal have bid for Pavon but leave door open for transfer Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 15:40 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Transfers Boca Juniors Arsenal Superliga Premier League Videos The Gunners are said to be keen to sign Cristian Pavon, but the Argentinian club revealed there have not yet been any approaches for the striker Boca Juniors have denied receiving an offer from Arsenal for striker Cristian Pavon.The Gunners are rumoured to be ready to activate the 21-year-old’s release clause, which is said to be valued at €37 million.However, Boca president Daniel Angelici insists there have not yet been any approaches for the Argentina international. 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 “For the moment, we have not received any proposal, formally or informally,” he said, speaking following the presentation of new signing Carlos Tevez. “For now, they are all rumours, as always, just comments in the corridors.”But I know very well what I said to Cristian when we renewed his contract. I am not going to cut off his career, but we made him a nice contract so that he would be comfortable.”We put a release clause in the contract just in case clubs like this appear. It’s then the player who has the last word.”He looks fine to me, very focused on 2018 with Boca Juniors. We always help him with his future, but I trust Pavon will be with us for 2018.”#Pretemporada2018 | ¡Cristian #Pavón a pura potencia en Cardales!— Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) January 9, 2018The arrival of Tevez has encouraged talk that Boca could cash in on Pavon during the transfer window.Arsenal are said to be considering the forward as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who has been heavily tipped to join Manchester City this month, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.Pavon scored nine goals in 30 league appearances for Boca last term and has three in 12 games this term.last_img read more

Anonymous Missouri Player Says Players And Coaches Divided On Boycott: “If We Were 9-0 This Wouldn’t Be Happening”

first_imgMissouri stand together in support of players strike.Twitter/@GaryPinkelNot every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team’s boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.Mizzou player tells @ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn’t be happening.”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday’s game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.The player indicated they had been aware of Butler’s hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn’t decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.“Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities),” the player said. “Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team).”Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team’s decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.[ESPN]last_img read more

SC strikes down EWS quota in Maharashtra medical courses

first_imgNew Delhi: In a setback for the Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s decision to introduce 10 per cent quota for academic year 2019-20 in the postgraduate medical courses. The apex court said the state could not apply it after the admission process had already begun in November 2018. At least 25 candidates from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category would be affected with this decision of the top court. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The court said the Maharashtra government could not change rule of the game while the game was on. It said the Medical Council of India (MCI) could have created more seats rather than giving away from presently available seats. As such, the court said that EWS is not applicable to the existing seats in medical courses in the state. The court also observed that while passing the order it kept in mind “balance and claim of equity, which may come at later stage”. The counsel for the state cited the ordinance passed by the government, but the court did not entertain it.last_img read more

Wicked women are just women who are tired of injustice abuse Angelina

first_imgNew York: Angelina Jolie wants the world to have more “wicked women”. The Hollywood star, in an op-ed for Elle magazine, goes on to redefine the labels often used to brand women as “unnatural” and “dangerous”, saying the term “wicked” today should be used for those women who are tired of injustice and are not ready to give up their voice and rights. “Since time immemorial, women who rebel against what is considered normal by society-even unintentionally-have been labelled as unnatural, weird, wicked, and dangerous. What is surprising is the extent to which this kind of myth and prejudice has persisted throughout the centuries and still colours the world we live in,” Jolie wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The actor-humanitarian reflected on how often women who run for political office in democratic countries are described as witches. “Bring together a group of strong women, and before too long someone will brand them a ‘coven’ the technical term, to be clear, for a gathering of witches meeting at night to consort with the devil. Women who stand up for human rights in many countries are still labelled ‘deviant’, ‘bad mothers’, ‘difficult’ or ‘loose’,” she wrote. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Jolie, 44, said the accusation of witchcraft has been used to control and silence women in almost all societies and in every century. “Women could be accused of witchcraft for having an independent sex life, for speaking their mind on politics or religion, or for dressing differently. Had I lived in earlier times, I could have been burnt at the stake many times over for simply being myself.” In her personal life, when the actor started dating Brad Pitt, she was called names like the “homewrecker” and “the other woman” for breaking up her “Mr and Mrs Smith” co-star’s marriage with actor Jennifer Aniston, with Pitt let off easily in a well-publicised Hollywood scandal. After 12 years of relationship and two years of marriage, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in 2016. The actor, who is an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, added that her essay was not an attempt to “dismiss or downplay” the abuse against men and boys. “But looking across the world, we have to ask, Why is so much energy expended to keep women in a secondary position?” she asked. Jolie then attempted to yield a new connotation to the term “wicked women”. “Looked at in this light, ‘wicked women’ are just women who are tired of injustice and abuse. Women who refuse to follow rules and codes they don’t believe are best for themselves or their families. “Women who won’t give up on their voice and rights, even at the risk of death or imprisonment or rejection by their families and communities. If that is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women,” she wrote. The actor, who will next be seen reprising her role as the eponymous antagonist in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”, said there is nothing more attractive than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions. “With love to all the wicked women and the men who understand them,” she ended the essay on a hopeful note.last_img read more

Canceraffected woman kills children herself

first_imgNagapattinam: A 27-year-old woman allegedly poisoned her two children to death and then herself on Monday after learning that she was affected by cancer, police said. The incident happened at Vadamattam village near Mayiladuthurai in Nagapattinam district. The woman had left a note purportedly written by her saying she took the extreme step after being diagnosed with cancer a few days ago, the police said. The woman felt there won’t be anyone to look after the children after her death, and so chose to kill them and herself, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She and her children had come to the village from Dubai where her husband worked, they said. She had come to India with her two children, aged four and two, to participate in a family function, they said. This morning, the woman did not come out of her house and her relatives residing nearby broke in only to find the three dead, they said. On being informed, police arrived at the scene, sent the bodies for a post-mortem and began investigations.last_img read more

The Force is with him Alberta boy gets Star Wars model of

first_imgEDMONTON — The Force is with this young transplant patient.Mason Thomas received a new heart at Edmonton’s University of Alberta Hospital when he was six.In order to help the now eight-year-old understand why he needed a new heart, experts printed a 3D model of the organ.And to capture the interest of the “Star Wars” fan, they put the red muscle and its pumps inside a tiny TIE Fighter.The fictional space-flying vehicle is used by the Galactic Empire to fight the rebel force in the popular movie franchise.Mason and his family were given the model by his transplant team before they took a tour of the lab where it was made.The Canadian Presslast_img

UN political chief heads to Asia next week for threenation tour

The first stop for Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe will be Beijing, where he will hold talks with senior officials on a range of UN-related issues from 13 to 15 August. On 16 August, Mr. Pascoe will be in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, where he will deliver a message on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the summit of Heads of State of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – a regional body comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. While in Kyrgyzstan, he will also meet with a number of visiting leaders to discuss the situation in Central Asia and the broader region.Mr. Pascoe will be in Kathmandu from 18 to 19 August to discuss the peace process with national leaders and to consult with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which is providing critical assistance to the holding of Constituent Assembly elections later this year. During his stay in the Himalayan nation, Mr. Pascoe is expected to meet with Nepal’s Prime Minister and other key political figures in the country. 10 August 2007The top United Nations political official will travel next week to Asia on a visit that will take him to China, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal, a spokesman for the world body said today. read more

Stars from sport and arts team up for photographs in UN antipoverty

1 April 2008Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and United States basketball star LeBron James are among 50 celebrities from the fields of sport, arts, fashion and business teaming up in new advertisements organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The pro bono advertisements, part of a campaign entitled “Team Up Against Poverty,” feature the celebrities in pairs as portrayed by top professional photographers. Ms. Sharapova, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNDP, and Mr. James were photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.Under the campaign the celebrities have also agreed to take part in specific anti-poverty activities, such as funding water and sanitation initiatives, supporting educational programmes and assisting HIV/AIDS-related projects, according to a news release issued by UNDP on Friday.The MDGs are a set of eight targets which more than 190 world leaders pledged in 2000 to try to achieve by 2015, and they include the eradication of poverty, fighting deadly diseases, promoting women’s rights and expanding access to safe drinking water. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes flat at end of positive week amid decline

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market gave up a modest gain to close little changed Friday while investors looked to the release of a disappointing read on U.S. home sales last month.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 4.65 points to 14,205.72 at the end of a positive week for the Toronto market.The Canadian dollar continued to pile up losses for a third day, down 0.28 of a cent to 89.82 cents US as Statistics Canada said that December retail sales tumbled 1.8% from November. Economists had expected a drop of just 0.4%.The agency also reported that the Canadian consumer price index was up 1.5% in January compared with a year earlier.U.S. indexes were lacklustre as the National Association of Realtors said existing house sales dropped 5.1% in January following a 0.8% rise in December.It was the worst pace in 18 months as cold weather, limited supplies of homes on the market and higher buying costs held back purchases. The drop took the annualized rate of sales down to 4.62 million but analysts said one month of negative data doesn’t change the trend.“The concern that started to surface last year with the move in interest rates was whether we would see a big impact on mortgage financing — and we did see a temporary slowdown on the housing front,” said Mark Bayko, vice-president and portfolio manager at RBC Wealth Management.“That was cause for some alarm but, thus far, people remain fairly comfortable with the improving trend that has been in place now for quite some time.”The Dow Jones industrials fell 29.93 points to 16,103.3, while the Nasdaq lost 4.13 points to 4,263.41 and the S&P 500 index dropped 3.53 points to 1,836.25.Techs were the biggest TSX drag as BlackBerry (TSX:PBB) shed 24 cents or 2.3% to $10.17.The gold sector moved down about 0.4% even as April gold gained $6.70 to US$1,323.60 an ounce.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD) shares were 16 cents lower to $7.96 as the miner posted a US$687.6-million quarterly net loss amid lower values for its assets and reduced gold prices and output. Revenue was $231.7 million, down from US$350 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.The energy sector rose 0.23% even as the April crude contract in New York declined 55 cents to US$102.20 a barrel.March copper was up a cent at US$3.29 a pound and the base metals sector rose 0.19%.Thompson Creek Metals Co. Inc. (TSX:TCM) posted an adjusted net loss of US$28.5 million or 17 cents per share, missing forecasts for a loss of three cents a share. Revenue was also below expectations. But its shares rose 26 cents or 8.81% to $3.21 as it also said that it will suspend operations at its molybdenum mine in Idaho by the end of this year due to persistent low prices.In the U.S., Groupon plunged 21.88% after the online deals company said it expected to post a loss this quarter. The company also issued a weak outlook for the year.The TSX ended the week with a solid gain of 1.07%, reflecting general satisfaction with fourth-quarter earnings reports and positive U.S. manufacturing data on Thursday. The Dow faltered somewhat this week, down 0.3% but strong earnings reports have left the index up 2.57% for the month while the TSX has jumped 3.73% so far in February.The Canadian Press read more

The Latest BA cancels all flights from Heathrow Gatwick

The Latest: BA cancels all flights from Heathrow, Gatwick by The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2017 6:45 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on British Airways flight stalled by IT failure (all times local):4:40 p.m.British Airways says it is cancelling all of its flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of the day because of a “major IT system failure.”BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it has no evidence of a cyberattack.The airline had earlier suspended flights up to 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) because the two airports had become severely congested.The global computer failure has caused misery for tens of thousands of travellers on a key holiday weekend in Britain. Both airports — major hubs for worldwide travel — are overflowing with stranded, frustrated passengers.Passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and the failure of the airline’s website and mobile app. BA says the problems have also affected call centres.BA says it’s working to restore services beginning Sunday, although there will still be some disruption. It says it expects London-bound flights to land on schedule on Sunday.___1:20 p.m.British Airways has cancelled all flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports as a global IT failure causes severe disruption for travellers.The airline says it has suffered a “major IT systems failure.”BA says terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick have become extremely congested and it is cancelling all flights from the airports until 6 p.m. (1700GMT). It is urging passengers not to go to the airports.Earlier, passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays.BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it is working to resolve it as quickly as possible.___12:10 p.m.Air travellers faced delays Saturday because of a worldwide computer systems failure at British Airways, the airline said.BA apologized in a statement for what it called an “IT systems outage” and said it was working to resolve the problem. It said in a tweet that the problem is global.Passengers at Heathrow Airport reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays. One posted a picture on Twitter of BA staff writing gate numbers on a white board.“We’ve tried all of the self-check-in machines. None were working, apart from one,” said Terry Page, booked on a flight to Texas. “There was a huge queue for it and it later transpired that it didn’t actually work, but you didn’t discover that until you got to the front.”The problem comes on a holiday weekend, when thousands of Britons are travelling. read more

Seahawks Bennett Plans to Continue National Anthem Protest

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said Sunday he will sit during the national anthem this season to protest social injustice and segregation.Bennett sat on the visiting bench during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Seahawks’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams, a decision he made prior to protests by white supremacists at the University of Virginia over the weekend. But what happened in Charlottesville, Va., including the death of a young woman when she was struck by a car deliberately driven into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday, solidified Bennett’s decision.“With everything that’s been going on the last couple of months and especially after the last couple of days, seeing everything in Virginia, seeing what’s going on out there earlier today in Seattle, I just wanted to be able to use my platform to be able to continue to speak over injustice,” Bennett said.“First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots. I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander,” he said. “I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve, and I want to be able to use this platform to continuously push the message of that, you know, and keep journeying out and keep finding out how unselfish can we be as a society.”Bennett was at least the third prominent NFL player to protest during the anthem in the first full week of preseason games. Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, a former teammate of Bennett’s in Seattle, also sat during the anthem. Los Angeles Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, continuing his approach from last season following then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem.Kaepernick is a free agent, and the controversy over his decision to protest the anthem and the form he used has not quelled, even as he remains unsigned.Bennett said he is willing to deal with similar fallout.“Of course I’m going to face backlash,” Bennett said. “This is bigger than me. This is bigger than football. This is bigger than anything that we have. This is about people. This is about bringing opportunities to people, giving people equality. This is bigger than a sport.”Bennett said he had spoken to several other NFL players about possible protests but had not talked with Lynch yet. While he acknowledged the possibility of more widespread and formally organized protests happening later, Bennett wanted to express himself.“I think everybody has a time where they feel like they need to be who they are and stand up for what they believe in,” Bennett said.Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did not have a response to Bennett’s actions, saying he only became aware of it after the game.Bennett said the aim of his protest is to make people uncomfortable. In the process, he hopes to spur greater communication, understanding and involvement across racial, gender and socio-economic lines.“Everyone is in their comfort zone right now,” Bennett said. “Get out there and become uncomfortable. Go out there and see what it’s like out there in society right now.” read more

Pep Guardiola plans to beat Crystal Palace

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists his team must pick up all three points when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.The Premier League champions host Palace at the Etihad Stadium for their 18th league game of the season looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s side are currently second behind Liverpool, who travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night and the former Barcelona manager believes his team face a tough task breaking down the organization of Roy Hodgson’s team.Speaking about what makes the Eagles a tough opponent, Guardiola said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s simple, the quality of players they have.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“All the players have quality and (they have) an incredible experienced manager.”“It’s so good and complicated to attack them. The reason why was that.”“When you win 18 games in a run you have to lose, that’s normal. We played decent and they missed a penalty.”“They know exactly what they have to do so maybe people expect better results but they create chances. It’s complicated.”last_img read more

California governor wants to end tax on diapers

first_img May 7, 2019 California governor wants to end tax on diapers AP Categories: California News, KUSI, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: May 7, 2019center_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.Those items are part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom will announce Tuesday in a preview of the revised state budget he’ll present later this week.“As anyone who takes care of kids can tell you, these costs add up,” Newsom will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office. “From diapers to child care, raising kids is expensive wherever you live. But when you factor in the cost of living here in California, it is close to impossible.”Cutting the diaper and tampon tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue from the budget, according to legislative estimates. His child care proposals, meanwhile, would cost about $130 million, with about $80 million coming from taxes on legalized marijuana. Newsom also wants to give families with children under 6 a tax credit of $1,000, but his office did not say how much that would cost.Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who has proposed a bill to eliminate the tampon tax several times, praised Newsom for including it in his budget. She said her proposal is about creating “menstrual equity,” meaning that women don’t face taxes for products their biology requires them to buy.The proposal is about “having a tax code that’s gender neutral (and) a tax code that represents our values,” she said.Several other states including New York have already eliminated the tax on tampons. Former California Gov. Jerry Brown rebuffed eliminating the tax on menstrual products and diapers in 2016. He vetoed the proposals alongside five other tax-related bills, suggesting that such issues should be considered as part of the budget. But he included neither proposal in any of his future budgets.“Tax breaks are the same as new spending – they both cost the General Fund money,” he wrote in his veto message. “This is even more important when the state’s budget remains precariously balanced. Therefore, I cannot sign these measures.”Newsom has said he plans to maintain Brown’s reserved approach to budgeting by limiting new ongoing spending in favor of using extra money to pay down debts and bank away for the next recession. On Thursday, he’ll offer an updated budget that will show whether he’s maintaining that approach. He and lawmakers must agree on a one-year spending plan by June 30.In January, he proposed a $209 billion budget with a $21.5 billion surplus, the state’s largest in at least 20 years. His plan increased spending by about 4% but pledged more than $13 billion to build the state’s reserves and pay down debt. He proposed several billion dollars’ worth of new spending on child care, education and housing, and also called for a new tax to pay for improvements to drinking water.On child care, Newsom would spend an additional $54 million on county-run child care programs through CalWORKS, the state’s public assistance program. Newsom also wants to spend $80 million in tax revenue from legalized marijuana to pay for child care programs, though his staff didn’t offer specifics ahead of the press conference.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Updated: 12:36 PM AP, last_img read more

Policy Bill Talks Stuck on Military Benefits

first_imgA proposed increase in co-pays for prescriptions has emerged as one of the thorniest issues in negotiations between the House and Senate Armed Services committees over the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.As of last week, the ranking members of the two committees had sided with Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) against House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) over the health care fees. McCain, along with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), favor DOD’s plan to increase co-pays for drugs purchased through Tricare by mail or at retail pharmacies while continuing to allow prescriptions to be filled at military clinics for free.McCain wants to use the savings generated to fund new retirement benefits and other defense initiatives while also leading more military families and retirees to get their prescriptions filled at military clinics, where they’re more likely to buy cheaper generic drugs, reported Politico.Thornberry said he does not believe the increases are needed to balance military health care budget accounts, and has offered to accept only 30 percent of the Senate’s proposed hike. If any co-pay increase is approved, it would be the third such hike for military families and retirees in the last four years.The standoff has forced negotiations over a compromise version of the annual policy bill to drag on until Congress returns next month from its August recess. Competing proposals to overhaul military retirement benefits are another major sticking point. Both chambers would create a new benefit that adopts portable 401(k)-style savings plans. Current service members would be grandfathered under the existing system requiring personnel to serve 20 years to receive retirement benefits. However, they would have the choice of opting into the updated system, reported Military Times.The overhaul is intended to provide benefits to the 83 percent of troops who leave the military before finishing two decades of service. It would provide personnel pension-style payouts for 20 years of service, but at a 20 percent reduction from the current benefit.The House and Senate versions differ, though. The Senate wants a smaller federal match to the investment accounts, a slower start to the new system and lump sum options for some payouts, according to the story. The House plan offers more generous provisions to future generations of troops. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more