Australia Welcomes 19% More Indians Between June 2017-May 2018

first_imgAustralia witnessed 19 per cent growth in tourist arrivals between June 2017-May 2018, with 3,30,700 Indians visiting the country.Around 2,77,100 Indians travelled to the Down Under during June 2016 and May 2017, according to Australian Tourism data. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

England athletes to stay at hotels instead of village

first_imgEngland have committed participation in the Commonwealth Games but the first batch of athletes who would land in Delhi on Friday would put up at hotels instead of the Games’ Village as it would be “several days” before their living quarters are ready.English men’s hockey team and the lawn bowling squad are among the 22-strong group of athletes, who flew from Heathrow on Thursday night.But England chef de mission Craig Hunter said it would be some days before they move in to the Games Village, which has been dubbed “filthy and uninhabitable” by visiting international delegates.”We will set up our athletes in local hotels,” Hunter was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.”We don’t want to move them in one day and then have to move them again. We want them to get over their jet lag and then move in when it’s ready,” he added.Jason Lee, head coach of the hockey squad, said the travelling athletes are calm despite the furore over whether Delhi would be ready in time for the October 3 to 14 event given the troubled build-up.”The feeling in the group varies from mostly very calm and collected to a couple who have some outstanding concerns but nothing that is going to stop them from getting on the plane,” he said.last_img read more

Debutant Gujarat FortuneGiants eyes glory against Patna

first_imgPirates in PKL final Chennai, Oct 27 (PTI) Debutant Gujarat FortuneGiants will hope to cap a memorable run in the Vivo Pro Kabaddi League Season Five with a triumph when it takes on two-time defending champion Patna Pirates in the final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here tomorrow. The Gujarat franchise outclassed Bengal Warriors 42-17 in Qualifier 1 to book a spot in the final while the Pirates rode on Pardeep Narwals brilliance to fight its way into the summit clash. Narwal starred in the teams 47-44 win over Bengal Warriors in Qualifier 2 here yesterday. He has been in tremendous form for the Pirates and would definitely hold the key tomorrow. Pirates captain Narwal said ahead of the final, “We started this season with only one goal in mind, to complete a hat-trick of titles for Patna Pirates.” “The journey has been great so far and I appreciate the effort put in by each and every member of the team, day in and day out. Its been a long and a fulfilling season for us with a lot of positives.” The Fortunegiants have a huge task at hand if they have to prevent their formidable rivals from making it three-in-a-row.However, the teams captain Fazel Atrachali was upbeat ahead of the finale and said, “We have played as one, where everyone had amazing synergy with each other and successfully overcame the language barrier.” “Well use the same strategy in the finals, with our eyes on the prize!” The coach Manpreet Singh said, ?A strong strategy is key to success in any sport. And that is a mantra that each team member of the Gujarat FortuneGiants follows. It a matter of pride that the team has reached the finals in our first year in the league.” Led by the dynamic Fazel Atrachali, the players have displayed great team work and strong sportsmanship. We have to now focus on winning the final.” The Pirates coach Ram Mehar Singh said Narwal had been the key player for the team, which had now set its sight on another title. “Belief is all we started this season of Pro Kabaddi League with. With back to back wins in Season 3 and 4, the pressure on us to perform was immense. I really appreciate the way this young team has come through in such a high intensity environment and performed to their fullest.” Pardeep has been a revelation in the way he has led from the front with phenomenal performances throughout the season. “Our eyes are firmly set on the title now and nothing less than a victory will satisfy the Pirates now,” he said. The final will get underway at 8 PM tomorrow. PTI SS APR APRadvertisementlast_img read more

Palmeiras move closer to Brazilian Serie A title

first_imgSao Paulo, Nov 15 (IANS) Former Brazil international midfielder Felipe Melo struck a superb second-half goal as Palmeiras extended their lead at the top of the Brazilian Serie A standings with a 3-0 victory over Fluminense.Colombian forward Miguel Borja opened the scoring for the hosts on Wednesday when he tapped in after a Willian Gomes cross, reports Xinhua news agency.Melo made it 2-0 in the 83rd minute by latching onto a headed clearance and sending a whistling 25-yard volley into the top right corner of Julio Cesar’s goal.Luan completed the rout with a stoppage time header after Gustavo Scarpa’s cross from the right.The result at Allianz Parque left Palmeiras eight points clear of second-placed Internacional, who will host America Mineiro on Thursday.With just four rounds remaining in the season, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men are now odds-on favourites to win their 10th Brazilian top flight title.In other matches on Wednesday, Atletico Paranaense drew 1-1 at Vasco da Gama, Bahia secured a 2-1 home victory over Ceara, Atletico Mineiro won 1-0 at Parana, Cruzeiro beat Corinthians 1-0 at home and Vitoria drew 0-0 at Sport Recife.–IANSgau/sedlast_img read more

Fortunate to be playing tennis again: Andy Murray after winning return in doubles at Queen’s Club

first_imgThat familiar fist pump. That indomitable spirit. It was as if Andy Murray had never been away.The three-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed a winning return to competitive tennis Thursday after five months away from the sport, combining with Feliciano Lopez to beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles at the Queen’s Club.Murray was taking the first steps of his tentative comeback from what he hopes was career-saving hip surgery 143 days ago. It was even longer ago that he was breaking down in tears at the Australian Open in January, saying he was planning to retire after Wimbledon because of the severe pain he felt on a daily basis.Yet Murray moved well, served well and, crucially, stayed pain-free throughout the 7-6 (5), 6-3 win in front of an excitable crowd on Center Court at the grass-court event.”It was brilliant, I enjoyed it a lot,” the former top-ranked Murray said. “I was a bit slow at the beginning but got better as the match went along. I’m really fortunate to be playing tennis again.”I felt quite relaxed in the build-up, but we said as we were walking onto the court that we were starting to feel a bit nervous. But you need those butterflies.”Victory was wrapped up in under 75 minutes, Murray and Lopez clicking like a veteran doubles partnership even though they had never played together, and had barely trained together.The fact that Lopez had been compelled to issue a fierce denial of links to allegations of match-fixing in Spain a day earlier was not ideal preparation, either.advertisementAt the end of a first set that went with serve, a ferocious forehand from Murray clipped the net tape on its way past Cabal and clinched the tiebreaker. That fist pump was on display from Murray following a succession of winners in the second set.Cabal and Farah are a slick combination but couldn’t handle what came at them, with Murray volleying like a doubles specialist.Lopez stood back after victory was secured to allow Murray to take the applause of the crowd.Also Read | Angelique Kerber downs Maria Sharapova at Mallorca OpenAlso Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso Seelast_img read more

Lights out for city that never sleeps: Massive power outage knocks out New York, Times Square goes dark

first_imgA power outage crippled the tourist-filled heart of Manhattan just as Saturday night Broadway shows were set to go on, sending theater-goers spilling into the streets, knocking out Times Square’s towering electronic screens and bringing subway lines to a near halt.The New York City Fire Department said a transformer fire at West 64th Street and West End Avenue affected hundreds of thousands of customers along a 30-block stretch from Times Square to about 72nd Street and Broadway.New York City is in total chaos from this blackout pic.twitter.com/v3leDmoXNk Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 14, 2019The fire started just before 7 pm Saturday, authorities said.Con Edison officials restored electricity to customers and businesses primarily on Manhattan’s Upper West Side just before midnight.The temperature was in the low 80s as the sunset, but not as steaming as Manhattan can get in July, challenging the city’s power grid.Blackout in NYC! Times Square, New York City, mostly has no power. pic.twitter.com/9lNj6W1ccI NewYorkCityKopp (@KellyrKopp) July 13, 2019Power went out early Saturday evening at much of Rockefeller Center, reaching the Upper West Side and knocking out traffic lights.The outage comes on the anniversary of the 1977 New York City outage that left most of the city without power.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that although no injuries were reported, “the fact that it happened at all is unacceptable.” He said the state Department of Public Service will investigate.Most Broadway musicals and plays canceled their Saturday evening shows, including “Hadestown,” which last month won the Tony Award for best musical. Several cast members from the musical “Come From Away” held an impromptu performance in the street outside the theater for disappointed audience members.advertisementA power outage in New York, but it couldn’t stop the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, creating a makeshift stage right outside Carnegie Hall. #nycblackout pic.twitter.com/fPQJzvTS1t Ravi Agrawal (@RaviReports) July 14, 2019Emily Totero, 30, planned to bring out-of-town guests to see “Moulin Rouge.” But once they got to the theater district, they saw the power go out.”You could see all the theater lights across the street, all the marquees went out. That’s what we noticed first,” she said.The outage also hit Madison Square Garden, where Jennifer Lopez was performing Saturday night. Attendees said the concert went dark about 9:30 p.m. in the middle of Lopez’s fourth song of the night. The arena was later evacuated. And at Penn Station, officials were using backup generators to keep the lights on.What it is like if you are taking the subway in Manhattan right now.No traffic lights.People stuck in elevators.No word on what caused the Blackout in New York City.Stay Safe.#Blackout#NewYork pic.twitter.com/8hVccTP30N ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) July 14, 2019When the lights went out early Saturday evening, thousands of people streamed out of darkened Manhattan buildings, crowding Broadway next to bumper-to-bumper traffic.People in the neighborhood commonly known as Hell’s Kitchen began directing traffic themselves as stoplights and walking signs went dark.For the last 45 minutes this man has kept the intersection alive. @CoreyinNYC @BilldeBlasio this is New York pic.twitter.com/gO4BzWjDtf Gareth Smith (@GarethNYC) July 14, 2019Ginger Tidwell, a dance teacher and Upper West Side resident, was about to order at a West Side diner on Broadway and West 69th Street just before 7 p.m.”When the lights started flickering, and then were out, we got up and left, walking up Broadway with all the traffic lights out and businesses dark,” she said.But once they got to West 72nd Street, they found another diner that was open and had power.”It was still sunny and everyone just came out to the street because they lost power and air conditioning; it was super-crowded,” she said. “Everyone was hanging out on the street on a nice night. All you could hear was firetrucks up and down Broadway. All of Broadway was without traffic lights.”Karen Janowsky, a vendor selling ponchos at a street fair on Sixth Avenue in Rockefeller Center, got caught in the blackout just as she was wrapping up for the day and taking some of the goods to her car parked in a garage two blocks away on West 49th Street. That kept her from driving her car to get the tables, chairs and racks – all gone before she could rush back to get them.WE’RE BACK, BABY!!! #BLACKOUT pic.twitter.com/9KySiRQf4m Jason Mante (@jasonmante) July 14, 2019″I was alone and I couldn’t get to everything, so they stole my stuff,” she said, adding that she had no idea who the people who took her things may have been. “It was chaos, with fire engines and people packing the streets. When the lights went out, I was one minute from getting my car in the garage.”advertisementShe lost about $400 worth of setup equipment for her goods.”I’ve been stranded for the last three hours,” Janowsky. “I have another fair tomorrow, and I don’t know what I’m going to do.”READ | Power mostly restored after massive blackout in Argentina, but questions remainREAD | Lights out! Nasa shares photos of power outage in Odisha after Cyclone FaniWATCH | Power outage brings Delhi to a standstilllast_img read more

Herrera: Impossible to win titles being defensive

first_imgManchester United ‘It’s impossible to win titles being defensive’ – Herrera hits back at Mourinho’s Man Utd critics Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:17 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ander Herrera Jose Mourinho Manchester United 23052017 Getty Manchester United José Mourinho Premier League The Red Devils midfielder has pointed to the Portuguese’s record since arriving at Old Trafford as proof that he is not focused on containment Criticism of Jose Mourinho being defensive bemuses Ander Herrera, with Manchester United’s record under the Portuguese beyond question.The Red Devils took the decision to move in a different direction last summer as they showed Louis van Gaal to the door and passed their managerial baton to a proven performer.Man Utd 4/6 to score first v Basel Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mourinho’s first campaign at the helm delivered Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League success, while 2017-18 sees United back in contention for the Premier League title.They have, however, faced accusations of being too conservative, particularly in big games, with their manager shouldering much of the blame for that approach.Herrera, though, believes United’s detractors are not looking at the bigger picture, telling beIN SPORTS: “If you look at Manchester United’s statistics, until three weeks ago, we had scored the same number of goals as Manchester City had and we were the second-highest goalscoring team in the league.”Many times the tags in football are needed from a journalistic standpoint but they don’t reflect the truth, like in Mourinho’s case.Ander Herrera Jose Mourinho Manchester United not defensive“Last year, we won three titles having the majority of possession in most of the games and creating more [goalscoring] chances than our opponents.”It’s impossible to win three titles in a given season being defensive, it’s just impossible.”United and Mourinho will be expected to deliver more success by any means possible in the current campaign, with silverware demanded at Old Trafford.Herrera hopes the club can live up to expectations, but has warned that Champions League success could be a step too far for a side which remains a work in progress.The Spanish midfielder added: “As a club, we have the duty not to renounce to anything, to fight for every title.”But it wouldn’t be fair on us or the club to have the obligation to win the Champions League yet.”We are coming from the Europa League, it’s true that we won that last season, but we didn’t finish in the top four of the domestic league despite winning the FA Cup the previous year [2015/16].”Last season, we finished sixth in the league and we won three titles and although it was a successful campaign, it wouldn’t be fair to have the duty to win the Champions League this season.”I can assure the fans that we are going to give our all, so that the jersey and emblem that we defend, competes in Europe and in the Champions League for as long as possible.”So far we’ve done well. We are among the few teams [Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City] in the Champions League to have taken 12 points in four rounds.”last_img read more

David Luiz back in Chelsea starting XI

first_imgChelsea Chelsea team news: David Luiz returns FA Cup tie at Norwich Goal Last updated 1 year ago 00:47 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Luiz Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Norwich City v Chelsea Norwich City FA Cup The Brazil international has been out since November but lines up in defence for Saturday’s clash at Carrow Road David Luiz returns to Chelsea’s starting XI for the first time since November as Antonio Conte’s side take on Norwich City in the FA Cup third round.The Blues have made several changes to the team that lined up in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal, with only Gary Cahill and Tiemoue Bakayoko keeping their starting spots.Today’s team!Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHE pic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018Brazil international David Luiz will line up alongside Cahill and Antonio Rudiger in defence ahead of Willy Caballero, giving first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a rest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Along with Courtois, Eden Hazard has been left out of the squad completely, while Alvaro Morata takes a spot on the bench as Michy Batshuayi leads the attack with Pedro and Willian in support.Chelsea are currently unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions and visit Carrow Road looking to edge past a side who have recently emerged from a terrible run of form to stay unbeaten in three games.Chelsea XI: Caballero, Rudiger, David Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Kenedy, Willian, Pedro, BatshuayiChelsea subs: Eduardo, Ampadi, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Musonda, Hudson-Odoi, Morata.Norwich XI: Gunn, Pinto, Zimmerman, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Trybull, Pritchard, Maddison, Murphy.Norwich subs: McGovern, Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut.last_img read more

Valverde sees Coutinho & Dembele progress

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho Coutinho & Dembele took step forward in Barcelona win, says Valverde Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 09:36 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Lionel Messi Ernesto Valverde Luis Suárez Ousmane Dembélé Barcelona v Girona Girona Primera División Videos Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi may have orchestrated the Blaugrana’s comeback against Girona, but the coach reserved praise for his side’s big signings Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was proud to see Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele contribute to his side’s 6-1 win over Girona on Saturday and feels the pair are progressing well.Valverde started Coutinho, Dembele, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez together for the first time and he was buoyed by the efforts of this season’s two blockbusting signings.Coutinho opened his La Liga account with an excellent long-range strike, while both he and Dembele set up Luis Suarez on his way to a hat-trick, with Lionel Messi netting twice. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while Messi and Suarez took most plaudits for turning the result around after Girona’s early opening goal, Valverde feels things are coming together with Dembele and Coutinho.”When a player scores as Coutinho did he gains more and more confidence, which is what a player is always looking for,” he told reporters.”They are players who have to help us and who are already doing it, each with their own characteristics.”Dembele has a more extreme profile, he brings more depth [to Barcelona’s play] but he has had problems with injuries and skipped that period of adaptation. That’s why he’s still getting used to the team.”Coutinho plays very well in the inside game. I think both have taken a step forward today.”As well as his goal scoring heroics, Suarez’s actions towards the end of the game became the subject of debate.Some observers alleged Suarez was trying to get a yellow card that would have resulted in a suspension for Thursday’s trip to Las Palmas, clearing his disciplinary slate for Atletico Madrid’s crunch visit to Camp Nou next weekend.Referee Javier Alberola showed leniency with Suarez but Spain left-back Jordi Alba will miss the Las Palmas game after he was carded for bringing down Pablo Maffeo.Asked about the events during the final minutes, Valverde said: “They are moments of the game and the referee decides.”I have nothing to say about that. If we have a setback due to an accumulation of bookings, another player will play. We’ll decide what we do.”last_img read more

Casillas: Liverpool draw may be my last in CL

first_imgCasillas Casillas: Liverpool draw a good way to end Champions League career Goal 21:07 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Iker Casillas Liverpool Porto Getty Porto Liverpool v Porto Liverpool Premier League UEFA Champions League The Spaniard was proud to keep a clean sheet at Anfield on Tuesday, even though it could be the last time he makes an appearance in the competition Iker Casillas has admitted he may have played the final Champions League game of his career in Porto’s clash with Liverpool on Tuesday, but he feels he is going out in style after the 0-0 draw.The Portuguese side held the Reds to a draw at Anfield on Tuesday, sealing their elimination from Europe’s premier club competition n midweek after having lost the first leg 5-0.Casillas, 36, will be a free agent at the end of the season when his contract expires, meaning he may not get another chance to win a fourth Champions League crown in his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, in shutting Jurgen Klopp’s side out in Merseyside, Casillas feels he can be proud of his potentially final European game.”If this was my Champions League farewell, it hasn’t been a bad night at all – at this fantastic stadium, keeping a clean sheet… but no one knows what the future holds,” he told reporters.”If I look back, I can feel proud of the things I’ve won in the game, of everything I have achieved. I would like to thank the fans. It’s been many years in the Champions League and it’s great to come to a stadium like this and be given such a warm reception.”Congratulations to Real Madrid [for beating Paris Saint-Germain], let’s hope they go as far as possible, and get to the final in Kiev.”Iker Casillas Liverpool PortoIker Casillas Liverpool PortoThe World Cup winner has the rest of the season to see out with Porto and is targeting a Primeira Liga title to close his career, with his side sitting five points clear of Benfica after 25 matches.”My objective is to win the league with Porto because this group of players deserves to lift the trophy,” he added.”We’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”last_img read more

‘Neymar, CR7 would get along’

first_imgTransfers Neymar & Ronaldo would get along well at Real Madrid – Casemiro Dejan Kalinic 15:38 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Real Madrid PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División The Paris Saint-Germain star has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital, and Casemiro would love to see the deal come to fruition Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro believes his Brazil team-mate Neymar would get along well with Cristiano Ronaldo if he joined the Spanish giants.Neymar, 26, is linked with a stunning switch to Madrid despite only joining Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record move from Barcelona last year.But while Casemiro feels Neymar would enjoy a good friendship with Madrid star Ronaldo, he believes his international team-mate will stay at PSG. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “[Neymar] has always been spectacular, since he was 11 years old. He does crazy things,” he told El Partidazo .”I don’t think there is any chance that he will come to Real, but you have to ask [Madrid president] Florentino Perez.”He knows that the door is always open for him in Madrid, but he is happy in Paris. He always says that he is happy there, that he is comfortable in Paris. There are many Brazilians there too, it is very quiet there, but whether it’s possible you have to ask Florentino.”With the quality that he has, I would sign him for sure. I hope he comes this season.”He is a great player, one of the top three in the world. He can do whatever he wants off the pitch if he continues to do what he does on it.”He would get along very well with Cristiano, very well.”A switch to Madrid would likely see Neymar play with Ronaldo, having spent four seasons alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.Casemiro has no doubt about who is the world’s best, unsurprisingly backing his Madrid team-mate.”Messi is a great player, but I’m staying with Cristiano,” he said.”For me, Cristiano is the best player in the world.”last_img read more

a day agoBVB chief Zorc pushed about Mourinho rumours

first_imgBVB chief Zorc pushed about Mourinho rumoursby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has denied they’re planning to change coaches.Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been linked with Lucien Favre’s job at BVB.However, Zorc said: “We have had no coaching discussion and lead no coaching discussion.”Zorc’s comments were made before last night’s Champions League defeat to Inter Milan.The goals were scored by Lautaro Martínez (22) and Antonio Candreva (89). TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Nick Saban Issues A Challenge To Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

first_imgTua Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Tua Tagovailoa is on pace to become an early first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, the Alabama quarterback has unfinished business to take care of from last season.Early in the season, Tagovailoa was cruising on his way to the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately, injuries to his knee and ankle hampered him for the final stretch.Losing out on the Heisman Trophy probably didn’t bother the dual-threat quarterback, but his exit in the College Football Playoff definitely did. Both Tagovailoa and Nick Saban have made it clear they’re not over the blowout loss to Clemson.Saban knows how important Tagovailoa’s health will be to their chances of winning the national title, which is why he is issuing a challenge to him. The key issue for  Tagovailoa will be remaining durable for the duration of a season. “Tua has to challenge himself to get back. Being hurt was an issue at the end of (last) season,” Saban said today.With Jalen Hurts now suiting up for Oklahoma, Saban won’t have a top option to rely on in the event that Tagovailoa gets hurt.Nick Saban on Tua: “Tua has to challenge himself to get back. Being hurt was an issue at end of (last) season. He has to challenge himself to get back into great shape. He should take the perception he has a lot to prove – as do all of us – relative to how the season ended”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 28, 2019After finishing last season with 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns, it’s hard to see how Tagovailoa can get even better. Nonetheless, durability is one of the best abilities at the quarterback position.We’ll see how Tagovailoa handles the challenge from Saban when the Crimson Tide begin their season on August 31.last_img read more

Meteorologists forecasting temperatures to be slightly above normal this fall starting in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Forecasters with The Weather Network are predicting that despite the cold, abrupt start to September, things should begin to get warmer than usual for the rest of the fall starting next month.Meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said that the Peace Region will likely see colder than normal temperatures for the rest of September, similar to other areas of Western Canada.Wenckstern said that things will be particularly cool this week, with temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees colder than seasonal values. However, she said that starting in October, the building of an El Nino in the South Pacific will result in temperatures being slightly above normal in October and November. A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Wenckstern explained that this year’s El Nino is forecast to be different than those seen during the2014/2015 and 2015/2016 winter seasons, which caused snowfall amounts in the Peace to be well below normal.Compared to a normal El Nino, which sees warm water pushed closer to the South American coast, this year is forecast to see a mild Modoki El Nino, which causes the pool of warm water to only come slightly closer than normal to South America.Wenkstern said that while this year’s El Nino will cause above-normal temperatures, precipitation levels are forecast to remain fairly close to normal across most of B.C.She said that snowfall amounts could be slightly above normal in November which would give skiers and snowboarders an earlier start to the season, provided termperatures don’t get too high.last_img read more

Guj refuses sanction to prosecute ex cops in Ishrat Jahan case CBI

first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat government has declined sanction to prosecute retired police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others, the Central Bureau of Investigation told a special CBI court on Tuesday.The government’s decision may pave the way for the controversial case against Vanzara and Amin to be dropped. After going through a letter submitted to the court by CBI lawyer R C Kodekar, Judge J K Pandya said the sanction to prosecute the two former officers, who were accused in the case, under Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), was declined by the state government. The defence lawyers then sought permission to file an application to drop the proceedings against Vanzara and Amin. The court granted the request and asked them to file an application on March 26. It will now be up to the CBI to decide whether to proceed with the case against the two without the government sanction. As per CrPC Section 197, prior sanction is required from a competent authority to prosecute a public servant. The court had earlier rejected the discharge pleas of Vanzara,former deputy inspector general of police in Gujarat, and Amin, who retired as superintendent of police, and asked the CBI to clear its stand on whether it wants to get sanction from the state government to prosecute them. Accordingly, the CBI wrote to the state government requesting the same. Vanzara and Amin are two of the seven accused charge- sheeted by the CBI in the case. Vanzara had sought discharge in the case on the ground of parity with the state’s former in-charge Director General of Police P P Pandey, who was discharged in the case in February last year for want of evidence. Amin’s application seeking discharge was based on the ground that the encounter was genuine and that testimonies of witnesses produced by the CBI were not reliable. Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. Gujarat Police claimed the four had links with terrorist organisations, and wanted to kill then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. A special investigation team set up by the Gujarat High Court concluded that it was a fake encounter, following which the HC transferred the case to the CBI. In the first charge sheet filed in 2013, the CBI named seven Gujarat police officers, including P P Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal for kidnapping, murder and conspiracy. Vanzara was last year discharged in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.last_img read more

Careful conduct

first_imgIndians ordinarily take it as a matter of privilege to revel rather ostensibly in their official endowments. But our colonial masters of yesteryears set a formidable example few days back. Joy rides in official conveyance by most of those who are entitled is only common and even enviable, but such matters are not excused in the British system. This message was sent out loud and clear when Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest was sacked from the £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth after an ‘innocent mistake’: he was dismissed after a Top Brass investigation found him guilty of an ‘error of judgement’ – for using his official car at weekends. It is also argued that the treatment meted to him is an ‘over-reaction’. The 50-year-old is said to have been ‘gutted’ at the decision after discovering he had breached the rules. Former military commanders have spoken in defence and criticised the Royal Navy’s decision to sack the Captain of the UK’s most famous aircraft carrier. An efficient and competent professional, the 50-year-old was fired, after driving the ship’s Ford Galaxy ‘as if it was his own’. This is while insiders claimed that he was never warned that the car was for official duties only. Admiral Alan West, former First Sea Lord and security adviser to Gordon Brown, said: ‘Nick Cooke-Priest is a very good officer and highly competent and nice officer and I would be surprised he has done anything dishonest but I don’t know the details so I cannot comment further.’ A retired commanding officer of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier said that without knowing the terms of the lease of the vehicle to Commodore Cooke-Priest, he felt the decision to remove him from his position was an over-reaction to a minor error. He said: ‘On the face of it seems quite harsh but it would depend on the terms on which it was leased. A number of people in government use cars for all sorts of purposes. Political correctness is believed to be a purpose behind this strict step. Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, a married father-of-three, had been the captain of the £3 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, also known as ‘Big Lizzie’, since October 2018. Prior to that, he was working with the Ministry of Defence in the Corporate Strategy Group, before joining the Standing Joint Force Headquarters as the assistant chief of staff of operations, during which the HQ achieved Full Operational Capability. He had tweeted last October, “It’s an immense honour to have taken command of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and week one has been fabulous! Much brilliant trials work done, many new challenges ahead. Thrilled to be leading the QE team as we re-generate our sovereign Carrier Strike capability.” Retd Lt Gen H S Panag concluded this episode with this tweet: “If these yardsticks were applied in India, we would have no Commanders left! Royal Navy sack ‘exceptional and popular’ captain because he ‘drove official car on weekends’.last_img read more

Israel Dismisses Hunger Strikers as Terrorists Wont Negotiate

Rabat – Israeli officials are refusing to negotiate with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, now on day 2 of their protest. Strikers are demanding access to phones, better visitation and improved medical care inside the prisons.As far as the Israeli government is concerned, there will be no talks with the approximately 1,187 Palestinian prisoners engaged in a hunger strike since Monday. According to the BBC, while Palestinians regard these protestors as political prisoners, Israel prefers to view them as terrorists.Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, had strong words for the strike’s ringleader, Marwan Barghouti, saying he was “instigating mutiny and leading the hunger strike and that is a severe violation of the prison.” Erdan continued his remarks on Israeli public radio by describing the prisoners as “terrorists.” “We have no reason to negotiate. They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve,” Erdan said.In the meantime, according to The Guardian, Barghouti has reportedly been moved from his cell at Hadarim to another prison, as yet undisclosed, although rumoured to be located in Haifa. It is known that he has been placed into solitary confinement.Israeli officials have dealt with hunger strikes on the part of Palestinian protestors before, however, they are clearly rattled by the scale of this one, which comes as the international community recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation.Officials are also said to be upset by an interview Barghouti gave to the New York Times, in which he stated, “Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation… In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.”In response, Israel’s Minister for Intelligence and Transportation tweeted that Barghouti should have been executed right after his 2004 conviction for five murders as part of the 2nd Palestinian Intifada. The minister openly called for the “death penalty for terrorists,” according to the same source.Barghouti, who has been named as a possible successor to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called the strike “the most peaceful form of resistance available.”Various organizations are estimating the number of prisoners involved in the strike between 1,100-1,500. read more

UN mission submits reports on disputed internal boundaries in northern Iraq

The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) worked closely with Iraqi authorities at the national, regional, governorate and local levels to help them develop processes to resolve the boundary issue in the nation’s north.“Our strong hope in presenting these very thorough and objective reports, which analyze these highly complex disputed areas in ways that nobody has done before, is that the parties will use them to start a process of dialogue,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and also head of UNAMI, said.The mission stressed that the deeply-researched reports – with one prepared for each of the more than one dozen disputed districts – are analytical, not prescriptive.“UNAMI has not made any suggestions at this time regarding the administrative jurisdiction of these areas,” it said in a press release issued in Baghdad, noting that recommendations on specific localized confidence-building measures have been included in each assessment.Also included in the reports is a discussion paper on the future of the Kirkuk governorate, and UNAMI has analyzed four options – all of which treat the governorate as a single entity – which are based on the Iraqi Constitution, require a political agreement among the parties and some form of referendum.“We are all too aware that tensions have recently risen in parts of the disputed areas, and also that there are more issues than just the territorial ones that divide the parties,” Mr. de Mistura said. 22 April 2009After a year-long process, the top United Nations envoy to Iraq today submitted reports on disputed internal boundaries to the country’s highest officials, with the aim of initiating dialogue over the contested demarcations. read more

CID takes over journo attack probe

The police Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has taken over the investigations into the attack on The Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly.According to a statement by the police media unit, IGP N.K. Illangakoon had instructed the CID to investigate the incident. Meanwhile the Director of the Colombo National hospital Dr. Anil Jayasinghe said that a part of a bullet which was lodged near the neck of the journalist had been removed. He said Shauketaly was however still in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for further observations. Faraz Shauketaly was shot at by a group of unidentified men in his house at hotel road in Mount Lavinia last night.Shauketaly received bullet injuries in his neck and was rushed to the Kalubowila Hospital and from there was transferred to the Colombo National hospital. The gun-shot wounds were however not life threatening. Eyewitnesses said they saw three men running away from his room following the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) read more