NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pacio admits being too aggressive in loss to Suzuki Fisher finished third with his time of 4:00:20, while closely behind him were Tim van Berkel at four (4:02:31) and Brent McMahon at five (4:05:24).Rounding out the top 10 for the male elite category are Callum Millward at sixth (4:10:20), Brad Williams at seventh (4:19:55), Eric Watson at eighth (4:23:30), Jakub Langhammer at ninth (4:32:27), and Iain Alexandridis at 10th (4:35:12).Amelia Watkinson claimed her first victory of the year as she topped the female elite category.The Kiwi also won her field handily, finishing the race in 4:29:17, almost seven minutes away from her closest foe.Jacqueline Thistleton was at distant second with her 4:29:17 clocking, followed by Kerry Morris at third (4:39:11), Kirra Seidel at fourth (4:39:26), and Anna Eberhardt at fifth (4:49:51).ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Banjo Norte reigned supreme in the Asian male elite as he clocked in 4:35:51, while Leanne Szeto of Hong Kong was the lone finisher in the Asian female elite, completing the course in 5:16:01.INQUIRER news editor Jun Engracia also participated in the Ironman 70.3 race, wrapping up the course in eight hours, 33 minutes, and 37 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Solidifying his stronghold in Cebu, Tim Reed once again came out on top as he conquered the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.With a tough field out to dethrone him, the Aussie shrugged off the opposition and finished the grueling swim-bike-run course in 3:54:07.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Reed pulled away from the pack in the bike course, leaving them all in the dust as he established a 2:39 gap coming into the second transition. He would hold the cushion up until the end as he ran through the tape at the finish line.Reed extended his dynasty here to three years, winning the 2015 tilt as well as last year’s Asia-Pacific Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Mauricio Mendez staged a huge rally in the end as he fought his way to a second place finish with his time of 3:56:46.The Mexican stunner made up for the three-and-a-half minute differential between him and Ryan Fisher after the bike course and sprinted past the pack to end up as runner-up. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress
Govt lauds India Today’s Operation Jihad Mafia, calls conversions by PFI serious national issue Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad applauded India Today for its Operation Jihad Mafia.Pakistan envoy in Dhaka summoned for distorting history, apology soughtThe Government of Bangladesh sought an apology from the Pakistani envoy calling his action a “breach of diplomatic norms and practices” and deliberate propaganda to spread shameless lies that would “jeopardise” bilateral relations.SEE PICS: Gadar actress Ameesha Patel trolled for hot selfie, asked to ‘age gracefully’Ameesha Patel was relentlessly trolled for two selfies that she posted on Instagram.Kidambi Srikanth recommended for Padma Shri by former Sports Minister Vijay Goel Kidambi Srikanth, on Sunday, became the first Indian and only the fourth shuttler in the world to win four Super Series tournaments in a calendar season.
Sweden’s record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes his country has the firepower to beat any team and win the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.Sweden will face favourites England in the quarter-finals on Saturday and Ibrahimovic said coach Janne Andersson side can handle the pressure on the big occasion.Speaking to reporters at LA Galaxy’s training facility in Los Angeles, the 36-year-old, who retired from international football after Euro 2016, said the stakes are getting higher in the knockout stages.”Now it’s not just about how good you are. Now there are a lot of emotions in the picture, because it’s about quarter-finals. The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage,” he said.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES”Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started. They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would,” he said.Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country and a debate raged about whether or not Janne Andersson should bring him back into the squad for Russia, but they seem to be doing well enough without him.”Now it’s about England on Saturday and we are all there with our full support behind them. All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes,” Ibra said.LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPIbrahimovic, who scored a spectacular bicycle kick against England in the first game at the Friends Arena in Stockholm in 2012, also had a good-natured dig at another high-profile figure with an LA Galaxy connection and an interest in the game.advertisement”I’m Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England, so we’ll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him,” he said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Australia have left pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh out of the 13-man squad for Twenty20 matches against South Africa and India.Veteran paceman Peter Siddle has also been omitted, with selectors keen for the four to prepare for the upcoming Test series against India by playing red-ball cricket in the domestic Sheffield Shield.”We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series,” coach Justin Langer said in a team release on Thursday.”While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”Pace bowler Jason Behrendorff will take Starc’s place in an attack featuring Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake, while Marcus Stoinis returns after missing the T20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.”Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness…. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches,” Langer said.”Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad.”advertisementAaron Finch’s Australia were whitewashed 3-0 in the T20 series against Pakistan and will be desperate for wins against the Proteas and India to lift the gloom over the nation’s struggles since the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.Australia have lost Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, and suffered defeats in 17 of their last 19 one-day internationals including the six-wicket thrashing by the Proteas in the series-opening ODI in Perth on Sunday.Australia meet South Africa in a one-off T20 match on the Gold Coast on Nov. 17, before three T20s against India starting in Brisbane on Nov. 21.Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa(With Reuters inputs)
Justice Hill. pic.twitter.com/odnqV7w3YR— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) September 10, 2016Here’s the problem. He only got the ball five times. Through two games, I don’t think there’s much debate from the eye test and from the numbers who should start in the Cowboys crowded backfield.Hill can reach a gear that the other backs have not shown they can hit yet, and especially with a pretty mediocre line, a quick back is the best equipped option to succeed. The Cowboy offense can continue to hand the ball to Chris Carson and his 3.75 yards/carry, but it’s time to roll with the freshman.3. Rennie Childs, RBThe other back who should be getting more love is Rennie Childs. For some reason, Childs has never gotten the love he probably deserves as a running back at Oklahoma State, and this year is no different. He’s only gotten four carries in two games, for 22 yards. Childs can be the thunder to Hill’s lightning, and should get a longer look than he has gotten on third-and-shorts and goal line opportunities.4. Jhajuan Seales, WRRemember this guy? Seales has been an enigma in his Oklahoma State career. He has had multiple off the field arrests for drinking and driving. There was the time he fell asleep in the Whataburger drive-thru. Then last year he was arrested for driving while intoxicated the morning after the Homecoming tragedy.But while on the field, Seales possesses is an incredible athlete who can run like a gazelle, jump over any cornerback guarding him, and be a huge game-changer for the offense.He caught two touchdowns in the week one win over SE Lousiana, but was only targeted a few times against central Michigan, finishing with three catches for 34 yards. Seales is more than capable of stepping up while Marcell Ateman is out, and should quite frankly get the ball more going forward.5. Dillon Stoner, WRRemember the freshman from Jenks that was generating all that buzz in fall camp? Stoner was receiving high praise from everyone from Mike Gundy to QB1. Stoner has impressed with his work ethic and ability to compete, even as a first year player. Bonus points for getting two of the five involved on one play.In the first couple games, he has two catches for 27 yards, including no catches last week. He did line up in the wildcat for the go-ahead touchdown from James Washington, but hopefully no. 80 can see a little more of the ball going forward. There were a lot of things to discuss following last Saturday’s stunning defeat to Central Michigan. Lost in the madness was a career day from Jalen McCleskey who caught 11 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.While it was a very encouraging sign, the lack of balance from the offense was concerning and it was a little strange that McCleskey was treated like the primary option in Mike Yurcich’s offense. No. 1 brings some incredible speed to the table and is generally a solid route runner, but is not the go-to weapon for Rudolph and shouldn’t be treated as such.The running game was abandoned far too early and the passing game relied too heavily on McCleskey, which is a little confounding. This week, Oklahoma State’s offense needs to be more balanced. The running game needs to be established early and Mason absolutely needs to be more sharp (how many overthrows did he have last week?) Here are five guys that need to get the rock more.1. James Washington, WRThis one’s a gimme. The pre-season Biletnikoff hopeful has not had too slow of a start to 2016, catching 10 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first two games. However, there should never be a game where Jalen McCleskey has double the catches and targets as Washington, who is probably the best receiver in the Big 12 is elite at the college level.Very few players can break a game open more quickly than Washington who is one of the best deep threats in the country. CMU was very conscious of Washington and double-teamed him often, but Mike Yurcich can get a lot more creative in thinking of ways to get no. 28 the ball. Feed him!2. Justice Hill, RBProbably the biggest victim of Yurcich abandoning the run so early in last week’s loss was Justice Hill. Which is a little bizarre, considering Hill looked explosive with the ball and averaged 6.2 yards per carry against the Chippewas- While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
They steady screamin out my failures and whisperin my accomplishments #GloryUp pic.twitter.com/tnURMOegJU— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) October 29, 2016 Congrats coach! Well deserved! https://t.co/C2YBsEO94M— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) October 30, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Man that was a hell of a win blessed to be here at OSU ??— Lenzy Pipkins (@Pippy_LONGsock) October 29, 2016 How about them Cowboys ??— SUPERMAN (@OfficialTylan2) October 29, 2016 After downing No. 10 West Virginia at home on Saturday, players and recruits shared their excitement on social media. Here’s what they had to say on Saturday:Thank God ??— Chris Lacy II (@Gifted_CLacy) October 29, 2016 Shoutout to our fans! ??#greatteamwin!— Vincent Taylor (@BallOut_96) October 29, 2016 Love my team life’s good ??— LDee Brown ☝? (@L7eebrown) October 29, 2016 #GoPokes— Grayson Boomer (@BoomerGrayson) October 29, 2016 Annnnnddddd… #GoPokes— Mason Rudolph (@Rudolph2Mason) October 30, 2016 Today was fun. Thank you Pokes for coming out !!!— Chad Whitener (@MountChad) October 29, 2016 The Cowboys showing that we should be in the top 10 and not WVU ????? #Gopokes— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) October 29, 2016 #GoPokes ?— Brendan Vaughn? (@run_like_bv) October 29, 2016 How bout them Cowboys ?? Great game today #OkStateHC— BATMAN?? (@TracinWallace) October 29, 2016 #AGTG— ⚜ (@kevinhenryy_) October 29, 2016
Neymar PSG boss Emery denies injured Neymar requires surgery Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 21:02 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar PSG PSG v Real Madrid Brazil Real Madrid World Cup Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Transfers Reports had suggested the Brazilian attacker was to have surgery that would keep him out until May having broken a metatarsal against Marseille Unai Emery has dismissed reports Neymar is due to have surgery on his fractured foot that would keep him out until May.The Brazilian star was forced off the Parc des Princes pitch in tears on Sunday after suffering the injury in an innocuous-looking incident.PSG won the match 3-0, but Neymar’s injury marred the contest, as he rode a challenge from Bouna Sarr and twisted his ankle upon contact with the turf, while also suffering a hairline fracture to his foot. 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 It had been reported by numerous news outlets that Neymar had decided to have surgery in order to completely solve the problem and minimise the risk of the injury impacting his World Cup.Those reports claimed the surgery would keep Neymar out for most of the rest of the season, suggesting he could return no earlier than May.However, Emery addressed the situation during his pre-match news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France clash with Marseille, simply declaring the speculation as “not true.””Neymar is not going to be operated on, that’s not true,” Emery told reporters. “I talked to the doctors and we’re still to make a decision. “We’ll see the passing of the next few days to make a decision. This is a moment of calm.”There is a small chance for Neymar to be able to play against Real Madrid – we have to be patient.”Now the most important thing is PSG. All the players are ready, and Neymar was the first to want to play all the games, focused to get to Real Madrid as well. But the focus of everyone is PSG.”
Eredivisie Ghana’s Agyepong struggling with winter in Netherlands Evans Gyamera-Antwi Last updated 1 year ago 00:09 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Eredivisie NAC Breda The midfielder has revealed that he is having troubles with the cold despite being in Europe for several years Ghana and NAC Breda midfielder Thomas Agyepong has revealed that he is struggling to cope with the winter season in Netherlands.The 21-year-old, who joined the Dutch Eredivisie side on loan from Manchester City, has not been consistent in performance after recovering from an injury which kept him out for almost five weeks.”This weather is not for me. Due to the low temperatures, the muscles are hard and less supple, making these muscles even more vulnerable,” Agyepong told BN/De Stem. 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 “For me, that applies to an extreme degree. I am an explosive player and come from a warm country called Ghana.Agyepong reminisced the first time he experienced such weather when he arrived in Scotland as on trial with Celtic at the age of 14.”It was so incredibly cold. I did not know what happened to me. We were not allowed to wear gloves, while white flakes fell from the air,” he said.’What is this?’ I had never seen snow before. My hands were frozen after training and I could hardly move my feet.”Do you know what I think is the worst? Go inside and then have to sweat out again for the second half. That is only cold,” he added.Agyepong made his debut for Ghana in the 5-0 drubbing of Ethiopia during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification in 2017.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After rumors and speculation circulated throughout Halloween, Tylan Wallace has officially torn his ACL, The Oklahoman‘s Scott Wright reports.Source close to Tylan Wallace tells me that Wallace has a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the #OKState season— Scott Wright (@ScottWrightOK) November 1, 2019It’s believed that Wallace suffered the injury in practice on Tuesday. He will miss OSU’s remaining four regular season games and a potential bowl game.The junior was putting up an unreal season to follow his amazing sophomore season. He had 53 catches for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s a season that fits nicely with some of the other all-time greats in OSU history. His 112.9 yards per game this season ranked seventh nationally heading into the week.His final game of the season (and perhaps in a Cowboy uniform?) included one of the best plays a wide receiver has ever made at Oklahoma State, as he went 71 yards to the house at Iowa State after laying out multiple Cyclones on the thick turf at Jack Trice.The Wallace family is not unaccustomed to these injuries. Tylan’s brother, Tracin, retired earlier this year because of multiple ACL injuries. It won’t come to that for Tylan, who still likely has a professional career ahead of him, but this injury certainly throws a lot of it into chaos as OSU’s season winds down.There is also the matter of this season for these Pokes. To say Wallace was Spencer Sanders’ favorite target is to say Mike Gundy makes a healthy salary. Wallace accounted for 46 percent of OSU’s receiving yards and over a third of the receptions. Only two other players currently have over 200 yards, and just barely after Braydon Johnson scored on a 50-yarder last week at ISU.Sanders will have to figure out something different down the stretch. After Mike Gundy compared Wallace to Dez earlier this week, I never knew how appropriate that comp would be.If Tylan is done as a Cowboy then they’ll end their careers one reception and less than 100 yards apart in production. They’ll also share a more dubious distinction: Missing the end of their junior seasons.Down but Not Out 💯 Everything Happens for a Reason 🙏🏽 #LoyalandTrue🍊🔫 pic.twitter.com/3gFfFTYO1g— SUPERMAN (@OfficialTylan2) November 1, 2019
Former captain Sardar Singh named in selection committee of Hockey IndiaHockey India has formed a 13-member selection committee which will be headed by BP Govinda, a member of the 1975 World Cup-winning team.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 21:23 IST Sardar Singh has been named in the selection committee of Hockey India (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSardar Singh has been included in the 13-member Hockey India selection committeeSardar Singh retired from hockey after Asian Games last year”Serving Indian hockey is always a priority for me,” Sardar saidFormer captain Sardar Singh has been included in the 13-member Hockey India selection committee, to be headed by BP Govinda, a member of the 1975 World Cup-winning team.Sardar, who wanted to continue playing till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but was forced to quit after a disappointing Asian Games campaign last year, confirmed the development.”Yes, I was offered the role and I accepted it. It is a new challenge for me and I am always eager to serve Indian hockey in any way I can,” Sardar told PTI on Tuesday.”It’s a completely different challenge and an exciting one. All these years I served as a player now I got the opportunity to serve from the other side of the table.”The selection committee also includes Harbinder Singh, Syed Ali, AB Subbaiah, RP Singh, Rajnish Mishra, Joydeep Kaur, Surender Kaur, Asunta Lakra, High Performance Director David John and chief coaches of the senior men’s and women’s teams.Having been on the other side of the pitch just a few months back, Sardar very well knows what it takes to build a team and pointed out that any day he would prefer experience over youth.”I have been player for the past two decades and I know what is important for a team. Youth can never replace experience. What I feel is that any good team is a balance of youth and experience. Look at Belgium,” he said.”As a selector my approach would be the same. I would always vouch for experience but at the same time will like to see good youngsters in the team. India need experienced players like PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh and S V Sunil to guide the youngsters till the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”advertisementPost retirement Sardar is a busy man, working on numerous personal projects like his upcoming academy in Haryana and also an NGO. To add to it, he also has a few offers lined up to play in European leagues.Asked how will he prioritise, the former star midfielder said: “It won’t be a problem at all. Yes, I am working on a few personal things but serving Indian hockey is always a priority for me.”Harendra Singh had a major role to play in reviving Sardar’s career and the former captain said the sacked India coach wasn’t given enough time to prove his worth with the senior national side.”I think it was not a wise decision. Harendra (bhai) is one of the best coaches of India. I think we didn’t give him enough time. In the 4-5 tournaments with the senior side he managed 3 podium finishes for India.”I think any coach needs at least 4 years to build a team and get desired results,” Sardar said.Sardar said with no one at the helm, the Indian men’s hockey team is now in a no man’s land with the Tokyo Olympics just a year-and-a-half away.”We have to go through a difficult Olympic qualifier and any new coach will take at least 5-6 months to get his footing. With a new coach there is always the risk of adopting to a completely new style of hockey,” he said.”So I think it wasn’t a wise decision. But as players we don’t have any say. We have to play and adapt to circumstances that we are put through.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Sardar SinghFollow Hockey India Next
reducing the number of seats in the legislature by one to 51 removing one constituency from Cape Breton and two from mainland Nova Scotia establishing two new constituencies for the Halifax area adjusting the boundaries in all remaining constituencies The amendments will help ensure fairness by adjusting the ridings to allow each voter in the province to enjoy the same voting power, to the greatest extent possible. An all-party committee appointed the commission in December 2011 with a mandate to adjust the boundaries as needed so all are within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. The commission was also directed to consider such things as geography, community history and interest and Nova Scotia’s linguistic and cultural diversity, in particular the province’s Acadian and African Nova Scotian population, when coming up with the electoral boundaries. These factors were to guide the commission in determining how far any constituency varied from the provincial average, within that 25 per cent range. The House of Assembly Act requires an independent review of electoral boundaries every 10 years. This is the third review of Nova Scotia’s electoral boundaries since 1992. The full report is online at http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/. Amendments to the House of Assembly Act introduced today, Oct. 25, implement the recommended changes of the independent electoral boundaries commission. Justice Minister and Attorney General Ross Landry tabled the commission’s final report and introduced the legislation, as required by the House of Assembly Act. The commission presented its report to the Justice Minister in September, after extensive public consultation in communities across Nova Scotia. Its recommendations include:
Mumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex Monday rose 169 points, led by gains in IT stocks amid positive global cues. The NSE barometer Nifty gained 52 points to reclaim the 11,900 level. Top gainers in the Sensex pack were TCS, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Axis Bank, L&T, ITC, PowerGrid, HCL Tech and Tata Steel, ending up to 2.39 per cent. On the other hand, Yes Bank, Tata Motors, Coal India and ONGC were among the top losers, falling up to 2.89 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents Analysts said investors took positive cues from upbeat global markets amid easing global trade war concerns after the US dropped plans to impose tariffs on Mexico. After soaring over 350 points during the day, the BSE gauge settled 168.62 points, or 0.43 per cent, higher at 39,784.52. The index hit an intra-day high of 39,979.48 and a low of 39,619.97. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 52.05 points, or 0.44 per cent, to settle at 11,922.70. During the day, the index touched a high of 11,975.05 and a low of 11,871.75. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief In Asia, Shanghai Composite Index settled 0.86 per cent higher, Hang Seng rallied 2.27 per cent, Nikkei jumped 1.20 per cent and Kospi gained 1.31 per cent Bourses in Europe were also trading higher in their early deals. On the currency front, the Indian rupee depreciated 9 paise to 69.55 against the US dollar. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell marginally to USD 63.23 per barrel.
APTN NewsThe Office of the Independent Police Review Director issued 44 recommendations to the Thunder Bay Police Service, Ontario Coroner and Pathologist.1. Nine of the TBPS sudden death investigations that the OIPRD reviewed are so problematic I recommend these cases be reinvestigated.2. A multi-discipline investigation team should be established to undertake, at a minimum, the reinvestigation of the deaths of the nine Indigenous people identified.3. The multi-discipline investigative team should establish a protocol for determining whether other TBPS sudden death investigations should be reinvestigated.4. The multi-discipline investigation team should also assess whether the death of Stacy DeBungee should be reinvestigated, based on our Investigative Report and the Ontario Provincial Police review of the TBPS investigation. The team should also assess when and how the investigation should take place, without prejudicing ongoing Police Services Act proceedings.5. TBPS should initiate an external peer-review process for at least three years following the release of this report.Recommendations Regarding TBPS Investigators and the Criminal Investigations Branch.6. TBPS should immediately ensure sufficient staffing in its General Investigation Unit in the Criminal Investigations Branch. Adequate resources must be made available to enable this recommendation to be implemented on an urgent basis.7. TBPS should establish a Major Crimes Unit – within the Criminal Investigations Branch – that complies with provincial standards and best practices in how it investigates serious cases, including homicides, sudden deaths and complex cases.8. TBPS should provide officers, who have taken the appropriate training with opportunities to be assigned to work with Criminal Investigations Branch and the Major Crimes Unit investigators to gain experience.9. TBPS should develop a formalized plan or protocol for training and mentoring officers assigned to Criminal Investigations Branch and the Major Crimes Unit.10. TBPS should develop a strategic human resources succession plan to ensure the General Investigations Unit, Criminal Investigations Branch and the Major Crime Unit is never without officers who are experienced in investigations.11. TBPS should establish procedures to ensure occurrence or supplementary reports relevant to an investigation are brought to the attention of the lead investigator or case manager. This must take place regardless of whether a case has been earmarked for Major Case Management.12. TBPS should develop procedures to ensure forensic identification officers are provided with the information necessary to do their work effectively.13. TBPS should immediately improve how it employs, structures and integrates its investigation file management system, Major Case Management system and its Niche database.14. TBPS should, on a priority basis, establish protocols with other police services in the region, including Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and Anishinabek Police Service to enhance information-sharing.Recommendations Regarding Other TBPS Operational Areas15. TBPS should fully integrate the Aboriginal Liaison Unit’s role into additional areas of the police service. This would help to promote respectful relationships between TBPS and the Indigenous people it serves.16. TBPS should increase the number of officers in the Aboriginal Liaison Unit by at least three additional officers.17. With Indigenous engagement and advice, TBPS should take measures to acknowledge Indigenous culture inside headquarters or immediately outside it.18. Thunder Bay Police Service should make wearing name tags on the front of their uniforms mandatory for all officers in the service.19. TBPS should implement the use of in-car cameras and body-worn cameras.20. TBPS should, through policy, impose and reinforce a positive duty on all officer to disclose potential evidence of police misconduct.Recommendations Regarding Missing Persons Cases21. I urge the Ontario government to bring into force Schedule 7, the Missing Persons Act, 2018, as soon as possible.22. TBPS and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board should re-evaluate their missing persons policies, procedures and practices upon review of the report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, due to be released on or before April 30, 2019.23. TBPS and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board should re-evaluate their missing persons policies, procedures and practices upon review of the Honourable Gloria Epstein’s report on Toronto Police Service’s missing persons investigations due to be released in April 2020.Recommendations Regarding the Relationship between the Police and the Coroner’s Office.24. The Office of the Chief Coroner, Ontario’s Chief Forensic Pathologist, the Regional Coroner, and TBPS should implement the Thunder Bay Death Investigations Framework on a priority basis and should evaluate and modify it as required, with the input of the parties, annually.25. The Office of the Chief Coroner should ensure police officers and coroners are trained on the framework to promote its effective implementation.26. The Office of the Chief Coroner and TBPS should publicly report on the ongoing implementation of the framework in a way that does not prejudice ongoing investigations or prosecutions.Recommendations Regarding the Relationship between the Police and Pathologist27. The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service should train all pathologists on the Intersection of Police and Coroners for Thunder Bay Death Investigations as set out in the framework.28. TBPS should reflect, in its procedures and training, fundamental principles to define the relationship between investigators and pathologists.29. The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service should establish a Forensic Pathology Unit in Thunder Bay, ideally housed alongside the Regional Coroner’s Office.30. If a Forensic Pathology Unit cannot be located in Thunder Bay, TBPS and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service should establish, on a priority basis, procedures to ensure timely and accurate exchange of information on sudden death and homicide investigations and regular case-conferencing on such cases.31. The Ontario Forensic Pathology Service should provide autopsy services compatible with cultural norms in Indigenous communities.Recommendations Regarding Racism in TBPS Policing – General32. TBPS should focus proactively on actions to eliminate systemic racism, including removing systemic barriers and the root causes of racial inequities in the service. TBPS should undertake a human rights organizational change strategy and action plan as recommended by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in October 2016.33. TBPS leadership should publicly and formally acknowledge that racism exists at all levels within the police service and it will not tolerate racist views or actions. TBPS leadership should engage with Indigenous communities on the forum for and content of these acknowledgements. This would be an important step in TBPS advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people.34. The Thunder Bay Police Services Board should publicly and formally acknowledge racism exists within TBPS and take a leadership role in repairing the relationship between TBPS and Indigenous communities. This too, is an important step in TBPS advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people.35. TBPS leadership should create a permanent advisory group involving the police chief and Indigenous leadership with a defined mandate, regular meetings and a mechanism for crisis-driven meetings to address racism within TBPS and other issues.Recommendations Regarding Racism in TBPS Policing – Training36. TBPS should work with training experts, Indigenous leaders, Elders and the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General to design and implement mandatory Indigenous cultural competency and anti-racism training for all TBPS officers and employees, that:a. Is ongoing throughout the career of a TBPS officer or employeeb. Involves “experiential training” that includes Indigenous Elders and community members who can share their perspective and answer questions based on their own lived experiences.c. Is informed by content determined at the local level, and informed by all best practicesd. Is interactive and allows for respectful dialogue involving all participantse. Reflects the diversity within Indigenous communities, rather than focusing on one culture to the exclusion of others.f. Explains how the diversity of Indigenous people and pre and post contact history is relevant to the ongoing work of TBPS officers and employees. For example, Indigenous culture and practices are highly relevant to how officers should serve Indigenous people, conduct missing persons investigations, build trust, accommodate practices associated with the deaths of loved ones and avoid micro-aggressions. Micro-aggressions are daily verbal or non-verbal slights, snubs, or insults that communicate, often inadvertently, derogatory or negative messages to members of vulnerable or marginalized communities.37. TBPS should ensure the Indigenous cultural competency training recommended in this report is accompanied by initiatives in collaboration with First Nations police services that allow TBPS officers to train or work with First Nations police services and visit remote First Nations to provide outreach.38. TBPS leadership should provide greater support for voluntarism by attending relevant sporting or community events.39. TBPS should develop and enhance additional cultural awareness training programs relating to the diverse community it serves.Recommendations on Racism in TBPS Policing – Recruitment and Job Promotion40. TBPS should implement psychological testing designed to eliminate applicants who have or express racist views and attitudes. In Ontario, such specific testing is not done. It can be tailored to the TBPS experience. This testing should be implemented in Thunder Bay on a priority basis.41. TBPS should, on a priority basis, create and adopt a proactive strategy to increase diversity within the service, with prominence given to Indigenous candidates.42. TBPS leadership should link job promotion to demonstrated Indigenous cultural competency.Recommendations for Implementation of Recommendations43. TBPS should report to the OIPRD on the extent to which the recommendations in this report are implemented. This is imperative given the crisis in confidence described in this report. The OIPRD should, in turn, report publicly on TBPS’s response and the extent to which the recommendations in this report are implemented.44. On an annual basis, TBPS should provide the public with reports that provide data on sudden death investigations. These reports can provide data, in a disaggregated Indigenous and non-Indigenous manner, detailing the total number of sudden death investigations with a breakdown of investigative outcomes, including homicide, accidental death, suicide, natural death and firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
Rabat- In the course of three days, three Moroccan peacekeepers have died in the Central African Republic (CAR) at the hands of the Christian militia known as Anti-Balaka.The Moroccan soldiers were ambushed on Sunday while returning from a humanitarian mission to escort trucks filled with water to resupply the Mbomou river.Their death raised the total losses of Moroccan lives in the torn African country to eight. It also brought attention once again to the deadly militia whose crimes have targeted both civilians and military. Born to KillIn a continent that has been plagued in by continuous coups, CAR is no exception. In March 2013 the country’s president, François Boizizé, was ousted by the Séléka rebel movement, originating from the northern region where a Muslim majority had been marginalized by the central government.During its quest for power and short-lived control of the capital Bangui, Séléka was responsible for numerous crimes against their fellow Christian countrymen, which make up 80 percent of the population.A counter-Christian militia was then formed, composed of militia men and former army members loyal to Bozizé and outlaws, and it began engaging in battles against Séléka. They called themselves Anti-Balaka, a name that reflects their deeply rooted belief in local African superstitions.The ruthless militiamen believe they are safeguarded against Kalachnikov AK 47 thanks to amulets that they wear around their chests, called “gris-gris.”Soon after their formation, Anti-Balaka turned “to be even worse than Séléka,” a Christian priest told France24 in April 2014, speaking of the checkpoints set up by the militia to prevent the Muslim population from fleeing to Cameroon.Several TV reports, especially in 2013 and 2014, on crimes committed by the radical militia show men, armed with guns and machetes, vowing to wipe out Muslims in the country.“We will kill all Arabs in Central African Republic,” a man shouts at the camera of French TV station BFMTV. “We don’t need any Arabs here.”In their campaign against Muslims, people have been killed, villages attacked and besieged, mosques destroyed, and women enslaved. According to a Muslim community leader cited by the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), “more than 300 mosques were destroyed in 2013 and 2014 (26 of them in the capital).”In April 2015, Human Rights Watch published a report in which Muslim women gave accounts of their captivity for 14 months in Podo, a village in south west of the country.“The Anti-balaka killed two boys, ages about 6 and 7, and raped three young women and girls, one of whom became ill and died in captivity,” said the report.“Holding civilians captive, killing children, and sexually enslaving women and girls are shocking tactics by these Anti-balaka and amount to war crimes,” said Lewis Mudge, an Africa researcher at HRW.While no exact number of their victims has been provided, HRW affirmed that the Anti-Balaka men “have killed and targeted thousands of Muslims since 2013.”Despite the French military intervention in December 2013 and deployment of the United Nations peacekeeping force, whose number was more than 12 soldiers and policemen, the situation remained fragile.Targeting Peace and PeacekeepersIn May, 1,500 Muslims in Bengassou were forced to take refuge in a church following an attack by the militia on Tokoyo, a district in the city known for its large Muslim population.“There are men who walk around town with guns,” the church’s priest, Father Alain Blaise Bissialo, told Al Jazeera. “The situation is not safe enough to leave, and so they cannot move from here.”The city’s Muslims fled to the church after the mosque where they first took refuge was attacked by the militia, who killed the local imam killed.Despite the military presence of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINSUCA), the country is still struggling to regain the lost peace.MINUSCA seems to have a hard time ensuring the country does not plunge into violence as the conflict between Anti-Balaka and former members of Séléka continue.What is even worse, MINUSCA soldiers are targeted by both militias. Recurrent attacks have left several MINUSCA soldiers dead or reported missing.Bangassou was home to an attack on the UN soldiers in May, in which four peacekeepers died and eight others were injured. In April, three of four MINUSCA members previously reported missing were found dead.Clashes with Anti-Balaka forces have become frequent in recent months. In May, a group of Moroccan soldiers exchanged fire with members of the militia in Yogofongo, a village 20 kilometers away from Bengassou.The clashes resulted in the death of eight Anti-Balaka armed men, while nine out of the ten Moroccan soldiers accompanying a Cambodian convoy were injured.However, on Sunday and Tuesday, things went differently for the three Moroccan soldiers who were part of the contingent that was twice ambushed by the Anti-Balaka militia.
“We can inform you that the High Commissioner [Navi Pillay] has now formally asked the Egyptian Government to accept a mission from her office to travel as soon as possible to Egypt to establish contacts with governmental officials,” Anders Kompass, the Director of OHCHR’s Division of Field Operations and Technical Cooperation, told a news conference in Geneva.The planned OHCHR mission would also meet with representatives of civil society and local and international human rights groups in an effort find ways of facilitating the transition to democracy in Egypt in a way that takes human rights into account, Mr. Kompass said.“We are positively hopeful that we will be able to dispatch a mission in the coming days,” he added.Hosni Mubarak, who led Egypt as president for three decades, stepped down last Friday after weeks of anti-government protests by crowds calling for greater democracy and respect of human rights.“Things are still unfolding in Egypt. The High Commissioner has been very clear about her wish to be with the Egyptian people in these times of difficult change,” said Mona Rishmawi, the head of OHCHR’s Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch.“These sudden changes are difficult for anybody. They are positive, euphoric, excellent, but they are difficult in terms of governance,” she said. 16 February 2011The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today it plans to send a team of officials to Egypt to establish contact with the authorities there and assess the human rights situation following the recent leadership change in the country.
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It has been rumored for a while now that the iPad 2 will come with a rear camera. The biggest question people seem to have around that rear camera is, “What will it be used for?” The immediate response most people give is that it is probably for photos, video and FaceTime. The Brooks Review makes the case that the iPad 2’s rear camera probably won’t be used for photos.One very good reason pointed to is the fact that a user holding the iPad 2 to take a photos would look stupid and there would probably be some shaking as the result of its size. Things get worse if a low-resolution rear camera is used and based on one news report there is a good chance that’s exactly what the iPad 2 will be getting. MacStories reported that the iPad 2 may only have a 1 megapixel rear camera which would be fine for videos, but would make for some ugly photos. Apple’s motivation behind such a low-resolution camera may be to keep costs down.If the iPad 2 does get a rear camera, and it has low-resolution, there’s probably little chance Apple would engineer it to be utilized for anything other than video and FaceTime. The size of the iPad 2 would make anything else impractical, but last time i checked Apple seems to be doing well marching to their own tune so we’ll have to wait and see whether picture taking is offered at launch.Read more at The Brooks Review
By Mustapha Jallow Information reaching this medium indicates that at least four members of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) were arrested and detained at Fajara Barracks three days ago.Speaking to the military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Omar B. Bojang, yesterday, he confirmed the recent arrest of soldiers. He said that two officers are detained in connection to a WhatsApp chat group that has audio recordings which are apparently related to alleged mutinous acts, defamatory, scandalous and unethical while other two were picked up for complicity in helping the third suspect to escape.Following this, the PRO said that the military has re-launched a panel of investigators to look into circumstances surrounding the whole episode.“They will investigate and determine who are the members of the group and also to find out the content of the messages whether they have any implications to jeopardize national security and to come up with recommendations, ” he said.He said some of the suspects are already helping the panel of investigators.Asked whether any charges have been preferred against the four, he responded in the negative and said as at now investigation is going on. “We wouldn’t disclose the names of detained officers for security reasons.”However, PRO B. Bojang said that the office of Chief of Defence Staff has assured the general public that Gambia Armed Forces remains focused, intact, vigilant and alert to continue to deliver the noble services to keep the beloved motherland secure.“As soldiers once we accept to serve in the armed forces we surrender certain privileges and rights. This is done to ensure that command and control is made easier,” he said.“We will continue to bring about the needed reform and restructuring programs that are required to make the GAF more responsive to the needs and aspirations of Gambians especially in this new democratic dispensation, ” he advised
Barca midfielder Denis Suarez has challenged himself saying that he needs to improve this season as a player.The 24-year-old who is in the United States with the Barca squad on their pre-season tour is planning to have a successful summer ahead of the new campaign.“A step forward will be demanded of me and I know I have to take one. I believe I have the ability to do so and I go into the season with a lot of excitement,” said Suarez at a promotional event at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon as quoted in Football Espana.“I’m eager for this to be my year and I hope to have more involvement than in previous campaigns. Maybe I have this feeling more than I did in other years and I hope to make the most of any absences there have been in my position.”“Totally involuntary!” Modric claims Suarez stamp an accident Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 The sent-off Luka Modric insists his stamp on Denis Suarez was an “accidental action” after becoming the first victim of La Liga’s new rules.Suarez accepted he had discussed with boss Ernesto Valverde regarding his future and what the upcoming season will be for him.“I have spoken with him in the same way that other teammates have. My intention is to remain here and his intention is for me to stay.“I’ll try to convince him from the start of what I am capable of doing,” he added