December 6, 2019
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first_imgKopardi rape and murder: govt. to seek death penalty More than 16 months after the rape-murder of a minor in the remote village of Kopardi in Ahmednagar sent shockwaves across Maharashtra, a special court on Wednesday pronounced the death sentence for the three accused.The tension was palpable in the courtroom as Jitendra Shinde (25), Santosh Bhaval (36) and Nitin Bhailume (26) were produced. All the three stood with impassive faces as Additional Special Judge Suvarna Kevale awarded the death sentence to each of them.The proceedings began at 11:25 a.m. as a massive crowd gathered outside the court amid heavy security.A roar was heard outside the courtroom after the sentencing was announced.”I had full confidence in the court and knew that justice would be served…we have waited every single day for nearly one-and-a-half years for this judgement,” said the victim’s father.Also Read  All the three convicts can appeal against the judgement in the Bombay High Court.Earlier, high security was put in place by the district administration before the commencement of the proceedings. Flying squads of police personnel were stationed in Kopardi as well as in various parts of Ahmednagar district. Nearly 1,000 policemen were deployed, with entry restricted to the courtroom.While concluding the arguments on the verdict on November 23 last, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam urged the special court to award maximum punishment to the three offenders, given the particularly gory and brutal nature of the crime that occurred on July 13 last year.“Extremely cold-blooded murder”Mr. Nikam had dubbed the murder as “extremely cold-blooded” and touched upon 13 points in the crime to argue that the accused deserved capital punishment. The convicted trio “remained unrepentant of their crime” before and after the tragedy, showing no contrition. A criminal conspiracy was hatched by the trio to rape and murder the victim between July 11 and 13, he had said, adding that “society would get a wrong message if the death sentence was not awarded in so gory a case”.Counsels for the accused, while pleading for mitigation of their sentences, had said that a death sentence judgement could intensify social tensions between communities.The victim as well as the accused hail from the same area.The case, which has been closely tracked by political parties and social outfits, acquired a peculiar urgency owing to the potentially explosive nature of the crime in creating acute social divisions.The incident has been likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was inflicted on the victim.Here is a timeline of the case:July 13, 2016: The 14-year-old girl, belonging to the Maratha community, is found raped and murdered on a field.July 15, 2016: The Ahmednagar police arrest accused number 1, Jitendra Shinde from the Shrigonda Taluk.July 16, 2016: Santosh Bhaval (accused no. 2) is nabbed from the Karjat Taluk.July 17, 2016: Nitin Bhailume (accused no. 3) is arrested in Pune.All three are believed to have worked as contractual workers in private companies or at construction sites.July 24, 2016: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visits the kin of the victim amid intense clamour for speedy justice on the part of Maratha outfits and various social organisations and political parties across the State.October 7, 2016: Nearly three months after the crime, a 350-page charge sheet is filed by the prosecution in the Ahmednagar district and sessions court under sections 302 and 376 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).October 17: Prosecution frames charges against the three accused.May 24, 2017: Prosecution closes its evidence after examining a total 31 witnesses.November 18, 2017: A special court holds the accused guilty of raping and murdering the minor.November 21, 2017: Counsels for Shinde and Nitin Bhailume begin arguments on the verdict, urge for mitigation of sentence.November 22: Counsel for Bhaval finishes arguments on the verdict; Mr. Nikam pushes for the death sentence in his arguments.November 29: Ahmednagar Sessions court awards the death sentence to the accused.last_img read more

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first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Going against the grain of macho Brazilian society, girls play touch rugby on equal terms with boys.And Malengreau pushes them all out of their comfort zone by encouraging use of English phrases during training, like: “Ready, ready up!” before defending a line.At a recent touch rugby tournament, the favela kids descended in two teams to Niteroi’s wealthy beach area to play other schools on the sand.One of Morro do Castro’s teams, resplendent in striped Cambridge University shirts, was crowned champion, prompting whooping and more dabbing.Janaina Trancoso, mother of a girl in the program, said a bigger victory looms for these children who otherwise might never have imagined escaping the favela’s isolation.“I think a door has opened for them,” Trancoso, 40, said.“With time they will manage to see that the world is big and that there are other possibilities.” Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “It’s Oxford and Cambridge saying ‘the doors are open for you,’” Malengreau said.About 400 children have participated so far and the message is getting through.As a black boy from a favela, Franklin Cruz, a small, nippy 14 year old, has grown used to people expecting him to wind up a drug trafficker or, at best, a low paid construction worker.The rugby adventure, he says, has emboldened him.“Why not become an architect or a doctor or lawyer?” he asks.Beach rugby champsMalengreau says there was a “bit of a shock” when he first showed up in the favela with five enormous Oxford University players and a bag of rugby balls.“I’d never heard of rugby in my life,” Chagas says, remembering how his football-obsessed friends were astonished to be told, “‘No, you’re not meant to kick!’”The learning curve was only starting.Rugby is more of a team sport than football, less prone to relying on individual stars, Malengreau says. There’s also none of football’s culture of yelling back at referees. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sure, it’s not Twickenham or Eden Park. The pitch in Morro do Castro isn’t even close to the facilities you’d find at schools in Australia, Britain or other traditional rugby playing countries.Players wear a mishmash of shirts, some are barefoot. There are no rugby posts, the grass is patchy and when the ball’s kicked too far, it falls into an open sewer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShould drug traffickers or police start shooting in the favela — a real hazard — kids are trained to take cover under a concrete wall behind the goalposts.But the rugby is serious. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Two dozen young players sprint over the threadbare turf, spinning the ball between hands in swift, well coordinated drills. And when they perform the haka, New Zealand’s famous Maori war dance, their passion is unmistakable, even if there’s a bit of a samba vibe, with plenty of dabbing for good measure.By the end of training, Lucas Aquino Chagas, a dreadlocked 17-year-old who captains one of the touch rugby teams, sports a big smile.Brazil, with a population of 208 million, only has about 16,000 registered rugby players, compared to the millions in football. It’s fair to say that most teenage boys probably dream of pulling on the national team’s yellow shirt or emulating Neymar’s riches.But Chagas’ dream?“To play for the All Blacks,” he says without hesitation.ADVERTISEMENT Brazilian teenagers take a rugby class in a soccer field in the Morro do Castro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 1, 2017. Brazilian-British Oxford University graduate Robert Malengreau, founder of the NGO UmRio, teaches rugby to young people from the Morro do Castro favela or shantytown in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, supporting young people in communities affected by crime and violence to provide them with an enabling environment where they can access new opportunities. AFPThe boys and girls running on the dusty football pitch in a Rio favela could be kids anywhere in Brazil if not for one detail: the oddly shaped ball they’re chasing.Soccer may be king across the land of Pele, but in Morro do Castro, a favela in the hills above Rio suburb Niteroi, rugby and the oval ball rule.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue Tackling lifeThe man who brought rugby to this poor, sleepy and occasionally perilous tropical corner is Robert Malengreau.Half-British, half-Brazilian, Malengreau, 28, played at high amateur levels in England, and is an Oxford University graduate.He always loved the game, but the tragedy of Brazil’s favelas, which are often under control of drug traffickers and shunned by the rest of society, made him want to try something more ambitious than just coaching.So four years ago he launched an NGO called UmRio, or One Rio, with the idea that introducing something as foreign as rugby might also shake things up beyond the field. Rugby, he says, “is an entry point.”To test his theory, Malengreau partnered with the school in Morro do Castro, a community he describes as “abandoned” by the government, and began teaching sport — and a new way of living.Players from around the world, including from Oxford and Cambridge universities, help with the actual rugby coaching.But just as importantly, local dentists and doctors volunteer for clinics, boosting healthcare in a community of about 6,000 with only one permanent dentist.English language courses and mentoring by Brazilian and foreign teachers mean that students get as much help with schoolwork as on tackling technique.A key symbolic point is backing from Oxford and Cambridge rugby clubs, which have donated their famous dark and light blue shirts, and the less tangible gift of encouraging favela kids to aspire. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 8 will always be firmly etched in the mind of Jaipur girl Shagun Chowdhary. After almost a decade of hard work, she eventually reached the final in an International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) event-that too at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia – and ended up winning a London Olympics berth for India.Speaking to Mail Today, Shagun relived her emotions at her fourth-place finish in the women’s trap event. “It was the biggest emotional high for me, but it was quite stressful as well. It was my first final at any ISSF event, that too in the World Championships, and the initial stages were good,” Shagun said.However, four of the other five finalists had already clinched quota spots, leaving Shagun in a head-to-head battle with Australia’s Catherine Skinner. That upset her rhythm and made her miss a medal. “Shooting is an individual sport; it is always about concentrating on your own score. So I was a bit affected when I had to go up against the Australian girl for the quota,” she said.But the pride at becoming the first woman from India to clinch a shotgun quota was foremost on 28-year-old Shagun’s mind.”Everyone used to think of us as just participants to make up the numbers, but there has been a lot of hard work put in by the women’s team, and now we are getting recognition too. We’ve had more consistent, well-planned training, and (national trap coach) Marcello Dradi should get the credit for it. The biggest blow for me was not making it to the Commonwealth Games team last year, but the environment has always been such that all of us are very supportive of each other,” Shagun said.advertisementTalking about her journey from childhood to this stage of her career, Shagun said it was all thanks to her parents.”My father, Sushil Chowdhary, was a skeet shooter who used to shoot with (five-time Olympian) Maharaja Karni Singh. His support and encouragement, as also that of my mother, has been instrumental in my career. My employers, ONGC, have also been a great help, providing me the facilities I need,” she said.The growth of Indian shooting since the Beijing Olympics is demonstrated by the sheer number of quota spots the athletes have already won since they began to be offered at the World Championships in Munich last year.Back in 2008, nine shooters had represented India at the Games whereas, with the Asian Shooting Championships (ASC) in Doha – where four quotas will be on offer in each event – still to go, the country has already booked nine berths for London. Shagun believes the catalyst for this growth has been Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal in Beijing. “For all of us, if we see someone getting accolades, it really works as an inspiration. Abhinav Bindra’s gold in Beijing provided that, as has Gagan Narang’s continued success. I am sure our men’s trap team will bag two quotas at the ASC (in January), given the sort of form Mansher Singh and Manavjit Singh Sandhu have been in,” she said.Noria bags bronzeDefending junior world champion Asher Noria was unable to grab the gold again, but did end up with a bronze medal in the junior double trap event at the World Championships on Saturday.American William Crawford (147) won top spot by breaking the junior world record, while Russia’s Artem Nekrasov (144) took home the silver after beating Noria in a shoot-off.But, despite having world No. 2 Ronjan Sodhi in its ranks, the senior team couldn’t get near a medal in a high-scoring event.Sodhi shot 143 out of 150 in the qualification round but only managed to finish 17th, with Mohammad Asab (141) 25th and Rajyavardhan Rathore (141) 28th.last_img read more

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first_imgAt a time when the Election Commission (EC) is probing the massive horse trading in Karnataka ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, there comes another twist in the case.SWITCHING ALLEGIANCEAccording to nomination papers of Janata Dal (Secular) candidate BM Farook, which is available on the website of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, 10 independent MLAs had signed his candidature as proposers. However, one of the independent proposers P Rajeev, Kudachi MLA, has decided to switch loyalties to the Congress.Speaking to India Today, Rajeev said that he was not bound by signing the document. “I am an independent MLA and I am not bound being a proposer. My vote is  secret,” he said.CM SIDDARAMAIAH PROMISES SUPPORTExplaining what made him change his mind, Rajeev said that he along with other independent MLAs met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who promised them ‘support’ for the development of their constituency.”I accept I did sign the bond but later the government approached us and then we discussed and took out decision,” Rajeev said.RAISING EYEBROWSWhile several MLAs are facing the heat of the Election Commission for using money power to influence the Rajya Sabha elections, this act of switching allegiance itself gives rise to several questions.However, dismissing allegations of possible bribery, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said, “We didn’t offer any bribes”.He further said that the Rajya Sabha polls should not be cancelled.Though the Congress may put up a brave face after India Today’s Rajya Sabha bazaar expose, there are still too many glaring questions for the EC to ignore.advertisementRight after the 10 independents proposed Farook on May 30, 6 of these proposers were allegedly packed off to Mumbai along with other independent candidates on June 4 by the Congress party.BM Farook said that he was sure that the independent MLAs, who pledged support to him, are now being lured or pressurised by the state government.last_img read more

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first_imgValaya, Alpana-Neerajs resplendence draws curtains on AIFWNew Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI) Young duo Alpana-Neerajs modern sensibilities enriched by royalty and richness of ace designer JJ Valaya gave fashion lovers a befitting treat as the five-day long Amazon India Fashion Week came to an end.The collection titled, “Guru Shishya,” parr of Indian Modern Festive, celebrated bridal ensemble in its full glory.The colourful lehengas, long skirts, gowns and sherwanis put up a stunning show.The bling and the bright colour palette were among the highlights of the collection as it brought a much-needed change from the otherwise monochrome and subtle colour range that other designers presented during the fashion extravaganza.Another attractive point was the use of velvet, which drew applause from the audience, as the models walked sporting dupattas in the fabric.When asked if velvet has made a comeback, Valaya told reporters post the show, “Velvets are huge! I dont think they ever got out of fashion but this time they are coming and in a big way. In fact, metallic is also coming back!”The collection was divided into three parts– the royal and antique one, second one made use of metallic, mirror work and gotas and third one went into nomadic and a lot of experimentation.Valaya said if designers dont celebrate Indian craft then its their loss.”Thats what you saw?India Modern and India Festive. And when you combine it becomes Indian Modern Festive. The whole spirit of the show was that there is so much talent in India that co-exists and theres a platform for everyone to show what India is…advertisement”Whether its going back or forward or living in the present. It was a celebration of India. Though these two sell most of their work outside India but thats going to change after this show.”Alpana said while the spirit in their collections is always Indian, this time they went “overtly Indian festive” and they loved it.The colour palette included rich shares of blue, red, green, gold and black.It was a true Guru Shishya moment when Alpana Neeraj couldnt stop gushing about Valaya and the much-senior in all humility requested the media to back the youngsters.”I am very happy that I got to work with Valaya sir. Theres so much to learn and imbibe from him. We are very lucky,” Neeraj said.To which the veteran replied, “This is sheer talent, guys. You should back them to the hilt!” PTI PSH SHDlast_img read more

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first_imgManchester United have been fined €15,000 for the late arrival and subsequent behind-schedule kick-off of their Champions League game with Valencia, while Napoli must pay €34,000 for the setting off of fireworks against Liverpool.United were affected by heavy traffic congestion in Manchester ahead of the match on October 2, which finished 0-0.The club confirmed 25 minutes prior to the initial kick-off time of 20:00 BST that the match had been delayed until 20:05 BST due to the late arrival of their bus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! UEFA has fined them €5,000 for the late arrival of the team, and €10,000 for a delayed start to the match, while Valencia will pay €1,000 for the setting off of fireworks.Napoli’s fine is significantly larger, however, after UEFA charged them for the same offence as Valencia at Stadio San Paolo during the 1-0 win over Liverpool on October 3.The Serie A club were also found guilty of blocking stairways in the stadium, as were CSKA Moscow during their 1-0 defeat of Real Madrid, copping a €12,000 fine.And CSKA’s trip to Viktoria Plzen in September is also the subject of a financial penalty for the Czech side, who must pay €10,000 for the throwing of objects during the game.last_img read more

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first_imgOn the intervening night of May 9-10, Indian Army lieutenant Ummer Fayaz – who would have turned 23 this June – was abducted, tortured and killed by terrorists.Police investigation indicates that it was the handiwork of Hizbul Mujahideen, which feared that Ummer Fayaz may change the narrative thrust down the Kashmiri youths.Hizbul feared that instead of Burhan Wani, Ummer Fayaz would capture the imagination of the youths given the flamboyance and nonchalance the young Indian Army officer had.Incidentally the suspected new Hizbul Mujahideen commander Umer Majid – who has been tasked by the militant outfit to carry out terror acts after Burhan Wani and whose first name sounds like that of the martyred Indian Army officer – hails from the same Kulgam district as Ummer Fayaz.According to reports, the joint team of Indian Army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police had carried out the massive search operation in Shopian early this month looking for Umer Majid and his associates.HIZBUL’S DENIAL BETRAYS NERVOUSNESSUsually, the terror groups active in the Kashmir Valley claim responsibility for terror acts immediately and at times multiple outfits claim credit for an incident. But, in case of the abduction and murder of Ummer Fayaz, Hizbul Mujahideen looks nervous.They waited to gauge the reaction in Kashmir to the killing of Ummer Fayaz. After waiting for three days, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin issued a statement himself distancing his organisation from the murder.A statement was emailed to local news agency Kashmir News Service (KNS) saying, “Our militants are not involved in murder of Lt Ummer Fayaz. Such a killing is condemnable.”advertisementMartyr Ummer Fayaz. This denial by Hizbul stems from the realisation of ground reality that the locals have not liked the killing of one of their own by the terrorists, who claim to be fighting for the rights of the Kashmiris albeit on behalf of their Pakistani masters.Ummer Fayaz had gone home to attend a wedding in the family. He was abducted when he was sitting with the bride. The family did not approach the police or the Army thinking that the terrorists wouldn’t harm a Kashmiri.But when the bullet-riddled body of Ummer Fayaz was found the next morning, emotion ran high among the locals. The mist of propaganda had become clear. Their reaction has been muted but the message passed on to the Hizbul bosses sitting across the LoC.Salahuddin quickly put the blame on the Indian Army, which has vowed to bring the killers to justice.NOT THE FIRST MURDER OF ITS KINDUmmer Fayaz’s murder is not the first killing of an Army or paramilitary officer carried out by the terrorists in Kashmir. But, the previous killings happened in 1990s, which is termed as the worst period of militancy in Kashmir.Lieutenant Colonel GS Bali was kidnapped along with his cousin from Badgam in 1991 and killed. They had gone to attend a funeral.Ummer Fayaz’s body was found on the morning of May 10. Three years later, a BSF jawan was kidnapped from Doda district and his bullet-riddled body was found in Anantnag district a couple of days later. He was tortured before being killed.But Ummer Fayaz’s murder seems to be a watershed moment in the Valley. The Hizbul Mujahideen seems to have realised this. Hence, it issued a statement dissociating itself from the murder.HIZBUL CHIEF GAGS TERROR OPERATIVESHizbul Mujahideen is so nervous that it has “directed the militants on the ground to desist from issuing statements and consult the top commanders on policy and freedom matters.”Salahuddin’s directive is a clear indication that he fears that the Hizbul operatives in Kashmir may unmask him over the killing of Ummer Fayaz. His statement is also a message to some of the local commanders, who have recently threatened the separatists for calling the Kashmir issue a political dispute.Candle march planned in the memory of Ummer Fayaz. A local Hizbul commander Zakir Mosa threatened to behead separatists, who opposed ISIS or made distinction between jihad and Kashmir issue.Salahuddin further warned the journalists, who are reporting on the changed ground realities in Kashmir. Hizbul chief has asked the terror operatives “to identify those scribes who are writing against the freedom struggle to weaken the movement.”CHANGING ASPIRATIONS OF KASHMIRI YOUTHSLieutenant Ummer Fayaz Parra symbolised the aspirations of the Kashmiri youths, who want a good and comfortable life like the rest. They are looking for good and high paying jobs.Ummer Fayaz was the son of a farmer. Born in 1994, Ummer Fayaz studied at the Army Goodwill School in Pahalgam. He was a sports lover and was in the hockey team at the Indian Military Academy (IMA).advertisementJammu and Kashmir police have releases photographs of three suspects. He inspired confidence among the youths of Kashmir showing them the way beyond militancy. The changing mood among the youths can be gauged from the fact that despite spike in the incidents of stone pelting nearly 19,000 youths lined up in various parts of the Valley during the recruitment drive by security forces in Kashmir.Hizbul was clearly threatened by what could have developed into Ummer Fayaz phenomenon.Now, Jammu and Kashmir police have put out posters of the suspected killers. Three suspects belong to the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. They have been identified by police and efforts are on to nab them.ALSO READ |Ummer Fayaz killing: Jammu and Kashmir Police identifies 3 Hizbul Mujahideen suspectsALSO WATCH | Suspected killers of Ummer Fayaz unmasked; Kashmiri boys line up to join policelast_img read more

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first_imgFresh from leading Team India to title triumph at the 2018 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Rohit Sharma has decided to play in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.However, India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni is yet to feature in any of the matches for his state Jharkhand in India’s premier List A domestic tournament. Dhoni’s name doesn’t feature in the Jharkhand’s team.Mumbai, who have already qualified for the quarter-finals after topping Group A, will get a boost by the inclusion of Rohit in their team.The quarter-finals for the tournament will start on October 14, with the semi-finals on October 17 and 18 and the final on Saturday October 20, all scheduled in Bengaluru.The Vinayak Samant-coached team remained undefeated in the League stage and two of their matches were washed out.”Rohit will be playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-finals,” a team official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”He will join the team on the 11th and will be playing in the quarterfinal as an opener,” said another official, who is along with the team in Karnataka.According to MCA sources, Rohit could also feature in the semi-finals of the tournament, if the team makes it.Mumbai’s opponent is yet to be officially declared but in most likelihood it will play Bihar in the quarters. Dhoni, who played all of Jharkhand’s matches last year, missed matches on October 1, October 5 and October 7. Jharkhand’s next match is against Services on October 11 while the knockout phase starts on October 14.With limited-overs series against West Indies lined up after the Test series, Dhoni need some match practice going into the series. India and West Indies to play 5 ODIs and 3 Twenty20 Internationals from October 21.advertisementIn fact, he has only played 15 ODIs and 7 T20Is this year and has struggled to score runs. He has struggled to regain his form with the bat ever since he joined the Indian team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.READ – MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket, feels Sunil GavaskarFormer India skipper and India Today’s cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar feels MS Dhoni should turn to domestic cricket whenever he gets the opportunity.”Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar told India Today.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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first_imgHeadingley has already hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions and will once again play host to some of the world’s best cricketers come June.Headingley will host four matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, including England v Sri Lanka, and will be the home where Afghanistan play two of their group matches (against West Indies and Pakistan). Sri Lanka will also meet India at the last game at Headingley.Headingley, named after a suburb in the city of Leeds, is neighboured by Headingley Rugby Stadium – the home of the Leeds Rhinos who play in the rugby league.Opened: 1890Capacity: 17000Known as: Headingley GroundsEnds: Kirkstall Lane End, Football Stand EndLocation: Leeds, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: Eng vs SL, Match 2715:00 IST: PAK vs AFG, Match 3615:00 IST: AFG vs WI, Match 4215:00 IST: SL vs IND, Match 44STATS – ODITotal matches: 41Matches won batting first: 15Matches won bowling first: 24Average 1st Inns scores: 223Average 2nd Inns scores: 205Highest total recorded: 339/6 (50 Ov) by Eng vs RSALowest total recorded: 93/10 (36.2 Ov) by Eng vs AUSHighest score chased: 324/2 (37.3 Ov) by SL vs EngLowest score defended: 165/9 (60 Ov) by Eng vs PAKlast_img read more

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first_imgReuse this content Manchester City would not sell Jadon Sancho to us, claims Jürgen Klopp Matija Nastasic in his Manchester City days. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/The FA via Getty Images Share on Twitter Facebook Champions League Schalke Jonathan Wilson Nastasic had blossomed under Roberto Mancini’s management but life with Pellegrini was different. Knee and calf injuries disrupted the title-winning 2013-14 season and errors crept in. He missed its final three months and there was no way back to the extent that Pellegrini, listing his centre-backs in October 2014, failed to name Nastasic until prompted by a journalist.“It was a little shock for me,” he says. “You get one injury and after that you aren’t playing that much. I was young, and at that age you think: ‘I have to play all the time’ and all these things. When I look back now it was not easy for the coach; we had a lot of good players, as every big team does. Things were up and down but I was really happy we won the title and that I can say I was part of it.”The admission of youthful impetuosity should not be confused with self-reproach about leaving for Schalke, who he joined – initially on loan – early in 2015 after being impressed by their then manager, Roberto Di Matteo. Another 18 months would pass before Guardiola’s arrival at City but, in a parallel timeline, would he have liked to try his luck under the Catalan?“Yeah, when I see how they play now and the style of football – a lot of dynamic pressing and possession – I think every player would like to play under a coach like him. It’s really unbelievable to see and I can’t imagine how it is to train every day and do things like that. But I spoke to Kolarov and he told me that he’s the best coach he had. Kolarov has had a lot of coaches so if he says it, that’s how it is.”Pretenders to Guardiola’s crown are emerging and among them is Domenico Tedesco, the gifted 33-year-old whom Nastasic believes has transformed him at Schalke. “I think I especially improved in the last two seasons under Tedesco,” he says. “He’s a great man for this club, really unbelievable on tactical things. His type of work is with a lot of aggression, a lot of tactics and, the most important thing for me, a lot of talk with the players.” Manchester City Read more Share on Pinterest Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Perhaps a little more of that from Pellegrini would have benefited Nastasic at City. But he is a pillar of Schalke’s dressing room now, and those with an ear to the inside say he is an intelligent, increasingly influential voice in a squad that finished second in last season’s Bundesliga but lost a leader upon the summer departure of Leon Goretzka for Bayern Munich.“I started very young and, especially as a defender, it’s hard to be on the highest level [at that age],” he says. “But now I feel great and think the best years are ahead of me.” He says he wants to help nurture Schalke’s next generation, and one of them is the winger Rabbi Matondo, who joined from City in January and made his first Bundesliga start against Freiburg on Saturday. Matondo’s maturity has made an impression at Schalke and Nastasic says he has got off to an exciting start, while joking about his youthful appearance. After this interview, the pair will meet up for an “Explaining Schalke” segment on the club’s in-house television channel; Nastasic will be giving the lesson and he is confident that they can both contribute to an upset on Wednesday.“I think everybody thinks it will be an easy game for City,” he says. “But that’s no problem for us, we don’t feel pressure. We have a good opportunity to see where we are and show that we can fight and play good football against one of the best teams in Europe.” Pinterest Chelsea fans don’t often have time to turn on a manager – this felt decisive interviews Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Nastasic now has a chance to show City what could have been and, while it is hard to make a case they have missed him given the strides made under Pep Guardiola, a fair assessment is that he would not look out of place in today’s squad. Instead he will play for Schalke against his old employers at the Veltins Arena; he is 25 and well established as one of Europe’s most reliable all-round central defenders.“To be honest I didn’t want this tie at first,” he says, recalling how his teammates’ eyes turned to him as they watched the last-16 draw here, at Schalke’s training ground. “Everybody knows how strong City are. But on the other hand I was happy I’d be going back to see some old faces. It will be an honour to play there again.”When Nastasic joined City he hardly spoke English and relied on his fellow Serb Aleksandar Kolarov and the Bosnian Edin Dzeko for help early on. On the pitch he adapted with ease. A debut at the Bernabéu, anchoring the defence alongside Vincent Kompany, was the first of 30 appearances in 2012-13 and, while the season ended with an FA Cup final defeat by Wigan, few of his peers emerged with their reputations similarly burnished.“The first season in Manchester was great,” he says. “I’d felt ready to go there and make the step, because maybe in life you have only one opportunity like this. When I arrived I felt everyone’s support and it was as if I’d been there for a couple of years already. I played almost every game, I was fit all the time, so it was good.”He still cherishes the influence of Kompany. “I learned a lot from him. He is such a professional and a great man who talks a lot with the players, especially the young ones. It was very important to play alongside him; I’m really happy to see he’s still there because he’s a legend, really. In the dressing room he kept the atmosphere at the highest possible level.”It was a fine education and Nastasic also benefited from living in the same neighbourhood as Nemanja Vidic, another compatriot and childhood idol – “the type of player I wanted to be one day” – who gave his time generously in those early days. Share on WhatsApp It is with matter-of-fact delivery, rather than obvious emotion or regret, that Matija Nastasic recounts the meeting that in effect brought about his departure from Manchester City. He had made a rapid impact after arriving from Fiorentina as a 19-year-old in 2012 but, two and a half years on, had fallen off Manuel Pellegrini’s radar with no obvious explanation bar some niggling injuries he had long since overcome.“I was thinking a lot: ‘What is the problem?’” he says. “After some time I spoke with Pellegrini and he explained I had to wait for my chance. In the end there were not so many opportunities to play. There was no issue between us but I couldn’t understand why it was like that and told him that I felt I could help the team more, that I should have more playing time at that moment and that, if it was not possible at City, then it would be better for everybody that I changed club.” Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The head of the navy says the country needs submarines to know what is happening beneath the waves around Canada — though he won’t say if foreign subs are actually poking around Canadian waters.The Trudeau government’s new defence policy includes a plan to extend the lives of the navy’s four submarines so they can sail into the 2030s, which sources say will cost upwards of $2.5 billion.Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd says that investment is necessary, as having a submarine is the best way to spot others that may be approaching or have even entered Canadian waters, or those of its NATO allies.“It’s just like airspace. You want to know what’s operating in your airspace. You want to know what’s approaching your airspace. You want to know what’s taking place in your airspace,” he said in an interview.“If you want to know where submarines are operating, when they’re operating, how they’re operating, submarines allow you the opportunity.”He said the fact that foreign countries are building submarines faster than most other weapons, particularly in Asia, only underscores their recognized importance by militaries around the world.But Lloyd won’t say whether Russia, China or any other country have actually been operating in or around Canadian waters, or those of its closest allies, citing the need for secrecy.Such silence is not new, but it does underscore what defence experts say has been a real challenge in proving repeated government and military assertions about the need for submarines.It also contrasts with the public confirmations from the U.S. and Canadian militaries whenever Russian bombers and other aircraft are detected and intercepted near North American airspace.And the fact officials are reluctant to talk about what the vessels are actually doing means breakdowns and other problems have dominated the news.Recently, there were reports of a battery problem on board HMCS Chicoutimi, followed by the sub being struck by another naval vessel while docked at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C. last week.Lloyd says the sub fleet has turned a corner and started conducting operations, which includes participating in recent NATO training exercises and intercepting drug shipments around Central America.“It’s unfortunate we had some issues,” he said of the vessels, which were purchased used from Britain in 1998.“But we’re putting that in our rearview mirror and we’re looking forward to getting Chicoutimi to sea so we have both an East Coast and a West Coast boat conducting operations going forward.”One of the main headlines from the Liberals’ new defence policy was a firm commitment to replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three destroyers with 15 brand new warships, at a cost of $56 billion to $60 billion.Having that many vessels is essential, Lloyd said, especially as the navy finds itself being drawn, in his words, “deeper into the Pacific than we would have typically in the past.”The increased focus westward comes amid growing regional tensions, particularly between China and some of its neighbours over ownership of the South China Sea and other disputed waters.There are real fears those tensions could erupt in war, which would have a direct impact on Canada, given its often-overlooked position as a Pacific nation and existing trade patterns.Lloyd said the navy has long operated in the Atlantic and benefits from Canada’s established relationships with NATO allies, but that it needs to learn how things work on the other side of the world.“So from our perspective, it’s making sure we’re in the region, that we’re knowledgeable and it’s there to be able to provide assistance,” he said. “I think you’ll see a persistent engagement going forward.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement As runners-up, Maison du bonheur director Sofia Bohdanowicz (who won last year’s Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist) and Ava director Sadaf Foroughi each received $5,000 from Rogers Communications.Hosted by TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey, the ceremony took place at a gala dinner held January 8, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto with a cocktail reception sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.“All of the films honoured by the TFCA this year prompt us to think about the human condition and to reflect on the footprint we leave upon the planet,” said TFCA president Peter Howell. “But ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch does so with life-changing authority. It’s a clarion call to action, one that I hope leaves these awards to find a global reach and response.”“This year’s three nominated films speak to the extraordinary range and international outlook of Canadian cinema,” said Rogers Vice-Chair, Philip B. Lind. “ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch presents a vision of environmental ruin on an unprecedented scale, with a profound and disturbing beauty. It’s a literal landmark and we are thrilled to celebrate its unique achievement.”At the gala, Grace Lynn Kung (Frankie Drake Mysteries) and Jess Salgueiro (Mouthpiece) introduced a series of video acceptance speeches from winners, including Best Director Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Best Actor Ethan Hawke (First Reformed), Best Supporting Actress Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Best Supporting Actor Steven Yeun (Burning).Rick Mercer presented the $5,000 RBC Allan King Documentary Film Award for Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Morgan Neville’s affectionate look at the legacy reaching beyond the small screen neighbourhood created by TV’s Mr. Rogers.Canadian television personality Traci Melchor presented writer-director Molly McGlynn with the $10,000 Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.In its mission to recognize new voices in film criticism, the TFCA gave Genevieve Citron the inaugural TFCA Emerging Critic Award. Citron is the creator and lead editor of The Film Atlas website.Prolific actor Tantoo Cardinal was presented with the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award by actress Tanaya Beatty (Through Black Spruce). Under the pay-it-forward terms of the award, Technicolor donated $50,000 in services to a filmmaker of Cardinal’s choosing — writer-director and video artist Darlene Naponse, whose film Falls Around Her, starring Cardinal, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018.Richard Crouse, host of the CTV talk show Pop Life, welcomed prominent members of the film industry, civic and culture community on the red carpet, including producer J. Miles Dale, whose The Shape of Water won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year, producer-director Miranda de Pencier, producer-director Charles Officer, producer-director Barry Avrich, actors Tanaya Beatty, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Clark Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, Grace Lynn Kung and Jess Salgueiro, Telefilm executive director Christa Dickenson, TIFF co-head Joana Vicente, Beth Janson, CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Hussain Amarshi, founder and CEO of Mongrel Media and Toronto Mayor John Tory.The TFCA is extremely grateful to founding sponsor Rogers Communications for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, to returning sponsors Labatt’s for the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, to Technicolor for the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, to Cineplex Entertainment for the awards cocktail reception. The TFCA welcomes new sponsors Air Canada as the official airline and RBC for the RBC Allan King Documentary Award. The TFCA also welcomes new sponsors the Four Seasons Hotel and Champagne Perrier-Jouët. The TFCA salutes stalwart supporters The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Zoomer Magazine, and TAXI Toronto.(Under the TFCA’s guidelines, contenders eligible for the awards include films released in Canada in 2018 plus films that qualify for the 2018 Oscars and have Canadian distribution scheduled by the end of February 2019.)The Toronto Film Critics Association was established in 1997 and is comprised of Toronto based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.  All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print, electronic and web outlets are represented. Members of the TFCA also participate in the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI).  As such, they have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Palm Springs, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, Amsterdam, London and Vienna, among others.Website: www.torontofilmcritics.comTwitter: @TFCAHashtag: #TFCA2019 TORONTO – ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, a dramatic exploration of humankind’s devastating impact on environmental change, has won the Toronto Film Critics Association’s 2018 Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.The award, the richest annual film prize in Canada, was presented to Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier by writer-director Don McKellar, whose Last Night was named the TFCA’s Best Canadian Film in 1998.It was Baichwal’s third trip to the TFCA podium, previously winning Best Canadian Film forManufactured Landscapes in 2006 and the 2013 Rogers Best Canadian Film prize (with Burtynsky) for Watermark.last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – A financial analyst says prices being paid for Western Canadian oilsands bitumen have fallen so far that many producers are losing money on every barrel sold into the spot market.Analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says recent headlines have been focused on the falling value of the Western Canada Select price, but that measure is for a blend of heavy, sticky bitumen and light oil needed to dilute it so it can flow in a pipeline.The price of WCS fell to about US$19 per barrel on Thursday, about US$52 per barrel below the benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate price.“Those are the headlines but the reality is actually quite a bit worse than what those headline WCS differentials would suggest,” said Murphy.“It’s not the actual realizations these producers are getting … you’re losing money before you even produce that barrel at current differential levels.”Condensate, a type of light oil often used to dilute bitumen, was selling for about US$63 per barrel in Edmonton on Thursday, which means the bitumen part of a WCS barrel composed of 30 to 40 per cent diluent was actually fetching between negative 11 cents US and negative 28 cents US per barrel, he said.It’s the first time that has happened, Murphy said, adding bitumen prices have always previously been in positive territory. In early 2016, when U.S. oil prices fell below US$30 per barrel, bitumen was still worth about US$8 per barrel, he said.The negative pricing is expected to be short-lived, however. Demand for heavy oil will increase when U.S. refineries complete fall maintenance programs, he said, and growing crude-by-rail capacity will help bring barrels to market that can’t fit into Canada’s full pipelines.Murphy said he expects railway exports of crude to climb to about 300,000 barrels per day by year-end from recent record levels of more than 200,000 bpd.Cenovus Energy Inc., which slowed bitumen production earlier this year because of poor prices, recently signed contracts with Canada’s two major railways to move 100,000 bpd of heavy crude oil from northern Alberta to various destinations on the U.S. Gulf Coast.“There’s no question that these differentials are challenging and that they underscore the critical need for immediate action on market access,” said Cenovus spokesman Brett Harris in an email. He declined to comment specifically on the company’s price netbacks.Different types of bitumen require differing amounts of diluent to flow in a pipeline.The newest mining projects such as Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine need 20 to 25 per cent diluent but steam-driven projects that produce from wells need 30 to 40 per cent diluent, Murphy said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: In the aftermath of the devastation caused by severe cyclone ‘Fani’, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has launched a massive rescue and rehabilitation effort in Odisha. Two Maritime Recce sorties were undertaken by the Dornier aircraft of the Navy revealing widespread destruction localised around the temple town of Puri.The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command personally undertook aerial survey of the cyclone affected area Saturday morning and visited INS Chilka to review the relief efforts, it said. The ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamping towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe Indian Air Force sent three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Bhubaneswar from Hindan Air Base for humanitarian aid and disaster relief, an IAF spokesperson said. The aircraft are carrying approximate 45 tonnes of relief material including medicines for the locations affected by Cyclone Fani. Based on the aerial surveys, the Eastern Naval Command is undertaking a three-pronged rescue and rehabilitation effort centred around Puri and its suburbs.last_img read more

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MOSCOW — Russian officials say a passenger jet has made an emergency landing in a field outside of one of Moscow’s airports, injuring at least 23 people.The Ural Airlines A321 carrying 226 passengers and a crew of seven collided with a flock of birds while taking off Thursday from Moscow’s Zhukovsky airport.The plane’s engines malfunctioned after the collision and the pilot made an emergency landing in a cornfield about 1 kilometre (half a mile) from the airport.Russian health authorities said that 23 people, including five children, have been hospitalized with injuries.The Associated Press

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first_imgAfter all 43 sandwiches were finished and sitting at my table I got to work putting the McEverything together. I originally anticipated it only being a couple of feet high, but as you can see from the pictures it ended up MUCH taller than that.He held the thing together with bamboo skewers. And that wasn’t even the biggest challenge: Nick writes that the toughest part was “not eating any of the sandwiches until it was complete.”We salute you, Nick, for your commitment to this giant burger. But we can’t quite forgive you this:… with all the leftovers I have I’ve got all my breakfasts, lunches and dinners covered for the next week or so!You can read Nick’s full account at Dude Foods.McDonalds threatens to kick teenagers out over formal dinner>Sorry, this eye-popping McNugget Rampage footage is a brilliant fake> Source: DudefoodsConsiderable planning went into this feat. In order to include all the available burgers, Nick had to arrive at the franchise (in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) just as breakfast service was crossing over with normal daytime service.The full McEverything cost just over $140, or roughly €100.Nick writes on his site Dude Foods: EVER GONE TO McDonalds and wished your burger could be a little more… you know… varied?You’re not alone. So food blogger Nick Chipman went to the Golden Arches, ordered every single one of the 43 bread-and-protein combinations on the menu, and put them all into one superburger he dubbed the ‘McEverything’.Here’s what it looked like:last_img read more

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first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1.#UNEMPLOYMENT: Launching a new economic strategy today, the Government says they want unemployment down to 10 per cent by 2016 and under 6 per cent by 2020.2.#REHAB: Victory Outreach, which offers recovery services to drug addicts has defended itself after an investigation by RTÉ found clients were selling raffle tickets during shifts of up to 18 hours. RTE will air the programme tonight.3.#CONSENT: The Rape Crisis Network Ireland said they disagree with lowering the age of sexual consent stating it would only “compound State failures to protect the older child”.4. #NAMA: Taoiseach Enda Kenny said allegations of illegality at NAMA was a matter the Government was taking “very seriously indeed” adding that two investigations are currently underway.5. #SHOOTING: A shot was fired by gardaí during a standoff with a man in Coolock in which he pointed a fake gun at officers.last_img read more

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first_imgContraceptif : les femmes apprécient la piluleLes femmes sont plus de six sur dix à opter pour la pilule comme méthode de contraception, et cela devant le stérilet, l’implant ou encore l’anneau.D’après un sondage Opinionway en collaboration avec le laboratoire EFFIK, les femmes seraient 61% à préférer la pilule comme moyen de contraception tandis que 22% des femmes en 2011 ont opté pour le stérilet. Ces deux moyens de contraception restent loin devant les autres dispositifs proposés comme l’implant par exemple.La pilule est particulièrement populaire chez les 16/24 ans, rapporte Le Parisien, période à laquelle les jeunes femmes sont à la recherche de leur premier contraceptif et sont 88% à opter pour la pilule. La stérilet est davantage utilisé par les femmes de 35 à 45 ans. Les critères de choix qui entrent en compte : la fiabilité, l’absence d’effets secondaires et le prix sont souvent cités bien que les jeunes femmes prennent souvent la pilule prescrite par leur gynécologue. Et le sondage de préciser que parmi les personnes interrogées utilisant la pilule, plus de 50% ont déjà oublié leur contraceptif ces trois derniers mois. Il s’agit bien là de la contrainte de la pilule : il faut la prendre tous les jours, sans l’oublier, au risque de fausser son efficacité.Le 14 février 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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