Patidar leader heats up poll scene with tape on bribery

first_imgThough the BJP in Gujarat has vehemently denied allegations of bribery made by Patidar agitation leader Narendra Patel, who claimed that he was offered ₹1 crore to join the ruling party, Mr. Patel on Thursday brought out an audio clip in which he and Varun Patel are heard discussing the deal struck with the BJP.In the taped mobile conversation, Mr Narendra Patel and Varun Patel, who had broken away from the agitation and joined the saffron party on October 21, are heard discussing about the deal and how the money would be paid to him.In the audio tape, Varun Patel apparently tells Narendra that “he would get 60% now and 40% later.” However, when Narendra Patel insists on the entire amount in one go, Varun tells him to accept 60% “now” and remaining 40% “later”. “You take 60% after the press conference and 40% after the public meeting,” Varun Patel is heard telling Narendra.last_img read more

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Rape victim consumes poison, dies

first_imgUpset over the alleged inaction by the police on her rape complaint, a 22-year-old woman in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana has allegedly committed suicide. Police said the woman had consumed a poisonous substance outside the Jathlana Police Station on Monday evening. “The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died later,” Yamunanagar Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand told The Hindu. Mr. Chand said that the woman and her family members had filed a complaint of rape against Manoj Kumar and five others a few days ago and the police had been investigating the matter. Mr. Chand said the woman, along with her family members, had on September 2 visited the Jathlana Police Station to enquire about the status of her complaint, where the suicide incident occurred. “We are probing the cause of the incident,” he said. Family members of the victim alleged that local police officials were not taking any action over the rape complaint, even though it had been over 12 days since the complaint had been filed with the police.Case registeredMr. Chand added that the police has registered a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide). Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

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San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES PBA governors ahead of the league’s 44th season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnd despite already being the favorites, San Miguel still managed to bolster its roster in the offseason with the return of veteran swingman Ronald Tubid and the addition of guards Terrence Romeo and Paul Zamar.The Beermen have high hopes that the beleaguered Romeo, who is still one of the best guards in the league, will get his act together after a brief and troubled stint at TNT where he only lasted to two conferences.READ: Leo Austria optimistic Terrence Romeo gamble will pay off“I think everyone agrees that San Miguel is the strongest team and they’ve just gotten stronger this year with the addition of Terrence and a few other players,” NLEX governor Rod Franco said.The 44th Season of the PBA unwraps on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers legend Michael Cooper drops by Manny Pacquiao’s home Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte To no one’s surprise, San Miguel Beer was the consensus choice by team governors as the frontrunner to win the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Last season, the fancied Beermen celebrated a historic fourth consecutive championship in the all-Filipino tournament in dominating fashion after beating the Magnolia Hotshots in five games.With its star-studded core led by four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, San Miguel is tipped to keep its Philippine Cup dynasty intact and the rest of the league is fully aware of it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff “I would still put my money on San Miguel Beer. They really have a strong lineup,” said Magnolia governor Rene Pardo during the league’s preseason press conference at Conrad Hotel. San Miguel will only get better PLAY LIST 01:33San Miguel will only get better01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img MOST READ Barangay Ginebra, which was also mentioned as one of the favorites along with Magnolia, and new-look TNT will clash in the opener which tips off at 6:30 p.m. after the Leo Awards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

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HTC U11 official video teaser shows Edge Sense feature, launch set for May 16

first_imgAfter announcing the HTC U Ultra and U Play earlier this year, HTC is working on another U series phone. The smartphone manufacturer is set to launch its next flagship smartphone on May 16, which will be called the HTC U11. The name has been confirmed by the company on its official Twitter handle a few days ago. HTC U11 ahead of its launch has already been subject to numerous leaks and rumours on the web. A newly leaked teaser of the phone shows the device from all angles.The leaked video teaser doesn’t reveal much details about the HTC smartphone. The teaser shows people squeezing several objects, which reminds us of the Twitter post by HTC which reads: “Squeeze for the Brilliant U”. This basically indicates to the unique gesture system that the device is tipped to come with. The video also shows that HTC U11 will be coming in shiny blue colour. However, the company may also add several other colour variants with time.Also Read: HTC’s squeezable U phone to be called HTC U 11, confirms companyThe key highlight of the smartphone is going to be the Edge Sense feature. Furthermore, HTC U11 is expected to come with a touch sensitive outer frame which allow users to open an app or launch the camera app, or perform any other functions directly. Basically, the upcoming HTC U series phone will come with the ability to interpret gestures into actions. You can watch the video teaser of HTC U11 below.advertisementAs far as the specifications are concerned, the upcoming HTC U11 is expected to support Bluetooth 5.0. If that’s the case, the HTC U11 will be the second smartphone to come with Bluetooth 5.0, after the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. In terms of specifications, the HTC flagship smartphone will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD display screen and be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Again, similar to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8.Also Read: HTC’s squeezable flagship U phone with Edge Sense set for May 16 launchHTC U11 is expected to come packed with 4GB of RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage and will be backed by a 3,000mAh battery. On the camera front, the HTC flagship smartphone is said to hone a 12-megapixel camera. Further, if the rumours are to be believed, the U 11 will also allegedly come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Water-resistance features are also seen on the cards. Further, HTC U11 might also sport the company’s very own virtual assistant, or better known as Sense Companion. The feature was previously seen on HTC U Ultra.last_img read more

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Real Madrid Reaches 3rd Straight Champions League Final

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Last time, it was a late penalty. This time, a goalkeeping blunder.Real Madrid keeps finding ways to get out of trouble in the Champions League.Madrid conceded early again at home and barely held on for a draw 2-2 against Bayern in Tuesday’s semifinal match, advancing 4-3 on aggregate to stay on track for a third consecutive European title. But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second — and crucial — goal on the night.“It’s a Champions League semifinal. You will always suffer,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Nothing is easy. Football is like that, you have to suffer. And when you win, it feels even better, although it’s not too good for your heart.”Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus nearly pulled off in the quarterfinals before Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty.But the hosts reacted quicker this time, with Karim Benzema equalizing early in the first half and scoring again just after halftime after an embarrassing mistake by Ulreich when he allowed a back pass into the area to go underneath him.Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas, front, celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after Madrid reached its third straight Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate at the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Bayern went within a goal of eliminating the European champions when former Madrid player James Rodriguez scored in the 63rd, and it pressured the hosts until the end, but it was not enough to avoid a third straight elimination against the Spanish club.“We were the best team in both games but we were not able to reach the final,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. “We dominated. They should thank (goalkeeper Keylor) Navas for his performance, especially toward the end of the match.”The German club, which has now been knocked out in the Champions League semifinals in four of the last five seasons, had several good chances in the final minutes but was unable to capitalize.Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates after Madrid reached its third straight Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate at the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)By successfully defending its 2-1 win from last week, Madrid stayed on track for a third consecutive European title, and fourth in five seasons.Europe’s most successful club with 12 trophies, Madrid will play the final against either Liverpool or Roma, which were playing Wednesday in Italy. Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home.“It was a crazy match,” Zidane said. “We struggled in the beginning, conceding early and not being able to play our game. But it was a lot better in the second half. We pressed up front and got the second goal.”Bayern started well and easily created scoring chances, while Madrid tried to control possession but only threatened on counterattacks with the speed of Ronaldo and Marco Asensio up front.Kimmich netted from inside the area after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos failed to clear a ball crossed into the area by Corentin Tolisso.It was an eerily similar start to Madrid’s match against Juventus, when it conceded in the second minute while trying to protect a 3-0 first-leg advantage. Madrid conceded twice more in that game but eventually advanced thanks to Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty.This time, Madrid reacted a lot more quickly, with Benzema equalizing in the 11th with a firm header after a well-placed cross from the left by Marcelo.Benzema hasn’t been playing regularly as a starter and was a surprise addition to the lineup by Zidane. He had scored only once in his last 12 appearances in all competitions.“It was a perfect night for me and for everyone,” Benzema said.Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)The French striker gave Madrid a 2-1 lead after Ulreich’s howler. The goalkeeper appeared to lose his footing while trying to get to the ball and seemed to hesitate to stop it with his hands before missing it entirely as he went to the ground. That allowed Benzema to run onto the ball for an easy finish into an open net.“It was tough to concede that goal so early in the second half,” Heynckes said. “It was a gift.”Bayern wasn’t done yet and Rodriguez equalized with a low shot from inside the area. The Colombian playmaker didn’t celebrate, instead raising his hands in an almost apologetic gesture to the home fans.Bayern unsuccessfully appealed for a handball by Marcelo just before halftime, when the Madrid defender appeared to be just inside the area.“I’d be lying if I said the ball didn’t touch my hand,” the Brazilian left back said. “And if it touched my hand, I think it was (a penalty).”Meanwhile Robert Lewandowski continued to struggle up front, as he went a fifth straight Champions League game without a goal for the first time in his career.Madrid, playing in its 250th Champions League match, is the first team to make it to three European finals in a row since Juventus from 1996-98.—By TALES AZZONI ,  AP Sports WriterReal Madrid’s Karim Benzema, center, celebrates besides team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, left, after during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski looks disappointed when his team failed to advance to the final during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich argues to Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Bayern’s Mats Hummels and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane challenge for the ball during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India in England: Wriddhiman Saha’s absence a big blow for visitors

first_imgWriddhiman Saha’s absence in the five-match Test series will be a major blow for Virat Kohli’s Team India as they get ready to conquer the ‘bigger challenges’ in the upcoming months.India captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have always maintained that they want to win matches outside the sub-continent and conquer the world. While the pair keeps mentioning that every series is important nonetheless, there has always been an undertone of winning series abroad being the team’s main aim…something that hasn’t happened over the past decade.But, losing your best keeper due to an injury without a single ball bowled is never a good way to start. Saha will be replaced by an able custodian in Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps and he will be backed up by a budding youngster in Rishabh Pant, who is high on confidence after a sensational run in domestic cricket, followed by the Indian Premier League and then the highly successful tour of England with India A.But, will it be that easy to replace someone of Saha’s calibre? Well…mostly, people will say yes because Karthik is a better batsman overall but batting has never been the reason why Saha made it to the Indian Test team. It has always been his skills behind the stumps.Also read – MS Dhoni’s advice has helped me a lot, says Pant after maiden Test call-upSAHA’s MANTRA FOR SUCCESS Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the England series due to thumb and shoulder injuries (Reuters Photo)Saha, 33, has been fairly unlucky in his playing career as he has always remained under the shadows of an ever-present Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Forever playing second fiddle, Saha would only get a chance if Dhoni missed a match, which was rarely a case because of his supreme fitness and importance to the Indian team. Having played only 32 Tests since making his red-ball debut against South Africa in Nagpur in 2010, Saha became a Team India regular after Dhoni announced his retirement from the longest format of the game in Australia in 2014. Since then, very few have played more Tests than the Bengal wicket-keeper batsman.Also read – Wriddhiman Saha to undergo shoulder surgery in ManchesteradvertisementSaha’s patience is the testament to his success and that is where he is so important to the team as well. During long sessions on the field, his voice won’t go down. One could always hear Saha chirping and motivating the bowlers and telling them where to bowl…especially the spinners. His understanding with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has been one of the key reasons behind India’s recent success in Test cricket. Nobody reads the ball better from the hand as well as the surface than Saha and add to that his quick reflexes, Saha’s wicket-keeping has earned him plaudits from players and pundits alike.Some would say that he is a better wicket-keeper than Dhoni and they are not wrong. Saha is an old-school keeper, who depends more on watching the ball and reacting and keeping it simple unlike Dhoni, who is more street-smart in how he goes about things behind the stumps. Both have been effective but the reason behind Saha’s success in Test cricket has been old-school methods and he has stuck to it.Also read – Can India repeat history in England after 47 years with new-age spin trio?Saha however, hasn’t been the best of judges when it comes to Decision Review System (DRS). Since the technology has become a regularity, Indians have had a mixed record with the system. Dhoni has been terrific with it but Saha…not so much. The role of the wicket-keeper during reviews plays a huge role and this is where Karthik comes into the frame.KARTHIK’s ALL-ROUND ABILITY Dinesh Karthik will provide much more security with the bat at NO. 6 (Reuters Photo)Karthik is a decent keeper but a brilliant reader of the game. He showed flashes of his brilliance during India’s one-off Test against Afghanistan. Karthik, who replaced Saha, made a comeback into the Indian Test side after eight years. Karthiik’s decision to review a Mohammad Nabi leg-before from Umesh Yadav’s delivery proved to be bang on. While everybody was reluctant to go up stairs, Karthik was determined that it was out and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane decided to go with him and the gamble paid off. Prior to that as well, Karthik stood out in the Nidahas Trophy with his ability to read the game and help Rohit Sharma in the absence of Dhoni and Kohli.Also read – India in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsWhat also works in Karthik’s favour is his ability to provide more security with the bat at No. 6. Saha is a decent player but he has never been able to give the assurance to the team management as a proper batsman. But, with Karthik, that won’t be the case. He can bat as good as anybody and can provide much needed stability at No. 6…taking the pressure off from the likes of Ravichandran Aswhin and Hardik Pandya, who follow.advertisementWhile Karthik is no Saha behind the stumps, he is no muck either. He has been keeping wickets since time immemorial and made his debut even before Dhoni. Much like Saha, he would like to believe that he did everything possible to play for India but Dhoni’s presence made it impossible to do so. As a keeper, he is sharp and athletic, his movement to his left remains a concern but he would hope that his experience of keeping to both Ashwin and Kuldeep before this will help his cause.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsAlso, Karthik has played in England before and was a part of the 2007 Test series victory under Rahul Dravid. He do a decent job keeping to Anil Kumble and also played a few crucial knocks with the bat. He finished with 264 runs in the three-match series — the highest from the visiting team.But, his keeping against the spinners will be key to India’s success and if he passes it with flying colours, Karthik could well be India’s keeper in whites for a long time to come.PANT’s LEARNING EXPERIENCE Rishabh Pant slammed four half-centuries during India A’s tour of England (Getty Images)Moving on to Pant, it will be more of a learning experience for the Delhi wicket-keeping batsman. He is unlikely to get a game in at least the first two Tests until and unless there’s an injury to Karthik. And, if he does, his experience in keeping in English conditions over the past couple of months will surely aid him. Pant has affected 17 dismissals in eight matches including 16 catches and one stumping with India ‘A’ during their tour of England.His batting has also been good. With India ‘A’, Pant has scored four fifties including twin half-centuries in the last unofficial Test against England Lions. Prior to that, he had scored over 900 runs in the 2017-18 season of the Ranji Trophy and 684 runs from 14 matches for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL as well.Pant recently said that his dream of being selected in India’s Test squad came true and he would be hoping to get a game in England in the five-match Test series and make it count. The talent is there and the ability as well but it remains to be seen if Karthik grabs his opportunity in Saha’s absence or falters yet again in whites, thus, paving the way for India’s ‘next generation’ of keepers.advertisementlast_img read more

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Rohit Sharma says he is not thinking of Test return after call up for Australia series

first_imgRohit Sharma has downplayed the hype around his Test return ahead of India’s gruelling tour of Australia starting later this month. Rohit is part of the Indian squad to face Australia in a four-match Test series starting December 6.Rohit was in the side when India toured South Africa in January for a three-match series. He was preferred over Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI but was dropped from the team after poor show in the first two Tests.He also did not find a place in the squad for a one-off Test against Afghanistan in June and five-match series in England in August-September.He, however, continued to play impressive cricket in the limited-overs formats and recently notched up his fourth century in Twenty20 Internationals.”I am not thinking about the Test match. I am someone who doesn’t think too far ahead. All I am thinking is going back, taking few days off, and take the flight to Australia. If I try and stay in present, it works for me,” Rohit said while addressing the media after India thrashed West Indies 3-0 in the T20 series.Rohit has played 25 Test matches since making his debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in 2013. He has scored three hundreds and 9 fifties but has lacked consistency.Rohit further said it will be important for India to start well in Australia.”Test matches are something I was looking forward [to] for a long time. It will be a nice to go out there and play a Test match for India. As a batsman, I don’t think about my past performances. Every game is a new game. Every time I go out there in the middle, I keep things simple. This game is simple if you keep it simple. If you overthink, it can get complicated. So it is important to stay in [the] present. It is important to start well in Australia and then, take it from there,” he said.advertisementTendulkar is hopeful that the upcoming tour of Australia could be the one big opportunity that Rohit needed.”Rohit has played a couple of big innings in Test cricket but his away from home form is something he needs to work on. I am sure he knows that. I think it’s wide open now because it’s a great platform where he can go out and express himself. The Australian pitches where there is bounce and pace will suit Rohit’s style of play,” Tendulkar told India Today.India’s tour starts with a three-match T20 series from November 21 before the two side’s face-off in a 4-Test series. India will also play a three-match ODI series against Australia in January 2019.last_img read more

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Pumas at risk of another failed tournament

first_imgPumas Pumas in risk of another failed tournament Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 23:16 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nicolas Castillo Pumas Hector Vivas Pumas Liga MX Cruz Azul v Pumas Cruz Azul After leading the league earlier in the season, the Mexico City side needs a result from its final visit to the Estadio Azul For six weeks they didn’t lose. Now it would be six weeks without a victory for Pumas if they fall to Cruz Azul on Saturday.David Patino’s explanations for why his team was performing so well early in the year never were too convincing. It was clear, though, that Pumas were a better team than in recent tournaments.For one, Matias Alustiza slotting in as a second striker off Nicolas Castillo had made both men better players, and a defensive unit that conceded 25 goals in the previous tournament looked to be bolstered by the arrival of Spanish center back Alejandro Arribas. Neither of those things has proved entirely untrue. The defense still is improved from last season and Alustiza is having a better tournament than his previous.  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 Yet heading into the weekend’s match, something else has to improve or Pumas is in risk of another failed tournament. It would mark the third consecutive tournament for the Mexico City club to miss the Liguilla giving it the longest mark among ‘grandes’ since the six tournaments in a row Cruz Azul missed the playoffs, a streak La Maquina ended last tournament.Of course, despite Pumas’ poor position, they’re only out of the top eight because of goal difference. Saturday’s opponent sits 11th, but Cruz Azul is coming off a dominant 5-0 victory over Pachuca. Meanwhile, in addition to Pumas’ Liga MX struggles, they also blew their midweek matchup. With the Copa MX looking like the only reasonable hope for a first trophy since 2011, Patino sent out a top lineup to face Necaxa in the quarterfinals.It was all going so well with Castillo scoring in the third minute and one of Necaxa’s top scoring threats, Dieter Villalpando, seeing red before the half-hour mark. Then, things turned. Castillo left in the first half with an ankle injury (he should be fit for Saturday) and Necaxa found an equalizer in the 55th minute and the winner in the 79th to knock Pumas out of the competition despite the fact Pumas were at home and up a man.Patino, who certainly gives it all for the club he once played for, took it pretty hard.”I’m ashamed about what happened and about the bad form we’re in,” he said before using Spanish slang words that work out to, “I’m pissed off about what’s happening and we’re going to win every f***ing point that’s left.”If you could win points with pure passion, Patino probably could produce. The issue is that it only gets harder from here for Pumas, putting an enormous spotlight on Saturday, their last visit to the Estadio Azul. Necaxa, the team that just knocked Pumas out of the cup, is the only team left on the schedule after Cruz Azul that isn’t currently sitting in the playoff places.The deciding factor Saturday may be what Patino does with his fullback positions. He’s swapped his right backs, putting in 20-year-old Alan Mozo in place of Josecarlos Van Rankin. On the left he’s used Alan Mendoza and Luis Fuentes. After Cruz Azul winger Angel Mena’s two-goal performance against Tuzos, Pumas need a right back that can keep Mena from cutting inside and finding chances. On the other side, Edgar Mendez worked well with Walter Montoya, the playmaker who scored his first goal in Mexico last weekend. Then again, it’s easy to forget after such a lopsided victory last week that Cruz Azul broke a six-match winless streak across all competitions with the win over Tuzos.Both clubs have had their struggles this season and are clearly behind fellow Mexico City side Club America in terms of quality this season. A loss could spell the end of the campaign for Pumas, which would be a big disappointment after the once-great club’s positive start.last_img read more

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Lovesick Poetry Contest: Compose a Barf Bag Poem, Win Free Airfare

first_imgValentine’s Day is over this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon all those schmaltzy melodramatic poems you’d silently composed in your head for your significant other. One budget airline is giving lovesick passengers an outlet for their long-distance passion and offering them the chance to reconnect in the process.One of Britain’s most notorious budget airlines, easyJet, has launched a Valentines-inspired contest designed to elevate the concept of “lovesick” to high literary art. Through the end of February 2018, the airline is challenging passengers — especially those in long-distance relationships — to scrawl a few lines of romance on their seatback barf bags. EasyJet’s head of cabin crew, Tina Milton, notes: “Distance is said to make the heart grow fonder, but long-distance relationships are always hit with some light turbulence. We are challenging our customers to channel their inner Byron, Keats, and Wordsworth.”It started when flight attendants began finding barf bags that lovesick passengers were using as a sort of “message in a bottle” for subsequent passengers to discover. The crew recalls the most memorable note was found on a London-bound flight out of Paris. The poem was written in both English and French with the hope of encouraging whoever found it to do the same. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA It seems obvious, but easyJet is quick to point out that this is thought to be “the world’s first poetry competition ever staged on sick bags.” Indeed. The airline notes the contest was also partially inspired by a recent survey that revealed some surprising (we’re going to say “inflated”) statistics. According to the study, a whopping 29 percent of their Flight Club frequent flyers are involved in long-distance relationships. Plus, the airline expects at least 250,000 couples to take a romantic mini-vacation this spring. It appears love is literally in the air.The contest runs through midnight BST on February 28, 2018. Entrants must compose their poem on a genuine easyJet barf bag, then share a photo of their creation on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveSickSonnets. Daisy Goodwin, a best-selling poet and multi-award-winning television writer, will be judging every entry. The winner will score a pair of round-trip flights to anywhere easyJet flies. (In true budget airline fashion, however, the chosen flights are subject to blackout dates.) The View of an American Road Trip from the Back of a Motorcyclelast_img read more

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Nigerian national arrested for siphoning of Rs 160cr from NRI

first_imgKolkata: A Nigerian national was arrested from New Delhi on Sunday for allegedly siphoning of Rs 1.60 crore from a Non Resident Indian (NRI) identified as Utpal Sengupta of New Jersey in USA, who has a home at Mandevilla Gardens in Kolkata.According to the police, Sengupta has an bank account with the State Bank Of India (SBI)’s NRI branch at Chowringhee. On December 15, 2017, Sengupta lodged a complaint at Shakespeare Sarani police station alleging that some miscreants have siphoned of Rs 1.60 crore from his bank account to some other bank accounts in India. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter preliminary investigation by Shakespeare Sarani police station, the case was taken up by the Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police. During the probe, the police nabbed 11 persons from Kolkata and its adjacent areas, who were found involved in the racket. After interrogating them, the name of a Nigerian national, identified as Okafar Paul Chukwunweike alias Austinn George, cropped up. Later, the police came to know that Chukwunweike somehow managed to hack Sengupta’s e-mail address and sent instructions to the bank from it to transfer money to four bank accounts within India. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe had hired several people but none of them know where Chukwunweike stays. Recently, police managed obtain his address by tracking his Internet Protocol (IP) address and a team from DD was sent to New Delhi. On Sunday, Chukwunweike was arrested from Mehrouli area in New Delhi. During the search of the premises where he lived, the police found several documents, including an Aadhar Card on his name, which he obtained by generating fake documents. It was also found that he was staying in India for a longtime without any valid visa or travel documents. To avoid police action, he used to frequently change his place of stay. Chukwunweike was brought to Kolkata on transit remand and was produced at the Bankshall Court on Wednesday. He has been remanded to police custody till August 20.last_img read more

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Team Eastern Door aiming to leave mark on wrestling mat

first_imgAPTN National NewsTeam Eastern Door and the North’s wrestling squad all hail from the same Mohawk community of Kahnawake.Which makes sense because their local high school’s dominance of the sport is the stuff of legend.Now, they’re setting their sights on winning the gold with a source of motivation that is uniquely their own.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

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Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube quits

first_imgMumbai: Grounded carrier Jet Airways Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube has resigned from the post Tuesday, a day after its deputy chief executive and chief financial officer Amit Agarwal quit the company.An Indian-American, Dube had joined Jet Airways in August 2016 after serving various roles at Delta Airlines, Sabre Inc and American Airlines in the US, Europe and Asia. “We wish to inform that Vinay Dube, chief executive officer has resigned from services of the company with immediate effect due to personal reasons,” Jet Airways said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. Dube had stepped in the position after almost 15 months of the departure of the then chief executive Crammer Ball. During the period Agarwal officiated the position as acting CEO. Earlier in the day, Jet Airways informed exchanges of Agarwal’s resignation from the company on personal grounds.last_img read more

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UN envoy urges probe into alleged rapes during expulsions from Angola to

“It is important not only to get an accurate picture of what has happened, but also to clarify who has perpetrated the suspected human rights violations, and that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in a statement issued yesterday. The UN humanitarian arm said earlier this week that, according to unconfirmed but reliable reports, more than 150 Congolese arrived in the Tembo area of Bandundu province in western DRC, alleging to have been expelled by Angolan authorities. Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reported that they were told that two men had been killed and that 30 women were raped multiple times in the course of the expulsion, added the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Ms. Wallström urged the Governments of both Angola and DRC to “do their utmost to protect their populations, particularly women and children.” Wallstrom 29 October 2010Following reports of alleged rapes of women deported from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official has called on both countries to investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice. read more

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Javon Belcher Is Not The Victim Hes A Murderer

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Is anyone on the Kansas City Chiefs mad at Jovan Belcher, murderer? He killed a 22-year-old woman, leaving a three-month old motherless. He did this in a house with his mother in a nearby room. And yet his jersey still hangs in the team’s locker room as some sort of twisted memorial.Not cool.If he died as former Chief running back Joe Delaney did in 1983, drowning while trying to rescue three children in a lake, or as former K.C. linebacker Derrick Thomas did tragically from a massive blood clot resulting from a car accident in 2000 . . . then such a display would be appropriate.Delaney’s and Thomas’ names and numbers reside on the Arrowhead Stadium Ring of Honor – an appropriate place for fallen players who did not die from their own hand.Belcher killed himself – after killing his girlfriend. And for that, he should be shunned like poison ivy.It is a tragedy that Belcher, 25, took his own life after gunning down his girlfriend, but with the murder should come disassociation and anger, not sympathy.This is not a cold-hearted approach, but one born of empathy for Kasandra Perkins and her parent-less child; for her family that grieves the unnecessary death a loved one, including her cousin – the wife of Belcher teammate Jamaal Charles – who introduced her to the athlete that would take her life.And then there is his mother, Cheryl Shepherd, who was left to seek help for her dying “daughter-in-law.” You could hear her pain and fear in the 911 call recording. She’s making his funeral plans and left to raise his child, who will be a constant memory of the tragedy that will tug at her heart the rest of her life.After shooting his girlfriend, Belcher headed to the team’s practice facility to shoot himself in front of the general manager, head coach and his position coach. They are undergoing mandatory counseling for witnessing someone put a bullet through his own head. Think they will forget that moment anytime soon?More significantly, little Zoey will grow up and one day will be old enough to ask about her parents. How do you craft an answer that does not scar her for life?This is the carnage Belcher left behind. For that, he hardly should earn anyone’s sympathy – or a place in the Chiefs’ locker room.“I don’t know if it’s a shrine, or whatever you want to put it. It’s a tribute,” offensive tackle Eric Winston said. “He was a player on this team. We’re all struggling to reconcile the conflicting emotions we have.”No doubt, for the players, it is a difficult balance, but how did he earn a tribute? He killed a young woman.His teammates got dressed in suits and attended a memorial service for Belcher on Wednesday. They are hurt and confused, shocked. How could someone they thought they knew flip as he apparently did. Maybe it was brain injury that turned him, although any other known case of NFL players with such malfunctions have only hurt themselves. Maybe it was one false moment that he wished he had back the instant it occurred, although the multiple gun shots could suggest something different.Lots of maybes. . .Whatever the case, Belcher’s locker should be cleaned out and discarded like so much trash. He does not deserve the attention it brings or the sympathy it elicits.No one will know what drove a seemingly fine young man to such an awful tailspin. But he is not the victim here; he created the victims, and there are many.And for that, Belcher should be cast aside, at least figuratively. His mother has already said she will always love her son; that’s a mom for you. His friends certainly will have similar feelings.To onlookers, it is a bit frustrating and disheartening to see so much attention paid to a murderer. The attention and focus should go to the real victims in this horrible case – and to someone worthy, someone who can use the prayers and use the support.His daughter. read more

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Michael Sams Father Not Happy With Sons Gay Revelation

Michael Sam Sr., the father of Missouri football star Michael Sam who revealed this week that he is gay, was so upset when his son told him of his sexuality that he said he could not finish his meal.“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. told The New York Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”He said he received a text message from his son that read, “Dad, I’m gay” last Tuesday. And while many have publicly applauded Sam’s son for his courage, the player’s father was less than thrilled. He told the Times that he’s “old school” and that the idea of a homosexual player in the NFL bothers him, even when that person is his own son.“As a Black man, we have so many hurdles to cross. This is just one he has to cross,” Sam Sr. told The Times.He told the newspaper that late Hall of Famer Deacon Jones, the leader of the Rams’ Fearsome Foursome who is credited with terming the word “sack,” is “turning over in his grave.”He told the newspaper, however, that he loves his son and hopes he makes it into the NFL.Sam led the SEC with 11.5 sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss. Many NFL draft projections see him as a likely mid-round pick, with some saying Sam could go as high as the third round, with a possible position switch to outside linebacker. He is rated as the 12th-best outside pass-rusher in the draft by ESPN Scouts Inc.His upbringing in Hitchcock, Texas, was filled with adversity. As such, he told ESPN that his decision to come out seemed easy compared to the tragedies he has had to endure.“I endured so much in my past: seeing my older brother killed from a gunshot wound, not knowing that my oldest sister died when she was a baby and I never got the chance to meet her,” he said. “My second-oldest brother went missing in 1998, and me and my little sister were the last ones to see him … my other two brothers have been in and out of jail since eighth grade, currently both in jail.“Telling the world I’m gay is nothing compared to that.”On Sunday, the defensive end told ESPN that his parents, who are no longer together, took the news well, which contradicts the comments from his father to The Times.“I told my mom and dad last week, and they just pretty much said, ‘We knew and we love you and support you,’” he said. “I’m their baby boy. I’m the first to go to college. I’m the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone.”The Times reported that when Sam returns to his hometown he usually stays with friends instead of his family.“I’m closer to my friends than I am to my family,” Sam told the newspaper. read more

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Heres how the Costa Concordia wreck is being removed

first_img 10 things in tech you need to know today WeWork CEO Adam Neumann told employees he’s ‘humbled’ by the collapse of the firm’s IPO China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack Oil declines while stocks are muted as ‘all eyes are on the Fed’ on rate-decision day IT’S BEEN MORE than a year since the cruise ship Costa Concordia struck a reef off the shore of Isola del Giglio, in the Mediterranean, leading to a wreck that cost 30 passengers their lives.Yet the enormous ship is still sitting off the Italian coast, mostly submerged, in the middle of a nationally protected marine park and coral reef.The ingenious salvage operation —called the “Parbuckling Project” — involves building a series of underwater platforms onto which the Costa Concordia will be lifted upright (parbuckled), then floated up and towed away.It is now fully underway: The underwater platform has been partly installed, and more than a third of the floatation devices that will hopefully lift the ship out of the sea have been filled and put in position.These photos reveal how the salvage operation — the riskiest, most complicated, and most expensive ever undertaken — is going so far.last_img read more

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Ibrahim Halawas trial delayed for 22nd time

first_img IBRAHIM HALAWA’S TRIAL has been delayed for the 22nd time in Egypt.Amnesty International has criticised the latest delay, noting that Halawa (21) has spent 1,348 days in prison and there is “grave concern” for his physical and mental wellbeing.An application for his release on medical grounds was lodged at the last hearing in the case. Amnesty said it is unclear if the court has considered the request for his release on humanitarian grounds.Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “For the 22nd time in 44 months, Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been postponed.“Amnesty has conducted a thorough, independent review of the prosecution evidence and concluded that he was arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression.“Amnesty researchers in Cairo on the night of his arrest confirm that he was sheltering in the Al Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent acts he’s been charged with.”Halawa, who is an Irish citizen, was 17 years old when he was first detained during Muslim Brotherhood protests in Cairo in August 2013.He faces a mass trial alongside 493 other defendants, which Amnesty said cannot meet the standards required for a fair trial as defined under international human rights law.‘Utmost concern’Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs were present at today’s hearing, where seven more witnesses were called and cross-examined. The court will sit again on 9 May.Minister Charlie Flanagan said: “My expectation now is that the trial will move towards a conclusion. It is important that there should be no further delays in the process.The government, my own Department of Foreign Affairs and our embassy in Cairo will continue to monitor all developments in relation to Ibrahim Halawa’s case and his health and welfare, which remain matters of the utmost concern.“We will continue to provide every possible consular assistance to Ibrahim Halawa and his family. A further consular visit will be undertaken by the embassy to Ibrahim Halawa in the coming days.”Read: Ibrahim Halawa’s family say he is now ‘dying’ in prisonRead: Egyptian President refuses to release Ibrahim Halawa but says he can return to Ireland after his trial By Órla Ryan Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 5:13 PM Apr 26th 2017, 5:13 PM Image: Amnesty International 20,423 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 108 Comments center_img Short URL Ibrahim Halawa Ibrahim Halawa Image: Amnesty International Share597 Tweet Email Ibrahim Halawa’s trial delayed for 22nd time Concerns have been raised about his health. http://jrnl.ie/3359790 last_img read more

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Total and regular pay fall by 05 in real terms

first_imgBoth total pay, which includes bonus payments, and regular pay, which excludes bonuses, fell by 0.5% in real terms for employees in Great Britain between April-June 2016 and April-June 2017, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: August 2017 report, also found that in nominal terms, which have not been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.1% between April-June 2016 and April-June 2017. This is higher than the growth rate of 1.9% recorded between March-May 2016 and March-May 2017.Regular pay, excluding bonuses, in nominal terms increased by 2.1% between April-June 2016 and April-June 2017, compared to 2% between March-May 2016 and March-May 2017.Average total pay, including bonus payments, for employees in Great Britain was £506 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay in June 2017. This compares to £493 a week in June 2016. Average regular pay was £474 a week, compared to £465 a week in June 2016.In real terms, which have been adjusted for consumer price inflation, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £490 a week in June 2017, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonuses and before tax and other deductions from pay, was £459 a week in June 2017.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 34.6% between January 2005 and June 2017, rising from £376 a week to £506 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), increased by 32.2%.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Some positive news on the UK’s cost of living squeeze from the ONS today, with average earnings growth beating expectations by growing 2.1% year-on-year in the three months to June. When inflation is taken into account, however, real wages still fell by 0.5% in the three-month period.“A fundamental shift in the labour market has led this relationship to break down, meaning wages remain depressed despite low unemployment. The cause seems to be a lack of underlying inflationary pressure, combined with technological developments and global competition which has weakened the bargaining power of the worker. Throw continuing lacklustre productivity growth into the mix too, and the Bank of England’s prediction of 3% wage growth by next year could look optimistic.”Crowley Woodford, employment partner at Ashurst, added: “Given this record employment rate it is surprising, at first glance, that wage growth has not kept pace with inflation. However, employers are still lacking in confidence about the longer-term future and [employees] still feel insecure in their jobs. This dampens the pressure on employers to offer higher pay and employee representative bodies to demand it.”last_img read more

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Putin To Expel 755 US Diplomatic Staff From Russia In Response To

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia is expelling 755 U.S. diplomatic personnel in retaliation against new U.S. sanctions proposed against Moscow, according to wire reports.On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry had signaled that the U.S. would need to downsize its diplomatic staff to 455, to exactly match the number of Russian diplomatic staff in the U.S. Now, Putin has announced the exact number of staff he’s ordered the U.S. embassy in Moscow to cut.Russia is also seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties, much like the U.S. shut down two Russian diplomatic compounds under the Obama Administration.In an interview on Russian TV, Putin said he is opposed to any additional retaliatory actions against the U.S., at least “as of today,” Reuters reports.The new sanctions against Russia were overwhelmingly approved by Congress earlier this week, with a veto-proof majority. President Trump was initially opposed to the sanctions, but the White House says he is preparing to sign them into law.As NPR’s Miles Parks reported on Tuesday, the sanctions are punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election:“The legislation slaps Moscow with new financial restrictions on doing business with American entities while also restricting Trump’s ability to waive those penalties. Often, a president has a freer hand in dealing with foreign governments, but the bill deliberately takes away that discretion.“To waive sanctions on Russia, Trump would have to send Congress a report explaining and justifying his decision, and lawmakers would then get 30 days to decide whether to allow it.“The vote puts Trump in an awkward position. He raised eyebrows from his first days on the campaign trail by expressing a desire to improve the U.S.- Russia relationship. He and his staff have specifically expressed an openness to easing sanctions.” ‘I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only, is possible, absolutely possible,’ Trump said last year at a campaign speech in Washington.”Speaking in Estonia on Sunday, Vice President Pence criticized Russia’s “destabilizing activities.” But, he said, “if Russia will change its behavior, our relationship will change for the good.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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