Bihar offers cash reward for information on Maoists

first_imgThe Bihar government on Wednesday announced cash rewards from ₹25,000 to ₹5 lakh on 43 top Maoists active in the State. The cash rewards will be for anyone providing information on the Maoists or help the police in facilitating their arrests.“Anyone cooperating with the police in nabbing ultra rebels falling in the rewards category will receive cash from ₹ 25,000 to ₹ 5 lakh, as announced by the Bihar government,” ADGP S.K. Singhal told journalists.last_img

‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor the first time in a long time, Kelly Nabong is beaming.And he has every reason to do so. After all, he’s playing the best basketball in his six-year professional career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa TY Tang to make comeback with Go For Gold Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nabong was one of the reasons why the Batang Pier got the headstart over the Bolts. He connected on his first three shots as his side slowly built a 20-point lead, 36-16, in the second quarter that ballooned to as high as 29, 94-65, late in the game.Nabong cleared he doesn’t have an axe to grind against his former teammates, sharing that up to now, he shares a good relationship with a bunch of them despite being cut in the offseason.“I talk to all the players. I have no problems with the players. They’re all great guys over there, we still talk to this day,” he said. “It’s been water under the bridge the day after it happened. No hard feelings to nobody.”Nabong reiterated that he has moved on and would rather focus on his current run with the Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Everything happens for a reason. I’m just blessed to get another chance to play basketball with my other former team, GlobalPort, and I’m just really blessed to still be here. We’re really glad we got this win, but one win doesn’t stop here. We’re trying to get to the top,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax PLAY LIST 01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:14Lumad school backers vow to fight legal battle vs DepEd closure order01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next On Sunday, Nabong had one of his most impressive games for GlobalPort in a 107-88 win over his former team Meralco.“There’s always motivation playing against your former teammates and your former coach,” he said after posting 17 points and 17 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 29-year-old doesn’t want to put too much color in the tussle with winning as his only focus.“It was just like any other game. We always come into a game wanting to blow our opponents out. We always want to come in and make that a sure win. We don’t want to leave room for comebacks,” he said. “Meralco is a good team, don’t get me wrong. We just played better and it feels good to win against them.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

SMB levels up

first_img“We are the No. 1 offensive team in the league,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s their (Hotshots’) defense or our offense just didn’t get going.”To their credit, the Beermen didn’t yield much, either.After scoring 109 points in winning Game 1, Star was starved to 33 points less as the San Miguel defense held Allein Maliksi, who shot 26 points in the series opener, to just five.Ratliffe’s 35 rebounds now stand as the second most all-time in a playoff series, next only to the 45 Michael Hackett had for Ginebra San Miguel in the 1985 battle for third place in the Reinforced Conference.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela expects Barangay Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone to stage a comeback in Game 2 of their series Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer showed the other facet of its game and knotted its best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup against Star on Monday night, and coach Leo Austria has just one wish for the coming games.“I hope we can unveil our (offensive) arsenal,” Austria said after his Beermen escaped with a 77-76 decision of the Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay in a highly defensive Game 2. “This is not yet our game.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES MOST READ “He’s a master tactician,” Racela said as he braces for Cone in their 7 p.m. duel, also at MoA Arena.Racela said the two-time Grand Slam coach would surely make the necessary adjustments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Austria admitted to being lucky in a way for coming up with the win after Paul Lee missed a running jumper in the waning seconds which could have turned the game around and buried the Beermen in a 0-2 hole.“I hope that we have momentum going into the next game,” he said. “We have to work really hard because Starknows our weaknesses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set this Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.San Miguel survived a mammoth 25-point, 35-rebound night by Star import Ricardo Ratliffe, but insists that it is offense that will take them to yet another title series appearance and that shot to keep their Grand Slam dream alive. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img What ‘missteps’? Azkals out to regroup vs Tajiks after China rout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

PBA slaps 30k fine on Pogoy after groin shot

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe PBA has fined TNT shooting guard Roger Pogoy a sum of P30,000 after hitting San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in the groin in Game 2 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday.Game officials called a flagrant foul penalty 2 on Pogoy, leading to his ejection in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Miguel took a convincing 102-88 victory in Game 2 to tie the series up at 1-1.Pogoy, after scoring 27 points in Game 1, left the game with just one block under his name.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

Russia ready for World Cup draw with Spain the team to avoid

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Heavyweight contests?Germany, Brazil and Argentina are all in the first pot along with France, European champions Portugal, Belgium, Poland and the hosts.But if those nations are certain of avoiding each other, danger lurks in pot two, where the Spanish — the 2010 winners rebuilt into a formidable force by Julen Lopetegui — lie along with England.“Whatever happens we will accept it gladly and sportingly. I don’t waste energy thinking about who I prefer and who I don’t,” said Lopetegui, but Spain and England must be crossing their fingers in the hope of being paired with Poland or the Russians.This is still a 32-nation tournament for now, and FIFA will keep apart sides from the same continent with the exception of Europe, which has 14 representatives to go into eight groups.Most sections will therefore contain two European nations, raising the prospect of England or Spain meeting Germany or France in heavyweight contests right away.France and Spain were even drawn together during one practice run of the draw, while alternatively, there is the possibility of England being drawn with Iceland, the team that humiliated them at Euro 2016.“Sometimes a strong group can strengthen you for the following rounds,” admitted Brazil coach Tite.Coaches from 30 of the 32 nations are present in Moscow, with the exceptions being Uruguay’s Oscar Tabarez, who will not attend due to health issues, and Australia, currently without a manager. Star studded event“Before the draw, there is nothing you can do. You just wait. You need some luck to win the World Cup and it begins here with the draw,” said former France player and coach Laurent Blanc.He is in Moscow to act as an assistant, along with fellow former trophy winners such as Gordon Banks, Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol and a certain Diego Maradona.Germany’s Miroslav Klose, the leading scorer in tournament history, will bring out the trophy, while former England striker-turned TV presenter Gary Lineker will conduct the ceremony along with the Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya.Looking forward to the occasion more than most will be Iceland, the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists making their World Cup debut, and Central American outsiders Panama. Also eagerly awaiting the draw will be Peru, qualified for the first time since 1982, and Egypt, back after a 28-year absence.Those nations will add something new to a tournament that will be deprived, among others, of four-time winners Italy, the Netherlands and the United States. × COMMENTS December 01, 2017center_img Published on football SHARE sport The real countdown to the 2018 World Cup in Russia begins today as the draw for the tournament is held at a star-studded ceremony in the Kremlin.President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing Russian winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.Putin and Russia will hope to make the draw itself a memorable occasion and turn the focus firmly to football, and the chosen setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.The build-up to Russia 2018 has been overshadowed by talk of the controversial awarding of the tournament in the first place, of the friction between Putin’s regime and the West and of fears over terrorism and hooliganism.Russia’s sporting reputation has also taken a battering after investigations into widespread doping by its athletes, including at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.But now football’s biggest superstars, from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, will find out who stands between them and World Cup glory as the draw begins at 6 PM local time (1500 GMT) inside the State Kremlin Palace.The moment has come for Germany to discover who they will meet as they look to become the first nation to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962.Messi and Ronaldo, the two players who have dominated the game’s biggest individual accolades over the last decade, will hope to avoid tough draws for Argentina and Portugal respectively in what will surely be their final opportunity to lift the trophy.last_img read more

DSK Shivajians bank on home advantage, face Bengaluru FC

first_imgPune, Apr 5 (PTI) DSK Shivajians FC will be looking to make most of home advantage when they face Bengaluru FC in a crucial Hero I-League 2015-16 Round-15 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex here tomorrow. Currently on a five-match unbeaten run, DSK Shivajians have been at their best at Balewadi in recent games. Back-to-back wins over East Bengal, Sporting Goa and a draw against Shillong Lajong FC has helped DSK Shivajians pick up seven points in the last three games at home. Moreover, building on their longest unbeaten run ever, DSK Shivajians have improved in front of the goal, scoring a total of 10 goals in the last six games, eight of which came at home. Going into the game, both sides – seventh-placed DSK Shivajians (13 points) and second-placed Bengaluru FC (25 pts) ? are targeting maximum with the aim of improving their respective positions in the standings. Moreover, with just four rounds to go, each game is vital as six teams are separated by just two points from fourth to ninth place in the table, thus making the three points on offer crucial. DSK Shivajians coach Derrick Pereira outlined his confidence while speaking at the pre-match press conference and said, “We have another exciting home match now. We will be looking to do well again, especially since it is our second-last home match of the season. We do not have to worry about injuries and cards, which is a positive. Also, we will be going into the match with the same squad that we had for the last couple of games.” On the team news front, Pereira will have a full squad at his disposal with no major injury concerns. Opponents Bengaluru FC, who arrived here on the eve of the clash, come into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Mumbai FC. The Karnataka-based side will be a tricky opponent as they will be looking for a positive result to topple leaders Mohun Bagan (25 points) who have lost back-to-back games. Interestingly, Bengaluru FC are the only side in the league to boast a better away record than at home. For the record, the Ashley Westwood-led side have picked up four wins and 13 points in six games while scoring eight times. PTI AH ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Man Utd making trouble with Maguire approach – Puel

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel has joked that Manchester United were simply “making trouble” as they made an approach for centre-back Harry Maguire.The 25-year-old enjoyed a terrific World Cup campaign with England, who finished fourth in Russia, and was the subject of a bid by the Old Trafford club.The 2015-16 Premier League champions, however, rejected the approach and with a week left of the transfer window, the Red Devils are assessing other options as they do not want to meet their rivals’ £75m ($99m) valuation of the player. 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! Puel, meanwhile, has laughed off the suggestion that Maguire might have been bound for Jose Mourinho’s side, joking that he felt that United were simply trying to disrupt his team before they meet on Friday, August 10 in the opening round of Premier League fixtures.“I think perhaps United wanted to make trouble before our game,” he told Sky Sports.“It’s not the thing to try to make trouble but I think he’s a better player for us.“It’s our intent to keep him and just a few days before the start of the season it would not be a good thing for the squad, for confidence and for Leicester Football Club.”Indeed, Puel believes that it is essential that his side do not lose any more of their star performers before the end of the window, having sold Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City for £60m ($78.5m) in July.“If we keep our best players we can do something interesting,” he said. “We lost Riyad and we know the importance of this player but we cannot lose another important player for this team.”Maguire and England team-mate Jamie Vardy will only return to training for the Foxes next week after their exploits in Russia, and as a consequence both will be unavailable for the opening match of the season against United.Puel will take his Leicester side to his former club Lille on Saturday for their final pre-season match of the summer, having seen his men beat Notts County and lose to Udinese – a match sandwiched between draws against Akhisarspor and Valencia.The Frenchman has completed several big signings over the summer, securing the services of Jonny Evans from WBA, Ricardo Pereira from Porto and James Maddison from Norwich.last_img read more

Pats Pound Peterson-less Vikings

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence. Matt Cassel’s four interceptions, too.Chandler Jones returned a field goal he blocked for a touchdown right before halftime, and Brady and the Patriots cruised from there for a 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 14 to give coach Bill Belichick his 200th career win.Brady went 15-for-22 for 149 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers, and Cassel’s first start against his close friend and former mentor was a dud.Devin McCourty, Darrelle Revis, Logan Ryan and Dominique Easley all picked him off, setting up 17 points for the Patriots and prompting “Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!” chants from the crowd for rookie backup Teddy Bridgewater. Cassel finished 19-for-36 for 202 yards.Matt Asiata caught an early touchdown pass from Cassel but had only 36 yards on 13 carries in place of Peterson, who was shelved for the game after a charge of child abuse was levied against him in Texas. His status for the rest of the season is unclear.The pass-run ratio last week for the Patriots was 60-20 in a shaky loss at Miami, but they established a much better balance here.Stevan Ridley carried 25 times for 101 yards, and Brady found a vulnerable target in Vikings second-year cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who was listed as questionable for the game because of a groin injury. He wasn’t able to keep up with Edelman, most glaringly on the possession right after the interception by Revis.Julian Edelman, who also had a 34-yard punt return, had two first-down catches plus the wide-open grab in the corner of the end zone for a 17-7 lead. Edelman finished with six catches for 81 yards.One of the many hallmarks of success under Belichick, who became the sixth coach to reach 200 NFL victories, has been an ability to avoid consecutive losses.Over the last four years they’ve had only two losing streaks, of just two games apiece. The last time the Patriots lost the first two games of the season was 2001, when they went on to win their first of three Super Bowl titles.This was also Brady’s 149th win as a starter, pushing him past John Elway into third place on the all-time list.The Vikings sure started strong, finishing off a smooth opening drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Asiata after moving 80 yards in seven plays solely with Asiata and the tight ends.They forced a three-and-out, too, but the Patriots just needed one bad throw by Brady’s former backup to shift the momentum.Cassel’s heave to Jarius Wright hung in the air long enough for McCourty to snag it and bring the ball to the 1 after a 60-yard return. Ridley scored two plays later.Revis had Greg Jennings smothered for much of the game, and the five-time Pro Bowl pick grabbed an errant pass by Cassel early in the second quarter to set up the first of three field goals by Stephen Gostkowski.Then, after the Vikings got in position for a 48-yard kick by Blair Walsh that would’ve pulled them within seven points at the intermission, Jones powered through the line, stretched his arms out and batted down the ball. He picked it up in stride and headed for the end zone, effectively quashing the hope for a second-half comeback.The Dolphins rushed for 191 yards against the Patriots. But without Peterson, the Vikings finished with just 54 yards on 19 attempts.They were also the only team in the league last week to not allow a touchdown, but the defense regressed against Brady and the Patriots.He struggled badly against Cincinnati last season when Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was defensive coordinator for the Bengals, but Belichick and Brady had the decisive edge on this sun-splashed afternoon.(DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ICC appeals for information on suspected fixer Aneel Munawar

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday issued an appeal to identify the one remaining suspected match-fixer in a recent documentary.The appeal is part of an extensive investigation by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) to track down the alleged fixer, known as Aneel Munawar. The programme makers have indicated that this man will now be central to a second documentary.”We have identified every other person in the original documentary and have spoken to a number of them in connection with match fixing, including those who are not deemed to be participants under our Anti-Corruption Code. However the true identity of Aneel Munawar remains a mystery. He plays a significant role in the programme, yet enquiries with law enforcement and immigration sources have not identified or located him.Cricket Australia gives clean chit to its players in corruption allegations”As such we are appealing to the public or anyone from within the cricket family to contact us with any information that will lead us to identify and locate him. Police investigations often use such an appeal to locate people of interest and we are exercising the same approach,” ICC ACU General Manager Alex Marshall said.”The absence of any cooperation from the broadcaster has slowed the investigation, but to date we have made good progress in identifying people of significant interest including people already of interest to the ACU. We have been able to discount a number of claims made in the programme and continue to pursue other aspects. We will provide a full update at the conclusion of the investigation.advertisement”We are aware that there is a second documentary in the offing, this time based on historical recordings between a fixer, suspected to be Munawar and bookies in India. As with the first programme, we will investigate any claims made in a full and thorough manner and we take any allegations of corruption, historical or contemporary, extremely seriously. Based on what we already know, we have engaged the services of an independent betting analysis company to examine the claims made about particular matches,” he added.”As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster. Access to the raw, unedited footage enables us to build a complete picture around the claims in the documentary and ensure our investigation is as fair and thorough as possible.”(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Abu Dhabi ODI: Imam-ul-Haq escapes serious injury after suffering nasty blow on helmet

first_imgPakistan received some good news after their win over New Zealand in the second ODI as batsman Imam-ul-Haq was cleared of any serious injuries after he got hit on the helmet during their run chase.Imam was batting on 16 in the 13th over when a Lockie Ferguson bouncer hit him flush on the grill of his helmet.The batsman immediately threw his bat away and crouched on his knees before lying down flat on the side of the pitch, writhing in pain.2nd ODI: Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman fire Pakistan to 6-wicket win over New ZealandGet well soon #ImamUlHaq Ahmed Patel (@ramizrap1) November 9, 2018The Pakistan team physio had to be called out as play halted for some time before Imam got to his feet but still looked dazed and zoned out. He was then taken off the field by emergency services and taken straight to a hospital for precautionary tests.Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Twitter that Imam’s scans were clear. He joined the team but will remain under observation.Imam ul Haq has been taken to the hospital for scans. Get well soon @ImamUlHaq12 #PAKvNZ Official (@TheRealPCB) November 9, 2018Imam ul Haq injury update.Imam ul Haq all scans clear. He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio. Official (@TheRealPCB) November 9, 2018Pakistan meanwhile, rode on Fakhar Zaman’s run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s career-best figures (4-38) to beat New Zealand by six wickets and level the three-match series 1-1 in Abu Dhabi.advertisementLeft-handed Zaman hit 11 boundaries in his aggressive half century and Babar Azam notched 46 off 50 balls as Pakistan raced to 212-4 in 40.3 overs to level the three-match series.Mohammad Hafeez stayed unbeaten on 27 and raised Pakistan’s victory with a crisp boundary off Tim Southee.Ferguson took 3-60, but New Zealand’s hat-trick hero in the first game, Trent Boult, returned wicketless conceding as many runs off his 10 overs.Earlier, New Zealand was restricted to 209-9 with Ross Taylor scoring a fighting unbeaten 86 off 120 balls for his second half century in a row in the series.Afridi bowled intelligently upfront when he had free scoring Colin Munro (13) caught at mid-off in his first over.Captain Kane Williamson, who won the toss and elected to bat, was unlucky to get run out when Afridi got finger tips off George Worker’s hard drive and the ball smashed onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Williamson out of his crease.Worker struggled for his 50-ball knock of 28 before he played all around to off-spinner Hafeez and was clean bowled while Afridi made its 4-73 by clean bowling Tom Latham off a sharp yorker.Taylor and Henry Nicholls (33) tried to rebuild the innings with 75-run stand, but Pakistan never allowed New Zealand to score freely with leg-spinner Shadab Khan conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs for the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme.Pakistan’s most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand.(With AP inputs)last_img read more



Everton show zero fight or direction in 4-1 rout at Southampton

first_imgTopics Read more Share on Messenger match reports Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The upcoming seven days comprise what look like must-win matches against West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park. “It is not good enough and it has to change,” Unsworth said. “Something has to change because this group of players is underperforming. Whether it’s Ronald in charge or myself in charge, it’s not working.”Everton were slapdash in possession and shirked challenges, with most passes aimless and too many players seemingly uninterested. This was the meekest attempt to put right the wrongs of Thursday’s 5-1 capitulation at the hands of Atalanta and left Unsworth, a staunch club servant, grimacing. For Mauricio Pellegrino, who has compared managing Southampton to going to the gym because hard work has not provided instant results, this domineering and confident showing was evidence of significant progress.“The first half we played really well but after they equalised the team was patient and we continued playing in the same way,” Pellegrino said. “After we scored the third one it was easy for us because we had the space and we created a lot of chances.”It was a breeze for Southampton, who badly needed some light relief after an indifferent start to the season. Pellegrino tweaked personnel, handing Austin his first league start, as Southampton sought a third home win. Unsworth, meanwhile, made eight changes from the team thumped by Atalanta, including dropping Wayne Rooney who remained on the bench. But 72 hours on it was the same old story with this Everton display equally torturous viewing.The only surprise when Everton fell behind after 18 minutes was that it had taken so long. Austin had stabbed wide and struck the woodwork before Tadic rounded off a superb sweeping team move. His deft finish trickled through the legs of Jordan Pickford, the Everton goalkeeper, who was horribly exposed time and again, after racing on to Ryan Bertrand’s slide-rule pass. Pickford erupted, angered at the gaping hole between Michael Keane and Leighton Baines, who was then replaced by Ashley Williams owing to a calf injury. As another chance flew past Pickford’s post, a smattering of boos rang out from a pocket of fans in the away end.In fairness few could have foreseen Everton’s next move. With the interval fast approaching, Sigurdsson picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, with seemingly no danger to Southampton until he jinked inside on to his right foot, fooling Davis and Virgil van Dijk. He then wrapped his boot round the ball and sent a crashing effort goalwards, which pinballed between the bar, post and bar again before falling into the cushion of the side netting.Fortunately for Southampton, Everton quickly returned to their bad habits after half-time. More slack defending allowed Bertrand to ghost in down the left and again turn supplier, this time to feed Austin at the near post, with the striker comfortably beating Keane and Williams in the challenge to thunder his header in off the bar.Five minutes later it was déjà vu; with Everton’s defence again at sea, an unmarked Austin powered home beyond a hapless Pickford from Tadic’s cross. Southampton almost added another through the substitute Shane Long but Pickford saved after the striker wriggled free of Phil Jagielka. Saints did, though, find a fourth when Davis fired in low two minutes from time. Unsworth’s tired shake of the head at full time said it all. Share via Email Premier League Everton crumbled for the second time in four days as their disastrous season continued with a chastening defeat at Southampton. The travelling supporters could have been forgiven for thinking it could not get any worse but this inept display, lacking resolve or fight, was damning evidence that Everton really are a sorry mess. Their lofty ambitions this season have long since evaporated and David Unsworth must be in a minority in thinking they are not in a relegation battle.Everton, without a clean sheet since the opening day, were again a defensive shambles and after shipping another four goals here have conceded nine in two outings. They were pulled apart, with Steven Davis completing the rout after Dusan Tadic’s opener and a Charlie Austin double. By the end Gylfi Sigurdsson’s spectacular first-half equaliser was a distant memory and the prospect of relegation an ever-increasing reality, with the club two points above the bottom three.The manager who inherits this from the caretaker Unsworth will have quite a job on his hands; this is a fifth defeat in seven matches since Ronald Koeman’s sacking. Asked whether Everton were in a relegation battle, Unsworth replied: “I wouldn’t go that far so early. I think we are in a tough moment, and I think we have a massive week ahead of us. Our confidence is very, very low and we are conceding far too easily. The players know that and, if they didn’t know they were in a tough situation, then they must do now. It’s a massive week for the club.” Southampton Everton Sean Dyche left ‘raging’ by late Alexis Sánchez penalty winner for Arsenal Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Braxton Miller Trolls Jim Harbaugh With Ridiculous Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Braxton Miller is usually quiet and reserved – and prefers to let his play on the field do the talking. Wednesday, however, he apparently couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get in on the trolling of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh after the Wolverines head coach blasted Ohio State’s AD on Twitter.Miller took to Twitter Wednesday to re-post a ridiculous meme that was put together last offseason after Harbaugh took his shirt off during a satellite camp. Check it out:‘ what a time.. Who made this?— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) March 23, 2016Between Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Thomas and now Braxton Miller, it’s clear that Ohio State’s former players have no problem taking shots at their former rival. We’ll see if Harbaugh strikes back.last_img read more

New FOIPOP Review Officer Appointed

first_imgDulcie McCallum, former Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia, is Nova Scotia’s new Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer. Ms. McCallum will oversee how provincial and municipal governments protect the privacy of Nova Scotians and respond to requests for access to information. “I’m pleased that Ms. McCallum has agreed to take on this important role,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “The courts have recognized our legislation as being among the most open, progressive information and privacy laws in the country. Ms. McCallum brings tremendous expertise and knowledge to this office, particularly in the areas of the rights of persons with disabilities and children, constitutional matters and justice issues.” Ms. McCallum received her law degree from the University of Victoria and has expertise in administrative and human rights law. Over the past 30 years, Ms. McCallum has held positions in private practice and in the public sector. She was Ombudsman for the Province of British Columbia for seven years, until 1999. Since then, Ms. McCallum has worked for government and a number of organizations, including representative on the Canadian Delegation to the United Nations, to draft the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “I am thrilled to be named the new FOIPOP Review Officer and am ready to serve Nova Scotians in this important office,” said Ms. McCallum. “I moved to rural Nova Scotia just over a year and a half ago from Victoria, British Columbia. “Living in Sherbrooke has been one of the most rewarding times of my life. This new opportunity, which will enable me to work throughout the province to ensure citizens’ rights of access and privacy are respected, is both a great honour and privilege.” The review officer is an independent ombudsman appointed by the Governor in Council for a term of five to seven years. The review officer will accept appeals from people and organizations who are not satisfied with the response they received from government departments or other public bodies such as hospitals, universities and school boards. The review officer may make recommendations to the public body. The public body must respond in writing to the report. If the applicant, or a third party, is not satisfied with the outcome of a review, an appeal may be made to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. The selection process for a new review officer was led by the Public Service Commission. An independent selection advisory committee, chaired by Auditor General Jacques Lapointe, recruited candidates for the position. The committee reviewed 70 applications and interviewed six candidates. Ms. McCallum will assume office on Feb. 5.last_img read more

Eager to contribute to progress of Indian football

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly appointed All India Football Federation technical director Isac Doru on Monday said he is looking forward to contribute to the progress of Indian football. The Romanian was selected from a list of over 60 candidates who had applied for the post which was advertised earlier this year. The 56-year-old comes with a rich experience of almost 29 years in international football across many countries namely France, Japan, USA, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Qatar amongst others. He was last employed as the Sporting Director of three-time J-league Champions Yokohama Marinos FC. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I need to thank All India Football Federation for the opportunity. I’m eager to make a positive contribution to the progress of football in India, and to work with everyone from the AIFF family,” Doru said. “I am looking forward to starting employment immediately after obtaining the travelling visa to India,” he added. AIFF president Praful Patel also extended his best wishes to Doru. “It’s nice to have Doru on board. His vast experience will come in handy for Indian Football. I expect him to guide us to the next level,” Patel said in a statement. The post of technical director remained vacant since Australian Scott O’Donnell decided to quit in 2017. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersAIFF general secretary Kushal Das said the biggest challenge is to “sustain the momentum” gained by Indian football recently. “Indian football has been experiencing a significant transition in recent years. I look up to Mr. Doru to work on, and improve on the roadmap already laid down for the youth teams, and at the same time make value addition to our coach education programme, grassroots, women’s football, and men’s football too,” Das said.last_img read more

Boycott Saudi Arabias Almarai to Replace Centrale Danone

Rabat- Saudi Arabia’s Almarai, the largest dairy company in the Middle East, will open a dairy factory in Morocco by 2019. As Centrale Danone, a subsidiary of the giant French dairy company Danone, has begun to count its losses with the ongoing boycott against it, the Middle East’s leading food and beverage manufacturer and distributor, Almarai, has emerged as an attractive future investor in the country.The Saudi company is expected to open its first subsidiary by the end of 2018 or early in 2019. The company has reportedly bought land belonging to the headquarters of Centrale Danone in the kingdom, according to Moroccan news site Hespress.For years, many Moroccans expressed their wish to have Almarai dairy product brands in Morocco due to their “high quality.”Founded in 1977 in Saudi Arabia, Almarai is a partnership between the Irish agri-foods pioneer, Alastair McGuckian, and Saudi prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer. Almarai is now the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company.Almarai, headquartered in Riyadh, produces dairy, yoghurt, pastries, infant formula, and more than 1.2 billion liters of milk per year. It employs more than 4,700 workers.The decision may have been within the framework of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 to boost economic partnership with Morocco by increasing the volume of direct foreign investment.Will Morocco say goodbye to Centrale Danone?Almarai’s decision to invest in the dairy sector in Morocco coincides with the ongoing boycott targeting Centrale Danone, the leading dairy brand in Morocco.The decision also poses questions of whether it will be the end of an era for the dairy firm, formerly known as Centrale Laitière, which has extended its roots in the kingdom since 1949.On April 20, Moroccans launched a boycott against three major companies at once, Afriquia (gasoline), Sidi Ali (mineral and soda water), and Centrale Danone, in protest against the high prices set by these companies.The boycott campaign has caused major revenue loss for Centrale, as it recently announced that it had a net loss of MAD 150 million in the first half of 2018. read more

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut opens factory in Japan in rare foreign

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut opens factory in Japan in rare foreign investment coup TAKASAKI, Japan – The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition.Zurich-based cocoa and chocolates maker Barry Callebaut spent 18.5 million Swiss francs ($20 million) to build the factory, which opened Thursday on the site of a former brewery in Takasaki, smack in the middle of the country. The company aims to help sate the Japanese appetite for chocolate: about 2 kilograms (4 1/2 pounds) of chocolate a year for every person in lean times or fat, which makes this $11.4 billion market the biggest in Asia.Faced with Japan’s economic eclipse by China, Abe hopes to double foreign investment this decade, a goal set long ago by one of his predecessors, Junichiro Koizumi, but never reached. Foreign investment in Japan is just a fraction of the levels in other wealthy countries, a legacy of mercantilist policies that helped foster giant exporters such as Toyota.So far, both foreign and Japanese companies remain wary: deregulation and tax incentives are feeble weapons against the demographic odds of a country whose population is fast aging and already shrinking.For chocolate makers, it’s less of a hard sell. Even if Japanese continue to tighten their belts and refrain from splashing out on big ticket luxuries, people still have to eat. Moreover, older Japanese are big chocoholics, convinced of the health benefits of cacao bean flavonoids — antioxidants that can improve heart health.Though Barry Callebaut’s investment decision predates Abe’s election win last December, it illustrates some of the potential gains Japanese companies could reap from closer co-operation with foreign partners, but generally are not.Back in 2007, Barry Callebaut strengthened its alliance with Morinaga & Co., one of Japan’s biggest sweets companies with popular treats such as “Choco Balls,” doubling sales volumes here.With a purpose-built factory alongside a Morinaga plant in Takasaki, Barry Callebaut will be better placed to meet demand, said Mikael Neglen, the company’s president for chocolate in the Asia-Pacific.For Morinaga, founded in 1899, Barry Callebaut has brought a stable supply of liquid chocolate, cost reductions and improved efficiency.“We have the capacity to reduce process times by up to 25 per cent but still maintain quality standards,” said Michael Roberts, project manager for Barry Callebaut in Asia, as he gave a tour of the tantalizingly aromatic production line that transforms cacao beans into chocolate. Any reduction in manufacturing time translates into huge savings, especially in energy costs, he said.Attracting foreign capital and innovation are pivotal to reforms Abe has promised to help restore Japan’s competitiveness. So far, his efforts have focused on tax cuts and winning approval for special economic zones meant to make business easier for foreign companies that are put off by Japan’s high costs and cumbersome labour regulations.In one of the other major, though modest foreign investments announced this year, French dairy maker Danone SA has said it will spend 14 billion yen ($140 million) to double capacity at its yoghurt factory in Gunma Prefecture to 200,000 tons a year.But so far, most of the foreign investment in “Abenomics” has been in shares and real estate. Stock prices soared last spring on expectations that Abe’s stimulus policies and the weakening of the Japanese yen would be a boon to exporters, many of whom have since reported surging profits.In 2012, foreign direct investment in Japan reversed a two year decline to increase by $1.76 billion. But investment overseas by Japanese companies was $122.4 billion. Overall, Japan has a stock of more than $1 trillion in foreign investment overseas, while foreign investments in Japan total $178 billion, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.JETRO has stepped up its own campaign to attract foreign companies, while local governments also are clamouring for attention.Chiba, whose industrial districts are located just across Tokyo Bay, recently announced an “Investment Support Center” and was offering a one-third subsidy for rent to foreign companies starting up new businesses in Japan. by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 1:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN officials in Rome Pope Francis stress absolute necessity of ending hunger

“It is a well-known fact that current levels of production are sufficient, yet millions of people are still suffering and dying of starvation. This is truly scandalous,” Pope Francis said during an audience at the Vatican with members of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and delegates attending the agency’s 38th Conference.Pope Francis underlined that countries must “must move beyond indifference” and change policies that exclude the most vulnerable populations, exacerbating hunger and poverty.Saying the global economic crisis could not “continue to be used as an alibi,” the pontiff added that “the crisis will not be completely over until situations and living conditions are examined in terms of the human person and human dignity.”The Pope received the FAO delegates representing countries from every region of the world, including Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Chairperson of the FAO Conference, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, as well as hundreds of representatives of FAO member countries.“The fight against hunger must have no colour, no religion, no political affiliation,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “Ending hunger is absolutely necessary if we want a truly sustainable and more secure future. It makes political and economic sense, but morally and ethically, it is also the right thing to do.”Mr. Graziano da Silva recalled that Pope Francis had spoken out on World Environment Day, observed earlier this month, against the culture of waste that leads to the loss of 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year. “The pontiff said that it was ‘like stealing food from poor people,’ and he was right. But we are also squandering entire generations of lives to starvation, inadequate nutrition and poor health. And this is hurting us all,” he said.Mr. Rahimi said the Pope’s message was inspiring, and noted that leaders of all religious faiths can mobilize governments, organizations, companies and communities to take action and defend the right to food of those who are most vulnerable. read more

Graduate students research aims to help people living with epilepsy

Suzanne McGuireA Brock MA student in Applied Health Sciences hopes to help people living with epilepsy “remove themselves from the shadows.”Suzanne McGuire is a young researcher who is trying to understand the essence of what it means for young women, ages 20 to 35, to live with and to disclose their epilepsy in society.McGuire was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago while in the midst of completing her undergraduate honours degree at Brock.“That’s what led me to my graduate studies at Brock,” she says. “For my research, I will be comparing my experiences with epilepsy to that of other young women’s experiences. My research participants will actually be my co-researchers through this study.”In Canada, more than 300,000 people battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition. Epilepsy Canada, a national non-profit organization that supports research into all aspects of epilepsy, has designated March as epilepsy awareness month.“Through this study, I really want to shed light on the injustices that people with epilepsy share in our society, so that we can work towards better epilepsy awareness and reduce stigma in society,” says McGuire.She says some of these injustices include patchwork or inappropriate medical treatments, being excluded from activities out of fear that a person might have a seizure, or discrimination in the hiring process.?“People living with epilepsy should live healthier lives and feel comfortable disclosing their epilepsy in public,” says McGuire. “I consider myself to be an epilepsy advocate. My goals are to try to raise awareness, work towards positive change in society, and to help other people cope with their medical condition.”McGuire is working with Jarold Cosby, associate professor of Kinesiology, who studies physician and patient behaviors in his Qualitative Research Interview Laboratory at Brock. His research looks at how and why physicians and patients choose to use or ignore scientific evidence. Cosby was McGuire’s supervisor for her Fourth Year thesis, which gave her the opportunity to study her illness.“The work she did was fabulous, so she decided to carry her work forward in my lab,” says Cosby. “Through her scientific work, and her advocacy with various epilepsy organizations, she is already having an impact on the illness in the community.”McGuire’s advocacy work includes serving on the board of directors of Epilepsy Niagara. The organization is part of a global grassroots movement to mark March 26 as Purple Day and increase epilepsy awareness through community campaigns. McGuire will do her part for the campaign on March 25 and 26 by setting up an information table in Brock’s Walker Complex, near the change rooms.She will also present her research on April 10 at Brock as part of the Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. The conference will be held in Plaza building from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. read more

Men who eat two portions of yoghurt are less likely to develop

Men who have two portions of yoghurt a week could cut the risk of precancerous growths by a fifth, a study suggests.Research by the University of Washington found those eating plenty of it had a significantly lower chance of developing adenoma which can lead to bowel cancer.The study, published in Gut, which tracked more than 32,000 men for 25 years, found that those consuming at least two portions of yoghurt a week had 19 per cent fewer growths – and 26 per cent fewer of the most high-risk type.The study was observational, and could not demonstrate why the foodstuff might have such an impact.But scientists said that Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, two bacteria commonly found in live yogurt, may lower the number of cancer causing chemicals in the gut.The anti-inflammatory properties might also reduce gut leakiness, which could also protect against disease, they said. The study tracked a total of 32,606 men and 55,743 women, all of whom had a lower bowel endoscopy, which enables medics to view the inside of their gut. Every four years they provided detailed information on lifestyle and diet – including how much yoghurt they ate. During the study period, 5,811 pre-cancerous growths developed in the men, and 8,116 in the women.While men who ate yoghurt had a far lower risk of developing the growths, called adenoma, no association was seen in women.Katie Patrick, health information officer, from Cancer Research UK, said: “The colon is home to trillions of microbes and how the bacteria in our gut might affect bowel cancer risk is a fascinating area of research. Lots of things affect the types of bugs in our gut and our overall gut health, including the foods we eat.“But men don’t need to fill their shopping trolleys with yoghurt because it’s too early to say from this study whether eating more yoghurt could reduce the risk of bowel cancer. However, there is good evidence that you can reduce your risk by eating more foods high in fibre, like wholegrain bread or brown rice, and cutting down on processed and red meat.”Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 diagnoses annually. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more