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Panchayat polls: A setback likely for BJD

first_imgAt the end of the fifth and last phase of panchayat polls on Tuesday, it became clear that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal has lost its supremacy in rural Odisha, suffering a severe jolt in the western region.In its fourth consecutive term in power, the BJD has for the first time faced serious challenge not from the Congress but from its one-time ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party. The shock to the ruling party has come while it was trying to strengthen its position by celebrating the birth centenary of late Biju Patnaik after whom the party has been named.Before enforcement of the model code of conduct, Mr. Patnaik had visited almost all the districts, announcing new schemes and laying foundation stones for new projects in an attempt to beat anti-incumbency. A number people from rival parties as well as popular actors were inducted into the BJD to exhibit the party’s growing popularity in the run-up to the polls.The ruling BJD had also tried to whip up popular sentiments by raising the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh by organising protests and Jal Satyagraha.Although the results of the rural polls have not been formally announced, going by reports reaching the Capital city, it appears that the BJD had lost ground in over 100 Zilla Parishad constituencies. Top BJD leaders too have failed to prevent the BJP from winning in their strongholds. It seems that Mr. Patnaik’s pre-poll announcements and public mobilisation on the Mahanadi issue had had little impact on voters. The BJP, on the other hand, achieved spectacular success by intensifying its campaign when the BJD was bugged by anti-incumbency, and the Congress, the main opposition in State Assembly, remained a divided house.The saffron party is likely to cross the 300 mark by increasing its strength from a measly 36 of the total 851 Zilla Parishad seats in the last panchayat polls in 2012.The BJP has not only achieved substantial electoral gains in the western region of the State by defeating both the BJD and the Congress nominees, it has also been able to make inroads into the coastal region where the BJD was strong all these years.The BJD, which won 651 seats in 2012, is set to get restricted to 400-odd seats with the Congress suffering a major setback. The party, which has been pushed to the third position by the BJP, is set to win 50-odd seats this time as against 128 five years ago. Though the trend was not clear in all 30 districts, the BJD is likely to form Zilla Parishad in at least 14 districts, the BJP in eight and the Congress in two districts as happened in 2012. The BJP had not been able to form council in any district last time.The interior districts where the BJP performed unexpectedly well this time include Kalahandi, Balangir, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj. The party had strong presence in these areas during its nine-year-long partnership in the State government from 2000 to 2009.Voter turnout The final results will be declared by the State Election Commission on February 25. The initial outcome, however, have left the BJD shocked, the BJP euphoric and the Congress depressed. All these parties have already started contemplating about adopting new strategy to regain lost ground and consolidate their position in future polls. The highest voter turnout of 77% was recorded in the last phase of the polls on Tuesday, surpassing the turnout in the previous four phases. Giving details of the fifth phase polling held in 150 Zilla Parishad seats spread over 26 of the total 30 districts, the Election Commission said Subarnapur district recorded the highest turnout at 88% and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s home district Ganjam saw the lowest at 67%.The results of the elections for the posts of sarpanches and ward members, and results for panchayat samity members and Zilla Parishad members will be announced on February 23 and 25 respectively by the Block Development Officers-cum-Election Officers.last_img read more

2nd Test: New Zealand stun Pakistan to sweep series

first_imgNew Zealand took nine wickets in Tuesday’s final session to snatch an extraordinary 138-run win over Pakistan in the second Test, completing a 2-0 sweep and ending a 31-year drought in home series against Pakistan.After setting Pakistan 369 to win, New Zealand took 60 overs and more than four hours to capture its first wicket as Sami Aslam (91) and stand-in captain Azhar Ali (58) shared a 131-run opening stand which gave the tourists a slim chance of pushing for victory and strong likelihood of at least forcing a draw.As the chances of pushing for victory ebbed away, Pakistan tried to put up the shutters in the final session and the innings crumbled spectacularly for 230, giving New Zealand victory by 138 runs with half an hour to spare. (SCORECARD)Spinner Mitchell Santner started the decline with two wickets, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme chipped in one each, then Neil Wagner (3-57) took three wickets in his last two overs to destroy the tail.The last seven wickets fell for 31 runs and the Pakistan team that arrived in New Zealand with confidence brimming now heads to Australia after its first series defeat in two years, and with its morale at a low ebb.”If we go back to the start of the test match, losing the toss and being able to reach 271 on a difficult wicket was a huge start,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “The guys bowled really well after that.”A lot of credit has to go to Pakistan for the way they batted today. We set them a tough total and up until that last session they were certainly in with a chance of winning. I guess when you’ve got all three results in play going into the last session it makes for a very exciting finish and it’s nice to be on the right side of it.”advertisementNew Zealand took a first innings lead of 55 by dismissing Pakistan for 216 in reply to its 271. The Black Caps then built a 368 run lead by declaring at 313-9 in its second innings, a total built around Ross Taylor’s unbeaten century.For much of the final day it was hard to discern any real intent on Pakistan’s part to puruse what would have been the highest-successful run chase in a test in New Zealand.Aslam and Azhar assembled slow half centuries and their 131-run stand occupied 4-1/4 hours, finally ending near the drinks break in the afternoon which marked the midpoint of the final day. At tea, Pakistan was 158-1, still needing 211 runs to win from 34 overs in the final session at a run-rate of 6.21.But it became clear when the last session began that Pakistan had been preserving wickets with the intention of going on the attack.zhar and Aslam were dismissed 28 runs apart, hitting out in an effort to lift the scoring rate or to give up their wickets in the attempt. First Azhar dragged a wide delivery from spinner Santner onto his stumps, then Aslam holed out to Williamson at mid-off.Babar Azam, top-scorer in the first innings, made 16 then followed in the manner of his captain, dragging an innocuous delivery from Santner onto his wicket.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 41 from 44 balls in the first innings, was promoted in the order in the clearest sign that the tourists had some intention of attacking its winning target.He hit 19 runs from 21 balls but, when he was out, Pakistan gave up the chase. Defense proved far more difficult than it expected against the second new ball and its nerve buckled when wickets began to fall at a steady pace.Younis Khan, who has been going through the longest dry patch of his career with single figure totals in each of his past five innings, was out for 11 on his 39th birthday, unable to save his side as he has so often in the past.Asad Shafiq fell for 0, Sohail Khan for 8, then Wagner dismissed Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan for ducks. The tailenders survived a total of seven deliveries.”We knew the target was quite a big one but we wanted to have a good partnership up front and see what we could plan after that,” Azhar said. “We had that partnership but we couldn’t get the run-rate going.”In the last few overs we didn’t bat well. We wanted to win this game and we didn’t want it to end up like this anyway.”New Zealand won a Test series against Pakistan in New Zealand for the first time since 1985, lifting itself to sixth on world Test rankings.advertisementlast_img read more

Simeone in awe of dynamic Dortmund after record defeat

first_imgDiego Simeone deflected concern from a 4-0 hiding into praise for a rampant Borussia Dortmund side that inflicted his heaviest defeat with Atletico Madrid.A young and vibrant Dortmund scored three times in the final 20 minutes to tear a hole through their Champions League opponents and go three points clear in Group A.Axel Witsel’s deflected effort earlier split the teams at the interval before two-goal Raphael Guerreiro and fellow substitute Jadon Sancho combined to ruthlessly expose Atleti’s desperation for an equaliser. 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! Atletico did look likely to square the margin during a dominant spell after the restart but they failed capitalise on that period as Simeone lauded Dortmund.”It was a clear result. We have to congratulate our opponent, they played a fast and attacking game,” Simeone told reporters.”They played very efficiently, very dynamically. The most important thing is to quickly use possession, and they did so wonderfully. They are doing very well at the moment, it is very nice to watch.”The result is a clear one, even if we can say that the first half was an even one and that we could have drawn level later.”[It was] 4-0, so what good is it? But I have seen plenty of good things also.”The final scoreline was the widest losing margin Simeone has suffered since taking charge of Atleti in December 2011. Despite the sobering setback, Diego Godin was not giving up hope of overhauling Bundesliga leaders Dortmund across the final three Group A fixtures.”We can’t blame this on bad luck or anything,” the captain said. “We started the second half well but in football you need to take your chances.”We need to improve and when things aren’t coming off for you, you need to work harder individually to improve the collective level.”Top spot is looking difficult now with their goal difference, but we need to try and beat them at home and we’ll see how it goes.”last_img read more

Showalter, Williams Baseball’s Top Managers

first_imgNEW YORK — Buck Showalter and Matt Williams won the Manager of the Year awards Nov. 11, turning a Beltway double play.Showalter took the American League prize for the third time after guiding Baltimore to its first division title in 17 years, and Williams snagged the NL honor following his first season as a big league skipper with Washington.Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He’s established a unique pattern of winning once a decade following victories with the New York Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004.“I won’t be doing it 10 years from now,” Showalter said on the MLB Network telecast.Williams, who played under Showalter in Arizona from 1998-00, led the Nationals to an NL-best 96 wins. He got 18 first-place votes and 109 points, joining Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993) and Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) as the only men to win in their first seasons as a major league manager.“This is an organizational award as far as I’m concerned,” Williams said on a conference call. “It’s a testament to how the organization has built itself.”Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels was second in the AL with four firsts and 61 points, and Kansas City’s Ned Yost finished third with 41 points. Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon followed with 29 points.The 58-year-old Showalter piloted the Orioles to a 96-66 record and their first AL East crown since 1997 despite playing large chunks of the season without All-Stars Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters.Voting took place before the playoffs, when Baltimore swept Detroit in the Division Series and then was swept by Kansas City in the AL Championship Series.Until the ALCS, the Orioles had not lost four in a row since May and had not dropped consecutive home games since June 28-29.Showalter became the first manager to win with three teams in one league. He is the third Orioles winner, following Frank Robinson in 1989 and Davey Johnson in 1997.“I think you’ve got to keep in mind that (players) allow you to manage them in today’s game. It’s not like you get to do it because of your job title,” Showalter said from his Texas home. “It was a lot of fun to kind of get out of the way,” Showalter added. “I had a great seat.”Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle, who earned the NL honor last year, finished second to Williams with eight first-place votes and 80 points. Bruce Bochy of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was third with three firsts and 30 points.“For me, as a newcomer to the managerial fraternity, it is a privilege just to be considered amongst the best in our game. Clint and Bruce are certainly that,” Williams said in a Nationals statement.Miami’s Mike Redmond also got a first-place vote and finished fifth, behind St. Louis’ Mike Matheny.A hard-nosed player and five-time All-Star over 17 seasons, Williams was coaching third base for Arizona when he was hired by Washington.Now he is the franchise’s fourth winner, joining Johnson (2012) and Montreal’s Buck Rodgers (1987) and Felipe Alou (1994).Williams credited his players, saying, “These guys made my transition easy.”The Nationals had hoped to contend for the Series title in 2013 under Johnson and came into this season with high expectations. Some predicted they would take the crown, which can often hinder a manager’s chances of winning this award.“What we accomplished this season would not have been possible without the right man at the helm,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. “It was a pleasure to watch him grow throughout.”Williams stressed fundamentals from the start of spring training, and worked on creative defensive alignments. His biggest stamp might’ve come in late April when he benched young star Bryce Harper in the middle of a game for failing to run out a grounder.The 48-year-old Williams kept the Nationals on track despite injuries to Harper, Doug Fister, Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos. Washington still won the NL East by a whopping 17 games, the biggest margin in the majors.“As a staff, we tried to empower our players and allow them to have a voice and decide how they’re going to go about doing it,” Williams said. “So, these guys did it. I didn’t do anything except try to guide that at certain times.”The Nationals lost to the Giants in four games in the NL Division Series.___By Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writers Ronald Blum and Howie Rumberg, and AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Apple announces the Best of 2018; Indian app wins iPad app of the year honour

first_imgThe year 2018 is coming to an end and ahead of the year end, Apple has announced its ‘Best of 2018’- its annual list which details the best content available on the App Store and iTunes across devices including the iPhone, iPad, Mac and the Apple TV. The list includes everything from apps to games, from movies to music and books to podcasts.As the tradition goes, while the company announces the top trends across devices, it also announces a list of apps across categories that its editors consider worth highlighting and represent the best of what the year had to offer. This year, Apple’s editors awarded iPad App of Year honour to and app by an Indian software company.Froggipedia is an augmented reality based educational app developed by India-based Designmate that allows users to observe the life-cycle of a frog and dissect and observe the complex structure of its internal organs without having to touch a frog or lift a scalpel in real life. The app helps kids to test their knowledge of the amphibian using simple fun quiz at the end of the session.However, Froggipedia is not the only cool (and popular) app in Apple’s 2018 list. Here’s a list of the top apps and games that the company has to offer:Best Apps of the Year App Trend of the Year: Self-careGame Trend of the Year: Battle Royale-style gamingiPhone App of the Year: Procreate PocketiPhone Game of the Year: Donut CountyiPad App of the Year: FroggipediaiPad Game of the Year: GorogoaMac App of the Year: Pixelmator ProMac Game of the Year: The Gardens BetweenApple TV App of the Year: SweatApple TV Game of the Year: Alto’s OdysseyadvertisementTop Free Apps – Charts1. WhatsApp Messenger2. YouTube3. Facebook4. Instagram5. Facebook Messenger6. SHAREit7. Google Maps8. Paytm9. TikTok10. HotstarTop Paid Apps – Charts1. DSLR Camera2. CamScanner3. CamToPlan PRO4. Kirakira+5. My Contacts Backup Pro6. Geekbench 47. Pixomatic Photo Editor8. iScanner9. Sense10. Fitness Buddy+ Gym Workout LogTop Free Games – Charts1. PUBG Mobile2. Ludo King3. Sniper 3D: Fun Battle Shooting4. Candy Crush Saga5. Snake Vs Block6. Dream11 Fantasy Sports7. 8 Ball Pool8. Subway Surfers9. Word Link – Word Puzzle Game10. Knife HitTop Paid Games – Charts1. Hitman Sniper2. Assassin’s Creed Identity3. Can Knockdown 24. Grand Theft Auto: San Andrea5. Driving Zone 26. BADLAND 27. F1 20168. Minecraft9. Monument Valley 210. Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityBesides these, Apple, in its annual list, also included apps for its Apple Watch that impressed its editors.Favourite Watch Apps of the Year1. WaterMinder2. App in the Air3. CARROT Weather4. Just Press Record5. Swing Tennis Tracker6. Lifesum: Diert & Marco Tracker7. 10% Happier: Meditation8. Overcast9. Fun Golf GPS10. SlopesALSO READ: | Google Play Users Choice Awards: PUBG MOBILE, Avengers: Infinity War voted the best of 2018last_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 14:10 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Bournemouth Getty Premier League Arsenal Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Arsenal will face a tough away test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a match which could go some way to revealing more about their title credentials.The Gunners have won their past two consecutive games against Bournemouth and FC Koln in the Europa League, but a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield over a fortnight ago still lingers in the memory.Arsene Wenger’s side have an indifferent record at the home of the Blues and will be desperate to put in a performance worthy of a top four contender against Antonio Conte’s well-drilled outfit.“[Our record at Stamford Bridge is because] in recent years, Chelsea had a great team always and it was always difficult to win there,” the manager said. “But our record against Chelsea recently has been good. We won at the Emirates last year, we won the FA Cup final and on penalties in the Community Shield so let’s just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much where we play.“Chelsea looked comfortable after 20 minutes [in midweek against Qarabag] but that doesn’t bother me. I think we need to focus on our performance and play our game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing ARSENAL INJURIES Wenger will make a late check on Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil before Sunday’s game with both players rested for Europa League opener on Thursday.Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers will play for the under 23s on Friday as he steps up his return to the first team.Long-term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first team matter until the turn of next year.Bosman 2017 Santi CazorlaARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.Chelsea Arsenal BetARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger has used two different formations this season and admitted after Arsenal’s win over FC Koln that he will change his tactical set-up depending on the opposition.It’s expected that the Gunners will start with three centre backs – Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi – while Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are likely to start in the wing-back positions.The preferred central midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey looks set to make its return while a front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil represents a strong forward line.Lacazette 6/4 to scoreJack Wilshere played over 20 minutes on Thursday and will be hopeful of being named in the matchday squad at Stamford Bridge.Arsenal Chelsea XICHELSEA TEAM NEWS Danny Drinkwater is an injury doubt with a calf injury while Eden Hazard could start in attack after being eased back into Chelsea’s team following an ankle injury.Baba Rahman isn’t involved due to a knee injury while Diego Costa remains another absentee as he seeks a transfer to Atletico Madrid.Conte has used a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formation this season and will welcome back the likes of Morata after resting the Spaniard for their Champions League opener against Qarabag.Danny Drinkwater ChelseaBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS After winning just four of the previous 16, Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal, since a 3-5 defeat in October 2011. The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight. Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013). The Gunners haven’t lost six consecutive away league games versus a single team since a seven-game run versus Liverpool at Anfield between 1981 to 1988. Should Arsenal concede here, it will equal their longest run of away games without a clean sheet against a specific opponent in Premier League history (13 against Liverpool between 1999 and 2012). Arsenal have won two of their last four games against Chelsea in all competitions – as many as they had in their previous 12 combined. Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these seeing them score three or more goals. The Blues have had a player sent off in their last two games against Arsenal in all competitions (Victor Moses in the FA Cup final, Pedro in the Community Shield). However, they haven’t had a player sent off against them in a league game since Khalid Boulahrouz in May 2007. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 13:30 BST.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Ramos happy to take penalty duties from Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is delighted to have penalty-taking responsibilities after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.Ramos is on spot-kick duties for Madrid after Ronaldo left the LaLiga giants for Juventus in July.AdChoices广告The defender has already scored 10 goals this season – his equal most in a campaign – and said it was nice to replace Ronaldo, while adding he never wanted to offend when he opts for the ‘Panenka’ from the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,” Ramos told Antena 3.”It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.”Madrid are preparing for a big few weeks, including a Copa del Rey semi-final and league clash against Barcelona, a meeting with Atletico Madrid and Champions League tie against Ajax.A BIG month ahead for @RealMadrid!#RMClasico x2#RMDerbi x1 Return to the Champions League— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) February 4, 2019Ramos said it would be a huge month for Madrid, who are third in LaLiga and eight points behind Barca.”We are facing Barcelona, who are the leaders in LaLiga, and our rivals in the cup,” he said.”We also have the derby with Atletico in LaLiga.”The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final is on Wednesday.last_img read more

New Sideline Photo Of Urban Meyer vs. Michigan Is Going Viral

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Much had been made about Urban Meyer’s health status in recent weeks, with Ohio State’s head coach not looking so great during an overtime win over Maryland.This all went away on Saturday, though.Ohio State’s head coach appeared to be just fine on the sideline during the win over Michigan.There were no shots of Meyer falling to his knees or looking extremely anguished during the win against the Wolverines.Instead, Meyer looked like this:Urban Meyer’s body language on the sidelines stopped being a concern at the exact same time his team started absolutely thrashing people. What a funny coincidence.— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) November 25, 2018That’s quite the change from this:Urban Meyer does not look well. Seriously.— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 17, 2018Ohio State improved to 11-1 with the win over Michigan, which dropped to 10-2.The Buckeyes will face Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.last_img read more

Grange Announces New Requirements to Access Sports Funding

first_img In explaining the reason for the changes, Minister Grange said:”Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected. Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sport governing bodies is well managed. At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.” Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a “new approach to how the Ministry makes decisions” and how it will “direct investments in sport.”Minister Grange outlined the new approach in a meeting with national sports federations and associations on Wednesday (today).In explaining the reason for the changes, Minister Grange said:“Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected. Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sport governing bodies is well managed. At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”Under the new arrangements, the Sports Development Foundation will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations/associations without a full accounting for monies being requested. Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.Minister Grange made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities. The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the Ministry.“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange. She continued: “Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors. There is no downside to having greater accountability.”The Minister pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.Minister Grange said:“If you receive over five million dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports.“And so I’m putting everybody on notice. If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held. In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”. Minister Grange outlined the new approach in a meeting with national sports federations and associations on Wednesday (today). The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a “new approach to how the Ministry makes decisions” and how it will “direct investments in sport.”last_img read more

For the record WilsonRaybould statement on ethics commissioners report

first_imgOTTAWA — Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion released a report Wednesday that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, a Montreal engineering giant. Here is part of Wilson Raybould’s response to Dion’s report:“I am grateful for commissioner Mario Dion’s thorough report. It represents a vindication of the independent role of the attorney general and of the director of public prosecutions in criminal prosecutions — and reinforces for Canadians how essential it is to our democracy to uphold the rule of law and prosecutorial independence. The report confirms critical facts, consistent with what I shared with all Canadians, and affirms the position I have taken from the outset. The commissioner was not distracted by inaccurate information about the events or about me personally – and drew conclusions based on the true facts of what occurred.I also have feelings of sadness. In a country as great as Canada, essential values and principles that are the foundation for our freedoms and system of government should be actively upheld by all, especially those in positions of public trust. We should not struggle to do this; and we should not struggle to acknowledge when we have acted in ways that do not meet these standards. I am also concerned by the government’s decision to deny even its ethics commissioner requested access to cabinet confidences, as there were apparently constraints on a number of witnesses from telling the whole story. The commissioner is correct in saying that decisions affecting his work should be made “transparently and democratically, not by the very same public office holders who are subject to the regime he administers.”The report reminds us that we must all remain vigilant. Personally, I remain committed to doing politics differently and engaging in important discussions in a way that honours what is best about Canada, to work across party lines and to continue to do the best job I can as the independent member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville. There remains more work to be done.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RBC backs off on paytopay fees after client pushback

TORONTO — The Royal Bank is backing off on its plan to charge customers a fee to make credit card, loan and mortgage payments under certain circumstances.Royal says it has listened to client feedback and reversed its original decision to include those transactions in a customer’s monthly limit of free debit transactions.The change means mortgage and loan payments, investment contributions and credit card payments will not count towards a customer’s monthly limit.Customers who have accounts with unlimited debit transactions would not have been affected.Royal Bank was widely criticized for the new charge that was part of a broader change to the fees it charges customers.The NDP has called on Ottawa to ban so-called “pay-to-pay” fees by Canada’s big banks.The Canadian PressOttawa should ban ‘pay-to-pay’ fees charged by big banks, NDP saysFed up with the rising fees at Canada’s big banks? There’s an easy solution read more

Federated CoOp refinery in Regina ups production weeks after fire explosion

REGINA – Federated Co-Operatives Ltd.’s refinery in Regina has boosted production by 30,000 barrels per day.It follows a fire and explosion on Dec. 24 that rattled the city.No one was injured.The refinery normally produces 130,000 barrels, but reduced that level to 60,000 after the explosion.Co-Op spokesman Daryl Oshanek says it’s unknown when the refinery will be back to full production.“It’s going to be a process yet that’s going to take some months and it’s going to be difficult to give any estimates as to when we can get back in there, do the cleanup and restore the damaged equipment.”He also says higher production means its stations across the West won’t be facing any fuel shortages.“It’s fair to say getting to that 90,000 barrels per day level now means that we see that we do have secured supplies for our Co-Operative retail service stations across Western Canada.”Oshanek says fire investigators are still working to figure out why the fire and explosion happened.“We cannot go in there and really do anything with the damaged equipment until they do their investigation,” he said.The blast could be heard and felt all over Regina and outside the city as well.It was the fourth fire in about two years at the refinery.In February, a fire in a coker unit sent flames shooting nearly 20 metres in the air, but was quickly brought under control.In October 2011, corrosion in a pipe triggered a fireball that sent seven contract workers to hospital and forced 1,400 workers from the facility. No one was injured.In May 2012, a much smaller fire occurred when an overheated crude oil pump ignited. There were no injuries.(CKRM) Federated Co-Op refinery in Regina ups production weeks after fire, explosion by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 17, 2014 5:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

EBay bans Confederate flag from site calls it a symbol of divisiveness

by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Jun 23, 2015 11:25 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this July 9, 2011 file photo, a man wears a confederate flag bandana on his head at the 15th annual Redneck Games in East Dublin, Ga. Calling it a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” eBay on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 said that it will ban the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File) EBay bans Confederate flag from site, calls it a symbol of “divisiveness and racism” NEW YORK, N.Y. – Calling it a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” eBay said Tuesday that it will ban the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise.“This decision is consistent with our long-standing policy that prohibits items that promote or glorify hatred, violence and racial intolerance,” said eBay spokeswoman Johnna Hoff.The e-commerce company is the latest to prohibit the sale of Confederate merchandise following Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. The shooting deaths of nine black church members last week in South Carolina has reignited debate on what the flag symbolizes.South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse groundsEBay Inc., based in San Jose, California, said it will begin notifying sellers of its decision and begin removing items that contain the Confederate flag on Tuesday. A search for “Confederate flag” brought up 1,400 listings, including pins, watches, ties, hats and sunglasses with an image of the flag on it.The online arts and crafts retailer Etsy also banned Confederate themed goods from its site, as did a handful of national retailers.Rival Inc., which also sells Confederate flags and other items on its site, did not respond to requests for comment. read more

Ohio State womens hockey defends home ice against Lindenwood

OSU sophomore forward Maddy Field (22) takes on Minnesota redshirt senior defender Lee Stecklein (2) during the Buckeyes game against the Gophers on Oct. 22. Credit: Emily Lehmkuhl | For The LanternVying to break its four-game losing streak, the Ohio State women’s hockey team hosted Lindenwood this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU (5-6-1) was able to defend home ice and shut out the Lady Lions (0-8) on both Friday and Saturday.The two wins marked OSU’s first victories on home ice this season and wrapped up a six-game homestand.Sophomore defenseman Lauren Boyle said that having two shutouts is huge for the Buckeyes and serves as a way to repay redshirted sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve.“Sauve has been outstanding the entire season and to be able to give her something in return is really big for us,” Boyle said. “It’s a huge thank you to Sauve… it shows a lot about the [defense’s] character.”Friday’s game started off with multiple scoring attempts from the Buckeyes, including narrow misses from freshman forward Samantha Bouley and junior forward Julianna Iafollo.The Lady Lions defense was sharp early, holding OSU scoreless with the Buckeyes outshooting the Lady Lions 12-10.Lindenwood returned to the ice with a more aggressive style of play, outshooting OSU 7-1 in the first seven minutes of the period.Despite the effort from the Lady Lions, OSU sophomore forward Maddy Field put the Scarlet and Gray ahead with about 1:30 left in the period. The goal was Field’s fifth of the season.The momentum from Field’s goal carried into the third period where the Buckeyes continued to attack the net.  Their efforts proved successful when sophomore forward/defenseman Ariana DePinto scored with eight minutes left to play.Freshman defenseman Katie Mikkelsen and Iafollo quickly followed DePinto’s lead by scoring in quick succession, securing a 4-0 victory for OSU.Simply put, Sauve described the Buckeyes’ first home win of the season as “awesome.”“It’s nice to win at home and the atmosphere was great,” Sauve said. ”We had a lot of people [come] and it was nice to see people cheering for us.”Lindenwood entered Saturday’s game looking to flip the script on the Buckeyes, but OSU was able to open up the scoring and not look back.Fourteen minutes into the first period, OSU went on the powerplay when Boyle buried a shot past Lindenwood goaltender Morgan Skinner.Boyle added some cushion to the lead four minutes later, finding the back of the net over Skinner’s left shoulder and scoring her second goal of the game and season.The Lady Lions kept OSU off the scoreboard in the second period and much of the third. It wasn’t until Boyle solidified the Scarlet and Gray’s victory with an empty net goal with six seconds remaining in the game. The tally completed her first career hat trick and made the final score 3-0 in favor of OSU.Despite being the Buckeyes’ only scorer in the game, Boyle said the execution on the first powerplay set the tone for the Buckeyes.“That power play…has been brewing up a bit of storm, so seeing it come together is really nice,” Boyle said.The Buckeyes travel to St. Cloud, Minnesota, next weekend to take on conference foe St. Cloud State. read more

Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite Blasts its Way to Consoles and PC This

first_imgCapcom has revealed that Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 19. In addition, today’s announcement also comes with new information regarding the game’s modes, story, and various retail editions.Unlike previous titles in the franchise, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will have a more fully developed story. Here is the official plot synopsis from today’s press release:“For the first time in franchise history, the Marvel and Capcom universes collide in a visually stunning and immersive cinematic Story Mode, as heroes and villains battle together to save their merged worlds from a sinister new threat, Ultron Sigma. A combination of the robotic foes known as Ultron from the Marvel Universe and Sigma from the Capcom Universe, this psychotic villain is obsessed with infecting all organic life with a cybernetic virus. History’s greatest gathering of warriors must now unite to fight back against Ultron Sigma and save their newly formed world.”The new cinematic trailer introduces us to eight new combatants. The Marvel side features Ultron, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Rocket Raccoon. The new Capcom characters include Chun-Li, Strider Hiryu, and (classic) Chris Redfield. These characters will be joined by the previously announced Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Mega Man X, Captain America, Ryu, and Morrigan — bringing the total up to 14. There are also two new stages introduced in the trailer: Avengers Tower, and Throne Room.Like Capcom’s Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will feature the Infinity Stones. These will allow players to use unique powers associated with each stone. The game has been streamlined to make it more accessible to a wider audience. At the same time, it will be deep enough for long-time fighting game enthusiasts.Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will have a variety of modes including training, mission, arcade, and multiplayer modes. Multiplayer will have ranked and casual matches, global leaderboards, and online lobbies with spectator mode.As you would expect, there will be several different versions of the game. The Standard Edition includes the main game. The Deluxe Edition features the main game and the 2017 character pass. The character pass will have all six additional post-launch characters, including Sigma from the Mega Man X series. Finally, the Collector’s Edition (which was created by TriForce) will have premium character dioramas of Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Mega Man X, and Chun Li. It will also have a case containing the six Infinity Stones and a SteelBook packaging that has the Deluxe Edition of the game. The Collector’s Edition will cost $199.99.All three editions can be pre-ordered starting today. North American pre-order bonuses include Warrior Thor and Evil Ryu costumes. Global Deluxe Edition pre-orders not only come with the previously mentioned costumes, but also the Gladiator Hulk and Command Mission X costumes.Our hands-on preview of Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite will go live this Thursday at 8am PST.last_img read more

Courtois names his dream World Cup final opponents

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is dreaming of reaching the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in two weeks time against SpainThe Chelsea number one spent three successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and won La Liga in 2014 as well as being named the Spanish league’s goalkeeper of the year in 2013.Courtois has been strongly linked with a return to Madrid this summer with Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid after previously confessing that his “heart” is in the Spanish capital where his children currently live at.The 26-year-old has started in all of three of Belgium’s games at the World Cup and will be expected to line up in goal once more as the Red Devils prepare to face Japan in Monday’s Round of 16 tie.Speaking ahead to the encounter, Courtois revealed his dream opponents at the final would be Spain.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Of course, it’s a dream to play a World Cup final, especially to play against Spain because I know a lot of people there. It’s a nice final,” he told Goal.“I think Spain played good football against Portugal, even though they conceded three goals. Same against Iran, so … oh no, it was against Morocco!“I think they play well but they also concede goals.”Courtois’ dream final will have some tricky obstacles with Belgium set to face either five-winners Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-final if they progress against Japan.last_img read more

Asda adds evouchers to recognition scheme

first_imgRetail organisation Asda has added e-vouchers to its employee reward and recognition programme for 150,000 UK employees.Employees can earn e-vouchers, which were introduced on 13 October 2017 as part of the organisation’s Asda Stars recognition programme, by receiving star points from line managers or by taking part in ad-hoc incentives. Employees are then able to redeem their e-vouchers to spend in Asda stores alongside their current staff discount card.The e-voucher initiative, which was designed to improve the reward experience for staff, has attracted over £33,000 worth of redemptions since its launch.Employees can earn rewards and nominate peers for recognition under the programme via a website or a mobile app. Currently, 70,000 employees are registered for the scheme, which is provided by River, and since the mobile app was launched to employees in 2016, there has been a 365% increase in active participants.Angela Woodward, reward manager at Asda, said: “We are thrilled with the feedback from stores since the launch of the e-vouchers. Managers now have a way of rewarding teams instantly, [employees] can redeem these rewards really easily and it’s really going to make a difference to [employee] engagement.”last_img read more

The challenges of crab leg lunch

first_imgThe Norton Sound Commercial Crab Fishery closed last week, recording more than 41 thousand pounds of red king crab. That pales in comparison to last year’s record-breaking catch. But it was enough for Nome’s Pingo Bakery Seafood House to host its annual crab leg lunch during Iditarod.A crab leg meal (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM – Nome)Sitting by a window illuminated by a gorgeous day, Stacy Flagg of Eagle River is prying open a bundle of crab legs. It is the week of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race finish, and Flagg is taking a break from the festivities to indulge in Pingo Bakery Seafood House’s annual king crab leg lunch. She says, “I didn’t even want to look, I just said ‘I’m having the crab legs; I don’t care what it costs.’ If it was up to my husband, I would have only eaten the stuff he brought from the grocery store in Anchorage.”Flagg says she ordered the crab legs because of the region’s access to freshly caught red king crab from the Norton Sound. Flagg states, “they catch it out under the ice, they catch it right here in Nome. So it’s kinda like, when in Nome, you have to eat crab legs.”Erica Pryzmont is the chef and owner of Pingo Bakery Seafood House, which first opened its doors four years ago. Recently, Pryzmont had to explain the region’s access to seasonal foods to a friend. “I was joking with someone the other day who lived where there are farmer’s markets, ‘well, we don’t really have that, but we do have this,’ and it’s kinda like what we have instead is access to, you know, seasonal foods that are unique to here.”The crab leg lunch has become an Iditarod tradition for this small restaurant. It has a following ranging from locals to those visiting Nome for the Iditarod finish. Pryzmont states, ” We’ve had crab leg lunch every year that we’ve had Iditarod. People really ask about it, yeah, and we’ve gotten enough steady customers over the years that sorta know that’s one of our things that they come back the next year, and they say ‘hey, do you have it yet?’”Earlier this year, the sea ice conditions in the Norton Sound were not favorable and caused a delay in the opening of the commercial crab fishery. There was a time Pryzmont questioned where she would get her supply of crab for the winter season. This uncertainty put Pryzmont in a difficult position due to her reliance on local crabbers for fresh, affordable king crab.Even though this situation made Pryzmont nervous about her menu, she claims the availability of ingredients is not just a challenge for restaurants that rely on local food sources. According to Pryzmont, “I think the challenges for relying on local are just the same for trying to get food in general. It’s a bit of a coin toss. It might be available that day or it might not, and so you always have to have a plan B, plan C, plan D.”Looking towards the future, Pryzmont says she’s not sure how changing weather patterns and crab regulations will affect her restaurant, but she hopes to offer the crab leg lunch for many Iditarods to come. Pryzmont had this final thought on the subject: “It’s pretty hard to be worried about something that none of us have control over. We don’t have control over the weather or the crab supply, or whatever it is the crab like to have for lunch. You just have to have faith and hope that it will be okay. There is no other choice.”last_img read more

Government will streamline health education sectors Dharmana

first_imgSrikakulam: Minister for Roads and Buildings Dharmana Krishna Das said that the government would revamp both health and education fields. The Minister reviewed the progress of works at various departments with concerned officials along with District Collector J Nivas here on Friday.On the occasion, the Minister said that corruption and negligence was prevailed in all government departments, but health and education sectors were more essentials for public and both the areas are required to be revamped. Also Read – Website to guide village secretariat exams created: Collector J Nivas Advertise With Us The Minister asked government doctors working at different hospitals to spend at least their duty hours strictly in the service of poor patients. Doctors need to mend their attitude towards patients as huge amount was being paid for salaries and maintenance of hospitals at different levels, he stated. He said the government would streamline education system in the interest of poor students. Also Read – TDP to intensify protests on sand issue in Vizianagaram Advertise With Us He asked the education department officials to supply books and uniforms before commencement of academic classes every year. Admissions in government schools should be increased based on quality teaching. The Minister directed the revenue and irrigation officials to provide facilities at Vamsadhara irrigation project rehabilitation colonies on quick pace. He asked the officials to treat the land and assets losers with humanitarian angle.last_img read more

Meet unique bike rider of India Sanil Tiwari aka Fakira Rider

first_imgSanil Tiwari aka Fakira RiderPR HandoutRiding motorcycle for days and night from one state to another gives incredible satisfaction that only riders can feel. It makes you feel free and close to nature. Real adventure is when you ride bikes through high altitude places and move through roads curves and bumps. You can never feel the nature’s beauty in the car, the glimpse of this beauty can only be achieved on bikes.There is one bike lover who never used the bike in his 36 years of life, and now he is not driving car because of his love for bikes. One of the most exciting person of our time a real rider who has rode on his bike to travel every place of India from Kanyakumari to Kashmir he has seen everything with his bike, very well known as ‘Fakira Riders’.Fakira sounds unusual name. Actually, there is a story behind it, the actual name of Mr Fakirs is Sanil Tiwari, he got his name from Osho when he took an ascetic from Osho ashram he got his new name as Swami Anand Fakira. Moreover, to find his name meaning or we can say to justify his name, he started travelling around India.Fakira has travelled all around India to every state of India Mumbai to Sikkim, Kanyakumari to Sikkim, He has more than 230k subscribers on YouTube as his followers and more than 11,281,858 views. He has represented many places and people of India through his videos, which have been loved by everyone.Fakira is a nature lover, heat, rain, cold, smell of soil, when raindrop falls, every road, every mountain, rivers, he just loves his life, he feels that it makes him feel free from tension and he also feels everyone should try riding. It gives you fantastic feeling when you come close to nature you forget everything in life.His motive of posting videos is to drive people with his positive thoughts through his videos. Fakira feels that nature teaches you the meaning of life when you get closer to it. He is India’s unique personality, which is rare to find, for him, life is about riding a bike from one place to another, enjoy nature, meet people.last_img read more