first_imgRaising the issue of income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees in the State, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the Centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party of insulting the festival. Speaking to journalists at the State Secretariat, Ms. Banerjee said those who talk about Hinduism before the elections are insulting a religious festival like Durga Puja by asking the organisers to pay income tax. The Income Tax Department had issued notices to about 40 big budget pujas during the last festival, seeking details of their income and expenditure.“Those who believe in the Hindu religion, observe Durga Puja. Many political parties do not have to pay income tax for the funds they spend during the elections. Then why would the puja committees have to pay tax? I condemn this attitude,” she said.Ms Banerjee’s remarks, just before the onset of the festival season, assumes significance as the BJP is likely to associate with several community Durga Pujas this year. Durga Pujas in West Bengal also serve as a prominent means of reaching out to large number of people. ‘Subscription by people’The Chief Minister said that community Durga Pujas are held on subscription paid by people, who pay taxes and therefore the question of taxing puja funds does not arise. “It is an insult to the pujas,” she said. Last year, West Bengal government paid an honorarium of ₹10,000 to the community Durga Puja organisers, a decision that was challenged in thee Calcutta High Court.last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian High Commission in India on Thursday denied media reports that athletes from its country had behaved like hooligans at the Commonwealth Games Village.In a statement, the high commission accepted that some spirited celebrations had taken place but denied hooliganism by the Australian team.  “We can confirm that in the course of celebrations a washing machine was damaged, though it remains unclear who did the damage, what their nationality was and whether it was deliberate or accidental,” the high commission said in a statement. “The suggestion that this was a reaction to Australia’s loss in the second Test is completely baseless. Australia sent its biggest team ever to the Delhi Games. The athletes embraced India and left with wonderful experience,” the statement said. The Herald Sun newspaper claimed that Australia’s Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite had confirmed that a washing machine was thrown off the eighth floor of an Australian residential tower at the Village.  But Crosswhite said he would be surprised if the culprit was an Australian and blamed athletes from other countries who were in the Australian building at the time of the incident. The Delhi Police confirmed the rampage but said it had not received any complaint from the CWG Organising Committee.  Media reports had said that some members of the Australian contingent went on the rampage after being unable to accept India’s thumping win over the Australian cricket team in the Test match.  The reports said a washing machine, electrical fittings and furniture at the Village bore the brunt of the athletes’ anger. Apparently, slogans were also raised against Sachin Tendulkar.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIndia is lucky to have a “stable” captain like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, according to Pakistan’s ODI skipper Shahid Afridi who is still trying to play down his negative remarks against Indians that caused an uproar.”I thought Dhoni led the Indians very shrewdly and performed brilliantly in the final. India is lucky to have a stable captain like him,” Afridi told PTI in an interview.”He had a big role to play in the Indian victory and I am sure this victory means a lot for Indian cricket and their people. But I also hope the World Cup coming back to Asia will also boost the sport in this region again and normalise bilateral Indo-Pak cricket relations,” he said.Afridi acknowledged that India were the better side on that day and deserved to win the World Cup.”They were the better side and deserved to win the world cup. Any side that can beat us should win the World Cup,” he said.Afridi heaped praise on Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, saying that his hunger for runs is amazing and he still has plenty to offer to Indian cricket.”His hunger for runs is amazing and only he can best decide what he wants to do in the future. But I can tell you this age is no bar to his success in either Tests or one-day internationals,” he said.Afridi said he did not have any words to describe the Indian maestro and disclosed that he has a framed jersey autographed by Tendulkar in his drawing room.advertisementThe Pakistan captain once again played down his negative remarks about Indian people that he made on a Pakistani television channel talk show that has caused an uproar in the neighboring country.”I have nothing against the Indian people and I have always enjoyed going to India as the people there appreciate and support good cricket and players,” Afridi said.”The remarks I made on the show have been misunderstood and taken out of context. My main emphasis was that sports should not be mixed with politics and there were some elements who didn’t want the people of the two countries to get closer,” Afridi clarified.”It is unfortunate whenever someone tries to bring politics into sport. This is unacceptable and will only lead to misunderstandings,” he said.Afridi’s remarks about the Indian media being negative about Indo-Pak relations and the Pakistani media being 100 times better have also caused a furore.”I don’t want to sound condescending but I have always wanted good relations between the two countries and I have in my own way tried to play a positive role,” he said.”Even when we returned from India after playing the world cup semifinal in Mohali I said that Pakistanis should not treat cricket matches with India as war as in other things we tend to have common interests,” Afridi noted.Afridi pointed out that there were some elements in the Indian media who created misunderstandings or demeaned Pakistanis.”Even when I said that Sachin Tendulkar would have to wait for his 100th century after the semifinal against us, my remarks were misinterpreted and played up negatively by some in the Indian media.”I admire Sachin Tendulkar for being one of the best role models for young cricketers and no one in Pakistan even doubts his greatness as his record speak for himself.”All I had meant was that being the captain of the opposing team, we would not allow Tendulkar to score runs or get a century against us which any opposing captain would say about an opposing batsman,” Afridi explained.The Pakistan captain said the national team had gone to India with the message of peace.”I think our conduct in the semifinal and during our stay in India is proof enough of our intentions. Pakistan has always been keen to have normal cricket relations with India,” he said.”I still say Pakistan and India should have normal bilateral relations in cricket and there should be regular exchanges between the two countries,” he added.Afridi explained that his remarks on the talk show were in response to a question about how the Indians were looking at the semifinal match result and about some people introducing politics into cricket with Pakistan.”There are positive people even in the Indian media but recently in India we as a team were sad over the way some sections of the Indian media did stories about us and how they portrayed us,” Afridi said.advertisementHe said because of these negative elements, Pakistani players remained out of the Indian Premier League.”When you play a cricket match with India, the intensity level is high but that is only on the field and it is unfortunate when a wrong colour is given to a match or relations between players.”Afridi said cricket can bring the two countries closer and it was a very positive gesture on part of the Indian Prime Minister to invite his Pakistani counterpart to Mohali for the match.”I know for a fact that Pakistanis who were in Mohali for the match enjoyed themselves thoroughly and were looked after well even though the disappointment of losing the semifinal was great,” he noted.last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 10-year-old girl upstages older foes for archery gold But Sayfa Aphideth headed home from a tight angle after Kazuo Homma’s teasing cross into the area three minutes from time as the home side salvaged a point.Lao had an early opportunity with Homma denied by the woodwork 10 minutes into the match after Kaya failed to deal with the through ball from midfield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Iloilo side grabbed the lead minutes later with Bedic providing a spectacular finish to a flowing move from midfield that involved the fit-again Jordan Mintah and Yannick Tuason.A stunning away win looked like it was on the cards for Kaya until the 87th minute when Homma sent in the cross that Sayfa headed home. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Filipino club Kaya Iloilo marked its return to the AFC Cup by settling for a 1-1 draw with Lao Toyota on Wednesday night in their Group H encounter at New Laos National Stadium in Vientiane.Back in the continental competition after a two-year absence, Kaya took the lead in the 18th minute, thanks to captain Jovin Bedic’s unstoppable half volley just inside the box.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is in top condition and showing more resolve than ever to lead Portugal to the European title, national team coach Fernando Santos said ahead of their final Euro 2016 warm-up match on Wednesday. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) Portugal’s hopes of winning the tournament in France rest to a large extent on the fitness of the Real Madrid forward who had muscular problems at the end of the season yet still helped his club beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final. (Also read: England’s youth is a strength at Euro, says Daniel Sturridge)Ronaldo is set to start in Portugal’s warm-up against Estonia in Lisbon on Wednesday night.MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY FIT”He is very well physically, mentally and in terms of morale,” Santos said. (Also read: Inexperience may cost Jamie Vardy Euro 2016 starting spot, says Arsene Wenger)”You will see it in the game (on Wednesday). He is in the same condition as any other player.”Ronaldo joined his national team on Sunday, having missed out on Portugal’s friendly last week at Wembley where they lost 1-0 to England.He was bothered by tendonitis two years ago and was not at his best at the World Cup, where Portugal failed to go beyond the group stages.DESPERATE TO WIN A TITLERonaldo, who scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real this season and had the decisive spot-kick in the Champions League final win on penalties, is desperate to win a title with Portugal.”He is really motivated,” Santos said. “He was extremely motivated to win the Champions League and he is even more so now because the European title is his ambition. He is ready to take Portugal to such an important success.”advertisementRonaldo, 31, was close to winning a trophy at Euro 2004 but Greece beat Portugal in the final. The Portuguese reached the semi-finals four years ago but were eliminated by Spain on penalties.Portugal begin their Euro 2016 campaign, against Iceland, on June 14 in Marseille. They also take on Austria and Hungary in Group F.last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi launched the Redmi 4 in India on May 16, and announced that the phone will go on sale for the first time via Amazon India on May 23. The Redmi 4 starts at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB memory version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB memory version. The Redmi 4 will also be available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999. Amazon India, on Monday, announced that the 4GB RAM/64GB memory variant of the Redmi 4 won’t be available for buying on May 23, but, will be available towards the end of June.”It’s amazing to have witnessed over 1.7 million “Notify Me’s” for this smartphone already. Smartphones have continuously been a top selling category on and we continue to explore many more such symbiotic partnerships to offer our customers the best selection across categories,” Noor Patel, director category management, Amazon India said.The Redmi 4, much like its predecessor Redmi 3S Prime, also comes with an all-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, in fact, looks a lot like the Redmi Note 4, with smaller bezels. It comes with curved 2.5D glass on the front and will also come in matte black finish and gold colour options like the Redmi Note 4.It comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. The phone will be eligible for Android Nougat preview out-of-the-box. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. The phone supports 4G LTE and is also VoLTE-ready.advertisementXiaomi’s first Mi Home, which the company opened for everyone on May 20, was the first place where potential buyers could view and buy the Redmi 4 before being made available for buying via online channel.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 quick review: You might actually be able to buy this phonelast_img read more

first_imgIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot.”For the World Cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at an event organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation.Talking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Sourav Ganguly is helping the side.”The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instil in us is great. At the same time, the young boys in our team are also getting mature.””It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new administration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.”The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets.advertisement”I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.””People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.Also Read | Dinesh Karthik celebrated World Cup call-up with RosogollasAlso Read | Robin Uthappa on Dinesh Karthik World Cup selection: Justice has been doneAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik: Very excited, dream come true to be part of this World Cup teamlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Manchester rivals United and City voted against earlier transfer deadline Last updated 2 years ago 14:39 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola Getty Images Transfers Premier League José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester City The Premier League has agreed to shorten the summer window and bring it to a close before the season starts, but not all clubs supported the proposal Manchester rivals United and City were among the clubs to vote against bringing the transfer deadline forward to before the Premier League season starts, Goal understands.It was announced on Thursday that changes to the summer window will come into force ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.Man City 6/4 to win PL 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 A statement read: “Premier League clubs have agreed to a rule amendment that will see the summer transfer window in any year end at 17.00 on the Thursday before the start of the season.“This is for Premier League clubs only and has no bearing on other leagues and competitions.”The proposal, which had been mooted for some time, was not universally supported, though, with only 14 sides voting in favour of the change.United and City opposed the amendment, along with Swansea, Crystal Palace and Watford, while Burnley abstained.Historically, transfer windows – both in the summer and in January – have closed at the end of a calendar month.This year saw teams have until 11pm on August 31 in which to get their business done, with the deadline passing on the same day in the vast majority of countries across Europe.That will now no longer be the case, with Premier League sides at risk of losing players to continental rivals once their domestic campaign has started – without the possibility to bring in cover.United clearly have their concerns regarding such a situation, despite Jose Mourinho previously stating that he would welcome alterations within the English game.Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedHe said in mid-August: “I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible.”So everybody knows the players we have and the deals will be done earlier and nobody would be waiting for the last week and we wouldn’t have the situation of sometimes a player plays game No. 1 for a team and game No. 2 for another team.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that an early deadline “would have helped us this year”, despite the Reds completing a £35 million deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the final day of the window.While other leading divisions across Europe are yet to follow the Premier League’s lead, it could be that further changes are on the way.The German Bundesliga is reported to have held discussions regarding a shorter window, while Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta would be in support of a similar system in Serie A.He said through Juve’s official Twitter account: “The Premier League’s decision to end the transfer window early is wise. Now we have to extend the discussion to a European level.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgUEFA Champions League Tory MP to miss debate as he runs line in Barcelona game Harry Sherlock 21:05 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Barcelona Getty Images UEFA Champions League Barcelona Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus Douglas Ross, of the Conservative Party, is set to be a linesman during Barca’s Champions League clash with Olympiacos A Conservative Member of Parliament will be a linesman at Barcelona’s Champions League match against Olympiacos on Wednesday.Douglas Ross, MP for Moray in Scotland, will not be present at a debate and vote on Labour’s motion to have the rollout of the controversial Universal Credit scheme postponed.The debate will get underway at 7pm UK time, but Ross will begin running the line at Camp Nou 45 minutes later as Barca attempt to continue their perfect start to their European campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Conservatives have insisted that Ross holds the support of his constituency, having won the seat in the 2017 General Election.”The people of Moray are right behind Douglas, as they showed when they elected him as their MP just a few months ago,” a statement read.Ross has officiated previous European matches, and has declared over £2,700 in earnings for his work. That figure includes payment for a Europa League tie between NK Domzale and Marseille, which ended 1-1.SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson, a political rival of Mr Ross, has criticised his decision to head to Spain, telling the Daily Record: “Part-time Tory MP Douglas Ross is yet again leaving his constituents without a voice in Parliament because he’d rather rub shoulders with famous footballers.”Barcelona beat Juventus 3-0 in their opening game of the Champions League season, and followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.last_img read more

first_imgIsrael Folau Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him Australia rugby union team Read more Share on Messenger Erik Denison Twitter Facebook Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau)🙏🏾 17, 2019 Since you’re here… Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle prepares to speak as she stands next to NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/EPA The panel, which had considered written submissions from the player’s legal team and Rugby Australia, had the option of handing out a fine or a suspension, but given Folau’s refusal to back down they chose termination.Folau, Super Rugby’s all-time record try-scorer, is believed to have rejected a $1m settlement offered by Rugby Australia before the code of conduct hearing over a week ago in Sydney, and will now be forced out of the Australian game without financial compensation.His immediate playing future is unclear, although it will certainly not involve his Super Rugby club NSW Waratahs or the Wallabies, who will have to mount a World Cup campaign later this year without one of their best players.European clubs are unlikely to risk signing him, given the threat of further social media controversy. But billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest said he might be interested in bringing Folau to his new Global Rapid Rugby tournament, which begins life next year.A return to the NRL has been ruled out by Australian Rugby League chairman Peter Beattie, although some figures in the game still believe Folau could be accepted back in the league, while the Tongan national rugby league team has indicated they would welcome him into the fold, albeit in an unpaid role.In a church sermon at the weekend, fundamentalist Christian Folau admitted he was finding the financial drain of the case “really challenging”. Sports apparel sponsor Asics pulled out of a deal with him last week, and should Folau decide to appeal the verdict, the cost of his defence will rise even further with the case to drag on for weeks and maybe even months. Announcing the decision on Friday afternoon, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said it was a sad day for Australian rugby but that Folau had left the governing body with no alternative than to seek termination of his contract.“We want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game,” Castle said on Friday.“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action.”“This has been an extremely challenging period for Rugby and this issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.” Rugby union Israel Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-year, $4m contract following the player’s controversial social media posts which said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.The three-member panel, comprising John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee AM, announced on Friday that it had decided to terminate the Wallabies star’s employment for what had been determined a high-level breach of RA’s code of conduct.The full-back, who has 72 hours to appeal, later issued a statement in which he said he was “saddened” by the decision but that he was “considering his options”. … we have a small favour to ask. 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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. newscenter_img Share on Facebook Share via Email Australia sport Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Support The Guardian The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Super Rugby “When we say rugby is a game for all, we mean it. People need to feel safe and welcomed in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion, or sexuality.“We thank the tribunal panel for their decision and we respect the time, consideration and expertise the panel members brought to this process.”The three-times John Eales medallist and 73-cap Wallaby has shown no remorse for the posts and refused to take them down. Nor has he given any guarantees that he would refrain from posting similar messages again. On Wednesday, before the decision was delivered, he changed his social media profile picture from a photograph of him playing for the Waratahs to a No 1 overlaid with the words “God first”. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp In his statement, Folau thanked those who had defended his right to “share his beliefs” but he believed he had the right to express his views because it was “God’s word”.“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression,” he said. “The Christian faith has always been a part of my life an I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.” Topicslast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse players in a pregame huddle.YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “I remember pretty much everything about that day up until about an hour after the accident,” Branch said. “I passed out, passed away — whatever you want to call it.”Branch used the words ‘passed away’ because in reality, he died.“I coded for probably over an hour,” Branch said. “It was two different times. They (medics) worked on me and brought me back.”Branch, who played for the Tigers from 2008-2011, spent 12 days unconscious. He had nine surgeries in that time, including the full removal of the affected leg.Luckily, the former Tiger is keeping a pretty positive outlook on things.“There were definitely times, especially in the hospital and some times after, you feel isolated,” Branch said. “You ask yourself why you lost a limb.“But at the end of the day, you’ve still lost a limb. I decided early on to try to be positive. I still have bad days. I’m going to have bad days. I’m just going to try to best I can so I can work through it.”Branch has returned to work, walking on a titanium prosthetic leg. He says he plans to hunt again, too.[Clarion Ledger] LSU offensive lineman Matt Branch prepares for a play.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 3: Matt Branch #79 of the LSU Tigers lines up to block against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. LSU won 20-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former LSU lineman Matt Branch was involved in one of the more bizarre hunting accidents we’ve seen last year. He has revealed that he nearly died after the incident, and had to have a leg amputated.Branch and his family were on an annual duck hunting trip in late December. As they loaded equipment into the truck, a dog jumped onto a gun.He managed to turn off the safety and pull the trigger with his paw. He wound up shooting Branch, very nearly killing him and causing his leg to be amputated.Matt Branch technically passed away twice, but was luckily resuscitated by paramedics.He recently spoke to the Clarion Ledger about the harrowing incident:last_img read more

first_img Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says employment and promotion in the teaching profession must be on the basis of the value that persons can add to the tasks to which they are assigned and not necessarily on their years of service.Rev. Thwaites, who was speaking at the inaugural Research Day at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College in Kingston, on October 3, assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them, particularly for those who excel and have a love for teaching, but a new approach has to be taken.“We have an overflow of teachers for the next two years, but the process of attrition that is underway will mean that by the time many of you graduate, there will be a need for a large number of good teachers. But, we have to think about how we are going to approach enrollment and promotion within the teaching profession,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister lauded the teacher training institutions for the important role they are playing in the development of the nation.“The teachers’ colleges, unfortunately, have for some time now been the Cinderella of the education system. We haven’t paid enough attention, as a nation, to the extraordinary seminal role and training that takes place right here….What goes on here is of significance to the entire nation and you should see yourselves as critical actors in the process of personal as well as national development,” he said.Looking at the theme of the Research Day, ‘Education for Development: Promoting and Engaging Change Through Research’,  Rev. Thwaites pointed out that there is a misnomer in the popular culture that thinks that education is measured simply by the number of CSEC subjects or GSAT passes that is obtained. He said education is a much broader composite of skills. “Yes the successes in the academic subjects are extremely important, but it is much more than that,” he said.The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills now that is quite different from what it was a few years ago and reiterated that the policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student, starting in 2016/17, must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma, in addition to having a marketable skill when they graduate.“This is new territory. I am asking that in this and in future research days that you assist us in ensuring that the requisite groundwork, the necessary research has been done, so that we have a broader view of education,” Rev. Thwaites said.In her welcome remarks, Principal, Dr. Gwendolyn Melhado, said the institution’s first Research Day is: “a day when we acknowledge, emphasise, and bring to active awareness the importance of research and its practice to our academic programmes and delivery formats.”Dr. Melhado pointed out that in education, research is critical to scholarly writing, a practice that the college is now demanding of its students and will continue to demand, noting that here at St. Josephs, “we seek to expose our students to various methods of research as they seek to become effective teachers.”Among the research topics up for discussion during the day were: ‘Improving Reading Comprehension Through the use of Computer-Aided Instruction Among Third Graders’; ‘Teachers’ Perception of Selected Attributes of Language Arts in the Revised Primary Curriculum and their Reported use of the Curriculum Guide’; ‘The Jamaica Debt Crisis: Implications for the Development of Human Capital’; ‘Marcus Garvey and the Issue of Values and Attitudes in the Jamaican Society’; and ‘The Relationship Between Fatherless Households and Post Secondary Aspirations of Boys at a Selected High School in Jamaica’.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) was one of several partners with the college in staging the day’s activities. Others included Victoria Mutual Building Society; The Jamaica Red Cross; HEART Trust/NTA; and Ian Randle Publishers. The Minister pointed out that the world of work requires a balance of skills. The policy of the Ministry going forward is that every high school student must take the examinations to receive a high school diploma. Story Highlights Rev. Thwaites assured the trainee teachers that there is a place in the profession for them.last_img read more

first_imgU2 teamed up with (RED) and Bank of America for the fight against AIDS with a Super Bowl commercial which featured the band performing a new song, “Invisible.”With over 3 million free downloads on iTunes February 2-3, the song generated more than $3 million from Bank of America to support the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.In the first hour following the commercial airing, “Invisible” saw more than 1 million free downloads. Bank of America continued to donate $1 for every download until the offer ended at midnight Monday, exceeding their original pledge of up to $2 million in total donations. Building on that, U2 today announced that “Invisible” is now available to purchase on iTunes for $1.29, with all proceeds going to fight AIDS. To download please click here.The Global Fund provides life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services to tens of millions of people in the world’s poorest countries. The money raised through the Super Bowl initiative is part of a recently announced two-year, $10 million commitment by Bank of America.(RED) has already generated more than $250 million for the Global Fund since being founded in 2006 by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver in order to drive corporate donations to the fight against AIDS.Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED) said, “Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of U2 and Bank of America, in just 36 hours (RED) has generated more than $3million for the Global Fund. These are much-needed funds for the fight to end the AIDS pandemic in our lifetime and to get closer to the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.”Anne Finucane, global strategy and marketing officer, Bank of America said, “U2 provides the talent, (RED) brings a wealth of experience in the fight against AIDS, and we offer an immense platform to help get the message out. Together, we can produce significant results, as evidenced by the awareness we’ve been able to build and money we’ve been able to raise over the past few days.”last_img read more

first_imgThe People Concern, a nonprofit organization leading the effort to end homelessness in Los Angeles, announced today its first-ever gala event, “Celebrating Change,” will take place Sunday, April 29 at Casa Vertigo in downtown Los Angeles.The gala celebrates more than 55 years of life-saving work, and funds raised will go directly toward helping homeless individuals by providing much needed services including mental health care, housing services, domestic violence services, life skills, income assistance, medical care and outreach.Celebrity supporters of The People Concern who may be in attendance include David Arquette, Greg Germann, Marcia Cross, Seth Green, Kymberly Marciano-Strauss and Annabeth Gish. The gala will include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception beginning at 5pm, followed by a three-course sit down dinner at 6:30pm, a special appeal hosted by KTLA’s Sam Rubin and live entertainment to follow. The attire for the evening is semi-formal and a hosted valet will be provided.During the event, The People Concern Executive Director John Maceri will honor Steaven K. Jones, a passionate board member and longtime supporter of the organization for more than two decades. Maceri will also make a special presentation honoring the memory of William Keck, Jr. and the tremendous impact he has made for the Los Angeles community and The People Concern.“The rate of homelessness in Los Angeles County is at an all-time high, totaling nearly 58,000,” said Maceri, who has been connected to the cause for nearly 20 years. “The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us and continues to be a leading advocate of the “Housing First” model, placing program participants in stable housing followed by comprehensive, integrated services necessary to sustain housing. As a result, 95 percent of those housed by The People Concern remained housed forever. This gala will raise much-needed funds to further our mission that everyone should be housed, healthy and safe.”For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. For information about event sponsorships email read more

The Deputy Minister met with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Commerce Arun Kumar and Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia Michael Delaney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programmes William Craft, and Deputy Vice President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Thomas Kelly. It was reiterated that US engagement in Sri Lanka through its development agencies such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MCC will continue to evolve to assist Sri Lanka in meeting its needs and priorities, both in short and long-term. (Colombo Gazette) The United States was this week briefed on the latest developments taking place in the reconciliation process in the country, the Foreign Ministry said today.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva was on a brief visit to the US capital to continue Sri Lanka’s expanding engagement with the United States on multiple areas of cooperation. During his conversations, the Deputy Minister briefed the officials on recent developments in Sri Lanka with respect to reconciliation as well as economic and investment policy reforms.Recalling the government’s twin policy objectives of reconciliation and development, he reiterated the Government’s aim to ensure a peace dividend for the people, for the country to progress toward enduring peace and development. The US Government officials acknowledged the vast progress Sri Lanka has made since the Government came into office last year.The Foreign Ministry said that the regular visits by high level US officials to Sri Lanka mirror the interest and the potential for multifaceted engagement with the United States in the burgeoning bilateral relationship.Ongoing cooperation with Sri Lanka under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) since December 2015 is yet another important element of US bilateral development assistance to Sri Lanka. During his meetings he requested the US Government to urge American businesses to invest in Sri Lanka. This was emphasized at several bilateral discussions he held with U.S. officials in Washington D.C, the Foreign Ministry said. read more

Dylan Moses, an eighth-grader from Baton Rouge, La., must be an amazing talent, for the middle-schooler received a scholarship offer from the No. 1 program in the country, Alabama.The 2017 running back prospect also was offered a scholarship by LSU last summer. He and his father, Edward Moses Jr., visited the Crimson Tide campus, and the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Moses was impressed.“For Dylan, excitement spilled over,” Moses Jr. said to ESPN. “When he heard those words from coach (Nick) Saban, ‘We’re offering you,’ you could see him light up. It was shocking because we were going in thinking we were just going to get a tour of what Alabama has to offer.“To hear, ‘You’re impressive, keep your grades up, we want you to come here, and we’re offering you a scholarship now,’ I can’t even put that into words.”It’s not the first time Alabama has offered a scholarship to a younger recruit, and it doesn’t happen very often.The Tide offered current 2013 signee Tim Williams as well as 2014 ESPN Watch List running back Leonard Fournette scholarships when they were both freshmen.Still, Moses might be the first eighth-grader to receive an Alabama offer. Other schools haven’t started showing interest yet, but his father anticipates things to pick up in the spring and summer. For now, Alabama and LSU have the early advantage.“The battle for Dylan internally is who would be the best fit,” Moses Jr. said. “Right now, he’s an eighth-grader, he doesn’t have to worry about that.“We have LSU right here. They have access to us. At Alabama, we know what they have over there with the great running backs and another first-rounder on the way. Those two schools are No. 1, and everybody else is 2, 3, 4 and 5.”The offer from the Tide and the earlier offer from LSU has the 2017 phenom on top of the world, but his father knows it’s his job to keep him grounded through the recruiting process. After all, he still has four years before he signs his national letter of intent.“The attention from those levels of institutions, No. 1 and No. 2 in the SEC and arguably in the country, he feels like a boss, like he’s untouchable,” Moses Jr. said. “We have to bring him back on down to earth, let him know that he still has to do his work down here to make sure that dream comes true.” read more

Just a couple months after his brother, Malik, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, three-star 2018 cornerback class Marcus Hooker committed to Ohio State Thursday afternoon.My Journey Begins!!!#Buckeyes— Marcus Hooker (@marcushooker23) July 27, 2017Hooker, a New Castle, Pennsylvania, native, is the No. 587 overall player and the 52nd best cornerback in the country according to 247Sports composite rankings.Of the Buckeyes’ 16 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class, two players – Hooker and running back Master Teague – are three-star recruits.Hooker joins four-star prospect Sevyn Banks as the only two cornerbacks in their class committed to Ohio State. read more

first_imgRio Tinto and Alcan have named the executive management team drawn from leaders of both companies that will form the functional and operating structure of Rio Tinto Alcan and will be instrumental in the integration. The organization is conditional, and will become effective, upon the completion of Rio Tinto’s acquisition of Alcan, expected in the fourth quarter of 2007. Dick Evans, Alcan’s president and chief executive officer, will become Chief Executive of the combined aluminium product group, Rio Tinto Alcan, based in Montreal, and will report directly to Rio Tinto’s Chief Executive, Tom Albanese. Albanese stated: “As we approach the closing of the transaction, it’s important to hit the ground running with a strong executive team that can begin to capitalize right away on our leadership position in the aluminium industry.  I am very pleased to have Dick Evans leading an outstanding team drawn from the leaders of both Rio Tinto and Alcan.”Steve Hodgson will be President & CEO, Bauxite and Alumina, Rio Tinto Alcan. His responsibilities will include bauxite mines, alumina refineries and specialty alumina businesses worldwide. The Business Unit headquarters will be located in Brisbane, Australia.Jacynthe Cote will be President & CEO, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan. Her responsibilities will include all primary metal facilities and power generation installations worldwide. The Business Unit headquarters will be located in Montreal, Canada.Phillip Strachan will lead the Finance function at Rio Tinto Alcan. He will also be responsible for Business Planning and Analysis, Information Systems & Technology, and Business Improvement, as well as co-leader of the Rio Tinto Alcan integration. Jean-Christophe Deslarzes will lead the Human Resources function at Rio Tinto Alcan.  He will also be responsible for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), as well as co-leader of the Rio Tinto Alcan integration. Corey Copeland will lead the Communications & External Relations function at Rio Tinto Alcan.  He will also be responsible for Government Relations and Sustainable Development.last_img read more

first_imgCELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed poor defending for Celtic’s Champions League exit.AEK Athens defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Champions League second leg third qualifying round tie in Greece. Brendan Rodgers was disappointed as his side lost 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers warned his side that the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge they would after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Scotland last week.However, it took only six minutes for his side to go behind, thanks to a Rodrigo Galo strike.Things got worse for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second goal just five minutes into the second half.Substitute Scott Sinclair scored in the 78th minute for Celtic to reduce the deficit a goal, but the Scottish champions could not score a second goal which would have helped them qualified on away goals.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.And Brendan Rodgers was far from pleased with his side’s defending in Greece. Daily Star reports.Speaking to the press after the game, he said: “Over the course of the two games it’s disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals,”“We gave ourselves a chance with a goal at the end and we threw everything at it.””I thought a lot of our build-up play in that final third was worthy of something from the game.“But you can’t defend that softly and in the end, we were punished for it.“This is the competition we want to be in and qualification is getting even harder now.“But I still felt this was a game with our play and the qualities that we had more than enough to win.”last_img read more