first_imgThe Supreme Court ordered the Bihar government to collect a fine of ₹20,000 from the pockets of its officers whose “lethargy” led to a 728-day delay in the filing of an appeal in the apex court.A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee said State governments should not feel that they can approach courts at will and the judiciary is obliged to take up the case of the State.“We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the officers concerned… No detail of the delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by State government,” the Supreme Court observed in its order. The Bihar government said it had taken time to get the sanctions from various departments, receive the affidavit and vakalatnama from the department concerned, and hence the delay in approaching the apex court.But the court said “condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of government working lethargy”.“We strongly deprecate the casual manner,” the apex court said.Noting that the Bihar government should collect the fine from the officers responsible and deposit the amount with the Supreme Court Mediation Centre, the court said it was punishment for “wastage of judicial time”.“The petitioners must pay,” the court ordered.last_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in their World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad, on Friday. Score Barring experienced opener Brendan Taylor, who top scored with 44 (57 balls, 4×4) and rearguard action from Prosper Utseya (36) and Graeme Cremer (22), the top-order batsmen put up an insipid show to leave Zimbabwe tottering at 89 for 7 after 27 overs on a strip that was good for batting.Apart from Taylor, who was the sixth batsman to be dismissed, only Craig Irvine (11) got into double figures among the top six against a determined and efficient New Zealand. The Black Caps’ bowling was backed up by some splendid fielding.Former captain Utseya who made 36 in 65 balls with the help of 3 boundaries showed more gumption than their more accomplished front-line batsmen barring Taylor.Zimbabweans added 40 runs for the last two wickets as New Zealand were left to score the runs at an asking rate of 3.26.In their six head-to-head meetings, New Zealand have won five times while one match didn’t yield any result.Zimbabwe, opted to bat first received an early jolt when opener Charles Coventry was run out for a duck in the second over of the day.Coventry drove a Tim Southee delivery to mid-on and set off for quick single. However Hamish Bennett showed brilliant anticipation as he hit the stumps with a smart under-arm throw as Coventry was still short of his ground.The New Zealand bowlers then stuck to a disciplined line as the batsmen found it difficult to score runs. As Zimbabwe batsmen perished due to poor shot selection, it was Taylor who showed a lot of common sense in his approach before he was adjudged leg before off Scott Styris.Wickets fell at regular intervals. Tatenda Taibu, who scored a fine 98 in their 175-run victory over Canada, was trapped leg before by an in-cutter from Southee as the batsman tried to play it down the leg-side. The wicket-keeper made just 8 in 18 balls.Inside 25 overs, more than half of the side were back in the hut as Daniel Vettori’s men had firm grip over the proceedings.New Zealand skipper Vettori grabbed two wickets in the space of three deliveries in his very first over to leave Zimababwe tottering at 46 for 5 inside of the first two Powerplays.Prior to that Kyle Mills, had sent back Craig Ervine as the batsman slashed one straight to Jesse Ryder standing at backward point. Mills (two for 29) returned to the side to play his first match in the World Cup after recovering from his back injury that forced him to miss action for one month.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Greater Noida: Home side UP Yoddha produced an all-round performance to beat Puneri Paltan 43-39 in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Sunday.Captain and lead defender Nitesh Kumar, with a High 5 (6 tackle points), was the star for the UP team as they clung on to the match despite a late effort from the Pune side to stage a comeback. Even though the home side had secured a place in the season seven play-offs, they played with more passion on the mat against a Puneri Paltan squad that evidently lacked motivation.The dropped shoulders of the Pune players showed signs of an unhappy camp and the UP Yoddha side, despite resting some senior players, were quick to pounce on the opportunity, inflicting an All-Out in the fifth minute of the match.The trend continued as Rishank Devadiga, Monu Goyat and Surender Singh picked up easy raid points against a Pune defence that lacked cohesion.In the defence, captain Nitesh Kumar picked up four points for UP in a first half that saw the home side inflict another All-Out with three minutes remaining for the break.The first half ended 29-15 with UP well on top.Puneri Paltan started the second half with a much better attitude and got their rewards immediately when Manjeet’s two touches fetched them an All-Out in the third minute.With the margins reduced to 6 points, Pune tightened their defence to match UP Yoddha move for move.UP’s Nitesh Kumar secured his High 5 in the fifth minute of the half but both teams failed to open up a healthy lead.Surjeet Singh and Amit Kumar picked up High 5s for a massively improved Pune defence as they levelled the points with under three minutes left in the match.Rishank Devadiga managed a two-point raid in the penultimate minute of the match and the home side followed it up with a successful tackle on Nitin Tomar to open a three-point lead.Amit Kumar’s successful two-point raid in the last minute gave UP a lead and they went on to seal the match from there. pklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 First Published: October 6, 2019, 11:20 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) Mobile game developer Nazara Games has picked up 26 per cent stake in the UK-based Mastermind Sports for an undisclosed amount.Flush with funds, the London-based mobile gaming studio, which also has an office in Bengaluru, is launching its first game CricBet.”We believe that second screen experience through mobile phones would convert a passive activity of watching TV into a highly interactive activity. The investment will enable Mastermind to develop more engaging experiences for users for more sports events,” Nazara Games CEO Manish Agarwal told PTI.He, however, declined to comment on the funded amount.CricBet is a live prediction game, where users stake virtual currency on what they think is about to happen during a match like predicting the next boundary or guessing the number of runs off the next over.”CricBet is the first truly social and competitive cricket game to reach the Indian market since Fantasy Cricket appeared over 10 years ago,” Mastermind Sports founder and CEO Tom McCall said.Earlier this month, Nazara Games had made an undisclosed investment in another London-based mobile games studio, TrulySocial. PTI SR PRB MKJlast_img read more

first_imgHaryana Sports Minister Anil Vij has hit back at India’s shooting sensation Manu Bhaker for criticising the state government over a promise of a cash prize for her Youth Olympics gold medal in October 2018.Vij stated that Bhaker should have had a word with the sports ministry before taking to social media to criticise the Haryana government and also clarified that the money promised by him will be duly paid to her.”Manu Bhaker should have first confirmed it from the Sports Deptt. before going to public domain. It is disgusting to denounce a State Govt which is giving highest awards in the Country. Bhaker will will will get 2 crores as tweated by me and as per notification at that time.”There should be some sense of decipline in players. Bhaker should feel sorry for creating this controversy. She has a long way to go. She should focus on her game only,” Vij tweeted on Friday.There should be some sense of decipline in players. Bhaker should feel sorry for creating this controversy. She has a long way to go. She should focus on her game only.ANIL VIJ MINISTER HARYANA (@anilvijminister) January 5, 2019The Commonwealth Games gold medallist had posted screenshots of Vij’s tweet in which he had promised her cash award to the tune of Rs 2 crore on behalf of the state government after Bhaker became the first Indian shooter to win gold at Youth Olympics last year.”Sir Please confirm if it is correct… Or just Jumla(sic),” Bhaker wrote on Twitter.advertisement”Congratulations to Manu Bhaker for winning shooting gold in Youth Olympics. Haryana government will give a cash prize of Rs 2 crore to Manu Bhaker on her achievement. Previous governments used to pay Rs 10 lakh,” Anil Vij had written in a series of tweets moments after Bhaker became the first Indian shooter to win a Youth Olympics gold.Sir Please confirm if it is correct… Or just Jumla… @anilvijminister Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019The 16-year-old had earlier lashed out at the Haryana government, saying someone in the government has been playing games with the prize money that was announced for the Youth Olympics medal winners from the state.She also shared an old tweet of wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt on Haryana government’s announcement in which they had asked athletes to deposit one-third of their income to the state coffers in 2018.Some one in Haryana is really playing with Youth Olympic games cash prize!!!!! @narendramodi @mlkhattar @anilvijminister @Ra_THORe @AshokKhemka_IAS … Is it really for encouraging or disheartening players. which one is correct… Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019I was too young to understand this at that time .. But Today i understand what he wants to prove…. Some people want to prove thamself right even they know they are not… Bad luck ofHaryana . Bhaker (@realmanubhaker) January 4, 2019Bhaker had won the Youth Olympics gold in the 10m air pistol event in Buenos Aires on October 10. The medal was a huge morale booster for the teenage shooter, who had missed medals in the 25m pistol and 10m air pistol events at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. She had shot 236.5 in the eight-woman final to create history.Bhaker had a phenomenal year in 2018 as she won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast, a month after winning gold in the 10m air pistol individual and team events at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi Capitals seamer Harshal Patel was ruled out of the remainder of the IPL owing to a fracture in his right hand, coach Ricky Ponting said in Kolkata on Thursday.”He has suffered a fracture in his right hand in the game against Kings XI (on April 1). It took us a few days to actually get to the bottom of that fracture. He’s had some X-Rays. He’s been ruled out for three-four weeks which basically ruled him out of the tournament. We need to find a replacement,” Ponting said at the pre-match conference.Patel has featured in two out of the six games for the Delhi-based outfit this season, picking up 2/40 in the tied game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, which Delhi won in the super over. He had conceded 0/37 in the 14-run dramatic loss against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.Ponting further said left-handed top order batsman Manjot Kalra also has a niggle in his right arm and thus has to clear a fitness test.”We need him to pass a full fitness test today. So that’s the reason we’ve got as many guys here on trial.”The Shreyas Iyer-led side has had a mixed season so far. In six matches that Delhi Capitals have played, they have won three matches and have lost three matches. They will take on KKR on Friday.Also Read | We have no issues with Sourav Ganguly’s position at Delhi Capitals: KKR CEO Venky Mysorelast_img read more

first_imgEngland opener Jonny Bairstow says batting alongside Australian swashbuckler David Warner during a successful Indian Premier League helped raise his game.Bairstow’s 128 off 93 balls powered World Cup hosts England to a dominant six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third one-day international on Tuesday, helping them go 2-0 up in a five-match series with two to play.The 29-year-old Yorkshireman carried on his recent form from the lucrative Tty20 IPL where he scored 445 runs in 10 games at an average of 55.62 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.”You’re able to learn different things from different coaches and different players,” Bairstow, who opened the batting for the Sunrisers with Warner, told reporters after the game here.”It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself. I guess it’s method more than anything else. But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation,” said Bairstow.Bairstow was miffed after losing his wicket to Junaid Khan, with the batsman hitting out at his stumps.”I was cross because you want to see that through,” Bairstow said after England had made light of a target of 359 with their second-highest successful ODI run chase to win with 31 balls to spare.”You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through.”That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond.advertisement”We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through. That’s a good place to be and I was cross about it,” he said.Also Read | How India’s World Cup-bound players fared in IPL 2019Also Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgXiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi flagship killer aka the Redmi K20 next week. The company has confirmed that the Redmi K20 will launch on May 28. This is the day when the Redmi K20 will go official in Xiaomi’s home market, China. The Redmi K20 will come to India as well. Last week Xiaomi India confirmed that the Redmi K20 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 will launch in India very soon. The company has yet to reveal the India launch date of the Redmi K20, but we believe that the phone may be available in the country sometime around June. Ahead of the launch, Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain has revealed the first look of the Redmi K20.Jain revealed the first look at the Redmi K20 via a Twitter post on Wednesday. In the photo posted by Jain the Redmi K20 appears in Red colour. We expect there will be other colour variants of the Redmi K20. The picture of the Redmi K20 also reveals some of the key details about the phone. The picture shows that the Redmi K20 will include triple cameras on the back panel followed by LED flash. The triple camera module is placed in the middle of the rear panel. The primary camera that is expected to sport a 48MP sensor is seen placed separately on the back, which is then followed by a dual camera setup placed inside the same module.Interestingly, the Redmi K20 doesn’t show a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. This hints at the under the display fingerprint sensor. As rumours also revealed the Redmi K20 will be the first phone from Redmi to come with in-display fingerprint sensor. Rumours and leaks suggest that the Redmi K20 will come with seventh generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor that will enable users to unlock the screen look at finger touch.advertisementAhead of the launch almost all the specs of the Redmi K20 have been revealed. Rumours suggest that two phones are going to launch under the Redmi K series on May 28. One will be the Redmi K20 that is said to be powered by Snapdragon 700 series processor. The second one will be the Pro edition aka Redmi K20 Pro that is said to be powered by Snapdragon 855 flagship processor.Let’s take a quick look at all the key specs of the Redmi K20: –The Redmi K20 will come with a 6.39-inch display with Super AMOLED panel on the top. The phone is said to offer 91.2 per cent screen to body ratio and screen resolution of 1080 x 2340p. The screen of the Redmi K20 will be protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.–On the rear panel the Redmi K20 is expected to sport a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP secondary ultrawide lens, and third is an 8MP telephoto lens.–On the front the phone may include a pop-up camera that is supposed to include a 20MP sensor.–The Redmi K20 will come with a massive 4000mAh battery with up to 27W fast charging support.–The phone is said to run on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie.–The Redmi K20 is said to come with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration.–The phone will include a 3,5mm headphone jack, USB Type C, 7th generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S quick review: Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and extra price of Rs 1000ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which 48MP camera Xiaomi phone should you buy?ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S: How they are different, which Xiaomi is better buylast_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup Costa Rica qualifies for World Cup in dramatic fashion Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:17 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kendall Waston Costa Rica EZEQUIEL BECERRA World Cup Costa Rica Costa Rica v Honduras Honduras WC Qualification CONCACAF A late goal from Kendall Waston against Honduras saw the Ticos secure their place at the 2018 World Cup Costa Rica booked a spot at the 2018 World Cup after a dramatic late equaliser against Honduras on Saturday.A powerful header from Eddie Hernandez put Honduras in front in the 66th minute in the World Cup qualifier in San Jose, in a clash pushed back a day due to Tropical Storm Nate.Spain 5/1 to beat Israel 2-0 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. But there was late drama as the home side levelled in the fifth minute of additional time, Kendall Waston rising highest to head in a Bryan Ruiz cross.With one match remaining in CONCACAF qualifying, the point sealed Costa Rica’s spot in Russia.Costa Rica (16 points) will finish second to Mexico (21), with those as the only two CONCACAF sides to have booked their tickets to Russia.It marks the fifth time Costa Rica have qualified for the World Cup, having reached the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014.They became the 13th team to qualify for the 2018 showpiece, joining Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain and Nigeria.QUALIFIED!Congratulations Costa Rica!The 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists are heading for Russia! #WCQ — #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) October 8, 2017 The draw also sees Panama remain in the playoff position in CONCACAF on 10 points, level with Honduras which could have jumped up to fourth had the side been able to hang on for the win. The United States currently occupies third place in the table after beating Panama 4-0 on Friday night, which leaves Bruce Arena’s side in control of its own destiny heading into the final match of the Hexagonal. With just two points between the three sides fighting for the final automatic berth from CONCACAF and one playoff place, there is still plenty to play for on the final matchday. The USA will be on the road against Trinidad and Tobago, with Honduras hosting Mexico and Panama hosting Costa Rica.last_img read more

first_imgMohamed Salah waited at the penalty spot. He had just been knocked to the ground by Sokratis Papastathopoulos to win a penalty for Liverpool against Arsenal. But rather than stroke home his 14th goal of the season to take the lead in the Premier League top scorer chart, the Egyptian forward handed the ball to team-mate Roberto Firmino, who bagged his hat-trick.In the month since, Salah has added another three goals, Sadio Mane three and Firmino two as Liverpool’s attack continue to be one of the most potent in Europe, finishing each other’s chances to help the Reds close in on their first ever Premier League title.The trident have the perfect chemistry, creating goals for each other, with each happy to unselfishly lay the ball off to one of the other two rather than take all the glory for themselves. Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals, with Mane sixth and Firmino just one goal off the top 10, with 42 of Liverpool’s 56 goals scored by one of the trio. 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? Liverpool’s triple threat have played a total of 96 games between them to get to this figure. They have just two more goals than Eintracht Frankfurt’s forward line, who have managed their tally in far fewer matches (74). In total, Liverpool’s players have combined for 42 goals and 15 assists, less than Frankfurt’s 58 goal contributions (40 goals and 18 assists). Like Salah, Luka Jovic currently holds the lead in the top scorer race in his league, with 14 goals in 18 Bundesliga games this season .One of Frankfurt’s forwards is also challenging to be the top assister, with Sebastien Haller just behind Jadon Sancho on eight assists in the Bundesliga. In a total of 28 games across all competitions, the Frenchman has racked up 14 goals and 11 assists – almost as impressive a combined total as Salah’s 19 goals and eight assists in 2018-19. Haller has reached his mark in less games, meaning that he is involved in a goal in 89 per cent of games compared to Salah’s 82 per cent.In Jurgen Klopp’s system, Firmino is much more than a centre forward. The Brazilian presses defenders, cuts off passing lanes, breaks up play and drops deep to build the attack. Similarly, World Cup finalist Ante Rebic performs more than just a goalscoring role for Adi Hutter’s Eintracht Frankfurt. Injury meant the start of his season was delayed, but the Croatian has been excellent at breaking defensive lines, using his pace and skill to unlock the opposition and bring Haller and Jovic into play.When Frankfurt quickly get the ball forward, there is always an anticipation that it will end up in the net. That happened repeatedly in October when they put seven past Fortuna Dusseldorf, with 21-year-old Jovic becoming the youngest player to score five goals in a single Bundesliga match.”There are players who need relatively few scoring chances,” Hutter told the Bundesliga’s official website. “Luka Jovic, for example, scores four times out of every five chances because he’s a poacher and, when he’s in the box, he knows where the goal is. You always have to be careful with superlatives. But for me he has the potential to become a world-class striker.”GFX Sebastien Haller FrankfurtHaller is not worried about being labelled “world class.” He just wants to score goals and help his team-mates score goals, especially in Europe where Frankfurt won all six games in their Europa League group against Lazio, Marseille and Apollon Limassol.”I have no interest in being the centre of attention. I do not care if there is a star and who that is. I do not want to be a star,” he told the FAZ. “I like my peace away from the place. And when I’m in the field, I want to score goals. Everyone knows that the most important thing is to work well as a team. We have all developed a winning mentality together.”Rebic has been linked with clubs such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich, Jovic has gotten attention from Barcelona, while Haller has had to play down talk of a move to the Premier League.  The 24-year-old is enjoying life in Frankfurt, especially with his attacking team-mates, but he knows he might not last forever.”The three of us are doing very well in Frankfurt, we and the whole team have a lot of fun together. It’s an enjoyable time,” he admitted. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the football business. Luka and Ante have certainly gotten the attention of other clubs. If an offer were so good for them that they had to leave because of it, everyone here would be happy for them.”As of now, the trio remain together. Much to the dismay of Germany and Europe’s best defences, they’re scoring and assisting at a rate that betters even Liverpool’s. They are all younger than Liverpool’s trident too. Their best could still be yet to come. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgMexico’s perfect record under Gerardo Martino continued with an entertaining 3-2 win over Ecuador in Texas on Sunday.Ecuador had twice come from behind at AT&T Stadium, goals from Angel Mena and Ayrton Preciado cancelling out efforts from Jonathan dos Santos and Luis Montes.But Mexico found a late winner in their final game before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Luis Rodriguez’s 77th-minute volley settling the encounter. 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? Ecuador were almost gifted a dream start, Mexico defender Rodriguez clearing a ball into his own post after goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa pushed away a cross from the right.But that would be one of Ecuador’s only chances in the first half as Mexico dominated.Orbelin Pineda forced a save from Maximo Banguera after being played in by Dos Santos in the 18th minute, before later seeing a shot deflected wide.Mexico continued to build into the encounter, Montes shooting over from range before Dos Santos’ second international goal.The LA Galaxy midfielder ran at the Ecuador defence before curling a beautiful effort from 25 yards into the bottom corner.#2T MEX 1-0 ECU¡Vuelve a rodar el  en Arlington, Texas!¡A seguir en  de más goles, equipo!¡Venga! #MEXTOUR | #FMFporNuestroFútbol— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 10, 2019While Mexico went into the break ahead, their advantage disappeared just two minutes into the second half.Mena, introduced at half-time, saw a 25-yard free-kick deflect off the wall, wrong-footing Ochoa and finding the back of the net.Mexico restored their lead just after the hour-mark through Montes, who produced a moment of magic with a free-kick of his own.After a clumsy handball led to the free-kick being awarded, Montes curled a strike over the wall and into the top corner from just outside the area.However, Mexico’s lead lasted just three minutes before Preciado headed in a Mena corner for his first international goal to bring Ecuador level once more.The winner came through Rodriguez, who volleyed in Jesus Gallardo’s delivery at the back post with his maiden strike at international level.¡La sonrisa del !#MEXTOUR | #FMFporNuestroFútbol— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 10, 2019What does it mean? Mexico show why they are Gold Cup favouritesThis win made it four from four for Martino since he took charge of Mexico in January. The victory over Ecuador added to wins against Chile, Paraguay and Venezuela, showing why Mexico go into the Gold Cup as favourites.Dos Santos finds goal-scoring form for MexicoIt took Dos Santos 40 games to score his first international goal, but his effort against Ecuador marked his second in as many Mexico outings. It was a fine strike from distance, adding another element to Mexico that Martino will surely find useful in the future.More injury woes for MexicoJust days after Edson Alvarez was hurt against Venezuela, there was another injury worry for Mexico. Hector Moreno came off in the first half with a suspected muscle injury, adding another unwanted concern for Martino.What’s next?Mexico begin their Gold Cup campaign against Cuba on Saturday, while Ecuador face Uruguay in their Copa America opener on June 16. read morelast_img read more

first_img Next Dinesh Karthik shuts down ‘silly’ allegation levelled against him by S SreesanthS Sreesanth’s cricketing career took an ugly turn when he was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL, following which he was banned for life. He recently blamed Dinesh Karthik for his ouster from the national team.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 20:18 IST Dinesh Karthik has been out of favour since being dropped from the Indian team after the 2019 World Cup (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSSreesanth recently blamed Dinesh Karthik for his ouster from the Indian teamKarthik said that it will be ‘silly’ to even react to Sreesanth’s allegation against himSreesanth’s life ban for spot-fixing in 2013 IPL was reduced to 7 years by the BCCI Ombudsman in AugustDinesh Karthik has hit back at controversial cricketer S Sreesanth, who had cause a stir a few days back when he blamed the stumper for his ouster from the national cricket team.Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI in August 2013 along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for indulging in spot-fixing in the IPL. Sreesanth has hwoever, always denied the allegations and had said he is innocent.Sreesanth’s career took an ugly turn when he was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL, following which he was banned for life. Last month S. Sreesanth’s ban was cut short to another seven months.Karthik has now responded to the allegations levelled by the Kerala pacer and said that it will be ‘silly’ to even react.”Yes, I have heard about S. Sreesanth’s comments that I was responsible for his ouster from the Indian team. Even to react to an allegation like that will be silly,” Karthik was quoted as saying by The Hindu.Karthik meanwhile, is currently focussing on making a comeback in the Indian T20 side and eyeing a role in the squad as a finisher.”It’s [The T20 World Cup] a year away but if I feel I can keep performing and have a good [domestic] tournament, I’m sure I will go out there and play,” Karthik, 34, told ESPNcricinfo ahead of the Vijay Hazare knockouts. “Because, I feel it’s a key part that the Indian team is looking out as well – closing out matches and have someone who can understand those situations and do the best at that point of time.advertisement”And I feel I’ve done that in the short time I’d played T20s [for India]. But, post the World Cup, I didn’t play; they clubbed it [poor run at the World Cup] with the T20 part of it and removed me from the team as well. But I feel that I’m well-suited to play that role Dhoni has played for so many years now. I feel I can do something like that and I’ve been doing that for KKR and Tamil Nadu. So, if a slot opens up there, that’s something I’ll be really looking forward to. The T20 World Cup is definitely something I’d want to play,” he said.Karthik has been out of favour after being dropped from the national team for the umpteenth time in his career after India’s heartbreaking semifinal defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019. In the two innings that he played in the World Cup, Karthik returned with scores of 8 and 6.Also Read | S Sreesanth discloses why he hates Chennai Super KingsAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik eyes Team India return with MS Dhoni-like finishing roleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow S Sreesanthlast_img read more

first_imgThe images above show Egbert Wagenborg, a multipurpose ship (MPP) owned by Dutch shipowner and operator Royal Wagenborg, transiting the sea locks in Delfzijl. Egbert Wagenborg was towed from Royal Niestern Sander shipyard to the Port of Delfzijl.This ice-strengthened MPP vessel of the EasyMax type is said to be the largest vessel ever built at the shipyard.The 14,200 dwt Egbert Wagenborg features a length of 149.5 meters and a width of 15.9 meters.The vessel will be delivered to the owner in April 2017 when christening and name giving are also scheduled to take place, according to Wagenborg.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise ship owner Viking Ocean Cruises have entered into an agreement for the construction of six further ocean ships.Under the agreement, which is subject to specific conditions, the new vessels would be handed over to their owner in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.Fincantieri informed that the parties would develop an advanced project based on the characteristics of the previous ships, updated and revisited in line with the latest technologies available on the market.The deal, signed during the Seatrade Cruise Global event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, would lead to a total number of 16 units built in cooperation between the two companies, expanding the horizon of the partnership until 2027.Viking’s current ocean fleet includes ships having a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons with accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins.As of today, Fincantieri has delivered 4 ships to Viking Ocean Cruises. The first of the series, Viking Star, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in March 2015, while the second, the third and the fourth, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, took the sea from the Ancona shipyard respectively in March 2016, January and September 2017.The further six units in the order book will be delivered respectively in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 (2 units) and 2023.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said that the agreement “confirms the extraordinary moment of the demand in this sector. This allows Fincantieri to consolidate its worldwide leadership, laying the groundwork to enhance the order book with a workload ensuring today work safety for the next 10 years.”last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement MOLLY McGlynn is the Toronto-based director behind touching drama Mary Goes Round. The film, starring Aya Cash and Sara Waisglass, will screen as part of the Canada Now film festival this month.Close-up Culture spoke to Molly about her impressive debut-feature, female perspectives, personal feedback to the film and much more.Q: Mary Goes Round deals with addiction, family and forgiveness. What led you to write this story? A: IN some ways, the culmination of my entire life led to this story – experiences with family misunderstandings, sister relationships, loss, estrangement and forgiveness.I wanted to write a film about a father and daughter, but funnily enough it ended up being about sisters. The father becomes the connection between these two characters, half-sisters, who are forced to confront the other and decide what they want to make of their circumstances.Q: Smashed and Suck It Up Buttercup are a couple of the films in recent years to deal with addiction through a female lead character. What do you think this female perspective brings to the film and to the subject?A: I LOVED Smashed although I have yet to see Suck It Up Buttercup – but I will now!First of all, I think there is an enormous range of addictions. Though I do not identify as an alcoholic, there have been moments in my past when I had to kind of check myself with what was bordering on self-destructive behaviour.A lot of time in film, we see women guzzling wine by the jug, usually in broad comedies a la Bad Moms, Bridesmaids and Rough Night. It is so much fun to watch, but if you unpack it all, it starts to be a little bit concerning.Why are women drinking this much? What is it in their-our lives that is so overwhelming that alcohol becomes the main form of release and connection? Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Molly McGlynnlast_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan women launched a petition on Friday calling for Morocco’s government and the High Authority for Audio-visual Communication, known better as HACA, to penalize National television service, 2M, for broadcasting “tutorial instructions for females to hide bruises of domestic violence,” on its morning show “Sabahiyates,” on Wednesday.Amid the heated scandal that the show stirred on social media, Moroccan women took to to create a petition calling for all Moroccans to sign it as a moving step toward denouncing the “standardization of violence against women.”“As Moroccan women and as feminist activists in Morocco, and in the name of all Moroccan people, we denounce the message of normalization with violence against women. We demand severe sanctions against this show, “Sabahiyat”, and the channel 2M,” the petition’s creator said. She went on to add, “The violence should not be covered by makeup and the aggressors have to be condemned.”Expressing their dismay at the show’s topic, the signatories supported the idea of launching a petition as part of their contribution to put an end to the phenomenon of violence against women.“I am going to sign [the petition] because I am tired of injustice against women,” one of the signatories said.The show’s controversial topic coincided the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is celebrated annually on November 25.On Friday afternoon, 2M issued a communiqué on its Facebook page, explaining, “The management believes that this segment was completely inappropriate and displayed a lack of editorial understanding of the sensitivity and seriousness of the subject of violence against women.”“Violence against women” is considered a serious phenomenon. In two previous years, courts across the kingdom recorded about 20,488 cases of violence against women, including 11,000 cases that are related to physical violence and 9187 of other types of violence. read more

Rising sea levels and coastal erosion, both wrought by climate change, threaten the viability of Maldives, but overcrowding and other impacts are already felt by the island nation’s 300,000 people, a United Nations independent expert cautioned today.After an eight-day visit to country, Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, said that “Maldives and its Atolls, because of their unique geological and topographic aspects and their fragile and delicate environmental system, are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.”This jeopardizes the survival of the nation, which could be inundated by water, but more immediately, it jeopardizes the right to housing due to the scarcity of land.Ms. Rolnik stressed the responsibility of the international community to urgently support adaptation strategies, noting that “the post-2004 Indian Ocean tsunami reconstruction process in Maldives can be a source of precious lessons.”Over the past four years, donors and agencies have mobilized over $400 million in aid, but the Rapporteur voiced concern over the allocation of the resources and their management by Maldivian authorities.“In the new resettlement sites that I visited, I detected a lack of participation in the decision-making process concerning relocation, the design of new houses and the infrastructure, which resulted in new structures that were not always compatible with the livelihood of the communities,” she said.Additionally, the expert noted that the tsunami may have been used by authorities as an opportunity to relocate communities, which has provoked serious conflicts. Today, there are still 3,500 people uprooted by the 2004 disaster who are still living in temporary shelters.The reconstruction process has also resulted in a surge in the price of construction materials, putting upward pressure on rental prices and aggravating overcrowding.Over 80,000 migrants from Bangladesh and other South Asian countries live in Maldives, with half of them working in the construction sector, and the Rapporteur said she was concerned over their housing and living conditions.She called for a “human rights-based approach” to address the housing situation in the country, calling for the Government and international organizations to promote public participation in making key decisions.Ms. Rolnik, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, took up her post last May and serves in an independent and unpaid capacity, as do all Special Rapporteurs. 26 February 2009Rising sea levels and coastal erosion, both wrought by climate change, threaten the viability of Maldives, but overcrowding and other impacts are already felt by the island nation’s 300,000 people, a United Nations independent expert cautioned today. read more

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) regretted the Libyan Government’s action, agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva, adding that UNHCR’s activities in the country included protecting, assisting and finding durable solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers.“UNHCR had made Libya a country where resettlement programmes were being prioritized and was helping refugees to find new homes in other countries,” Ms. Fleming said. “Should UNHCR offices close, these resettlement programmes would have to cease,” she added.There are an estimated 9,000 refugees and about 3,700 asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Libya. The agency and its implementing partners provide healthcare, shelter, education and vocational training to the refugees and asylum-seekers.The majority of the refugees are Palestinians, Iraqis, Sudanese, Somalis, Eritreans, Liberians and Ethiopians, the agency said. Most of the asylum-seekers came from Eritrea.UNHCR runs the only asylum-seekers assistance programme in Libya and its departure would create a vacuum for the thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers already there, and those who continued to arrive every week, Ms. Fleming said.She said that UNHCR was trying to negotiate its presence in Libya and remained hopeful that a positive solution could be found.UNHCR has worked in Libya since 1991 and currently has 26 staff members, the majority of them Libyan employees. 8 June 2010The United Nations refugee agency reported today that Libyan authorities have asked it to cease its work in the country and close its offices there, but have given no reasons for the decision. read more

“Our best defences against any health emergency are strong and resilient health systems that serve all people without exposing them to financial hardship.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message on the Day.He recalled that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in September, envisaged universal health coverage and other important measures to ensure that children live into adulthood, mothers survive childbirth and countries strengthen their response to infectious and non-communicable diseases.To galvanize action on health, the UN chief noted that in September he had launched the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. “Our aim, together with the Every Woman, Every Child movement, is to end preventable deaths among these groups and secure their well-being by helping countries to provide quality and affordable health care to all,” he explained.The Secretary-General said that today, at least 400 million people lack access to essential health services. Every year, health care costs plunge millions of people into poverty or keep them trapped there. “That is why I call on all countries to ensure that every person could access essential and affordable health services,” he said.“We are starting to see progress across the world as countries advance on the road towards health systems that cover all people,” he went on to note, but added that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving universal health coverage and that every solution will be unique to the context.In all cases, the UN chief stressed, success will demand substantial investments, which pay huge dividends in the form of healthier individuals, better social cohesion, greater economic prosperity, and national resilience in the face of any unexpected disease outbreak.Mr. Ban called the world to resolve to realize this vision as part of collective efforts to enable all people to enjoy better health for generations to come.Echoing the Secretary-General’s sentiments, the Director-General of International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, in his message for the Day, acknowledged that more should be done to ensure that every person, everywhere, has access to quality health care without suffering financial hardship.“The ILO estimates that in 2015 more than 90 per cent of the global population living in low-income countries has no health protection and that more than half of the global rural population does not have access to needed health care. Only a fraction (5.6 per cent) of the world’s older population benefits from universal health and long-term care,” Mr. Ryder said.As such, the role of universal health coverage in poverty reduction can be significant. “Well-designed universal health protection, in conjunction with national social protection floors, alleviates the burden caused by ill health. Health protection coverage also reduces the indirect costs of disease and disability,” he said.At the same time, Mr. Ryder stressed that health protection could be a source of employment opportunities. Based on the data from the ILO, the world is short some 10.3 million health workers. Filling this gap has the potential to provide decent jobs and stimulate economic activity in related sectors.In conclusion, the ILO chief emphasized: “Universal health coverage will improve the lives of millions and contribute significantly towards achieving the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”For his part, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said the lessons from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and most recently from the Ebola epidemic, have thrown into stark relief the importance of a functioning and effective health system which is capable of withstanding shocks.“Universal health coverage is absolutely fundamental to this. It cuts across all of the health-related goals and epitomized the SDGs’ strong focus on equity and reaching the poorest, most disadvantaged people everywhere,” he said, recalling that leading economists from 44 countries had declared in September that investment in universal health coverage will bring enormous benefits – in times of crises it mitigates the impact of shocks on communities, while in times of calm, it fosters more cohesive societies and productive economies.“Let us use today’s celebration of Universal Health Coverage Day to tie our efforts together in a more cohesive way and turn it into a movement towards our shared goals. Let governments, civil society, international organizations, researchers and the private sector work together so that we can deliver the resources and the new, innovative, people-centred approaches to enable all people to enjoy equitable access to quality health services without fear of impoverishment,” Mr. Lykketoft concluded. read more