first_imgSenior Congress leader and party’s core committee member Randeep Singh Surjewala on Sunday said that Pakistan had attacked our soldiers and violated the ceasefire 3,000 times in the last 52 months, but the Modi government had failed to it give a befitting reply.Mr. Surjewala was addressing ‘Shaheed Samman Samaroh’, organised by Rao Arjun Singh, the grandson of former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, at Football Ground in Haryana’s Mahendergarh district. The family members of martyrs and freedom fighters of the region were honoured on the occasion.Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘stoic silence on inhuman mutilation of Indian soldiers’, Mr. Surjewala said first Mandeep, and now Narendra Singh, had been tortured, tormented and murdered by Pakistan but Mr. Modi had not uttered even a word on Pakistan’s inhuman mutilation of Indian soldiers.Paying rich tributes to Rao Tularam, Mr. Surjewala said that he played a key role in the 1857 Revolution and fought for the motherland against the mighty British empire.Mr. Surjwala accused Mr. Modi of not honouring his poll promise of ‘one rank, one pension’. He also attacked the BJP and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and accused them of backstabbing the people of this region.He criticised the BJP for cancelling Jaipur Express Corridor and putting prestigious projects like Defence University, Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor and North-South Corridor projects on the back-burner. Mr. Surjewala also highlighted the State government’s failure to address various local problems like water scarcity, lack of development, educational facilities and basic amenities.The Congress leader also blamed the Central and State BJP Governments for the sky rocketing prices of petrol and diesel.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Apart from the overwhelming talent at all posititons, the biggest problem the Beermen pose is size.“Well, our work just got harder,” quipped Alaska coach Alex Compton. “San Miguel’s clearly the best team in the league. I wish San Miguel has a weakness but they don’t. So our job, the rest of us coaches, is try to find a way, but it’s not gonna be being taller than San Miguel. So we’ll just work and try to make a way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s going to be nice to see June Mar and Christian play together, but my tweet was specifically for the Gilas program,” shared TNT coach Nash Racela. “I was hoping to see them play together in Gilas but it will happen in the PBA with San Miguel. This just makes it harder for all the other teams.”“The job gets harder because the disparity just got wider. That’s going to be our task, to compete with teams as strong as San Miguel,” said new Phoenix coach Louie Alas. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready with formidable starting five bannered by four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel just got a lot  stronger after it traded for the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and selected Christian Standhardinger.Now the onus on the rest league to figure out how to stop the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions this coming PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said that the controversy surrounding the trade between Kia and San Miguel casts the PBA in a bad light.“I’m saddened more than angered. I’m just sad over the situation because everyone who I talked to had some misgivings about the situation, and I can’t explain it enough because I’m also part of the PBA,” he said.The Beermen acquired the Picanto’s top overall pick in this year’s annual rookie selection in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and a 2019 first round pick, a deal which PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa green-lighted on Friday.“We have an intelligent basketball public. They know what’s happening. The sad thing for me is we’ve already been judged,” he said.Now the only thing left to do for the 11 other teams in the PBA is to be on  their 100-percent or more whenever they play San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Maybe it’s time to move on. The more we give reasons, the more the people will be angered. We just have to live with that,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgIn his last international match in Australian colours, Shane Watson took two wickets giving off 23 runs in four overs. Last week, the Australian all-round cricketer Shane Watson had announced to retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing Twenty20 in India. He had retired from test cricket in 2015. He, however, has also announced that he will continue to play Twenty20 leagues around the world.Some unknown facts that you must know about Shane Watson:Shane Watson’s full name is Shane Robert Watson. He was born on June 17, 1981, in Ipswich in QueenslandBefore the beginning of his international career, Watson played a lot of domestic cricket. He played for Tasmania and Queensland. In 2005, he played for Hampshire in the English County ChampionshipHe made his ODI debut in 2002 playing against South Africa which resulted in his team’s victory although he made a low score of 2 but did moderately well with the ballHe made his Test debut against Pakistan in the year 2005, doing moderately well with the bat and ballWatson scored his maiden ODI century in 2008 against West Indies scoring a 126 in 122 ballsHe made his T20 debut in 2006 against South AfricaHe scored his maiden Test century against Pakistan, scoring 120 not outIn the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy Final, Australia defeated West Indies and won the series. The Man of the Match was given to Shane Watson for his contribution of 57 runs and taking 2 wickets which helped his team to winWatson was purchased for USD 125,000 by the Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the IPL in 2008. He was the most valuable player of the tournament helping his side to lift the first IPL trophyShane’s highest ODI score is 185 not out in 96 balls against Bangladesh in 2011. He hit 15 fours and 15 sixes in the match which broke several ODI records. It is the highest individual score in a run chase. It is also the highest score by an Australian, most runs by boundaries and fastest 150 by any batsmanHe was awarded the Player of the Series in the 2012 ICC World Cup Twenty20 for scoring 249 runs and bagging 11 wicketsIn the 2013 IPL, he scored 101 not out against Chennai Super Kings which was his first century in IPL as well in his T20 careerHe is among the very few players to play for the same franchise in all the editions of the IPLHe is the only player to win four consecutive Man of the Match awards in an ICC eventWatson is the only Australian cricket player to win the Player of the Year in all three formats of the game .He won six player of the year awards for Tests, ODIs and T20sHe is the only player to claim the number 1 spot for both batting and all rounder in T20sWatson has the best all round figures among Australian men who have scored excess of 2000 runs and took at least 100 wicketsHe holds the highest career best rating of 557 in T20s which is the best by any player everAccording to a survey by Forbes, Watson was the highest paid cricketer outside India in 2012, 2013 and 2014. advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli and AB de Villiers shared a breathtaking 157-run stand off 87 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore secured a comfortable 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. (Full IPL coverage)Kohli (75 off 51) and de Villiers (82 off 42), arguably the top two batsmen in the world, set the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire to take RCB to 227 for four.The bowlers defended the steep total comfortably on a batting beauty despite a blazing knock from Sunrisers captain David Warner (58 off 25), limiting the opposition to 182 for six in 20 overs. (This is how De Villiers masterclass floored Sunrisers Hyderabad)No total can be called be safe on the batting beauty and with Sunrisers reaching from 83 for one in eight overs, the game was very much alive.Warner was in his full elements after the departure of his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (8), who was bowled by Parvez Rasool.Warner went about his business with little fuss and completed his 50 off 21 balls with a huge straight six off spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. He hit five sixes in his entertaining innings which ended with a mistimed pull off fellow Australian and recently retired Shane Watson.Seeing the back of Warner was crucial for RCB and soon after his prized wicket, they took three quick wickets to reduce Sunrisers to 101 for five in the 12th over. Needing almost three runs a ball at one stage, Eoin Morgan (22 not out) and Ashish Reddy (32 off 18) tried their best but couldn’t succeed. (Sarfaraz Khan is like my son, says Chris Gayle)advertisementEarlier, Kohli and de Villiers tore apart the opposition attack with a scintillating stand after the early fall of opener Chris Gayle.The extent of hitting was such that even a usually economical Ashish Nehra felt the heat on a ground that has seen most sixes in the IPL. The pacer limped off the field after bowling just 2.1 overs in which he conceded 21 runs, leaving his troubled team short of options.Kohli’s classy innings comprised seven fours and three sixes. De Villiers cleared the fence more often than the Indian but together they made their stay seem like a highlights package as it rained sixes and fours through out the innings.De Villiers slammed six huge sixes in his whirlwind knock to add to his seven fours. Watson walked in after Kohli departed and clobbered leggie Karn Sharma for three consecutive sixes before being caught behind.Then it was the turn of young Sarfaraz Khan to have some fun in the middle. He hammered Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four boundaries and a six in the 19th over to pile on the opposition misery. Khan combined innovation with brute force to end with 35 off 10 balls.Sharma had a forgettable outing in his first match of the season as he went for 57 runs in four overs.Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman was the lone positive with the ball for Sunrisers as he ended with figures of two for 26 in four overs on his IPL debut.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis charged with ball-tampering in Hobart TestFaf du Plessis was seen shining the ball with an artificial substance during the second Test against Australia in Hobart.Alvaro Morata out for up to four weeks with hamstring injuryStriker Alvaro Morata suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Spain against England on Tuesday night. He will miss Saturday’s Madrid derby and is doubtful for December 3 El Clasico.Novak Djokovic suggests round-robin format for Olympics, Davis CupNovak Djokovic praised the system at the ATP finals, where players can lose a match in the first round and still advance to the semifinals.1st Test: Newcomers Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval shine as New Zealand take charge vs PakistanDebutants Colin de Grandhomme picked up 6/41 and opener Jeet Raval hit an unbeaten 52 as New Zealand reached 104/3 at stumps on Day 2 in reply to Pakistan’s 133.Ten more Beijing Olympics medallists disqualified after re-testingA total of 98 samples have come back as positive for banned substances in re-analysis from the 2008 and 2012 Games as the IOC has attempted to root out cheats.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes new loan signing James Rodriguez will play a key role in the engine room of the German champions as they seek to export their domestic dominance to the rest of Europe.Ancelotti guided Bayern to a fifth Bundesliga title in a row last season but the side suffered a fourth successive knockout stage failure in the Champions League and the Italian is hoping midfielder Rodriguez will spur them to greater success.”James has a fantastic quality that can improve our level of play,” Ancelotti told reporters in Singapore on Monday, where the club are involved in a three-team pre-season tournament.”I think he gives us something extra between the lines (attack and midfield), especially in terms of the final pass to the strikers,” Ancelotti added of the Colombian, who joined Bayern on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.”I joined Bayern because they are one of the best teams in the world and I am delighted to be at a club where the coach really trusts me,” added the 26-year-old, who endured three frustrating seasons in the Spanish capital.”I am here to win titles and am sure that we have the team and the coach to do it.”Ancelotti was also quick to dismiss media reports linking Chilean enforcer Arturo Vidal with a move away from Munich, the coach insisting the player was going nowhere.”There is no way Vidal is leaving,” he added. “He is our player and will remain so. I know there are rumours but that is normal for this period but Vidal will stay with us 100 percent.”advertisementBayern suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss to AC Milan in a Shenzhen friendly on Saturday. Ancelotti is hoping his side put on an improved display against English champions Chelsea in their International Champions Cup Singapore opener on Tuesday.”It is okay to make mistakes during this period as it is the pre-season. We use it to prepare well for the season, to improve the things that we need to improve,” he said.”Of course, no one wants to lose 4-0 so we hope for a better performance tomorrow. We are hoping for a good test and are focused on a number of things – good play, defence, balance and attack,” Ancelotti added.”But I don’t feel pressure. If I felt pressure now, I would be dead by the time the season started.”Looking ahead to the upcoming Bundesliga season, Ancelotti expects Bayern’s main threat to come from Borussia Dortmund and last season’s surprise runners-up RB Leipzig, who he believes may struggle with a heavier workload.”I expect the same teams to challenge us next season. Of course, Dortmund will be there and it will be interesting to see how Leipzig go now that they have Champions League involvement and they are not used to playing in this competition, combining domestic and European football.”Inter Milan are the third team involved in the Singapore tournament.last_img read more

first_imgMonken and Gundy settled on Lunt (and not Walsh), not necessarily because he gives OSU the best chance to win this year (I think they both give us about the same chance at the same number of wins), but because they want to be playing for conference titles in 2014 and 2015. As fans, you (we) have to understand that for Lunt to improve and to move towards his ridiculously high ceiling, he has to go through games like this one and the one in Tuscon. He has to run the gauntlet before he can wear the crown.Now the problem for fans is that both Weeden and Zac came in and played up to their full potential right away. Neither changed much over the course of his career so that’s what we expect from the new guys too.And it’s what we got from Walsh. The Iowa State and Texas games are who Walsh is. His skill set isn’t something he can really build on — he’s going to go out, run around like a maniac, and make some terrific plays. This is fine if you want to go 8-4 every season with the occasional 9-3 sprinkled in. But I don’t think that’s the point anymore.Lunt is somebody who’s going to take you to 8-4, then 9-3, then you get a pair of shots at 10-2 with him at the helm his last two years. This might seem bad right now because Walsh looks better doing it the first year (not as many picks) but I don’t think OSU’s record would be any better with Walsh starting all 13 games this season than with Lunt. And I definitely don’t think you get any shots at the Big 12 title down the road with Walsh[1. We never did with Zac.].If you’re a Walsh guy your argument could easily be “but we don’t know if Lunt’s ceiling is even that high.” My rebuttal to that is 1) his throws and performance are (at times) ridiculous, the problem is his decision making which inevitably evolves over time and 2) I trust Monken’s initial decision.The biggest issue right now is that Lunt isn’t able to grow up and improve his decision making skills in Big 12 games because he can’t stay healthy[2. If we want to talk about him being injury-prone then I’ll listen to that argument — missed all or part of 10 of his last 22 games due to injury.]. So instead of setting a strong foundation during his freshman season you’re left with a few pieces here and there that don’t really add up to anything substantial. Because of that you might see another QB competition next spring.Unless we find a way to get Chelf[3. Can we please stop with the Chelf = Weeden because he’s third string nonsense. I like Chelf, I think he gives a crap and did a great job at KSU, but he’s not going in the first round of next year’s or any other year’s draft.] another year because…I mean that second half against Kansas State, right?!Editor’s note: see the comment @carsonc5 makes in the comments below. I wish I would have included it in my post.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! luntwalsh 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireI had dinner with David Ubben and Travis Haney this spring at a little burger joint in Dallas. Conversation inevitably turned to the OSU quarterback situation which was still in flux at that point.I told both of them it was going to be Lunt and they both thought I was crazy (Haney more than Ubben…just for the record).There were two reasons I thought this:1. Everybody was gushing about his arm strength and arm strength is, you know, a good quality to have in this offense.2. All things being equal, you should pick the youngest guy with the highest ceiling.Before we go any further, let’s establish a premise for OSU fans. Can we all agree that as a program we want to be a Big 12 title favorite every third or fourth year and pretty competitive the other two or three? To me that’s pretty much the goal and I think it provides a good framework for us to look at what’s going on with the quarterback situation.last_img read more

first_imgCANMORE, Alta. – It wasn’t the best call Bear 164 has ever made, but this time the hefty grizzly just out of his teenage years got lucky.Traffic was whizzing along the Trans-Canada Highway east of Banff National Park around suppertime on July 28 when 164 decided he needed to cross.A car believed to have been going 100 km/h slammed into the bear so hard it was no longer drivable.“There was fairly significant damage to the front end of the vehicle. We were assuming we were going to have a dead bear on our hands and we’d have to go and recover the body,” John Paczkowski, an ecologist for Alberta Environment and Parks, recounted Friday.But then, as if some grizzly guardian angel was on duty, Bear 164 picked himself up and ran off into the trees.The bear had been captured a little more than a year before, so parks staff waited for a mortality sensor on its collar to tell them of the bear’s fate.“If that collar stops moving for several hours … the pulse rate and the beep that we hear changes … which means the collar has fallen off or the animal has died.”But 164 was still moving the next morning and a conservation officer spotted him walking with just a bit of limp, but no signs of significant injury.A wildlife veterinarian advised parks staff to give the bear some distance for a couple of weeks, Paczkowski said. If the bruin was injured, he needed time to heal.The survivor grizzly continued to roam past the mountain town of Canmore, Alta., and into Banff National Park.On Aug. 16, it was time to see how he was doing. Parks staff located him, darted him and replaced his old collar with a new GPS unit.“He was really in good shape when we had a look at him,” Paczkowski said.“He had really put on a lot of weight. He had grown in girth and in length and in all different ways. He was a really nice, healthy-looking bear.”The grizzly, who’s about seven years old, had almost doubled his weight to about 135 kilograms from when he was first collared 14 months earlier.Paczkowski attributes that to a “really abundant berry crop.”“He’s just in those thick berry patches gorging.”Paczkowski said male grizzlies can live to 20 or more years if they avoid traffic, but 164 lives a bit of a “high-risk lifestyle.”He spends most of his time away from humans, but has made secretive and swift forays into Banff’s Bow Valley around highways and railways.It’s quite possible this bear, just into adulthood, will have learned to retreat once more into the silence of the back country, Paczkowski suggested.“A traumatic experience like that would probably wisen him up to trying to cross the highway,” he said.“As he matures into an adult male his roam range will increase and he’ll move further and wider afield and hopefully he has a productive life.”— By Sylvia Strojek in Edmontonlast_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIt was late fall in 2005 when Alma Jane Bruyere appeared at the door of her grandson’s house in Fort Frances, Ont., carrying in her left hand a lawyer’s letter stating she had qualified for compensation for the abuse she faced while attending an Indian residential school.She handed the letter to her grandson, Ryan McMahon who is now a well known Indigenous comedian.“She came, as she often did, unannounced and sort of quietly,” said McMahon. “We sat down at the table and put the tea on.”She told McMahon her story.“She told me what happened,” he said.And she cried.Bruyere described the darkness of the experience, the repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse at St. Margaret’s Indian Residential School in Fort Frances.But it was only part of the story.“The most difficult thing for me is that some of what she said was contradictory to what you would expect,” he said. “She endured these traumas, the most horrific traumas a human being can survive; she experienced those, and yet volunteered at the church and found herself at times talking about the positive things that residential schools brought to her. Things like the square meals every day, the friends and the beading and the sewing she learned inside the schools from the nuns. She talked about the poverty that her family faced on the reserve…and the difficulties found on reserves and the poverty and the struggle.“I can’t wrap my head around what that had to have been like to live with those paradoxical understandings in your life,” said McMahon.Before that autumn visit, McMahon’s grandmother had travelled to Thunder Bay for a hearing through the alternative dispute resolution program which pre-dated the multi-billion dollar Indian Residential School settlement agreement. While the letter informed her she had qualified for compensation, it also told her she would have to retell her experiences to get any money.It was something she wouldn’t do, said McMahon.“She stated she didn’t want to go back and wondered why they would make her go back. She felt insulted and hurt again. She had already proven that she qualified and she had to go back and tell her story,” he said. “Her rejection was a statement that they can’t take it back, there is no way to change what happened and how it happened and she didn’t feel a financial payment was ever going to remove the trauma.”Bruyere died on Jan. 14, 2007. She was 72 and never heard Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s June 11, 2008, apology to residential school survivors. She never got to the chance to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Her story now lives only in her grandson.“I know part of her sharing that with me was so that we can honour that past and walk with that knowledge and never let people forget,” he said.And so, this Tuesday, June 11, 2013, on the anniversary of Harper’s apology which was delivered in the House of Commons, McMahon took to Twitter to tell fragments of his grandmother’s story.“She went to Thunder Bay. She brought a feather with her. I’d never seen carry a feather before then. She told me she was scared,” tweeted McMahon, through his handle @RMComedy. “Those hearings changed her forever. She cried, told me her story. ‘You’re strong enough to use this pain for good.’ I carry her story.”McMahon said Harper’s apology has done little to change the reality facing Indigenous peoples in Canada.“We kind of see it for what it was. It was necessary the country was at a boiling point. We also see what is coming from it, more funding cuts than ever. The situation we are now in its way worse than it was five years ago,” he said. “If you are blindly saying reconciliation is here, let’s all work together and hold hands, well that’s not the reality.”McMahon said the anniversary of the apology shouldn’t be about moving on, but about remembering and ensuring the darkness is never forgotten.“As a father…it is my job to break that cycle and free (my children) of the burden of the past and to teach them,” he said. “On Remembrance Day (Nov. 11)…we say, ‘lest we forget.’ But in Canada, (when discussing residential schools) we are always saying, can’t we just all move on? Can’t we just forget it already, can’t you let it go? But, if we are never supposed to forget those other traumas, why should we forget these ones…It is our responsibility to remind people that it is an ugly past and we have to be willing to put it on the line because of that past.”Bruyere’s story also taught her grandson about the resilience of his culture.“She was a Catholic and a pretty devout Catholic, but when she went to those hearings she brought that eagle feather with her,” he said. “She was a lot more traditional than any of us even knew. She spoke the language and carried the histories of her community in her, but rarely talked about it.”But it was one of her last requests that left a permanent mark.“When she passed, in her will, she requested new moccasins. In our traditional funerals, you put on new moccasins on those that pass so when they are on that journey and are greeted by our ancestors, our ancestors know they are ready to take that journey with then,” said McMahon. “That is not something found in any scripture or part of the Bible…She went back home with our ancestors in the way that she really wanted.” read more

Sidi Kacem (north) –  Forty people were injured, including three in a serious condition and 15 seriously injured Saturday when a coach veered off the road and overturned in the province of Sidi Kacem (120-km northeast of Rabat).The accident occurred around 12:30 pm when the coach, bound for Fez, veered off the road 12 km from the town of El Jorf Melha, local authorities pointed out.Road accidents in Morocco kill 4,000 victims annually and gobble 2 points of Morocco’s GDP, a huge loss for the Moroccan economy. read more

Casablanca – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, was named “The Person of the Year” in a vote organized by the Casablanca-based Aswat Radio.The results of an SMS vote organized by Aswat Radio were revealed on January 10th. After being awarded his trophy by the radio channel, Benkirane graciously participated in a congratulatory interview.As part of his expression of gratitude at being selected among all the figures competing for the title, Benkirane thanked the voters “who considered that I [Benkirane] was the person deserving of the title.” He went on to reveal that he was touched by the story of a female doctor, Nawal Guassim, who came second in the vote. Guassim, a supervisor in the delivery ward at Zagora hospital, has managed through her personal effort and dedication, to enhance the services of the hospital.Benkirane was clearly impressed by her story and sent her his greetings saying, “you understood me more than many of the closest people to me.” He added that he is convinced that reform cannot take place unless “the doctor, the nurse, the teacher, the employee in public administration and whoever else tasked with a specific duty” contributes with their own personal efforts.“You could take measures to the highest level the way you want” Benkirane further explained, “If people do not positively interact with the measures, they are doomed to fail.” The appointed Head of Government then addressed teachers in the public sector, which is suffering through major crises, saying that they must take the initiative and not wait for government programs because they are in a better position to know the problems afflicting their sector.Turning the subject back to the doctor who secured second place in the vote, Benkirane said, “If I had voted, I would have voted for her… given the significance of the role she plays. “When his interview was concluded, Benkirane remained to answer questions from reporters about the status quo on the political scene following his decision to end the talks leading to the formation of the next government. He reaffirmed his position that he cannot continue negotiations with the other parties so long as the reasons for his decision still apply. read more

Rabat- Just a few days after Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from detention, Saudi authorities on Tuesday released all remaining detainees from the luxury Ritz-CarltonRitz-Carlton Hotel, a Saudi official said on Tuesday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) had ordered the arrest and detention of about 200 Saudi dignitaries and top officials for more than three months. “There are no longer any detainees left at the Ritz-Carlton,” an anonymous Saudi official told Reuters.The kingdom’s attorney general, Saud Al-Mojeb, said in a statement that 56 individuals remain in custody due to “other pending criminal cases, in order to continue the investigations process, and in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.” In late November, Saudi Arabia’s strongman crown prince ordered the arrests as part of anti-corruption crackdown, claiming that over USD 100 billion had been lost to embezzlement and corruption in the past decades.The massive and unprecedented purge came hours after a Saudi royal decree announced the formation of an anti-corruption commission headed by the crown prince who promptly ordered a high-profile cabinet reshuffle. To date, the complete list of former detainees is still unknown but is said to comprise at least 11 princes, including 62-year-old Bin Talal, who faced accusations of money laundering, corruption and extortion.The majority of those detained were released after negotiating their exit for very large sums of money. Bin Talal’s sum, though, is believed to be one of the largest sought by the Saudi authorities; reportedly at least $6 billion in exchange for his freedom, according to the Wall Street Journal.Some of the detainees are believed to have been moved from the Ritz to a prison after “refusing to admit wrongdoing and reach financial settlements with the authorities.”The attorney general has indicated that the estimated value of settlements currently stands at more than $106 billion. Al-Mojeb said the settlements reached include seizure of real estate assets, commercial entities, securities and cash.As the detainees have been moved from the five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the latter is expected to reopen to the public in February. According to its website, the hotel is taking bookings again beginning 14 February. read more

23 January 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties in Lebanon resume a dialogue to address their political differences after street confrontations that have reportedly caused loss of life and injuries. “He is greatly concerned that the political dispute in Lebanon,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson Michele Montas said in a statement that noted that the new confrontation came just ahead of a donors’ conference in Paris, which will seek to help the country recover from the ravages of last summer’s between Israel and Hizbollah.Mr. Ban, who will attend the Paris conference, reiterated the UN’s support for the stability, sovereignty, security and independence of Lebanon.The office of Mr. Ban’s Personal Representative for Lebanon Geir Pedersen reported that the Beirut airport had been cut off during the demonstrations and was temporarily effectively closed. Many roads within and around Beirut and in other parts of Lebanon have been cut off by blockades, some them built with burning tires and old cars, it added.The office is monitoring reports of clashes between different factions, mostly north of Beirut.In a related development Ms. Montas said there had been seven Israeli overflights of Lebanon by Israeli warplanes today in breach of the agreement which ended the hostilities in August.“In accordance with its standard procedures, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) protests each overflight to the Israeli authorities as a violation of the Blue Line” separating the two countries, she added.Before going to the Paris conference on Lebanon, Mr. Ban will travel to Brussels, where he will hold meetings with European Union, European Parliament and European Commission officials as well as senior representatives of NATO and the Belgian Government, as well as the country’s King.From Paris he will go to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), meeting with President Joseph Kabila and other senior government officials as well as peacekeepers and staff of the UN’s largest mission, and addressing the National Assembly.A trip to Kisangani is scheduled, as is a brief visit across the river to Brazzaville to meet with President Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, Ms. Montas announced today.Mr. Ban will then go to Addis Ababa for the African Union Summit before ending his Africa trip with a stop in Nairobi, where he will meet with the Kenyan President and the UN staff.From Kenya, the Secretary-General will travel to the Netherlands, where he will visit the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. He will also meet with Queen Beatrix as well as the Dutch Prime Minister and senior officials.After that, Mr. Ban will go to Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the Middle East Quartet comprised of the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union. read more

“UNICEF is grateful to Gucci and its employees for their commitment to improving children’s lives and futures through education,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a press release. “Every child should have a fair chance in life. That begins with a fair chance to learn.” At an event held yesterday in New York, the UN agency and the 94-year old fashion house underscored the wide reach of their accomplishments with the screening of Growing Tall – a short film directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Christina Voros that highlights the “power of education to transform lives, especially for girls and women.”The issue of accessibility to quality schooling for children in the least-developed and developing world remains a critical area of concern for UNICEF. According to UN data, since the year 2000, 34 million more primary school-aged children have attended school than would have done so if earlier trends had continued. However, despite this progress, some 58 million children of primary school age remain out of school worldwide. Over the past 10 years, in fact, Gucci’s support for UNICEF has helped train more than 8,700 teachers and educators, construct nearly 300 school classrooms, and supply 14,600 school desks. In addition, the partnership has also led to the construction of more than 1,800 water and sanitation facilities in schools, ensuring clean water for drinking and hygiene, and has facilitated government policy changes on education and improving school curricula.The benefits, UNICEF noted in its press release, have reached more than 7.5 million children in both Africa and Asia and will now extend through the UN agency’s “Chime for Change” campaign targeting children and families affected by the Syria crisis with learning opportunities and support services.“Through our long and successful partnership, Gucci has helped provide that chance to so many children who might otherwise be excluded – and in doing so, provided them with the tools to build a better world for themselves and their communities,” Mr. Lake added. read more

JaVale McGee has gone a long way toward shedding the persona he got from “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TV blooper segment on which he held residency for years. Coming off consecutive NBA titles with Golden State, the 7-footer is currently logging career highs in points and blocks per game with the Lakers while serving as a full-time starter for the first time since 2011-12. Not bad considering the collective confusion when he agreed to a deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles.But for all the improvement he’s shown as a mainstay in this lineup, the 30-year-old still has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to his defense: McGee remains the league’s supreme goaltender.As of Wednesday, McGee had been called for goaltending an NBA-high 13 times, nearly twice as many as Orlando rookie Mo Bamba, who ranks second in the league with seven violations. The Knicks, who also have 13 goaltending violations, are the only team that’s been called as many times as McGee himself, according to PBP Stats, which tracks a wide array of advanced NBA statistics. But this is nothing new for McGee: Since his rookie year, he has somehow managed to lead the NBA in goaltending violations per 100 possessions in each of the eight seasons in which he logged at least 400 minutes of playing time.With 214 goaltends in his career,1This includes 11 in the postseason. including one season when he logged a league-high 55, there have obviously been some true head-scratchers. One violation in 2012 was particularly egregious: The ball was in clear, undeniable descent before McGee launched it, volleyball-style, into the stands 25 or so feet in the air.Puzzling as they might be from time to time for his coaches, the goaltending calls probably aren’t that big of a deal. Getting called for something that costs his club 2 points — 2 points they might have surrendered anyway — is arguably small potatoes compared with the upside of blocking a shot. And that’s likely even more true of McGee, who this year has blocked 5.3 shots for every goaltending violation.But McGee’s willingness to lunge at nearly every shot attempt the way a cat flails at a laser pointer can cost his team in other ways. His block attempts often hurt the Laker defense more than if he had simply stayed on the ground. Take a late October game against the Spurs, when McGee committed three shooting fouls — resulting in seven San Antonio free throw attempts in a 1-point defeat — that stemmed from him ramming into jump-shooters. Twice, LaMarcus Aldridge pump-faked McGee into the air, knowing his constant tendency to go for blocks. (DeMar DeRozan did the same thing to McGee when the Lakers visited San Antonio.) Over the past two seasons, McGee has posted the second-highest foul rate when it comes to big men bumping into jump-shooters, according to data from Second Spectrum.2Among those with at least 10 such fouls. Only Portland’s Zach Collins has a higher foul rate in such scenarios.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While McGee may not have the greatest on-court instincts, the reason he attempts to block so many shots is simple: He thinks he’s capable of cleanly blocking them all. He’s highly athletic — remember the dunk contest in which he jammed on two side-by-side rims at the same time? — and at one point McGee owned the largest wingspan in the entire league, at more than 7-foot-6.“That’s something [the referees are] not used to seeing,” McGee said of a particularly ridiculous block, when he caught the ball with one hand — and appeared to do so cleanly — but was whistled for goaltending anyway.“I think he tries to be spectacular,” then-Nuggets coach George Karl said in 2013 when asked about McGee’s game. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if … you just let us orchestrate the game, something big-time will happen.”Another prolific rim protector, Tyson Chandler, sized up McGee’s game nearly eight years ago in a post from a Wizards blog. Chandler presciently said the then-Wizards center needed “to understand how he can be effective,” and that he would learn that by playing with more established veterans. McGee gained that experience with Golden State — and now Chandler is backing up McGee with the Lakers.McGee has been a force this season. He’s been a top-10 rim protector3Among players who’ve logged at least 15 games and who have defended five shots or more from inside of 6 feet per game. so far, holding opponents more than 10 points beneath their averages from inside of 6 feet, according to NBA Advanced Stats. In large part because of their play at center, the Lakers rank fifth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage inside 3 feet and ninth in overall defensive efficiency. And while there were once questions about McGee’s basic fundamentals, those concerns have largely evaporated. Just look at last year’s NBA Finals, when McGee played incredibly solid defense after being switched onto LeBron.What will be worth watching on Thursday, when the Lakers play foul-drawing maestro James Harden and the Rockets, and this postseason4If Los Angeles makes it. is whether McGee can avoid being baited by fakes. If savvy teams like the Spurs already know to test his ability to stay on the ground, it’s almost a given that other teams will try it in a series.In a way, the key to the Lakers rising to become true contenders could very well be based on McGee’s ability to stay grounded on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_imgThe 35-year-old apologised at Carlisle Crown Court and was given a 20-month suspended prison sentence.”You behaved in a most disgraceful manner,” said Judge Nicholas Clarke QC.The court heard the painter was carrying out work at Glenfield House in Carlisle in Cumbria for owner Katherine King. Hartley, of Whitehaven, Cumbria, pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary with intent to do unlawful damage. He was also given a rehabilitation requirement, a four-month night-time curfew and unpaid work.A restraining order prevents him from legally contacting Miss King in any way for five years.Marion Weir, defending, said Hartley was “terrified at the thought of custody” and that alcohol was the “under-pinning issue in all his difficulties”. Glenfield house  Glenfield house damage  Glenfield house damage Credit:Mike McKenzie But prosecutor Beccy McGregor said his duties were reduced after he began acting “inappropriately” and started declaring his feelings for her.On one occasion, Hartley let himself out of her property, with the living room having been left “full of Christmas presents”. Glenfield house Credit:Caters Newscenter_img Glenfield house damage  Hartley told Miss King in February that “he had his heart broken by her” and later that month, while she was visiting family, she was alerted by neighbours to an alarm sounding and water “gushing” out.Keys were removed from bedroom doors apparently to prevent police gaining access. Three ceilings collapsed and the court heard Miss King lost thousands of pounds in lost earnings. A decorator has narrowly avoided an immediate jail term despite flooding a woman’s B&B after she rejected his amorous advances.Kevin Hartley broke into the hotel, left shower heads on the floor and covered up plug holes during what he called a “spur of the moment act” while “extremely drunk”. Glenfield house damage Credit:Mike McKenzie Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Allrounder Jason Holder has put West Indies’ loss in the first T20 against Pakistan largely down to the unfamiliarity factor, according to ESPNCricinfo.Shadab Khan, the 18-year-old debutant legspinner, did a lot of the damage as West Indies were kept to 111 for 8 in Barbados, a total Pakistan chased down with 17 balls and six wickets to spare. Going into the rest of the series, Holder said West Indies would need to come up with plans to counter the new faces they are up against, especially the spinners.“We need to just sit down and work out our plans against all their bowlers,” Holder said. “Obviously we are coming up against some guys who we have never played. In this situation, we need to find how best to play them given the conditions that we have.“We struggled with their slow bowlers, and it’s a situation where we need to counteract their slow bowlers in the middle. Those were the guys who really put the strangle on us up front.”According to ESPNCricinfo, Holder said while the pitch was slow, it was not to blame for West Indies’ score; that was down to the early run-out of Evin Lewis and the repeated loss of wickets at “crucial stages”.“I felt that the wicket we had today was slow, it was a little bit more difficult to hit on. It broke up a little earlier than I thought it would, but bearing that in mind, we just needed to find ways to knock some balls back down the pitch. It was a good enough pitch for us to get 150 at least. Definitely think if we had 150 on the board it would’ve been a much better game.“It’s clear we didn’t bat well. We started off with a run-out, which gave them momentum. It was a very good piece of fielding, but we never really recovered from there. It was a situation in the middle where we had to consolidate, build a partnership.The second of four T20s will be played in Port of Spain on March 30.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’I don’t think we executed well enough’ – HolderJuly 25, 2016In “latest news”Holder wants his bowlers to be ‘lot more consistent’June 23, 2018In “Sports”Underdogs Windies seek to end home drought against PakistanApril 7, 2017In “latest news” read more

first_img Short URL GARDAÍ WHO WERE examining a vehicle as part of an investigation discovered three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at a commercial garage at Newhall, Naas, yesterday afternoon.The area was sealed off and a cordon was put in place shortly after 4pm. The Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team attended the scene and the three bombs were removed for further examination.At 9.30pm, the area was declared safe and traffic restrictions were lifted. Gardaí said that investigations are ongoing.A spokesman for the Defence Forces confirmed that a forensic examination of the devices will now take place.He said: “The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal team on request from gardaí. A cordon was established in the surrounding area to ensure public safety.“The Army Bomb Disposal team arrived at 4.15pm, carried out an assessment and proceeded to make safe the three suspect devices. The devices have now been removed to a secure military installation for further examination. Material of an evidential nature will be handed over to An Garda Síochána.”Read: Drug addict went “off the wall” robbing shops two weeks after release from prison >Read: ‘Loads of tender hugs’ – Catholic Church releases gift tokens for Valentine’s Day > 20 Comments By Garreth MacNamee File photo of Defence Forces bomb squad member. Image: Flickr Share254 Tweet Email1 26,788 Views center_img Three bombs discovered in vehicle during garda search in Kildare The Defence Forces were called to the scene. Feb 10th 2017, 6:52 AM Friday 10 Feb 2017, 6:52 AM File photo of Defence Forces bomb squad member. Image: Flickr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Instead of using fossil fuels, Hurtigruten’s new process will combine processed fish leftovers and organic waste to generate biogas, a renewable energy source from raw materials. Biogas would then be liquified and used to power ships. With this process, Hurtigruten could minimize greenhouse gas emissions over the next four years. Move over, fossil fuels: A Norwegian cruise line aims to have at least six of its ships powered by dead fish and organic waste by 2021.Hurtigruten, a Norway-based expedition cruise line company, is proposing this solution to reduce ship pollution and transition to greener energy alternatives, reported The Guardian. Hurtigruten, which currently operates a 17-vessel fleet, would like to convert at least six of its ships to use biogas natural gas and large renewable energy battery packs by 2021. The company operates cruises in the Antarctic and Arctic, global areas that are highly sensitive to climate change and other environmental issues. With this switch, Hurtigruten can reduce its carbon footprint and increase Norway’s presence in the global biogas sector.“Norway is a large shipping nation, but fishery and forestry are also large sectors. They create jobs and produce income, but they also produce a lot of waste products,” Daniel Skjeldam, Hurtigruten’s chief executive, told The Guardian. “The steady access to high volumes of organic waste gives the Nordic countries a unique position on the biogas market.”More on Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate ChangeMan Locks Himself Inside ‘Earth in a Jar’ for Climate Change AwarenessEarth’s Ozone Layer is Healing, UN-Backed Report Sayslast_img read more