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first_imgEleven militants used two cars and one motorbike to carry out the attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 last year in Kashmir and “the spot and the target was picked just days before the attack”, says the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that filed a chargesheet against the accused on Monday.Speaking to The Hindu, SIT head and Superintendent of Police (SP) Tahir Ashraf Bhatti said, “The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, including locals, and its head Abu Ismail, picked the spot and the target just a few days before the attack. It was executed by four terrorists directly, with others being assigned their role to provide logistics and keep an eye on the movement of the yatri bus.”According to the 1,500-page SIT report, the bus got disconnected from its security cover first at Pantha Chowk, where the pilgrims picked up more associates, and “later developed a technical snag”, which was attended to at Awantipora.The movement of the bus was monitored “constantly by the militants before it reached Anantnag’s Batengo area”, where militants opened fire. The militants used code language on phones to convey the status of the bus, and if it had security cover.According to the charge sheet, Pakistan-based militants Abu Ismail alias Haroon, Maaviya and Furqan were part of the attack. All the three were killed in encounters in Srinagar and Qazigund last year.Of the 11 accused, four persons, including a juvenile, have been arrested. “Three are still absconding,” it said.last_img read more


first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Pacquiao (59-7-2) has not been in the ring since his he relinquished his WBO welterweight title in a controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in July.Meanwhile, McGregor (0-1) is coming off a 10th round technical knockout defeat to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their light middleweight bout last August which drew mixed reactions from the viewing public.If the fight materializes, this will be the second straight marquee boxing fight for McGregor, who seemed to have put his mixed martial arts career on hold.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH From #MayMac to #MacPac?Manny Pacquiao teased a possible megafight with Conor McGregor by using the hashtags “2018” and “real boxing match” when he greeted the UFC Lightweight Champion a pleasant Thanksgiving on social media.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Cignal HD returns to defend PBA D-League title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” the Filipino boxer posted on in his Instagram account along with a photo of the Irish superstar. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more


first_imgThe BCCI’s Disciplinary Committee is considering to summon suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi to question alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the Twenty20 League.Sources said a notice is likely to be sent to Modi through his lawyer to appear before the committee for cross examination of certain evidences related to the case in its meeting on December 15.”The Committee has been going through different sets of documents submitted to them by Modi. There needs to be cross-examination of those papers where committee members have found certain lapses which can only be done in the presence of Modi or his lawyer. The committee may call them in the hearing,” a BCCI official, who did not wish to be named, said.The committee is getting cooperation from Modi but there are some documents and evidences that need clarity, he said.Sources said the meeting of the committee, which was put on hold temporarily after being challenged by Modi in the Supreme Court that it did not have jurisdiction to look into the charges, will resume as per the go-ahead given to it by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from this month onwards.Modi had moved the apex court after the Bombay High Court had on July 15 rejected his petition seeking the reconstitution of the committee.He had said that he wanted a committee of independent persons and not of those who are the members of BCCI, as they would be biased against him. The apex court will hear the matter in the second week of January.advertisementModi’s counsel had prayed in the Court for appointment of a retired judge of the higher judiciary or any senior advocate as members of the Committee.In a related move on Saturday, the BCCI has retained the three-member disciplinary committee probing charges of financial irregularities against Modi, rejecting the former IPL chairman’s demand for a reconstitution of the panel.The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting convened to resolve the matter after Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi pointed out last month that the panel did not have the BCCI General Body’s mandate.The disciplinary committee comprises interim IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin, Delhi and District Cricket Association chief Arun Jaitley and Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association President Jyotiraditya Scindia.”The Committee will meet most probably on December 15 to cross examine witnesses and documents in the case. We are trying to finish probe and compile the report in time,” the official said.The Board has already examined some of the witnesses.Modi had sent a staggering 15,000-page reply to the first show cause notice served on him on April 26 by the Board, accusing him of financial irregularities and bid-rigging in the IPL.A Blue Corner Notice (to seek information about an individual) issued by Interpol on the request of the Enforcement Directorate is pending against Modi.Besides, the Mumbai Regional Passport Office is also considering to revoke Modi’s passport to enable him to appear before the investigating agencies in the national capital.last_img read more


first_imgMaria Sharapova will miss next month’s Rio Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday decided to defer its decision on the Russian multiple grand slam champion’s appeal against a two-year doping ban until September.Sharapova was seeking to have her ban, which was imposed on her by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in June, wiped out or reduced and a decision was initially expected to be announced by July 18. (Also read: Sharapova ban a ‘sad situation’ for tennis, says Caroline Wozniacki) SHARAPOVA, ITF NEEDED MORE TIMEThe postponement of the ruling came as Sharapova and the ITF needed more time to “complete and respond to their respective evidentiary submissions”, the CAS said in a statement.”A decision is expected to be issued by 19 September 2016,” it added.The 29-year-old former world number one was named in Russia’s official entry list for the Olympics tennis tournament.Sharapova was banned last month following a positive test for the banned drug meldonium during January’s Australian Open.last_img read more


first_imgThe arrival of Jorginho from Napoli has equipped Chelsea with one of the best midfields around, according to Alvaro Morata.The Brazilian-born Italy international moved to Stamford Bridge last month, having been heavily linked with Premier League champions Manchester City. He has been joined in west London by his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Morata feels Jorginho will prove to be a key acquisition as the Blues, champions in 2016-17, seek to improve on a disappointing fifth-place finish in the league last season. “We are lucky,” he told the Mirror.”We’ve made a very good signing, because he’s a fantastic player, a fantastic guy and because Manchester City wanted him! It would have been very bad for us if City has taken him.”He was one of the best signings of the last year for Chelsea because now, when we have the ball, he is the key.”Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas with the ball are two of the best midfielders around.”There are not too many midfields with this level with the ball – for the strikers it is fantastic.”Morata has also been wowed by teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi, who has been tipped to break into Chelsea’s first team during the campaign ahead. “I have never seen a player like him,” the Spain international said.”Ethan Ampadu and him, when you see them playing, it is like they are 25 and 26 years old – and they are 17! They work so hard.”Callum is lucky with Eden [Hazard], with Willian and all the strikers because they are good people and if he listens and watches Willian, he can be the best for the future.”last_img read more


first_imgBy Bunty TyagiSirsa (Har), Aug 27 (PTI) The Sirsa administration has decided to provide buses for Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs followers willing to leave the sects headquarters.Dera Sacha Sauda followers had yesterday started leaving the sects headquarters in Sirsa, where they had gathered in large numbers before the rape conviction of the self-styled godman.”The district administration has decided to provide four to five Haryana Roadways buses to dera followers so that they can go home,” a senior official said.Army and paramilitary forces have appealed to dera followers inside the sects headquarters to vacate the area.The police and the administration have been making regular announcements through loudspeakers, urging those inside to vacate the sprawling premises, even as they maintained a strict vigil.The violence following the conviction of the Dera head by a special CBI court in Panchkula on Friday, resulted in four deaths and injuries to 58 Dera followers in Sirsa.An estimated one lakh people, including women and children, are present in the sect headquarters. The sprawling campus is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall. PTI BUN GJS SMNlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) FIFA President Gianni Infantino has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating India for successfully hosting the U-17 World Cup last month.The FIFA chief also expressed regret that he could not meet Modi, who graced the the opening ceremony here on October 6.”The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a host of unforgettable memories and having made many warm- hearted new friendships during our stay in Kolkata for the final matches of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and the FIFA Council Meeting,” Infantino said in a letter to the PM.”I would like to congratulate your government on its role in your countrys successful hosting of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 and express my gratitude towards Local Organising Committee, to your government, and to all those who worked so hard to organise this competition in the host cities of New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Guwahati and Kolkata. They all contributed immensely to a wonderful and memorable event,” he said in the letter.The contents of the letter was made available by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) in a release. Infantino regretted that he could not attend the opening ceremony and meet Modi but mentioned that hell look forward to meeting him in future to exchange ideas about “the approaches to developing football” in India.”Unfortunately, much to my regret, I was not able to attend the opening ceremony of the competition and to meet you in person in New Delhi, due to other prior commitments,” he said.advertisement”I am however convinced we will have the opportunity to meet in the future to exchange ideas about the approaches to developing football in your country, as well as our visions on the important role that football plays in breaking down cultural and social barriers, making it a game accessible to everyone.”Infantino also praised the AIFF for its “remarkable work and efforts”.”I would like to praise the remarkable work and efforts of the AIFF to implement new plans for the development of our sport in your country, such as the Mission 11 Million and the construction of AIFF National Centre of Excellence in Kolkata. I would like to reiterate my thanks for your contribution towards supporting football development and promoting the values of our sport in your country,” he said.”I can assure you that our stay in your country has given me fresh determination to provide any assistance from FIFA and the international football community that could be helpful in the realisation of these developmental projects.” PTI PDS AH PDSlast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history and feuded with star Carmelo Anthony.Days after Jackson reiterated his desire to trade Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Kristaps Porzingis, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan reversed course and cut ties with Jackson on Wednesday.“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Dolan said in a statement. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched.”But his work as a first-time executive was awful. The winner of an NBA-record 11 championships as coach, Jackson couldn’t engineer one playoff berth while running the Knicks. The team was 80-166 in his three full seasons, including a franchise-worst 17-65 in 2014-15. His departure was quickly welcomed by Knicks fans such as film director Spike Lee, who posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a celebratory pose after it was first reported by The Vertical.The move comes less than a week after Jackson led the Knicks through the NBA draft and on the eve of free agency that opens Saturday. Dolan said general manager Steve Mills would run the day-to-day business of the team in the short term.Jackson was a Hall of Fame coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, delivering titles with some of the game’s biggest stars like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. He also played for the Knicks when they won NBA titles in 1970 and 1973.He was welcomed back to the organization to huge fanfare in March 2014, but it soon became clear the transition would be a poor one. His first coaching hire, Derek Fisher, lasted just 1½ seasons, and Jackson’s trades and free agency moves also failed to improve the club.“I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that,” Jackson said. “New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best — today and always.”The turbulence he created off the court may have led to his departure more than the Knicks’ record on it.Jackson wanted to trade Anthony, the All-Star forward who has two years left on the five-year, $124 million deal that Jackson gave him shortly after taking the job. Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said he wants to stay in New York, and the stalemate that hung over the team for much of last season threatened to linger throughout the summer.Then he said before the draft that he was listening to offers for Porzingis, the 21-year-old forward from Latvia whom Jackson drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2015 in one of his few successful moves.Jackson believed the Knicks would compete for a playoff berth last season after he traded for Derrick Rose, signed Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee and hired Jeff Hornacek to coach. But after a solid start, they quickly spiraled toward their familiar position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and finished 31-51.Despite all that, Dolan said during an ESPN Radio interview in February that he would allow Jackson to finish his contract, and the sides picked up the mutual two-year option on Jackson’s contract.But the instability involving Anthony and Porzingis threatened to damage the team’s ability to lure free agents and may have spurred Dolan’s decision. Though he had been intent on keeping Jackson, the dysfunction within the franchise showed no sign of ending even as Jackson, 71, largely stayed out of sight.He never spoke to the media last season after vowing openness upon taking the job and refused to provide Anthony with the communication he sought.“It’s like a total train wreck ,” tennis great and Knicks fan John McEnroe told The Associated Press last week.“I mean, he’s known as the Zen Master, like a master talker, and then he’s not talking to anybody,” McEnroe said of Jackson. “So this whole thing seems to have gone completely off the rails.”There was also incessant debate about Jackson’s insistence that the team employ the triangle offense, which potential incoming players were schooled on during the run-up to last week’s NBA draft. The Knicks wound up taking 18-year-old French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who spoke highly of the triangle and Jackson’s belief in the scheme.“I think I can definitely fit with this system,” Ntilikina said on draft night.Not even a week later, the triangle is probably gone, and the Knicks will start anew.Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, will be a free agent. Noah — whom Jackson gave a puzzling four-year, $72 million contract last summer — will start the season by finishing out a 20-game suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first season in New York, shooting just 44 percent from the foul line.___BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterAP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgFormer England captain Alastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket. England’s highest run-scorer in Test cricket will bow out of the game after the fifth and final Test against India which begins from September 7 at the Oval in London.Cook has been struggling for runs in the current series against India having scored just 109 runs so far in four matches at an average of 15.57 with a highest score of just 29.Cook, who made his debut for England in 2006, will bow out as the sixth highest run-scorer in Test history. He has so far amassed 12254 runs in 160 Tests at an average of 44.88 with 32 hundreds and 56 half-centuries. He is the only active player in the 10,000-run club in the longest format.How farming helped Alastair Cook get back to form ahead of India TestsCook’s final Test at The Oval later this week will be his 159th consecutive game in the longest format, the longest such streak in all international cricket. He missed just one Test in his entire career (vs India in Mumbai, 2006) that too because of a stomach bug.Cook also led England for more than four years and was the country’s 79th captain in the longest format before handing over the reins to Joe Root in February last year.India’s pace bowling unit has ‘unusual’ variety and depth: Alastair CookHe was England’s longest-serving Test captain having led in 59 matches. He is tied with Andrew Strauss with 24 wins, the second most for England behind Michael Vaughan, but also has the unfortunate record of losing the most Tests as England captain with 22.advertisementWhen Cook didn’t spray champagne so Moeen could celebrate English winInterestingly, last year he had handed over the captaincy to Root after England’s 4-0 Test series loss against India in 2016 and now has decided to bid adieu to international after England avenged that defeat under his successor.England on Sunday, beat India by 60 runs in the fourth Test to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.Ashes 2017: Alastair Cook carries bat with 244 not out to break 45-year-old recordCook issued a statement on Monday announcing his decision to retire at the conclusion of the India series.BREAKING NEWSAlastair Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket.https://t.co/AvprHaFoI3#ThankYouChef pic.twitter.com/7rOErW7W2cEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) September 3, 2018″After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India.Ashes 2017: Best I have ever seen Alastair Cook bat, says Michael Clarke”Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game. The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.Alastair Cook, one of English sport’s quiet achievers”I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”There are too many people to thank individually, but a special mention must go to the Barmy Army and all supporters for their constant encouragement for the team and also a special mention to Graham Gooch. As a seven year-old I queued for his autograph outside Essex County Cricket Club and years later was so fortunate to have him mentoring me. Graham was my sounding board, especially in the early years of my career, spending hour after hour throwing balls at me with his dog stick. He made me realise you always need to keep improving whatever you are trying to achieve.”My family and I have had 12 wonderful years fulfilling my dreams and this could not have been done without them. So I wish to thank my parents and brothers, my wife, Alice, and her family for their quiet, unwavering support behind the scenes. As cricketers, who travel frequently, we often don’t realise just how important our families are to our success.advertisement”I would also like to thank Essex County Cricket Club for their help and support ever since I was 12, and I can’t wait to get fully involved with them in the 2019 season.”I wish the England team every success in the future, and I will be watching with great excitement,” Cook said in the statement.The 33-year-old Gloucester-born cricketer was always known for his prowess with the bat in the longest format even though he did manage to feature in 92 ODIs for England in which he made 3204 runs at an average of 36.40 with 5 centuries and 19 fifties. He also played 4 T20 internationals and scored 61 runs.last_img read more


first_imgTransfers Major players help teams grow – Simeone happy with selection headaches after Costa move Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 20:34 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) simeone-cropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla Primera División The Atleti manager insists that the Brazil international can only improve the team, despite having a plethora of attacking options to choose from Diego Simeone is not worried about Diego Costa’s arrival giving Atletico Madrid too many options in attack, as he believes “important teams grow because of major players”.Atleti 6/4 to beat Sevilla -1 handicapChelsea and Atletico reached an agreement for the transfer of Costa on Thursday, with the unsettled striker reportedly set to cost €60million, depending on bonuses. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The move will see the Spain international return to the club where he rose to prominence in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns, scoring 56 goals across the two seasons.When Atletico are able to register Costa in January, he will add to Simeone’s significant number of forwards, with Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, Kevin Gameiro and Luciano Vietto all in the squad to face Sevilla on Saturday, with Fernando Torres – missing this weekend – also fighting for a place.| SQUAD LISTThis is the squad list for the #AtletiSevillaFC!#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/YnUsk4Y8UG— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 22, 2017Simeone does not see competition as a problem, however, as he believes it will only help the team grow.”I don’t see it as something problematic,” Simeone told reporters in his pre-match media conference ahead of Sevilla’s visit. “On the contrary – important teams grow because of major players, and important players know that there is competition in the big teams.”It is clear the club is growing and needs people who know how to compete while thinking about the club and the team.”Saturday’s match could well see Kevin Gameiro face his former team again, as Simeone revealed that the France international’s training intensity is improving by the day after suffering from a hernia in pre-season.”He’s getting better and better,” Simeone said. “Yesterday was the best training he has done since he came back into the group.”I’m guided by what I see in training. The guys who have the fewest minutes have to show me then that they’re growing.”And he’s very important because he has speed, power and goals. Hopefully when the team needs him he will respond in the best way.”Sevilla have not lost any of their first five league games and have conceded just one goal, facts made all the more impressive by a number of underwhelming performances.| PRESS ROOM!@Simeone: “@SevillaFC does a great collective work of winning back the ball”#AtletiSevillaFC #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/4gv1FBS9aT— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 22, 2017And Simeone is particularly aware they have a number of quick players in attack who could pose Atletico real danger.”On the face of it, Sevilla come with a very good record [this season],” Simeone added. “[Sevilla coach Eduardo] Berizzo is a coach who can adapt himself to injuries and bad news and is always competing very well.”He is gradually showing what he wants to convey to the team, with collective work in recovery, different players in the middle like [Guido] Pizarro, [Steven] N’Zonzi and [Ever] Banega.”Plus, they have speed in the guys who they have in attack, like [Joaquin] Correa, [Wissam] Ben Yedder, [Jesus] Navas and Nolito, if he returns. They have a very competitive team.”last_img read more


first_imgUEFA Champions League Iniesta hails ‘splendid’ Ter Stegen as Barcelona seal last-16 spot Joe Wright 06:59 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) marc-andre ter stegen - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Barcelona Juventus v Barcelona Juventus The goalkeeper’s last-minute save from Paulo Dybala earned special praise from his team-mate as the Catalans earned a place in the last 16 Andres Iniesta hailed the decisive performance of Marc-Andre ter Stegen after Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Juventus sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.The LaLiga leaders claimed a point in Turin on Tuesday that guarantees they progress to the next phase as winners of Group D, despite having started the match with Lionel Messi surprisingly on the bench.Chances were few and far between at the Allianz Stadium but Ter Stegen made two decisive stops, denying Douglas Costa in the opening two minutes before producing an excellent reaction save to prevent Paulo Dybala scoring a winner in second-half stoppage time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Remarkably, Ter Stegen has saved 23 of the last 24 shots on target he has faced in all competitions for the Catalans, and Iniesta believes the German has become a key component of the team.96% – Marc-Andre ter Stegen has saved 23 of the last 24 shots on target he has faced for Barcelona in all competitions. Show. pic.twitter.com/S7wzudpXrs— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 22, 2017″We know Ter Stegen’s quality and he still has room to improve,” Iniesta told beIN SPORTS. “He makes the difference and the Barcelona goalkeeper, against the few things that come his way, has to be successful. In that sense, he’s splendid.”He continued: “We achieved our objective of finishing first after a great effort. It will all help us to continue improving.”We did a great job to be top of the group, which is the goal we’ve had since the opening day.”Iniesta was given a standing ovation by some of the home fans after an impressive midfield display, and he was thankful for the recognition.”I’m grateful for the support the fans always show me,” he said.Barca now turn their attention to Sunday’s clash with second-place Valencia in La Liga.last_img read more


first_imgBayern München ‘It is my best part!’ – Wagner delighted after bizarre penis goal against Hoffenheim Niklas König 03:00 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Wagner Bayern Hoffenheim Getty Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Hoffenheim Hoffenheim The ex-Hoffenheim man got one over on his former club with the help of an extremely delicate part of the human anatomy! They all count, the old adage goes, and Sandro Wagner will agree after downing former club Hoffenheim with the help of a body part little used in football. The Bayern Munich man was on target as the Bavarians recovered from two goals down to smash the visitors 5-2 on Saturday. Wagner rounded off the scoring in the final seconds, using a rather unorthodox method to beat Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The ball appeared to strike Wagner in the genitals on the way to the net, a fact acknowledged by the striker after the final whistle.”[The goal] was a mixture of this area. I do not want to go into that now,” the player said, while signalling to his pelvic region in the mixed.”My best part might have been involved, but I’m not sure anymore. It just went so fast. It was very pleasant.”Bayern’s win keeps the Bundesliga holders 16 points clear of nearest challengers Schalke at the league summit, and on course to retain the title for an incredible sixth year running.last_img read more


first_img Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Dec. 14. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Friday, Dec. 14. Traffic control consists of control persons and traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORKcenter_img Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Bishopville Road overpass will be rerouted onto the new Bishopville overpass for bridge construction until Monday, Dec. 31. The speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Saturday, Dec. 15. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice.last_img read more


first_imgMelbourne: Bollywood star Aamir Khan is set to work with South superstar Vijay Sethupathi. Sethupathi confirmed the news to PTI on the sidelines of the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). “We are in talks and details will be announced soon,” Vijay told PTI. Reports of the duo collaborating started doing the rounds last month after the “Dangal” star paid a visit to the sets of Sethupathi’s Tamil film “Sanga Thamizhan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 41-year-old actor also revealed he is a huge fan of superstar Shah Rukh Khan and megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “Amitabh Bachchan is my favourite actor and I have seen his several films, including ‘Pink’,” adding that meeting Shah Rukh, who is the chief guest at IFFM, was a pleasure. Sethupathi also won the best actor award at IFFM for Tamil-language film “Super Deluxe”. The movie, which won an honorary award ‘Equality in Cinema’ at the festival, is directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. “Super Deluxe” was also nominated in the best director and best film categories. The IFFM, which kicked off on August 9, will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages. The festival runs through August 17.last_img read more


“Achieving democratic governance is not possible without equal participation of men and women in decision-making processes,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) gender expert Marie Bapu told the first national conference of Congolese women which concluded in Kinshasa, the capital, yesterday.This implies “a good definition of public policies and the establishment of laws and programmes for the encouragement and achievement of equality,” she said.The conference was organized by the Congolese Women’s League for Elections in collaboration with the UN, the Government, and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.The senior gender adviser for the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC), Elsie Effange-Mbella, noted that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, which emphasized gender equality at all levels, including in decision-making processes and national policies through democratic elections.She stressed that MONUC had striven to ensure that the conference achieve nationwide participation by arranging for delegates from 11 provinces to use MONUC flights and covering their accommodation and living expenses.“This investment has been worthwhile considering the seminar’s objectives and the fruitful exchange of experiences and ideas,” she said. UNDP, together with other partners, including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), has been supporting the Government in formulating a national gender policy to promote gender mainstreaming in all government actions at the national and provincial level.The goal is to support Congolese women in their quest for leadership and make them aware that they have “a key role in rebuilding their country,” Ms. Bapu said. 1 April 2010The United Nations is boosting the efforts of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to overcome decades of low female participation in politics and achieve their rightful role in governing the vast African country and rebuilding it after years of civil war. read more


As Ban Ki-moon today became the first-ever UN Secretary-General to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, officials with the world body voiced hope that the recent incremental progress on disarmament will continue.At the NPT review conference, nations were able to reach a consensus on a final document for the first time in a decade, while in April, the United States and Russia reached the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), under which they pledged to cut back on their stockpiles by a third.Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) cautioned that “we should not regard any of these events as single solutions to the problem.”Rather, he told the UN News Centre, the impacts of such encouraging developments, which he likened to bricks, are cumulative. “Fortunately, we’ve been seeing a lot of very solid bricks that have been laid in this structure.”Mr. Rydell pointed to three positive trends on the disarmament scene which are providing “very solid grounds for hope that there will be real progress in the years ahead.”First, he said that States possessing nuclear weapons have shown “enlightened leadership,” with the second trend being energetic efforts by other countries. Lastly, he cited the tremendous efforts of civil society, encompassing such groups as doctors, lawyers, parliamentarians and environmentalists.Mr. Rydell pointed to the massive shift in what he calls the “climate of expectations,” with the international community being highly dissatisfied with the limited advances made in the field of nuclear disarmament.At present, the US and Russia hold more than 95 per cent of the world’s 23,000 nuclear weapons between them.“There is still, unfortunately, great prestige and status that is given to States with nuclear weapons,” he said, but these countries are under pressure to “show some results.”Nuclear weapons States, Mr. Rydell noted, are looking for stronger non-proliferation controls, “and the world community is saying, ‘we’re willing to cooperate, but you need to do your part as well.’”The long-standing aim of the UN has been to eliminate nuclear weapons, and not simply to limit the number of States with weapons or to curb the risk that terrorists will make them, he said.Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told UN Radio earlier this week that nuclear disarmament “is a moral imperative and a practical necessity. It is something that simply must be done.”Mr. Rydell emphasized that the UN’s disarmament proposals are remarkable in how realistic they are. “They’re not idealistic dreams calling for simple snap-your-fingers-and-all-these-weapons-vanish.”Instead, he said, they are linked with many specialized controls stressing the importance of transparency, irreversibility, verification and other facets.In Hiroshima today, the Secretary-General labelled “an endless reliance on nuclear deterrence, a constant arms race, unbridled military spending and a waste of taxpayer dollars” as “illusions” and “delusions of security.”“Our moment has come,” he said, underscoring that the elimination of the scourge of nuclear weapons is the “only sane path to a safer world.”For his part, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressed on the anniversaries of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that he has made a personal four-part commitment “to redouble efforts towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”His agency, he said in a message, will work to implement disarmament through independent verification to ensure that nuclear materials from dismantled weapons are never used for military purposes; support the creation of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in regions such as the Middle East; dispatch its safeguards inspectors to check that nuclear material is not diverted to weapons from civilian programmes; and strengthen efforts to help countries prevent nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists.“The names Hiroshima and Nagasaki have gone down in history as shorthand for nuclear devastation,” Mr. Amano said. “We owe their victims this commitment: that we will do everything in our power to make sure we never see another Hiroshima, another Nagasaki.” Mr. Rydell said that he is unsure of whether the world will rid itself of nuclear weapons in his lifetime, but “I do think that I will live to see the conclusion of a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.” 6 August 2010Positive developments on the global disarmament agenda, including May’s successful review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), are cause for optimism that the goal of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons will be achieved, United Nations officials say. read more


Earlier today, Supreme Court Judge Buwanaka Aluvihare withdrew from the bench hearing the fundamental rights petition filed by the former Defence Secretary.As a result the three member bench set to hear the case will now be two members, namely Justice Eva Wannasundara and Justice Sarath de Abrew. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order against arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa until a petition filed by him is heard.Rajapaksa had filed a fundamental rights petition against the special police unit investigating allegations of serious financial crimes.


Malaysia and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen collaboration in monitoring the waters between the two countries, the New Straits Times reported.Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said this was among the topics discussed when she received a courtesy call from the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana on Monday in Parliament. The Sri Lankan minister also took the opportunity to congratulate Dr Wan Azizah on Pakatan Harapan’s win in the recent general elections and on her appointment as the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.“It is rare for a Malay woman to come out and battle so strongly against many odds and then to rise up so swiftly and so high,” Tilak commented. “The government is concerned about the security of our water ways. We are striving for pirate-free waters for the safety of our traders. Our focus is in keeping peace and in keeping our traders safe,” said Dr Wan Azizah. Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, attributed this to the people of Malaysia and praised the people for the smooth and peaceful transition of power, emphasising the importance of unity among the people of the country.The Deputy Prime Minister also added that the future and development of the region very much depended on relationships between countries, such as Malaysia and Sri Lanka.Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Sri Lanka increased by 24.7 per cent to USD415.5 million (RM1.7 billion) from January to June 2018 compared to USD333.1 million (RM1,370 billion) in the corresponding period of 2017. Tilak said Sri Lanka is particularly interested in the Indian Ocean, especially on issues of security and movements of ships. Malaysia’s exports to Sri Lanka include palm oil and palm-based products, chemicals and chemical products, petroleum products, electrical and electronic products, machinery, appliance and parts. Imports include textiles, clothing and footwear, processed food, natural rubber, rubber products, and chemical products.There are 47 Malaysian companies currently operating in Sri Lanka mainly in telecommunications, energy, hydro-power, construction, lubricant blending, resort development, and education. (Colombo Gazette) read more


There have been no reported injuries associated with the product in Canada or the United States. The company says they have received one report from a consumer who identified the yellow cap before installing the alarm.Anyone who has the affected product can contact Kidde to request a free replacement smoke alarm. Kidde is recalling nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that were sold in Canada and the Unites States over concerns they might not be able to detect smoke.The North Carolina-based company says 40,000 of the affected products were sold in Canada between November 1, 2016 and January 25, 2018.The recall includes two versions of Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms with model codes PI2010CA and PI9010CA.Health Canada says the product has a yellow cap that can cover one of the two smoke sensors, which compromises the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.The agency has provided the following instructions to identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap:Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect.Consumers should check the brand name and look for the unique design of the PI2010CA and PI9010CA smoke alarm.Consumers should then locate the locking tab on the back of the alarm, turn the alarm on its side and look at the opening closest to the locking tab.If a yellow cap can be seen in the opening the unit is affected and must be replaced. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed. read more


In a news release, WHO stated it had deployed epidemiologists and logisticians to support the DRC’s Ministry of Health, and is working closely with partners such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to coordinate response efforts, monitor the situation, and provide information of the disease to the population. The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days. Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal bleeding. As of Monday, a total of 28 cases, including 14 deaths, had been reported from the Haut-Uélé district, in the country’s north-east. Three of the dead had been health care workers in the district’s capital, Isiro, according to the health agency. Control activities that are being carried out by WHO and partners include enhanced surveillance and social mobilization to reinforce practices that would control infection. WHO said there is currently no indication that this outbreak is related to the Ebola outbreak in the Kibaale district of Uganda in July, which killed 17 people, adding that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to the DRC. read more