1) They can’t hope to beat the Sri Lankans, the smiling assassins, who go about their business without any exertion.2) Pakistan deserves a chance at forging national renaissance. Nothing unites Pakistan like cricket.3) The trauma of media coverage. Have we not read, seen or heard enough of the boys in blue and their guru through the tournament?4) Imagine three more days of the same bilge on TV with repeats of “how we beat Pak”, if we beat Pak and make it to the finals on Saturday.5) Imagine more ads of Dhoni. Dhoni in joy, in rapture. Wait, haven’t we seen that already in the 10,000 Dhoni ads out already?6) It’s a cricket match. There are a 100 other things happening in our country and the world.7) Did someone say Fukushima again?8) What if India wins the World Cup? The same footage will be flashed for aeons until we all age and our teeth fall out. Dhoni would be brushing his teeth with diamond-laden toothbrushes, while we set our dentures.9) India Shining will be dusted up as India Winning. Sigh, the same cricketers will figure in public memory. Victory cheques can be encashed at the ballot and elsewhere. Imagine immortal captain as PM some 15 years down.10) Please let cricket be a game that generations can play and not have it turned into an episode of great vedic conquest of the rainbow Indian team.PS: A friend had been plugging for Pakistan since the tournament began. Now, I join him in praying for Pak in defence of our collective sanity. advertisement
World dragon boat champs out to make waves in SEA Games POC chief on SEA Games hosting glitches: ‘It’s normal’ Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meanwhile, Bermillo supalpal kay Djakovic. 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 pic.twitter.com/5A2IvLo5Zw— PINOY BALIBOLISTA (@pinoybalibol) June 29, 2019MANILA, Philippines–Danijela Dzakovic went viral for the wrong reason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Montenegrin import of luckless BaliPure was seen slamming the head of libero Jewelle Bermillo during Set 1 of their game against Creamline.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH beach spikers also eye spots to Continental Cup Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PSL: Foton ends slump, overcomes PLDT Home Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Yet the damage has been done especially for the Water Defenders who dropped all 10 matches in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Twitter lit up in comments as the short video clip of Dzakovic slammed a right to Bermillo’s head went around online.Bermillo said she has forgiven Dzakovic although she said she was reduced to tears due to embarrassment and her contact lens fell out.Abella said Dzakovic was just frustrated over their campaign.ADVERTISEMENT But BaliPure coach Rommel Abella said they players quickly patched things up after Dzakovic asked for forgiveness. View comments
Opener Hashim Amla fell two runs shy of a half-century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 at Kingsmead on Friday.Set 152 to win, the hosts were always up with the run rate and reached their target with 13 balls to spare.Having won the toss and elected to bowl, South Africa restricted New Zealand to 151 for eight by taking the final seven wickets for 40 runs.All the home batsmen then got starts but it was the steady hand of Amla (48 from 41 balls) that guided them to victory.Captain AB de Villiers (33 from 21) and Rilee Rossouw (38 from 20) also gave impetus to the innings.Earlier, opener Kane Williamson smashed 42 from 21 balls as New Zealand made a swashbuckling start before he was stumped off left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso.Martin Guptill was more measured in his 42 from 37 deliveries while George Worker added 28 in 26.David Wiese was the pick of the South Africa attack with two for 24 and young firebrand fast bowler Kagiso Rabada claimed two for 29.The second and final Twenty20 is in Pretoria on Sunday.
AdvertisementChennai City FC have registered their first win of the season against Indian Arrows in the I League opener with an emphatic margin of 4-1. The home side were behind within 2 minutes of the match as the captain of Indian Arrows, Kiyam Amarjit Singh struck the net with a brilliant cross provided by Rahul KP. But Chennai City FC came back quite strongly in the match as their Spaniard centre forward Pedro Manzi equalised the scoreline at the 31st minute of the match. In the second half of match, Chennai City FC outclassed the young Indian Arrows side. Pedro Manzi has completed his Hat-Trick with another two goals. Romario has sealed the win for the home side at the 84th minute of the match. The match has ended with a scoreline of 4-1 in favour of Chennai City FC. Their coach Akbar Nawas is immensely happy with the performance of his side against Indian Arrows.On the other hand, ATK have beaten the title holders Chennaiyin FC with a margin of 2-1. With this win ATK went to the fourth position in the League Table of Indian Super League. They are now at 7 points in 5 matches and unbeaten in the last three matches after two consecutive defeats in opening two fixtures. Chennaiyin FC are now at the 9th position in the League Table with only 1 point in their 5 matches so far.Kalu Uche has opened the scoresheet for ATK at the 3rd minute of the match. John Johnson has doubled the lead for the home side at the 13th minute of the match. Carlos Salom has put one back for Chennaiyin FC just four minutes later. After that, they have tried hard to find an equaliser; but the defensive unit of ATK were able to see off the attacking threats of Chennaiyin FC till the end of the match. Advertisement
Real Madrid will play Manchester City for a place in the Champions League final, and Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich.Real Madrid is a record 10-time European champion, while City is in the semifinals for the first time. The first leg is in Manchester on April 26 and the return is set for May 4.The official result of the #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/Pvz577XZRc Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 15, 2016The clubs met in the group stage three seasons ago with Madrid winning 3-2 at home and drawing 1-1 in Manchester as City exited without winning a match.Friday’s draw extended Madrid’s run this season of not having to face a former winner of Europe’s top club competition.Bayern was paired with Atletico Madrid in a rematch of the 1974 final. Then, the German club won 4-0 in a replay to take the first of its five European titles.The first leg is in Madrid on April 27 and the return is in Munich on May 3.Atletico, which eliminated defending champion Barcelona this week, is a two-time runner-up after giving up last-minute equalizing goals both times.The draw keeps open the chance of a Madrid derby in the final as a repeat the 2014 title match. Two years ago, Atletico led 1-0 in stoppage time before Real Madrid leveled and went on to win 4-1 in extra time.The final could also be a meeting of coach Pep Guardiola’s current and future teams. Guardiola is leaving Bayern after three years to join Man City in the offseason.advertisementThe final is scheduled for May 28 at the San Siro in Milan.
Moscow, Jul 15 (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia’s President Putin for his “perfect” organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final today. Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin today afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Macron told Putin he wanted “to congratulate you as the organising country for how well this event has passed off. It has not only been watched around the world, but the whole world has come here” to watch it.”To do it in safe conditions and with everything going perfectly was a challenge, so well done for that.” Putin congratulated France for having reached the final.”I am sure we will see an interesting, intense, close match which millions of spectators across the world will enjoy,” he said.Putin met earlier with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.She congratulated him on his hosting of the competition, saying it was an “example of how such an event should be organised”.She presented Putin with a Croatia number-9 football shirt inscribed with his name.Several other world leaders and sporting and show business stars were due to attend the final. (AFP) MRJMRJ
Arch-rivals England and Australia will be meeting in a heavyweight clash on June 25 at the iconic Lord’s for their World Cup 2019 encounter. While Australia are currently placed at the 2nd spot on the points table, England lie 4th and would be eyeing nothing less than a victory against their Ashes opponents.Ahead of the clash, Australia coach Justin Langer singled out England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for special praise calling him ‘the new (MS) Dhoni of world cricket’.”Jos is an unbelievable player. I love watching him bat. He is the new Dhoni of world cricket,” said Langer.”I hope he gets a duck in this (Tuesday’s) game obviously, but I saw him at Somerset and he is an unbelievable athlete and an incredible finisher. They (England) have a very strong batting unit and we will have to be right on it,” he added.England remain favourites to win the Cricket World Cup despite the hosts’ surprising 20-run loss to Sri Lanka, Australia coach Justin Langer has said.Pre-tournament favourites England slumped to their second defeat of the tournament at Headingley on Friday, falling short of the 233 needed for victory on a slow track.However, Langer said England were still the team to beat ahead of the crunch match against Aaron Finch’s men at Lord’s on Tuesday.”See how they’ve played for four years, they’re the best team in the world,” Langer told reporters.”Look at their team … Nothing has changed in a week.”Australia, with reinstated opener David Warner in sparkling form, have won five of their six matches, losing only to India, and head into the England clash with confidence.advertisementLanger said Australia, who beat Bangladesh in their last start, had yet to deliver a complete performance.”We’ve played some really good games in this tournament without playing our best game still,” he said.”We’ve got Davey (Warner) and Aaron Finch making big hundreds up front exactly what England have been doing for the last few years.”We’ve got guys in the middle who are doing well, we’ve got adaptability in our team which I keep saying is a strength not a weakness.”It’s not just (about) what’s clicked the last few games, it’s been what’s clicked for the last few months and that’s exciting for us.”(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Jofra Archer and Steve Smith put friendship on hold for England-Australia clashAlso Read | World Cup 2019: ‘Strange’ for Australians asking fans not to boo Smith and Warner, says Bairstow
Press Trust of India December 27, 2018UPDATED: December 27, 2018 14:52 IST A traffic constable on duty at Gaur Chowk in Noida Extension (India Today File Photo)By Nachiketa Narayan Patna, Dec 27 (PTI) The Muzaffarpur sex scandal cast a long shadow over Bihar in a year in which the state lived up to its reputation for political volatility as many smaller players made unexpected moves while the heavyweights strove for consolidation.Not known for achievements in the field of sports, Bihar was nonetheless done proud by shooter Shreyasi Singh winning gold at the Commonwealth Games while cricket lovers felt gratified with the Bihar team playing Ranji Trophy after nearly two decades.The NDA’s hopes of emerging stronger following the return of Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar last year took a beating as Hindustani Awam Morcha founder Jitan Ram Manjhi walked out and joined the opposition Grand Alliance which was followed, months later, by a similar but much more publicised and bitter exit of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha.Although all RLSP members in the state’s bicameral legislature have revolted against Kushwaha’s decision and asserted that they would remain in the NDA, the BJP has nevertheless been jolted by his exit which came at a time when the party is smarting under the loss of power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh besides relentless opposition attacks over the Rafale deal.Ending suspense over seat-sharing, BJP president Amit Shah along with Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan appeared before media in New Delhi to make the world know on December 23 that while the first two will field candidates on 17 seats each in Bihar and Paswan’s party on the rest six.advertisementThe Grand Alliance, which now has many regional players on board and is exploring an electoral understanding with the Left to augment its striking power, however has been beset with its own problems.Its largest constituent, the RJD, remains crisis-ridden on account of imprisonment and illness of its chief Lalu Prasad, who is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases.Prasad’s younger son and heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav led the party to some spectacular by-poll victories and showed the ability to marshal resources by staging an impressive demonstration at Jantar Mantar over the Muzaffarpur scandal wherein bigwigs like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sitaram Yechury took part burying their ideological differences.The scion, whom LJP heir apparent Chirag Paswan recently called a “younger brother” – to the chagrin of alliance partners in the NDA, has his own share of woes which includes cases lodged by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.His family, which controls the RJD, is also under strain as rumours of his elder brother Tej Pratap Yadav and eldest sister Misa Bharti feeling uneasy under his leadership keep afloat.Moreover, mercurial Tej Pratap Yadav’s decision to seek divorce from his wife of six months, his sudden and frequent sojourns in places of pilgrimage and a petulant refusal to visit the home of his mother Rabri Devi over her coming out in support of his spouse have only made matters worse for the family, triggering fears of turmoil within the party.Conviction of two sitting MLAs – Ilyas Hussain in a corruption case and Raj Ballabh Yadav in a rape case – did not make matters better for a party that has often been accused of patronising people with criminal antecedents.The world woke up to a horror story in a state-run short stay home at Muzaffarpur where over 30 minor girls were subjected to untold sexual abuse in the hands of the owner of the NGO Brajesh Thakur.Jolted by the Muzaffarpur home episode, the Bihar government took corrective measures like doing away with outsourcing of shelter homes’ upkeep to NGOs.Complaints of misuse of draconian provisions of the prohibition law were addressed to some extent through amendments in the same. Liquor ban law was brought in by Nitish Kumar government in 2015 and the year saw many arrests and seizure of huge quantity of illegal alcohol from outside.The shelter home sex scandal also cost social welfare minister Manju Verma her chair and she landed in jail along with her husband Chandrashekhar Verma, both of whom have been booked under Arms Act as a CBI raid at their home led to recovery a huge cache of ammunition.There was also an impression of deterioration of law and order with incidents like recovery of bombs from a park in Bodh Gaya at a place where the Dalai Lama gave a discourse a little while ago, low-intensity communal clashes spread across several districts, sporadic instances of mob lynching and killings of several political activists – not necessarily because of political rivalry.advertisementOn the political front, Kumar proved wrong his detractors who had forecast his capitulation before the new and aggressive BJP led by Modi and his confidant Amit Shah.A prolonged war of words between leaders of the BJP and the JD(U) over who was the “big brother” in the NDA in Bihar was put paid to by an announcement by Shah, in presence of Kumar, that both parties would contest “an equal number of seats” in the Lok Sabha polls next year.Three Congress MLCs, including its former state president Ashok Chaudhary, also crossed over to the JD(U),which stunned all political parties with the induction of former poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his elevation to the post of national vice-president within a month.However, the party fared miserably in all the by-polls it contested which has cast doubts over the hold it enjoys among the extremely backward classes, the worst off among Dalits and a section of the minorities. 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The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected On December 8th the first microbrewery to open in Queens since prohibition opened its doors.Yes, we know – a brewery! Singlecut is housed in 5,000 square feet of awesomeness where fans can find a production facility and tap room as well as a live music stage on the north side of Astoria, near the historic Steinway & Sons factory.Opened by Queens native, Rich Buceta, the destination has become a hot hangout for locals and from Thursday to Sunday the entire space is open for tours. Beer lovers can also come get a growler, grab a meat pie and listen to some live music. When live bands aren’t on stage one can expect to hear some vinyl and classic rock, befitting an all American beer hall.What sets Singlecut apart is its focus on lagers. “Most craft beers focus on ales because they are cheaper and easier to make,” explains Rich, “but we wanted to change peoples’ perception on lagers.” He continues, “People think of their grandfathers’ beers when they think of lagers: PBR, Bud, Coors, Miller, but we are making them more full bodied and adding a little excitement to that category.”The guys bought two horizontal lagering tanks, whereas most buy a vertical tank, then let the beer mature for a minimum of two weeks. They make hoppy ales too since that is what many people are used to but we suggest going in and sampling what they do best, a full bodied lager. But steady on, don’t be that guy rocking out solo at the end of the bar shouting for Skynyrd. Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Queens is packed with attractions including Flushing Meadows Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Silvercup Studios and was established in 1683. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts This Foil Packet French Dip Recipe is Great For Camping An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Cool facts about Queens, New York:It is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
Story Highlights “He displayed great commitment to the service he gave as Mayor. He was an outstanding visionary and pragmatic public servant.. The Prime Minister lauded the former Mayor, for giving voluntary service and supporting the development of others. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, has hailed the late former Mayor of Mandeville, Cecil Charlton, as a tireless and selfless public servant, whose service to his parish and his people will be fondly remembered.“He displayed great commitment to the service he gave as Mayor. He was an outstanding visionary and pragmatic public servant, who dedicated himself to work for the good of all the people, paying special attention to the less fortunate,” the Prime Minister said.She was leading tributes at the Official Funeral of the former Mayor held today (Oct. 6), at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville, Manchester.Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Mr. Charlton believed in the endless capacity of leaders to uplift the lives of others. “Everyone knew that for him, Mandeville was the centre of the universe. His passionate advocacy in the field of local government earned him the title ‘Mr. Local Government.’ This giant of a man was recognized by his colleagues as a visionary reformer, and expert in the field of local government,” she stated.The Prime Minister, in lauding the three-time Mayor of the Manchester capital, noted that he gave voluntary service, and supported organizations that work for the development of others, “even outside of his immediate environment.”She cited the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), as among the organizations that benefitted greatly from Mr. Charlton’s generosity.“His strong sense of service and generosity has left an indomitable mark on community and national consciousness. Thousands will recall his contribution to cultural development projects in Mandeville, and across Jamaica. Who can forget his fine contribution of service when he donated his salary as Mayor to the Salvation Army?”, she stated.Stressing that his skills and talents were used for development, she said that he has left Jamaica a better place that he found it.“The fruits of Cecil Charlton’s excellent record of service remain with us, but we shall miss his flamboyant personality. His qualities of caring, determination, dedication, loyalty and reliability, made him an excellent representative of the people, and a wonderful human being,” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister lead the tributes at the funeral of the former Mayor held at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Manchester.
The charter parties are expected to terminate in the fourth quarter of 2014.The decision to terminate the long term charter parties was taken in view of the required investment to take the vessels through the 15 year special survey.Frontline has agreed an aggregate compensation payment to Ship Finance of approximately USD 58.8 million for the early termination of the charter parties, of which approximately USD 10.5 million will be paid upon termination and the balance will be recorded as notes payable.As of June 30, 2014, the company has capital lease obligations to Ship Finance of USD 101.5 million and USD 608.3 million for these three vessels and the remaining 12 VLCCs and five Suezmax tankers, respectively.Press Release; July 24, 2014 zoom Front ComancheFrontline Ltd. has agreed with Ship Finance International Limited to terminate the long term charter parties for the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce. Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessels to unrelated third parties.
China’s first smart ship, Great Intelligence, was presented this week at Marintec China 2017, Shanghai which hosted revelations of several innovative ship design concepts.Great Intelligence, a 38,800 dwt modified version of the Green Dolphin fuel-efficient bulk carrier concept, was announced in 2015 as the first smart ship pilot project in China.The ship was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).Lloyd’s Register (LR), System Engineering Research Institute (SERI) and China Class Society (CCS) were also involved in the project.Great Intelligence features an intelligent navigation system which enables it to optimize shipping routes in order to reach the destination in shortest time and with minimal fuel consumption.The best routes are selected based on the data collected from ship and shore-based service stations.The “self-learning” ship can also spot dangers and identify system bugs.However, it has been highlighted that “actions taken in response to any information provided by the Intelligent Navigation System shall be by human.”Other key features of the ship include:Ship Operation and Maintenance System (SOMS) Health Management which is in charge of monitoring the ship’s main equipment performance;SOMS Intelligent Integration Platform, which manages data, and makes analysis and forecasting,SOMS Energy Efficiency Management, which monitors energy efficiency and provides analytics and optimisation and decision-making support.Factory acceptance and sea trial tests for the Great Intelligence’s smart system took place last month and the ship’s smart system met the requirements.During Marintec LR handed over the ship the cyber-enabled ship descriptive notes.Qiu Bohua, Director, CSSC Systems Engineering Research Institute, Oceanic Intelligent Technology Innovation Centre, explained that the SOMS utilises advanced sensing technology to build the ship’s network.“Moreover, SOMS builds the brain based on intelligent technologies such as machine learning. Finally, SOMS realises the intelligent application such as energy efficiency management system and health management system.”“SDARI has been making effort to design ships that are safe, economic and efficient. Great Intelligence is one of those. We redesigned the ship as a digital ship, we didn’t just apply the smart systems. After the delivery, it will be an example what a smart ship is and make the shipping safer, more economical and more efficient,” Li Xin, Innovation Centre Smart Ship Project Team Vice Director of SDARI, said.Great Intelligence will be used by Sinotrans Shipping to transport coal and salt between China, Australia and Southeast Asia, according to Xinhua.The promotion was also used as an occasion for the formal establishment of the China Smart Ship Innovation Alliance.The alliance, which includes China Classification society, CSSC, SERI and SDARI, among other members, aims to speed up technological advancement and industrial development of the smart ships.Image Courtesy: LR, CSSC
Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday left on a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss bilateral and regional matters, including the Kashmir issue, with the Kingdom’s leadership. Prime Minister Khan will “discuss with the Saudi leadership the various dimensions of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, arising from India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5 2019 , the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. Saudi Arabia is a close ally of Pakistan, providing generous financial aid to the cash-strapped country. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The FO said Prime Minister Khan has been in regular contact with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on the Kashmir issue. Since the visit to Pakistan by Crown Prince Salman in February 2019, there is a growing momentum in Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations in all areas of cooperation, the FO said. “During the Prime Minister’s visit, the two sides will discuss ways of further strengthening the economic partnership between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” it said The Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will further reinforce the close fraternal ties between the two countries and deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, the FO said. Saudi Arabia has provided financial assistance to Pakistan of USD 6 billion as bailout package – USD 3 billion balance-of-payments support and another USD 3 billion in deferred payments on oil imports – which Riyadh had agreed in October last year.
Milan: Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women’s prize to cap a historic year for the United States’ World Cup icon. Barcelona striker Messi’s victory in Milan was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player’s award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season. Juventus’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award, but did not attend the ceremony as he lost out to his rival in the famous La Scala opera house. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Both Messi, 32, and Van Dijk, 28, are now in the running for the coveted Ballon d’Or which will be announced on December 2. Rapinoe beat fellow World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze to the women’s title, with US coach Jill Ellis winning women’s coaching award. The 34-year-old Rapinoe won the Golden Boot for being top scorer and the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup, and also became the face of the tournament for her outspoken views on US president Donald Trump. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Messi was top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals before Barcelona were dumped out by Liverpool in the semi-finals, Barca throwing away a three-goal first-leg lead with a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Anfield. The Argentine also won the European Golden Shoe after scoring 36 goals, won La Liga title with Barcelona and helped Argentina to bronze at 2019 Copa America. Van Dijk had been bidding to become just the second defender — after Italian Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 — to be recognised by FIFA as the world’s best player. And he missed out on completing a treble for Liverpool with manager Jurgen Klopp winning the men’s coach of the year award and Alisson Becker the goalkeeper prize. Klopp won the Champions League with Liverpool ahead of two other Premier League coaches — Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, who reached the European final, and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. “It is great, nobody expected this 20, 10, five, four years ago that I would be standing here,” said the 52-year-old German who joined Liverpool in 2015. “I have to say thank you to my outstanding club Liverpool FC. Those who don’t love it don’t have a heart. “As a coach you can only be as good as your team. I’m really proud of being coach of such an incredible bunch of players.” Two-time women’s World Cup-winning coach Ellis, beat Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman, runner-up in France 2019, and England’s Phil Neville for the award. “The World Cup really was a showcase, the world fell even more in love with the game,” said 53-year-old Ellis, who will step down from the team in October. Romanian-born Hungarian forward Daniel Zsori won the Fifa Puskas Award for the best goal, beating strikes from Messi and Juan Fernando Quintero. The 18-year-old forward, on his debut, scored a spectacular overhead kick to win the game for his side Debrecen against Ferencvaros in stoppage time.
New Delhi: The National Commission of Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) on Tuesday said 64 people have died while cleaning sewers in Delhi since 1993 with 38 such deaths taking place in the last two years.NCSK chairman Manhar Valjibhai Zala claimed that the Delhi government has not been implementing the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 and is sending out a wrong message to the rest of the country. Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, however, said the Delhi government has ensured effective implementation of the Act and the deaths which have taken place occurred in septic tanks of malls and high rises where sewer cleaning machines of Delhi Jal Board cannot reach. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe minister said his government has put an end to manual scavenging and exploring alternatives for cleaning septic tanks in malls and buildings. He said, “The issue should not be politicised and everyone should join hands to put an end to the abominable practice. We have developed ‘mangalyaan’, we should also explore new technologies for sewer cleaning.” After a review meeting with the officials of the Delhi government, Zala said 38 sewer deaths have taken place in Delhi alone in the last two years and 64 deaths have taken place in the city since 1993. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarOf the 64 people who died while cleaning sewers, the state government has given compensation of Rs 10 lakhs to 46 families. The commission asked the Delhi administration to provide compensation to rest of the families within a week. A survey conducted last year said there are 50 manual scavengers in Delhi, but “nothing has been done for their rehabilitation”. Zala and other members of the NCSK also targeted the Arvind Kejriwal government over non-implementation of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital. “The non-implementation of the scheme deprived sanitation workers of all health benefits,” he alleged. To this, Gautam said, “Delhi has got better schemes than Ayushman Bharat and it cannot be implemented in the capital because the average income of Delhiites is better than those residing in other states.” “There should be no competition among governments on the issue. It’s shameful for everyone if a person dies while cleaning sewer. There should be no politics over it,” he said.
Noida: Aiming to boost infrastructural growth, the Noida Authority on Friday approved an entertainment hub which will include a golf course cum club, tourist spot like Chowki Dhani and a helipad in sector 151A of Noida. Apart from this, a Noida convention and habitat centre in sector 94 and a start-up hub at phase-2 and at seventh floor of multi level parking at Botanical Garden have also been proposed.The decisions were taken in 197th board meeting of Noida Authority chaired by Chairman of all the three authorities Alok Tandon. Apart from the Chairman, Noida authority’s Chief Executive Officer Ritu Maheshwari; Narendra Bhooshan, CEO Greater Noida Authority; and Arun Vir Singh, CEO Yamuna Expressway Authority also took part in the meeting. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAs per a senior Noida Authority officer, the authority has identified 120 acres of land in sector 151A to construct golf course, adventure club and helipad. “Nearly 120 acres of land will be utilised for constructing the entertainment hub. The golf course cum club house will be constructed at 90 acres of land, 20 acres of the land will be used for adventure sport while a helipad will be constructed in 10 acres of land under PPP model. Once constructed, the new facility will attract tourists and will also benefit the residents of Noida,” the officer said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaThe board also approved a Noida convention and habitat centre in sector 94 which will cater to the need of a large community Centre for any social or cultural activity. “The convention and habitat centre will have two large auditoriums which will have a seating capacity of more than 3250 persons. Apart from this, six banquet halls with seating capacity of 400 to 500 persons each will also be a part of this. A hotel with 150 rooms, art gallery, open air theatre and retail space for shops have also been included,” the officer added. Apart from this, the authority has also planned to give an own space for all those people who want to have their own start-up. The authority will construct a start-up hub in phase-2 and at seventh floor of multi level parking at Botanical Garden. The authority officials claimed that space for nearly 200 new start-ups will be provided there. Further on builder buyer issue, the authority has extended the date for dues clearance till November 30 from earlier August 31 this year.
NEW DELHI: The over 4.2 km-long Grey Line of the Delhi Metro, which will connect urban village area of Najafgarh to the rapid transit network, is likely to open early next week, officials said on Saturday. The Dwarka-Najafgarh corridor consists of three stations — Dwarka (interchange with Blue Line), Nangli and Najafgarh. With the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will expand up to 377 km with 274 stations, including the Noida -Greater Noida Aqua Line, Executive Director, Corporate Communication of the DMRC Anuj Dayal said. Delhi Transport Minister, meanwhile retweeted a post which said the line will be opened on October 3. However, the DMRC authorities said the date has not been finalised yet. The exact date for commencement of operations shall be communicated shortly, a senior DMRC official said.
Kolkata: The state Public Works Department (PWD) has requested Indian Railways to carry out the repair work on the portion of Tallah bridge in Kolkata – closed from Sunday for heavy vehicles weighing over three tonnes – which has railway tracks underneath it.The PWD engineers said Indian Railways should carry out the repair work on the portion. “We have informed the Railways about it. However, we have not got any reply as of now. We, however, are bringing an expert to inspect the condition of this bridge on October 3,” said Chief Engineer Debasish Roy who visited the site along with PWD Minister Arup Biswas and other officials Sunday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja State PWD minister Biswas said, “We are trying our best to inspect the bridge thoroughly. We are bringing better machines to do it. We want to provide relief to the people as soon as possible.” Days ahead of Durga Puja, the movement of heavy vehicles, including buses, has been barred on the key Tallah bridge, that connects several parts of North 24 Parganas district to Kolkata. The decision was taken during a meeting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with all the stakeholders — transport office, PWD, police, Urban Development Department, Railways and Kolkata Municipal Corporation among others — at Nabanna, the state Secretariat, on Friday. Kolkata Mayor and state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Friday said only small cars will be allowed to ply on the 625m-long bridge. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday Tamil is now echoing across America as he extolled its rich antiquity at the convocation ceremony of IIT Madras here, days after praising it as the most ancient language of the world in the United Nations. The Prime Minister’s praise for Tamil is seen as an attempt to reach out to the people of Tamil Nadu after a row broke out with Home Minister Amit Shah’s pitching for Hindi as a common language which was condemned as “Hindi imposition,” by parties in the State. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Modi was on his first visit to Tamil Nadu after his address to the UN General Assembly and his party’s big win in the Lok Sabha elections months ago. Addressing a reception here hosted by the BJP, Modi referred to his usage of an ancient Tamil saying in the world forum and he then went on to mention its positive implication in the US. “…so even today Tamil is echoing in the whole of US,” he said to rounds of applause from BJP supporters. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He said it was always a delight for him to be back in the state capital of Tamil Nadu. “Chennai makkalai santhithil magilchi,” he said in Tamil which meant “happy to meet the people of Chennai.” Later, addressing the 56th convocation of the IIT Madras, Modi said “We are in the state of Tamil Nadu, which has a special distinction. It is home to the oldest language in the world, Tamil.” The Prime Minister’s praise was received with applause from the students and other participants. Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, Prime Minister Modi quoted Tamil poet Kaniyan Poongundranar’s famous phrase, “Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir.” “3000 years ago, a great poet of India, Kaniyan Poongundranar wrote in Tamil, the most ancient language of the world “Yaadhum Oore…” It meant ‘we belong to all places, and to everyone’, Modi said, adding this sense of belonging beyond borders was unique to India. Asked about Prime Minister Modi’s back to back praise for Tamil within days, political commentator Sumanth C Raman told PTI: “The Prime Minister might be trying to reach out to the people of Tamil Nadu in the wake of the controversy that surrounded the draft New Education Policy and Home Minsiter Amit Shah’s speech on the Hindi Diwas Day.” The draft policy was opposed for allegedly advocating a three language formula and Tamil Nadu parties had said it was “thrusting,” Hindi. After Amit Shah batted for Hindi as a common language on Hindi Diwas Day (September 14), it trigerred a political row with Tamil Nadu parties condemning it saying it amounted to imposition of Hindi. Congress leader P Chidambaram, lodged in Tihar Jail, had said the idea that Hindi alone can unite the people of the country was a dangerous trend. The Left parties, CPI and CPI(M) too had opposed it. Putting an end to the controversy, Shah subsequently said he never asked for imposition of Hindi over native languages in the country but advocated its use as the second language. Claiming victory after Shah’s clarification, DMK had put off its proposed protest over the issue. DMK chief M K Stalin also said Governor Banwarilal Purohit made it clear that Shah’s views had been misunderstood. “The governor was categorical that Hindi will not be imposed in Tamil Nadu,” Stalin had said.