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BJP saddles up for 2019 in U.P.

first_imgWhile the top leadership of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are busy campaigning for the Assembly elections, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP in Uttar Pradesh has indicated it is already in poll mode for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Faced with the possibility of taking on the combined force of the two regional forces in 2019, the BJP has started campaigning in the State. Bypoll lossThe BJP secured 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in U.P. in 2014; its ally Apna Dal got two, making the total 73. However, the crucial bypolls in Kairana, Phulpur and Gorakhpur were lost by the party when the BSP provided outside support to the SP.On Saturday, the BJP has planned to take out bike rallies in all 80 parliamentary constituencies, in what is believed to be a show of strength. The bikes will all converge at the LS headquarters in each constituency.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also participate in the rally and will be on a bike, said BJP U.P. State general secretary Govind Narayan Shukla. Mr. Adityanath will lead the rally in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha seat.The party has named the bike rally ‘Kamal Sandesh’. It has instructed all MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other office-bearers to participate in it. BJP State spokesperson Chandramohan said the rally was to highlight the “development work done under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Asked why take out the rally now, as the Lok Sabha elections are many months away, Mr. Chandramohan said the bugle for 2019 has already been sounded in U.P.Meanwhile, BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav are campaigning in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.The BJP also plans a 15-day padyatra in all 403 Assembly segments of U.P. from December 1, under which 150 party workers will cover 150 km in each Assembly, said State general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak.last_img read more

SPORT-BOX-RAMACHANDRAN 2

first_imgMehta had also said that boxing in India was sufferingMehta had also said that boxing in India was suffering due to an absence of a permanent governing body and if IOA did not provide an observer it will “attract great criticism and all the blame for non performance and creating hurdle in the promotion of sport will come to IOA.””Keeping in view of the above and based (on) the directions of the IOC we should resolve this issue by sending our observer to the elections,” the secretary general had concluded.All his views seems to have not shaken Ramachandrans resolve who wrote back to Mehta that “the affiliated federation for boxing with the IOA is the IABF (Indian Amateur Boxing Federation). This has been reconfirmed by the IOA members in the AGM held in Chennai.””Under these circumstances it will be legally incorrect if we send any observer from IOA to attend any meeting of any other body for Boxing.”The IOA, subsequently, did not send any observer for the elections at which businessman Ajay Singh was elected as the president of the Boxing Federation of India with a huge majority and the elections were declared “free and fair” by AIBAs senior Vice President Edgar Tanner, who had been sent as observer by the world body, as well as the sports ministry-deputed observer. (More) PTI SSR NRB BS BSlast_img read more

Virat Kohli needs MS Dhoni in leadership capacity: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli has had a sensational start to his career as the captain of the Indian cricket team, winning eight consecutive Test series and six straight ODI series. Even with all the success, Kohli insists on having MS Dhoni in the ODI setup and is constantly seen taking advices from the old guard.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Kohli needs Dhoni in the team and the former captain-wicket-keeper will surely continue till the 2019 World Cup.”I think so (Dhoni will continue till 2019 World Cup). The best part for Dhoni is Virat Kohli wants him. He’s 36 and he’s not the flambuoyant MS Dhoni that we saw in Pakistan in 2004 but he’s a different player now. Kohli needs him not just as a keeper but in the leadership capacity as well; he has got the best view behind the stumps.”Virat backs him and that’s what a player wants. His game has changed but that happens with everyone. With age you worry about your position, reputation and consistency and your game changes. Dhoni’s game has changed just like everyone else’s, even Sachin Tendulkar’s game changed with age. I think he can survive till 2019, he is fit and most importantly, he knows his captain will back him,” Ganguly said to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia will take on New Zealand in a three-match ODI series and three-match T20 series, starting October 22 and earlier on Friday, BCCI posted a video from India’s net session where Dhoni was seen smacking a ball for a six, which brought back memories of his 2011 World Cup winning maximum.advertisementON VIRAT KOHLIPhoto Credit: Reuters He’s a remarkable cricketer. Nothing is behind the scenes for Virat Kohli and that’s how captains should be. I like to see him on the field, he’s upfront. He will be criticised for it but that’s what captaincy is all about. There’s transparency about Kohli, with him you know where you stand. Captains are also humans and they will like some players and won’t like some, that’s how it is because he has been given the job to captain India.ON INDIA’S PERFORMANCEIndia have been very consistent. Sport is all about consistency and this team has shown the potential, be it the ODIs and T20s against Australia or against England and New Zealand earlier.They are ready, they just have to play well in that period (the overseas tours). The only thing they need to do is to keep the fast bowlers fit and good to go, they will come hugely. We have seen Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah but Umesh and Shami also need to be played, they need to be in the system.ON HARDIK PANDYAHe looks good, bowling and batting both. I have always believed all-rounders should always get a place in the side and Hardik Pandya can be good. I like what I see but I will hold on my judgement, let him go around the circuit for a year or so and then we will find out. He has got the temperament and that stands out for me.Photo Credit: Reuters He should follow Jaques Kallis, work on his game, stay quiet, take a backseat and just look on. He will get opportunities because all-rounders are so important and they balance the team. He gives Virat Kohli a fourth fast bowling option in South Africa along with three other quicks. He’s a huge plus for India, his batting technique looks good and with good fast bowling, I think he will stand up.ON MS DHONI AND WICKET-KEEPINGPhoto Credit: Reuters he’s different, not the orthodox one but you need to be different to be successful and he has that. he has learnt his craft with time but we must keep an eye on Wriddhiman Saha. he’s better than ms at wicket-keeping, the best in the country right now. He bats at 6 or 7 for India so must keep an eye on him.ON SELECTION OF DINESH KARTHIKWith Dinesh Karthik, I don’t really know what the Indian management is looking at. If they are going for a second wicket-keeper then fine but he can’t be a substitute for KL Rahul. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been good in ODIs, Rahane has been brilliant in Test cricket and great in patches in ODIs but Rahul has done well in all the three formats; I am very surprised to see him dropped.I have a lot of regard for Dinesh as a cricketer and he has a lot of runs in domestic cricket but he debuted in 2006 with me and this is 2017 and he’s still in and out of the team. Look at what KL has done in 3 years, he has stamped his authority all around the world. As far as I’m concerned, he needs to be backed because he is your future.advertisementlast_img read more

Lakers Win Bid For Boozer

first_imgA person with knowledge of the details says the Los Angeles Lakers have claimed Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause.According to NBA rules, teams with room under the salary cap had to bid at least $1.4 million, the amount of the minimum salary for veterans next season.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement, did not say how much the Lakers bid.The amnesty clause allows teams to waive a player without his salary counting for cap and tax purposes. Boozer is due $16.8 million next season in the final season of his contract.He will join a Lakers team that has already signed fellow power forwards Jordan Hill and Ed Davis.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Takes Greek Soccer Cup

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos won the Greek Cup for a record 27th time by beating Xanthi 3-1 in the final in Athens’ Olympic Stadium on May 23.It was also a record 17th double for Olympiacos, which won its 42nd league title.Franco Jara, Alejandro Dominguez and Costas Fortounis scored for Olympiacos, while Pantelis Kapetanos netted Xanthi’s consolation goal.A defensive mistake in first-half injury time gave Olympiacos the lead when Jara intercepted a backward pass inside the area.In the 63rd minute, Dominguez began a run inside his own half, burst through two defenders and blasted a shot into Xanthi goal’s left corner.Fortounis made it 3-0 in the 80th with a free kick from 25 meters (yards) and Kapetanos pulled one back for Xanthi in the 87th from close range.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dutch Soccer League Dedicates Official Ball to Rembrandt

first_imgAMSTERDAM — Soccer teams will be playing with fine art in the Dutch league next season.Marking the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt, the league has launched an official ball inscribed with the artist’s face and extracts from his work.The project is being done with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which is celebrating a “Year of Rembrandt .”The league says the ball will be used in all of its games on April 28 as a preview for next season.The first ball was presented to Willem van Hanegem, a member of the standout 1970s Netherlands national team widely hailed as the Dutch Masters.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Travis Head slams MCG crowd for booing Mitchell Marsh

first_imgAustralia batsman Travis Head was Wednesday “disappointed” at the booing of Mitchell Marsh in the ongoing third Test against India, triggered by the West Australian being preferred over local star Peter Handscomb.The MCG crowd started booing Marsh once Marsh’s name was announced on the public address system when he came onto bowl on Wednesday morning.”I don’t think it’s great. Obviously we’ve seen it with Kohli as well but for Mitch, who worked his bum off today, I thought he bowled exceptionally well. I thought he created pressure in tough conditions and fought really hard. I don’t think any Australian cricketer in Australia deserves to be booed,” Head said after the first day’s play.Head said that he understood the sentiments that Marsh was preferred over a Victorian.”I understand the Victorian crowd, Petey obviously missing out, but I think it’s pretty poor for Mitchy to cop that,” he added.According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, “A Facebook page was set up ahead of the Test which encouraged fans to boo Marsh, who was the most economical of Australia’s bowlers, conceding 23 runs off his 15 overs”.However, Head made it clear that Marsh is not affected by the crowd behaviour.”I think Mitch is a character to get on with it,” Head said.”As he showed, he did his business, he did his work, he bowled exceptionally well, did the job that was needed for the team and that’s what Mitch has always done.”He’s always been someone to get the energy around the group, lead from the front and I think he did that and in tough conditions to grab the ball and bowl the way he did was really good. He created a couple of chances as well,” said Head.advertisementHe was disappointed that Marsh gave it his all but was still booed.”I think the way he showed today, I think great team man, great fella, worked his backside off for the boys today and I think he did a wonderful job so yeah disappointing and hopefully that won’t be the case for the next couple of days.Also Read | Australia regret dropping Virat Kohli on ‘tough’ 1st dayAlso Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredAlso Read | If Kohli doesn’t score a 100 on this pitch, he should retire: Flat MCG fails to impressAlso See:last_img read more

Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Arthur Melo agrees Barcelona move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:49 1/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Arthur Melo agrees Barcelona moveGremio midfielder Arthur Melo has agreed to join Barcelona ahead of a clutch of other leading European clubs, claims  Mundo Deportivo .Barcelona have persuaded the 21-year-old to reject reported interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid in order to move to Camp Nou.The Catalan club must now agree a deal with Gremio, who have previously insisted that Arthur will not leave the club for less than his €50 million release clause . 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 However, Barca hope to agree a deal for around €25m and would be prepared to allow Arthur to spend another year on loan at Gremio as part of the package.Mascherano to join HebeiJavier Mascherano BarcelonaJavier Mascherano will join Hebei China Fortune from Barcelona on Friday, the La Liga club have confirmed.Mascherano has won four La Liga trophies, four Copa del Rey trophies and two Champions League titles, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup twice.However, the 33-year-old has struggled for game time this season, making just seven La Liga appearances in 2017-18, and will complete his move to China on 26 January.Read the full story here! Roma move for Barca’s VidalAleix Vidal Real Madrid Barcelona La Liga 12232017Roma are the latest club to show interest in Barcelona’s Aleix Vidal, reports Mundo Deportivo .The full-back has been lined up as a possible reinforcement for the Italian side’s defence, after Sevilla cooled their interest.Liverpool not in Luan talksLuan Gremio Copa LibertadoresLiverpool are not in talks to sign Gremio striker Luan, according to the  Liverpool Echo .Reports had suggested that, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool had opened discussions to bring in another Brazilian, with Luan having an €18 million release clause in his contract.However, there are reportedly no talks taking place to sign the South American Footballer of the Year , who has also been a target for Arsenal and Barcelona.Pique set to sign new Barca dealGerard Pique BarcelonaGerard Pique will sign a new Barcelona contract next Monday, according to Mundo Deportivo .The defender is set to extend his stay at Camp Nou until 2022, when he will be 35, with a new release clause of €500 million.Madrid turn sights back on De GeaDavid De Gea Manchester United Premier LeagueManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to be courted once more by Real Madrid this summer, reports Marca .The newspaper asserts that the Spain international is again the club’s top priority between the posts after missing out on Athletic’s Kepa.Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is also a target, although the Belgian is equally coveted by Paris Saint-Germain.Mourinho wants Andre GomesAndre Gomes BarcelonaJose Mourinho is looking to make a move for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes, reports Don Balon .With Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti no longer options for Manchester United, the former Real Madrid boss is hoping to make a move the Portugal international, who has fallen out of favor with the Catalan club. Barca in pole position to sign BallouBallou Jean Yves Tabla Montreal ImpactBarcelona are the front-runners to sign Montreal Impact attacker Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, according to The Washington Post.  The 18-year-old Ivorian-Canadian impressed with the Impact in 2017, making 21 appearances and scoring two goals in league play. The Impact have confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with an unnamed European club over a transfer for the teenager.last_img read more

It’s Seersucker Season!

first_img Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State The Best Travel Outfit for Everything from a Weekend Getaway to a Week-Long Business Trip A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Editors’ Recommendations Best Labor Day Sales on Men’s Clothes, Shoes, Accessories, and More Happy Memorial Day! Today is a day for cooking out, remembering our troops, and for some of us, dusting off that sartorial season starter- the Seersucker Suit.Coming into vogue in the 1920’s for the fashionable man (before then it was sported by the British expats in their  more humid colonies such as India), the fabric is back in the menswear vernacular more and more recently because of it’s heritage, comfort and wrinkle free ease.While we fully support donning a seersucker suit all summer, the fabric comes in other forms that we can incorporate into our everyday routine to still lend a summery aesthetic.Here we have rounded up some of our favorite seersucker items for summer 2013.J.Crew’s Ludlow Seersucker SuitWe dig this off the rack suit from J.Crew because of its slim fit, Japanese cotton (woven on vintage looms apparently!) and narrow leg. For many years it was hard to find a Seersucker that wasn’t made for a portly Southern lawyer, therefore this one has been greatly appreciated for its modern cut.Castaway Clothing’s Harbor PantThis Nantucket based brand has gone rogue and is offering up Seersucker in green and blue, a nice alternative to the usual blue and white combo. If this is too much for you they do offer standard seersucker. Or if you want to really go overboard, there is a lilac version!Sid Mashburn’s Poplin ShirtDown in Atlanta, Mr. Mashburn owns one of our favorite men’s stores in the States. His selection is always spot on with a little wit thrown in the mix. Here is his Italian Seersucker shirt with a modified spread collar and rounded pocket. This is the perfect shirt to add a little holiday feel to a day at the office or to pair with shorts and hit the lake for a sail.Brooks Brothers D-Ring BeltIf you are looking for just a little pop of the fabric, get your hands on this Seersucker belt from Brooks. It’s the perfect addition to the summer wardrobe and a great way to get on board with this trend. Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Ensuring that Workers Benefit from Tourism – PM

first_img “This Government is about equitable and inclusive development where the people can benefit,” he added while addressing the ceremony to break ground for the 800-room luxury Amaterra Resort in Stewart Castle, Trelawny on Friday (April 12). Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that for tourism to maximise its full potential, the sector must continue to embrace a culture of inclusion where employees feel that they have a valuable stake in its growth and development. Story Highlights He said that the Government has the best interest of the workers at heart and will do everything to ensure that they receive their fair share of the lucrative tourism pie. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that for tourism to maximise its full potential, the sector must continue to embrace a culture of inclusion where employees feel that they have a valuable stake in its growth and development.He said that the Government has the best interest of the workers at heart and will do everything to ensure that they receive their fair share of the lucrative tourism pie.“This Government is about equitable and inclusive development where the people can benefit,” he added, while addressing the ceremony to break ground for the 800-room luxury Amaterra Resort in Stewart Castle, Trelawny, on Friday (April 12).Mr. Holness said that the mission of the Administration “has always been about ensuring that every Jamaican has a fair shot at economic independence”, stressing that “this is the driving force behind everything that we do”.“As a small island developing State, that is very important for us. It is the same thing as saying that we must be self-sufficient,” he noted.The Prime Minister commended the vision of the Amaterra Group and its chairman and Trelawny native, Keith Russell, noting that the Government will continue to do its part to attract even more investors.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, for his part, said the ground-breaking exercise underscores the true value of public-private partnerships (PPPs).“These collaborative tourism partnerships …are improving our market competitiveness as a destination, adding value to our tourism product, driving up visitor numbers and increasing revenue from the sector,” he noted.“We, therefore, laud Amaterra Jamaica, Tourism and Leisure Development International and Rexton Capital Partners for joining forces to create this spectacular vision for Trelawny, which will turn 1,000 acres of prime beachfront property into a flagship mixed-use development,” he said.“I am very excited about the prospects for the parish,” Minister Bartlett added.The integrated resort development project also includes plans for the construction of villas, condominiums, entertainment parks, commercial facilities as well as a special economic zone for logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing and support facilities.last_img read more

Tanker Scrapping Activity to Revive before Surging in 2020

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: PxHere Scrapping activity in the crude tanker market this year, as well as in 2020, is expected to rise with the implementation of new rules from the International Maritime Organization.Namely, the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) is likely to rekindle tonnage scrapping in the remainder of 2019, although the real impact of the regulation will be seen only after the implementation of the IMO 2020 regulation on sulphur cap, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.The convention contains two standards, D-1 and D-2. As per the D-1 standard vessels have to exchange their ballast water in open seas, at least 200 nautical miles away from the coast, while the D-2 standard puts a cap on the number of viable organisms that are allowed to be discharged by ships. The D1-standard entered into force on September 8, 2017, but the implementation of the D-2 standard – which effectively means installing ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) – will be staggered.According to the convention all the ships built from the September 8, 2017 onwards will have been fitted with BWTS on delivery. However, vessels built before this date will have to retrofit BWTS at their next special survey from September 8, 2019. Effectively, owners of these vessels have a five year window between 2019 and 2024 to comply with the regulation, with the actual installation date based on the due date for the vessel’s next special survey.“For the moment it would appear that the majority of owners are trying to delay retrofitting of BWTS to the last possible minute because of the high capex involved,” Drewry said, adding that close to 590 crude tankers, about 32% of the existing fleet, is currently equipped with BWTS, with most of these vessels built after the convention came into force in 2017.“Apart from this, about 11% the vessels in the fleet are fitted (or pending retrofit) with scrubbers but not equipped with BWTS. We expect all these vessels will eventually retrofit BWTS as they have already invested in expensive scrubbers.”Owners of the remaining 57% of vessels in the fleet, which are neither fitted with BWTS nor scrubbers, will have to decide on whether or not to retrofit BWTS before their next special survey.Drewry explained that owners of vessels older than 15 years are more likely to scrap these ship due to pressure to comply with the IMO’s 2020 regulation on sulphur cap on bunker fuels from the beginning of 2020.“About 21% of vessels in the existing fleet fall within this category, which suggests that scrapping activity will surge in the coming years. However, the impact of BWMS on scrapping activity in the remaining months of 2019 will be modest, as out of 100 crude tankers (without BWTS) due for special survey in 2019, only 25 crude tankers (1% of the fleet) are 15 years or older. Nonetheless, scrapping activity, which has been subdued so far this year, will rekindle before surging in 2020.”last_img read more

Moroccan Jewish Community Prays for Rain

first_imgTaroudant, Morocco – In response to the call of King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, the Jewish community of the Kingdom performed Saturday morning Salatul-Istisqua (Prayer for Rain) to implore God to shower on them His bounty of rain.According to a statement from the Council of the Jewish community in Morocco, Moroccan Jews performed prayers in all the synagogues in the country, imploring God to spread bountiful rain on the entire territory of the Kingdom.“In conformity with the high instructions of HM the King Mohammed VI, commander of the faithful, these prayers will be called for in all the synagogues to implore the Almighty to spread ample rain throughout the territory of the Kingdom,” affirmed the Council in a statement. In line with the teachings of the prophet Mohamed (PBUH), Muslims all over the country performed the Salatul-Istisqua on Friday morning in different mosques and prayer areas of the Kingdom, in an atmosphere of piety and devotion, begging the Almighty to spread bounteous rain on earth and have mercy on His creatures.The Prophet (PBUH) made it a custom for the people to invoke this occasional prayer whenever affected by drought and seek the mercy and grace of Allah to send abundant rain.The agricultural sector in Morocco depends largely on seasonal rain fall. The rain has been late this year, threatening a decline in agricultural production, which would have a detrimental effect on Morocco’s national economy.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Brazil challenges Russia China on Venezuela crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s foreign minister plunged immediately into the divisive question of Venezuela on Friday as he launched a meeting of senior officials preparing for a BRICS nation summit, urging his counterparts from Russia, China, India and South Africa to hear Venezuelans’ “cry for freedom.”“Brazil has heard that cry. I appeal to you all to listen to it too,” Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said at the opening session, reiterating his conservative government’s support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.Few issues divide the informal trade group as deeply as how to deal with Venezuela, whose socialist government is strongly backed by Russia and China, which have extensive investments there. The neighbouring nation’s economic and political crisis has caused tens of thousands of Venezuelans to pour into northern Brazil as part of a vastly larger regional migration crisis.Araujo denounced “a regime sustained by force” that he said has led to extreme poverty, hunger and “the exodus of 4 million Venezuelans.” He agreed with Russia on one key point, however: an opposition to foreign intervention.“Our action (in Venezuela) doesn’t have anything to do with intervention,” Araujo told reporters later. “We agree that the solution must be constructed by Venezuelans.”The focus on Venezuela was a discordant start for the meeting of a group formed with the four nations were among the world’s most dynamic rising economic forces — and when Brazil was governed by a left-leaning government that was trying to reduce the influence of Washington.President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has compared himself to U.S. President Donald Trump, complained about Russia’s support of Maduro and at times has suggested allowing a U.S. military presence in Brazil. Before entering the Cabinet, Araujo had been deeply skeptical of China, suggesting on his blog that its extensive investments in Brazil were a threat to national sovereignty. He also wrote that climate change was a plot piloted by “cultural Marxism” to promote the growth of China.Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to Araujo’s plea by saying the approach to Venezuela should be based on “international law and give support to Venezuelans without external interference, and always within the Constitution.”Friday’s meeting is supposed to prepare for a November summit of the five nations’ leaders, forging agreements on co-operation in trade and technology as well as fighting terrorism and international crime.Meanwhile, Araujo confirmed that the administration has officially nominated Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president’s son, to be Brazil’s ambassador to the United States. The proposal would have to be cleared by the U.S. government and approved by Brazil’s Senate.“I am certain that it will be granted by the American government and that Eduardo Bolsonaro will be a great ambassador,” Araujo said.Diane Jeantet, The Associated Press read more

Syrian Government informs UN of troop pullout

A three-person UN team to verify the pullout was travelling to the Syrian capital of Damascus and was expected to arrive today, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in response to questions at the daily news briefing in New York.From Syria, the team will then head to Beirut, where it will conduct its verification activities before reporting back to the Secretary-General, he added.Under an agreement worked out earlier this month by Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for implementing resolution 1559, Syria agreed to withdraw all its forces, military assets and intelligence apparatus from its smaller neighbour by 30 April, ending a physical presence than began with the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war.Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s report on the implementation of resolution 1559 – which called for withdrawing all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias, extending Government control over the whole country and holding free elections – was sent to the Security Council. The findings of the verification team will be presented as a supplement to the report. read more

Spotlighting racism stigma UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent

“Over the next ten years, people everywhere are encouraged to take part in the global conversation on the realities faced by people of African descent,” Mr. Kutesa who is a national of Uganda told the General Assembly today, calling the Decade’s launch a historic achievement.“The Decade will allow us to explore the challenges faced by people of African descent due to pervasive racism and racial discrimination engrained in our society today,” he added. On 23 December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the International Decade for People of African Descent, commencing on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024 with the theme “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.” Joining Mr. Kutesa at the Headquarters event was UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, who spoke on behalf of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović; and Irina Bokova, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO). The event also featured several performances by African musicians. This Decade is an opportunity for a wide range of actors including the United Nations, Governments, civil society and individuals to create synergy in efforts to combat racism and contribute to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. Mr. Kutesa added that it is important to ensure the protection of the human rights of all people African descent. Effective actions at the national and regional levels contribute toward tangible improvements in the lives of millions of people of African descent around the world.On the matter of justice, he said that people of African descent are “too often” victims of crime and violence, while facing discrimination in their attempts to seek legal redress. In many societies the problem is endemic. On development, he said the international community has come to recognize the correlation between poverty and racism. Despite the refutable evidence of contribution people of African descent have made to the development of our societies, they are too often marginalized. During the decade, States are encouraged to help people of African descent by revisiting policies and practices that have a negative impact on the communities of people of African descent. African diaspora is a component of Africa, he said. The decade is an opportunity to “unite our voices” and renew political will to eliminate racial discrimination against anyone, anywhere.Speaking on behalf of UN Secretary-General, Ms. Amos said that people of African descent suffer from inequality and disadvantage from the history of slavery. People of African descent are among the poorest and most marginalized around the world with limited access to healthcare, education and even employment. People of African descent face alarmingly high rates of police violence and racial profiling, Mr. Ban said, calling on Governments to do more to ensure justice. This Decade is about focused and converted action to guarantee that “a decade from now the situation of people of African descent is improved.” Creative initiatives will be the ones to make concrete impact on people’s lives, the UN chief said, noting that some Member States have already allocated funds for their Decade activities. Mr. Šimonović said that the launch of the decade on UN Human Rights Day is symbolic. Reading Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he said that the “simple words should guide us.” “Human rights belongs to us all,” he declared, noting recent events in New York that serve as a tragic reminders that people of African descent face disproportionate levels of racial discrimination. But the problem is universal. “This Decade aims to shine a light on inequality, invisibility, underdevelopment, discrimination and violence on each and every continent,” the human rights chief said.The 10-year span will be an opportunity to call for the adoption of anti-discrimination laws and ensure justice by fighting against impunity in regard to racial profiling and guarantee the equal protection of the law. Decade activities will also promote the right to development and equal access to education, health, as well as employment. Also joining the event via video conference UNESCO’s Irina Bokova who said the launch of a decade sends at a critical time an essential message of hope, tolerance and human rights. “The Decade is inspired by the powerful idea that to counter discrimination, to build a more just future, we must build on the history all humanity shares,” she said.The past features tragic chapters. The Decade is designed to counter and eliminate prejudices inherited from the past and to shed light on the struggle of people. read more

Burns Ivanauskas lead Colgate past FGCU 7456

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jordan Burns scored 19 points with six assists, Rapolas Ivanauskas added 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Colgate defeated Florida Gulf Coast 74-56 on Sunday.Ivanauskas turned in his sixth double-double this season for the Raiders (6-3). Will Rayman added 11 points for Colgate, which shot 45 per cent, 37 per cent from distance, while making 15 of 19 free throws.Zach Scott scored 13 points and had four steals and Raysean Scott Jr. added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (2-8), who shot just 32 per cent overall, 19 per cent (5 of 26) from the arc, and only received eight free throws, making five. The loss was the sixth straight for FGCU.Colgate took off to a 30-19 lead at halftime with Burns scoring 11 points.The lead reached 31 points with 5:49 left in the game after a 19-6 runThe Associated Press read more

How Can The Cavs Beat The Warriors At Basketball By Playing Football

Houston Texans12 Kings8220 Kevin Love threw more 50-foot outlet passes than any NBA team Warriors8222 Hawks8218 OAKLAND — For the Cleveland Cavaliers to upset the heavily favored Warriors for the second-straight year, a lot of things will need to fall into place. Their defense, maligned throughout the regular season, will need to perform far better than it has all year. They’ll have to figure out who’s responsible for covering Golden State superstar Kevin Durant. Cleveland also has to get something out of its bench, especially since the Warriors have been a lackluster team when they often choose to rest Durant and Stephen Curry at the same time.But above all else, winning the title may come down to something Cleveland figured out by the end of last year’s NBA Finals: The best way to beat the Dubs is to score on them quickly, before Draymond Green and his teammates can set set their stingy defense.Cleveland was 4-1 in the Finals last year when it managed to post 15 fast-break points or more. The Cavs averaged 20 points in transition in their Finals wins, up from the the 12 points they averaged in Finals losses. And while the Warriors are solid defensively in transition, they’re far less impactful during the first six seconds of the shot clock1They rank 11th out of the NBA’s 30 teams in opponent’s effective field-goal percentage during the first two seconds of the shot clock, and sixth in the league during the four seconds after that. But they rank within the top four of each shot-clock scenario — early (15 to 18 seconds left), average (7 to 15 seconds left), late (4 to 7 seconds left) and very late (0 to 4 seconds left) — after those first six seconds pass.than they are later in a possession, when they have time to ruin offensive sets with their length and versatility. So, short of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving simultaneously going supernova the way they did toward the end of last year’s series, getting early looks will be key for the Cavs.In other words, the Cavaliers’ best offense might be to rely on Kevin Love’s uncanny ability to launch 65-foot passes down the court after each Golden State miss. Seriously.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/loveoutlet_170531_short.mp400:0000:0001:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.During the regular season, Love successfully threw 24 outlet passes2Defined as a pass someone threw — and that a teammate caught — immediately after grabbing a defensive rebound. that traveled at least 50 feet, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request. To put that into context, that’s more than any individual NBA team had this past season. The number becomes more ridiculous when you consider that Love missed 22 games due mostly to a February knee injury. Includes passes that traveled 20 yards in the air before being caught during 2016-17 NFL and NBA regular seasons. Doesn’t include plays on which a receiver’s run after the catch helped push it past the 20-yard mark.Sources: STATS SportVu, ESPN Stats & Info Bulls8219 Includes any 50-foot pass thrown and completed immediately after a player recorded a defensive rebound during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: STATS SportVU Los Angeles Rams17 TEAM/PLAYERCOMPLETIONS THAT TRAVELED 20 YARDS Kevin Love17 San Francisco 49ers13 Denver Broncos16 To be sure, Love is like any other QB in that he needs to connect on his long pass attempts and avoid turnovers. His attempts can occasionally land in the hands of defenders when he’s off the mark — or in the second row when’s really off the mark. He committed five turnovers while making outlet passes during the course of the regular season, according to a play-by-play analysis run by STATS SportVu.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/loveoutlet8to.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/loveto2.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Love, in a past interview with The New York Times, said that he honed the skill in part by watching film of Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, an unusually gifted outlet passer who played with Love’s father, Stan, during the 1970s. In the piece, Love said he undergoes a quick mental calculation after grabbing a defensive board, concerning where his teammates are. But the math becomes pretty easy if he sees James running down the floor. “If I see LeBron with any sort of advantage,” he told Times reporter Scott Cacciola, “I’m going to throw it.”If the Cavs are smart, they’ll look down court for more leak-out opportunities in this series. Love is completely comfortable finding James, as they have been the NBA’s top outlet tandem the past couple years. They led the league with 12 connections this year3The next closest pairing, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, had seven., and had a league-best 17 last year, per STATS SportVu. (Love-to-James led NBA tandems with the most long outlet passes, and James-to-Love tied for second place, with seven times.) Love also hit Irving, Smith and ex-teammate DeAndre Liggins with multiple 50-foot outlets this year.Regardless of whether the Cavs are capitalizing on long outlets, however, the more important objective is to run whenever possible. Pushing the pace and finding quick hitters will help the Cavs catch the Warriors off balance — like they did here when Love missed a 3-pointer about four seconds into the shot clock.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/finalsexample3.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The shots won’t go down in every instance. But getting good, clean looks against this Warriors team is hard. And the task only gets harder the longer you wait to break them down. There’s reason to believe Cleveland can make use of this strategy against the Warriors in particular. Love and the Cavs cleaned the defensive glass very well against Golden State during this past regular season, limiting the Warriors to an 19 percent offensive-rebound rate that, over the course of a full campaign, would have ranked near the bottom of the NBA (The Warriors offensive-rebound rate jumped to 27 percent with Love off the court, a figure that would have put Golden State right near the top of the league in the statistic).Because the Warriors take a lot of long jumpers, in some ways they’re more susceptible to two things: Having longer rebounds off the rim and having perimeter defenders several steps closer to the opposing basket. Only seven teams allowed more 50-foot outlet passes than the Warriors this past season.This was on display during Game 7 of the Finals last year. Watch as Cavs swingman J.R. Smith leaks out after briefly challenging Steph Curry’s 3-point try. After a long rebound, LeBron James — who tied for the second-most 50-foot outlet passes in the NBA this year with 11 — in one fluid motion finds Smith racing down the floor for an easy layup.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/finalsexample.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It should go without saying, obviously, that Cleveland needs to do far more than simply push the ball after the Warriors miss. They need to actually force the misses first; a task that becomes a lot tougher now that Durant is in a Warriors uniform. And it’s unclear yet whether Love will be good enough defensively, particularly against Golden State’s quickest and best shooting groups, to be on the court as much as he’d otherwise be.Beyond that, Love’s ability to find open receivers streaking down the court makes him the NBA’s answer to an NFL quarterback. In fact, when it comes to connecting on long passes, he was better than several actual NFL quarterbacks this season. Love’s 17 “completions” that traveled 20 or more yards in the air were more than five NFL teams across a 16-game season (the sad-sack Cleveland Browns across town were not in this group — barely). Kevin Love completed more 20-yard throws than some NFL teams Kevin Love6024 Jacksonville Jaguars13 Baltimore Ravens13 TEAM/PLAYERGAMES PLAYED50-FT OUTLET PASSES COMPLETED read more

SEHA GAZPROM League 20172018 prediction – Vardar Zagreb Celje and Meshkov to

PHOTO: ©SEHA/ Stanko Gruden ← Previous Story SURPRISING START OF DKB HBL 17/18: TVB Stuttgart beat MT Melsungen Next Story → HUGE INTERESTS for Masters Handball World Cup 2018 – Brazilians and Germans first guests! SEHA GAZPROM League 2017/2018, the seventh season of the regional competition powered by strong Russian company, will start on August 30. Ten teams in same format with 18 matches and final four for the best teams will finish competition at the first week of May.SEHA Media team prepared the first SEHA TV Magazine for the upcoming season with expectations of all the participants.Handball-Planet.com will add a small prediction of the final placement and teams who will reach Final4 event.RK Vardar SkopjeHC Meshkov BrestRK ZagrebRK Celje Pivovarna LaskoRK Gorenje VelenjeRK NexeMetalurg SkopjeVojvodinaTatran PresovDinamo Pancevo read more

DUET student missing

first_imgA student of Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) has been missing for nine days from a mess adjacent to the university campus in Gazipur, reports UNB.The missing student is Golam Mostafa, 22, son of a certain Mohammad Ali from Uttar Arazi Choraikhola village in Nilphamari sadar upazila.He is a third-year student of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department of DUET.Golam Mostafa used to live in a mess (student dormitory) named ‘Saleha Kuthir’ adjacent to the DUET campus, said the victim’s brother Sadequl Islam.“My brother was seen for the last time while going for Fazr prayers on 6 March. Since then he hasn’t return to the mess,” he said.The family members could not manage to trace him despite hectic search efforts to all possible places.A general diary was filed with Joydebpur police station on 12 March in this connection.last_img read more

Houston Auto Show Showcases New Technology

first_img Listen Photo via Houston Auto ShowMore than 800 models are displayed at the Houston Auto Show, from nearly 40 manufacturers.The Houston Auto Show at NRG Center is displaying more than 800 vehicles from nearly 40 manufacturers. That includes electric cars, although dealer Carroll Smith said sales of those remain sluggish.“It almost appears as if it is a revolution, but the reality is today that the average dealer in the United States is only selling one electric vehicle a month,” Smith said. Smith also said regular gasoline engines are becoming so efficient it raises questions about taxes.“Our roads are funded by a gasoline tax. As we change more and more, even to fuel-efficient internal combustion, if you see a huge shift to that, where are we going to fund our roads?,” Smith said.  What is selling? Cars with collision avoidance systems said Steve McDowell with Infonation, a firm that mines auto sales data.“People coming into this show the next few days don’t realize how many autonomous features there are. Collision prevention, which is one very important feature — these are the best vehicles that have ever been built.” Craig Cohen will have more on the Houston Auto Show on the next “Houston Matters.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 X Sharelast_img read more