Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:05Chinese military personnel parade near Hong Kong border02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Crews at Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz arena, where the Nets and Lakers were to tip-off, were seen Wednesday morning removing the logos of the NBA, Nets, Lakers, and corporate sponsors from lamp-posts and walls in the area.Speculation has grown in the US that the games themselves –- another is to be held in the southern city of Shenzhen on Saturday — could be cancelled.The NBA has built a lucrative Chinese fanbase in recent years thanks in part to the popularity of former Rockets centre Yao Ming.But after Morey’s tweet, state broadcaster CCTV and Chinese internet company Tencent both suspended broadcasts of Rockets games and two preseason NBA games in China.The Chinese Basketball Association, which Yao now heads, has also cut off ties with the Rockets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Gregg Popovich lauds Silver’s response to China over tweet rift A woman walks past a NBA merchandise store in Beijing on October 8, 2019. – China on October 8 scrapped plans to air NBA exhibition games as the league faced an escalating punishment campaign in the lucrative Chinese market ignited by an American basketball executive’s pro-democracy tweet. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)Chinese state media slammed the NBA for an “about-face” Tuesday after the body said it would not apologize for a tweet by the Houston Rockets General Manager supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.The US league has drawn fire for from Chinese broadcasters, sponsors and social media after Daryl Morey tweeted a message Friday saying “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man After the NBA called Morey’s tweet “inappropriate” in a statement on Chinese social media platform Weibo, league commissioner Adam Silver insisted at a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that the league would not apologize and would “support freedom of expression”.In an editorial, the state-run China Daily accused the NBA of a U-turn and said Silver’s remarks showed the league’s earlier “honey-mouthed” statements had been “nothing but an attempt to prevent the hemorrhaging of profits made in China.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manIt added that “Silver’s about face, which will definitely give a shot to the arms of the rioters in Hong Kong, shows his organization is willing to be another handy tool for US interference in the special administrative region.”Beijing has often accused foreign forces of fuelling the unrest in Hong Kong. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics An editorial in the nationalistic Global Times also blasted the NBA for bowing to “political correctness in the US”, saying there was now “little room for reconciliation” as the issue had escalated into a clash of values between China and the US.Silver “will only offend more people no matter what he tries to say,” the tabloid said.The NBA commissioner said he hoped to discuss the situation with Chinese officials in Shanghai, where the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers are set to play an exhibition game on Thursday.But a day after the NBA cancelled a Nets publicity event in the city, NBA representatives told AFP that it had scrapped a similar public event involving the Lakers on Wednesday.Separate training sessions by the teams on Wednesday that media had been invited to were also abruptly declared closed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers
PSG’s Neymar react after missing a goal opportunity during French League One soccer match between PSG and Angers at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)SAO PAULO— Ahead of his 100th game with Brazil, Neymar is adamant that he still deserves special treatment in the national team despite never having won a major title in his nine years wearing the famous yellow shirt.The 27-year-old forward will reach the century mark in a friendly against Senegal in Singapore on Thursday, and defended his status as the team’s biggest star even though Brazil won this summer’s Copa America without him.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Novak Djokovic reaches 3rd round in Shanghai Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Asked about his best memories with the national team, Neymar picked his debut, his World Cup debut in 2014 and the goal he scored in the opening game of the tournament against Croatia.“There is a positive balance, but it isn’t all about victories in the life of an athlete,” Neymar said. “There are many disappointments, defeats and mistakes. But if you fight for it, in the end, you make up for your mistakes. I am very happy to reach that mark of 100 matches. Not even in my best dreams I thought this could happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I was always one of the main figures and one of those carrying it all on my back,” Neymar said at a news conference Wednesday when asked about getting special treatment. “I never ran away from that. I always played my role in the national team very well. When a player reaches that level it is normal that there is a different treatment.”“I was in places that had players with more history than me and I had to respect what coaches did for them,” the Paris Saint-Germain striker added. “Messi has a different treatment at Barcelona. Is it because he is better looking? No. It is because he is decisive. He earned it. I don’t say that only about myself, but I say it about everyone that has performances at that level. That is normal in soccer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manNeymar’s comments come at a time when some Brazil fans have accused coach Tite and the Brazilian soccer confederation of being too lenient with the striker over his problems off the pitch. Those include his altercation with a fan after the French Cup final in April; his insistence that his father-agent was allowed into Brazil’s dressing room during a pre-Copa America friendly; and a rape allegation that was recently closed by police.Neymar is currently at odds with PSG’s fans as well after trying to force a return to Barcelona during the offseason. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And in Brazil, he remains the country’s most polarizing player.His statistics with the national team are impressive: 61 goals and 42 assists in 99 games so far. That puts him one goal behind two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo, who is in second place on Brazil’s all-time list of top scorers with 62. Pele tops the list with 77.With Neymar in the team, Brazil has 70 victories, 19 draws and 10 defeats. But aside from the 2013 Confederations Cup, no titles.At the 2014 World Cup at home, Neymar injured his back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia and the team was humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals without him. At least year’s World Cup in Brazil he was far from his best after recovering from a foot injury, and made little impact as Brazil lost 2-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals.And this summer he had to miss the Copa America because of an injury he sustained shortly before the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT
Simone Biles sets all-time medal record at gymnastics worldsSimone Biles sets all-time medal record at gymnastics worlds
Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Biles won five gold medals this week. If she can repeat that at next year’s Olympics it would be a feat no female gymnast has managed at a single Games.But for Biles, it’s not about the statistics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I can’t be more thrilled with the performance that I put out at this world championships,” she said. The medal record? “I’m not a number person.”Aged 22, she’s a hero to younger gymnasts who grew up watching her routines. When her score was announced, guaranteeing the medal record, Biles leaped up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air.“I was really excited. I thought it was going to be at least a 14.8, 14.9, but to see 15, I was like, ‘Well, that’s pretty crazy,’ so I was very proud,” she said.China took silver and bronze with Liu Tingting on 14.433 and Li Shijia on 14.3, respectively.Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass, and blew kisses to the audience after finishing her routine. Her U.S. teammate Lee won silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia.Biles’ winning routine came after a long wait when Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva requested an inquiry into her score, during which time Biles sat on the edge of the floor.Her earlier gold medals came in the team event Tuesday, the individual all-around Thursday and the vault Saturday.A fifth place on uneven bars Saturday ended Biles’ chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017.The uneven bars are historically Biles’ weakest event, though she still won a world silver in 2018, and two-time world champion Nina Derwael of Belgium is the strongest contender to stop a gold-medal sweep by Biles and the U.S. women’s team at the Olympics.Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this week may have been her last at the world championships. Blowing kisses to the crowd wasn’t meant as a goodbye to the competition, she said.“It’s just a good floor routine, farewell to just the end of this world championship chapter here in Stuttgart,” she said. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei sets world marathon record in Chicago Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the floor in the women’s apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)STUTTGART, Germany — Everyone counts Simone Biles’ medals except Simone Biles.Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m second in the world after Simone Biles, and she’s obviously so amazing. And to be second is super crazy,” the 16-year-old U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee said after taking silver behind Biles in Sunday’s floor exercise. “I don’t know how she’s been doing this for so long.”Biles’ 24th medal came on the beam, breaking a tie for 23 with Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo.Biles scored 15.066 after a near-flawless routine, opting for a simpler dismount than the double-double she performed earlier in the championships.That dismount is a sore point for Biles, who introduced the double-double to competition this season and had the skill officially named after her at the worlds — there are four Biles skills now. She feels the International Gymnastics Federation didn’t reward it with a high enough difficulty rating.“It’s not worth the one-tenth (extra difficulty point). I’m sorry, it’s just not,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Of her 25 career world medals, 19 are gold, against 12 of 23 for Scherbo.Earlier, Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy won the men’s vault for his third gold medal of the championships. He’s the first European man to win the vault since 2010.Nagornyy scored an average 14.966 from his two vaults, beating his friend and Russian teammate Artur Dalaloyan into second place. The bronze went to Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov.The 38-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu, a four-time world champion, secured qualification for his fifth Olympics by placing fourth.Britain won its second gold of the championships as Joe Fraser scored 15 points to win on parallel bars. Ahmet Önder was second for Turkey, with Japan’s Kazuma Kaya third. Max Whitlock won Britain’s first gold medal Saturday on pommel horse.Arthur Mariano won gold for Brazil on the high bar, scoring 14.9 ahead of Tin Srbic for Croatia. Dalaloyan took the bronze to end the championships with four medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect
Co-production of F-16s in India to figure in USAF Secys visitCo-production of F-16s in India to figure in USAF Secys visit
From Yoshita SinghNew York, Aug 18 (PTI) India and the US will discuss co- producing military aircraft including the F-16s during US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James upcoming visit to New Delhi later this month that would look at ways to deepen bilateral partnerships and take it to the “next level”.Indo-US cooperation in defence technology and trade initiatives will be the focus of her visit to India which is part of her maiden visit to four Asian countries that would also take her to Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.She will also discuss the situation in the South China Sea besides the growing threat of terrorism.During her visit to India, she will meet Chief of Air Staff Marshal Arup Raha and Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and will also discuss with her Indian counterparts proposals to co-produce aircraft in India in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modis ambitious Make in India campaign.”We will be looking to see how can we deepen our partnerships and how can we take it to the next level,” James said in response to a question at a press briefing here yesterdayon what her focus will be during her visit to India.She said she will discuss defence technology and follow up on the trade initiatives, which were launched during US Defence Secretary Ashton Carters visit to India in April.James replied in the affirmative when asked if she will follow up on American defence major Lockheed Martins proposals to assemble F-16s in India as well as on discussions to collaborate in bolstering Indias fighter jets and the jet engine technology working group.advertisement”I will be following up on all of those topics, discussing these counterpart to counterpart on a bilateral basis. I will be seeking the views of my counterparts, what their opinion is on the various proposals on the table and what more needs to happen to advance the ball on some of these proposals.”I am also aware of the Prime Ministers push for Make in India and the importance of creating new jobs in that sector. One of the proposals would be to co-produce certain aircraft in India and that might be one example of something that will be useful from a military standpoint but also might play into the Make in India campaign,” she said.57-year-old James, who is only the second woman to hold the post, said she would also follow up on the initiatives launched during Carters visit and the possible outcomes of it from the Air Force perspective.She, however, noted that while some proposals will move forward, others may not if they are not the right fit.Describing the Indian Air Force as a “very effective fighting unit”, she said it has been a participant over the years in “red-flag” exercise series, where the US gets together with coalition partners to train and inter-operate and “test ourselves in a high-end and very challenging difficult environment”.James added that she also looks forward to congratulating India on the “magnificent execution” of the operation undertaken to evacuate Indian citizens from South Sudan. PTI YAS SAI AKJ SAI
Union Minister to honour sports persons at Calicut VarsityUnion Minister to honour sports persons at Calicut Varsity
Kozhikode, Sep 23 (PTI) Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Vijay Goel will attend a function at the Calicut University near here tomorrow to honour the outstanding sports persons of the state, a University official said today.The minister will interact with the athletes and inspect the sports facilities at the University during his visit, Sakeer Hussain, Director of Physical Education, said.Former national athletic champion P T Usha will deliver a special address at the function which will be presided over by the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K Mohammed Basheer.Sports Authority of India(SAI), Regional Director, Dr G Kishore will also be present on the occasion.”We will bring to the notice of the Central Minister, for the speedy release of funds required for a Rs 13 crore project, which includes a synthetic hockey turf, swimming and diving pool and synthetic tracks at the University sports complex,” Mr Sakeer Hussain said.Besides, the students of the University, and those from about 450 affiliated colleges are utilising the facilities, he added.The Minister will be here to attend the three-day BJP National Executive Council meeting beginning today. PTI KV ROH
MS Dhoni set to break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI recordMS Dhoni set to break Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record
Brimming with confidence after a convincing victory in the first One-Day International (ODI), limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will eye another big win when favourites India take on New Zealand in the second match of the five-match rubber at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Thursday.Dhoni, who made his one-day international debut is closing in on 9000 runs in the format and is only three sixes short of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s Indian record of 195 sixes. In fact, if Dhoni hits seven sixes against the Black Caps at the Kotla on Thursday, he will become the first Indian to hit 200 ODI sixes.APPROACHING MILESTONESMS Dhoni needs 61 runs to complete 9000 runs in ODIsTom Latham needs 4 runs to complete 1000 runs in ODIsThree more sixes and Dhoni will break Tendulkar’s Indian record of 195 sixesSeven more sixes and Dhoni will become first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIsVirat Kohli needs one hundred in a successful chase to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of most (14) hundreds in successful chasesWith the conditions at the Ferozeshah Kotla favouring the spinners, the hosts will bank on their last ODI performance where Kedar Jadhav and experienced leggie Amit Mishra ran through the Kiwi’s middle and lower order. (India haven’t lost an ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla in 11 years)It is also expected that Dhoni will not make any changes to the playing eleven as each player seemed to be complementing each other in the last match.Statistical record of India vs New Zealand: India have played a total number of 94 games against New Zealand, out of which they have won 47. New Zealand has however shown a better performance in terms of win this year, despite India having played one more game than the visitor at 9. While India have lost four matches this year, Kiwis have only seen two defeats.advertisementHead-to-head: Played Ind won NZ won NR Tied Overall 94 47 41 5 1 in India 28 22 5 1 0 at Delhi 2 2 0 0 0Form guide (most recent listed first): India: Won Won WonWon Won New Zealand: Lost Won Lost Won WonPerformance in 2016: Mts Won Lost Tied NR Win% India 9 5 4 0 0 55.55 New Zealand 8 5 2 0 1 62.50 Captaincy record in ODIs: Mts Won Lost Tied NR Win%MS Dhoni 195 108 72 4 11 55.38Kane Williamson 20 9 10 0 1 45.00Star batsman Suresh Raina will miss the second ODI against New Zealand as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.In the batting department, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Dhoni had decent starts in the last game and are expected to score big runs in the second game. (MS Dhoni surpasses Allan Border, becomes second most successful skipper in ODI history)The bowling department has settled down into a nice rhythm as pacers and spinners chipped in with vital breakthroughs when needed.Sent into bat in the last ODI, New Zealand would have been disappointed to be bowled out with 37 balls still remaining in their innings so skipper Kane Williamson will likely make some changes in the top order.Apart from Tom Latham, batsmen Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Williamson looked clueless against the Indian bowlers and will have to come good if they want to match India at Ferozeshah stadium. (Confident India eye another big win over New Zealand at Kotla)(Stats from Rajneesh Gupta)
In a bid to take instant messaging experience to millions in India, Google on Monday introduced Hindi language capabilities in its Google Allo smart messaging app.The new updates in “Google Assistant” and “Smart Reply” features will roll on Allo from Monday on on Android and iOS devices and will be available to all users in the coming days, the company said in a statement.”Google Allo has received tremendous response in India which has one of the highest number of Google Allo users,” said Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google.Also Read: Google Allo vs WhatsApp: How they are similar, how they are different”One in every 12 messages in group chats are messages to the Google Assistant. We are enthused by this and today’s launch enables us to extend these features to the next millions of users in a language of their choice,” Fulay added.With the launch, the Google Assistant in Allo will now understand and respond in Hindi.”Chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo, or just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. To start using the Assistant in Hindi, just say ‘Talk to me in Hindi’ or adjust the language setting on your device,” Google said.Google launched Allo in September this year.Packed with innovative features including “Smart Reply”, options for sharing photos, emojis and stickers, Allo uses Google Assistant and makes it easier for users to respond quickly and keep the conversation moving, even when one is on the go.advertisementSmart Reply will recognise the language a user is chatting in and begin to show suggested responses in that language.If you start chatting in Hindi, the “Smart Reply” will show a user suggestions in that language. So, now you can respond to your friends question “kya haal hai” with “Sab theek Hai” with a single tap.Also Read: Google Allo review: Smarter than WhatsApp but not necessarily betterUsers may no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, or share a YouTube video or pick a dinner spot.Apart from answers, Google Assistant in Google Allo can also provide latest news, weather, traffic, sports, or upcoming flight status.Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.
India Air Force AFCAT 2017 exam dates released at careerairforce.nic.inIndia Air Force AFCAT 2017 exam dates released at careerairforce.nic.in
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced the examination dates of the Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT 2017).As per schedule, the examination will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.About examination:AFCAT is conducted for both men and women is conducted for grant of Short Service Commission in Flying Branch and Permanent/ Short Service Commission in Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches for the session commencing in January 2017AFCAT is only one of the steps involved in the entire selection process for getting selected as an officer in the IAFOn clearing the AFCAT, shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB (Services Selection Board) testingAll the eligible candidates are requested to apply through prescribed format latest by December 29, 2016.Eligibility Criteria:Educational qualification:Flying Branch: All the candidates interested in applying need to possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university/institute with minimum 60 per cent and should have passed Mathematics and Physics at intermediate (class 12)ORCandidates need to possess a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) / BTech or should have cleared section A & B examination of Associate Membership of Institute Engineers (India) or Aeronautical Society of India from a recognised university/institute.Age limit: All the candidates should be in the age group of 20 to 24 years as on January 1, 2017.For details on Technical Branch (Aeronautical Engineer-Electronics) programme, candidates need to check the official notification at http://careerairforce.nic.inHow to apply:Candidates need to apply online at, http://careerairforce.nic.inPaper pattern:The total duration of the examination is two hours.advertisementEach question paper will have questions from the following topics: General Awareness: History, Sports, Geography, Environment, Civics, Basic Science, Defence, Art, Culture, Current Affairs, Politics etc.Verbal Ability in English: Comprehension, Error Detection, Sentence Completion, Synonyms, Antonyms and Testing of Vocabulary.Numerical Ability: Decimal Fraction, Simplification, Average, Profit & loss, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion and Simple interest.Reasoning and Military Aptitude Test: Verbal Skills and Spatial Ability.Important dates:Last date of submission of online application form: Thursday, December 29, 2016.Date of AFCAT: Sunday, February 26, 2017.Click here for examination, admission related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholes is right, Mourinho’s Man Utd are embarrassingScholes is right, Mourinho’s Man Utd are embarrassing
In many ways this was exactly the kind of fixture Manchester United needed. After the week from hell which culminated in a pathetic 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday, the visit of an under-performing Valencia to Old Trafford on Tuesday could have been hand-picked.But their inability to create anything of any note in a tense and tepid 0-0 draw emphasised the state of things right now in M16. Paul Scholes claimed before kick-off that Jose Mourinho’s management of the club had reached “embarrassing” levels, and the events on the pitch will have done nothing to alleviate the pressure on the under-fire Portuguese.For the opening 10 minutes it looked like United were ready to throw everything at the cause, with their attacking tempo being high and their football smart. Yet that quickly evaporated and thereafter United’s performance was lacking in confidence, belief and creativity. 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! Aside from a couple of moments of individual intent from Marcus Rashford there were few signs that the home side were going to cause serious issues for a Valencia side boasting only one win in eight matches this season. United’s build-up was far too slow, far too predictable, and the result was a bore-fest for much of the night.Things could easily have been worse for them, as Goncalo Guedes proved time and again to have the beating of Antonio Valencia but on almost every occasion he managed to waste the opportunity to cause United serious damage.Right now United need to be much, much better than this. There are rifts in the camp, with the manager barely speaking to many of his players, and all the while the football has become as tedious as at any stage in the 55-year-old’s reign.They needed more than anything to work up the supporters tonight, subsequently generating the kind of vociferous atmosphere which has dragged Manchester United kicking and screaming over the line in many a Champions League night for years gone by. But instead they sucked the life out of the whole occasion.And that is exactly where we are with United at this moment in time. Mourinho is questioning his players’ desire at every turn, the players are questioning the manager’s tactics, and the rest of the world has been forced to pick a side. Add in the fact the game had to be delayed because United arrived late for a home game and the club’s slow slide into the realms of ridiculousness are there for all to see.All the while, their football is every bit as anxious and uncertain as is every supporter of a red, white and black persuasion.With the likes of Ryan Giggs, Denis Law and David Beckham in attendance this should have been a night to remind the United greats of some of the wonderful Old Trafford nights of yesteryear. Instead, every time they were caught on camera they looked as though they would rather be anywhere else, and their mood reflected that of the whole stadium. As a neutral it was hard not to feel embarrassed on their behalf given the turgid rubbish being served up in front of them.There was a flicker of late drama when Rashford drove a left-wing free-kick onto the far corner of the Valencia woodwork, but like so many United performances of late they never really looked likely to grab a winner.But neither did they really deserve one. When your football is too slow, your passing too indecisive and your every move carrying signs of nervousness, 0-0 draws are about the best you can hope for.This mess is not about to end quickly, and could get far more embarrassing yet.
Thomas Tuchel believes Marco Verratti is among the best players in the world and can help the Paris Saint-Germain fans fall in love with his team.PSG have made a flying start to the new season, winning their first eight Ligue 1 matches and recovering from a Champions League defeat to Liverpool by thrashing Red Star Belgrade 6-1.Italy international Verratti stood out in the triumph over Red Star and coach Tuchel picked out the midfielder as a key player in his bid to create a team that appeals to supporters. 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! “For me, it’s not a surprise [how Verratti plays],” Tuchel told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Lyon. “Marco is very important, he is an extraordinary player.”He is one of the best players in the world. He finds solutions in closed situations, in very tight spaces. He is very confident and he works like crazy when we lose the ball.”It’s very good for us, to influence all the others, and also the fans. I want our fans to fall in love with the team – we have the best players in the world. It’s very important for us.” Tuchel was speaking in advance of his side looking to make it nine wins out of nine in Ligue 1 and extend the eight-point gap to Lille in second place, with the team buoyed by the revivial of their European campaign after a limp defeat at Anfield in September. Lyon opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win away at Manchester City.”It is a tough match against a top-quality team,” he said. “OL are better against bigger sides, as we saw against both Marseille and Manchester City – we saw their true ability both times. Lyon feel freer when they are not considered favourites.”
FIFA 19 Emerging Champions: Which Serie A starlet will rise?FIFA 19 Emerging Champions: Which Serie A starlet will rise?
The UEFA Champions League is the grandest stage club football has to offer.And Europe’s premier club competition has the power to unearth the next superstar or propel an unknown youngster to a household name overnight.There are a host of burgeoning Serie A superstars in line for UCL action on Matchday four, but who will become an emerging champion this season? 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! Cengiz Under is fast becoming the King of Rome, impressing in the iconic capital with a goal involvement every 158 minutes since the start of the last season.Inter will likely have their fair share of defending to do against Barcelona and, luckily, they have just the man for the job in one of the world’s most-wanted defenders Milan Skriniar.Juventus play possibly the tie of the Matchday as they host Manchester United and in 21-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur they have a midfield maestro who looks set to go all the way to the top.Over in Naples, meanwhile, neat-passing Amadou Diawara could be the man to tie this Napoli side together for years to come.Who will rise highest in the UEFA Champions League?FIFA 19, complete with brand new UEFA Champions League features, is out now.
Bengal jewellers to honour women hailing from stateBengal jewellers to honour women hailing from state
Kolkata, Apr 11 (PTI) Prominent jewellers of West Bengal would honour 16 women hailing from the state who had done excellent work in their respective fields. The honour would be given by the Swarna Shilpi Bachao Committee, a body of jewellers, which also organises the annual Sonar Sansar jewellery expo to held in the city this month from April 21 to April 24. Secretary of the committee Samar De said that since women were very fond of jewellery, the jewellers of the state have decided to honour them during the upcoming expo. The categories chosen were media, film, sports, entrepreneurship, medicine, performing arts, fashion and lifestyle, music and literature. PTI dc RG
Chandigarh, Apr 24 (PTI) In its bid to check eve-teasing, the Haryana Police has prepared a comprehensive plan, including identifying trouble spots, taking strict actions against mischievous elements and organising activities aimed at empowering women.The police is also partnering with the youth through Youth Against Sexual Harassment (YASH) initiative.Through the initiative, the Haryana Police will encourage the youths to enrol with them and in turn become part of the campaign to prevent incidents of eve-teasing, an official said.”We have put in place a comprehensive programme to stop eve-teasing. The hot spots have been identified. Work to sanitise them by way of warning and cautioning signages, CCTV cameras, plain cloth traps and time-aligned uniformed police patrolling is in progress.”We are also collaborating with schools, colleges, parents, businesses, Panchayats, non-governmental organisations and other government departments to teach girls bravery and boys chivalry through public speaking workshops, adventure and endurance sports and self-defence training. We are very keen to team up with the youths (our natural allies in our fight for making public places safer for women),” Haryana Polices Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters), O P Singh told PTI here today.Speaking about YASH initiative, Singh noted, “We aim to give young boys and girls a platform to voice their opposition to gender-based victimisation. They can make a difference by simply taking a pledge to resist it, speak against it on social media, wear a T-shirt condemning it, spread a word about the seriousness of the problem, organise events to create awareness, alert us about such outrage and so on.advertisementHe said DGP K P Singh had recently addressed Commissioners of Police and SPs through video conferencing for the implementation of the plan to prevent incidents of eve-teasing and crime against women. “We will also encourage young boys and girls to enrol as volunteers by subscribing to our website mahilapolicestation.in. At the rate of 5,000 volunteers per district, we look forward to have some 1,10,000 volunteers onboard in next one month. “They will be guiding our actions to weed out gender-based street violence, usually trivalised as eve-teasing. We will, in turn, train them through online tutorials to be change makers,” Singh said. The ADGP said all women police stations of the state were functional at all district police headquarters as well as their extension centres in sub-divisions. “Over 800 police officials with 130 vehicles work round-the-clock to prevent and detect crimes specific to women. Rolled out in August 2015, these police stations deliver ease of reporting, empathetic listening and prompt action for women victims. So far, the officials have disposed of over 53,000 inquiries and investigated around 4,000 cases,” Singh added. PTI SUN SRY
Premier League punishes Manchester City with academy transfer banPremier League punishes Manchester City with academy transfer ban
Manchester City have been fined 300,000 pounds and banned from signing academy players for two years after breaching Premier League transfer rules.City were found to have approached the family of two young players, who were registered with other clubs.The players in question were an 11-year-old who joined City from Everton last year and a 15-year-old midfielder from Wolverhampton Wanderers.The Premier League club now cannot sign youngsters aged between 10 and 18 who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the past 18 months.Part of the ban will only come into effect if the club re offends in the next three years.Last month, Liverpool were fined 200,000 pounds and banned from signing youngsters for two years.It was ruled the Reds had broken Premier League rules by offering inducements to the family of an 11-year-old Stoke City player.”The Premier League has sanctioned Manchester City FC for breaches of its Youth Development Rules,” goal.com quoted the Premier League as saying in a statement.”The breaches concern approaches to two separate Academy players whilst they were each registered with another club,” the statement added.