Nagaland CM Zeliang seeks disqualification of 10 NPF MLAs

first_imgNagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has filed a composite disqualification petition with the Assembly Speaker against 10 MLAs of the NPF.In the petition filed on Friday, Mr. Zeliang said these 10 MLAs should be declared disqualified under paragraph 2(1)(b) of the Tenth Schedule as they absented themselves from the emergency session of the Assembly held on July 19, violating the whip of the party. He said the 10 legislators were aware of the session as proper communication was sent to them.Mr. Zeliang was sworn in as Chief Minister on July 19 after 47 MLAs, including 36 NPF legislators, rebelled against Shurhozelie Liezietsu. He won the trust vote on July 21.The 10 legislators are Kiyanilie Peseyie, Y. Vikheho Swu, Chotisuh Sazo, Kuzholuzo Nienu, Yitachu, C.L. John, Thonwang Konyak, P.Longon, R. Tohanba and Torechu.last_img read more

Malicious attempts to target Missionaries of Charity, says Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that malicious attempts are being made to malign the name of Missionaries of Charity.In a tweet, the Trinamool Congress chairperson accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of targeting sisters of Missionaries of Charity.“Mother Teresa herself set up Missionaries of Charity. And now they are also not being spared. Malicious attempts to malign their name. The Sisters are being targeted. #BJP want to spare no one. Highly condemnable. Let MOC continue to do their work for the poorest of the poor,” she tweeted. Ms. Banerjee remark comes in the wake of the arrest of two employees, including a nun of Missionaries of Charity, at a shelter home in Ranchi on allegations of selling a baby to a childless couple from Uttar Pradesh.The headquarters of Missionaries of Charity set up by Mother Teresa is located in Kolkata. The Chief Minister was also present at the Vatican during the canonisation of Mother Teresa in September 2016.last_img read more

Pirates rampage

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the day San Beda and Letran renewed their rivalry for the first time this season, Lyceum still managed to keep the spotlight with its scintillating play.With another strong display of firepower, the Pirates surprisingly made light work of the Arellano Chiefs, 99-65, to extend their unbeaten start to four games in the NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Flying V, Cignal nail top two Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Cardinals fell to a share of ninth spot with the Knights.Lyceum coach Topex Robinson was glad to see his team continue improving, although he admitted the Chiefs weren’t at their best.“We caught them (Chiefs) on a bad day, so we took advantage,” said Robinson. “My players were up to the challenge of improving from our last game.”LYCEUM 99—Perez 16, Marcelino JC 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Marcelino JV 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0.ARELLANO 65—Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0.Quarters: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ LATEST STORIES CJ Perez fired a season-low 16 points, but seven other players scored at least eight points as the Pirates pulled away in the second half to bring down another contender this season.The Red Lions prevailed over the Knights, 81-74, while Emilio Aguinaldo College trounced Mapua, 77-72, to even its card at 2-2 just like Arellano and Jose Rizal U.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRobert Bolick had 22 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Jayvee Mocon flirted with a triple double—17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists—for the Lions, who improved to 4-1.Sidney Onwubere led EAC anew with 22 points, including clutch baskets down the stretch when it rallied from three points down to pin a third loss in four games on Mapua. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2011: India gears up for IPL after World Cup glory

first_imgJust six days after its national team sparked nationwide celebrations by winning the World Cup, India’s obsession with cricket will switch to the start of the money-spinning Indian Premier League when the Twenty20 event gets under way on Friday.The euphoria since India beat Sri Lanka to secure the 50-over world title on Saturday can only be good news for the fourth edition of the IPL, which starts in Chennai after allegations of corruption prompted a change in management.The league’s former head Lalit Modi has been suspended since April 2010 by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which has been investigating bribery allegations in the 2008 auction for new IPL teams. Modi was later replaced by Indian cricket board vice president Chirayu Amin.The IPL is the world’s richest cricket tournament, worth $4 billion in franchise fees and television rights. It has some of the best-known Bollywood cinema stars and billionaire tycoons among its owners, while several of the world’s top cricketers play in its teams.Two new franchises – Kochi and Pune – joined in 2011 after bids worth a combined $703 million. The newcomers will increase the league to 10 teams and the number of matches from 60 to 74 for the April 8-May 28 event.Sahara Adventure Sports, part of the diversified Sahara Group, bought the rights for a team in the western city of Pune for $370 million, and called it Pune Warriors. A consortium called Rendezvous Sports World won the franchise for the southern city of Kochi for $333 million and named it Kochi Tuskers Kerala.advertisementTeams have also undergone an overhaul following the second player auction in January. Only 12 players were retained by five of the eight teams from their original squads.Defending champion Chennai Super Kings retained Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, his compatriots Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay, and South African Albie Morkel – as it parted with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.The 2010 finalist Mumbai Indians kept India stars Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga and West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard for $4.5 million.India batting star Gautam Gambhir was the most expensive player at the auction, picked up for $2.4 million for two years by Kolkata Knight Riders. The team also bought Indian allrounder Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million.Among other top internationals at the high end of the bidding were Sri Lanka vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, bought by Kochi for $1.5 million, Australian David Hussey, hired by Punjab for $1.4 million and a South African trio – Dale Steyn, netted by Deccan Chargers for $1.2 million, AB de Villiers by Bangalore and Jacques Kallis by Kolkata for $1.1 million each.Mukesh Ambani, who controls India’s most valuable company, Reliance Industries, and film actors Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all own teams in the IPL.last_img read more

Modi swearing-in ceremony: Unwell Lata not to attend

first_imgSinging legend Lata Mangeshkar is not attending Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Monday.Media reports said the melody queen is unwell, hence she will not attend the star-studded ceremony, that is being tipped as a globally watched event.The other top film celebrity who is not attending the event that is being graced by 4000 guests at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is Rajinikanth.Among the key notables giving the event a miss are Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.While megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Rekha were invited to the event, reports said Bachchan might skip the same. While indusrialist Mukesh Ambani had already arrived, sports icon Sachin Tendulkar was also due to come.    Narendra Modi displays the victory symbol. AP PhotoThe event has drawn global attention in view of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, arriving in New Delhi for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government swearing-in.As for the Union Council of Ministers, there will be 25 ministers of Cabinet rank, while a similar number of leaders will take oath as state minister.Since all the regional political parties of Tamil Nadu including the ruling AIADMK, DMK, PMK, MDMK and a host of various Tamil groups are opposing Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s visit, Tamil protestors strongly felt that Rajinikanth should boycott the swearing-in.last_img read more

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first_img“We have lost hope of revocation of AFSPA and the return “We have lost hope of revocation of AFSPA and the return of power projects has been categorically turned down by Mufti Sahabs ally (BJP),” he said, alleging that the PDP-BJP government not only left the flood victims in the lurch but “humiliated and baton-charged them” . “A Government that can wield batons and sticks on homeless flood-victims is the lowest form of political representation and sadly that is what Mufti Sahabs Government has come to,” he said. Mattu said Sayeed lowered the stature of the Chief Ministers office and “his writ and authority has been debunked by his own Cabinet Ministers (who) overturn his orders every few days”. “The administration is in a state of chaos. The Advocate General and the Chief Secretary have already resigned and there is a growing line of officers who want to resign,” he claimed. PTI MIJ GVSlast_img read more

IPL 2015: Ecstatic Virat Kohli praises AB de Villiers

first_imgAs Royal Challengers Bangalore started their IPL 2016 campaign with a bang, skipper Virat Kohli was over the moon with his team’s all round show at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. (Match Report | Highlights)Put in to bat, AB de Viliers and Kohli stitched a 157-run stand to power RCB to a mammoth 227/4 in their 20 overs. In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad could only manage 182/6, losing the match by 45 runs.Put under pressure in the second over when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Chris Gayle, but it was De Villiers who decided to take on the bowlers ease some pressure off his captain’s shoulder.”We lost the toss and did not get what we wanted to. It was a really good effort from the batsmen. AB was fantastic and we’ve had a big partnership in Bombay as well. He took the pressure off me,” Kohli said in the post-match presentation ceremony.De Villiers, who struck seven fours and six maximums in his blitzkrieg knock, was relived to return to form.”Absolutely love playing here. The crowd always gets behind us. Loved batting with Virat and enjoyed myself. I have been scratchy in the last few weeks, even in the nets I felt horrible,” De Villiers said.De Villiers also had a special word of praise for his team’s bowling unit.”The bowlers have played together for quite a few years. All of a sudden it looks like a very good combination of youth and experience. Some very good signs for this season. Hopefully we’ll take this into the next few games,” he said.advertisementNehra out for a couple of gamesSunrisers have been dealt a massive blow as Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of at least two games due to a groin injury. Skipper David Warner said Nehra’s absence will hurt the team.”It hurts when one bowler goes down. Tough ask for the boys to go out there and get 228. Nehra will be out for a couple of games dur to groin injury,” Warner said.However, Warner heaped praise on young Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman for his brilliant bowling.”Mustafizur bowled well throughout the World Cup and he’s definitely a find. We have a nice batting track in Hyderabad, and we have to execute well with the ball and not lose wickets in clumps,” he said.last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016, Match 15, Gujarat Lions vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: As It Happened

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad ended Gujarat Lions’ three-match winning streak with a 10-wicket thumping win in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. (Scorecard)Updates:23.10 IST: David Warner: “I have to give credit to the bowlers. They gave us the opportunity to win, and the way we judged the situation, getting their in 14 odd overs, was fantastic. I felt the ball kept a little bit low. We knew it would be two-paced and the ball didn’t get up much. Bhuvi’s change of pace is amazing and Mustafizur is very hard to hit, his change of pace is amazing. I faced him first in Bangalore and he knocked my blocks off. I think he will play Test and ODI cricket one day too. If we can keep chasing totals like this, we will go a long way in the tournament.” 23.07 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is adjudged Man of the Match. 23.04 IST: Suresh Raina: “The toss is not really crucial. We thought the wicket will slow up later. We just didn’t score enough. Started well but lost too many wickets. 160 would have been good. This wicket was different to the last one. Every batter has to be clear with his batting plan but has to build a partnership before going for the big shots. We needed to have wickets in hand to execute plans later. We need to work hard with the new ball to get wickets. We will come hard in the next game.” 22.57 IST: Gujarat Lions’ winning streak of three matches comes to an end. Sunrisers Hyderabad jump to fourth spot in the league table.advertisementHyderabad Innings:22.53 IST: Match Over!!! David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan did not need the services of the other batsmen as Sunrisers Hyderabad register 10-wicket win over Gujarat Lions at Rajkot. 22.50 IST: FIFTY!!! Shikhar Dhawan brings up his half-century with Hyderabad needing just 6 more runs to win. 22.43 IST: Breaking!!! Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Samuel Badree has been ruled out of IPL 9 due to a shoulder injury. South African mystery spinner Tabraiz Shamsi will replace him in the squad.22.38 IST: 100 up for the Sunrisers with Warner batting on 64 off 41 balls while Dhawan is on 26 from 25 balls. Hyderabad 100/0 after 11 overs, need 36 to win from 54 balls. 22.31 IST: This match could get over very soon if Gujarat don’t get a breakthrough soon enough. Hyderabad 86/0 after 9 overs, need another 50 runs to win from 11 overs. 22.20 IST: FIFTY!!! David Warner completes his half-century in just 29 balls with Hyderabad on cruise control mode. Score 70/0 after 7 overs, required rate: 5.08.22.14 IST: The opening partnership is cruising along at this stage. Warner 36*, Dhawan 10*. Hyderabad 53/0 after 5 overs. 22.05 IST: Warner and Dhawan have got off to a brisk start for the Lions. Hyderabad 30/3 after 3 overs. 21.54 IST: FOUR!! David Warner ends Steyn’s first over with a boundary as Hyderabad score 10 runs in the first over. 21.50 IST: David Warner and an out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan come out to bat for Sunrisers. Dale Steyn will open the attack for the first time for Gujarat. 21.40 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar: “Plan was to bowl inswing, he’s (Finch) not that good on the inswingers, nice that plan worked. My strength is swing and in T20s, no batsman expects a bowler to swing the ball. (On Mustafizur) He’s a bowler who has a different action, slower ball is difficult to pick and he’s a fun-loving boy. A little trouble with language for him, but he’s been great. Easy in first six to score runs, but the last overs, it was stopping.”  21.34 IST: Innings break!! Gujarat Lions end up getting 135/8 in their allotted 20 overs with Suresh Raina top-scoring for his team with 75 runs. Bhuvneshwar bowled a terrific final over for Sunrisers picking up 3 wickets to end up with figures of 4 for 29. He now holds the purple cap in the tournament. 21.18 IST: Bowled’em!!! Ravindra Jadeja gets castled by a brilliantly disguised slower delivery from Mustafizur Rahman. Gujarat 117/5 after 17 overs. 21.13 IST: The boundaries are hard to come by but Raina and Jadeja are running hard between the wickets to make sure the score keeps on ticking. Gujarat 113/4 after 16 overs. 20.57 IST: Out!!! Dwayne Bravo goes for a big shot but holes out at deep backward square leg. Brainder Sran gets his first wicket for Sunrisers. Last 4 overs: 21 runs, 1 wicket. Gujarat 95/4 after 14 overs.  20.52 IST: FIFTY!!! Skipper Suresh Raina notches up yet another fifty in the IPL. Gujarat 83/3 after 12 overs. 20.47 IST: WICKET!!! Dinesh Karthik hits a full toss from Deepak Hooda straight to Bhuvneshwar at deep backward square leg, who takes a juggling catch. Gujarat 74/3 after 10 overs.advertisement20.41 IST: Sunrisers have managed to sneak in a couple of quiet overs after McCullum’s departure. Gujarat 67/2 after 9 overs. 20.33 IST: That’s Out!!! Brendon McCullum slog sweeps a delivery from Bipul Sharma straight into the waiting hands of Deepak Hooda at deep mid-wicket.20.29 IST: FIFTY Partnership!! Raina and McCullum have brought up their half-century stand. Gujarat 50/1 after 6 overs. 20.22 IST: Raina and McCullum have pressed the accelerator pedal as Gujarat move on to 41/1 after 5 overs. 20.13 IST: Suresh Raina is looking to be aggressive right from the word go, he has already hit 4 boundaries and moved on to 21 from 11 balls. Gujarat 24/1 after 3 overs. 20.02 IST: BOWLED!!!! It takes just four deliveries for Bhuvneshwar to provide a breakthrough for the Sunrisers. Aaron Finch, looking for a big shot, loses his leg-stump thanks to a fantastic inswinger from Bhuvi.   20.00 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar opens the attack for the Sunrisers. Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum take guard for the Lions.  19.55 IST: Playing XIs:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, EoinMorgan, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Aditya Tare, Bipul Sharma,Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder SranGujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, DineshKarthik, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshdeep Nath, Dale Steyn,Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe 19.30 IST: TOSS!!! Hyderabad skipper David Warner wins the toss and opts to bowl against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket stadium in Rajkot. Ravindra Jadeja is back in the Gujarat side, and Dale Steyn will make his debut for the Lions in this game.Preview:Sunnrisers Hyderabad will aim to end Gujarat Lions three-match winning streak when they face-off in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium today.Hyderabad snapped their opening two-match loss – to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders – with a seven-wicket thumping of Mumbai Indians on Monday and against hosts Gujarat, they will face a strong challenge.Gujarat are currently second in the points table with three consecutive wins and they will throw everything in their bid to extend the winning run. The IPL debutants have won their two away matches against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. They also overcame fellow debutants Rising Pune Supergiants here by seven wickets. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)Gujarat, captained by Suresh Raina, have been guided by the heroics of Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch. The right-hander will be Hyderabad’s biggest danger as he has scores of 74, 50 and 67 not out respectively in the three matches so far.However, his opening partner, retired New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hasn’t really fire yet, barring a 49 against Pune, while Raina has failed to convert starts of 20s and 30s into big ones. It could be a crucial game for McCullum as West Indian Dwayne Smith is waiting for his chance.Other batsmen in the team are wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and James Faulkner. The return of local star Ravindra Jadeja is yet to be confirmed as the all-rounder got married recently.Gujarat’s bowling is also strong and has delivered keeping its reputations in tact. Medium pacers Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bravo and Faulkner has been complemented well by spinners in the form of Shadab Jakati and Praveen Tambe.advertisementThey also have ace pacer Dale Steyn in their ranks and it will be interesting when Raina plays the South African.In the other camp, Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run has bee a worry for Hyderabad. The left-hander has scored 16 runs in the three games so far and Hyderabad definitely need him to end hid slump. He also had a poor World Twenty20 during which he scored 43 runs in four outing before being dropped for the semi-final against eventual champions West Indies. (Dhawan’s poor form not much of concern, says VVS Laxman)Captain David Warner has looked in very good touch with scores 90 and 58 in the three matches and the Australian’s performance is key to Hyderbad’s success.The middle order batsmen Eoin Morgan and Moises Henriques need to raise their game, while the performance of Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha will be crucial against the tricky death-overs specialists Bravo and Kumar.Hyderabad have missed the experience and all-round capability of Yuvraj Singh, who is nursing an injury, as did New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson.In the bowling department, however, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bangladeshi left-armer Mustafizur Rahman have ensured that Hyderabad don’t miss veteran Ashish Nehra, who injured his groin during the opening game against RCB on April 12.Spinners Bipul Sharma and Karn Sharma will face a big task in containing Gujarat batsmen, along with the medium pace of Barinder Sran and Henriques.last_img read more

Neymar set to mark 100th game with Brazil

first_imgPSG’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 politicscenter_img 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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

In the spotlight

first_imgMiniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You,Miniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You don’t have to emulate them to be accepted as one of them. Your strength lies in your womanhood and your unique perspective, preserve that.2) Speak up, backed by facts: Do voice out what you have in mind but always to the right person. Build total control over what you say.3) Don’t be anti-men: You might have to face hardships in getting the work done, but don’t unreasonably blame that on gender differences such that you hold grudges against men. You can get your way, without male bashing.4) Mind the egos: Patriarchal societal structures across all economic classes guarantee a high probability of large male egos. This will take some time to change. At the workplace, be mindful of tiptoeing around inflated male egos.Adwaita Nayar, 27Head (Retail), Nykaa, E-commerce beauty website, MumbaiOn taking start-ups to next levelPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) Hire the best talent: People who bring unique skill sets and entrepreneurial drive can propel the start-up forward.2) Believe in yourself: The initial years are uphill as you try to provide product-market fit, build teams and find funding. There will be days firefighting customer service complaints, staying up all night, and dealing with key team member exits. Have patience during all this.advertisement3) Work with small teams, and limited budgets: A small team moves fast, people have a sense of ownership, and everyone knows technicalities of difficult assignments. Limited budgets force you to understand a function to see where you can be more efficient.Aarifa Bhinderwala, 28Founder and Chief pole artist, Pole Brunt, Dance and fitness studio, MumbaiOn pole dance being a form of art, athletic in naturePictures courtesy: Danesh Jassawala/ Location courtesy: The Space, Juhu, Mumbai1) A media of many configurations: It seamlessly blends the disciplines of art and sport making it one of the most versatile forms of performing arts. It appeals to both a dancer and an athlete and the amalgamation of the two opens up a new world.2) Works on mind body connect: It works every muscle in the body and mind, creating a harmonious and stimulating union of the two. It gradually helps build strength, endurance, flexibility, stamina, control, co-ordination and balance. It helps face and overcome fear as the body performs increasingly challenging tricks and results in an elevated sense of selfesteem and confidence.3) Inculcates never-say-die spirit in the practitioner: The excitement of learning a new pole move and performing it effortlessly is a high, never felt before.4) Life lessons in movement: Using the body in conjunction with the apparatus builds opportunities for unlearning (negative limiting responses) and learning (a positive outlook towards challenges). It makes one realise that we are way stronger than we think we are. There are no pre-requisites to learning pole dance in terms of age, fitness levels or body type.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and Amazon

first_img Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Google Pixel 3 smartphones are available at a massive discount on Flipkart and Amazon.The 4GB RAM and 64GB variant of Pixel 3 XL is available for Rs 54,499 on Flipkart.The 4GB RAM and 64GB variant of Pixel 3 is available for Rs 52,499 on Flipkart.If you were planning to buy a new Pixel smartphone now would be the time to do so as Google’s premium budget flagship devices – the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL – are available at massive discounts on Flipkart and Amazon India.The 4GB RAM and 64GB memory variant of the Google Pixel 3 XL, which was launched at a price of Rs 83,000 in India last year, is available for Rs 54,999 on Flipkart. On the contrary, it is available for just Rs 58,799 (clearly White) on Amazon India’s e-retail platform. The price of the 4GB RAM and 128GB memory variant of the device, which made a debut at a price of Rs 92,000 in India, is down by Rs 26,000 and it is available for Rs 65,999 on Flipkart. Amazon India, however, is offering a greater discount as the 128GB variant of Pixel 3 XL (just Black) is available for Rs 76,990 on the e-retail platform.Just like the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3 is also available at discounted price on the two e-retail platforms. While the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory variant of Pixel 3, that was launched at a price of Rs 71,000 in India, is available for Rs 52,499 on Flipkart, it (just Black colour variant) costs Rs 56,840 on Amazon India. Similarly, the 4GB RAM and 128GB memory variant of the Pixel 3 that was launched in India for Rs 83,000 is available for Rs 58,999 on Flipkart. It (not Pink colour variant) is available for Rs 58,990 on Amazon India.In addition to this, Flipkart is also offering five per cent instant discount on EMI with ICICI bank credit and debit cards. It is also offering five per cent off on payments made via Axis bank buzz credit cards on the purchase of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.advertisementWith the Pixel 3 series smartphones available at such lucrative prices, it is difficult to select which smartphone is a better fit for you. So here is a quick summary of the two smartphones for you: the Google Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD+ OLED display while the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch full HD+ OLED display. Both the smartphones are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 protection and feature HDR support. Both the devices run on Android 9.0 Pie and are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. They sport 4GB RAM and are available in 64GB and 128GB memory variants.In terms of the camera, both the smartphones — Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — come with a 12.2MP dual pixel rear camera and an 8MP wide-angle and telephoto lenses in the front. The only other point of difference between Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the battery. While Pixel 3 comes with a 2,915 mAh battery, the Pixel 3 XL comes with 3,430mAh battery. Both the devices come with 18W USB type-C charger with support for 18W fast charging and Qi wireless charging.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL with smart cameras and Android 9 launched in India, available from Nov 1ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL get a massive price cut, price now starts at Rs 52,499 in IndiaALSO READ: | Flipkart offers discount on smartphones during Qualcomm Snapdragon Days sale: Top dealsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow GoogleFollow Google pixel 3Follow Google Pixel 3 XLFollow FlipkartFollow Amazon Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and AmazonFlipkart is also offering five per cent instant discount on EMI with ICICI bank credit and debit cards. It is also offering five per cent off on payments made via Axis bank buzz credit cards on the purchase of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones.advertisementlast_img read more

Young Smokers Invited to Open Casting Call

first_img If the kiosk is not visiting your area, call 1-866-996-3599 to tell your story, or visit www.sickofsmoke.com . Smokers who want help to quit can call the Smoker’s Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.sickofsmoke.com . Feb. 6-11: New Glasgow, Highland Square Mall Feb. 14–17: Antigonish, St. FX University Feb. 21–24: Sydney, Mayflower Mall Feb. 28–March 3: Lunenburg, NSCC Campus March 7–10: Wolfville, Acadia University March 14-17: Halifax, location to be confirmed If you sneak off for a smoke by a dumpster, stand out in the freezing cold, or hide your smoking from family and friends, you might just land yourself a role in a new series of television ads currently in the works for Nova Scotia Health Promotion. The ads will feature young Nova Scotians telling their stories about the lengths they will, and have to go to have a smoke. An open casting call throughout Nova Scotia was launched today, Feb. 6. “The best way to get our message out to young Nova Scotians who smoke is for them to hear it from others who are just like them,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Smoking is becoming harder and less appealing and we hope young people will see themselves in these ads and decide that they have good reason to quit.” The idea came while researching the current campaign. “We talked to young smokers about the lengths they must go and suddenly we started hearing all kinds of stories,” said Steve Machat, manager of tobacco control for Nova Scotia Health Promotion. “These stories provide valuable insight into the real-life situations smokers experience.” Mr. Machat said it’s important for people to know that help is available for quitting. He pointed out that five years ago, 30 per cent of Nova Scotians smoked and today it has dropped to 20 per cent. While this is good news, rates among young adults remain high and this campaign hopes to change that. Similar to past anti-smoking campaigns, this campaign will not focus on the health effects of tobacco use, nor will it preach quitting. The campaign will share real stories about the realities of smoking for young people and will invite young people to think about their own smoking habit and come to their own conclusions about quitting. A kiosk will travel throughout Nova Scotia in the next few weeks, visiting the following locations:last_img read more

Russian plane evacuated due to smell two hospitalised

first_imgMoscow: Two people were hospitalised Friday after an Armenia-bound plane was evacuated in Moscow following a strange smell and smoke in the cabin, the airline and airport officials said. The early morning flight operated by Russia’s Nordwind Airlines had to be aborted during takeoff after a “foreign smell” on board the Boeing 737, the company said. The crew used emergency slides to evacuate the passengers — 162 adults and 11 children. Citing the plane’s commander, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport where the incident took place, said there was smoke in the cabin but no fire. Five passengers sought medical help and two were hospitalised, Sheremetyevo said. The plane was replaced but 28 passengers refused to continue their journey. In May, 41 people were killed when a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing and caught fire at Sheremetyevo.last_img read more

Serena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean King

first_imgTennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit BJKLI.org.last_img read more

Objections blunt momentum for foreign lobbying law overhaul

first_imgWASHINGTON – A push to give the Justice Department more enforcement authority over the lucrative and at times shadowy world of foreign lobbying is stalled amid opposition from pro-business groups, nonprofits and privacy advocates.Organizations that range from the influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers have raised objections to legislation that would sharpen the teeth of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law, enacted 80 years ago to expose Nazi propaganda, requires people to disclose when they lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments or political entities.While there’s bipartisan support for cracking down on unregistered foreign agents, several of the changes proposed in congressional bills could backfire by sweeping in a host of unintended targets, according to critics. That pushback has effectively kept the legislation from advancing as lobbying groups press for revisions.One of the most contentious provisions would eliminate a popular loophole that permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to be exempt from the law, known as FARA. That shift, one business group has warned, could extend the rigorous disclosure requirements to U.S. subsidiaries of global companies, stigmatizing them as foreign agents even though they employ thousands of Americans.Congressional interest in fortifying the law comes in the aftermath of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and a special counsel investigation that’s drawn greater attention to the inner workings of international influence peddling.Most recently, Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, admitted in a plea deal that he’d failed to register as a foreign agent when he directed a lobbying operation for Ukrainian interests. Prosecutors said he concealed millions of dollars in income for the work from the IRS.Earlier this year, federal prosecutors unveiled an indictment against a Russian troll farm accused of interfering in the 2016 election through bogus Facebook posts that revealed how foreign parties can weaponize social media to influence public opinion.Yet criminal cases under FARA have been rare, with fewer than a dozen since 1966 as the Justice Department generally emphasized voluntary compliance over prosecution. Lawmakers supporting the bills say a 2016 inspector general’s report found that the department lacked the tools it needed to properly enforce FARA. A violation of the law is punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison.But the defence lawyers association and the Center for Democracy and Technology, a civil-liberties group, have declared that Fourth Amendment privacy protections would be undermined by a section of the bill that would expand the Justice Department’s power to investigate possible violations of the law.And an alliance of nongovernmental organizations called InterAction has urged lawmakers to repair vague and outdated provisions in the current law before passing a new one that strengthens the government’s hand. These groups fear that the law, if not repaired, could leave nonprofits open “to possible politicized enforcement actions and attack,” according to an open letter more than 40 members and partners of InterAction wrote earlier this year.The House version of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., seemed to be on the fast track to passage in the GOP-led House after a committee approved it in January by a comfortable margin. Yet eight months later, it hasn’t moved any further.Johnson described the objections as “overblown” and said he’s hopeful the full House will vote on his bill before the end of the year. The House is in recess and won’t return until after the Nov. 6 elections.“People in Washington are resistant to change,” Johnson said. “The longer we wait to enact these reforms the more critical they become.”An identical Senate bill, by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is bottled up in the Foreign Relations Committee. Grassley charged last year that there has been “rampant disregard” of the law by foreign agents and “lacklustre enforcement by federal authorities.”President Donald Trump invoked the law in a Sept. 13 tweet that attacked former Secretary of State John Kerry for meeting with Iran’s foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor during the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. Trump called the meetings illegal and questioned whether Kerry, now a private citizen, had registered as a foreign agent.But Trump’s broadside appeared to be off base. Meetings between a private U.S. citizen and foreign official are not against the law and not necessarily inappropriate or a violation of federal regulations. Further, FARA provisions don’t extend to activities conducted entirely overseas.“What we are currently seeing is a lot of confusion over the vagueness of FARA and concern that the breadth of the law can lead to its politicized use,” said Nick Robinson, legal adviser at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.Lobbyists that register under FARA must report specific meetings, phone calls and other details of contacts with members of Congress or federal officials to the Justice Department, which then posts the material online .The loophole targeted for elimination permits lobbyists representing foreign commercial interests to get an exemption provided that they register under the less-demanding Lobbying Disclosure Act. The quarterly reports filed with the House and Senate under the 1995 Lobbying Disclosure Act also are made public but require much less information.U.S.-based subsidiaries of international companies say the change may lead officials to avoid meeting with companies bound by FARA, putting them at a disadvantage with their domestic competitors.The legislation is supposed to target foreign governments or political parties but may “catch these companies in the crosshairs,” said Nancy McLernon, president of the Organization for International Investment, a lobbying group that represents the U.S. operations of global businesses including BP America, Honda North America, Nestle USA and Samsung.“No one wants to be labeled a foreign agent,” she said. “It sounds like a spy for a foreign government.”The legislation also would allow the Justice Department to demand that individuals and businesses turn over material relevant to federal investigations into alleged violations of FARA. Backers of the bill say the department’s FARA registration unit has long sought the use of administrative subpoenas to better enforce the law. The bill, they added, includes safeguards to ensure this authority isn’t abused.But the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, in a sharply worded letter to the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, said the investigative procedures proposed in the bill amount to an “expansion of unchecked law-enforcement authority.” The department would be able “to compel the production of documents and force the testimony of the targets of criminal investigations, without any prior showing of probable cause or court approval,” the association’s letter said.The letter was written in January. Spokesman Ivan Dominguez said the association’s position has not changed.___Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter at http://twitter.com/rplardnerlast_img read more