Parties’ tall claims for rejuvenation of lakes

first_imgThough both the major political parties have been making tall claims for rejuvenation of water bodies in the “City of Lakes”, the voters here are disillusioned with their “restricted vision” which they say is unable to grasp the significance of the ecosystem that ensures protection of catchment areas. The lakes here are facing a major issue of pollution and reduction of submergence area.After the successful removal of water hyacinth about six years ago, the water bodies such as Pichola Lake, Swaroop Sagar and Udai Sagar are facing contamination caused by the discharge of pollutants from the phosphorite mines and chemical factories and the release of sewage and domestic waste from settlements and hotels.The residents of the city expect the two stalwarts pitted against each other – Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (BJP) and former Union Minister Girija Vyas (Congress) – to resolve the lake pollution issue for saving the identity of Udaipur, on which the survival of tourism business depends.Udaipur district BJP president Dinesh Bhatt told The Hindu that the State government was making “serious efforts” for conservation of lakes. Mr. Kataria, contesting for the fourth consecutive term, has highlighted his achievements on the law and order front as the Home Minister and the city’s infrastructure development as the MLA during his election campaign. He has credited the jump in Udaipur’s rank as a tourist destination to the projects initiated by the BJP government.On the other hand, District Congress Committee general secretary Saddam Hussain said Ms. Vyas’ return to the constituency after serving in the Centre as the National Commission for Women’s chairperson was a challenge before Mr. Kataria which he would find difficult to face. On the lake front, the Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti and the Jheel Hitaishi Nagrik Manch have taken up the initiatives for educating the people and cleaning the water bodies. Manch’s founder Haji Sardar Mohammed said the community efforts for taking out pollutants and aquatic weeds through boats had led to an improvement in the situation. The activists working for conservation of lakes have demanded that the next government centralise the works currently undertaken by as many as five different agencies.last_img read more

India gains global interest as tourist destination

first_imgIndia is gaining popularity as a tourism destination among inbound travellers with top markets, including China showing interest in visiting here, according to a study.TripAdvisor in its ‘2017 Inbound Travel Study’ revealed that international travel interest into India is on the rise.According to the findings, travellers from China were the largest group evincing interest year-over-year where Indian destinations were concerned.“It’s encouraging that we are seeing growth not just from Asian countries but from long haul inbound markets, underscoring India’s attractiveness as a destination globally. The data shows that travellers are also keen to explore places that are not usual for the international market, and they are looking for a wide variety of experiences on their visit which bodes well for our tourism industry,” TripAdvisor India Country Manager Nikhil Ganju said.Read it at Outlook Related Itemslast_img read more

Yuki to clash with Rosol in opening rubber

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Yuki Bhambri, who is the top singles player of the country, will open Indias Davis Cup campaign when he takes on world number 85 Lukas Rosol in the opening singles rubber of the World Group play-off tie against Czech republic, here tomorrow. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely picked up the slip bearing Yukis name at the draw ceremony, which was also attended by Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal apart from AITA and ITF officials. The second singles will be played between Indias number two player Somdev Devvarman (ranked 164) and Czech number one Jiri Vesley, who is ranked 40 in the world. On Saturday the Indian team of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will fight it out with Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek. The reverse singles will be played on Sunday. Yuki, who had stated that he would prefer playing in cooler conditions, said, “I want to make a good start and put the Czechs under pressure. I can play freely at 0-0.” Indian captain Anand Amirtraj said the draw has come out “the way we wanted”. “Its slightly easier to play first match and Som had to see and wait how it goes (and plan accordingly),” Anand said. Paes, who is the most experienced player in the team, said Indians must capitalise on hot conditions but the players have their own individual style of doing it. “If we can be 1-0 up or one-all, it makes the doubles very very important. This tie is going to be very, very difficult considering that we are playing against two-times champions. Both Yuki and Somdev have their work cut out. Yuki has been playing well in the last few weeks. Its going to be hot and we have have to capitalise on this. “Every player has his own individual style of preparing for matches. It is not necessary that what works for me will work for Somdev. We have developed our own styles how to handle the heat and stay away from cramping. Davis Cup is five set matches. Thats not an easy task. The boys have to keep hydrating,” Paes, who is the fourth most successful player in the Davis Cup history with 89 wins, said. Paes also said it will be “interesting for me to see what is the strategy whether to play long rallies or finish the points early”. Vesley is yet to win a live singles rubber but Somdev said that does not make the Czech a lesser player. “He is top-50. I dont see him an inexperienced player by any means. Its going be tricky. He is pretty solid.” PTI AT AH AHlast_img read more

SPORT-SAG-IND 3 LAST

first_imgSri Lankas first woman boxer to win a gold in Asian Sri Lankas first woman boxer to win a gold in Asian Championship, Anusha Kodituwakku Dilrukshi, will stand in the way of the celebrated Indian boxer for the 51kg gold medal womens final Tuesday. Anusha had little trouble getting past her Nepalese opponent Gurung Minu as she was adjudged 3-0 winner by the three judges. In the mens competition, Glasgow Commonwealth silver- medallist L Devendro Singh (49kg) started the proceedings for India when he did well to dodge Thiwana Ranasinghes open hooks to win a tight first round 29-28. Devendro did well to win the next two rounds with ease to be adjudged 3-0 winner in the 49kg. World championship bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) had the height disadvantage against Mohammad Ohiduzzaman of Bangladesh but the Assamese boxer did well to defend himself before landing some powerful jabs with a tactical gameplan. He will take on W Ruwan Thilina of Sri Lanka in the gold medal fight tomorrow. 2011 World Championship Vikas Krishan outclassed his Afghanistan opponent Folad S Wali Shah 3-0 win in 75kg. 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and 2012 London Olympics quarterfinalist Manoj Kumar (64kg) prevailed over Tshering Wangchuk of Bhutan with an identical scoreline to make the final. PTI PDS PM PMlast_img read more

Examining bringing on board electronic media on reporting hoax

first_imgcalls: govtNew Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) The government is examining whether to persuade electronic media to be cautious while reporting about hoax phone calls or fake letters about planting of bombs which could create fear in peoples mind and also leads to unnecessary sensationalism, Rajya Sabha was told today.”The matter is under examination,” Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said in a written reply to a question that whether the government intends to bring on board electronic media to be cautious while reporting news of hoax calls or fake letters about planting of bombs at public places, trains, airport. PTI ADS SMJ PAL SMJlast_img read more

Indian Premier League, Qualifier 1: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions Live Scores

first_imgWelcome to our Live Coverage of the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY | STORIES | PHOTOS)HIGHLIGHTS:23.42 IST: QUOTES!AB de Villiers: I was very very nervous. Just wanted to focus on the basics. Take it one ball at a time. Knew if I was till the end, we would be close. Virat told me to have a go at Smith, as there was a bit of bad weather around. There was one six which just cleared the fence, got lucky there. In the start, I played just normal shots until the Smith over. Have to mention about the crowd, I think it’s the loudest going around. Kulkarni bowled an amazing spell, I congratulated him for it, almost had the game in their pocket. Speaks volumes about the character of the side. We were down and out in the first half of the tournament and have turned it around. Virat Kohli: Unbelievable. I can’t believe that I’m standing here as the winning captain. I think this should settle the debate about who is the best in the world. Come the big game, and he steps up. I just bow down to him. Credit to (Iqbal) Abdulla as well for hanging out there with AB. It did play a bit slow in the first half of the first innings, but then it played out nicely. I wasn’t very unhappy with the light showers which freshened the wicket. This one is for the people of Bangalore. advertisementSuresh Raina: I think we bowled very well. AB batted well. We bowled well upfront. On this ground you never know what can happen later on. Still we have one more game to go in Delhi, hopefully we can make the final. When you are 9/3, it was very good batting from Smithy and ED (Eklavya Dwivedi). I think 160 was defendable and DK (Dhawal Kulkarni) bowled in the right areas. But AB is a world-class batsman. When you have got Chris, Kohli, Rahul, everybody you have dismissed, I guess the luck didn’t go our way. Still, boys did a good job. Hopefully we’ll win in Delhi and come back here. ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE INNINGS23.20 IST: That’s That! AB de Villiers once again proves why he’s called the ‘Superman’ of world cricket. His superb unbeaten 79 off 47 helps RCB storm into their third final. Iqbal Abdulla (33*), too, batted sensibly as the duo stitched an unbeaten 91 off 53 balls for the seventh wicket to record an improbable four-wicket win. Dhawal Kulkarni rocked the ship early, with 4 wickets upfront while Jadeja was frugal in the middle with 2/21 in his 4 overs. But the rest just could not get past AB.23.03 IST: FIFTY! AB de Villiers slams 21st half-century. RCB 107/6 in 14.4 overs22.52 IST: It’s time for Strategic Time-out! AB de Villiers is keeping RCB in hunt. All he needs is support from the other end. His partner, Iqbal Abdulla, has looked good with rotating the strike. RCB 92/6 in 13 overs, need 67 more21.41 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja gets his second. Full and outside off, Stuart Binny gets down to play the sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Jadeja appeals and the umpire raises his finger! Replays show the impact was outside off. Kohli is furious in the dug-out. RCB 68/6 in 9.4 overs, need 91 more  21.36 IST: It’s time for Strategic Time-out! Gujarat have maintained an upper hand in the game so far and the credit goes to Dhawal Kulkarni’s spellbinding bowling spell. RCB are in deep trouble, however, their hopes are pinned on AB de Villiers and Stuart Binny. RCB 65/5 in 9 overs, need 95 more 21.23 IST: WICKET! Dhawal Kulkarni makes Sachin Baby his fourth victim of the night. A length ball outside off, Sachin Baby reaches out and slashes it hard. The ball goes over covers, or seems to go but Shadab Jakati leaps to take the catch. RCB 29/5 in 5.3 overs21.20 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja joins the party as he gets Shane Watson for 1. Caught behind! Very unlucky for the Watson. A short ball outside off, Watson gets down on his knee and looks to pull but the ball goes off the toe-end of the bat to Dwayne Smith at first slip. RCB 28/4 in 4.5 overs 22.13 IST: WICKET! Dhawal Kulkarni on fire as he gets KL Rahul for first-ball duck. On a good length outside off, Rahul looks to defend but then the ball moves away and squares him up. It takes the outside edge and goes to widish first slip where Smith takes it easily. RCB 25/3 in 3.3 overs advertisement22.12 IST: WICKET! Chris Gayle clean bowled. The off stump is pegged back! On a good length, on middle, 137 kph, Gayle looks to heave this through the leg side but misses and the ball goes through to hit the off stump! Massive, massive wicket. RCB 25/2 in 3.2 overs 22.06 IST: FOUR!! Chris Gayle mistimes a pull shot but still manages to get it away to the fence. RCB 17/1 in 2 overs. 22.01 IST: BOWLED!! Virat Kohli plays on a wide delivery from Dhawal Kulkarni on to his stumps. Rare failure for the Run-Machine. Kohli departs for a duck!22.00 IST: Praveen Kumar concedes 11 runs off the first over. RCB 11/0 in 1 over 21.57 IST: FOUR! Chris Gayle starts off the run chase for RCb with a boundary off Praveen Kumar’s bowling. An excellent bowling display by Bangalore. Iqbal Abdulla set things up with a double-wicket second over and at 9/3 in the 4th over, with skipper Raina gone, Gujarat were in a sea of trouble. It was an 85-run stand between Karthik and Smith which has given the bowlers something to bowl at. 21.41 IST: That’s it! Gujarat Lions have been bowled out for 158. 21.37 IST: WICKET! Chris Jordan removes Praveen Kumar. GL 156/9 in 19.3 overs21.32 IST: WICKET! Dwayne Bravo is cleaned bowled by Shane Watson. GL 148/8 in 18.4 overs 21.27 IST: WICKET! Eklavya Dwivedi departs for 19 off 9. What has happened here? Kohli has taken a stunner and has gone into the dug-out celebrating the catch but umpire Dharmasena calls him back as he wants to check the legality of the catch. Kohli is shocked and has a word with the umpire but Dharmasena calmly asks him to wait. GL 145/7 in 18.3 overs 21.17 IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal gets his man. A flatter, quicker delivery outside off, Smith looks to pull but the ball spins away from him and he hits it from the toe-end of the bat straight to Virat Kohli at long on. The Bangalore skipper stares at his bowler, then blows a kiss to him. Smith walks back after a fantastic 73 from just 41 balls, he has given his side something to defend. GL 115/6 in 16.3 overs 21.11 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. That is a fine catch! Landed outside off, pretty full, Ravindra Jadeja reaches out and steers it through point. It is uppish and is travelling but Chris Gayle gets across to his left and takes it nicely. He makes it look easy but it wasn’t that easy. Well done in the end. GL 108/5 in 16 overs20.59 IST! WICKET! Dinesh Karthik falls for 26. Chris Jordan breaks an all-important 85-run stand. That is unlucky for Karthik now. Gets across to play the paddle scoop but gets a thick inside edge which hits his left leg, as he tries to get it away. The ball goes onto to hit the leg stump. GL 94/4 in 13.5 overs20.55 IST: FIFTY! Dwayne Smith slams his fifteenth half-century. He has batted beautifully under pressure. GL 89/3 in 13 overs 20.45 IST: Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik have changed the gear after the break. The duo has also completed fifty-run stand.advertisement20.40 IST: It’s time for Strategic Time-Out. RCB bowlers have dominated the proceedings at M Chinnaswamy. Gujarat’s hopes are pinned on Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik. GL 42/3 in 9 oversThree quick wickets and the Chinnaswamy erupts into applause! The atmosphere here is electric! #GLvRCB #PlayBoldhttps://t.co/PBPi1IEN8Q Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 24, 201620.35 IST: STAT! Batting first Gujarat have won one and lost three while batting second they have won eight and lost two. 20.28 IST: Gujarat had the best scoring rate of 8.75 in the Powerplays, however, they have failed to replicate that today. GL 23/3 in overs20.18 IST: WICKET! That’s great work by RCB bowlers. Shane Watson joins the party as he gets rid of skipper Suresh Raina. The short ball consumes Raina again. A short ball on middle, Raina gets across and pulls this away. But he finds Sreenath Aravind at short fine leg where he takes it inches above the ground. Watson celebrates while Raina waits for the umpire to check whether the catch is clean. It is referred upstairs and replays show that the catch is indeed clean. GL 9/3 in 3.4 overs 20.14 IST: Beautiful bowling that by Sreenath Aravind. He is making full use of the two-paced pitch. GL 9/2 in 3 overs 20.08 IST: WICKET! Iqbal Abdulla strikes again in his first over and this time Aaron Finch has to walk back to the dug-out. Edged and taken! Abdulla gives this some more air, pitches it on middle and leg, Finch looks to flick but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and goes straight to Chris Gayle at first slip. GL 6/2 in 1.4 overs 20.04 IST: WICKET! Brendon McCullum departs for a duck. McCullum throws it away. That is the way he plays, isn’t it? Rash, pretty rash from McCullum. He does not even have a sight at the ball and jumps down the track. Abdulla lands it slightly wid of outside off, 78 kph, McCullum looks to go over the top but the bat turns in his hand and he ends up slicing it. The ball goes high in the air and AB de Villiers takes it calmly at long off. GL 2/1 in 1.1 overs 20.01 IST: Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch are out in the middle. Sreenath Aravind takes the new ball. Let’s GO! #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 24, 201619.37 IST: TEAMS!Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal KulkarniRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Lokesh Rahul, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Iqbal Abdulla, Yuzvendra Chahal 1st @imVkohli & now @ABdeVilliers17 & @klrahul11 – almost the whole top order is on the bus! #GLvRCB #PlayBoldhttps://t.co/q6JWDlWlvA Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) May 24, 201619.34 IST: QUOTES!Virat Kohli: Confident of chasing any score down in this stadium. Didn’t expect to finish in the top two.Suresh Raina: We have done well as a unit. Important to play with the same intent. Very difficult when Virat bats second, so important to get Virat out early. Would have bowled first too.19.31 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the toss and they will bowl first against Gujarat Lions. Both teams have gone unchanged from their previous match..@ImRaina and his boys are warming-up ahead of the Qualifier 1 against @RCBTweets #GLvRCB #VIVOIPLhttps://t.co/GMiPLVutfs IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 24, 2016PREVIEWRoyal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions face-off in the Qualifier 1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.RCB have been in a red-hot form having won four of their last league games on-the-trot to finish second in the points table. Gujarat Lions have made a successful debut to top the standings. However, the real test now begins. (Warner backs Kohli to breach 1000-run mark)In the first qualifier, RCB will not only have the advantage of playing the high pressure game on their home ground but also can take solace from their all-round effort in the six-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.The Bangalore franchise, runners-up in 2009 and 2011, will hope for a solid start from the in-form batting trio of skipper Kohli, West Indian Chris Gayle and South African veteran AB de Villiers. (Watch: Kohli living the Thug Life)1000 RUNS BECKONSWith 919 runs so far in the tournament, Kohli, who has amassed four tons and five fifties, is a shy away from breaking another IPL record of becoming first to score 1,000 runs in an IPL edition.Lokesh Rahul, Shane Watson and youngster Sachin Baby form a formidable middle order followed by the likes of all-rounder Stuart Binny.The bowling department which was a weak link for the side in the earlier part of the league phase, has also come to the party towards the business end with the pace-spin duo of Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal among the top five wicket-takers.With 19 wickets so far, leg-spinner Chahal is the purple cap holder while Australian veteran all-rounder Watson, with 16 wickets is fifth.RAINA’S FORM RETURNSRaina has led debutants Gujarat from the front with back-to-back half centuries in the final two league matches to finish on top of the standings.Apart from Raina, the batting will centre around West Indies star Dwayne Smith, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, Australian Aaron Finch and stumper Dinesh Karthik.Gujarat also boasts of quality all-rounders in Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, who can add enough firepower in the lower order.RULESThe winners will make a direct entry into May 29 final, while the losers get another shot at fixing the Sunday date by playing the Qualifier 2 on Friday.Tomorrow’s Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad will take the winners to the Qualifier 2 while knocking the losers out of tournament.last_img read more

Homi Adajanias next a biopic on an unsung hero

first_imgMumbai, Apr 18 (PTI) Director Homi Adajania is working on a biopic of an unsung hero, a story which he believes everybody should know.Homi, who has made films like “Being Cyrus”, “Cocktail” and “Finding Fanny”, has ventured into the genre of biopics for the first time.”I genuinely dont know which film will go on the floors next. I am working on a couple of ideas including a biopic. Its challenging to make one (biopic) but its an interesting space to be in,” Homi told PTI.When asked if the biopic is based on any sports personality or a person from the film industry, he says, “No not at all. Its the story of an unsung hero. But I cant give out any details at the moment. All I can say is everyone should know the story.”In a role-reversal, Homi, who had earlier directed films for Dinesh Vijan, is now one of the producers of the latters directorial debut “Raabta”.”Dinesh was the co-producer of my first film and then when he was directing the film, I felt I should be there for him. We have been around to help each other and we get along well, so its a great partnership,” he says.”I used to give inputs and ideas, I was not involved in what he was making. The final decision was taken by him.””Raabta” starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon is set to release on June 9. PTI KKP GK SSNlast_img read more

Messi boost for Barcelona ahead of Celtic clash

first_imgLionel Messi returned to training on Monday after recovering from a stomach bug that caused him to miss Barcelona’s goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday.The Argentina captain sat out Saturday’s La Liga game at the Nou Camp but trained with the squad ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Group C game against Celtic in Glasgow.Barcelona coach Luis Enrique also welcomes back Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, who missed the Malaga game through suspension, and is expected to take his place in attack alongside Messi and Neymar at Celtic Park.Captain Andres Iniesta and defender Samuel Umtiti are still unavailable due to injury.Barca, who are second in La Liga and four points adrift of leaders Real Madrid, can secure qualification to the round of 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.They are two points clear of Manchester City at the top of Group C.A win at Celtic would guarantee their passage but they will also go through if Borussia Monchengladbach fail to beat Manchester City in the other group game. Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Luis Suárez keeps on running to give Barcelona what they needed

first_imgWas this helpful? Read more Share on WhatsApp Whenever a player faces his former team there is a recurring question: will he celebrate if he scores? With the Uruguayan there was no question. As he headed back to the centre-circle, he looked up, way, way up to the Liverpool fans, 5,000 of them in one of those appalling Perspex prisons, and raised a hand to apologise, but there was no way he would not celebrate. Sorry, not sorry.He had already said that, as if he needed to. That is the way Suárez is. When he confronted James Milner, when he went head-to-head with Andy Robertson, that was the way Suárez is. By half-time, of a fantastically frantic game, he had appeared at boiling point, in everyone’s faces. But he had his goal and so did Barcelona.For much of the game, they clung to it, sometimes even desperately in a game that was fast, intense, the kilometres covered rising, Arturo Vidal’s ripped shirt and slide tackles a symbol of the night. “We played their game and we’re not as used to that, at times we were asphyxiated,” Lionel Messi said.Ah, yes, Messi. Barcelona suffered, Suárez’s goal their everything. But then came Messi. He had been there throughout, seemingly forever running at Liverpool, yet another performance baffling in its brilliance. But it was not until the 75th minute that his first goal came when Suárez’s kneed volley came back to him off the bar. Messi reached 600 for Barça against Liverpool. When did he score his first?14 years ago, to the day – 1 May 2005, aged 17, against Albacete in La Liga. The assist was provided by Ronaldinho, who said afterwards: “I started out at the same age as him, and it’s difficult. He’s just a child, he’s the youngest of us all. But senior players helped me with jokes and cheerfulness – and I try do the same.”So how long did it take him to settle down?Not too long. It took him just 1,721 days from that first strike to reach 100 goals for Barcelona. He then needed another 654 to reach his 200th goal, 473 to reach his 400th, and 735 to score his 500th – which he did with a strike against Real at the Bernabéu on 23 April 2017.599: The combined total of goals scored by Liverpool and Manchester United’s all-time top scorers – between them one shy of Messi’s haul so far. Ian Rush hit 346 in 660 games for Liverpool; Wayne Rooney 253 in 559 for United.How far ahead is he on Barcelona’s all-time rankings?He now has 368 more goals than any other Barcelona player – becoming their all-time top-scorer on 20 March 2012 with a hat-trick against Granada. It put him ahead of César Rodríguez , who scored his last goal 58 years earlier, in 1954. Barça’s top five:• Lionel Messi 600• César Rodríguez  232• Ladislao Kubala 194• Josep Samitier 184• Luis Suárez 177 Champions League features Hide Photograph: Lluís Gené/AFP Read more A second soon arrived and it bent minds as much as the ball. It was 3-0 and it might even have been four but for Ousmane Dembélé’s dreadful scuff with the last kick, Messi lying on the grass wondering what might have been.It was already brilliant for Barcelona and perhaps more than it should have been. It had seemed like it might only be 1-0. Or, worse, not a win at all – Salah’s shot against the post was just one of many. Suárez had scored where they failed and the significance was lost on no one, even if it did end up being eclipsed by Messi. When he departed, spent, 98,000 people applauded, chanting “Uruguayo! Uruguayo!”At Old Trafford, in the previous round, Suárez had scored but it had been taken from him, declared an own goal. “As far as I’m concerned it’s mine,” he said. “An ex-Liverpool player scoring a goal at Old Trafford and then we knock them out. Liverpool fans will be happy with that but not so happy now because they are playing against us.”And, ultimately, so it proved. Few teams have made Barcelona suffer like Liverpool did, but they were defeated. Quick guide Lionel Messi: 683 games, 600 goals Show Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Reuse this content Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Champions League player ratings Share on LinkedIn 2:47 Ernesto Valverde valued his contribution anyway, complaining that even when he provided two assists with two dummies at Wembley “people will talk about the fact that he didn’t score.” Here, he did. “That’ll give him a break,” Valverde said. There were nerves, but there was the goal, the game on track. “It was fundamental, especially because it wasn’t yet clear whose game it was. It felt like whoever scored first would have a big advantage,” Valverde said.Now they had something to hold on to, something to defend. And, ultimately, something to add to.Liverpool didn’t take their chances, Suárez had. And when another second came he hit the bar and Messi to walk it in. Seven minutes later, Messi had his second. Suárez was still out there, exhausted. But he is not someone you take off, Valverde said, his importance shown in the fact that before , he had played 90 minutes four times in 11 days, Valverde said he would have liked to take him off sooner against Levante last Saturday when they took the title. “But given the choice between winning the league and resting Luis, I chose the league,” he said. Now, the Champions League is close.“Luis is so insistent: you have to look for success and he’s an expert in looking,” his manager added. At last against Liverpool he found what he was looking for, what Barcelona were looking for. Topics Barcelona Suárez had needed the goal that began it all before Messi ended it all. At the start of the season, Messi declared that Barcelona wanted “that lovely and desired cup”. Suárez joked that the reaction of the rest of the players was to shoot back: you want it, you do it then. Here he kind of did – yet again. But they knew they were needed, too. While Messi was everywhere, the runs seemingly endless, the importance of Marc-André ter Stegen was increasingly revealed, Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet too. And wWhile Messi had not taken part in the opening goal, Arturo Vidal, Philippe Coutinho and Alba had. At the end of it, there was Suárez.If there had been any doubts at all about the celebration, the situation swept those away. It was Suárez’s 36th shot of the competition and, officially, it was his first goal. Last year, he scored once, the year before that three. Barcelona’s failure in this competition was also about the baffling absence of goals from the man who, in league games, had scored more than anyone in Europe except Messi over the past five years. Liverpool Share on Facebook Play Video Share on Twitter Lionel Messi magic puts Barcelona in command of semi-final with Liverpool Luis Suárez Share on Pinterest Suddenly, Luis Suárez was up and running. All around him everyone else was up and shouting. If the Camp Nou had a roof, it would have come off, the volume rising. He had slipped between Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, everything happening so fast that they barely saw it coming, let alone had time to react, and slid in to turn the ball past Allisson. Now, just as fast, he was on his feet, sprinting to the south-west corner, screaming, sliding to his knees, kissing his fingers and raising his arms wide.Half of his teammates ran towards him, half headed to Jordi Alba, author of an astonishing pass. Author of a sublime nutmeg moments before and perhaps the half’s most important challenge, on Mo Salah. In his corner, Suárez roared. Jürgen Klopp: ‘Valverde did everything right and I did everything wrong’ – video Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Alexis jets off to undergo Man Utd medical

first_imgTransfers Alexis Sanchez jets off to undergo Manchester United medical Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 20:40 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Alexis Sanchez Getty/Instagram Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Premier League A. Sánchez The Chilean is heading to Manchester to complete his medical checks, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan is in London to finalise his move to the Gunners Alexis Sanchez has boarded a private jet bound for Manchester as he travels to undergo a medical and finalise his January transfer to United.The Arsenal star was flanked by his best friend, and his agent Fernando Felicevich was also present, with United having made the arrangements to charter the aircraft.Alexis will earn around £14 million a year with United, making him one of the best-paid players in Premier League history, with agent fees expected to reach the £10m mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The transfer taking the Chilean to Old Trafford will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction and Goal understands the deal will be a straight swap, with no cash incentives involved.Indeed, the former Dortmund winger was spotted in London with his agent Mino Raiola on Saturday, and Goal understands the 29-year-old will also undergo his medical tests with the Gunners on Sunday.Confirmation of the transfer is likely to arrive from both clubs on Monday as one of the most intriguing January deals in Premier League history draws to a conclusion.Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, remained cautious when asked about the possible signing of Alexis in his post-match press conference following the 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.The Portuguese told supporters to expect a transfer either “soon or never”, adding: “I think it’s so close, so close. So close that if it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to happen. So I am positive.”I know that my people are doing absolutely everything they can – the owners with the green light and Mr [Ed] Woodward working hard.Alexis Sanchez“I think everybody is giving everything they can and I think we’re going to be successful.”Alexis posted a video on his Instagram account to show that he was boarding the private jet bound for Manchester, with, ironically, ‘No Easy Way Out’ from the Rocky IV film playing over the top of the short clip.And there was further social media activity, with the 29-year-old forward retweeting an article that disagreed with assertions that the Chilean is a footballing mercenary for leaving Emirates Stadium for Mourinho’s United.As well as signing Mkhitaryan, Arsenal are also hoping to complete a deal for Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January window.The German club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed on Saturday that there had been an approach for the Gabon international, with the Gunners having agreed personal terms with the 28-year-old.Wenger will not, however, be bringing in Bordeaux winger Malcom in the winter window, with the north Londoners having pulled out of the race to sign the Brazilian, at least until the summer.last_img read more

New Music Monday: The Brainstems

first_imgHailing from St. Louis’ thriving DIY scene, The Brainstems released their garage rock debut, No Place Else, on November 27th. Given the ubiquity of garage rock today, the question that immediately jumps to mind is, “What makes these guys different?” The band’s own cited influences—artists like Ty Segall and Coachwhips—do not betray anything out of the ordinary for a garage rock band.What is out of the ordinary—and what separates The Brainstems from others in the DIY pack—is the detail that goes into the music. Each track feels thoughtfully put together. The rawness in garage rock often extends from the music’s sound to the composition, songs come across as if they were written hastily. No Place Else‘s songs feel nothing like that. The writing—both music and lyrics—is considered.No Place Else is composed thoughtfully, but none of that thoughtfulness comes at the expense of the rock. The Brainstems come tearing out of the gate on opening track “Stallioning” and don’t let up for the rest of the album. The combination of considered writing with the energy of rock ‘n’ roll makes for an assured debut from the band, and it will be fascinating to see what is next for them.The Brainstems’ No Place Else is out now on Bad Diet Records and available through Amazon, iTunes, and the Bad Diet online store. Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term Editors’ Recommendations 5 of the Fastest Electric Cars in the World Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH last_img read more

HEART TRUST/NTA Develops Bamboo Training Courses

first_img The HEART Trust/NTA has developed five courses aimed at ensuring competency in bamboo harvesting and processing.This is in keeping with the Government’s move to embark on the large-scale commercial production of bamboo in order to tap into the lucrative international market and provide opportunities for employment and community-based initiatives.The courses are bamboo ply technology, bamboo charcoal processing, bamboo shoots cultivation and pre-processing, bamboo coal harvesting, and bamboo culm harvesting and pre-processing.Manager for Curriculum Development at the training agency, Monica Porter-Lewis, said the training aims to establish standards in the industry.She informed that the syllabuses have been approved by the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) and will prepare persons for “immediate entry into the world of work”.She was addressing a graduation ceremony held recently at the Clarendon Municipal Corporation for young people who have received training and certification in the production of bamboo by-products, including the incorporation of bamboo in light-emitting diode (LED) technology, under the Peckham Bamboo Project.Mrs. Porter-Lewis said the agency is committed to the development of “rigorous, learner-centred curricula, so that people can acquire the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed to escape poverty, share in economic growth and fulfil their potential”.The Peckham Bamboo Project is being executed by the Clarendon Municipal Corporation through US$130,000 provided by the Organization of American States (OAS).The Peckham Bamboo Project, implemented in 2015, aims to contribute to the development of a viable and sustainable bamboo sector in Jamaica by creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in bamboo cultivation and manufacturing of bamboo by-products. The HEART Trust/NTA has developed five courses aimed at ensuring competency in bamboo harvesting and processing. Story Highlights The courses are bamboo ply technology, bamboo charcoal processing, bamboo shoots cultivation and pre-processing, bamboo coal harvesting, and bamboo culm harvesting and pre-processing. The Peckham Bamboo Project, implemented in 2015, aims to contribute to the development of a viable and sustainable bamboo sector in Jamaica by creating employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in bamboo cultivation and manufacturing of bamboo by-products.last_img read more

Students Continue to Succeed in Reading and Writing

first_imgGrade 6 students in Nova Scotia continue to do well in readingand writing. The 2004 elementary literacy assessment shows that89 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting expectations inwriting, and 87 per cent are doing so in reading. The 2004 assessment shows an improvement in writing with an eightper cent increase in the number of students meeting expectations.This achievement is significant because the criteria for meetingexpectations in writing were raised in this year’s assessment.Although there was a decrease of two per cent in reading, theresults remain high. “I’m pleased that so many students are succeeding in reading andwriting again this year,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir.”The writing results have really improved and we know teachersand students have worked hard to make that happen.” The assessment is part of the province’s Learning for Life planto help students reach their full potential. It measures readingand writing skills that students have developed in their firstlanguage by the end of Grade 5 and helps identify students whoneed extra help. “This assessment is important because it identifies students whoare struggling in reading and/or writing,” said Mr. Muir.”Support for students in reading and writing will continue to bea priority this year and students who need extra help to catch upbefore they go to junior high will get it.” After the initial elementary literacy assessment in 2003, thedepartment made an investment of $1 million to help schoolsprovide extra support for students who did not meet expectations.Additional funding to support students not meeting expectationsin the 2004 assessment will be considered as part of the springbudget. The department has also invested more than $3 million this yearthrough its Literacy Success Strategy, to provide support toteachers and students in reading, writing, and grammar. “The literacy support plan is just one initiative to supportstudents,” said Lynn Landry, Grade 6 teacher at Caudle ParkElementary. “The department has implemented many others, likeWriters in Action and Active Young Readers, and has provided in-service training for teachers and helpful resources for teachersand students. These initiatives support all students and, inparticular, help to bridge the gap for students who arestruggling in reading and writing.” Parents should get their children’s results this week. Teachersand parents will then work together on literacy support plans forstudents who need more support to improve their reading, writing,or both. The support will continue through the junior high years. Alice Galpin-Nicholson, parent of a Grade 7 student at RidgecliffMiddle School, is pleased with the support her son has receivedafter not meeting expectations in writing in last year’sassessment. “As a result of the support he’s received, my son is moreconfident in his writing ability,” said Ms. Galpin-Nicholson.”This has been a tremendous benefit for my son and I applaud theDepartment of Education, the school board and Ridgecliff MiddleSchool for implementing this initiative.” The department made some changes to this year’s assessment tobetter align it with others in Nova Scotia and otherjurisdictions — students’ writing had to meet expectations inideas, organization and matters of correctness (spelling, grammarand usage). In 2003, students’ writing had to meet expectationsin ideas and organization only. In addition, the format of theassessment itself was improved in response to feedback fromstudents and teachers. Nova Scotia teachers helped develop the assessment, set thestandards for meeting expectations and field-tested it withstudents across the province. More than 100 teachers helped markthe assessment earlier this year. In addition, school boards areproviding teachers with professional development to help themdevelop literacy support plans. English results of the 2004 Elementary Literacy Assessment areavailable on the website at www.ednet.ns.ca. French results werereleased on March 8 and are also available online.last_img read more

Man facing hate charge told to stay away from Jewish schools synagogues

first_imgMONTREAL — A Montreal man charged with inciting hatred online against Jews had his bail conditions tightened Monday to ensure he stays away from Jewish schools and synagogues.Robert Gosselin made a brief court appearance at which the conditions were officially added.The 55-year-old Gosselin was charged with two counts of uttering threats and one count of inciting hatred in relation to posts on the Facebook page of the Journal de Montreal newspaper. Among the messages was one that threatened to “eliminate Jews by killing an entire school of Jewish girls.”Gosselin’s new conditions were added after members of Montreal’s Jewish community raised concerns that specific protections of its institutions and places of worship were not spelled out.David Ouellette of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said his organization’s legal team had raised the issue with prosecutors.“There was a lot of concern within the community that these conditions had not been imposed from the beginning,” Ouellette said. “We’re very satisfied that these conditions have been imposed today.”He noted the anti-Semitic threats were made just days before the Oct. 27 attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which raised anxiety levels in the community.Gosselin was represented by a new lawyer Monday who requested the case be postponed to Mar. 4.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNESCO deplores murder of two Croatian media executives

Ivo Pukanic, who co-founded the weekly newspaper Nacional and owned the NCL Media Group, and Niko Franjic, who was marketing director of the weekly, died after the explosion on 23 October.The bomb was said to have been placed under Mr. Pukanic’s car and was detonated with a remote control device, according to a statement issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“Such crimes against the press constitute an attack on the basic human right of freedom of expression and are doubly reprehensible for their adverse effect on society as a whole,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.“I understand that the Croatian authorities have undertaken to work on this case, which is a heartening development, and trust they will be able to end the alarming acts of violence against the media in the country.”UNESCO said Mr. Pukanic, the winner of several Croatian journalism prizes for his investigative reporting, was reported to have been the object of repeated threats in recent years. Last year his media group also opened a journalism school. 30 October 2008The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of the owner and another senior executive of a Croatian political weekly in a car bombing in the country’s capital, Zagreb, last week. read more

Peter Pocklington and associate ordered to pay 5million to settle securities fraud

CALGARY — Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington and an associate have been ordered to pay more than $5 million to settle a securities fraud case in Arizona.The settlement with the Arizona Corporation Commission ends a year-long investigation into Pocklington, co-accused John McNeil and their affiliated companies — Crystal Pistol Resources LLC, Crystal Pistol Management LLC and Liberty Bell Resources I LLC.There was to be a hearing this month, but two sides came to a settlement, which was approved by the commission last week, spokeswoman Rebecca Wilder said Monday.The commission said Pocklington and McNeil told at least 120 investors they had mineral rights to a mine near Quartzite, Ariz., that would begin churning out gold shortly.The company attracted some investors through unsolicited phone calls. Some were invited to the mine site. Company newsletters touted it as “one of the most lucrative dividends in the mining business” and claimed hedge funds and banks were interested in the project, the commission said.“The commission found, however, that the estimates of gold resources on the respondents’ website were not supportable with the methods currently available in the industry,” it said.“In settling this matter, the respondents neither admitted nor denied the commission’s findings, but agreed to the entry of the consent order.”The commission has ordered Pocklington and McNeil pay $5,149,316 in restitution, plus a $100,000 administrative fee.A release from Pocklington’s company, Liberty Bell Resources, says “the allegations of wrongdoing… have been laid to rest” with the commission’s decision.“We have done nothing wrong,” Pocklington said in the release. “We have worked diligently and honestly with all of our investors and have been conscientious in guiding the company through the necessary regulatory frameworks. We are committed to raising capital in accordance with existing rules and regulations.”He added that any errors were “born of inexperience and naivete, not malice or avarice,” and were quickly rectified.“Nowhere in this whole situation did anybody lose any money,” said Pocklington spokesman Terry McConnell, adding agreeing to pay the fine is less costly than continuing to fight the allegations.In 2010, Pocklington received a conditional sentence after pleading guilty to perjury in California for making false statements and oaths in his bankruptcy case. read more

Third times the charm for Ohio State with Cardale Jones at the

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn front of a national audience and with a Big Ten title and possible spot in the College Football Playoff up for grabs, redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones took his place behind center for the Ohio State football team.Jones had not started a football game since 2011 and the last time he played for a championship was in the 2009 OHSAA state title game, which he lost to Hilliard Davidson.The Glenville High School product entered the 2014 season behind what would be two Heisman-candidate quarterbacks, yet when his name was called, he found a way to exceed even Urban Meyer’s expectations. “I don’t use the word surprised. I guess I will use it for the first time, I was a little surprised,” Meyer said Sunday. “In that environment, I saw early in the game we did a good job managing the game with him.”Jones completed 12 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdown passes, which were all to senior wide receiver Devin Smith. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman had high praise for Smith’s performance.“Best deep ball catcher in America that we have seen in a long time,” Herman said after the game. “He fought for the football. They weren’t perfect throws by any stretch.”Smith’s touchdown receptions went for 39, 44 and 42 yards respectively, two of which required an acrobatic effort from the Massillon, Ohio, native. The wide receiver said he thought he would be poised for a big game the night before kickoff.“I got into a zone last night just chilling in the hotel room just listening to music and I just felt it. It was a rush that came through my body,” Smith said. “I just knew that I was ready.”While Smith dazzled, it was Jones who stole the show as the Cleveland native took home Most Valuable Player honor for the game. Jones replaced redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, who went out during a 42-28 win over Michigan on Nov. 29 with an injury, ending his season. Barrett, who made his way around Lucas Oil Stadium on a scooter with his fractured right ankle elevated, said he was not surprised by how Jones responded in his first start. “Definitely proud of him (Jones) and he’s able to … just take over the moment,” Barrett said after the game. “He seized the moment, seized the opportunity and he did it as a team. It wasn’t just him, that was the great thing about it, he had help around him. And that’s the great thing about this team.”Meyer gave a lot of the credit for Jones’ performance to Herman, who has now prepared four different quarterbacks for starts in his time at OSU. “Tom Herman is an excellent coach. His unit the first year was very average. I talk about we got a Player of the Year in the Big Ten (in then-sophomore Braxton Miller), but as a unit they weren’t very strong,” Meyer said. “Kenny Guiton got better and better. Now it’s one of the strongest units on the team. He’s done a marvelous job. But Cardale is a veteran player that was immature when he first got on campus and has really matured. Obviously Tom gets a lot of credit for that.”Herman, however, said he was not surprised at the performance Jones had on the big stage. “He delivered just like I thought he would. We worked all week to make sure his confidence level was up, that he prepared like a pro, which he did,” Herman said after the game. “He did all those things and when you do all those things, it fills you with confidence.”Herman went as far to say that he was so confident in Jones that he “slept like a baby” the night before the game.“Not to sound coy or overconfident, but we got a good team. We got a great staff, a great head coach we got a great culture, and the quarterback position is just one piece of that puzzle,” Herman said. “I have a ton of confidence in the guy (Jones) that I coach because I am around him the most and he proved me right. I slept pretty easy last night.”For Jones, the road doesn’t get any easier as the Buckeyes are set to take on the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the inaugural College Football Playoff.Meyer said having coached against Alabama’s coach Nick Saban for years in the Southeastern Conference, he knows what lies ahead for the Buckeyes.“We have to be on point to beat this team. I know exactly what I am going to see when I flip on the film,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes and Crimson Tide are set to meet in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans. read more

Microsoft gives famed PS3 and iOS hacker geohot a free WP7 phone

first_imgFamed hacker George “geohot” Hotz certainly has a lot on his plate these days, as he attempts to face down Sony in court over the release of the PlayStation 3‘s developer key, which allows any current PS3 model to run code and think it is from Sony itself. It was a big hack, and while geohot didn’t invent that explot, he did popularize it… and unlike previous jailbreaks, it’s not something Sony can fix without issuing new hardware.Sony, of course, would like nothing more than to sue geohot into oblivion, but Sony’s arch-enemies over at Microsoft definitely don’t share that perspective. In fact, they love geohot for crippling their biggest competitor… or, at the very least, want geohot to think they love him so he doesn’t have mind to hack their devices himself.Why do we say that? Microsoft has just reached out to the famous hacker by offering him a free Windows Phone 7 handset in response to geohot’s blog post declaring that he intended to buy one for hacking purposes.Microsoft’s Brandon Watson replied on Twitter:“#geohot if you want to build cool stuff on #wp7, send me email and the team will give you a phone – let dev creativity flourish #wp7dev”. It seems like Microsoft may be trying to keep geohot on their good side, but personally, I suspect this is going to backfire: all Microsoft will end up having done is provide geohot the very handset he uses to compromise their DRM.Read more at MCVUKlast_img read more

Firefox getting improved private browsing mode no relaunch required

first_imgA major improvement to the way Firefox handles private browsing sessions has just landed in an experimental build. It’s been a long, long time coming — the related Buzilla entry was submitted back in the winter of 2008! It wasn’t possible to implement at the time, and development really only took off earlier this year. Now, it’s ready for testing and should arrive soon in the official Firefox Nightly branch.Right now, Mozilla’s implementation of “porn mode” is the most awkward of any of the major browsers. When you want to switch to a private window, Firefox has to record all the tabs you currently have open, close all of them, and launch a new window in private browsing mode. Chrome and Internet Explorer can simply launch a new private window atop your previous session. Opera takes things a step further and lets you open new private tabs right next to your regular tabs.Mozilla’s opted for the same approach as Google and Microsoft. After the patch arrives, Firefox will allow users to pop a new private window open without the messy and time-consuming restart. It’s a double win, too, since Firefox won’t have to relaunch again when you’re done with your private session. Close the window, and it will simply disappear and you can flip back to your still-open standard browsing tabs.So why not go for per-tab privacy like Opera? Mozilla’s developers believe that having private tabs sandwiched between non-private tabs is too confusing and that Firefox users may accidentally type URLs intended for a private tab into a non-private one. URLs wind up in the wrong place all the time — just ask the reporter who accidentally tweeted a link to a very NSFW video on xHamster.More at Ehsan Akhgari’s bloglast_img read more