India Pip Bangladesh to Clinch SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship

first_imgThimpu: India emerged champions of the SAFF U-15 women’s championship 2019 at the Chalimithang Stadium here on Tuesday, defeating Bangladesh 5-3 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 post 90 minutes.It was a feisty start to the game as India looked to take the early initiative. Priyanka Sujeesh orchestrated the attacks from the middle of the park, while Amisha Baxla looked lively from the right flank. Bangladesh, however, also looked to hit India on the counter, and they almost had the perfect chance when forward Sapna Rani was played through behind the India defence with only goalkeeper Adrija Sarkhel to beat. The latter rushed out of her line to clear the chance.Amisha Baxla and Lynda Kom Serto combined to create a couple of chances, but the Bangladesh keeper foiled the chances. India also had a penalty shout, which was turned down by the referee, after a cross from the right appeared to have struck a Bangladesh hand. bangladeshIndiaIndian women’s football teamSAFF U-15 Women’s Championship First Published: October 15, 2019, 10:01 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.center_img While the boys fight it out in Kolkata, our U-15 girls have won the penalty shootout, to win the #SAFFU15Women’s 🏆 Championship! 🙌🙌🇧🇩 3-5 🇮🇳Ban: ❌✅✅✅Ind: ✅✅✅✅✅📺: https://t.co/wIsZTZCXcL#BANIND ⚔ #BackTheBlue 💙 #ShePower 💪 #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/LeyEFSXsEY— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 15, 2019Bangladesh came out with more initiative in the second half, as their midfield worked hard to close down the India attackers. Head coach Alex Ambrose soon brought on Sunita Munda in place of Amisha, and the former immediately had a chance as she was put through on goal by Priyanka. However, Bangladesh keeper Rupna Chakma stood firm and snuffed out the chance.Sunita looked lively down the right for India for the remainder of the match but it ended with the two teams deadlocked. Goalkeeper Adrija Sarkhel stepped up in the dreaded penalties to save Bangladesh’s first spot-kick, as India went on to win it 5-3 on penalties, as captain Shilky Devi slotted in the last spot-kick. last_img read more

SPORT-BOX-SANDHU 2 LAST

first_imgSandhu, who has been with the national team for more than Sandhu, who has been with the national team for more than two decades, said on the upside, boxers got all the facilities they wanted to prepare for the Games but what they did not get was competitive foreign exposure. “I have never seen the kind of facilities that were provided to the boxers this time. They got everything they wanted and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director Injeti Srinivas was exceptionally cooperative. But yes, because of the suspension we were not being invited for those crucial training-cum-competition trips to Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan or Cuba where our boxers could test themselves against the best minus the pressure,” he said. “That is why I am saying again and again that we need a strong federation. We need to get India back in the World Series of Boxing (WSB). We need to get back that franchise because this Olympics was dominated by the boxers who participated in WSB and the International Boxing Associations (AIBA) Professional league (APB),” he said. India were a part of the semi-professional WSB before the administrative mess led to the franchise owners giving up on it. “We must immediately start APB because it helps in getting seedings. Vikas got the 7th seeding in the Olympics because he had competed in a couple of APB bouts, I think it made a difference. Shiva, on the other hand, did not get a seeding even though he is World No 6 in amateur rankings,” he explained. Asked about his own future given that he had wanted “rest” after Rio, Sandhu was non-committal. “Lets see whats in store,” was his rather open-ended response before signing off. PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan excluded from Kabaddi World Cup in India

first_imgThe Kabaddi World Cup will get underway in Ahmadabad from Friday without Pakistan. Concerns around the security of the team had compelled the organisers to drop the six-time runner up Pakistan.Organising committee’s president and Punjab cabinet minister Sikander Singh Maluka said, “The situation in the state following the surgical strike by Indian Army at the LoC does not augur well to invite Pakistan for the World Cup scheduled to be held between November 3 and 17.”The Kabaddi World Cup was last held nine years ago. The sport has become popular in India with the emergence of the Pro-Kabaddi League.International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) Deoraj Chaturvedi said the decision to leave Pakistan out of the World Cup was taken after much deliberation.”This is not the right time to engage with Pakistan,” Chaturvedi said. “Pakistan is a valuable member of the IKF but looking at the current scenario and in the best interest of both the nations, we decided that Pakistan must be refrained from the championship.”However, Pakistan, who were highly fancied, are not amused. (India to host Kabaddi World Cup in October)”We have called a meeting to discuss this issue but let me tell you that a Kabaddi World Cup is no world cup without Pakistan,” said Pakistan kabaddi federation secretary Rana Muhammad Sarwar. “This is just like a football world cup without Brazil.”Last month, cricket legend Kapil Dev lost his cool at a Kabaddi World Cup media conference, where he was the chief guest, when a scribe asked why Pakistan had not been invited to take part in the tournament to be held from October 7 in Ahmedabad. (Anup Kumar to lead India in Kabaddi World Cup)advertisement”If you are a Hindustani you should not ask the question at all. Is it the time to ask this question?” he had asked fuming, obviously referring to the deadly fidayeen attack by militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based JeM on Sunday at Uri, which left 19 soldiers dead.last_img read more

Some incidents shake me so hard that I lose context of playing cricket: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgEverybody knows that veteran Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is a very passionate cricketer, who loves his country more passionately.Time and again, Gambhir has openly raised his voice on social media and called for action to be taken against those who attack India’s security forces – be it the Border Security Forces (BSF) or Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).Earlier this month, the left-handed batsman had condemned the video in which a security personnel was seen being roughed up by a youth while he was returning from a polling booth in Srinagar and had said at least 100 jihadi lives must be taken for every slap on an Indian soldier’s face.Expressing his anger towards the same, Gambhir wrote on Twitter:For every slap on my army’s Jawan lay down at least a 100 jihadi lives. Whoever wants Azadi LEAVE NOW! Kashmir is ours. #kashmirbelongs2us- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 13, 2017Anti-Indians hav forgotten dat our flag also stands 4: saffron – fire of our anger, white – shroud for jihadis, green – hatred 4 terror.- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 13, 2017Recently, following the attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in which 25 CRPF jawans lost their lives, the 35-year-old asked for action and response in retaliation to the loss of lives.He even pledged to bear the educational expenses of the children of the paramilitary personnel, who were killed in the attack.Now, in a post for his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Gambhir wrote how hollow he felt after Wednesday’s attack.”I can even watch and enjoy a cricket match being played between associate nations. I just love this game. But some incidents shake me so hard that I lose context of playing cricket. Our last game on Wednesday was one such day where I experienced the hollow feeling,” his post read.advertisement’Some incidents shake me so hard that I lose context of playing cricket,’ an emotional @GautamGambhir speaks out. https://t.co/PuhsScpaAg- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 28 April 2017″The recent CRPF attacks in Chhattisgarh were still fresh in my mind. On Wednesday morning I picked up newspapers and saw gut-wrenching pictures of the daughters of two CRPF men killed in the latest attacks. One of them was saluting her martyr father while in the other picture the howling young woman was being consoled by her relative.””We were to play against Rising Pune Supergiant in the evening. As the day went on and I was going from selection meeting to batsmen’s meeting to bowlers’ meeting the pictures kept growing on me. I thought to myself how does it matter to the families of those 25 CRPF men whether KKR won or lost. I spoke to few close people about it and their advise was try to shut out these incidents and do my job. Hell,” he added.Chattisgarh, Kashmir, North East,do v need more alarm bells or r we a deaf state?Life of my countrymen isn’t cheap,someone needs 2 pay 4 it- Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 24, 2017The KKR skipper further revealed that this was not the end of the story.”I kept thinking and decided a few things. First, my team KKR would play with black arm bands to express solidarity with mourning families. Second, Gautam Gambhir Foundation will take care of the entire education expenses of the children of these martyrs. My team has already started work on this and I shall soon share progress we have made. I was little bit at ease when I reached the ground,” he said.”Winning the toss helped me a bit to readjust my focus. I was trying to push Chhattisgarh in the background as the first ball was about to be bowled. But it was just not leaving me. After a point I gave up as the images were too strong and I knew they’ll only go with time.””My colleagues were fielding poorly. In normal course it would have infuriated me no end but at the back of my mind Chhattisgarh was shouting, “It is just a game”. Bang, four and I was transported to present,” he added.The left-handed opener also praised Kuldeep Yadav for his courage, saying, “I was also proud of Kuldeep Yadav’s courage. Bowling to MS Dhoni didn’t faze him one bit. I think Monty Panesar summed it up really well in a tweet. He said, “@imkuldeep18& @robbieuthappa have a story for their grandchildren ‘Dhoni st Uthappa b Kuldeep!’ It won’t have been a bad idea if Kuldeep had requested MS to sign the match ball and preserved it for life.”advertisement”These are the reasons I love this game – team work and selflessness. For the same reasons I love armed forces too, although the quantum of losing a dear one while serving the country can never ever be compared to losing a cricket match,” he concluded.last_img read more

Stewart Says Ward’s Death Haunts Him

first_imgHAMPTON, Ga. — Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track Aug. 29 for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.Stewart read from a statement that, his team said, he wrote himself. He spoke just under 2 1/2 minutes, pausing several times to compose himself. He took no questions about the incident that it still being investigated by law enforcement officials.“This has been one of the toughest tragedies I’ve ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally,” Stewart said in a packed media room on the infield at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “This is a sadness and a pain I hope no one has to experience in their life. That being said, I know that the pain and mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and friends are experiencing is something that I can’t possibly imagine.”He mentioned Ward’s parents and three sisters by name, saying he wanted them “to know that every day I’m thinking about them and praying for them.”The brief news conference presented a much different side to the brash driver known as “Smoke,” whose explosive temper has led to clashes with the media and fellow drivers. Wearing a black polo shirt and blue jeans, Stewart delivered his 285-word statement in a quivering tone, his eyes moist.He skipped three races after Ward’s death, going into seclusion at his rural Indiana home. Stewart’s team said he needed time to grieve, and some questioned if he felt guilt over the crash.During an Aug. 9 sprint-car event in upstate New York, Stewart and Ward’s cars appeared to bump while racing into a turn, sending Ward’s car spinning.The 20-year-old Ward climbed from his wrecked machine and wandered onto a darkened track in a black racing suit, apparently wanting to make his displeasure known to the three-time NASCAR champion. One car appeared to swerve to avoid Ward, but he was struck by the back right tire of Stewart’s car.“I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect for Kevin and his family and also to cope with the accident in my own way,” Stewart said. “It’s given me the time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted. I miss my team, my teammates and I miss being back in the race car, and I think being back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time.”The 43-year-old Stewart pulled out of the race at nearby Watkins Glen the morning after Ward was killed, and then skipped events at Michigan and Bristol.But with two weeks left until the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Stewart is preparing to go racing again. He rolled onto the track for a 90-minute practice session, cheered by fans as his No. 14 Chevrolet rolled out of the garage. He’ll be back for qualifying, with the race set for Aug. 31 on the 1.54-mile trioval.Not long after Stewart spoke to the media, NASCAR announced he would be eligible for the playoff if he wins either the Atlanta race or next week at Richmond, the final event before the 16-driver championship field is set.Mike Helton, President of the governing body, said Stewart received a special waiver that normally applies to a driver who misses a race for medical reasons.Helton said NASCAR made the decision after consulting with third-party experts who “were relevant under these circumstances.” He would not elaborate.“We want to join everybody in racing in welcoming Tony back,” Helton said. “He’s a great asset to NASCAR. He’s a great champion, a great participant in our sport. It’s great to have him back.”Stewart-Haas Racing Executive Vice President Brett Frood said it was “100 percent” Stewart’s decision to return at one of NASCAR’s fastest tracks.“I think for Tony, it’s all about the healing process,” Frood said. “Besides his mom, his dad, his sister, his niece and nephew, his family is here at the racetrack. Part of the healing process is to be with family he’s been with since (entering NASCAR) in 1999. Knowing these people will help him get through this.”Asked if Stewart had reached out to Ward’s family, Frood said the driver sent flowers and a card around the time of the funeral.“Besides, that, he’s been very respectful of them and their time to grieve,” Frood said. “It’s important for Tony to spend time with the family. I do think that will happen at the appropriate time.”Stewart said he knows there are plenty of questions surrounding Ward’s death. Many of those have focused on whether he was trying to frighten a young driver who had the nerve to challenge him over a racing crash. Authorities said that the law enforcement investigation will last for at least another two weeks.“Tony is very emotional. It’s been a difficult two weeks,” Frood said. “But Tony is ready to be in the race car. He wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t.”(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greiss Makes 35 Saves, Islanders Beat Jets 4-1 (Videos)

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders relied heavily on Thomas Greiss last season, and their invariably calm netminder picked up right he where he left off.Greiss made 35 saves and Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored second-period goals to the lead the Islanders past the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Sunday night.New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) skates next to center Mathew Barzal after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)It was the first win of the season for the Islanders, who lost their home opener 2-1 to Washington on Friday.“It’s always good to get the first win out of the way,” said the 33-year-old Geiss, who won 23 games last season with a career-best 2.27 goals against average while splitting time with Robin Lehner. “The guys did their part and I did mine.”The Jets lost for the second time in three games in the New York area to start their season. Winnipeg lost 6-4 to the Rangers in their season opener Thursday, and beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4 in a shootout Friday. The Jets are opening the season on a four-game trip that wraps up Tuesday in Pittsburgh.After a scoreless first period, Bailey put the Islanders on the board, tipping in a power-play goal at 1:51 of the second. Anthony Beauvillier and Devon Toews picked up assists.It was the third straight game the Jets had allowed the opening goal.Nelson made it 2-0 at 4:38, sending a shot past goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who started his second straight game and finished with 29 saves. Bailey and defenseman Ryan Pulock assisted on the goal.Lee stretched the Islanders’ lead to 3-0 at 15:55 with his first goal of the season, assisted by Scott Mayfield and Jordan Eberle.“It was a good rebound game for us,” said Lee, the team captain who signed a new seven-year $49 million contract in July. “We were more crisp and Greiss played a great game for us.””We were a little more crisp tonight, a little more predictable with each other. When that happens you get an extra step on a guy, you create a little more offense.” – Anders Lee #Isles pic.twitter.com/qnLs6PwFDP— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 7, 2019The game before a crowd of 9,923 was originally scheduled to be played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but was moved to Nassau Coliseum last month. It was the first time in the building’s history — which dates to 1972 — the Islanders played a Sunday night home game at the Coliseum. They only twice had played Sunday afternoon games on Long Island.Patrik Laine put the Jets on the board at 17:06 of the second, snapping a shot past Greiss for his first goal of the season. The Islanders were one of two teams the 21-year-old Laine hadn’t scored against. Columbus remains the other.Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, middle, celebrates with center Mark Scheifele (55) and right wing Blake Wheeler after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)Blake Wheeler and defenseman Anthony Bitetto, a Long Island native, were credited with assists on Laine’s goal.Beauvillier scored for the Islanders at 1:25 of the third, with assists going to Leo Komarov and Derrick Brassard, his first point as a member of the Islanders.The Jets outshot the Islanders 15-9 in the opening period. The Islanders dominated the second period with a 19-9 advantage in shots.“They’ve got a lot of guys who can shoot. They are a good team,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said of the Jets. “Greiss was really solid.””I thought the whole second period was good, we were playing fast, we had good line changes.” – Barry Trotz #Isles pic.twitter.com/m96KYij4yU— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 7, 2019Brossoit played well despite the loss. His best early save came when he stopped of Komarov on a short-handed breakaway at 13:10 of the first. Brossoit also made two short-handed saves on Nelson in the same sequence midway through the second.“He was fantastic. When you play as well as he played, you deserve a better number,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “He’s been like that all through camp. He made some great saves and gave us a chance to hang around.”The Islanders started Greiss in goal after newcomer Semyon Varlamov played in the opening loss to Washington on Friday.Greiss shared the William M. Jennings Trophy with Lehner last season when the Islanders allowed the fewest goals in the league.“We didn’t give them too much room,” added Greiss, who stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third period to cement the victory. “We played hard.”NOTES: The Islanders scratched forwards Tom Kuhnhackl and Ross Johnston and rookie defenseman Noah Dobson, who has yet to make his NHL debut. … The teams meet again Oct. 17 in Winnipeg. … Winnipeg scratched forwards Bryan Little and David Gustafsson and defenseman Josh Morrissey, who sustained an upper body injury during warmups. … Islanders coach Barry Trotz passed Hall of Famer Al Arbour on the all-time games-coached list with 1,608, third-most in league history.UP NEXT:Islanders: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.Jets: Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.By: Allan Kreda, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Leicester City Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 15:22 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Leroy Sane Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Leicester City v Manchester City Leicester City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon Manchester City head into Saturday’s clash with Leicester City looking to continue their superb start to the Premier League season.Already eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Pep Guardiola’s side travel to the King Power Stadium in blistering form, with some even predicting they could go the season unbeaten.Leicester, meanwhile, have shown improvements since Claude Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare last month, and have given a number of the top-six sides a run for their money already this campaign. 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 And after crushing City in the same fixture last season, they will be confident of causing an upset.MAN CITY INJURIES Sergio Aguero is set to be assessed by City’s medical staff having collapsed at half-time during Argentina’s clash with Nigeria, but the hope is he will be fit.Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph both pulled out of the England squad ahead of their friendlies with Germany and Brazil, but it is thought neither injury is serious and both should be in contention.Benjamin Mendy remains out with an ACL injury, but Vincent Kompany may well return to the matchday squad having recovered from his most recent calf problem.Raheem Sterling Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Nicolas Otamendi misses out having picked up his fifth booking of the season against Arsenal, but Leicester have no disciplinary issues to contend with.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Aguero’s illness may mean he is forced into a place among the substitutes, with Sterling and Leroy Sane flanking Gabriel Jesus up front.With Kompany still working his way back to fitness, Eliaquim Mangala could partner John Stones in central defence for his first Premier League start of the season.Manchester City XILEICESTER CITY TEAM NEWS Jamie Vardy Riyad Mahrez Leicester CityHaving missed out against Stoke City, full-back Ben Chilwell was forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad through injury and is a doubt for Claude Puel’s third match in charge.Robert Huth and Matty James remain on the sidelines, but the Foxes are hopeful they will have an otherwise clean bill of health as their players return from the international break.OPTA MATCH FACTS Leicester have won two of their last three Premier League meetings with Manchester City (L1), including a 4-2 win in this exact fixture last campaign, in which Jamie Vardy scored to date his only Premier League hat-trick. The Foxes have lost their last eight Premier League games against sides who started the day top of the table, conceding at least two goals each time. Their last win against the league leaders came in January 1998 versus Manchester United at Old Trafford. Man City’s haul of 31 points with a goal difference of +31 is the best ever start after 11 games to a Premier League season. The Citizens themselves are the only side in Premier League history to have recorded 34 points from 12 games, doing so in 2011-12. Manchester City boast the two leading players for combined goals and assists this season – Sergio Aguero (8 goals, 3 assists) and Leroy Sane (6 goals, 5 assists). They also have the top two assisters in the division (David Silva 7, Kevin De Bruyne 6). Man City are bidding to become only the second team to win their first six away games to a PremierLeague campaign, after Chelsea in 2008-09 (won their first eight).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 15:00 GMT with the game not being shown live in the UK. Highlights will be shown on Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:20. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting reply

first_img India Today Web Desk NapierJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 14:45 IST Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen were involved in a friendly banter on social media (@imVkohli Photo)Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen go back a long way. The two played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and remain good friends even to this day. And when Kohli, the world’s best batsman posted a picture on Twitter, Pietersen had a cheeky reply.Virat Kohli is currently in New Zealand and is basking in the glory of sweeping the ICC awards. He became the first man in history to win all three ICC awards – the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.On Wednesday, Kohli led India to their first ODI win against New Zealand in New Zealand since 2009.A day after, Kohli was visibly relaxed and posted a photo on Twitter.Basking in the sun. pic.twitter.com/BEcZ2y2qrtVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019PIETERSEN AND KOHLI BANTERLooks a bit like you’re more in the shade, bro!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Well in that case you should’ve seen my first caption. Much worse.PS – the face is still in the sunVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019I’ll let you off cos I love you!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Kevin Pietersen, known for his quick wit, could not resist a reply. He pointed out Kohli looked like he was more in the shade.Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer for England in Test cricket but his career came to a halt when he was sensationally dropped after an Ashes whitewash in Australia.advertisementYears later, Alastair Cook, who was England captain on the tour of Australia in 2013-14, revealed he did not want to sack Pietersen.”I was involved in the decision at first, but the England captain doesn’t have the final say on hiring and firing,” Cook told Test Match Special in September. “I agreed with it, but I said ‘why don’t we give him some time off, we can go away and maybe KP can come back later on’.”Paul Downton (the England director of cricket) wanted clarity, a clean break, because people would always be asking when is he coming back. You had to back his decisions because that’s what his job was. The fallout was pretty nasty and I don’t think the ECB handled it well or appreciated how social media worked very well then. I bore a lot of the brunt of it.”Also Read | Smriti Mandhana hundred helps India crush New Zealand by 9 wickets in 1st ODIAlso Read | Johan Botha retires from all forms: Time has come for me to move on to the next phaseAlso Read | I can bowl on most pitches, says Anderson after 4-wicket haulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Tags :Follow Kevin PietersenFollow Virat KohliFollow Twitter Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting replyVirat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen are old friends and both men have a sense of humour. When Kohli posted a nice photo of Twitter, Pietersen could not help with some friendly banter.advertisementlast_img read more

PMLA case Praful Patel appears before ED for second day

first_imgNew Delhi: Former civil aviation minister and NCP leader Praful Patel appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for a second day Tuesday for questioning in connection with a money laundering probe related to losses suffered by Air India as part of an alleged multi-crore aviation scam, officials said. Patel appeared before the agency at its headquarter here in Khan Market around 10.00 am. On Monday also, he was questioned by the agency for about right hours. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The investigating officer of the case recorded Patel’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Monday and the former Union cabinet minister of the UPA government was understood to have “cooperated” with the agency. The Rajya Sabha MP was asked to appear again on Tuesday as the questioning and recording of his statement has to continue, officials said. The case emerges from a criminal complaint registered by the ED for alleged irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines that purportedly led to losses for Air India, the national carrier. A case for purchase of 111 aircraft for the national Air carrier during Patel’s tenure is also under probe. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Patel, 62, has also been named in a recent chargesheet filed by the federal agency before a court, as a person known to alleged aviation lobbyist Deepak Talwar. Talwar was arrested by the ED sometime back. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who was incharge of the civil aviation ministry between 2004 and 2011, has not been mentioned as an accused in the case. The ED has already questioned a number of people in the senior management of the state-owned airline and the aviation ministry. The ED had said in the chargesheet that “the investigation so far from the accused and others reveal that Patel is a dear friend of Deepak Talwar”. Patel had earlier told the media that “he will be happy to cooperate with the ED for their understanding of the complexities of the aviation sector”. The ED chargesheet in the case named Talwar and claimed he was in regular touch with Patel. It has alleged that Talwar finalised various communications addressed to Patel on behalf of Emirates and Air Arabia. Talwar obtained undue favours for the private airlines using his contacts, according to the chargesheet. The agency has also alleged that Talwar was engaged in lobbying with politicians, ministers, public servants and officials in the civil aviation ministry for Emirates, Air Arabia and Qatar Airways in order to secure undue benefits for these airlines. “He (Talwar) illegally managed to secure favourable traffic rights for these airlines during 2008-09 at the cost of the national carrier Air India,” the ED has claimed. It has also been alleged that in lieu of securing favourable traffic rights, these airlines made payments to the tune of Rs 272 crore to Talwar during 2008-09. “He created a web of his own entities and used the companies of his son, Aditya Talwar, in India and international offshore havens to launder Rs 272 crore received from foreign airlines. “Part of these payments were made to a bank account in the Bank of Singapore, belonging to a company called Asiafield Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands and beneficially owned by Deepak Talwar,” the agency has said in the chargesheet. Talwar was arrested by the ED early this year after he was deported from Dubai.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu govt most corrupt AIADMK a BJP slave says DMK

first_imgNew Delhi: The DMK on Tuesday launched a blistering attack in the Lok Sabha on the Tamil Nadu government, calling it the “most corrupt” and the state’s ruling party AIADMK a “slave” of the BJP. Speaking during a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran asked the BJP to “introspect” as to why people of Tamil Nadu rejected it during the recent Lok Sabha polls and said the saffron party’s strength lies in “opposition’s weakness”. His sharp condemnation of the AIADMK, which has only one member in the House, drew protests from BJP members, who quoted rules to claim that Maran cannot use “offensive” words against a state government or raise such an issue while speaking on the President’s address. When Maran retorted saying that it is the duty of master to take care of slaves, a jibe at the BJP’s alliance with the AIADMK, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal objected to his remarks. The DMK member accused the BJP of misusing probe agencies like the CBI and ED, and also the Election Commission.last_img read more

UP govt seeks compliance report on plastic ban

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has sought a report from district magistrates, municipal commissioners and other officials within three days on non-compliance of the ban on plastic in the state capital. A list of traders has also been sought who are selling banned plastic. “A report has been sought from the DMs, municipal commissioner, SSP, Secretary Pollution control board, Assistant Commissioner Commercial Tax on non-compliance of plastic ban in the state capital,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home said in a directive issued on Monday night. Officials have been asked to inform representatives of traders in writing and talk to peoples’ representatives about the plastic ban, he said. After August 31, if there is any report of sale of banned plastic, strict action will be taken against the SHO, municipal corporation and other officials concerned. As per the government’s order last year, polythene below 50 micron has been banned. The government has proposed a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh and 6 months jail for violators.last_img read more

Loki Box Design Brings Mobile Architecture to TIFF 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2017 – Loki Box Design, a Canadian international award-winning design firm, is bringing mobile architecture to the forefront of the marketing world at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The firm will support Bell and L’Oréal by creating nontraditional structures out of shipping containers to host the two largest activations of TIFF, held from September 7 to 17, 2017.Loki Box Design (Loki) creates fully mobile structures out of recycled materials that can be reassembled for use at multiple locations, for any purpose. By serving the needs of big brands across North America, the firm is showcasing how mobile architecture is not only a strategic marketing investment, but an eco-friendly and functional architectural solution.“We give new life to raw materials that would otherwise be wasted,” said Pierre-Mathieu Roy, President at Loki. “Our structures are designed to not only amplify a brand’s image, but are constructed to be fully mobile so they can travel to any indoor or outdoor event, any time of the year.” With a short four-year history, Loki has won numerous awards for their distinctive architecture and has worked with prominent brands across Canada and the United States.Their practical business model and high-quality structures demonstrate the marketing potential of mobile architecture and are quickly gaining traction with brands who are pushing the boundaries of experiential marketing.This year’s Bell activation is composed of four fully-branded shipping containers and will host up to 150 visitors at a time. Guests will have the chance to experience virtual reality among other tech demonstrations and gain access to an exclusive view of the red carpet.L’Oréal will welcome guests to their fully-mobile structure composed of three shipping containers and a glass box where they can test beauty products and visit a photo booth alongside other digital elements. The structure will host more than 10,000 beauty fans this year. L’Oréal Paris Canada activation at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Structure by Loki Box Design. (CNW Group/Loki Box Design)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Election 2011 Youth Panel

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s one voice missing from Election 2011: Aboriginal youth. They’re Canada’s fastest-growing population, and they’ve got billions of dollars in campaign promises coming their way. Politicians always talk about what needs to happen–but what do young leaders think?Host Cheryl McKenzie is joined in studio by eight of those young Aboriginal leaders from across Canada to discuss what matters to them in Election 2011.Jump to the 30:00 mark in this video for the start of our panel.last_img read more

Morocco launches virtual consultation with Moroccans living abroad

first_imgEl Jadida, Morocco – The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives launches Program of “Virtual Consultation”.The Moroccan Commission on National Dialogue & New Constitutional Prerogatives for Civil Society Organizations of Moroccans Residing Abroad has launched a one-of-a-kind initiative that aims at encouraging dialogue among Moroccan citizens living abroad by engaging them in various lawmaking processes and constitutional reforms.Morocco is entering a new era of “participatory rule of law,” reflecting a great leap forward in legislating and lawmaking by engaging stakeholders via the Internet in the drafting and implementation processes for new laws. Moroccan citizens can participate virtually by filling out a questionnaire on-line that can be found on [www.hiwarmadani2013.ma.] The questionnaire is then e-mailed to [hiwarmadanimre@mcrpsc.gov.ma.]All the findings gathered from the questionnaires will be reported to the National Commission to identify significant issues that need to be given high priority.Participants have a wide range of choices by which they can actively participate in the development of Morocco’s laws and policies. For instance, citizens can send draft legislation, submit petitions, and participate in the evaluation of public policies.Morocco counts on the growing number of Moroccans residing abroad to take part in the active implementation of Moroccan laws.Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Assembly President hails new momentum for global antipoverty goals

23 December 2010As the General Assembly wraps up the main part of its 65th session, its President today hailed the summit with which it opened for galvanizing momentum towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reverse a global legacy of poverty and attendant ills. “I think we are well underway and the most important for me was to know whether we have the potential to do it or not and we got the right answer, I think: we have,” Joseph Deiss told UN Radio of September’s MDG summit attended by more than 100 heads of State and government.Noting that they reaffirmed the 2015 deadline for achieving the “very challenging” goals, which seek to slash extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases, and lack of access to education and medical care, he said: “I hope that the whole world has been listening to this promise, and now we will have to deliver.“The second question was to know: are we willing to do it? Is there the engagement of all the countries? And we got this promise. Now the third dimension is: we want to see how it will be delivered? We have been able to give a message of hope of course, but also a message of encouragement, a message that can create a momentum.”Mr. Deiss said an important issue for him was that the message be constructive and positive, noting there had been a lot of talk in the run-up to the summit about pessimism and “not being in line” with the goals.“It’s true there are several domains where we are not well or totally in shape. This should not make us forget all the important work that has already been done,” he said, citing UN humanitarian reports showing that “even if there are many problems, globally people are better off, have more food, better education, better health than 10, 20 or 30 years ago?“Clearly we have to attack the most sensitive or weakest points of the action taken so far but I think that was indeed the aim of such a summit – to uncover the weakness of the moment to ensure that we get there in 2015.” Looking back at the first three months of his presidency of the 65th General Assembly, which ends next September, Mr. Deiss picked out global governance as a second focal point.He noted the need to reconcile the fact that more and more problems cannot be solved by individual nations – such as global warming, the core UN objective of peace, migration and terrorism – with the desire of States to be sovereign: “how are we going to bring all these countries together?” he asked.Addressing Member States as they met to conclude the Assembly’s work on Friday night, Mr. Deiss hailed the “constructive and cooperative spirit” that had prevailed over critical, and at times challenging, deliberations on a range of issues, from poverty eradication and human rights to sustainable development and disarmament.Looking ahead to 2011, he said a main priority would be preparing for the high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS, set to take place in June, as well as the need to move forward decisively on reform issues and on reviewing the work of important UN bodies. Preparations for various high-level meetings in September, notably on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, would also be a focus. read more

Canadians have more cash — how much depends on where you live

OTTAWA — The latest batch of numbers from the 2016 census suggests Canadians are a little more flush with cash than they were in 2005 — but a lot depends on where they live.Statistics Canada reports the median total income of Canadian households reached $70,336 in 2015, a 10.8 per cent increase from $63,457 in 2005.That spike was largely driven by the commodity price boom of the last decade — Nunavut and Saskatchewan saw increases of more than 36 per cent, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Manitoba also grew by more than 20 per cent.However, nearly 1.2 million children under 18, 17 per cent of Canada’s 6.8 million kids, lived in a low-income household, about one quarter of the 4.8 million people who were living in poverty in 2015 — the largest share of them in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.Nearly two-thirds of Canada’s 14 million households saved for retirement in 2015 through one or more of a registered pension plan, a registered retirement savings plan or a tax-free savings account.And both spouses reported income in nearly 96 per cent of married or common-law couples, compared with two-thirds of couples in the mid-1970s. Of those, 32 per cent were earning roughly the same income, compared to 20.6 per cent in 1985.More to come … read more

VA may have to pay billions in vets emergency care bills

WASHINGTON — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly denied reimbursements for such care received at non-VA facilities.The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said federal law mandated the VA to pay the emergency medical expenses if they are not covered by private insurance.The case stemmed in part from a reimbursement sought by Coast Guard veteran Amanda Wolfe, who had a bout of appendicitis in September 2016 and sought care at a nearby civilian hospital because the nearest VA hospital was three hours away. She filed a claim for $2,558.54 of the $22,348.25 bill, representing the amount not covered by her employer-sponsored health insurance. The VA denied the claim, saying that amount was for copayments, coinsurance and deductibles that it was not required to pay.The court, in its ruling Monday, disagreed. It said the VA must reimburse veterans for out-of-pocket emergency medical bills not covered by private insurance, other than copayments.The VA said Wednesday it was aware of the decision and reviewing it. It was the second time the VA had been overruled on its interpretation of how veterans should be reimbursed on emergency claims, the first being in 2015.Because the case was ruled a class action, the National Veterans Legal Services Program, which helped represent plaintiffs, said any affected veteran must be reimbursed. It said based on the VA’s past estimates, the decision could cost the department $1.8 billion to $6.5 billion in reimbursements to hundreds of thousands of veterans with claims filed or pending from 2016 through 2025.“The court’s decision rights a terrible injustice and its order ensures that veterans who were unjustly denied reimbursement for critical emergency treatment at non-VA facilities will finally be reimbursed,” said NVLSP Executive Director Bart Stichman.Hope Yen, The Associated Press read more

Burundi UN mission extends condolences to family of murdered staffer

Abdoulaye Maiga, 33, a Senegalese national who worked as an official volunteer with the UN Operation in Burundi (known by its French acronym ONUB), was married and had two children.In a statement issued in Bujumbura, ONUB said it was investigating the details of Mr. Maiga’s death and urged the Burundian authorities to do everything they could to bring the perpetrators of the killing to justice.

At Liberia donors conference UN envoy says resources must go to local

“We need to achieve an ‘accountable decentralization’ that puts resources directly into the hands of local communities and families,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Alan Doss.He praised the Government’s progress and challenged the participants to come up with innovative ways of planning and carrying out cooperation programmes. “Can we bring our resources together in a more cohesive and coordinated fashion as we are doing, for example, in the Governance and Economic Management Assistance Programme? How can we secure donor harmonization and coherence for the benefit of Liberia?” he asked.Mr. Doss urged the Government and its development partners to think about “doing development differently” to ensure that resources get to those who need them most. Presenting her “ambitious agenda,” President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf highlighted the importance of ensuring that the people of Liberia can move around safely and they are involved in gainful economic activity with access to education and health services.The donor conference was attended by senior Liberian officials as well as representatives from the African Union, European Union, Unites States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, India, Germany and Denmark, and officials from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the UN. read more