A police constable in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district was on Sunday placed under suspension and arrested for allegedly harassing two sisters, one of them a minor, after they had gone to the police outpost to lodge a complaint of sexual harassment.The police action came on a complaint by the victims. The police also took cognisance of a video of the alleged molestation that was circulated on social media.Ishwari Prasad, the constable stationed at the Karhal Gate Chowki, was booked under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Section 9/10 of The Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO).Superintendent of Police Rajesh S. ordered a probe, stating that such cases would not be tolerated. The incident took place on Saturday evening. An online footage reportedly shows the constable touching one of the girls inappropriately. The accused dismissed the charges. He claimed he touched her hand “as a father would his daughter’s, and asked her to go back home”.
Britain’s Andy Murray ended the French Open reign of Stan Wawrinka on Friday, downing the defending champion in four sets to reach his first Roland Garros final, where he will face the might of world number one Novak Djokovic.Breaking his claycourt jinx against the Swiss, second seed Murray also becomes the first Briton to contest the Roland Garros crown since the 1930s – a landmark he did not think he would achieve.”I am extremely proud. I never expected to reach a final here,” he said courtside after a 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory that cemented his growing reputation on a surface he once mistrusted.”I knew today if I wanted to win I would have to play one of my best claycourt matches. I played one of my best matches today.”Murray bested Djokovic in May’s Italian Open final, their most recent encounter on clay.But the Briton is likely to have to up his game further to repeat the performance on Sunday against a man who looked all but unplayable in crushing Austrian tyro Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 a stone’s throw away on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Looking re-energised after a rest day that the pair on the other side of the draw missed out on, both Murray and Wawrinka started brightly, the Scot pacing in monochrome while the Swiss lit up a dull Philippe Chatrier showcourt in fluorescent yellow.Murray came close to losing his very first service game, which he took after five deuces. But he then broke his third-seeded opponent and consolidated with a pinpoint lob to lead 3-1, winning the set in an epic 10th game in which Wawrinka held three break points.advertisementTAKING CONTROLWith Wawrinka’s trademark booming backhand slightly misfiring, Murray, who held a winning 8-7 record against the Swiss but had lost their three contests on clay, then took a firmer grip on the match.The Scot moved higher up the court as he began to anticipate his opponent’s groundstrokes, breaking to lead 2-1 and then again for 4-1, sealing the latter game when he picked a crosscourt backhand that he had time to return with a clean backhand winner down the line.Murray sealed the set on serve in the next game, and the play went with serve in the fourth until Wawrinka picked the Scot’s pocket to take the set on his first break point of a game Murray had led 40-15.With Wawrinka’s range increasingly deserting him – he ended the match with 43 unforced errors against the Scot’s 22 – Murray closed out proceedings in the fourth set with two further breaks of serve.In all, Murray converted five of 15 break points against his opponent’s one from five.
Srinagar, Dec 7 (PTI) Jammu and Kashmir High Court today appointed a former top police officer as the chief executive officer of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), and a retired judge as the ombudsman for settling disputes within the governing body.While the former DIG Ashiq Bukhari was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for managing the affairs of the association under the supervision and control of Committee of Administrators, the State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice (retired) Bashir-ud-Din was appointed as an ombudsman to settle the disputes between the warring factions of the Association.”In our opinion, a suitable person has to be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer who may also have administrative skills.”Therefore, we deem it appropriate to appoint Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, IPS, retired DIG, as the Chief Executive Officer, for running the affairs of the JKCA under the supervision and control of Committee of Administrators till rules are amended and elections are held,” the division bench said in its order.Also, observing that there was a need to appoint an ombudsman for settling the disputes among the clubs affiliated with the JKCA and other disputes of the association, the court appointed retire judge Bashir-ud-Din for the post.”An ombudsman was required to be appointed by the association but in the stated background, we deem it proper to appoint an ombudsman for resolving all the disputes after giving hearing to all concerned,” the bench said.Earlier, on October 14, the high court had appointed Justice C K Prasad, former judge of the Supreme Court and Justice Syed Rafat Alam, former Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh and Allahabad High Courts, as administrators of the JKCA for conducting free and fair elections.advertisementThe JKCA split into two factions in 2015 followed a battle for control of the association between the groups led by former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and Sports Minister Imran Ansari. PTI MIJ MG
NEW YORK — One rocket-armed rookie gets hurt, the New York Mets simply turn to another. Pretty nice to have all that young pitching.Noah Syndergaard struck out a career-high 13 in eight overpowering innings, and New York got consecutive homers from slumping sluggers Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on July 10.“I was able to just relax and go right after guys,” Syndergaard said. “The ability to change speeds and keep them off balance was the reason for my success.”Hours after teammate Steven Matz went on the disabled list with wins in both big league starts, Syndergaard (4-4) gave the Mets and their stingy rotation a major boost. He gave up a sacrifice fly in the first to All-Star bopper Paul Goldschmidt and then dominated the Diamondbacks, allowing only one run for the third consecutive start.The 6-foot-6, 242-pound rookie from Texas walked off to a warm ovation from the crowd of 28,243.“He’s pitching good right now and he knows it,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “His last three have been tremendous. … He’s grown fast.”Syndergaard whiffed Goldschmidt twice and threw 116 pitches, most by a Mets starter this season. The 22-year-old righty with the blazing fastball yielded four hits and walked two, reaching double digits in strikeouts for the third time in 11 career games.Every member of Arizona’s starting lineup struck out at least once.“He located pretty much every off-speed pitch where he wanted to throw it,” said All-Star outfielder A.J. Pollock, who doubled and scored in the first.“You do that with 98 (mph) in the tank and you have a hitter thinking that, you know, he might rear back and throw 98, it’s just tough to hit.”Jeurys Familia allowed Welington Castillo’s RBI single before securing his 25th save in 27 attempts.After a single by Ruben Tejada and a two-out walk to Wilmer Flores in the first, Duda drove a 2-0 pitch from Chase Anderson (4-3) over the 408-foot sign in straightaway center field for a three-run shot. The ball smacked off the black batter’s eye just below the well that houses the home run apple at Citi Field.It was the first homer since June 18 and second since May 29 for a player who had 30 last season. Before connecting for his 11th of the year, Duda was batting .158 since June 1 — including .069 in July (2 for 29).“I’m definitely glad to contribute tonight. I haven’t done that in a long time, so it feels good,” Duda said.Cuddyer followed with a drive to left that was gloved by a fan wearing a Juan Lagares shirt.Cuddyer started just two of the previous eight games because of a sore left knee. It was his first home run in 89 at-bats since June 5 at Arizona, and he entered batting .133 in his past 19 games.The Mets went nine games without a long ball before Eric Campbell’s two-run shot July 8 in San Francisco helped finish a 4-2 West Coast trip. They hadn’t hit two homers in a game since June 20 at Atlanta — and it marked their first four-run inning since June 1 in San Diego.“The two guys that we hope to ride in the second half broke out a little bit tonight,” Collins said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia’s ban from the Olympic movement was lifted on Wednesday despite two failed doping tests by its athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The decision by the International Olympic Committee appears to be an attempt to draw a line under the state-concocted doping scandal that tarnished the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.The IOC allowed more than 160 athletes it determined were clean to compete in Sochi as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” in Pyeongchang earlier this month with a prohibition on the national anthem or flag in venues.Russia’s hopes of marching under its flag at Sunday’s closing ceremony in South Korea were stymied by the two positive tests for banned substances, including a curler who had to forfeit his bronze medal. But the IOC said Wednesday that all remaining test results were negative, clearing the path for Russia’s return to the Olympic fold.“Therefore, as stated in the executive board decision of 25th February, the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect,” the IOC said in a statement.Russian athletes won two gold medals in Pyeongchang, in figure skating and ice hockey, along with six silver medals and nine bronze.“I would like to thank our athletes who were able to perform well even despite the provocations,” Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said in quotes carried by the TASS news agency. “I thank the fans who did not cross the line and what could result in sanctions. Today’s IOC’s decision is very important for us. The ROC is an absolutely full-fledged member of the Olympic family.”Russia also complied with its financial sanctions last week by paying $15 million to pay for the IOC’s two investigations into the scheme and toward future anti-doping work.Vitaly Smirnov, the head of an anti-doping commission set up by Russian President Vladimir Putin, did acknowledge on Wednesday that “we have a long way to go to get rid of the mistakes, which we made in the past.”But Russia continues to deny there was state involvement in the plot, which included urine samples in supposedly tamper-proof bottles at the 2014 Olympics being swapped out for clean samples through a “mouse hole” in the wall at a laboratory in Sochi.The IOC decision to reinstate Russia has no bearing on the International Paralympic Committee’s earlier ruling to maintain the country’s ban. The only Russians at the March 8-18 Pyeongchang Games will be known as “Neutral Paralympic Athletes,” mirroring the IOC’s compromise.—By ROB HARRIS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Kylian Mbappe on Sunday became the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final as France beat Croatia 4-2 to lift their second World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Mbappe scored the fourth goal for France in the 65th minute and also bagged the FIFA Young Player award after the match.Mbappe also became the second youngest player to score in a World Cup final after Pele, who was 17 years and 249 days old when he scored against Brazil in the 1958 final in Sweden.The Brazil legend tweeted soon after the goal and welcomed Mbappe to the elite club.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Only the second teenager to have scored a goal in a #WorldCupFinal! Welcome to the club, it’s great to have some company!,” Pele tweeted.Only the second teenager to have scored a goal in a #WorldCupFinal! Welcome to the club, @KMbappe – it’s great to have some company! // O segundo adolescente a marcar um gol em uma final de #CopaDoMundo! Bem-vindo ao clube, Kylian – é ótimo ter a sua companhia! https://t.co/g8b2gLTy7BPelé (@Pele) July 15, 2018If Kylian keeps equalling my records like this I may have to dust my boots off again… // Se o @KMbappe continuar a igualar os meus records assim, eu vou ter que tirar a poeira das minhas chuteiras novamente…#WorldCupFinal https://t.co/GYWfMxPn7pPelé (@Pele) July 15, 2018The French teenager had already showed his class in Europe for AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain but he announced himself to the world in this year’s World Cup with some sensational performances.advertisementAlso read- French players crash press conference to celebrate World Cup triumphThe PSG forward scored four goals including a stunner as he found a pocket of space outside the Croatia area and picked out the bottom left corner with a precise, bouncing finish past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.The 19-year-old terrorised defenders and they struggled to keep up with the pace and strength of the Frenchman, who bullied the defenders throughout the tournament in Russia.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersFrance were ahead 2-1 at halftime after a Mario Mandzukic own goal and an Antoine Griezmann VAR penalty, with Ivan Perisic briefly bringing first-time finalists Croatia level.Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.World Cup 2018: Kylian Mbappe’s hi-five with Russian pitch invader goes viralFrance, however, withstood a spirited Croatia assault to lift the trophy for the second time, following their success on home soil 20 years ago, and ensure there was no repeat of two years ago when they were beaten in the European Championship final by Portugal in Paris.Also read – World Cup 2018: French President greets Croatian team, then learns the dabThe victory means that Didier Deschamps, captain of the 1998 side, becomes the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.It was also the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in 1966 and the highest in normal time since Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 60 years ago.
For the first time since 2007, arguably the biggest game in club football will not feature either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. With the former injured and the latter departed to Juventus, both Barcelona and Real Madrid will need new heroes to emerge when they meet in El Clasico on Sunday.Here are the key battles that could determine the outcome of the fixture:Sergio Ramos v Luis SuarezArguably Spanish football’s two most famous pantomime villains, Ramos and Suarez are players whom opposition fans love to hate and there are habitual fireworks when they come up against each other.In the absence of Messi, Uruguayan forward Suarez will be tasked with providing the finishing touch that his teammate usually does. He has just one goal in his last eight outings for the Catalan side and will need to find his shooting boots if they are to prevail this time. Central defender Ramos, heartbeat of this Real team, will be tasked with stopping him. The Real captain, who has taken over penalty duties in the wake of Ronaldo’s departure, has endured a mixed start to the season, scoring six goals for club and country while committing a number of high-profile errors that have lead to goals.Real are without a win in La Liga since Sept. 22 and if they are to get back to winning ways, the 32-year-old must shackle Suarez while not adding to his record of being sent off five times against the Catalans over the years.Gerard Pique v Karim BenzemaadvertisementAt the other end of the pitch there is a strikingly similar matchup.With Ronaldo gone, French forward Benzema can finally play as a central striker, but has thus far fired mainly blanks. His early header in the 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen at the weekend was his first goal since Sept. 1 and his form has been much maligned as Real went eight hours and one minute without scoring earlier this season. Pique, who, if Ramos is Mr Real Madrid, is Mr Barcelona, has also made a number of errors that have resulted in his team making a sketchy start to the season.Without the threat of Ronaldo to deal with, the Spaniard will come up against a Benzema determined to make his mark.Marc-Andre ter Stegen v Thibaut CourtoisWith their stalwart central defenders enduring patchy form it is perhaps no surprise that both of these goalkeepers have been busy throughout the opening weeks of the season.German Ter Stegen has, aside from Messi, arguably been Barca’s standout performer, which gives an indication of how overworked he has been. He has conceded 11 times in nine games thus far, giving the Camp Nou side only the joint-tenth best defensive record in La Liga this season. Courtois, meanwhile, was brought in by Real’s club president Florentino Perez to much fanfare this summer after excelling at the World Cup. While the Belgian has shipped fewer goals (nine), there remain some sections of the fanbase who feel deputy Keylor Navas should be number one.Expect both keepers to be busy and it is possible that whoever has the better game will carry his team to victory.Philippe Coutinho v Gareth BaleWithout Messi and Ronaldo, eyes will be on Barca and Real’s club record transfers to make their mark.Coutinho, who arrived for 142 million pounds in January, took time to adapt to Barca’s set up, but is now a key cog in their midfield. He will be tasked with unlocking the visiting defence with a killer ball, while also fancying his chances from set-pieces given the Argentinean, who usually has a monopoly on free kicks, will be absent. In the capital, Bale has yet to show he is the man to fill the Ronaldo void and provide moments of brilliance when his team need it most.There is no doubting the Welshman’s quality – he scored a wonderful equalising goal in this fixture last season – but niggling injuries have blighted his past couple of years in Madrid and fans have grown frustrated with his absences.There would be no better way to convince the Bernabeu faithful he can be their main man with a match-winning performance on Sunday.
Above all, keep it reasonable. Leave the fake blood to the rugby union guys.Alan WoodleyNorthampton• John Ashdown describes Portuguese footballer Pepe as “the Mozart of shithousery” (Report, 5 July). Does this make Mozart the Messi of music?John DohertyVienna, Austria• The World Cup is a lifeline for struggling UK retailers. It’s no secret that one-off events such as the World Cup, royal weddings or even a sunny bank holiday can have a huge effect on retail sales – with this May seeing the strongest growth in four years, and John Lewis reporting a 140% increase in TV sales on the day of the opening ceremony. What’s less obvious is that, the longer England stay in the competition, the better it is for the economy – with evidence stretching back to 1966 and even further. With the recession still biting, and the effects of Brexit yet to be truly felt, struggling retailers can’t rely on the traditional, outdated approach of using events such as the Christmas season to put them in the black. One-off events such as the World Cup – whether people are spending their money on replica kits, barbecue sets, food and drink or even a trip to Ikea in preparation for the match against Sweden – will be essential in helping businesses make it through a very challenging time.It might seem unfair to place even more pressure on the shoulders of Southgate, Kane, Pickford et al, but where the economy is concerned, they really are carrying the weight of a nation on their shoulders.Mark HindsCEO, Polymatica• You report on the upsurge in sales of beer etc as “a buoyant mood sweeps the UK” should read “as it sweeps England”, because this Scot doubts whether Scotland, or come to that Wales and Northern Ireland, will be rejoicing – unless England lose.Ian ArnottPeterborough• While it is heartening to read (Report, 3 July) that six of the World Cup squad are Yorkshire born, it has to be reluctantly admitted that, back home, the best football is played on the other side of the Pennines.Geoffrey RiderRipon, North Yorkshire• Time to boycott the World Cup (Couple may have been exposed to nerve agent, 5 July)?Toby WoodPeterborough• Saga Noren has finally done it. Now it is time for England to cross The Bridge.Jan WiczkowskiManchester • Join the debate – email email@example.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Topics World Cup Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sweden England Share on Twitter Retail industry Europe World Cup 2018 letters Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger As a patriotic UK citizen, Labour supporter and resident of a north Midlands town hollowed out by deindustrialisation, I agree with much of what Larry Elliott observes (Labour: you need to win hearts and minds in our low-wage towns, 5 July). However, the reason I would find it difficult to drape an England flag from my bedroom window or fly one on my car is because of our confused national identity. It is not because I’m disturbed by displays of patriotism during World Cups. It wasn’t a problem for me in 1966. Then the schisms in and between our nations of the UK and their causes had not been exploited, inadequately addressed or ignored as they now have been by successive governments.Andrew MilroyChesterfield, Derbyshire• Well played England! But if we are to win the World Cup it is clear that we need to up our level of “shithousery” or “grassrolling”, as I believe the latest outburst of histrionic cheating has been dubbed (Play-acting is a stain on this brilliant World Cup, 5 July). Of course, with the omnipresent VAR cameras it is becoming increasingly difficult to get away with, so I would give our lads three tips: Always clutch that part of your body that would be painful if the hypothetical contact had indeed been made with it (that’s where Rivaldo famously went wrong); do not overdo the rolling in agony. Neymar has been timed as rolling for 14 minutes during this tournament and he has only played four matches; once the award has been made in your favour, continue to look in pain and limp on the correct leg. Read more World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Reuse this content
Romelu Lukaku Man Utd striker Lukaku joins Premier League’s 100-goal club Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 22:09 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Manchester United v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring for the Red Devils against Swansea and become a top-tier centurion Romelu Lukaku has become the 28th player to record 100 Premier League by netting an early effort for Manchester United against Swansea.The Belgium international striker needed less than five minutes to open the scoring his latest outing and earn himself a standing in an elite club.In becoming a top-flight centurion, Lukaku has become the first Belgian to reach that milestone and the youngest foreign player in Premier League history to hit the 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 His efforts have been spread between West Brom, Everton and United.He never managed a Premier League goal for Chelsea, having seen game time limited during a frustrating spell with the Blues.Lukaku was, however, to prove his worth with the Baggies in 2012-13, netting 17 times during a productive loan spell.Another 15 followed at Everton the following year, before they made that move permanent and were rewarded with another 53 strikes across three campaigns.United then invested £75 million in Lukaku during the summer transfer window of 2017 and have seen him hit the target 15 times in the Premier League, and on 26 occasions across all competitions. Welcome to the #PL club, @RomeluLukaku9! #MUNSWA @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/fJRg4tvzLD— Premier League (@premierleague) March 31, 2018Only four players have made it to 100 Premier League goals at a younger age than Lukaku, and they are all iconic figures of the English game.5 – Romelu Lukaku is the fifth youngest player to score 100 Premier League goals.Michael Owen (23y 134d)Robbie Fowler (23y 283d)Wayne Rooney (24y 100d)Harry Kane (24y 191d)Romelu Lukaku (24y 322d)Flourish. https://t.co/s47U4jwMl5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 31, 2018United will be hoping that there are many more to come from their talismanic No.9, with Lukaku having shown that he is capable of leading the line for an elite club.He has endured the odd dip in form this season but has delivered when it matters and can now begin working his way towards the next 100 efforts of a remarkable club career.
Story Highlights “We have to find a way to ensure that those who have contributed to the development of Jamaica… when they get older and are no longer seen as the current stars, that they are taken care of and that something is in place to help them,” Ms. Grange noted. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded a decision by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to establish a welfare fund to support five former football players who have fallen on hard times. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, has lauded a decision by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to establish a welfare fund to support five former football players who have fallen on hard times.A former netballer will also benefit from the support.“We have to find a way to ensure that those who have contributed to the development of Jamaica… when they get older and are no longer seen as the current stars, that they are taken care of and that something is in place to help them,” Ms. Grange noted.She was speaking at a ceremony to present the national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, with the Key to Spanish Town, during a ceremony in the old capital on December 18.Making the announcement on the welfare fund, President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, disclosed that the last Sunday in every year will be reserved for a fundraising game, with the proceeds going towards assisting the former players.“So on the 30th (of December) the JFF has decided to have a fundraising game at Drax Hall (in St. Ann) and we’ve named a team comprised of all national masters. All of these players would have played for the national team in the World Cup qualifying era… We will have the national team, who will play against the Olympic squad,” he said.A welfare committee has also been established and will be chaired by former President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard.Meanwhile, Minister Grange is urging the girls to prepare themselves for the future “so that when all the glory is over, you would have ensured that you are well prepared for it in your older years”.Ms. Grange called for additional assistance from the private sector, especially the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce, to assist the women’s football team in their World Cup journey to France next year, which received support from the JFF President.The Sport Minister also announced plans for the phased development of the multi-use stadium, Prison Oval in Spanish Town, which is to commence in 2019.Spanish Town Mayor, Councillor Norman Scott, in his remarks, expressed pride in the Reggae Girlz and congratulated them for continuing to make Jamaica proud.The women’s football team Captain, Konya Plummer, thanked the Spanish Town Mayor for the honour bestowed on the squad.The team has already received keys from the Mayors of Montego Bay and Kingston, and is scheduled to be similarly honoured by the Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay later today. A former netballer will also benefit from the support.
New Delhi: In a major catch, a Canadian cricketer is among four people arrested by Customs Department sleuths at the Delhi airport for allegedly trying to smuggle gold worth Rs 1.7 crore into the country.The official said that all the four accused, two men and as many women, are relatives and had arrived from Bangkok. The investigation further revealed that the accused had confessed of smuggling gold in past too. According to the press statement, three Indian nationals and one Canadian passport holder arrived at T-3 IGI airport on June 7. The accused were intercepted by the customs officers at IGI airport after they had crossed the green channel. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarA detailed personal and baggage search of the passengers resulted in the recovery of five gold pieces, collectively weighing 5.2 kg and having a market value of Rs 1.7 crore, an official said. The recovered gold items have been seized under relevant sections of the Customs Act. They went to Bangkok on Wednesday and returned on Saturday on a combined ticket booked by one of the passengers, identified as Rakesh Luthra, the Customs Department said in a statement issued on Tuesday. The two male passengers, including the cricketer, have reportedly confessed of smuggling 5.46 kg gold worth Rs 1.72 crore in past, it said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe accused cricketer is a Canadian national. He has represented Canada in the ICC under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh, the officials said. All the four accused were refused bail on production before a magistrate here and sent to judicial custody, they added. “Further investigation is under progress to get the detailed clue,” added official. Earlier two men have been arrested by customs officials at Delhi airport for allegedly smuggling gold and forex worth lakhs by concealing them in the rectum in two separate cases. With agencies inputs
Nordoff Robbins has announced that this year’s recipient of the Nordoff Robbins Legends of Football Award will be former West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard.Frank’s glittering career has seen three league titles, 609 top-flight appearances and 177 goals, and he is rightly recognised as one of the all-time great Premier League players.He will join Sir Stanley Matthews, Sir Bobby Robson, Kenny Dalglish and last year’s recipient Steven Gerrardin receiving one of football’s greatest honours.Lampard said: “It’s a real honour for me to receive the Legends of Football award this year. Just seeing my name mentioned among those past winners is something to cherish.”And speaking specifically about Nordoff Robbins, Frank said in an interview on Friday with TalkSPORT’s Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs: “It’s a special charity working on incredible stuff. There’s a lot of care involved and music therapy covers so many areas, it’s a pleasure to be involved.”In marking Lampard’s achievements, the Legends of Football evening, held in partnership with the Premier League, will raise funds for Nordoff Robbins.Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore said:“Legends of Football is a fantastic event that combines the power and popularity of the Premier League and the music world to support the crucial work of Nordoff Robbins.“This year we look forward to celebrating the career of Frank Lampard, who had a remarkable playing career and is a Premier League icon.“His professionalism on and off the pitch makes him a great role model for young people and his support for this year’s Legends of Football promises to make it a very special event.”Nordoff Robbins CEO, Julie Whelan, said:“Events like the Legends of Football are vital to us as a charity,” said Julie Whelan, CEO of Nordoff Robbins. Nordoff Robbins receive no government funding and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services going. We thank everyone involved in this event for their hard work and dedication and a big thank you to all who attend – every penny raised goes directly towards our music therapy delivery, helping us to change more lives through music.”Legends of Football will celebrate the career of Frank Lampard on 8 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
“The lights mean exactly the same thing as the traffic lights”, says Cindy Dettling, Safe Stop Coordinator. “If you approach an intersection and the lights turn amber, you slow down and prepare to stop, the rules for the bus lights are the same”.Safe Stop is inviting residents to stop by to look at the school buses and talk to the drivers.Dettling shares, there is a draw for a chance to win prizes which include concert tickets and gift cards.A big thank you to Moose FM, Canada Safeway, First Truck, Holiday Inn & Suites and the Encana Events Centre, for making Safe Stop a great experience. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In celebration of Safe Stop Day residents are welcomed to come to participate at the Safe Stop event at the Canada Safeway parking lot.On Wednesday, September 25th, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm School 60 PAC will be hosting a BBQ with burgers and beverages by donation with all funds going back to the PAC.Safe Stop is a day dedicated to educating and reminding drivers to keep students safe by slowing down for the flashing amber lights and stopping for the flashing red lights on the back of yellow school buses.
Rabat – In her new television show, “Hello, Maroc!” American lawyer, MENA consultant, and religious scholar Courtney Erwin demonstrates her mastery of Modern Standard Arabic through storytelling that bridges her experiences between Morocco and the US.Featured on the television station Télémaroc, “Hello, Maroc!” is the first Moroccan television show written and hosted by an American woman in Fusha, or formal Arabic. In 10 episodes, Erwin, or “Coco,” as she’s called in the program, discusses subjects ranging from dreams to violence, gender to heroes. The most striking aspect of the show is its total focus on Erwin; she is the cast, narrator, subject, and oftentimes, the only person seen onscreen. Erwin’s day-to-day life is revealed in sweeping shots of her wanderings—pondering natural expanses and Arabic novels, buying vegetables in the souk, preparing soup in her kitchen. Erwin has worked across the Middle East and North Africa as an outspoken advocate for the universal right to education, spearheading interfaith, peacebuilding, and human rights endeavors. Erwin currently lives in Morocco, where she serves as the Senior Program Specialist at the Mohamedian League of Religious Scholars. She also recently launched an immersive cultural, educational, and spiritual program, Illuminated Tours Morocco, with Dr. Omid Safi of Duke University. Erwin sat down with MWN to discuss her experience studying Arabic, living in Morocco, and filming her first television program.How in the world did you come to write and star in an Arabic television program in Morocco? Erwin: [Laughs] My friend Chama Darchoul is a journalist who writes a column for Al Akhbar, a daily paper owned by Rachid Niny, who recently had launched [the TV channel] Télémaroc and was looking for content. We were talking one day, and Chama proposed the idea.She told me that it could be about anything. I would think of a topic, write out the concept in Arabic, work with my Arabic teacher to correct my mistakes, and then re-edit. It took a very long time. The shows are each about six minutes, but for that short time period, filming alone could take an entire day, while recording my voice-over would take over an hour.I always used the framework of stories because I believe that stories are what connect. So, I would start with a story in Morocco and then link it to the US (or vice versa). Then, I would tie in my lesson-learning from the story, linking the topic to larger themes of mutual recognition and solidarity, love, and acceptance across the two cultures.What are your hopes for the program, in terms of audience and impact?Erwin: The purpose for me is to be a bridge between the two cultures and tell the stories between the US and Morocco. If the audience here in Morocco can connect to the stories and see themselves in the stories, then I’m delighted. When I asked people what they liked about the show, they said that they liked seeing how I see Morocco. And also, how I see America from here. I enjoy “switching people’s shoes” so that they can experience moments that shift their perspectives.Also, I love Arabic so much, and I have spent so much of my life learning it. If I can motivate Moroccans and Americans alike to re-engage with Fusha, and think, “If she can do it, I can do it,” then that is wonderful. I hope I can serve as an example to show non-native speakers that they really can learn and understand formal Arabic.Now that you said “hello” to Morocco, are there other projects, cross-cultural or otherwise, that you have in mind?Erwin: This opportunity appeared because I was in the right place at the right time, and I had a friend with a cool idea who encouraged me to do something I never would have done otherwise, and I am unbelievably grateful to Chama, Rachid Niny, my film and audio crews, and Telemaroc for believing in me…Though I am not pursuing other series, two projects have emerged out of this project. For the first, I would like to, ideally, take these stories, add twenty or so to the collection, and then put them into a book in Arabic…Eventually, I’d love to send the collection to Arabic institutes to serve as fairly easy-to-read and cross-cultural stories for students of formal Arabic. I’m also currently working on another writing project of letters to my father that attempt to connect Islamic civilization to his world, which is the world of an older, more conservative gentleman raised in the Southern states in the US, who may not always have a positive impression of Islam or the MENA region. I’ve written about 13, so far. They are also thematic, and actually, the idea for the show is linked to that [project].Where would you say that you are right now in your Arabic language journey, and where would you like to go this year?Erwin: I think this is the first year that I feel less inhibited when speaking in Arabic, making mistakes and being okay with that. I study two hours every day, five days each week. I’ve been in Morocco for three years now…so, that’s a lot of hours. I recently asked my Arabic teacher, “When I’m speaking, what is the percentage breakdown of the accuracy of my speaking compared to my mistakes?” She said I was about 70 percent accurate and 30 percent inaccurate—like using the incorrect tense or preposition with a verb—but that will come with time… Right now, I’m reading novels and conducting formal correspondences in Arabic. I would say that I probably have 1-2 more years before I obtain a pretty solid level.And then?Erwin: I don’t know yet! I always want Arabic to be an essential part of my life. I anticipate living in Morocco for at least half of each year for the rest of my life. Before I moved to Morocco, I lived in Qatar, and it took at least three years before I felt like I understood the nuances of culture there. Personally, I don’t think that I can be effective as a liaison and “translator” across cultures, without living here. In my experience, a week or two every year in a place and reading a lot about it does not provide the same insights. I need to talk to people, eat together, laugh together, tell stories, open up about our dreams and struggles, and spend time in the community in order to understand the community, and allow them to understand me.Do you see yourself as a community builder in Morocco?Erwin: I find myself having conversations with my Moroccan friends, which they might not be able to have with other people due to the constraints of living in one’s own society. In that respect, I think I can help to open up conversations and create a safe space for exchange, and I like that. And that’s what Morocco is for me, as well. I am able to benefit from looking at my life and country in a different way. And rather than being a community builder here alone, I really try to bring the two communities together. For example, the “Hello, Morocco” episode on violence covers discussions of violence here and in the US and how each community sees the other. In this way, I hope to turn the mirror around and generate reflective conversations in society.Is there anything you would like to add?Erwin: We see a number of political tensions and cultural misunderstandings play out between the US and Arabic-speaking countries, and there are not enough non-native Arabic speakers in the US who speak Arabic really well. I should not be such an anomaly. The link between language and culture is so strong; there is no way I could have any understanding of a community without knowing the language. When is season two?Erwin: [Laughs] You’ve got season one. Like so many great HBO and Netflix shows: one season is all you get.
Rabat – Morocco’s investment committee has approved 68 draft agreements and amendments to investment agreements for MAD 57.65 billion.The investment committee held a meeting chaired by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani on Tuesday, October 23, in Rabat.Morocco’s Minister of Industry Moulay Hafid Elalamy said in a press briefing after the meeting that the agreements will generate 9,266 direct jobs, Maghreb Arab Press (Map) reported. The committee approved the agreements in two separate meetings, 48 agreements on January 10 and 20 agreements on Tuesday, Elalamy added.Elalamy gave details about the sectors the government will invest in and the forecasted job positions.The industrial sector will receive MAD 21.55 billion, transport and infrastructure MAD 10.91 billion, energy sector MAD 7.79 billion, and tourism MAD 5.98 billion.Elalamy predicts the industrial and tourism projects will create 2,850 jobs each, fishing and agri-food industry 2,038 jobs, and telecommunications 607 jobs.Read also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill Increases Subsidy Fund by 35%Laayoune region receives lion’s shareThe Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region in Western Sahara took the lion’s share of the investment projects at 30 percent, with a total of MAD 17.18 billion, said Elalamy.The Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region received MAD 8.14 billion (14 percent) while the Casablanca-Settat region received MAD 8.07 billion (14 percent). The remaining MAD 11.95 billion (20 percent) of investment projects will be spread to some or all of the nine other regions.Elalamy believes that the new allocation will allow a “gradual” establishment of investment equity between the 12 administrative regions.Elalamy expects the investment projects will generate 2,815 direct jobs (30 percent) in Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, 2,178 jobs in Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (23 percent), 2,052 jobs in (22 percent) in Casablanca-Settat, and 920 jobs (9 percent) in Marrakech-Safi.Elalamy explained that the state capital in the approved investment projects totaled MAD 36.29 billion (63 percent) while joint-ventures will fund 29 percent of the investment projects.In 2017 the committee approved a total of 51 draft agreements and amendments to the investment agreements, for a total amount of MAD 67 billion, which the government predicted would generate 6,777 direct jobs.Driss Jettou, head of the Court of Auditors, said Tuesday in Parliament, that public investments in 2017 amounted to MAD 188.3 billion, including an MAD 66.8 billion state contribution, an MAD 106 billion contribution by public companies and institutions, and an MAD 15.5 billion contribution by territorial communes.Read also: Benchaaboun: Privatization to Cut Deficit to 3.3% GDP in 2019Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun said Tuesday in a press conference, “The 2019 Finance Bill aims to stimulate a new dynamic in the investment and support business, through a set of measures and initiatives to consolidate ‘confidence’ of business and promote investment.”Benchaaboun indicated that “public investment is intended to be the ‘locomotive’ of the private sector since the 2019 Finance Bill allocated an overall budget of MAD 195 billion for public investment.”
6 July 2010A new regional centre to help develop the renewable energy potential for West Africa opened today in Cape Verde, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which is supporting the facility, said. A new regional centre to help develop the renewable energy potential for West Africa opened today in Cape Verde, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which is supporting the facility, said.The Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is based in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. It is supported by UNIDO and the Governments of Austria, Cape Verde and Spain.It will help develop renewable energy and energy efficiency markets in West Africa, formulate policy, build capacity and quality assurance mechanisms, as well design financing plans. The centre will also implement demonstration projects with potential for regional scaling up.“The current energy systems in the ECOWAS region are failing to support the growth prospects of the over 262 million inhabitants, especially the needs of the poor. The creation of ECREEE is a central milestone in efforts to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services in the region,” said Yoshiteru Uramoto, Deputy to UNIDO’s Director-General.“Investing in renewable energy systems and introducing energy efficient technologies will contribute to the region’s economic and social development without harming the environment,” he added.It is estimated that a total of 23,000 megawatts of large and small hydroelectric potential is concentrated in five ECOWAS member States, of which only 16 per cent has been exploited.Traditional biomass is already the main source of energy for the poor majority and accounts for 80 per cent of total energy consumed for domestic purposes. There are also considerable wind, tidal, ocean thermal and wave energy resources available. The region has vast solar energy potential.UNIDO has a number of projects in Africa where renewable energy sources like small hydro, biomass gasification, wind energy, solar thermal and photovoltaic energy are used to promote the development of small industries, particularly in rural areas, that contribute to growth and poverty reduction. The agency has also developed an energy programme for 18 countries in West Africa, including all ECOWAS member States, funded by the Global Environment Facility. ECREEE will become the main implementing agency of the $150 million programme that will focus on the energy access agenda and energy efficiency in key sectors of the economy.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi has called on all the political parties and the people in India to participate in a general strike on Tuesday.The Hindu newspaper reported that Karunanidhi recalled the recent resolution passed by the Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) demanding a fair international probe into the alleged genocide in Sri Lanka and urging the Union government to support a resolution moved at the United Nations Human Rights Council against Sri Lanka. He also said, “During the discussion on the issue in the Parliament even political parties such as BJP voiced support to the cause of Tamils. As there was no strong commitment from the Union government as anticipated and it was necessary to exert more pressure on the Centre.” The DMK president called for total support from all quarters, including those in government positions, and demanded that a holiday be declared on the strike day. “Private and government buses (should not run). Why, even Centre should announce suspension of train and flight services that day,” he added.
Ancaster Olympian Laura Fortino thanked her supporters on Sunday in Hamilton. Many took pictures with her and her gold medal. Elise Copps has the story.
Four-year-old Olivia loves to put together jigsaw puzzles, so much so that her teachers dubbed her the “puzzle expert.”She’s usually a friendly girl, but as one of her classmates approaches to play with her, Olivia suddenly throws herself on the floor and screams, “no, this is my puzzle.”Dealing with these sorts of complex situations in classrooms can be challenging for teachers who may not know where to turn for answers or resources.Brock University educationalist Kimberly Maich is releasing a series of video tutorials depicting various scenarios that occur in inclusive classrooms. The videos explain concepts in child development, inclusion, collaboration and special needs, along with ways to resolve those situations.Within inclusive classrooms are children living with physical and mental challenges, including autism, who are educated side-by-side with their non-challenged peers rather than being taught in separate classrooms.“Inclusive education reflects the way the world is,” says Maich. “We’re all living together in one world; we’re not learning in whole different worlds with walls between us. The only walls we actually have are the ones we make ourselves.”But such an approach can make teaching more complicated and sometimes frustrating.“We need to keep supporting our classrooms and teachers and not just say, we’re doing inclusion, here you go,” says Maich, who is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education.“It’s a big job to have 30 students in the classroom with all sorts of diversities. We need to support that, whether that’s in terms of supplying additional human resources or specialized teaching instruction that can work in the classroom or developing new skills in educators or whatever it takes.”The first video in the series, “Olivia” outlines ways to teach social skills to the four-year-old, puzzle-loving Olivia and her classmates and is being used to re-develop EDUC 4P52 into a service learning course funding by a service learning grant.“If these animations are successful, they could be used to teach strategies related to applied behaviour analysis in an engaging way, suitable for even online instruction,” says Maich.The case studies depicted in the video series comes from a book Maich published in 2015 focusing on preschool and kindergarten students, titled Early Learners in Preschools and Kindergartens.Maich has also recently published another book, Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Ontario Context.“It is the first book of its kind to offer a thorough introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario,” says Maich.“Whenever I teach a course on special education or anything related to the topic, we get a lot information about U.S. legislation; there’s not much information about Canada and certainly there’s nothing specific to Ontario when it comes to a comprehensive book on ASD,” says Maich.The book defines Autism Spectrum Disorder as being “characterized by impairments in social communication and the presence of restricted and repetitive behaviours.”Targeted mainly for teachers, clinical students, education students and parents, the book opens with a brief history of ASD and current understandings of the condition. It contains strategies to address a range of ASD-related behaviours, describes research on ASD and outlines policies and programs in Ontario to help children, adults and families living with ASD.Maich has written a number of studies and books on ASD and inclusive education. One study she co-wrote with PhD student Carmen Hall, Implementing iPads in the Inclusive Classroom Setting, was included in SAGE Publishing’s top articles of 2016 for special education.Watch the first video in the series below:
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The hapless burglar was found stuck kneeling on the windowsill of the houseCredit:Mercury Press He was found stuck kneeling on the windowsill and when police officers PC Dolan and PC Grady arrived on scene the fire service was called. It took 20 minutes to free him in the incident last December.Sergeant Richard Garland, of the Greater Manchester Police Whitefield team, said: “Poetic justice has been served.“It doesn’t happen very often. Although we can laugh at him we mustn’t forget that the poor lady in the house was very upset by it – she’s still a victim.“Crawshaw was so firmly wedged the fire service had to use some force to get him out and he ended up with some cuts and scrapes to his ear and face.” A hapless burglar had to be rescued after getting wedged in a bathroom window.Sean Crawshaw, from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, was caught dangling from the upstairs window of a house he was trying to raid.The occupant, a woman in her 60s, saw him suspended from the window after she returned from a trip out.Crawshaw, 47, had shimmied up the drainpipe and managed to poke his head through the window – but the rest of him failed to follow. Crawshaw pleaded guilty to burglary at Minshull Street Crown Court and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison. The fire brigade was called after police officers PC Dolan and PC Grady arrived on scene to find the burglar’s tricky situationCredit:MEN Media