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Probe into Delhi-Meerut expressway

first_imgStaff Reporter A probe has been ordered into allegations of corruption and irregularities in the purchase of land for the Delhi-Meerut expressway project. Meerut Divisional Commissioner Dr. Prabhat Kumar ordered the probe after receiving several complaints that some officials allegedly bought land from villagers in the names of their proxies after the high-profile infrastructure project was notified in 2012. Dr. Kumar has asked the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad to conduct the probe and submit the report in two weeks. “We received several complaints that many officials, in a nexus with private parties, managed to get their relatives and acquaintances to buy land from villagers after the notification of the project was done. It was alleged that they made money when the compensation for the land was increased during the arbitration stage. I have asked the District Magistrate of Ghaziabad to probe the allegations and submit the report in two weeks,” said Dr. Kumar. “The probe into the allegations is already underway. Action will be taken against people who violated rules,” added Dr. Kumar. In August, he asked officials of the Meerut Development Authority to come to his office and had the police to arrest them after they were found to be involved in a case of corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the 74-km Delhi-Meerut expressway project in December 2015. The acquisition of land began in 2015 and, so far, over ₹400 crore has been awarded as compensation. Senior administrative officials of Ghaziabad told The Hindu that the initial probe had revealed that land had been bought and sold in as many as 450 cases after the notification of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway project.last_img read more


Farmer found dead, kin blame loan burden

first_imgUnable to repay a loan of around ₹50,000, a 38-year-old farmer in Bijnor district allegedly killed himself on Sunday. The police, however, suspect depression because of trouble in domestic life could be the cause.Neighbours saw the farmer, a resident of Salempur village under Heempur Deepa police station, leaving his house around noon. When he didn’t return, relatives started searching for him. His body was found in the nearby jungle. According to local sources, only his elder daughter was at home when the farmer left home.The deceased’s wife said he was the sole earning member in the family and was tense for the past year because of being unable to repay the loan. Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health; 011-4076 9002 (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.)last_img read more


Pistons’ Blake Griffin says he wants to be where he’s wanted

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Griffin has arrived in Detroit now, and on Wednesday the Pistons introduced him and the two other players they received from the Los Angeles Clippers in the blockbuster deal earlier this week. Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed should be available to play Thursday night when Detroit hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, and that’s when the idea of Griffin in a different uniform will really become a reality.The Pistons sent Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks to the Clippers. The trade came seven months after Griffin signed a $171 million, five-year contract to stay with Los Angeles — a fact that’s been duly noted. LeBron James described the deal as “unfortunate” — pointing out that players are described as disloyal for leaving teams, but franchises don’t necessarily face the same criticism when trading players who have stayed committed to them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhen asked if he regretted not having a no-trade clause, Griffin kept the focus on his future with his new team.“I want to play for an organization that wants me to play there,” Griffin said. “This is where I want to be, and this is the place that wants me.” Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But if Griffin stays healthy and productive, he could easily become a fan favorite in Detroit, where the franchise has long featured physical, blue-collar players willing to throw their weight around. Griffin was asked about a couple of those former Pistons — Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman — and whether he could be comparable.“Somewhere in between Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman,” he said, drawing a laugh. “Being a coach’s son and growing up playing for my dad, and him always demanding that I play hard and be a hard worker — both my parents are two of the hardest-working people I know. I think hard work is something that has been instilled in me from a young age, so I try to play that same way.” View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin, from left, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson pose with their new NBA basketball uniforms in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Blake Griffin described his reaction when he found out he had been traded.“Shocked is a good way to put it,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. I pretty much found out when everybody else found out. It just kind of took a second to realize, OK, like, everything’s changing.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Detroit is in its fourth season with Stan Van Gundy as coach and team president, and the Pistons — without Griffin and the newcomers — snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win Tuesday night over Cleveland. If the season ended now, they would not make the playoffs, but they’re within striking distance with plenty of time remaining.An injury to point guard Reggie Jackson has been a big issue, and Van Gundy has cautioned against expecting any immediate surge after Griffin’s arrival. The trade was a risk because of Griffin’s big contract and his injury history, but owner Tom Gores indicated before Wednesday’s news conference that he understands it could take time for the deal to pay significant dividends.“My job probably should be to be a little patient, although Stan and I did talk yesterday, and our biggest job up front is to adapt as fast as possible,” Gores said. “Our expectation was always to win this year, so of course we want to win this year, but whatever happens this year, we have an asset for the long haul. This deal does not happen if Blake was on a one-year deal.”Gores said the deal wasn’t made to provide a short-term boost in fan support, although any added buzz is certainly welcome. The Pistons have played in front of plenty of empty seats at their new downtown arena this season, but a few more performances like Tuesday’s might change that.“I did consider the buzz it would bring to our players and our organization,” Gores said. “I didn’t think for a second about filling the stadium. That would be very short-term.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Indo-Pak Express eyes Grand Slam glory

first_imgRohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi’s ‘ Stop War Start Tennis’ slogan acquired a new dimension on Monday as the duo launched a T-shirt line with the logo on it.The Indo- Pak Express, as the duo likes to be called, took the ATP Tour by storm in 2010. After they lost the US Open doubles final to the Bryan twins Bob and Mike, Aisam spoke emotionally about how the world should stop looking at Pakistan just as a terrorist state.As the duo appeared before the media on the sidelines of the Chennai Open, the two again made a fervent plea for ‘Stop War Start Tennis’ with Aisam being more vocal.Rohan was brimming with joy when he told the media that this T- shirt was going to be kept at the International Olympic Committee ( IOC) museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.”I am really proud the IOC is going to keep it on view,” felt Rohan. The tall Coorgi said the T- shirt has been reasonably priced at ` 495 and can be purchased online.”A part of the revenue will go to my Go Sports Foundation which helps deserving sportspersons,” said Rohan Aisam was also happy.”Nobody thought a tennis player from Pakistan was ever going to make it so big in the world circuit.Inshallah, we will grow in strength. I will use proceeds from this T- shirt sale for helping needy people in Pakistan, especially those who have been badly hit by floods last year. We do have a family foundation called the Haq foundation and I am hopeful we will raise enough money,” said Aisam.advertisementTalking about the plans and goals for the 2011 season, Aisam said he was committed to playing with Rohan for the full year.”We are playing the full season in 2011 and because our rankings are now high we can plan the full year ahead,” said Aisam.As a pair which made it to seven ATP Tour finals in 2010 and made the breakthrough with a title win in South Africa, they are focused more on doubles.Mixing singles and doubles has been tough for Rohan. “Obviously, there is a big gap between my singles and doubles rankings.I am going to play the maximum doubles events with Aisam. We are sure this could be a big year for us,” he said.So what really was the turnaround for the Indo- Pak Express? “Earlier, we were playing in Challengers and smaller events. Now that we have been consistent, we know we are right up there. I am aware there are new pairs in the field now but we are going to focus on what all we could do to get better,” said Rohan.Aisam went a step together. “Rohan and I believe in ourselves.Inshallah, we can win a few Grand Slams together now that we have the experience of a final appearance (US Open).”We are now in a situation where we can play all the nine Masters Series events. In 2010, we could play just two,” said the Pakistani.Rohan spoke glowingly about the depth in Indian tennis. “I mean, it’s fabulous that Leander and Mahesh are playing the Chennai Open. They have such big history and this is a city where they have played excellent tennis,” said Rohan.And what of a billed final clash with the Indian Express. “It’s too early to look that far ahead,” shot back Aisam.last_img

Don’t See Anyone Winning Athletics Medal in Olympics in Near Future: Milkha Singh

first_img athleticsmilkha singhOlympics First Published: September 27, 2019, 10:54 PM IST Mumbai: The legendary Milkha Singh on Friday said he does not see any Indian winning a medal in athletics in the Olympics in the near future.”Abhi tak toh mujhe koi aadmi aisa nazar nahi aata jo aaney walein Olympics Games ke andar athletics mein medal jeet paye (Till now, I don’t see anyone who can win a medal in athletics in Olympics),” the 92-year-old Milkha, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’ told reporters here. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours 2019, which are being instituted by Virat Kohli and RP-SG. Milkha informed that he would be bestowed with an award during the function.”Kid, you have spoken about Olympics, but I will speak to you more about athletics … I, Gurbachan (Singh) Randhawa, PT Usha, Anju Bobby Geroge and Sriram Singh reached the final (in the Olympics) but could not get a medal,” rued Milkha.Milkha is most remembered for finishing fourth in the 400m final in the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, while Randhawa finished fifth in 110m hurdles in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. PT Usha came fourth in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics while Anju Bobby George was fifth in the 2004 Athens Games.”If we have to win a medal in the Olympics, we will have to keep the athletes at one place and train them. Then (only) we can win a gold medal in the Olympics, suggested Milkha.Meanwhile, gymnast Dipa Karmakar said that her “fitness was good” amid her injury concerns.Current and former India cricketers Ajinkya Rahane, Smriti Mandhana, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh, chief badminton national coach P Gopichand were among a host of athletes and other celebrities who attended the award function. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more


India beat Bangladesh, set up title clash with Pakistan

first_img× 1/2 DINESHKARTHIK Don’t think we need to change anything for final: Kohli RELATED rohit   –  Reuters SHARE June 15, 2017 COMMENTS Published oncenter_img cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL 2/2 rohit   –  Reuters null Rohit Sharma stamped his class with an authoritative hundred in the company of magnificent Virat Kohli as India annihilated Bangladesh by nine wickets to set up a bumper summit showdown with arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, here today.The lazy elegance of Rohit (123 no off 129 balls) coupled with the unmatched swagger of skipper Kohli (96 no off 78 balls) ensured India treat Bangladesh’s attack with utter disdain, knocking off a modest target of 265 in 40.1 overs.This was after some inspired bowling changes from Kohli, including the introduction of part—time off—spinner Kedar Jadhav, which changed the complexion of the game with Bangladesh managing only 264 for seven in 50 overs.A miracle was needed for the over-rated mediocre pace attack to stop the Indian line-up. That didn’t happen as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (46) added 87 for the opening wicket.And then came skipper Kohli, who treated the opposition attack as a bunch of net bowlers, adding 178 runs for the second wicket off 153 balls.The Indian captain also reached a personal milestone of 8000 ODI runs in his 183rd match.Rohit’s innings will be remembered for those pull shots and the amount of time he had to execute each one of them.But Kohli’s innings will be specifically remembered for two shots, or rather two pushes, off Mustafizur Rahaman — they were the best of the Indian innings.One that went straight past the bowler and the other was pushed through the vacant mid-off area. It was the best way of showing who the boss is.The gulf between the two teams was evident in the manner the Indian batsmen toyed with the Bangladesh attack.Anything short outside the off-stump was cut with ferocity. If the short ball was on leg and middle, it was dutifully pulled by Rohit, Kohli or Dhawan.They played all sorts of pull shots — Rohit primarily hit behind the square, Dhawan through the square and Virat in front of the square.Rohit, who is playing his first international tournament in six months, once again showed during his 11th ODI hundred as to why he is so highly rated.There were 15 boundaries and a hooked six off Mustafizur brought up his hundred. Kohli, who finished the match with a boundary, hit 13 of them in all.Earlier, Jadhav’s ‘golden arm’ provided decisive twin blows, helping India restrict Bangladesh opting to bowl.Jadhav’s 2/22 in six overs brought India back in the game as he took the crucial wickets of Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) with his fastish off-breaks.The two wickets proved to be the difference as Bangladesh only crossed the 260—mark instead of a projected 310 after Tamim and Rahim had added 123 runs for the second wicket in 21.1 overs.Once Kedar was done with his job, Jasprit Bumrah (2/40 in 10 overs) played his regular part to perfection, stifling the opposition with as many as 40 dot balls.The third powerplay (41-50) saw Bangladesh scoring only 62 runs, primarily due to a cameo from skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (30 no off 25 balls).Bumrah’s senior partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/53) complemented him well with a couple of dismissals first up.Bangladesh lost the momentum when Jadhav first got rid of the dangerous Tamim, who tried an ugly slog sweep to a delivery that was fired down the middle and leg. He missed the line completely to be bowled.In a space of few overs, Jadhav was back in thick of things, this time getting Rahim to drive uppishly that went straight to Kohli at mid-wicket.Jadhav was an inspired choice for Kohli as his fifth bowler Hardik Pandya had an off day, giving away 34 in his four overs, including an over in which he got Tamim out twice — caught off a free-hit and then bowled off a no-ball.Ravindra Jadeja (1/48 in 10 overs) got Shakib Al Hasan (15) caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni between the dismissals of Tamim and Rahim.From 154 for two, Bangladesh slumped to 179 for five, again fluffing their lines during the crucial death overs.It was Bumrah who took charge during the death overs. He scared the hell out of Mosaddek Saikat (15) with a barrage of short balls, which got him a simple caught and bowled.Bangladesh’s last hope for a big score was Mahmudullah Riyadh (21), who got a perfect yorker and he could have done nothing about it.Earlier, both Tamim and Shakib didn’t take too many risks but got the scoreboard ticking, raising hopes of a big total when they were comfortably placed at 154 for two.Tamim’s 82-ball innings had seven fours and a flicked six off Pandya, while Rahim hit four boundaries in his 85-ball knock. After three successive boundaries off a Bhuvneshwar over, Rahim was more keen on rotating the strike.They, in fact, negotiated Ravichandran Ashwin (10-0-54-0) well without taking any undue risks. While Ashwin bowled 27 dot balls, he did not bowl any wicket-taking deliveries. But it hardly mattered in the end. DINESHKARTHIK COMMENTlast_img read more


Justin Brownlee hopes to play for Gilas Pilipinas ‘sooner than later’

first_imgPhoto by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Clad in a blue jersey for a change, Justin Brownlee was all smiles as he met the media Monday night.Brownlee, the resident Barangay Ginebra import, joined national team practice just as an extra body with the Gilas pool down to 14 men following Jayson Castro’s injury.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man “It was fun, just interacting with all the guys, help them learn because the system they’re using is pretty much similar to what we run in Ginebra. Any type of help I can do, I’m willing to do it.”Brownlee is currently at the height of his powers and he hopes he will be given the chance to play for the Philippines in the near future.“I hope soon, sooner than later. But I’m not sure right now, as far as the naturalization is going. It’s still pending from what I heard. But I’m hoping it’s passed very soon.”ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Gilas set for 3 closed-door tune up games ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The prolific forward, though, hopes to get to wear the Philippines’ colors in a “real game.”“Actually, a couple of people said, they messaged me, ‘Some nice color. I like the color.’ Hopefully, I can sport that in a real game,” said Brownlee, who sported a blue jersey with ‘Pilipinas’ printed on the front.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 31-year-old Brownlee is one of the country’s candidates for naturalization but with the process for naturalization still pending, the prolific forward is just happy to give Gilas a hand in any way he can.“Just helping the best way I can. Coach Tim invited me and it was an honor just to be invited in practice, being around all these talented guys playing in the PBA, playing against them and now practicing with them. It’s a special moment. It’s a lot of talent and I’m hoping they do really well in the SEA Games and get the gold medal,” he said. MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Bayern Beats Olympiakos, Reaches CL Knockout Stages

first_imgMUNICH (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored again as Bayern Munich reached the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-0 victory over Olympiakos on Wednesday in the club’s first game since coach Niko Kovac was fired.Ivan Perisic added a late goal for Bayern as interim coach Hansi Flick oversaw a performance with few highlights on his debut.But Lewandowski’s 69th-minute opener and Perisic’s strike in the 89th, a minute after he came on as a substitute, were enough for the Bavarian powerhouse to reach the last 16. With two games remaining, Bayern tops Group B on 12 points, eight ahead of last season’s finalist Tottenham, which was playing at Red Star Belgrade later.Kovac was fired on Sunday, one day after the seven-time defending German champion slumped to its heaviest Bundesliga defeat in more than 10 years with a 5-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt.Against Olympiakos, it was a cautious game from Bayern with little fluid play.Olympiakos’ Kostas Tsimikas, left, stops Bayern’s Thomas Mueller during the Champions League group B soccer match between Bayern Munich and Olympiakos in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Flick, Germany coach Joachim Löw’s former assistant, opted not to start with Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho or Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, while Jerome Boateng was also left out, with Javi Martinez, Leon Goretzka and Kingsley Coman coming in for the trio.“We had 27 attempts. I was satisfied with the team. We constantly put the opponent under pressure and dominated,” Flick said.The home side dominated possession but displayed little urgency or imagination going forward. While Bayern wracked up attempts after Goretzka first tried his luck from distance, Olympiakos ‘keeper José Sá proved equal to the few that were on target.Sá produced excellent saves to deny Coman, then Thomas Müller before Benjamin Pavard was denied by the post before the break.Coman tested Sá again after the break, before Lewandowski finally made the breakthrough with Bayern’s 20th attempt of the game.Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, center, celebrates the opening goal of his team during the Champions League group B soccer match between Bayern Munich and Olympiakos in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Coman fired the ball in from the right and the Polish striker deflected it in with his right boot for his sixth goal in four Champions League games, his 21st of the season across all competitionsPerisic had an easy finish to seal the win after some good play from Coman and Corentin Tolisso in the build-up.“It was a good game from us,” said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer, who was happy not to concede before the Saturday’s clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. “For our confidence in defense that was important.”___More AP soccer: andTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Wimbledon: Venus knocked out, Serena in 4th round

first_imgVenus Williams lost to World No. 20 Kiki Bertens to crash out of the Wimbledon as her sister Serena Williams safely navigated her way to the next round on Friday.Venus could not pull off a third consecutive comeback, instead joining the parade of top-10 seeds on the way out of the Grand Slam tournament.No. 9 seed five-time Wimbledon champion lost to Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round.In each of her first two matches this week, Williams dropped the opening set before eventually winning in three. She couldn’t quite do the same this time.Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women are gone before the end of Week 1 at the All England Club.The 38-year-old American, who was last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon, was the oldest entrant in the women’s singles field. SERENA THROUGH TO PRE-QUARTERSSeven-times champion Serena moved ominously into the last 16 at Wimbledon when she recovered from a sluggish start to beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 7-6(1) on Friday.The American, seeded 25, looked sluggish initially and trailed 5-3 but the 36-year-old flicked the switch and reeled off six games in a row as Mladenovic wilted in the heat.To her credit Mladenovic recovered her poise and had a chance to break the Williams serve at 4-4 in the second set.Williams slammed the door shut though and piled on the pressure when Mladenovic served at 5-6.Mladenovic saved one match point with a graceful forehand winner and forced a tiebreak but there was no stopping Williams as she steamed through it like an express train.advertisementShe brought up another match point with a 12th ace and finished it off with her 13th.Williams has now won 17 consecutive matches at Wimbledon including the 2015 and 2016 titles.She missed last year’s tournament because she was pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia. KEYS BITES THE DUSTMadison Keys became the latest title-contender to fall at Wimbledon when the American 10th seed lost 7-5 5-7 6-4 to Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in the third round on Friday.The 23-year-old looked like salvaging a place in the last 16 when she clawed her way back from a set and 4-0 down to take the match into a decider on a hot and humid Court Three.But world number 120 Rodina, who needed treatment early in the decider, refused to crack and broke the Keys serve at 4-4.She slipped 15-30 behind as she tried to serve it out but Keys netted an easy volley.Rodina got to match point with a stunning forehand pass played almost on her knees. Keys then netted a forehand, her 48th unforced error of the match, to hand the Russian victory.The defeat of the U.S. Open runner-up means only three of the top 10 seeds are left in the women’s draw.Only two of the top eight survived to the third round — the lowest at Wimbledon in the professional era.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)last_img read more


Tony Finau makes US Ryder Cup team as Jim Furyk’s final pick

first_img0:57 Share via Email Since you’re here… Ryder Cup Share on LinkedIn Golf … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Play Video Xander Schauffele, from California, who finished tied for third in the BMW, had also been considered a possible wild card.Furyk chose Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau last week as his first three picks to play at Le Golf National in Paris at the end of the month. Those four players will join Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, who qualified automatically through the points system.Justin Rose’s consolation for losing a sudden-death play-off at the BMW to Keegan Bradley was becoming the world No 1, overtaking Johnson.Rose is the fourth English world No1, after Nick Faldo, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. US sports Tony Finau has been selected for the American Ryder Cup team as Jim Furyk’s final captain’s pick.The 28-year-old’s first appearance in the competition was announced after he finished tied for eighth at the latest FedEx Cup event, the BMW Championship at Aronimink, outside Philadelphia. “The final Captain’s Pick is in. Welcome to the team tonyfinaugolf!,” tweeted Ryder Cup USA.center_img Tiger Woods: To be part of Ryder Cup conversation is pretty cool – video news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Topics Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Only one winner as Conte goes to war with Chelsea

first_imgTransfers Conte has gone to war with the Chelsea owners – and just like at Juventus there’s only one winner Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 20:10 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte Juventus Serie A Premier League Opinion The volatile coach quit the Bianconeri in 2014 because of a dispute over transfer policy and history is now set to repeat itself at Stamford Bridge Even those that love Antonio Conte concede that he can be a difficult character to live with. For many years, his wife has had to put up with her husband waking up in the middle of the night, turning the light on and scribbling down some new tactical idea that has just popped into a brain that seemingly never switches off.Andrea Pirlo, meanwhile, admitted last year, “I can say that Conte is a genius. But, like all men who possess genius, he is a little mad.” 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 Which would explain why in taking on Chelsea over player recruitment, he has picked another fight that he cannot win. Conte did the same thing at former club Juventus just under four years ago, when he sensationally resigned after totally transforming the fortunes of a club coming off successive seventh-placed finishes in Serie A by leading it to three consecutive Scudetti.However, behind the scenes, all was not well. Conte was clashing with his bosses on a regular basis. He was even at odds with them over their pre-season programme but transfers were the heart of the issue.Disappointed by a dismal group-stage exit from the 2013-14 Champions League, Conte wanted Juve to spend big that summer, and had his sights set on Alexis Sanchez and Juan Cuadrado.Juve instead spent just €28.5 million, on six players, two of which (Patrice Evra and Kingsley Coman) were free, while he was given no assurances on whether Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba would still be in Turin when the transfer window closed.Juve’s prudence bitterly frustrated Conte, who when asked about his team’s Champions League prospects, memorably moaned, “You cannot eat in a €100 restaurant with just €10 in your pocket.”He even threatened to quit at the end of the season but was talked into taking some time to think things through during the summer holidays by Bianconeri director Pavel Nedved.The arguments continued when he returned, though, and he walked just two days into pre-season. “Antonio has resigned because he did not have the energy to continue disagreements with management,” Nedved admitted.Andrea Pirlo Antonio Conte PSFour years on, he now finds himself in the same situation, with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and recruitment chief Marina Granovskaia having grown increasingly irritated by Conte’s public complaints about the club’s inability to compete with Europe’s elite in the transfer market.On paper, he has been well backed financially, for the second consecutive window, having been allowed to bring in Olivier Giroud, Emerson Palmieri and Ross Barkley in January alone.However, from Conte’s perspective, he feels that he has not been given the money to sign the players that he wants, world-class talents that will improve his first 11, not just strengthen his squad.Chelsea’s parsimony, founded on the club’s desire to become self-sustainable rather than remain reliant on Abramovich’s deep pockets, was never going to sit well with a man like Conte, who is so obsessed with winning that he even named his daughter Vittoria.By telling Diego Costa that he had no future at Stamford Bridge via text message, Conte also made problems for himself in the dressing room but, again, that was totally in keeping with his aggressive character.This is a man who actively seeks out confrontation, believing that it can actually benefit a team in terms of concentration.Agnelli Nedved Conte PSIndeed, ahead of Juve’s final game of the 2013-14 season, against Cagliari, Conte was so desperate to see his side maintain their focus and claim a victory that would allow them to become the first Serie A side to break the 100-point barrier, that he manufactured a row with his captain, Gianluigi Buffon, over player bonuses in front of all of the entire squad.According to the book ‘ Metodo Conte ‘, the coach shouted: “Shut the f*** up, Gigi, what the f*** are you saying?! Don’t say a word!”I don’t want to see you anymore; get out of here! I would have never have expected it from you!”You don’t know s*** Gigi, you are the captain, you are a disappointment to me as well as all these idiots.”Buffon went along with it, the players bought it and went out the following day and beat Cagliari 3-0 to end their campaign on a record-breaking high.However, Conte’s increasingly tense tenure had already become unsustainable. He had fallen out with Juve’s director of communications, Claudio Albanese, while his relationship with club president Andrea Agnelli had become increasingly strained.When later asked if Conte had a weakness, Agnelli replied, “He is perhaps a bit touchy, especially when you tell him that something isn’t going the way he wants it to.”Chelsea’s season certainly isn’t going the way Conte wants right now, his dissatisfaction has overshadowed the club’s entire campaign and it now feels like just a matter of time before he once again grows “tired” of fighting with his bosses – or they grow tired of him.As he knows full well, there is only ever one winner in such arguments – and it’s never the coach.last_img read more


Course on Reparation to be Taught at UWI

first_img The curriculum will examine the argument for reparation within a historical context It is important to educate the Caribbean population about the issues of slavery and reparation A course on reparation will shortly be offered at UWI, Mona A course on reparation, looking at the issue of compensation for slavery in the Caribbean, will shortly be offered at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.The course is being designed by Lecturer in the Department of Government in Political Philosophy and Culture, Dr. Clinton Hutton.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank recently, Dr. Hutton informed that the curriculum will examine the argument for reparation within a historical context.He said it is important to educate the Caribbean population about the issues of slavery and reparation, as many young people still do not see a connection between themselves and their enslaved ancestors.“In other words, they are unable to feel empathy for their own ancestors,” he stated, noting that the same lack of feeling displayed for our ancestors is the same that the Europeans had towards black people.Dr. Hutton said that during his lectures, some students have argued that the reason their foreparents were enslaved was because they were uneducated.He argued, however, that some of the people, who came across the Middle Passage, were state makers, scientists and highly skilled persons.“In fact, the reason for Europeans going to Africa was that Africa was rich in tropical agriculture and not because of the physical makeup of our ancestors,” he stated.“We need to walk through the passages that our ancestors walked, and we can only do that if we educate ourselves,” he added.Education, Dr. Hutton argued further, will also generate a bigger and growing political voice to support the work of the National Commission for Reparations (NCR). “I have no doubt that if the people are educated they will begin to think differently,” he said.Last year, the NCR was reconvened under the leadership of UWI Professor Verene Shepherd, to among other things, advise the government on the case for reparation and to recommend the form or forms, which reparations may take.The Commission is also mandated to receive testimony from the public and from experts with the aim of guiding a national approach to reparations. Story Highlightslast_img read more


Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

first_imgWellington: New legislation to tighten New Zealand gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings drew overwhelming support when it was introduced to parliament on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 119-1 in favour of the bill, which bans military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) rifles like those used in the March 15 rampage by a white supremacist which claimed 50 lives. Police Minister Stuart Nash said the attack by accused gunman Brenton Tarrant showed current firearms restrictions were inadequate. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Far too many people in this country have access to these dangerous firearms for no legitimate purpose, but at significant risk to the public,” he said. The sole holdout against the legislation was David Seymour, a conservative whose ACT Party has a single seat in parliament. Seymour criticised the speed with which his colleagues were handling the legislation, fast-tracking a process that usually takes months so that the law will take effect by the end of next week. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is important that we maintain our tradition of sober, robust law-making at all times, but especially now,” he said in a statement. “The best way to show defiance in the face of terrorism is to refuse to erode our democratic institutions.” Seymour had intended to try to stall the legislation in parliament but missed his chance when he arrived in the chamber late after spending too long explaining his plan to media. Nash was unapologetic about the hurried timetable for outlawing MSSAs, which will see the ban put to the vote twice more before it would formally become law. “We don’t ever want to see an attack like this in our country again,” he said. “We are compelled to act quickly.” Further curbs — potentially including a gun register, tighter vetting and stricter gun storage rules — are set to be passed by the end of the year. New Zealand has about 1.5 million privately owned firearms, or 0.3 per person, including an estimated 13,500 MSSAs The government has also said it will review laws dealing with hate speech. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, widely praised for her compassionate and decisive leadership following the Islamophobic attack, has also called for action by social media giants after the alleged gunman live streamed the atrocity online.last_img read more


FY19 CIL coal allocation to power sector dips 6

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned CIL allocated 27.14 million tonne coal to the power sector under special forward e-auction mechanism last fiscal, registering a decline of six per cent from the previous year. According to the latest monthly report by the coal ministry prepared for the Cabinet, Coal India (CIL) allocated 28.93 MT of the dry fuel to the sector in 2017-18. In March 2019, the allocation stood at 1.12 MT in comparison to nil in the year-ago period. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRecently, a World Bank report said India is still facing challenges to meet its growing demand for power and reliable supply remains low in the country. Last year, CIL said it would put on offer a little over 45 MT coal under the special forward e-auction mechanism in 2018-19. In an attempt to reach out to its consumers, CIL had earlier announced a special forward e-auction calendar for 2018-19 to facilitate power plants to systematically plan the lifting of coal. Coal India accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output. The PSU produced 606.9 MT coal in 2018-19 against 567.4 MT in 2017-18.last_img read more


Italian Book Links Polisario to Terrorism and Trafficking in the Sahel

Rabat – A new Italian book explores how the Polisario Front’s presence in the Sahel has led to instability in the region and with the strengthening of terrorism and organized crime.“From the expansion of Daech to the role of mafia groups, from the Polisario Front’s activities to the return of the Tuaregs to arms, the Sahara Desert has become a crossroads of arms, drugs and human trafficking,” state the authors of “Sahara: Desert Mafia Groups and Jihad,” published by Castevecchi. The authors Massimiliano Boccolini, journalist and academic, and Alessio Postiglione, a journalist, academic and Italian leftist militant, previously a great sympathizer with the Polisario,  explain that the book aims at “lifting the veil on ignorance” and “shedding light on a part of the world” that is close to Italy, and that is shrouded by information that does not lend itself to simplification. The book compares the southern part of Algeria and northern part of Mali to Afghanistan due to the presence of the Polisario-controlled Tindouf Camps.It points to the recurring kidnapping of Western and Italian nationals in recent years in the Tindouf camps and the trafficking of all kinds, both directly involving the Polisario as well as the terrorist organizations that have been allowed to thrive.“The area south of the Tindouf camp in Algeria, under the control of the Polisario Front, has become a new Afghanistan, where the safety of foreigners is threatened. [This area] extends from southern Algeria to northern Mali is […] controlled by al-Qaeda and smugglers.”The book also examines the geostrategic context leading to the creation of the Polisario. It explains that the Polisario continues to be a puppet in the hands of Algerian leaders, and states through the testimony of the anti-fascist prosecutor, Franco Roberti, that there are strong links between the thriving international mafias, the terrorist groups and the Polisario.On another note, the authors spotlight Morocco’s contributions to the stability of the region and its strategic alliances with the countries of the Sahel.“Morocco is the last bulwark of stability in the region,” they write. “It is fighting separatists in its Sahara and parties seek to undermine its economic development and stability.” read more


SHIFT Make it Happen helps graduate students prepare for jobs

Academic and professional development partners are coordinating an ‘on your feet’ mini-conference with micro-sized trainings providing graduate students with an armload of practical skills for employment search and job creation. SHIFT: Make it Happen! is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 in the Plaza Building.By the end of the day students will walk away with:• resume reviewed by a career professional and customizations tips to stand out in the crowd;• mock interview experience with feedback on how to prepare for behaviour-based interviews;• new understanding and language on how to translate graduate level skills to a potential employer;• new e-portfolio format to document and ‘visualize’ skills and talents;• broader options for employment and new professional contacts;Students will have an opportunity to register for Coffee Connect and have a conversation with a university thought leader or local entrepreneur.All conference participants will attend a post-conference networking event, the SHIFT Mixer, to make valuable professional contacts from the University, Niagara and beyond.Details are available online.  For details, please contact Karin Perry, ext. 6129 read more


UN agency shelters group of Palestinian refugees in wake of Israeli military

The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA, had distributed tents, food parcels, mattresses, mats, kitchen kits and cash to the 57 families affected, comprising a total of 345 people.The Agency said that during the incursion into the Khan Younis Camp, a group of 40 people, most of them women and children from six families, stayed at the UNRWA Khan Younis Health Centre for protection and left the premises on Friday morning.


Ninja Turtles sequel kicks XMen from top of box office

‘Ninja Turtles’ sequel kicks ‘X-Men’ from top of box office by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2016 3:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2016 at 4:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in a scene from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” The movie opened to $35.3 million according to comScore estimates Sunday, June 5, 2016, close to half of what the first film opened to in 2014. (Lula Carvalho/Paramount Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sequel “Out of the Shadows” dethroned “X-Men: Apocalypse” at the box office in its opening weekend, but its victory, like its characters, was half-shelled.The $35.3 million that the “Turtles” brought in amounted to nearly half the earnings of the first film’s opening weekend.“X-Men: Apocalypse” fell to second place with $22.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $117 million in two weekends in theatres.The romantic tearjerker “Me Before You” opened in third place with a stronger-than-expected $18.7 million for the film based on the bestselling book, while the music mockumentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” managed an eighth-place debut with $4.7 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows,” Paramount, $35,316,382, 4,071 locations, $8,675 average, $35,316,382, 1 week.2. “X-Men: Apocalypse,” 20th Century Fox, $22,825,484, 4,153 locations, $5,496 average, $116,998,716, 2 weeks.3. “Me Before You,” Warner Bros., $18,723,269, 2,704 locations, $6,924 average, $18,723,269, 1 week.4. “Alice Through The Looking Glass,” Disney, $11,314,635, 3,763 locations, $3,007 average, $51,396,232, 2 weeks.5. “The Angry Birds Movie,” Sony, $10,214,076, 3,484 locations, $2,932 average, $87,116,802, 3 weeks.6. “Captain America: Civil War,” Disney, $7,829,479, 3,084 locations, $2,539 average, $389,178,636, 5 weeks.7. “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” Universal, $4,863,365, 2,417 locations, $2,012 average, $48,723,590, 3 weeks.8. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” Universal, $4,698,715, 2,311 locations, $2,033 average, $4,698,715, 1 week.9. “The Jungle Book,” Disney, $4,445,272, 1,990 locations, $2,234 average, $347,667,933, 8 weeks.10. “The Nice Guys,” Warner Bros., $3,453,344, 1,888 locations, $1,829 average, $29,054,194, 3 weeks.11. “Love & Friendship,” Roadside Attractions, $2,146,666, 819 locations, $2,621 average, $7,029,040, 4 weeks.12. “Money Monster,” Sony, $1,865,537, 1,323 locations, $1,410 average, $38,304,947, 4 weeks.13. “The Lobster,” A24, $1,457,928, 560 locations, $2,603 average, $3,907,885, 4 weeks.14. “A…Aa,” BlueSky Cinemas, $1,208,694, 126 locations, $9,593 average, $1,704,305, 1 week.15. “Zootopia,” Disney, $753,723, 400 locations, $1,884 average, $337,183,405, 14 weeks.16. “Housefull 3,” Eros Entertainment, $683,620, 145 locations, $4,715 average, $683,620, 1 week.17. “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” Warner Bros., $286,178, 270 locations, $1,060 average, $329,905,951, 11 week.18. “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” IFC Films, $276,638, 195 locations, $1,419 average, $2,932,377, 6 weeks.19. “The Meddler,” Sony Pictures Classics, $255,225, 232 locations, $1,100 average, $3,645,380, 7 weeks.20. “The Wailing,” Well Go USA, Inc., $218,520, 32 locations, $6,829 average, $296,812, 1 week.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more