Plea to restore Internet in Darjeeling rejected

first_imgWith Class 9 students being unable to fill up their board examination forms without Internet, the Darjeeling teachers’ association on Monday met the district magistrate and sought restoration of its service, but in vain. The authorities rejected the demand saying they would make special arrangements for students to go to Siliguri to fill up their forms.The authorities have cited persisting law and order problem in the Hills, facing an indefinite shutdown seeking a separate Gorkhaland for the last 40 days. Internet services in the Darjeeling Hills had been suspended on June 18. No violenceMeanwhile, there was no report of any untoward incident from the hill town since Sunday night.GJM supporters took out rallies at the Chowkbazar area demanding Gorkhaland amidst patrolling by police and security forces. Tight vigil was in place at every entry and exit route.Except pharmacies, all other public service installations including shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges have remained closed since imposition of the shutdown.With food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food items among the people.According to officials, the State government sealed the Siliguri-based office of a Nepali language satellite television channel alleging that it was promoting unrest. The administration said the channel was promoting enmity between groups and encouraging violence and arson. The allegations were denied by the channel. “The Internet is banned for last 37 days and now this ban on the channel,” GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said.last_img read more

Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgJ&K Governor N.N. Vohra, the man in the hot seat President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect, a senior government official said on Wednesday.Also Read  Governor N.N Vohra sent a report to Union Home Ministry on Tuesday evening recommending Central rule in the State after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation soon after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).As Mr. Kovind is on a three-nation tour, the proposal was sent to Suriname, his current stop.“When the Governor sent the proposal on Tuesday evening, the President was already in transit from Athens to Suriname. As soon as he touched down in Paramaribo, he signed the recommendation giving his assent to Governor’s rule in J&K,” said the official.last_img read more

Naked In The Bush

first_imgThe sheer incompetence of the Bush administration in the war on terror now stands exposed. It’s time for Americans to elect a new chief.  The ferocity of the assault by the Bush administration and his right wing zealots against former White House counter terrorism coordinator Rickard A. Clarke reveals just how sensitive and tender Bush’s much-touted national security nerves are.Clarke touched off a fire-storm by his scathing criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terrorism in his just-released book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror and in testimony before an independent commission investigating the Sept 11 hijackings.Clarke alleges that Bush and his security team failed to heed repeated and mounting intelligence warnings of al-Qaida attacks in the summer of 2001, only months before the World Trade Center attacks. He also charges that after 9/11, the Bush administration manipulated the public anger over the attacks to mobilize the country for an invasion against Saddam Hussein, who had played no role in the Sept 11 attacks. Finally, he asserts, that the misguided war on Iraq diverted crucial intelligence, military and financial resources away from the hunt of al-Qaida and its leader Osama bin Laden. It also enflamed Islamic hostility, the incubator for new al-Qaida recruits, against the United States.There is nothing remarkable in Clarke’s allegations. Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq and his cavalier approach to terrorism is obvious to anyone attentive to the public record. Reports released by the 9/11 commission document that a disinterested Bush was repeatedly cautioned about mounting al-Qaida threats – warnings, which evoked some imperial wisdom on “swatting flies.”Bush, who won the disputed presidency through legal manipulations, then presided over a disastrous economy, saw the war on terror as a public relations bonanza and milked the 9/11 tragedy for all its political worth.The commander asleep at the wheels even had the gall to make the war on terrorism the linchpin of his reelection campaign, selecting the improbably liberal city of New York for the conservative Republican National Convention to shamelessly showcase poignant images of the 9/11 tragedy. Understandably therefore, the president’s men are panic stricken over the public attention being paid to a former courtier’s revelations that the emperor wore no clothes. Clarke, remember, was close enough to see the emperor naked.Bush’s attack dogs were unleashed to discredit Clarke, to cloud the issues, to make his criticism sound partisan. Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., even sought to intimidate Clarke by threatening to declassify his two-year-old congressional testimony, in which Clarke was allegedly more flattering of his then boss than now when he is free of official retaliation. Clarke better watch his tongue, Frist seemed to caution: we could prosecute you for perjury.Ironically, Clarke announced that he welcomes the declassification, suggesting that the secret testimony and communications of of Bush’s national security adviser Condoleezza Rice also be declassified.The public can see through this right wing politics of smear, character assassination and intimidation. A Newsweek poll after Clarke’s televised appearance before the 9/11 panel found that voter approval for Bush’s handling of the war on terror fell a solid 13 points – from 70 percent in January to 57 percent.Any wonder? Bush protested: “Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of the government, to protect the American people.”Of course you would Mr Bush. Terrorists, however aren’t as stupid as you to put you on such advance notice. And if those are the flares you must be sent to wake up, God help America. But then, you are such a believer. You say your prayers. Saner Americans will hopefully vote for a new chief.   Related Itemslast_img read more

LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets

first_imgBut shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.James took over from there, delivering another tour de force performance that didn’t seem likely when he was being treated by the medical staff and the Cavs playing sluggishly.Cleveland built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and seemed ready to build on it when James made a surprising mistake.Alone in the frontcourt for an uncontested dunk, James tried to showboat and rocketed the ball off the back of the rim, a miss that stunned the three-time champion and the crowd of 20,000-plus fans. James then forced a long 3-pointer on Cleveland’s next possession and before long the Nets were even at 20-all when Zeller made his first 3 of the season.The Isaiah Thomas comeback is getting closer.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, Ohio—LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter — including 18 straight for Cleveland — as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.” With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.James’ solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 and Joe Harris 18 for the Nets, who could do nothing in the final 12 minutes to stop James.James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Zion Williamson’s 29 leads No. 2 Duke to rout of St. John’s

first_imgLATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ponds faced relentless pressure all day from Jones, and a couple of his five turnovers led directly to breakaway dunks by Williamson.“We had live-ball turnovers that, to me, just turned the game, turned the whole atmosphere of the game,” coach Chris Mullin said.BIG PICTURESt. John’s: The Red Storm knocked off one Duke team full of one-and-done freshmen — stunning last year’s group 81-77 in Madison Square Garden behind 33 points from Ponds — but with Jones neutralizing him this time, they couldn’t do it again. If nothing else, though, they’re still the answer to a trivia question: St. John’s was the last non-ACC team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, pulling it off in 2000.Duke: The Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting remains an enigma. Duke entered shooting just 31 percent from long distance — the worst percentage in school history — even after a 10-for-19 performance five nights earlier at Notre Dame. The Blue Devils promptly made their first four 3s against the Red Storm’s 2-3 zone — and then hit just 3 of 22 after that.ZIONLIGHTWilliamson’s defining dunks came late in the first half. With Jones pestering Ponds, Williamson picked the Red Storm guard’s pocket and the lefty went the other way for a thunderous breakaway slam with his right hand. Williamson did the same thing a few minutes later — stealing the ball from Ponds and soaring in for a right-handed slam — in the final minute of the half to give Duke its first double-figure lead at 47-37.HE SAID IT“To the fans I appreciate the love that they’re showing and want me to come to their team. But I’m still in college and I’m enjoying the process and whichever team that drafts me, I’ll be ready to work.” — Williamson, who has not declared his intentions for next season, when asked about the concept of NBA teams tanking for the chance to draft him.END OF THE STREAK Williamson stuffed the stat sheet in this one — hitting 13 of 17 shots while finishing with five steals, two blocks and a couple of his customary highlight-reel dunks.He scored 12 points — all either at the rim or the free-throw line — during the 26-6 run that bridged the halves and pushed the lead into the 20s. Cameron Reddish capped the run with his fourth 3 of the game, making it 61-39 with about 16½ minutes left.LJ Figueroa had 14 points and Marvin Clark II added 12 for the Red Storm (16-6), who fell behind by 20 points before they hit a shot in the second half while losing their third in four games.Ponds, the hero of last year’s upset win over Duke and a 20.9-point scorer, had all 11 of his in the second half.“I knew that he was a key to their team,” Jones said. “So for myself, I knew that I had to come out stronger than him and set the tone early for our entire team.”ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duke backup Jordan Goldwire hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of garbage time, but it was anything but meaningless to him. He had been 0 for 15 for the season from long range, and no player in Division I missed more 3s without making one.UP NEXTSt. John’s: Faces another daunting road challenge Tuesday night at No. 10 Marquette — coached by former Duke assistant and player Steve Wojciechowski.Duke: Plays host to Boston College on Tuesday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Williamson scored 29 points in the second-ranked Blue Devils’ 91-61 rout of St. John’s on Saturday while creating the latest set of highlights for the most visible player on arguably the nation’s most visible team.“Nobody has brought in the exposure that he brought in,” Krzyzewski said, pointing to Williamson’s 2.3 million followers on Instagram. “When does that happen? It may never happen, and it’s happening for him. And we are such high profile. Everything is looked at closely, and his excellent play is looked at by everybody.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“And the thing about that kid is, he doesn’t want all that attention, and he handles it so well,” he added. “We have a good group, so I’m not sure many groups would handle it the same way.”Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while playing lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. And RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (19-2), who shot 56 percent while winning their fifth straight. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Duke’s Zion Williamson, center, reacts with Marques Bolden (20), Cam Reddish (2) and RJ Barrett (5) following a play against St. John’s during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Duke won 91-61. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Zion Williamson stole the ball and soared for dunks. He blocked shots with authority. And once again, he scored points in bunches.In other words, just a typical game for Duke’s must-see freshman phenom.ADVERTISEMENT Donald Trump on golf course with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

‘I am confident’ – Ronaldo responds to rape allegations

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has responded to allegations of sexual assault, stating that he and his lawyers are confident that truth will prevail.American Kathryn Mayorga has accused Juventus forward Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in Las Vegas in 2009, something the Portuguese has strenuously refuted.Speaking ahead of Juve’s Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Ronaldo was asked about Mayorga, to which he responded:“We did the statement two weeks ago, of course I’m not going to lie on this situation. My lawyers are confident and I am too.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The truth always comes in first position so I am good.”The former Real Madrid man was also asked if everything going on around him is affecting him in any way, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner says he is unfazed.“I know that I am an example. 100%. On the pitch and outside the pitch,” Ronaldo went on.”I always smile. I’m blessed. I play at a fantastic club, I have a fantastic family, I’m healthy. I have everything. The rest does not affect on me.”German publication Der Spiegel first reported the claims, which also included the suggestion Ronaldo paid Ms Mayorga $375,000 in 2010 as part of a privacy agreement, preventing her from going public with the allegations. Ms Mayorga filed a lawsuit last month in an attempt to quash that agreement while Las Vegas police have re-opened an investigation.Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen has since confirmed the payment was made to Ms Mayorga, but criticised a report earlier this month which he says was based on doctored evidence.But a statement from lawyers, Larissa Drohobyczer and Leslie Stovall, representing Ms Mayorga, said: “We thank Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest lawyer for confirming and admitting in his October 10, 2018 statement that the ‘Football Leaks’ documents were obtained from Cristiano Ronaldo or individuals acting on his behalf.”We look forward to reviewing any evidence that tends to prove, as Mr Ronaldo’s lawyer asserts, that some of the ‘Football Leaks’ documents were altered, fabricated, or contain false/inaccurate information.”In both civil and criminal cases, disputes regarding the accuracy of documents are generally questions of fact to be decided by the jury. A jury determines the accuracy of disputed documents by: 1) Comparing of the different versions of the disputed documents; 2) Listening to the testimony of the individuals who wrote, prepared, transmitted, and stored the disputed documents; 3) Considering the circumstances under which the documents were written, prepared, transmitted, stored and maintained; and 4) Listening to the testimony of forensic experts who have examined the disputed documents, and the devices upon which the documents were written, prepared, transmitted, and stored.”In a civil case, discovery is conducted to obtain evidence regarding these matters through the exchange of disputed documents, the forensic examination of disputed documents and devices, and the examination of witnesses under oath. In criminal cases, the prosecutors rely upon investigator’s review of disputed documents, the forensic examination of devices and disputed documents, and questioning of witnesses.”Any document or information under the control or in the possession of Cristiano Ronaldo should be immediately turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and the offices of Stovall & Associates to expedite the investigation and resolution of the alleged discrepancies in the ‘Football Leaks’ documents.”Cristiano RonaldoIn an earlier statement, Christiansen had said: “The documents which purportedly contain statements by Mr Ronaldo and have been reported in the media are complete fabrications. It is my understanding that in 2015, dozens of entities [including law firms] across many different industries throughout Europe were hacked and their electronic data was stolen and captured by a cyber-criminal.”This hacker attempted to sell this data, and one media outlet has now irresponsibly published the stolen documents, significant portions of which were altered and/or completely fabricated. To absolve any doubt, Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in 2009 in Las Vegas was consensual in nature.”While Mr Ronaldo does not deny the existence of the mutual agreement and release, his motivations for agreeing to that resolution have been twisted to say the least.”Far from any admission of guilt or any ulterior motive, Mr Ronaldo was advised to privately resolve the allegations against him in order to avoid the inevitable attempts that are now being made to destroy a reputation that has been built upon hard work, athleticism and honour. “Unfortunately, he now finds himself embroiled in the type of litigation that is all too commonplace in America.”Christiansen’s statement went on to stress Ronaldo’s innocence while again strongly criticising the reporting of the allegations facing the Portugal captain.”While Mr Ronaldo is accustomed to being the subject of press attention that goes along with being famous, it is absolutely deplorable that any media outlet would support or advance such an elaborate and deliberate defamation campaign based on stolen, easily manipulated digital documents,” the statement continued.”Mr Ronaldo will leave future discussion of any and all legal matters to his attorneys here [in Las Vegas] and in Europe. He is confident that the truth will survive this frenzy and the laws of Nevada will be upheld and enforced.”Meanwhile, on October 11, Real Madrid announced they are to take legal action against a Portuguese newspaper that suggested the club pressurised Ronaldo into seeking a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Mayorga.Correio da Manha claimed on October 10 that the NDA was put in place at Madrid’s request, with the club having spent a then-world-record fee to sign the forward from Manchester United just weeks after the incident is claimed to have taken place.Madrid insist that is “false information” and, in a statement, said: “Real Madrid CF can today announce that the club has taken legal action against the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha for publishing categorically false information in an effort to seriously damage the image of this club.”Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club was unable to take action on a matter of which it had no knowledge.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4A goes on sale in India exclusively on Amazon, but has limited stock

first_imgXiaomi Redmi 4A was launched earlier this year in India. The smartphone finally goes up on sale at 3 PM today, exclusively on Amazon. The availability of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is the key highlight of the Amazon Great Indian Sale Day 1. The smartphone is available at a price tag of Rs 5,999, but only for limited users and time.Only the Amazon Prime members can purchase the Redmi 4A from Amazon. This is probably because the e-commerce site has a limited availability of the smartphone. The Xiaomi phone is available only for online payment, and not for Cash on Delivery. The Amazon website page for the Redmi 4A has clearly mentioned that “this product is not eligible for the cashback”. Amazon also notes, “Please note that orders which exceed the quantity limit will be auto-canceled. This is applicable across sellers.Also Read: Amazon Great Indian Sale begins: OnePlus 3, Moto G4 Plus, iPhone 6S available on discountCustomers with Citibank will get an additional cashback of 10 per cent on payments with Citibank credit and debit cards. Furthermore, customers shopping on the Amazon App during the Great Indian Sale will be eligible to avail 15 per cent cashback offered by Citibank. Not just this, there are other exciting deals as well.Redmi 4A also comes with data offer from Idea and Vodafone. Idea Prepaid users buying the Redmi 4A from Amazon will get 28GB of 4G data with the recharge pack of Rs. 343, the daily FUP of the offer is 1GB. Customers will also get 300 minutes of free calls per day and 3,000 local and STD SMS facility per month for 28 days. Furthermore, Vodafone has also come up with a Special Offer for the customers and is offering 45GB data for 5 months.advertisementAmazon has made the Redmi 4A a limited availability product and says, “The order quantity for this product is limited to 1 unit per customer.” In terms of specifications, the smartphone runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with the Adreno 308 GPU.Also Read: HTC U11 spotted on GFXBench, full specs sheet leakedRedmi 4A comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage memory, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. Display wise, the Xiaomi phone features a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 296 p pixel density. On the camera front, Redmi 4A sports a 13-megapixel with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and a LED flash. In terms of the front facing camera, the smartphone includes a 5-megapixel sensor which comes loaded with a f/2.2 aperture.Further, the Redmi 4A comes is backed by a 3120mAh lithium-ion battery, which is said to provide talk-time of 39.3 hours and standby time of 168 hours. Well, for now, only the Gold colour with 16GB storage variants is available on Amazon at a price tag of Rs 5,999.Xiaomi Redmi 4A is already available on and you if you are a Prime member, you can grab the device by visiting this link. Xiaomi India is set to launch the Redmi 4 in India on May 16. The company has already started teasing about the smartphone on twitter and has a lot of expectations from the device.last_img read more

Aaron Cresswell seals victory for West Ham over toothless Manchester United

first_imgFor Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United, it was one of those flat and underwhelming performances that highlight how far from the top they have fallen and why the fight to reacquaint themselves with Champions League football this season promises to be so fraught. Topics Lineups Pinterest 27 Ajeti Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened 18 Fornals 13 Roberto 22 Haller 4 Balbuena United suffered here last September in a 3-1 defeat that widened the cracks of the José Mourinho era and this was another ordeal, another embarrassment. Solskjær is determined to give youth its chance, to rebuild and re-energise the squad, and clearly he needs time to realise his vision. The inevitability of the bumps on the way do not lessen the pain.One of the big questions was always going to be whether Solskjær’s line-up had the creativity to hurt West Ham. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were chief among the absentees and from the early stages it was plain that Rashford would have to feed on scraps.Manuel Pellegrini’s team had a nice balance, with Declan Rice in front of the back four and menace from the flanks in Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson. They have generally proved a tough nut to crack this season and they took charge upon Yarmolenko’s goal, which was marked by precision and quality. With Andreas Pereira standing off, Mark Noble found Anderson and he was in sync with Yarmolenko. When Anderson flicked the ball on his teammate was already on the move, using his first touch to power away from Harry Maguire and angling a low finish into the far corner. Man Utd (s 70′) 14 Lingard 11 Snodgrass 3 Cresswell 10 Rashford 44 Chong Share on WhatsApp MNU WHU Goal attempts 1 de Gea 22 Romero Reuse this content 38 Tuanzebe 3 7 16 Rojo The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Andriy Yarmolenko scores his side’s first goal. Photograph: Rob Newell – CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images (s 80′) Manchester United 17 Fred 0:54 (s 61′) Fouls match reports Solskjær sent his players out early for the second half – a telltale sign of managerial dissatisfaction – and things would get worse for him when Rashford pulled up. He had played virtually every minute of United’s season up to that point, including the full game against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday. Had the heavy workload got to him? With Mason Greenwood absent because of tonsillitis, Solskjær sent on Jesse Lingard to lead the line.West Ham could sit a little deeper after the break and look to counter, an approach that almost bore fruit when Anderson played a give-and-go with Yarmolenko before working De Gea at the near post.For United, Juan Mata stretched but could not apply a decisive touch to a Pereira cross while Maguire shot low and too close to Lukasz Fabianski on 69 minutes after a corner had been worked to him. It was a bad miss – entirely in keeping with United’s day. Lingard also had a shot blocked by Yarmolenko.“We deserved the three points,” said Pellegrini, and nobody could argue. “I am happy with everything today. We didn’t allow them to create chances and it’s another clean sheet. We are very consistent.” 16 Noble Possession 8 Felipe Anderson 1 Fabianski Substitutes West Ham 23 Diop Read morecenter_img 5 Zabaleta 41 Rice West Ham United 15 Sanchez 19 Wilshere Match stats (s 71′) The truth was that West Ham did not have to play too well to bolster their early-season positivity. They were comfortable after Andriy Yarmolenko’s goal just before the interval and the impression was that United could have played all day and failed to score. This was West Ham’s third successive clean sheet in the Premier League and the gloss for them came late on when Aaron Cresswell picked out David de Gea’s top corner with a beautifully executed 25-yard free-kick. At that point, the United inquest could begin.Solskjær already had injury problems and they would worsen when Marcus Rashford was forced off with a groin complaint just after the hour. But the team he sent out singularly failed to impose themselves. Did they truly believe they would? It did not look that way. They lacked tempo and incision in the final third; it was a performance scarred by sloppiness and errors, and the club’s away-day woes go on. They have lost four and drawn three of their last seven Premier League games away from Old Trafford, their joint-longest run in the competition without a win.West Ham have not enjoyed a particularly good recent record against the established top six – this was only their fourth victory in 21 fixtures – but the home crowd could bellow out the olés at the end. United’s Ole cringed. Share on Pinterest Premier League 2 Lindelof 5 Maguire 18 Young 39 McTominay 31 Matic Read more 8 Mata 21 James 54 46 Substitutes Twitter Play Video 24 Fredericks Facebook 8 9 7 Yarmolenko 2 West Ham Off target 6 Man Utd 6 West Ham On target 3 Man Utd 28 Gomes Share on Messenger United wanted to counterattack but only once in the first half did they threaten to quicken the pulses of their supporters. Daniel James turned sharply to find Rashford and when Issa Diop missed his slide challenge, the United striker had yards to sprint into. Rice, though, had read the danger. He eased back and across to snuff out Rashford, a celebration of understated efficiency.West Ham sought to keep the back door closed by whatever means necessary, with Angelo Ogbonna taking out Andreas Periera to collect a yellow card as United broke early on and Diop flattening James after misreading a ball. Mark Noble was also high and late on Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 74th minute and was fortunate to receive only a booking. 21 Ogbonna (s 89′) 15 Andreas Pereira ‘We hope for better’ says Solskjær after Manchester United lose 2-0 to West Ham – video Corners 29 Wan Bissaka Share on LinkedIn MNU54WHU46% Diogo Jota’s injury-time equaliser earns winless Wolves a point at Palace Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter (s 81′)last_img read more

Man United hit back at Barcelona over excessive ticket prices for Champions League tie

first_img Next Reuters ManchesterMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 18:51 IST Manchester United have raised their ticket prices for Barcelona supporters travelling to Old Trafford to subsidise their fans (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United host Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on April 10 while the return leg is scheduled for April 16Manchester United were informed that a ticket for travelling fans at the Camp Nou would be $134We believe that our travelling supporters are again being subjected to increased ticket prices from the host club: UnitedManchester United will hike prices for away fans when they host Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg to subsidise tickets for their own supporters travelling to Spain for the return, the Premier League club said.United, who were allocated 4,610 tickets for the second leg, were informed by Barcelona that the price for away fans at the Nou Camp would be 102 pounds ($134), which British media reported was the most expensive ticket to a United game outside of a final.In response, United raised their ticket prices for Barcelona supporters travelling to Old Trafford to the same amount and will use the extra revenue to ensure United fans pay only 75 pounds for tickets for the second leg.”Barcelona confirmed our tickets for this game were to be priced at 102 pounds. In this instance we believe that our travelling supporters are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club,” United said in a statement.”Similarly to Valencia in the group stages and Sevilla away last season, we have again taken the difficult decision to charge Barcelona fans for the home leg at Old Trafford the same amount that Barcelona are charging for the away fixture (102 pounds).”We will use the additional revenue gained from this to subsidise our travelling support by paying the 27 pounds price difference for each of our travelling supporters.”Last month, Bayern Munich fans protested against the cost of Champions League tickets by unfurling banners during the first leg of their last-16 tie at Liverpool, with the supporters of the Premier League club also backing them at Anfield.advertisementUnited host Barcelona at Old Trafford on April 10 and the return leg at the Nou Camp will be played on April 16.Also Read | Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud seeks France return to boost game timeAlso Read | New-look Germany make promising start with Serbia drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Manchester United vs BarcelonaFollow Champions League Man United hit back at Barcelona over excessive ticket prices for Champions League tieManchester United have said their travelling fans are being charged increased ticket prices by Barcelona for their Champions League game. The Premier League club has decided to hike prices for away fans when they host Barcelona in the quarter-final first leg. advertisementlast_img read more

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wants increment, officials question validity

first_imgBCCI CEO Rahul Johri wants increment, officials question validityAs per the contract of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, accessed by IANS, the performance of the executive (Johri) was to be evaluated annually and increments were to be in the form of variables linked with increase in revenue of BCCI out of the efforts of the executive.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiMay 20, 2019UPDATED: May 20, 2019 23:00 IST Rahul Johri wants the CoA to look into his increment process (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI CEO Rahul Johri is paid an annual gross salary of Rs 5,76,36,000CoA chief Vinod Rai has given the go-ahead to Johri’s request for an incrementBCCI is also expected to decide at the end of the third year of service – 2019 – whether any revision is requiredThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri who is paid an annual gross salary of Rs 5,76,36,000 other than the allowances and other benefits, has requested the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to look into his increment process and the same is set to be discussed during the meeting of the committee on May 21 in the Capital. With CoA chief Vinod Rai giving the go-ahead to Johri’s request for immediate attention, the matter is set to be brought up when the three committee members — Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge meet on Tuesday.As per the contract of the CEO, accessed by IANS, the performance of the executive (Johri) was to be evaluated annually and increments were to be in the form of variables linked with increase in revenue of BCCI out of the efforts of the executive.The BCCI is also expected to decide at the end of the third year of service – 2019 – whether any revision is required in the clause of incremental cash inflow otherwise, the variable would be restricted to 0.5 per cent of the incremental cash flow restricted to Rs 3,00,00,000.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary raised a situation that he described as a travesty for the BCCI.”This is a travesty. The Lodha Committee recommendations and the orders of the Supreme Court gave the authority to sign contracts for an on behalf of the BCCI to the secretary of the board. In terms of all legal matters as well, the board is to sue and be sued in the name of the secretary. Presently, the CoA got a constitution registered that is not in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court and that coupled with the directions issued by the CoA mean that the contracts are executed by the CEO on behalf of the BCCI and it is the CEO that is looking after all legal matters with the might of a big law firm firmly behind him.advertisement”So if the CoA decides that the agreement with the CEO should be modified, will we see a scenario where Rahul Johri will sign both on behalf of the BCCI and on his own behalf?”Also, if there is a dispute between the BCCI and Rahul Johri over this, will Johri give instructions to the BCCI lawyers on this matter and in case he does not officially give any instructions, what prevents the BCCI law firm from supporting his case? Where are we going with this? This anomaly of legal representation had been pointed out to the CoA earlier as well but they had refused to accept that this anomaly existed.”Another senior BCCI official who was part of the General Body and the Working Committee when the CEO had been appointed, put forward a couple of queries asking if the clauses had indeed been fulfilled by the CEO to be eligible for an increment.”It was clear that his increments would be on the basis of increase in revenue only because of the CEO’s efforts. The BCCI already had a series of existing revenue streams that were giving the BCCI substantial income, the idea was that if we have a professional CEO, he was supposed to add new revenue streams as the old streams really took care of themselves on their own. While there has been an increase in revenue generation from media rights and sponsorship deals, that is basically on account of appreciation in the value of those rights which is a universal phenomenon.”The rights value grow at a particular percentage and that is how the value is arrived at even by the companies that bid for the rights. The appreciation doesn’t have anything to do with him putting any effort, unless of course the CEO is willing to admit that he has rigged the bids in anyways since all those rights are given by way of a tender process.”Even the work that has been carried out has actually been a team effort and I am unable to understand by what logic are they trying to attribute any increase in revenue to his efforts. On the one hand you can’t be saying that the money comes in because of the players if on the other hand you are trying to say that the revenue has come in because of the efforts of the CEO by applying some crazy logic.”A former BCCI official who was also present in the meeting where Johri’s appointment was put before the board said: “When he had been appointed he was supposed to make a presentation to the BCCI where he would tell the house about the new revenue streams and how he would add to the value. He did no such thing. That presentation was supposed to be the basis on which he was supposed to be evaluated. So here you have this employee, who did not allow for targets to be set, who did not tell the house how such a huge cost to the organisation in employing him would be justified but when the exiting value appreciated, wishes to earn money off the efforts of other people. These broadcast rights and the systems in place which have given the money to the BCCI were in place long before a CEO was even dreamt of.advertisement”The idea of having him on board was to have new revenue streams and to ensure that domestic cricket in the country was better promoted. While even local T20 leagues are getting fan bases, the Mushtaq Ali Trophy still cuts a sorry figure, as does the Vijay Hazare Trophy. So, what exactly has his role been in increasing revenue generation? Had he done something to popularise that or add more revenue streams, the BCCI would have absolutely no issues in giving him an increment but it is unfair if he wants to claim increments for the work that others have done over the years. He has not fulfilled the incentive but he seems to be wanting increments.”Another board functionary in the know also pointed out: “Johri and the CoA had even unnecessarily attempted to take credit for introducing e-auction while the truth is that they had decided against the e-auction and thereafter certain members of the General Body had questioned the office bearers and the CoA as to why an e-auction was not adopted for the IPL rights. It was only because of that and the application filed in the Supreme Court by Subramaniam Swamy that had put pressure on the CoA to accept the suggestion of the members of the General Body to go ahead with e-auction for the BCCI rights.”Further, his contract says the executive shall not at any time during his term indulge in any other activity which is prejudicial to the interest of the BCCI or is prejudicial to the image of the game. A Supreme Court hearing is on the cards against the CEO. One of his key responsibilities when he was appointed in 2016 was to inspire and develop the vision, mission and values of the board. What has happened in that area? He was also expected to motivate a high-performing executive team by attracting, retaining and mentoring managers. The less said about his mentoring skills in the wake of what happened last year, the better,” the functionary said.Apart from the salary, he is also entitled to participate in and receive all benefits generally available to executives in the BCCI in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plan or arrangement. On official duty, the board bears the cost of travel, boarding, lodging, conveyance and other related expenses in accordance with BCCI rules.advertisementIn a mail sent by the CEO to the CoA, the Amicus Curiae, the CFO and the legal team, Johri had said that he remains the only person in the board who hasn’t been paid an increment in the last two years.”I write this email to urge each one of you to resolve this issue in a time-bound manner, so that the pending dues can be disbursed to me without any further delay. Unfortunately, I am the only employee of the BCCI who has not been provided any increment for the last two years, despite my Employment Agreement providing for the same. We are already nearing the end of third year of my Employment Agreement i.e. 1st June 2018 to 1st May 2019 in respect of which increment will once again become due,” he wrote.”Till date I have not received the decision from the CoA regarding my increment. I have also addressed reminders dated 9th August 2018 and 19th December 2018 requesting for the same. During this time, I have been patient and cooperative with the CoA at every step of the process. I have utmost faith and respect in the institution of the CoA and trust that justice will be meted out to me. Keeping this in mind, I, once again sincerely urge the CoA to look into this issue with utmost priority.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rahul JohriFollow BCCIFollow COAFollow Committee of Administratorslast_img read more

Clarification Regarding Preschooler Immunization

first_imgNova Scotia has not asked doctors to delay preschool vaccinationsfor four- to six-year-old children until next year, Dr. JeffScott, chief medical officer of Health for the province saidtoday, Aug. 20. “We are not asking doctors in Nova Scotia to delay the preschoolvaccine,” said Dr. Scott. “We’re actually telling doctors tocontinue providing preschool vaccinations as long as they havevaccine in stock. However, some doctors may run out sooner thanothers, so parents should call ahead to their doctor to ensurethey have vaccine in stock before booking an appointment to havetheir child vaccinated.” The statement is intended to clarify media reports suggestingthat the province is delaying the preschool vaccine until newsupply arrives in November, or as late as 2005. Dr. Scott said that information received from physiciansindicates that there should be enough supply overall in theprovince to last until late October, and the manufacturer hasindicated that new supply will be available in early November. “In situations where doctors have run out of the preschoolbooster, we are asking them to record the names of children whoneed the vaccine so that they can receive it promptly once newsupplies are available,” he said. “It’s important to note that itis perfectly safe for children to get the preschool boosteranywhere between four and six years of age, which are therecommended guidelines.” Agreement has been reached by Health Canada and all provinces andterritories to ensure that all babies receive their vaccinationson schedule.last_img read more

Chamber Luncheon with Kelly McTaggart from CAPP

first_imgPrior to joining CAPP in May 2018, Kelly spent 5 years working for Spectra Energy and Enbridge in Fort St. John, BC and Calgary in Indigenous and Community Relations for Major Projects.For tickets to the event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This month’s speaker for the Fort St. John Chamber speaker luncheon is Kelly McTaggart of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.The luncheon will be Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:45 am – 2 pm.McTaggart works as the Advisor, Exploration & Production Engagement person for CAPP, the voice of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas industry.  McTaggart acts as CAPP’s spokesperson and executes CAPP’s stakeholder engagement efforts in communities impacted by oil and gas development.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Decides to Keep Moroccan Munir El Haddadi

Rabat – FC Barcelona is giving Moroccan-Spanish football forward Munir El Haddadi another chance to prove himself. According to Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo, the leader of the Spanish club, Eric Abidal, affirmed to the young player Abidal’s desire to keep El Haddadi, rather than loan him to another club.The French sports secretary, confident of El Haddadi’s abilities, has high hopes to see him rise this season, despite the fact he sat on the bench for two seasons between 2015 and 2017. But El Haddadi played under the colors of Alaves, where he was loaned, last season and scored 10 goals. His improved performance had raised the interest of French clubs, such as Lille and Olympique Marseille.During his youth, the footballer also played for several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, FC Valencia, and Rayo Majadahonda. Born to Moroccan parents in Spain, El Haddadi represented the Spanish national under-19 team and under-20 team. He made a brief appearance on the pitch as a substitute at an international game against Macedonia in 2014. His appearance then ruined his chances to represent the Moroccan national football team, according to FIFA eligibility rules.In 2017, El Haddadi urged Morocco to help him convince FIFA to let him switch sporting nationalities and play with Morocco. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) asked FIFA to let El Haddadi play for Morocco in the 2018 World Cup.The FIFA Players’ Status Committee ruled that El Haddadi’s sporting nationality could not be changed from Spain to Morocco March 13.When the decision was appealed, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed the FIFA ruling with a verdict in May. read more

Government rejects Indian proposal on fishing

He said that Indian fishermen use bottom trawling and that method is harmful to Sri Lanka’s fishing resources.The Minister said that the navy has been instructed to continue arresting Indian fishermen who poach in Sri Lankan waters. The Government says it had refused to agree to a proposal from India to allow Indian fishermen to catch fish in Sri Lankan waters.Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that India had requested Sri Lanka to allow Indians to catch fish for 65 days a year in Sri Lankan waters in an attempt to resolve the Indo-Lanka fishing issue. “Not 65 days, we will not agree for even 65 hours,” the Minister said. However Amaraweera said that he refused to agree to the proposal which had come through the Indian High Commission in Colombo. He also said that local fishermen are still using dynamite to catch fish at some locations.Amaraweera said that the Ministry of Defence has been instructed to file legal action against fishermen using explosives as it is against the law. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Study finds Lankas North will face severe heat and humidity

While a wet bulb 35C is considered the upper limit of human survivability, even a humid temperature of 31C is considered an extremely dangerous level for most people. Most official weather stations around the world measure temperature with two thermometers.The first, or “dry bulb” instrument, records the temperature of the air. The other, or “wet bulb” thermometer, measures relative humidity in the air and the results are normally lower than just the pure air temperature. The research says the fraction of the population exposed to dangerous, humid heat waves may reach 30%. For humans, this wet bulb reading is critically important.While the normal temperature inside our bodies is 37C, our skin is usually at 35C. This temperature difference allows us to dissipate our own metabolic heat by sweating.However, if wet bulb temperatures in our environment are at 35C or greater, our ability to lose heat declines rapidly and even the fittest of people would die in around six hours. South Asia is home to one-fifth of the world’s inhabitants. They projected wet bulb temperatures to the end of this century using two different climate change scenarios.When the model examined a high emissions future, the wet bulb temperature would approach the 35C threshold “over most of South Asia, including the Ganges river valley, north eastern India, Bangladesh, the eastern coast of China, northern Sri Lanka and the Indus valley of Pakistan”.According to the scientists, around 30% of the population is projected to live in a climate characterised by a median of the maximum annual wet bulb temperature of 31C or more. At present, the number of people facing this level of threat is essentially zero.“The valleys of the Indus and the Ganges rivers are where the water is, they’re where the agriculture is and they’re where the population has exploded,” author Prof Elfatih Eltahir from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) told BBC News.“Our map that shows where the temperature extremes are, it’s the same place that you have relatively poor people who predominantly have to work in agriculture and there are so many that they happen to coincide in a region where the hazard is maximised.”If the rise in global temperatures is contained to just over two degrees, roughly in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, the fraction of the population exposed to humid heat above 31C drops to 2%.Heat waves up to and beyond 31C are projected to become much more frequent if little action is taken on cutting carbon. In most locations, the once-every-25-year heat wave in the present climate is projected to become an approximately once-a-year occurrence. If the limitations agreed in Paris are met, these heat waves are likely to happen every two years.“Climate change doesn’t look like an abstract concept if you look at India,” said Prof Eltahir.“This is something that is going to impact your most vulnerable population in ways that are potentially pretty lethal. But it is avoidable, it is preventable.”Other researchers say the “damaging and downright deadly” conditions described in this study are likely to occur if the world doesn’t embrace rapid and substantial cuts in carbon emissions.“This study provides a crucial glimpse of the future,” said Prof Matthew Huber from Purdue University, US, who wasn’t part of the research team.“Either we – the whole world – decide to reduce carbon emissions substantially or we face a highly dangerous scenario in one of the most populous regions in the world, with a deep history and culture, and also a history of political instability.”According to Prof Christoph Schaer from the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich, the work is “alarming”.“The study is credible as extremely hot and humid heat waves already occur under current climatic conditions in some of the areas considered,” he said.“As conditions are close to a critical health threshold already today, a warming of a few degrees could strongly increase the risk of deadly heat waves.”The study has been published in the journal Science Advances. (Colombo Gazette) Recorded wet bulb temperatures on Earth have rarely exceeded 31C. However, in 2015 in Iran, meteorologists saw wet bulb temperatures very close to 35C. In the same summer, a deadly heat wave killed 3,500 people in India and Pakistan.This understanding of the potentially deadly impact on humans of wet bulb temperatures is key to this new study.The researchers involved came to their conclusions by using a high resolution climate model, that was tested against observations. Millions of people living in South Asia, including northern Sri Lanka, face a deadly threat from heat and humidity driven by global warming according to a new study.Most of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions reductions, the BBC reported. read more

Audit Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

NASHVILLE — An audit has found instances where executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel.The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018.The report cites instances where executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; excessive meal costs while travelling; use of car services instead of less expensive options; foreign travel problems; lodging issues; and travel costs unreported to the utility’s board.The audit says the actions could send TVA employees a message that management isn’t committed to federal and agency policies.TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash, who started in April, said the utility is clarifying policies and will better follow those that are clear.Jonathan Mattise, The Associated Press read more

Iraq UN delivers food to over 1 million displaced people refugee numbers

In Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has witnessed a sharp increase in Iraqi refugees in recent weeks with 60 per cent of them citing fears of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as the reason for their flight.In August and September, on average, 120 Iraqis per day have registered with UNHCR in Jordan, up from 65 per day in June and July and just 30 per day in the first five months of 2014.“Refugees report their homes being burned, threat of forced conversion to Islam, fears of forced marriage, kidnapping and public threats,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva.So far this year, 10,644 Iraqi refugees have registered with UNHCR in Jordan, with 1,383 registering in August alone – the highest monthly tally of new registrations since 2007. In Turkey, some 103,000 Iraqi refugees have come forward to be registered by UNHCR or its partners, including 65,000 since June 2014 when ISIL forces took over areas of northern Iraq. Also today, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said that despite the fact that displaced people are on the move and the ongoing fighting further complicates access, the agency has provided food to more than one million people in 113 of Iraq’s 18 governorates.“With the help of our partners, we managed to scale up and expand our assistance to additional areas reaching displaced families who fled with nothing but their lives and who were previously inaccessible,” said Jane Pearce, WFP Country Director in Iraq.Around 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced by the conflict since mid-June. WFP noted that the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate because of the fighting and many Iraqis are living in precarious conditions without access to food, water or shelter. Some live under bridges or by the side of roads while others live in camps or find shelter in unfinished buildings. WFP plans to continue to expand its food operation to assist 1.2 million displaced people by the end of the year. The majority of the one million people assisted by WFP so far received food parcels containing essential items such as rice, cooking oil, wheat flour, lentils, pasta, and salt. Each parcel feeds a family of five for one month. The agency also provided emergency ready-to-eat rations that include canned food for those still on the move with no access to cooking facilities. read more

Buckeyes set for game against rugged Minnesota Golden Gophers

Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team travels to Minneapolis this weekend, one thing is for sure — it’s going to be cold.But OSU coach Urban Meyer doesn’t care.“I don’t even talk (about it),” Meyer said Wednesday. “We have had to play a couple cold games already, so it’s no issue.”The last time the Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis to play the Golden Gophers — in 2010 — OSU came away with a convincing 52-10 victory.This, however, is a different Minnesota team.The Golden Gophers currently control their own destiny in the Big Ten West Division as they currently sit at 7-2, 4-1 following a 51-14 win over Iowa last week.Following their big win, the Golden Gophers jumped into the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 25, something that Meyer said was surprising.“I think they are much higher than that,” he said. “When I see them play, I think they are very good.”Coming off a big win of its own against Michigan State, OSU junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said he hopes the Buckeyes can carry over the intensity from last week into preparation for the Golden Gophers.“We have been talking about, why can’t we prepare every week like we did for Michigan State? Keep that high level of preparation and execution going into every game,” Decker said Wednesday. “That should be the norm around here. The norm should be to control every single game.”Redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall said the Buckeyes have even given a nickname to their new outlook.“We have been calling this the ‘new normal,’ preparing like we did last week,” Marshall said. “I feel like last week we prepared extra hard because it was a bigger game. I feel like if we do that from weeks in and weeks out, I feel like we will have success.”Marshall is likely to get more touches this week as sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson suffered a broken foot against the Spartans and is expected to miss three to four weeks, Meyer said.Marshall said he’s prepared for the likelihood of more touches, but added he is upset over the injury to his teammate.“It’s heartbreaking to me because we are so close,” Marshall said. “But I feel like I am ready to take on the role to play a little bit more at the H-back position.”Marshall said he has also taken reps as a kick returner this week to replace Wilson — along with senior wide receiver Devin Smith and freshman running back Curtis Samuel — but feels confident he can be the one to replace his injured teammate.“I feel like if they call my number, I can get the job done,” he said.No matter who ultimately takes Wilson’s spot, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said he doesn’t think the Buckeye offense will miss a beat with a replacement.“(Losing) Dontre is a big hit, but we have a lot of depth. A lot of guys that can do a lot of great things back there,” Boren said Wednesday. “I’m sure Curtis will be stepping in, he will be doing great things. I have a lot of confidence in him and some of the other guys.”While Boren is confident in the offense, the Buckeyes will be going up against a defense that has allowed just 21.3 points per game and a defensive line that Meyer described as “rugged.”“I think it’s an upper level, maybe top two or three defensive lines in the Big Ten conference,” Meyer said.Decker added that the Minnesota defense is comparable to what the Buckeyes saw from the Spartans last weekend.“From everything we have seen on film, (they) are very similar. As far as a whole team, they are probably one of the better teams we are going to play all year,” Decker said. “Their scheme is very similar to Michigan State’s. Their blitz tendencies are a little different, but as far as an overall defense, very similar.”On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes will be facing a Minnesota offense that boasts one of the best running backs in the conference in senior David Cobb.Cobb is averaging 133.9 yards per game in 2014, good for fourth in the Big Ten. OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Monday that Cobb’s success is because of the Minnesota big guys up front.“Starts with their offensive line, they’re doing a great job blocking up front for him. He’s a hard runner. When he gets that ball, he’s a downhill runner,” Ash said. “He keeps his legs driving all the time. He’s a load. He’s a challenge. And he fits well with their scheme.”The Golden Gophers rely heavily on their run game, as they rank last in the Big Ten in passing offense, averaging just 140.2 yards per game through the air.Despite Minnesota’s run-reliant offense, Ash said the Buckeyes must still be aware of the Golden Gopher aerial attack.“They do such a good job of running the football right now, you’ve got to devote more defenders to stop the run. And it isolates your backs in one-on-one situations,” Ash said. “They’ve done a great job exploiting that. Taken deep shots in certain personnel groupings over the top and connected with them. Obviously that increases your average per completion when you’re able to do that. So they’ve done a good job with that to complement the run game.”Despite cold weather being almost certain — the projected high for game day as of Wednesday night was 28 degrees — and going up against a physical offense, junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington said he is excited for the challenge.“Definitely. But when it’s cold, you really find out who wants to play football,” Washington said Wednesday. “The running backs might not run as hard when it’s cold, so we will see.”Washington added that he, along with the rest of the team, is aware that the Buckeyes can’t look past the Golden Gophers, despite now being first in the Big Ten East Division.“It is just as big. This is kind of like one of those trap games,” Washington said. “It’s going to be cold, we just have to go out there and play because Minnesota is 7-2, and they are not a bad team.”Decker echoed Washington’s comments, adding that the Buckeyes were still intense this week during practice.“We can’t sleep on this team. If we go in there not prepared, it is like walking into a hornet’s nest,” Decker said. “The weather is going to suck, we haven’t played a lot of early games this year and we just came off a big win so if we are not locked in and prepared, it could be bad for us. We just got some momentum last week, and we just have to keep that going.”The Buckeyes will look to do just that as kickoff is set for noon on Saturday in Minneapolis. read more

Cash pours in for bargain hunter as £15 broken teapot fetches £575000

first_img“Bartlam made a fair amount in America but no pieces survive over there. We don’t know how the tea service came to Britain but it might have been when Bartlam visited in 1769.” The teapot marks the birth of American porcelain. At the time the US was saying ‘we don’t need British porcelain anymore’porcelain expert Clare Durham The find confirmed that Bartlam was the first producer or porcelain in America. In 2010, these fragments helped confirm the bowls sold in Britain in 2002 were in fact made by Bartlam. Miss Durham said: “The teapot marks the birth of American porcelain. At the time the US was saying ‘we don’t need British porcelain anymore’.”It means so much more to the Americans than it does to us hence why it ended up being bought by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2002, four unmarked tea bowls and two saucers that sold at auction in the Midlands were later confirmed to be by Bartlam and the patterning on those matched that on the teapot.It is thought the teapot and bowls formed part of the same tea service made by Bartlam at his factory in South Carolina and brought to Britain by him during a visit in 1769.The unnamed middle-aged vendor was told the pot might sell at auction for anywhere between £20,000 to £50,000. Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in Salisbury A broken teapot bought for £15 has sold for £575,000 after it was discovered to be one of America’s first pieces of porcelain.A bargain hunter thought the blue and white item, which was missing its lid and had a broken handle glued back on, was common pearlware.But the hobbyist dealer’s pot turned out to be the work of John Bartlam, a British potter who took his trade across the Atlantic 250 years ago.Bartlam’s enterprise was cut short by the American Revolution and hardly any examples of his work exist today.Expert Clare Durham, of Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in Salisbury, Wiltshire, suspected the teapot might be non-English porcelain and further research established it was the work of Bartlam. But interest took off, especially from America, with bids going up by £5,000 and then £10,000 at a time at the auction. It eventually sold for a hammer price of £460,000. With all the fees added on the overall price came to £575,000.It was bought by a London dealer Rod Jellicoe on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it will end up.Bartlam was a potter in Staffordshire who relocated to South Carolina in around 1763 to mine china clay in the area and meet the desire of colonial Americans to dine in the English style.It is not known what or how much porcelain Bartlam made there, but in 2007 the site of his factory was found and fragments of three blue decorated tea bowls. 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 teapot was sold by Woolley and Wallis Auctioneers in SalisburyCredit:Woolley and Wallis/BNPS last_img read more

Marriage to Victoria Beckham can be complicated says her husband David

The fashion designer said that people had been gossiping about their relationship since they became a couple.She added that their partnership had added to their success, explaining: “We both realise that we are stronger together than we are as individuals.”Would either of us be in the position that we are in now had we not met and been together all those years ago? It’s all about the family unit.”We are much stronger the six of us, than we would be if we were individuals.”We respect that family bond and that is key.” 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. Marriage to Victoria Beckham can be “complicated,” her husband David has said in an interview about their enduring relationship.The former England captain also acknowledged how their 19-year union can be “hard work.”While they have had to constantly fight reports that their marriage is on the rocks, calling the most recent rumour “laughable,” the couple have spoken of the difficulties of a long partnership.Mr Beckham was candid about his marriage, telling The Sunday Project, an Australian TV show: “To have been married for the amount of time that we have, it’s always hard work.”It becomes a little more complicated.”He also spoke about fatherhood, adding: “Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.”I’ve noticed that with my children.”The A-list couple have four children together – sons Brooklyn, 19; Romeo, 15; Cruz, 13; and six-year-old daughter Harper. They met at a charity football match 21 years ago when he played for Manchester United and his future wife was Victoria Adams – or Posh Spice in the Spice Girls.Victoria Beckham has also recently opened up about their marriage – after unfounded social media rumours swirled about a possible split she told Vogue the pair were “pretty used to ignoring the nonsense and just carrying on as normal”. read more