Sunny approaches HC fearing misuse of official machinery

first_imgActor and BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol on Friday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court “fearing misuse of official machinery” by the ruling Congress and sought adequate measures, including deployment of additional paramilitary forces, to ensure free and fair polling.Mr. Deol also demanded that the Gurdaspur constituency be declared “super sensitive”, claiming it was prone to violence.He cited the incidents of poll-related violence in the border constituency during panchayat polls which were conducted across the State in December 2018. “We moved the court because we feared the official machinery could be misused in the elections by the Congress,” advocate Pankaj Jain, the counsel for Mr. Deol, told reporters. He said after they filed the petition before a division Bench of Justices Daya Chaudhary and Sudhir Mittal, the court sought to know from the Election Commission about the measures being taken to ensure free and fair polls in Gurdaspur. The petitioner’s counsel submitted before the court that the “Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat is a prestigious constituency as not only the petitioner is a popular figure, he is contesting the election against a candidate who is State president of the Congress.” EC reply The counsel representing the Election Commission informed the court that 24 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces would be deployed at 866 polling booths in the parliamentary constituency. In many booths, multiple security measures, including adequate deployment of State police force, have also been undertaken, the EC counsel further informed the court.last_img read more

Romance Lost

first_imgThe legendary Marlon Brando defined stardom as something counter to great acting. “They demand different and contradictory attributes. An actor’s most priceless gift is range. A star’s, an identifiable niche in the public mind; an image, persona to which the audience can forever relate. Thus, an actor-star is in a constant conflict, a two-front war. As the actor stretches, the star retracts.”Rajesh Khanna had no problem with this definition, because, basically, he defied, challenged and rose above everything in the book. At a time when charisma and established reputation (Dilip Kumar-Dev Anand-Raj Kapoor) ruled and the hero was mostly North-Indian, fair tall, handsome and well-built (Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Manoj Kumar, Feroz Khan), this nothing-from-nowhere, unsung and unheralded, short, pimply-faced, non-entity whose only claim to fame was as a winner of United Producers Talent Hunt contest, did nothing to catch fire. Sure, critics — the discerning ones anyway — noted a certain brooding quality as early as Aakhri Khat, but neither that non-starter, nor the subsequent Raaz and Baharon ke Sapne gave anyone, any indication of what was to come.As everyone and his cock-eyed aunt must know, it was the sleeper hit, Shakti Samanta’s Aradhana that struck in tsunami fashion, rocketing him to a different stratosphere. Suddenly, almost overnight, every other hero, save Garam Dharam, went flying out of the window, with every major leading man role from every leading banner first offered to him, before going to someone else. As Mahesh Bhatt rightly stated “For those few years, he was god and his fans and producers, his devotees!”Frankly, India of the late 1960s was totally unprepared for Rajesh Khanna. The film industry, blown out of its mind, christened him Superstar. Stardust, the new iconoclastic, irreverent and deliciously chatpata new film magazine on the block, baptized him the Phenomenon and sold out its maiden issue within days just via banners enquiring whether Rajesh will/has married his girlfriend (at that time) Anju Mahendru?As a starting out journalist, a card-carrying Bollywood junkie and one who enjoyed a ringside seat to the goings-on in the film industry, I can only say that one had to experience the Rajesh-wave to understand its impact. It was truly unbelievable. No Dilip, Raj, Dev, Shammi, Rajendra, or later Amitabh Bachchan or the Khans, can ever hope to match it for the sheer passion and intensity that powered it. It was mass-hysteria on a continuous over-drive, associated normally with rock-stars of the iconic stature of Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson.In his golden time in the early 1970s it would’ve been a joy to be any one of his cars, because they were unfailingly smeared with lipstick imprints. His photographs were good enough for tons of infatuated female fans to marry. Letters, written in blood, comprised a part of his fan-mail. Every single day, every single studio in Mumbai had hordes of fans hoping to catch a glimpse of their beloved Kaka. It was hungama and hulchul all the way, the likes of which Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan can never ever hope to match.So, what was the secret of this Superstar, who, partnering with RD Burman, Lakshmikant Pyarelal and Kishore Kumar rolled out a record-breaking 15 consecutive hits, swung so seductively with Mumtaz and Sharmila Tagore — his most popular pairings — as also, Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Rekha?Co-star Shabana Azmi thinks it’s that amazing blend of “Super-star distancing, moods, eccentricities and attitude with total groundedness, accessibility and warmth, especially to his fans. It created a persona and aura that was seductively enigmatic and certainly worked superbly for him. Personally, however, I found him a wonderful, charming and co-operative leading man. And yes … everything you hear about the mass-hysteria is right. I’ve seen it in action.”Media commentator and founding editor of Stardust, Shobha De believes he was an idea whose time had come. “The oldies were fading. The other guys weren’t doing anything spectacular. Rajesh, with his winsome smile, nodding head, blinking eyes, innocent sweet charm and completely non-threatening, non-macho looks brilliantly epitomized unadulterated romance. He was unlike most of the other heroes, someone you wanted as a son, brother, lover, husband; someone you could happily take home to meet mom. This was a whole new number!”Others believe he was a true game-changer, playing out the middle-class dream — love, loyalty, family values, bonding — in an age of slowly dying out innocence. Rajesh, they insist, represented, the last, final dazzle before lights-out time arrived with Amitabh Bachchan’s 1973 September Zanjeer. That marked the beginning of the end of romance — and the king who sat on that throne with such grace and confidence.India was changing. Audience tastes were changing but alas, Rajesh wasn’t, couldn’t, didn’t. Sure, he had a few modest hits along the way and even shone as a character actor in films like Avtaar, but the phenomenon and superstar who gave us Sapno ki Rani and Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai was irrevocably out. In a loveless world where fists did the talking, women were props or glamorous playthings and toilet humor of the Shakti-Kadar brand had the audiences in splits, where was the space for a die-hard romantic, created for love, soft, gentle and sensitive, fun-loving, mischievous and innocent, who believed with all his idealistic heart, “Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin?” (Life should be big, not long).Amitabh Bachchan never tires of telling how his celebrity status really started when he signed Anand with the superstar and how everyone would always badger him with questions about Rajesh. Every single hero or heroine today has grown up on his legend and held him in awe. To the 1960s, 1970s, even 1980s generation, he was Mr. Romance all the way.“He peered deeper inside a woman’s heart than any male star before and made the notion of romance more real. He honored the woman and celebrated romance as something emotionally joyous shared by two, not an individualistic, exhibitionistic posturing of an idea hidden in song or dialogue baazi,” explains social commentator, Santosh Desai. Be it the Guru shirt or the belt over the kurta, he turned the ordinary — clothing, song, dialogue, interaction — into something magical. Imagine serenading a girl, with a herd of elephants — Haathi Mere Saathi — and converting both the song and the movie into super-duper hits,Along with romance, he was also brilliant in dramatic emotional roles — Ittefaq Safar, Anand, Khamoshi, Aavishkar, Aap ki Kasam, Daag, Amar Prem. But he seldom received recognition for them, because of his overpowering and overwhelming star-glow. No wonder, the response to his death at age 69, marked the end of an era for all who were privileged to witness the man and the magic …Like a meteor, lyric poetry or even the fabled Icarus, a phenomenon is destined to be short-lived with an impact that is everlasting. The Pasha of passion, raja of Rromance and emperor of emotions who acted in 163 films, won 3 Filmfare awards was neither an Adonis nor Hercules but yet managed to woo us with his inimitable, flamboyant song … Zindagi ek safar hai suhana, yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana (Life is a wonderful journey, what happens tomorrow, who knows). Related Itemslast_img read more

Phoenix, NLEX shoot for No. 3

first_imgBesides import JD Weatherspoon and the 6-foot-8 Almazan, the Road Warriors have to contend with the deep and prolific Rain Or Shine rotation of Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Beau Belga, Maverick Ahanmisi, Jericho Cruz, James Yap and Jay Washington.Just like NLEX, the Fuel Masters also defeated the Aces (95-93) and the Picanto (118-105) after the high-scoring Eugene Phelps took charge when it mattered most.Opposite the Picanto on Wednesday, Phelps dropped 33 points and pulled down 14 rebounds before scoring the game winner at the buzzer versus the Aces.Meanwhile, Star has replaced Cinmeon Browers after tapping the services of Malcolm Hill, who went undrafted in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT For the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the NLEX Road Warriors, going three in a row at the start of the conference is a route they have never taken before.They intend to drive smoothly on the same path Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup as the Fuel Masters take on winless GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Road Warriors test the caliber of the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img “We’re really prepared for this conference,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao after back-to-back victories over Alaska and Kia Picanto.“We practiced the earliest and brought in our import earliest. It’s a validation of our preparation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFacing his former team at the 4:15 p.m. opener at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao is confident that they can sustain their strong start with Aaron Fuller complementing well with locals Kevin Alas, Carlo Lastimosa and JR Quiñahan.The Elasto Painters, whom Guiao led to two championships and six Finals appearances, survived the Batang Pier, 98-96, in their conference opener on Friday after big man Raymond Almazan converted two pressure-packed free throws off an offensive rebound. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Repeat: Please end injustice in the Palaro MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Beijing medals have changed perceptions

first_imgIn years gone by, whenever it was time for the Olympics, people at home would speculate how soon our athletes would return after losing early.Since the time Indian hockey lost its sheen, it was almost unthinkable that anyone from the country would win a medal. Finally, Leander Paes changed the trend in 1996 at Atlanta with a singles bronze, after which Karnam Malleswari and RVS Rathore also ensured India had at least one medal each to show for their efforts in Sydney and Athens.Sports View by S. Kannan.I still remember when we went to Beijing for the Olympics, the talk was if India could win at least one medal. Nobody knew from where that one medal could come, though the common perception was the shooters would surely fire.Three days after the Games opening ceremony at the Bird’s Nest, truly an architectural marvel, Bindra did every Indian proud on August 11 by becoming the first individual from the country to win a gold medal.It was a day which changed the way people looked at Indian sport. And it was that effort which had an immediate effect on other athletes as well in Beijing. Days later when Vijender Kumar and Sushil won bronze medals, it was proof the self-belief factor had come into play.From 2008 till now, I have been asked several times if Indian sport changed in any way, since we have started thinking about ‘how many’ medals, rather than ‘if any’. The answer is a resounding yes because after Beijing, there was another defining year in Indian sport – 2010.advertisementPeople remember the Commonwealth Games for corruption and wrongdoings but I cannot forget the medal tally of 101. It was proof that Indian athletes had started believing in themselves and how government funding could work wonders with proper coaching and exposure in place.If the Commonwealth Games were still thought of as a fluke, what the athletes did just after that in the Guangzhou Asian Games was brilliant. A medal tally of 65 was the best ever and it reflected the depth in Indian sport.Agreed, in 2011, if people talk of success in Indian sport, the foremost achievement was the ICC World Cup triumph at home. But now that the London Olympics are just 12 days away, the question once again is how many medals India will win?In the past, whenever Indian teams went for the Olympics, there would be sarcasm regarding some players at least. However, now that the athletes list submitted to the Sports Ministry for clearance stands at a healthy 81, it is encouraging that they have mostly made it to the Games through proper qualification, not wild cards.For the sheer variety of disciplines Indians have qualified in, we can say the signs are indeed encouraging. There are still many people who feel that encouragement for Indian sport is not fulsome. However, the way the government has funded athletes and hired foreign coaches, there has been no discrimination.Add to it the inputs from the private sector as well, which includes the Mittal Champions Trust and Olympic Gold Quest, and Indian athletes have much fewer reasons to complain.Let’s take sports like athletics and shooting. Krishna Poonia and Vikas Gowda are striving hard at their training camps abroad for months in a row, and on the other hand, Indian shooters have been hopping in and out of the country to train around the world.Such efforts by the athletes on their own are unthinkable as the costs involved are high. While it is easy to rubbish the Indian government for not doing enough, the reality is different. In fact, even for superstars like Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, the $ 6,000 funding per month does mean a lot.In my view, there are two sporting disciplines in India where there has been a huge slip-up, though I don’t think anybody could have expected medals from them. In gymnastics, after Ashish Kumar won medals at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, there should have been an all-out effort to retain foreign coach Vladimir Chertkov.Instead, the gymnastics federation and the Sports Authority of India spent time bickering and Ashish suffered. His training was ruined and he couldn’t make it to the London Olympics.The story of four Indian swimmers fumbling has also become infamous now as they secured ‘B’ grade qualification times and never improved on them for over a year. The end result was that with the international swimming body (FINA) naming 900 swimmers for the Olympics, Virdhawal Khade, Sandeep Sejwal, Saurabh Sangvekar and Aaron D’Souza were left weeping in the pool.advertisementThe Swimming Federation of India (SFI) then went with a begging bowl to FINA and has managed one slot for unknown swimmer Gagan AP. Maybe, had the SFI not pandered to the whims and fancies of swimming coaches at home and hired a foreign coach, there could have been an improvement in the performance of the swimmers.As they compete in a sport where nanoseconds separate the winners from the losers, I didn’t expect the Indian swimmers to set the pool on fire. But to waste time and resources is shameful, since they made no improvement at all.Back to the question of how many medals India will win in London, I don’ think anyone can wager on it. Athletics, boxing, shooting, archery and wrestling – I think there is hope from all these disciplines.Indian hockey is showing signs of improvement as well, but asking for a medal maybe a bit too much.Today, each Indian athlete believes he or she can win a medal at the Olympics. After Leander Paes in 1996, if there is one athlete who has inspired huge confidence, it is Bindra. That’s what one gold medal can do, though Sushil and Vijender are also our national heroes.s.kannan@ mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Celtics forward Gordon Hayward to miss six weeks with broken hand

first_imgLATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Boston lineup without Hayward might change depending upon the opponent during his absence.“We’re going to figure out in the next six weeks what’s best for our team. Hopefully Gordon will be back by then,” Stevens said.“It might be ‘flavor of the week’ — who fits best in that game that day.”ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Kevin Alas to celebrate 28th birthday with return from 2nd ACL injury Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ If Hayward sits out a full six weeks, he will miss 19 Celtics games but be healthy to return for a December 25 clash at defending NBA champion Toronto.Hayward has been enjoying a stellar season with averages of 20.3 points, a team-high 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game before going out early against the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 29-year-old American departed after suffering the injury with 94 seconds remaining in the second quarter in a collision with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who was setting a pick on the play and was whistled for a foul.Hayward spent his first seven NBA seasons with Utah before joining the Celtics, only to suffer severe leg and ankle injuries in the opening minutes of Boston’s 2017-18 season opener and miss the entire remainder of the campaign.center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 25, 2019 Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball past Marc Gasol #33 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in the second half at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left hand Saturday in the Celtics’ 135-115 victory at San Antonio, dimming the joy of improving to 7-1 on the NBA season. (Photo by Kathryn Riley / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will miss the next six weeks of the NBA season with a broken left hand following surgery on Monday, the team announced.Hayward underwent the operation in New York to repair his ring finger, which was fractured Saturday in Boston’s 135-115 victory over San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Rangers Rally, Beat Devils, 4-3

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Kevin Klein and the New York Rangers refused to give up, even when they faced a two-goal deficit midway through the third period.Persistence paid off with a 4-3 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 21.Klein scored 2:42 into overtime, and the Rangers extended their winning streak to three.“We never got down,” Klein said. “We knew we could come back. We kept pushing forward, scrapping for the puck.”The Rangers, who trailed 3-1, also got goals from Chris Kreider, Chris Mueller and Rick Nash, who netted his NHL-best eighth goal. He has scored in all but one of New York’s seven games this season.On the winner, Mueller and Kreider crisscrossed in the Devils zone before Kreider fed Klein for his first of the season.Klein’s goal was also the first scored this season by a Rangers defenseman. “He made a great pass to me, and I was fortunate to score the goal,” Klein said.”Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots for the Rangers (4-3.) “I like the way we’re playing,” Lundqvist said. “We responded tonight in a big way.”The Devils (3-2-1) got power-play goals from Jaromir Jagr, Adam Henrique and Jon Merrill but it wasn’t enough to prevent a third straight defeat. Cory Schneider made 21 saves.Kreider and Jagr traded power-play goals in the opening period.New Jersey started strong and pressed the attack during an early power play. Henrique, Mike Cammalleri and Patrik Elias had good scoring chances denied by Lundqvist.With Jagr in the penalty box for hooking, Kreider buried the rebound of Ryan McDonagh’s point shot at 7:34. It was the Rangers’ first power-play goal of the season, ending an 0-for-17 drought through the first six games.Kreider was then whistled for hooking, setting the stage for Jagr’s goal at 13:40. Damien Brunner fired a shot that sailed wide right of the net, and bounced off the lively backboards right onto Jagr’s stick. The 42-year-old former Rangers star knocked in his first goal of the season, the 706th of his career.The Devils’ power play clicked again in the second period when Henrique, playing in his 200th NHL game, made it 2-1. Jagr set up Henrique, who beat Lundqvist to the short side from the left faceoff dot at 14:55.The Devils’ special teams play was excellent in the middle period as Elias came close to scoring on a short-handed breakaway.Merrill added the Devils’ third power-play goal with a blast from the right point 36 seconds into the third period.New York scored the next two to erase its deficit.“It’s real good to scrounge your way back and win it in overtime against a good team,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We just stayed with it.”The Rangers got within 3-2 at 9:06 as Mueller one-timed a cross-ice pass from Derick Brassard.Nash pulled the Rangers even with 5:28 remaining in regulation, backhanding the rebound of Kevin Hayes’ shot past Schneider. Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky set up the goal with a poor clearing attempt deep in his own zone.“We made a bad decision with the puck, and the game is tied,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “A guy like Nash will make you pay for it. It was a hard-fought game but we lost.”The Devils did earn a point, but came away feeling they let one get away. “We should have been able to close it out,” Cammalleri said. “We did a lot of nice things, but we let the Rangers come back and grab it.”(MIKE FARRELL)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Milan Coach Gattuso Leaves Club By Mutual Agreement

first_imgMILAN — AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is stepping down by “mutual agreement,” the Italian club confirmed Tuesday.The announcement came shortly after the club also said sporting director Leonardo has resigned, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis beginning a shakeup after the team failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“AC Milan announces Gennaro Gattuso will leave his role as the club’s first team manager by mutual agreement with immediate effect,” Milan said in a statement. “The club will now conduct a recruitment process for a new full-time manager for the first team.”Gattuso, who played 13 years for Milan, replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach in November 2017.Official Statement: Gennaro Gattuso ➡️ Comunicato Ufficiale: Gennaro Gattuso ➡️— AC Milan (@acmilan) May 28, 2019He led the team to a sixth-place finish in Serie A last year and fifth this season, a point behind Atalanta and Inter Milan and the final Champions League qualifying places.“Gennaro stepped into the role during what was a difficult period for the club and has performed admirably, securing the club’s highest league points total since 2012-13,” the statement continued. “AC Milan must now look to the future, whilst ensuring continuity, financial stability and sustainable growth.”Gattuso had a contract until June 2021 but it has been widely reported by Italian media that the 41-year-old waived a payoff or payment for the final years of his contract — a sum of around 11 million euros.“I have had the privilege to get to know Rino Gattuso over the past six months since my arrival at the club,” Gazidis said, using the former midfielder’s nickname. “Rino has given everything to our efforts this season, and has worked tirelessly, always taking full responsibility, putting the club above every other consideration.“I want to say from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Rino.”TweetPinShare4949 Shareslast_img read more

Former Man Utd star called Sir Alex a Scottish b******!

first_imgWTF ‘I called Sir Alex Ferguson a Scottish b*****d!’ – former Manchester United ace Kanchelskis Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 20:03 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United 1996 Getty WTF Manchester United Basel v Manchester United Basel UEFA Champions League The Russia international’s lack of English was exploited by his team-mates, but the manager saw the funny side of the joke Former Manchester United ace Andrei Kanchelskis has lifted the lid on an awkward meeting with manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in which he called the legendary boss “a Scottish b*****d”.Kanchelskis spent four years at Old Trafford from 1991-95 and twice won the Premier League with the Red Devils, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup once each.United 14/1 to win UCL 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 However, it was not all smooth sailing for the former Russia international, who admitted that he had some language issues when he first arrived at the club from Shakhtar Donetsk.His team-mates played upon his naivety to con him into abusing Ferguson, whose explosive temper was legendary.“I came to England and I had never spoken English very well,” he admitted to the Daily Record. “Some guys said to me ‘if the gaffer comes to the dressing room, say to him ‘Scottish b*****d’, you know like ‘hello Scottish b*****d’.“I said it and everybody was laughing. Fergie as well. He smiled because he understood I didn’t speak English very well.“He said: ‘Next time, not like this, don’t speak like that.’”Nevertheless, it is an incident the former Everton and Fiorentina winger looks back with some humour.“It’s normal when any player comes to every country and they teach them only rubbish, you know?” he added.last_img read more

Real Madrid missing killer instinct

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid missing killer instinct as another opportunity slips away Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 06:15 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(44) Karim Benzema, Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Athletic Club v Real Madrid Athletic Club Primera División Opinion The champions were held to a 0-0 by Athletic Club despite dominating in Bilbao and failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s draw against Celta Vigo It seemed as if Real Madrid’s title hopes were alive again. Barcelona’s second successive draw in the Primera Division meant Los Blancos could close the gap to six points by beating Athletic Club at San Mames on Saturday. But it was another opportunity missed in the end.Zinedine Zidane’s side were without Gareth Bale, rested as a precaution after returning from injury impressively against Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night – and how he was missed in the Basque Country.Isco is a fantastic footballer, but Madrid’s attack lacks dynamism and pace in his presence. Particularly away from home, Bale’s running can help to stretch rival defences and provide space for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Instead, it was all too predictable. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The same can be said of Zidane’s line-up. Everybody knows the team he will pick at the moment and exactly how they will play. Constant crossing into the area is not a wise tactic against a tall and physical side like Athletic, either – and it did not work again in this match.Athletic Real Madrid scoreMadrid needed a penalty to beat lowly Malaga at home last weekend, with Ronaldo netting on the rebound after his spot-kick had been saved. And there is the feeling that Real are not finishing teams off at the moment.Ronaldo and Benzema have just two goals each in La Liga, while Bale has been sidelined for much of the campaign. Nevertheless, Saturday’s game in Bilbao was one Madrid would have found a way to win in 2016-17. This season, however, it is a different story.The champions have already lost at home to Betis, with draws at the Bernabeu against Levante and Valencia. And on the road, they surprisingly went down at Girona, having to settle for a point at Atletico and now Athletic as well.Such results are not good enough for a team aspiring to be champions and although there is a Clasico clash to come at the Bernabeu on December 23, even a win will only reduce the deficit to five points as things stand. And that match also comes at a tough time for Los Blancos, just days after they conclude their participation in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.Sergio Ramos Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid La LigaCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridThe draw at San Mames sees Madrid in fourth, eight points adrift of Barcelona and level with fifth-placed Sevilla, their rivals at the Bernabeu in the next round of matches. And it could have been worse, too.Sergio Ramos, sent off for a record 19th time in La Liga, was fortunate not to concede a penalty, as was Marcelo right at the end, while bookings for Casemiro and Dani Carvajal mean they are now suspended for the visit of Sevilla.In the final half an hour of the match, Athletic could barely string three passes together as Madrid launched a wave of attacks that looked likely to bring a vital victory.Instead, however, it all proved futile. Too predictable and too pedestrian, Zidane’s side have lost their killer instinct and this missed opportunity means it is a long way back now for Los Blancos. On this form, it looks unlikely they will close the gap.last_img read more

ExOlympian Allison Forsyth says Bertrand Charest affair was covered up

first_imgMONTREAL – Twenty years after she says she was told to keep quiet about Bertrand Charest’s alleged abuses to avoid losing sponsorships, Allison Forsyth is speaking out to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.The former Olympian, who alleges she was sexually abused by Charest in 1997 and 1998, says she has struggled with guilt, shame and anxiety as a result.“I went through years and years of whistleblower guilt, where I felt abandoned and alone and nobody cared that this had happened because everybody tried to cover it up,” she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview Wednesday.Forsyth, now 39, said she was one of the athletes who came forward in 1998, when Alpine Canada first became aware of Charest’s sexual contact with several of his teenage students.“I was told, ‘Do not say anything, because we would lose our sponsors’ and it would end my career,” she said.Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing, and was eventually given a 12-year prison term.The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes that occurred more than 20 years ago, when the victims and alleged victims were aged between 12 and 19.Forsyth is one of eight victims and alleged victims who have chosen to identify themselves in recent days amid their calls for changes that would better protect athletes from abuse.The native of Nanaimo, B.C., is struggling with having the word “alleged” attached to her description of events and her status as a victim.That’s because Charest was not convicted on the charges involving Forsyth due to jurisdictional issues, because the alleged incidents occurred outside of Canada.“That in general has affected me greatly and has brought back a lot of feelings of shame or guilt, even in just the last 24 hours,” she said.But despite what she calls the intricacies of the law, she says one thing is clear: “All of the 12 of us, plus many more, were definitely victims of this horrible man.”Forsyth went on to have an illustrious skiing career, including five World Cup giant slalom medals and a bronze at the 2003 world alpine championships. She also represented Canada in the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City.But all that time, she was struggling with what had happened to her.“I was not the same person after as I was before,” she said. “I had a very tumultuous career after. I was very depressed, medicated for anxiety. I had anorexia issues.”Forsyth, now a mother of three, says she’s willing to share her experiences because she believes there are lessons to be learned from what happened to her and the other women.She says no system was put in place to support athletes when she was skiing and that none of them were given any lessons on what constituted appropriate behaviour from coaches.Her suggestions, and that of the other women, include more education and training for coaches and athletes and a rule that would not allow coaches and athletes to be alone in a one-on-one situation.Forsyth is also calling for an independent safety officer who can follow up on complaints and ensure that athletes and coaches are given the support they need.She says it’s “absolutely critical” to have someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in either party to ensure allegations aren’t swept under the rug as she believes was done in Charest’s case.She says Charest, for example, was allowed to resign rather than being fired from his position and that his coaching licence was never revoked.The trial judge in Charest’s case ripped into Alpine Canada in his ruling, saying the organization’s leaders closed their eyes to Charest’s actions and failed miserably in their duty to protect the young athletes.The chair of the board of Alpine Canada has since acknowledged in a statement that “the organization could have offered more support to the victims in this difficult time.”The statement added that the organization welcomed any further suggestions on how to improve safety.Forsyth says the changes she’s calling for go beyond Alpine Canada or any one sport, noting similar abuses have occurred in hockey and gymnastics.While she doesn’t regret her years as a competitive athlete, she says that, for now, she wouldn’t want her children following in her footsteps.“I won’t feel complete closure maybe ever, and I won’t feel that we’re there until we have changes in place that we’re happy with,” she said.last_img read more

Environmentalists oppose off-roaders’ lawsuit over bird plan

RENO, Nev. — Conservationists want to join a legal battle in opposition to off-road vehicle users who are trying to overturn U.S. protections for a type of imperiled bird found only along the California-Nevada line.Four environmental groups filed the request to intervene in the case over the bistate grouse in U.S. District Court in Reno on Friday. That’s the same day the Trump administration finalized changes to federal land use plans that eased restrictions on energy companies across 11 Western states where the larger population of greater sage grouse lives.The conservationists argue that those changes are one of the reasons they should be granted intervenor status for the bistate grouse, which they say is more at risk than the greater sage grouse. Scientists say as few as 5,000 of the chicken-sized, ground-dwelling birds remain.The Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 scrapped a proposal to list the bistate grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but a federal judge reinstated it last year.“The Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and FWS once made promises to conserve the bistate sage grouse and its habitat,” Steve Holmer, vice-president of the American Bird Conservancy, said in the request to intervene, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians.The government’s failure to list the bird “is indicative of the agencies’ unwillingness to commit to conservation measures for the birds,” he said.The California Four Wheel Drive Association and off-road groups in the Sierra Nevada and Nevada’s Pine Nut Mountains sued the Forest Service in December, arguing that a bistate protection plan enacted last year could increase fire danger across the bird’s rangeland habitat.They say protection measures in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest weren’t included among the alternatives subjected to scientific scrutiny and public comment as required by federal law.The off-road groups say the Forest Service nearly doubled the size of buffer zones around bird breeding grounds, known as leks, to 4 miles (6.5 kilometres) between an initial draft and final guidelines on off-road travel.It also extended the season when motorized traffic is banned through June 30, forcing the Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreation Club to postpone by a month a 250-mile (402-kilometre) motorcycle race typically done in mid-June.Racing through high-desert sagebrush after June 30 “greatly increases fire risk and safety concerns due to greater heat and reduced moisture,” according to the lawsuit. “It is nearly impossible to design a viable route system in the project area … that does not include a route passing within 4 miles of such leks.”Paul Turcke, an Idaho-based lawyer for the off-roaders, said he didn’t anticipate opposing the environmentalists’ request but declined further comment.A Forest Service spokeswoman said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.Patrick Donnelly, Nevada director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said bistate grouse “are teetering on the brink of extinction across much of their range.”“Running a motorcycle race through this imperiled bird’s habitat during the lekking season would only add to threats that are pushing this population over the cliff,” said Laura Cunningham, California director for the Western Watersheds Project.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press read more

VIDEO How Googles offices looked back in 1999

first_img IN 1999, a Google employee took his two sons to the office and let them try everything out… while filming what they saw.Here is the ten-minute documentary (sort of) that resulted. Free pizza! Air hockey! Giant inflatable balls! The Google offices in 1999 were a little boys’ PARADISE.Also, look at how ropey the Google logo was back then:VIDEO: This man’s nearly-naked dance wins the internet>VIDEO: The most awful ways you could be woken up tonight>last_img read more

Homeless Man Builds Car From Scrap

first_imgAs any regular Car Talk listener will tell you, old Fiats aren’t exactly known for being the most durable cars in the world. A homeless man in Brazil took advantage of the discarded shells of these junkers and threw together a brand new car, built entirely from scrap. Starting with a 125cc motorcycle engine, Orismar de Souza was able to put together a working vehicle, capable of hitting 50mph on the highway and featuring such luxuries as a reverse gear and an actual car starter to replace the kickstarter of the 125cc engine. It also sports an in-dash stereo. After panhandling in the streets for months to raise the $270 he needed for the car’s metal plating, de Souza built the body panels by hand, borrowing a chisel and hammer as tools for the job. Most of the other parts used in making the car came from old discarded Fiats. His previous experience with metalworking led him to be confident in his automotive creation, but that didn’t stop others from telling him that his project was just a joke. The looks on their faces after the car hit 50 must have been priceless. The finished machine was able to help de Souza land both a home and a job, a fitting end to this inspiring how-to story. And I have a feeling his car is even more reliable than the ones he built it from. At least if it breaks down, no one will tell him he can’t fix it.AdChoices广告[via Hack-A-Day, Jalopnik]last_img read more

Le HTC Budweiser info ou intox

first_imgLe HTC Budweiser, info ou intox ?Généralement, Budweiser nous évoque un liquide gazeux à base d’eau, de malt et de houblon qui coule à flot, notamment lors d’évènements festifs. Lorsqu’une « fuite » associe ce nom et celui de HTC, constructeur de smartphones, il y a de quoi se poser des questions.Selon le site HTC Pedia, un document interne à HTC aurait été divulgué, présentant une liste de différents téléphones et leurs numéros de référence correspondant (appelés SKU). Comme on peut le voir sur cette photo, le HTC Budweiser s’est glissé dans la liste mais il est pourtant inconnu sur le marché. S’agit-il simplement d’un nom de code pour un smartphone déjà disponible ou d’un futur produit ? Derrière ce nom surprenant, que d’interrogations. Mais il est sûr qu’il s’agira d’un terminal à boire…à voir absolument !Dans le passé, HTC a déjà donné des noms de codes étranges à ses produits. Mais une chose est sûre, c’est que l’on en saura plus demain, lors de l’évènement organisé par la firme.Enquête à suivre.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 14:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Says Dont Repeat History With Trade Restrictions

first_imgAt the Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on “Current Negotiations on Agricultural Biotechnology,” today in New York City, American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Dwain Ford, a soybean grower from Kinmundy, Ill., said it is imperative that we not go back to a time decades ago when politicians and government restricted trade based on populist opinions.“Efforts to stigmatize and restrict trade in agricultural biotechnology crops that have been approved by regulators and determined to be even safer than conventional crops gives rise to the question of whether agricultural innovators will be allowed to improve the food products they export to consumers around the world,” Ford said.According to Ford, a readily available example of this type of unwarranted government restriction is the European Union’s (EU) adoption this week of traceability and labeling regulations for biotech food and feed products. These regulations will require that all food products containing more than 0.9 percent biotech ingredients carry a label, even though the biotech ingredients have been approved by EU regulatory authorities and determined to be safe for food, feed, and the environment. Additionally, all food products containing biotech ingredients must be elaborately traced from farm to fork with records kept for five years, a costly and trade-limiting requirement not being imposed on foods that don’t contain biotech ingredients.“By bowing to populist pressure, the European Union is making it possible for anti-ag biotech activists to drive biotech products off the shelves, and will ultimately lead to activist pressure for over-regulation of other product advancements,” Ford said. “Despite clear and wide-ranging scientific proof that biotech crops are even safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional crops, the EU has taken action that will deny farmers in the U.S. and elsewhere, who adopt new technologies, access to markets in Europe. To make matters worse, the EU is attempting to ‘export’ its restrictive approach to agricultural innovation to the rest of the world.”A look at history shows that worldwide protectionist trade restrictions during the 1920s led to global economic hardships in the 1930s. Learning from their mistakes, leading economies of the world formed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) after World War II to establish rules for trade and to ease trade protectionism.“Now is not the time for the world to regress to behavior that is reminiscent of past trade errors made because of activist or populist demands,” Ford said. “It is time for nations not only to resist the rhetoric of those who are calling for unwarranted restrictions on innovation, but also to challenge those nations that bow to such pressure and place costly and trade-restrictive regulations on technologies that have been approved by scientists and regulators.”The Council on Foreign Relations roundtable was aimed at bringing together different constituencies to discuss their interests, concerns and ideas about the resolution of current agricultural biotechnology negotiations. Joining Ford at the roundtable were CEOs from several corporations, top government officials, and leaders from non-governmental organizations.“ASA has been committed to furthering the world’s understanding of the safety and benefits of agricultural biotechnology,” Ford said. “Biotech soybeans were first commercialized in 1996 and now make up 85 percent of the U.S. soybean crop. During the past eight years, with over $6 million in investments made by soybean producers through the soybean checkoff and the Foreign Agricultural Service, ASA has carried out biotech education for buyers, food processors, government, and consumers around the globe to protect and grow markets for U.S. soybeans.”last_img read more

Court to quiz Legislature on school funding delays

first_imgSEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance.The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven’t followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education.Lawmakers, the governor and others say the court needs to be patient and give the Legislature more time to fulfil the orders in the 2012 McCleary decision.Thomas Ahearne, the attorney for the coalition that sued the state over education funding, says the Legislature has made so little progress toward meeting the goal that only more pressure from the court will make it happen.The McCleary decision said lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget.The court commended the Legislature for passing some reforms in the K-12 system and for starting to pay for them. The McCleary decision orders the Legislature to finish paying for the reforms, which may add more than $4 billion to the state’s biennial budget, according to some government estimates.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Office Manager at KA ExpressFull-Time Account Sales Manager at Red BullFull-Time Client Partner Mobile Solutions at VerizonFull-Time Maintenance Technician at DSMFull-Time Accounts Receivable Representative at ViantPart-Time Show Room Assistant at Brooks BargainFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time Inside Sales Support at Altro(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Former Sitka Principal Found Not Guilty On All Counts

first_imgJoe Robidou has been found not guilty on all counts.A Sitka jury of seven women and five men delivered its verdict in favor of the former school administrator at about 6 p.m. Monday evening.Download AudioJoe Robidou (r.) listens to jury instructions with his attorney, Julie Willoughby, in court last week. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The one-time Blatchley Middle School principal sobbed quietly as Magistrate Leonard Devaney — tagging in for David George on the Superior Court bench — read each verdict form in order.“State of Alaska v. Joseph Robidou, verdict form number 1. Count 1, Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree, K.L. in May 2012, we the jury find find the defendant Joseph Robidou not guilty.”And so it went for four additional counts of Sexual Assault, three counts of Indecent Exposure, and one count of Assault in the 4th Degree. The state had pressed charges on behalf of three separate witnesses, all current or former teachers at Blatchley Middle School.Robidou had been facing five-to-ten years prison time, had he been convicted. Magistrate Devaney informed that with the not guilty verdicts, he was free to go.Both Robidou’s attorney, Julie Willoughby, and assistant district attorney Jean Seaton, who prosecuted the case, declined comment. Several jurors also declined to speak about the case at this time.After a week-long trial and twelve hours of deliberation over two days, as she put on her raincoat to head out into a rainy Sitka evening, one juror simply looked at reporters and said, “Not today.”last_img read more

KCRs real time admn move hits hurdle

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s recent announcement on ‘real time administration’ in the state from August 15 onwards will be delayed due to a plethora of problems including the delay in shifting of the secretariat, lethargic attitude of the bureaucrats to shift to a temporary place in a haste and, most importantly, prolonging staff crunch in the newly-formed districts. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us KCR has made an official statement in the state Assembly on July 19 that Telangana is set to witness a real time administration from this Independence Day ensuring redressal of grievances of citizens and achieve inclusive growth by extending all the government welfare and development programmes to the deserved. The general administration has come to a standstill since December due to a series of elections, including the Assembly, Parliament, grama panchayat, mandal and Zilla Parishads, etc. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us KCR, it may be mentioned here, was keen on streamlining the entire administration by bringing in reforms particularly in Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration, Revenue, Agriculture, Health and Education from August 15. As part of this exercise, the government has taken several policy decisions like enactment of new Panchayat Raj Act, promulgation of Municipal Ordinance and strengthening of the land revenue system to ensure every farmer get title deeds within a stipulated time, etc. Advertise With Us But in the meantime, the Chief Minister has decided to demolish the existing secretariat building and construct a new one in its place. He ordered that all departments in the secretariat be shifted to BRK Bhavan. This is where the main hurdle in implementing the real time governance has come up. The building (BRK Bhavan) is not equipped with necessary infrastructure to house various departments of the general administration. The government has just started working on remodelling the rooms and provide infrastructure facilities. This is likely to take another 20 days or so. Even Chief Secretary S K Joshi’s chamber is not yet ready. It is being said that the Chief Minister, who reviewed the progress of shifting of the secretariat a few days ago, expressed his displeasure to the Chief Secretary for the delay at a meeting with senior officials. Joshi who did not like being grilled over it in front of other senior officials, sources say, has decided not to go to his chambers in the secretariat. On Tuesday, he went to BRK Bhavan only to see that the renovation work at his chambers was still on. He went home and told the officials that he would work from home and would not step into the secretariat till his chamber at BRK Bhavan was ready. In the absence of the infrastructural facilities, most secretaries are not able to perform their duties efficiently. They could not even instruct the district officials as there was no teleconference facility available. For instance, KCR decided to enforce 60-day action plan to empower gram panchayats. The schedule was yet to be finalised as Panchayat Secretary Vikas Raj is not confident of the implementation of the action plan with the available skeleton staff in the department. Similarly, the municipal officials are not fully aware about the provisions of the Ordinance brought into force to strengthen the administration. Governor ESL Narasimhan had raised some objections on delegating total powers to the state government in finalising the schedule for municipal elections. Sources said that an MLA had gone to Secretariat on Tuesday but since the officials were busy in shifting, he could not represent his grievance. In the backdrop of such problems, it has been decided to postpone the implementation of real time governance till the shifting process was completed.last_img read more

Karnataka floods Landslide strikes Kodagu 5 feared trapped under debris

first_imgKarnataka floodsTwitterThe continuous torrential downpour in 12 districts of North and Coastal Karnataka from past several days have created flooding in the region. The water levels have risen in the rivers and landslides are also reported in the Western Ghat areas.At least nine people are reported to be dead and several others have been injured due to the incessant rainfalls and floods. Nearly 44,000 people have been evacuated from 51 flood-hit taluks. Around 16,875 people and 3,010 animals have been shifted to 272 relief camps.Belagavi is the most affected district with over 40,000 evacuations and 6 people have died from the district. The educational institutions have been directed to shut down due to the bad weather conditions. Traffic movement has also been prohibited in the flood-affected areas.Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has requested all the citizens to help the people affected by floods by contributing generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The rescue operations are conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Indian Army and Fire and Emergency department.last_img read more