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first_imgRJD leader Rabri Devi on Tuesday attacked the new JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar for denying her the status of leader of opposition in the legislative council under the “cover of rules” that RJD does not have the required number of MLCs needed for the post.“They wish to suppress the voice of opposition by doing this out of political considerations,” Ms. Rabri Devi, wife of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, told reporters outside the legislative council.“Earlier, the status of leader of opposition was given to the then RJD leader Gulam Gaus even when the party’s strength was 4-5 in the council. But, now they (JD(U)-BJP) are taking the cover of rules,” she said.“Let them deny the post (to RJD), we are the leader of masses.” The Bihar legislative council had in the first week of this August month rejected RJD’s request to appoint Rabri Devi as the leader of opposition in the upper house stating that the party did not have the required number of MLCs needed for the post.A strength of nine MLCs is required for the post of leader of opposition in the legislative council but RJD at present has only seven. Hence, its application was not in conformity with the rules, deputy chairman of Bihar state legislative council Harun Rashid had said while turning down the request.JD(U) spokesman and MLC Neeraj Kumar took a swipe at Devi on the issue. “She and her family cannot live without facilities,” he told reporters outside the legislative council.Ms. Rabri Devi was chosen as member of legislative council for the second time in 2012 and her tenure will end in 2018.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi are both members of the legislative council at present.last_img read more

first_imgAsserting that the Congress will be losing the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday claimed that the party has fielded “two batsmen” to defend the naamdar (dynast). In a veiled dig at Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda, Mr. Modi said they were tasked by the party to take responsibility for its poor poll show. “One says hua to hua (it happened, so what) on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, while the other one, who has been behind the curtains after abusing me during the Gujarat elections, is attacking me again,” he said. While Mr. Pitroda faced the wrath of party president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks, Mr. Aiyar in an article raked up his controversial neech remark against Mr. Modi, saying his comments turned out to be prophetic.‘Live example’ Referring to the huge gathering at the meeting, Mr. Modi said that it was a “live example of what would happen on May 23”. “The Congress has understood this very well. That is why it has started preparing for the results. Now you will think, when the BJP-NDA is winning, what the Congress will prepare? Its preparation is uska thikra, party mein, kiske sir mein phode (on whose head the defeat should be thrust upon),” Mr. Modi said. “The Congress can’t say that they lost elections due to naamdar, which will be against the principles of vanshvad (dynasty). It was only after the fifth phase that the two nearest darbaris (courtiers) of the family started batting on their own,” he added. “They don’t have the courage to not take the field and play the match without asking the captain. There is an exodus in the Congress to become martyrs (take blame).” The Congress, Mr. Modi said, has proposed to do away with the sedition law, which would embolden terrorists, Naxalites and their supporters. “But the BJP will not allow that to happen. Our government attacked the terrorists in their den.” Warning the tribals against mahamilawati (adulterated) thoughts, Mr. Modi said his government was committed to the indigenous people. Two-time BJP MP Nishikant Dubey is contesting from Godda LS seat, under which Deoghar falls, and is facing Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) candidate Pradip Yadav.last_img read more

first_imgThe Odisha government has chalked out a ₹200-crore, five-year plan to restore the green cover lost due to Cyclone Fani in the coastal region.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the Forest Department to implement the ‘Five-year action plan on revival of coastal shelter belt and afforestation programme’ on a mission mode.The government would undertake the afforestation programme on 8,000 hectares over a five-year period. While 65 lakh saplings were distributed in 2018-19 in Fani-affected districts, it would be doubled to 1.3 crore in 2019-20.Under an urban tree plantation programme, five lakh saplings would be planted in five years. Also, about 30,000 uprooted trees would be replanted and restored in suitable places. The government targets to plant fruit-bearing plants in 12,000 hectares which would help revive the livelihood of many cyclone-affected people.Of the 1.3 crore saplings, the Forest Department will plant 80 lakh, while 50 lakh will be planted by different educational institutions, industrial and private areas.Replanting large trees“In order to restore comparatively large trees, an action plan has been prepared. These will be planted in the Balukhanda reserve forest area, and in different parks and roads of Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar urban areas. All modern techniques will be adopted,” government sources said.Different varieties of cyclone-resistant trees such as Neem, Karanja, Baula, Jamu, Korila, Chatian, Khaira, Arjun, Mahyoni, Ashok, Harida, Bahada, Shisu, Katha Champa and Dimiri will be planted. Nearly 22 lakh trees have been destroyed causing a damage of ₹537 crore when Cyclone Fani hit the State.last_img read more

first_imgIndian generic drug manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, is undertaking a $16.5 million expansion of its plant in Shreveport. La.The state is providing sales tax abatement and a $2.1 million capital grant to the company, which is expected to add 73 new jobs beyond the 161 already at the company. Its Shreveport plant is the largest producer of the burn remedy, silver sulfadiazine cream, and the second-largest producer of ibuprofen in North America. Related Itemslast_img

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Seventh-ranked Cilic, the 2012 champion, played a near-perfect opening set. He saved Lopez’s only break point with an ace before striking with his first opportunity to take the lead.Lopez’s serve often came to the rescue with 10 aces during the second set, the most important of which saved one of Cilic’s two break points in the second game.Having forced a tiebreaker, Lopez found another gear and produced faultless tennis to take it 7-2.Neither player earned a break point as the high-quality serving continued in the third set, leading to a decisive tiebreaker.Cilic had the first match point, but Lopez executed a fine volley under pressure before finally claiming the title as Cilic sent a forehand wide on the Spaniard’s third match point.ADVERTISEMENT “There is no better preparation going into Wimbledon,” Lopez said. “To win here, to play Wimbledon in a week, is a great feeling.”“It’s tough to believe at 35 that I’m playing my best tennis, but I am.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ In the deciding tiebreaker, Lopez saved a match point when trailing 6-5 with a stretching forehand volley, before sealing victory at the third opportunity.A beaten finalist in 2014 when he failed to capitalize on a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, Lopez once more displayed his grass-court skills ahead of Wimbledon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I cannot believe that I’ve finally won this trophy,” Lopez said. “It’s the best week of my career — to win this tournament at this stage of my career, it’s so amazing.“It’s tough to put that match point (in 2014) away from my mind. I was serving for the match again, it was so difficult to handle my nerves.” 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 Spain’s Feliciano Lopez celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at The Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London, Sunday June 25, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON — Feliciano Lopez saved a match point as he came from behind to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia and claim the biggest title of his career at Queen’s on Sunday in the Wimbledon warm-up event.The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to break the serve of fourth-seeded Cilic throughout the grass-court final but fought back to win 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (8) in a match lasting around 2 ½ hours.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playofflast_img read more

first_imgAlappuzha, Aug 12 (PTI) Gabriel Chundan, the snake boat powered by oarsmen of Thuruthippuram Boat Club, today won the 65th edition of the prestigious Nehru Trophy held at the Punnamda Lake here. The oarsmen of Gabriel Chundan lifted the trophy after a thrilling photo finish this evening.The members of the Ernakulam-based boat club dipped their oars in unison, leading the majestic chundan (snake boat) to the finishing point, pushing fellow competitors behind.While Mahadevikkad Kattilthekkethil came second, Payippad and Karichal, last year?s winner, secured the third and fourth spots respectively as thousands of spectators gathered on the banks to cheer them, organisers said.Around 20 snake boats, known as chundan vallam in local parlance, took part in five heats in the event, which is held on the second Saturday of August every year.A large number of spectators including foreigners thronged the banks of the lake to get a glimpse of the event, which is considered as one of the biggest water-sport events in the country.The Nehru trophy was instituted to commemorate the visit of the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to the area and his boat ride in the lake.Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the boat race. PTI LGK BNlast_img read more

first_imgVideocon Mobiles on Monday launched an affordable smartphone dubbed as Metal Pro 2. The smartphone sports a metal unibody design and is priced at Rs 6,999.Specs wise, the Metal Pro 2 comes with 2GB RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat. The company is also giving a 100 days replacement guaranty for the device.  The smartphone comes with 2GB RAM and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.On the photography front, the Metal Pro 2 features 3.2MP front camera and 13MP rear camera with LED flash. The Metal pro 2 sports a 5 inch IPS LCD screen and is powered by MT6737 1.2 GHz quad-core SoC chipset.”At Videocon, we are committed towards meaningful innovations that delight our consumers. Metal Pro 2 is a slim and stunning device, which has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the users,” Akshay Dhoot, CEO of Videocon Mobiles, said in a statement. The Metal Pro 2 comes with a technology called MiraVision which enhances the visual quality of the display by altering various picture attributes.  The phone comes with 4G VoLTE connectivity and packs in 16GB internal storage that’s expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone runs on Android Nougat with company’s own UI on top.Also Read: Videocon launches 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphone at Rs 10,000The Metal Pro 2 also comes with a SOS-Be-Safe and panic button that helps track your location at reach out to you at the times of distress. In an introductory offer, Videocon is also giving out freebies such as a one-year subscription of Eros Now and the full series of the paid versions of games from Game Loft. The other features include 4G VoLTE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Radio. The phone is backed by a 2000mAh battery.  The colour options include gold and space grey colours. Buyers can purchase the phone from multi-brand retail stores by the end of this month.advertisementThe Metal Pro 2 in this price bracket can compete against the likes of Redmi 4, Moto C Plus and Intex aqua Lions 3. The battery size of Videocon Metal Pro 2 is smaller compared to its competitors. The Intex Aqua Lions 3 comes with 4000mAh battery while the Redmi 4 has 4100mAh battery size.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — If this was a statement game against the Washington Capitals, the New York Rangers showed that being opportunistic and having Henrik Lundqvist in goal is good enough to win.Lundqvist made 32 saves, Kevin Hayes snapped a tie late in the first period, and the Rangers capitalized on every Washington mistake to beat the Capitals 5-2 on Nov. 3 in their first game since New York defeated Washington in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last spring.“It’s good to know we can win without playing our best,” Lundqvist said after the Rangers extended their points streak to seven games (5-0-2). “We’re still, I think, improving as a team, which is great. I talked about it last week: It’s more important now to win games than to play perfect.”This was certainly not a perfect game for the Rangers. They were outshot 34-21, including 14-2 in the second period. However, both New York shots found the net.“We’re not jumping in the air right now,” said Derick Brassard, who had a goal and an assist. “We are aware we beat a pretty good team, but at the same time we know we didn’t play our best hockey.”Hayes, rookie Oscar Lindberg and Kevin Klein also each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won five straight at home. Jarret Stoll closed out the scoring with his first for New York.Alexander Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson scored for the Capitals, who lost for the first time in five road games.“We made lots of mistakes and it costs us goals and we didn’t use our chances,” said Ovechkin, who was stopped twice by Lundqvist on point-blank shots.Unlike the tight-checking playoffs, this game was wide open and New York made the most of its chances, scoring on four of its first 11 shots.Washington didn’t help goalie Braden Holtby, turning the puck over on three of the first four goals.The one goal that didn’t come off a turnover was Hayes’ with 2:14 left in the first period. Lindberg sent a pass to Hayes and the center unleashed a shot from the left circle that went off Holtby’s glove for a 2-1 lead.New York broke it open early in the second period, shortly after a penalty to Dan Girardi expired.Ovechkin could not control a pass in the Rangers zone and Brassard led an odd-man rush up the ice. Klein took his drop pass and beat Holtby for a 3-1 lead at 1:53.Johansson was stripped in his own zone by Mats Zuccarello. He sent a pass to Brassard, who tried to find a wide-open Rick Nash at the side of the net. Johansson dove to try to block the pass and it hit off his stick into the net at 6:59.It was a 4-1 lead and the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanted, “Holt-by, Holt-by!”“They got the timely save and the timely goal, and we didn’t get the timely save and the timely goal,” Washington coach Barry Trotz said.Johansson cut the margin to two, tipping in Karl Alzner’s shot with 1:07 left in the period.Washington put pressure on early in the third, but Lundqvist stood tall, making a phenomenal pad save on Ovechkin as he streaked across the crease. Lundqvist came 5 feet out of his net in the second period to stop the Russian star coming in from the point.Ovechkin tied the game 1-all on a 2-on-1 break with defenseman Nate Schmidt. Ovechkin has 481 career goals, two shy of tying Sergei Fedorov for most among Russian-born NHL players.Lindberg gave New York an early lead off a scramble in front. Hayes started the play, forcing a turnover.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAmbati Rayudu missed out from taking in the limited-over series on the tour of England after failing in Yo-Yo test, but though he is certainly disappointed, he has nothing against strict fitness benchmark laid out by the Indian team management.”I was disappointed with myself that I could not clear the test. Nothing against the test at all as everybody has to attain a certain fitness level playing for India. To be honest, I believe in it,” Rayudu told reporters in post-match press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday.”I was disappointed with myself as to why I could not clear the test so I worked towards it and cleared it,” Rayudu said.Rayudu made an unbeaten 62 runs, which was instrumental in India A’s five wicket win over Australia A in a quadrangular one-day series encounter at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Asked what went wrong two months back during the fitness test, Rayudu said he does not think anything went wrong as such.”I cleared it a few days back and I also got a call up and am happy to be back in the scheme of things,” he said.Fitness is definitely important for cricket, he said, adding obviously one has to be absolutely fit to play cricket.”I am happy that there is a certain kind of a benchmark. It is just that everybody has to respect it and move forward,” he added.On Hanuma Vihari’s inclusion, Rayudu said he was happy for him and Prithvi Shaw.”To be honest, I have not seen much of Hanuma playing. When he was playing for Hyderabad, I was representing Baroda. I am happy that the young guys are getting call-ups,” he said.advertisementOn his 16 years career, Rayudu said he is a changed cricketer since then. “I don’t remember as to what has happened in the last 16 years (giggles) and I am just taking it as it comes. I am a changed cricketer over the years,” he said.Asked if he is happy with where he stands at the present, Rayudu said it is a mater of pride playing for the country and he is waiting for the opportunity.”In a country of billion people, if you are able to represent your country, you will be happy, it is always a matter of pride. And I am happy that I am now in the scheme of things and just waiting for the opportunity,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

first_imgIn the wake of ghastly terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel were killed earlier this week, Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna on Sunday said that India should not play a match against Pakistan in the forthcoming World Cup.Speaking to ANI, Suresh said that since Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has not come out openly about the attack in Kashmir, it shows that they are at fault somewhere.”We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports,” he said.”He [Imran Khan] should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are stains in their folds,” Suresh added.After the terror attack, CCI had covered the portrait of Imran Khan at its Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. The secretary said that the step was their way of condemning the barbaric attack on their security personnel.”We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo,” he said.Imran has twice played for Pakistan against India at the Brabourne Stadium. He had led Pakistan in a festival game against India in 1987. He also played an ODI at the venue when he led Pakistan to victory against Australia in a Nehru Cup Game in 1989, where he was also declared as the Man of the Match.advertisementHours after the attack on February 14, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a wishy-washy statement, terming as “a matter of grave concern” the terror attack on the CRPF convoy which was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit based in that country.In the statement, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, “We have always condemned acts of violence anywhere in the world.” The Pakistan Foreign Ministry has also been claiming that the link of the attack to it without an investigation was “insinuation.”However, India asserted that the Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s argument was “preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM” and there is also “other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack.”Also Read | 14th February was a black day for India: Sania Mirza on Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan to donate money to families of CRPF martyrsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League telecast suspended in Indialast_img read more

first_img Since you’re here… news 1:02 Kim Jong-un’s sister heads North Korea’s Winter Olympics delegation – video Topics Share on LinkedIn Winter Olympics Mike Pence, the US vice-president, and Kim Yo-jong, at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Twitter Oba and other observers have said the North is trying to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea, and there remains deep uncertainty over the possibility of warming ties lasting beyond the Olympics.Jung H Pak, a fellow at the Brookings Institute and former CIA official, recently stressed the need for a special envoy that could credibly represent Trump on the peninsula, saying “things are about to get very complicated”.“It is critical that there is no daylight between the US and other key stakeholders,” Pak wrote in a column. “Kim [Jong-un’s] tactics to divide and conquer must not be allowed to succeed.”The US has pledged to release plans for joint military exercises at the end of March, which will likely infuriate North Korea. The exercises, typically held in March and April each year, can include more than 300,000 troops from the US and South Korea and elicit annual condemnations from Pyongyang.Pence was in talks to meet in secret with North Korean officials earlier this month during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, but they were cancelled after the vice-president criticised the North’s human rights record, according to the US side. It is unlikely Ivanka would engage with officials from Pyongyang during her visit. Reuse this content Asia Pacific Pinterest Facebook North Korea Twitter Share on Messenger The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, will welcome Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US president, to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday – a trip that analysts have likened to an appearance by Kim Jong-un’s sister earlier this month.South Korea sees the trip as an opportunity to convince Donald Trump its recent rapprochement with Pyongyang should continue. Its leadership hopes Ivanka can play a moderating role in White House policy – which at times has taken a bellicose stance towards the North.Seoul will also try to encourage direct talks between the US and North Korea. The head of the South’s national security office has said it is working towards a “constructive” dialogue.That is the message Seoul hopes Ivanka will bring back to Washington. But the trip is also a chance to project US solidarity with the South and build goodwill after Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s younger sister, was well received during a trip to the opening ceremony on 9 February. “It’s certainly possible that Ivanka will try to do for the United States what Kim Yo-jong did for North Korea,” said Mintaro Oba, a former US diplomat who worked on North Korea policy. “Ivanka and Kim Yo-jong both derive their power and access from their family ties, and are skilled at getting positive media attention while representing leaders who provoke a lot of controversy.” Ivanka Trump … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email Play Video South Korea Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Comparisons between the Trump family and North Korea’s Kim dynasty abound ahead of the trip, during which the first daughter is expected to meet North Korean refugees – part of US efforts to draw attention to Pyongyang’s dismal human rights record. “Trump runs the White House like a private fiefdom,” said the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest newspaper. Ivanka is for “all intents and purposes the first lady of the US rather than Trump’s reluctant wife Melania”.Moon is reportedly planning to lavish her with all the trimmings of a presidential visit, including the possibility of a grand welcome at the airport, despite no diplomatic obligation to do so. South Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, is also expected to accompany Ivanka during her stay.Exact dates for the trip have not been announced and Pyongyang may send its own high-profile delegation to the closing ceremony on 25 February.“The most likely scenario is that Ivanka plays a positive ceremonial role in public while relaying the administration’s current thinking in private conversation,” Oba said. “She has a chance to repair some of the damage of vice-president [Mike] Pence’s visit and project a sense that she gets along well with President Moon, appreciates South Korea, and values a strong US-South Korea relationship.” Support The Guardianlast_img read more

first_imgREFEREES REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS Next Tuesday 368 Junior Touch players will have the honour of proudly pulling on the jersey of their home state when they do battle in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. But this year’s tournament will not only showcase the cream of the nation’s best 12 Years and Under and 15 Years and Under players, it will also feature a record number of up and coming junior referees who will represent their State in the event. The 16 junior girls and boys, aged between twelve and seventeen, will be Level 1 and Level 2 ATA accredited referees. They have been selected to represent their States at this event after various State junior and school events in 2004, impressing their respective State Refereeing Panels with their potential and performances. Nine junior referees from Queensland, six from NSW and 1 from South Australia will be working over four days of intense competition featuring round games, finals and special lightning 15 minute Mix and Match Mixed games for the 12 years and Under division. The junior referees, who also will be vying for upgrades and finals appointments, will be mentored by experienced and more qualified referees. The mentor referees will include Level 5 and 6 referees who will lend their advice, expertise, encouragement and leg speed to help aid in the progression and development of the junior referees at this tournament. Referee coaching by members of the Queensland Referee Management Team and qualified Referee Coaches will also aid the junior officials in the acquisition of skills, confidence, knowledge, and practice through evaluation, review, reflection and action. School Sport Australia National Secretary for Touch and QTA State Director of Referees Ray Grieshaber (or `Griesy’ as he’s known to the touch community), has been the driving force behind the School Sport Australia initiative, which is being promoted in all Schools Sport Australia events to increase opportunities for junior officials. “It’s very important that we provide pathways for young people, and it’s not just refereeing, future initiatives will try and encompass other technical areas such as Selecting, Coaching and Event management,” he said. Ray, a member of the ATA National Referee Panel, has inspired many referees to progress through his passion, dedication, encouragement and expertise and it is with a great deal of pride that `Griesy’ reflects upon the swelling number of junior participants who will don the white shirt and put the whistle to their lips early next week. “We’ve been encouraging junior officials to attend these tournaments for around seven years, but in the last four years we’ve been able to put in place a lot of development policies which are starting to bear fruit,” he said. “The most Junior Referees we’ve fielded in the past has been six, so to get sixteen is just brilliant, but a big wrap must go to a development and support structure, which has enabled students to access these opportunities.” The combined efforts of the Australian Touch Association, Qld Primary Schools and Qld Secondary Schools Touch to assist in helping with travel and accommodation costs for student referees has allowed many the chance to attend this tournament over the last four to five years. It is hoped that the positive experiences gained from participation at this level will encourage junior officials to continue a progressive pathway in the sport for the future. “From Qld we’ve got student referees from as far away as North Queensland, Wide Bay, and Kingaroy attending as well as students from the South and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane Metropolitan areas who’ll be refereeing after being identified as future refereeing talents.” “NSW have also gotten behind this and are sending a strong contingent of junior referees and a couple of senior referees to assist with refereeing and development, and the fact South Australia have nominated a referee augers well for them in the future…it’s great to see, but we’ll need more of it,” he said. Next week people will talk of tremendous touchdowns, brilliant ball skills and desperate defence. Wonderful whistle tones, superlative signals, and fantastic fives won’t get much of a run, I’d imagine. The’ warrior in white’ won’t have crowds endlessly chanting their name or be lifted onto anyone’s shoulders, but if at game’s end you can raise a cheer and recognise the wonderful talent, dedication, and skill these young referees have displayed, it will go a long way to encouraging and building their growth in the future. Our sport exists because of the collaborative efforts of all arms of the sport, and in particular our volunteer officials. It is up to us all to encourage the future of the game by recognising and appreciating the efforts of these young people in their chosen area of endeavour. Written by Karley Banks 21st October 2004.last_img

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)We’re now less than three hours away from kickoff at Ohio Stadium for this afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus. Who’s excited?The Buckeyes certainly are. Ohio State comes into today’s game at 10-1, needing a win against 10-1 Michigan to reach the Big Ten Championship Game and possibly the College Football Playoff.Ohio State senior wide receiver Parris Campbell is pumped.The Buckeyes’ standout wide receiver tweeted a message for Ohio State fans late on Friday night.“My last ti(m)e in #TheShoe.. Let’s get it #BuckeyeNation! I wanna feel our house shaking to(m)orrow!!” he wrote.My last ti❌e in #TheShoe.. Let’s get it #BuckeyeNation!I wanna feel our house shaking to❌orrow!! pic.twitter.com/nyHTRG1Mte— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) November 24, 2018The Buckeyes enter this afternoon’s game as the underdog, as the Wolverines are the favorite in Columbus for the first time since 2004.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be televised on FOX.last_img read more

first_imgThe Oval, LondonWorld Cup 2019: The Oval will see the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – between England and South Africa, and will go onto host four other matchesadvertisement India Today Web Desk LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 16:44 IST The Oval cricket ground in London. (Getty Images)The place where it all began, The Oval (also known as The Kennington Oval) hosted the first-ever Test match on English soil between England and Australia in 1880. The Oval was the also the place where the historic ‘Ashes’ was born in August of 1882. The ground has since hosted over 100 Tests.The Oval will also see the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – between England and South Africa, and the go onto host four other matches.The Oval in the past witnessed some of biggest World Cup matches, with ten matches being played across the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. In the most recent of those fixtures at the Oval, saw Pakistan’s legendary spinner Saqlain Mushtaq take a hat-trick against Zimbabwe in 1999.The Oval is historic in terms of football too with it being the seat of the first-ever FA Cup final in 1872 and also England’s first international, which against Scotland, the following year.Opened: 1845Capacity: 23500Known as: The Oval; The AMP Oval; The Foster’s Oval; The Brit OvalEnds: Pavilion End, Vauxhall EndLocation: London, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: Eng vs RSA, Match 115:00 IST: RSA vs BAN, Match 518:00 IST: BAN vs NZ, Match 915:00 IST: IND vs AUS, Match 1415:00 IST: SL vs AUS, Match 20STATS – ODITotal matches: 67Matches won batting first: 26Matches won bowling first: 39Average 1st Inns scores: 249Average 2nd Inns scores: 213Highest total recorded: 398/5 (50 Ov) by NZ vs EngLowest total recorded: 103/10 (41 Ov) by Eng vs RSAHighest score chased: 322/3 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs INDadvertisementLowest score defended: 241/10 (49.4 Ov) by PAK vs EngFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow The Ovallast_img read more

first_img The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Few sports capture the immense exhilaration and thrilling danger akin to a sport like cliff diving. Not only does it take a kind of unique courage necessary to stand on the edge of a seven to ten story cliff, it also requires a special kind of fearlessness to fling yourself off the edge and into the churning water below. While this sounds like lunacy to mere mortals, the professional world of cliff diving features the most daring of athletes executing some of the most breathtaking of dives. Moreover, these professional cliff divers travel to all corners of the globe to bring this downright jaw dropping sport to people the world over. Because of the sport’s electrifying nature, it’s only fitting Red Bull — purveyors of the ever popular, “wing giving” energy drink — created a massive tournament to showcase the globe’s greatest cliff divers.Related: Getting down and dirty with the Rugged Maniac obstacle raceAfter kicking off its 2015 season with stops in Cartagena, Colombia and La Rochelle, France, this tournament — dubbed the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series — comes stateside Friday May, 29th as the tour heads to Texas’ Possum Kingdom Lake. While the event serves as the third of eight men’s competitions, Hell’s Gate (the dive location’s affectionate nickname) officially marks the beginning of the 2015 Women’s World Series. Over the course of the two-day tournament, 23 total divers — 13 male and 10 female — plan to hurl themselves into Possum Kingdom Lake, all keenly fixated on taking the weekend’s top spot.To get an inside look at the sport, and to find out what compels someone to hurl themselves some 80 feet off a cliff, we caught up with two of the tour’s most promising divers in David Colturi and Rachelle Simpson. Colturi, an Ann Arbor, Michigan native, burst on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series scene as a wild card diver in 2011, becoming a full participant in the Series ever since. Simpson, quite possibly the best female diver in the world considering her sweep of the 2014 World Series, hails from the great state of Texas, and returns home this weekend to dive in front of family and friends.Though both remain incredibly busy leading up to the Hell’s Gate showdown, Colturi and Simpson took a moment to shed some light on what got them into such an electrifying sport, how they train for such events, and why the 2015 season might be their best yet.What initially got you into the sport of cliff diving?David Colturi: I fell in love with the sport of diving at the age of 5. What started as summer time fun just jumping off the local springboards, turned into a lifelong commitment centered around the liberating feeling of flipping, twisting, and flying through the air. After 16 years of traditional diving I followed in the footsteps of my teammates, Steven LoBue and Kyle Mitrione, and took my first high dives while working in a stunt show at Indiana Beach Amusement Resort. We then tried out for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, and it’s been a dream come true ever since.Rachelle Simpson: I was performing as an acrobat in the show, “The House of Dancing Water” in Macau, China. One of the acts I was in was high diving so when Red Bull announced they wanted women to join the 2014 series, I jumped at the chance!How much of a rush was it at first to toe up to the edge of a cliff and dive off?RS: It was definitely a “What the heck am I doing?!” moment. But after I worked up the courage for that first jump, I quickly became a fan; I love the adrenaline rush!DC: My first high dive gave me a feeling like nothing else in this world. With adrenaline coursing through my veins, a bit of uncertainty in the back of my head, and fear trying to overwhelm me, I leapt from the ledge and experienced freedom like never before. Resurfacing after that first cliff dive overwhelmed me with joy, and gave me a newfound passion for the sport I always loved.What does each of your training processes consist of prior to an event?DC: Before an event, it’s important to make sure your body and mind are ready to dive. Pool work should be done and accounted for, but it’s also important to do some detail work to make sure your rotations, jumps, and form are on point. Gym sessions back off the intensity, but focus on preparing to be explosive, flexible, and healthy. Finally, mental preparation involves visualizing your dives and sharpening your mind for the upcoming stress and adrenaline.RS: Twenty meter platforms are hard to come by, so I have to make do with only half that height. I train on a 10 meter platform where I usually break the dive down into two separate parts. I’ll do the first half of my dive and then run back up and perform the second half.  It’s not quite the same but it does the trick! On top of diving practice I also lift weights, practice yoga, and run; I’m constantly moving. Hitting the water from that height has an incredibly hard impact so it really pays off to be strong and flexible.David, you finished 2nd in the opening event this year, how are building off that momentum heading into Texas?DC: It was a great start to the season finishing second in Cartagena. My diving feels more consistent than it’s ever been, and my main goal is to clean up my entries to achieve continued success. Results aren’t as important as putting together a full list, and I know if I can hit all four dives I’ll be on the podium.After finishing 5th overall for three straight years, what preparation have you done to improve on that?DC: The 2015 season is the first year I feel like I’ve fully committed to cliff diving. After moving to Los Angeles in the off season, every day is built around training in the gym, being at the pool, and then focusing on the cognitive side of the sport. With the help of the Red Bull High Performance Center in Santa Monica, and the Trojan Dive Club at the University of Southern California, I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, and ready to consistently pop champagne on the podium.Rochelle, what was it like to dive in front of your home crowd last year in Texas?RS: What an amazing feeling! To have my first competition be in my home state, and then to top it off with a victory… Wow! I was so proud to give the home crowd a win and their support was incredible; I will never forget those moments.You also won the inaugural Women’s World Title in 2014, what is it like have that to your name?RS: It was a year of fairy tales for me! Sometimes it doesn’t even seem real that I won the title. I am so blessed to being doing what I enjoy, and to make history doing it is something I never dared dream of. 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario judge who wore a hat in court bearing a slogan used by U.S. President Donald Trump told a disciplinary hearing Wednesday he was shocked to discover that what he meant as a joke was viewed as a political statement.Justice Bernd Zabel told an Ontario Judicial Council panel in Toronto he meant to “lighten things up” by wearing a baseball cap with the slogan “Make America Great Again” while walking into court on Nov. 9, 2016 — the day after Trump won the U.S. election.Zabel, 69, testified that it was only after his actions made headlines that he realized some believed he was showing support for the controversial American president and his policies.“I had no malicious intent,” said Zabel, who vowed never to wear the hat in court again.Zabel admitted his actions were contrary to the standard of conduct expected of a judge and constitute judicial misconduct.An agreed statement of facts shows Zabel wore the hat while walking into a courtroom and said it was “just in celebration of a historic night in the United States.” He then took it off and placed it on the dais until the break, when he took it back to his office, the document says.While leaving the courtroom at the end of the day’s proceedings, Zabel was asked about the hat’s disappearance by a prosecutor, according to the agreed statement of facts.He replied: “Brief appearance for the hat. Pissed off the rest of the judges because they all voted for Hillary, so. I was the only Trump supporter up there, but that’s OK.”Zabel later apologized publicly for his behaviour, calling it a “lapse in judgment.”The judge testified Wednesday that he misspoke in discussing the hat in court, and meant to say he was marking an unprecedented historic event rather than celebrating Trump’s victory.He maintained he is not a Trump supporter but was simply “gloating” at having predicted the outcome of the election better than his colleagues.Presenting counsel Linda Rothstein suggested that even if Zabel believed he was making a joke, the election was no laughing matter for many Canadians, who felt “devastated” by the victory of someone whose values they do not share.She asked the judge if he understood why some might be offended that he appeared aligned with Trump, whose policies have often targeted immigrants and other vulnerable groups, and why they may question his impartiality as a result. Zabel said he did in hindsight but had not foreseen that possibility at the time.In her closing submissions, Rothstein said the judicial council panel must assess Zabel’s actions — which she described as “very serious” misconduct — rather than his intentions. She said steps must be taken to restore the public’s trust in the justice system, noting the judge’s apology “did not go far enough” to achieve that goal.Zabel’s lawyers argued his behaviour did not merit extinguishing an “otherwise unblemished” career.The panel must decide what penalty, if any, to order. It may impose a number of sanctions or recommend Zabel lose his job. A decision was not delivered Wednesday and no date was given for the ruling.The judicial council said it received 81 complaints about Zabel’s behaviour, with some suggesting his apology was not consistent with his earlier comments in court. None of the complaints came from people who were in court that day.Sixty-two character references have been filed in the case, lauding Zabel as a sensitive and compassionate judge.The Ontario Court of Justice said in January that Zabel, who is based in Hamilton, was no longer being assigned cases.One of Zabel’s colleagues, Justice Marjoh Agro, said his absence has put a strain on courthouse operations and caused scheduling headaches in several trials.Agro was one of the few to see Zabel with the hat on when they ran into each other near the elevators before court, she testified. She asked if he was out of his mind, to which he responded that it was a joke, she said.“I deeply regret not ripping that hat off his head,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgIn a nod to her untiring support for refugees, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today renewed Chinese actress Yao Chen’s tenure as UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador for an additional two years.Filippo Grande presents a certificate of renewal to UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Yao ChenCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Wang WeiGrandi met Yao Chen on Wednesday as part of his inaugural visit to China to explore how Beijing can play a greater role in addressing global displacement through approaches such as South-South Cooperation and the “One Belt One Road” initiative.Appointed as UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in June 2013, Yao Chen was honoured at the Crystal Awards in Davos last year for her work to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis on behalf of UNHCR. With 80 million followers on Weibo – the Chinese equivalent of Twitter – she has ranked among Forbes’ World’s Most Powerful Women and Time’s 30 Most Influential People.“Thanks to Yao Chen, refugees have entered the consciousness of millions of Chinese people,” said Grandi. “Her unique voice has helped them to look beyond the numbers and see refugees as real people seeking to find some normalcy when their lives have fallen apart.”During her time with UNHCR, Yao Chen has met refugees in some of the world’s largest host countries, including Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Somali refugees in Ethiopia and Myanmar refugees in Thailand.“Refugees can often feel like a distant issue, far removed from our daily lives,” said Yao Chen. “But their plight is a symptom of the world we live in. In this global village, we are all connected and inter-dependent in one way or another.”She added that she will continue to work closely with UNHCR to bring the public’s attention to both refugee emergencies and protracted situations of displacement.last_img read more

Brad Marchand had two goals and an assist as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday to even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at three games apiece.Torey Krug and Jake DeBrusk also scored for Boston, which got 22 saves from Tuukka Rask in staving off elimination.David Pastrnak added two assists for the Bruins, who will host Game 7 on Tuesday night.Morgan Rielly and Auston Matthews replied for Toronto in Game 6 of a series where neither team has managed back-to-back victories and the visitors have won four of the six contests.Frederik Andersen stopped 37 shots for the Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and last spring, and have not advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2004.The winner of the series will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets after the conference’s eighth seed swept the Tampa Bay Lightning, who tied an NHL record with 62 victories in the regular season.Toronto, which took a 3-2 lead in the series thanks to a patient, stifling defensive performance Friday at TD Garden, is Canada’s last hope of ending the country’s 26-year Stanley Cup drought. The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets were eliminated from post-season contention earlier in the week.Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET puck drop was something different for the Leafs, who had just one afternoon affair on the 2018-19 schedule. The Bruins, meanwhile, took part in 12 afternoon games in 2018-19.Down by two through 40 minutes, Matthews scored his fifth goal in the last four games when he took a pass from Jake Gardiner and rifled a shot far side on Rask at 4:15 inside an electric Scotiabank Arena.Matthews was held without a point in the first two games of the series, and had just two points in Toronto’s seven-game loss to Boston last spring.Kasperi Kapanen cut in off the rush seven minutes into the third, but Rask closed the door on the Leafs’ speedy winger.Tempers then flared midway through the period when DeBrusk and Rielly crashed into the end boards, with the Toronto defenceman giving the Boston forward an extra cross-check.Andersen followed that up shortly thereafter by robbing DeBrusk with his glove off the rush.Rielly then set up Matthews on another terrific chance only to see the pass hop of the star centre’s stick as Toronto turned up the pressure.Andersen bailed out Rielly after a brutal turnover with under four minutes to go, robbing Pastrnak of a chance that would have sealed it, but Marchand scored into an empty net with 1:54 left to force Game 7.The veteran, battle-tested Bruins led 2-1 after the first period and had the Leafs on their heels early in the second, holding a 21-7 edge in overall shots through seven minutes.Andersen was solid, but could do nothing on Boston’s slick goal that made it 3-1. DeBrusk left the puck for David Krejci on a 2-on-2 rush before getting inside position on Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson and making a diving stab at the return feed at 7:57.The goal was the first of the playoffs for DeBrusk, who had six goals last spring – with five coming against Toronto, including two in Game 7.The Leafs started to push back with a couple of chances for John Tavares, but couldn’t find a way past Rask.The crowd of 19,683 was left fuming later in the period when a flying elbow from Boston captain Zdeno Chara on Toronto counterpart Jake Muzzin went uncalled.The Leafs opened the scoring at 9:42 of the opening period on Rielly’s first of the playoffs. Having hit the post on an early power play, the defenceman took a pass from William Nylander and blasted a one-timer shortside along the ice after the Bruins failed to clear the defensive zone.Toronto forward Connor Brown and Boston defenceman Matt Gzelcyk were battling in front on the play. It looked like the Bruins were thinking about challenging, but head coach Bruce Cassidy declined to ask for a video review.Boston tied it on a man advantage 1:41 later when Marchand snapped his third goal of the series on a shot off a scrambled draw that hit Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey and beat Andersen between the legs.The Bruins’ power play, which was held in check in Game 5, but was still 5 for 14 coming into Sunday, struck again with 2:58 left in the period. Krug collected a Pastrnak rebound and ripped a shot upstairs on Andersen for his first of the post-season.Andersen did well to keep it a one-goal deficit late in the first period by making two hockey-card calibre stops on both Patrice Bergeron and Grzelcyk. read more

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerFor the third season in a row, Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell has been named an Associated Press preseason All-American.The high expectations are warranted for the senior who was a first-team All-American in 2016 and second-team All-American in 2015 and 2014. She has been honored as a first-team All-Big Ten member every season at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and paced her team with 137 assists. As a freshman, Mitchell set the program record for most points in a season, then broke her own record the next season with 889 points. Though she has played just three seasons, the guard holds the record for most career 3-pointers (368).In the Buckeyes’ two exhibition games against Ashland and Urbana, Mitchell scored 53 points and 17 assists combined between both matchups. Mitchell’s season starts when the Buckeyes take on Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena. read more