If BJP and PDP can come together, why can’t Sena-NCP-Congress combine be in place, asks Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said that this was the moment when political parties such as the Congress-NCP needed to come through on their past statements that everything possible needed to be done to keep the BJP out of power.Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited the Shiv Sena to indicate its willingness and ability to form the government today. Speaking on this backdrop, Mr. Raut said the Sena should have got more time.“The Governor has given us 24 hours’ time, while the BJP was given 72 hours. It is our responsibility to form the government but when many people are taken together, it requires time. But some people are working to push this State towards President’s Rule. But we are trying until the last moment to give this State a stable government. We will try to put forth our position before the Governor. We will be telling the Governor, yes, we are forming the government but had we got more time, it would have been better for the State. Had Governor given us more time, it would have been easier but we are not complaining,” said Mr. Raut.On the BJP blaming the Sena for insulting the mandate, Mr. Raut said, “How can the BJP blame us for not being able to form government? In fact, the BJP was so determined about not sharing CM post with us, as pre-decided, that it decided to sit in Opposition. This is ‘ahankar’ (ego) and ‘dwesh’ (hatred). It was the BJP’s responsibility to implement what was decided with its ally and give Maharashtra a stable government and such a situation would not have been created. This is an insult to the people. The Governor was told by the BJP that the Sena is not ready and so, government cannot be formed. But we were never even asked about holding discussions.”Mr. Raut said that Union Minister from the Shiv Sena Arvind Sawant was resigning today according to orders from party chief Uddhav Thackeray. “Why should we stay in the NDA for one Ministry? We are not responsible for this situation.”“I appeal to the Congress-NCP, this is the moment to prove that they will do what it takes to keep the BJP out of power. The Shiv Sena is forming the government and the CM will be from the Sena. We want to build this government on a common minimum programme of farmers welfare, unemployment, inflation, education, health, development of State but now all political leaders need to come together to create a common minimum programme and we are working in that direction.”When asked about ideological differences, he cited examples of the BJP and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP in Kashmir. “Forget that, these parties are not seditious parties, they were formed in Indian soil and have contributed to the country. We have had differences with the BJP also.”Mr. Raut confirmed that leaders of the Sena, the Congress, and the NCP were in communication with each other.last_img read more

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first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said that this was the moment when political parties such as the Congress-NCP needed to come through on their past statements that everything possible needed to be done to keep the BJP out of power.Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has invited the Shiv Sena to indicate its willingness and ability to form the government today. Speaking on this backdrop, Mr. Raut said the Sena should have got more time.“The Governor has given us 24 hours’ time, while the BJP was given 72 hours. It is our responsibility to form the government but when many people are taken together, it requires time. But some people are working to push this State towards President’s Rule. But we are trying until the last moment to give this State a stable government. We will try to put forth our position before the Governor. We will be telling the Governor, yes, we are forming the government but had we got more time, it would have been better for the State. Had Governor given us more time, it would have been easier but we are not complaining,” said Mr. Raut.On the BJP blaming the Sena for insulting the mandate, Mr. Raut said, “How can the BJP blame us for not being able to form government? In fact, the BJP was so determined about not sharing CM post with us, as pre-decided, that it decided to sit in Opposition. This is ‘ahankar’ (ego) and ‘dwesh’ (hatred). It was the BJP’s responsibility to implement what was decided with its ally and give Maharashtra a stable government and such a situation would not have been created. This is an insult to the people. The Governor was told by the BJP that the Sena is not ready and so, government cannot be formed. But we were never even asked about holding discussions.”Mr. Raut said that Union Minister from the Shiv Sena Arvind Sawant was resigning today according to orders from party chief Uddhav Thackeray. “Why should we stay in the NDA for one Ministry? We are not responsible for this situation.”“I appeal to the Congress-NCP, this is the moment to prove that they will do what it takes to keep the BJP out of power. The Shiv Sena is forming the government and the CM will be from the Sena. We want to build this government on a common minimum programme of farmers welfare, unemployment, inflation, education, health, development of State but now all political leaders need to come together to create a common minimum programme and we are working in that direction.”When asked about ideological differences, he cited examples of the BJP and Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP in Kashmir. “Forget that, these parties are not seditious parties, they were formed in Indian soil and have contributed to the country. We have had differences with the BJP also.”Mr. Raut confirmed that leaders of the Sena, the Congress, and the NCP were in communication with each other.last_img read more

Hockey India League Players’ Auction: As it happened

first_imgLIVE UPDATES: Here’s the summary of the final three Lots! Take a look and tell us what you think! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/DFm9n1vzkq Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Dabang Mumbai sign Gurmail Singh after a remarkable bid of $81,000Absolutely sensational! Gurmail Singh goes for a remarkable bid of $81,000 to @DabangMumbai! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/yuu0OL0Ii8 Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Punjab Warriors bag 25-year-old Punjab forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi.Incredible! Gurwinder Singh Chandi goes for a whopping $75,000 to @jaypeewarriors! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/cG7umWqCPZ Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Here are some of the signings from lots 21, 22 and 23.  Check out the great signings from Lots 21, 22 & 23 of the #HILAuction! Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/XXVgKg78r6&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Here’s what Lot 24 has on offer in the #HILAuction. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/xWyKxEfnlR&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Nikkin Thimmaiah with a base price of $20,000 bought by Dabang Mumbai for $67,000.  WOW! Nikkin Thimmaiah joins @DabangMumbai for a staggering $67,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/WuyrICRnUp&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The young and dependable defender Gurjinder Singh goes to @UPWizards for $48,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Dabang Mumbai buy Affan Yousuf for $53,000  How the fortunes change at the #HILAuction! Congrats, Affan Yousuf for joining @DabangMumbai at $53,000! pic.twitter.com/X5Wn7VBSM3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Vikram Kanth goes to Delhi Waveriders for $52,000.We’d love to know your thoughts on Vikram Kanth’s $52,000 signing by @TheJohnAbraham’s @Delhiwaveriders! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/XomSZusgTj&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Let the good time continue, @Kennybain13! Look forward to see you take field for the @UPWizards! #HILAuction https://t.co/4dmZCW2CEO&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Bid summary for the last three lots:   There’s the bid summary for the last three Lots! Which signing thrilled you the most? #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/oWRFaY7TAe&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Midfielder Chinglensana bought by UP Wizards for $62,000. SUPER! @UPWizards make the winning bid for Chinglensana Singh at $62,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/0k6eLor9x0&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 PC specialist Sandeep Singh joins Ranchi rays for a staggering $81,000. Whoa! @Flicker_Singh joins @msdhoni’s @ranchi_rays for a stunning $81,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/Ku8NnYSPc1&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Bid summary of the last two lot:   Here’s a look at the bid summary from the last two Lots! #HILAuctions Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/mDGMNML1mn&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Young Jasjit Singh Kular signed by Punjab Warriors for $65,000.Fortunes change for young Jasjit Singh Kular! He joins @jaypeewarriors for $65000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/PMLuCp6WCo&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Danish Mujtaba bagged by Dabang Mumbai for $54,000. @Kennybain13 Scotlands first player to play in @HockeyIndiaLeag with the @UPWizards sold for $17,000 #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/wxrZvzldn8&; Scottish Blue Sticks (@Blue_Sticks) September 17, 2015 SK Uthappa bagged by Kalinga Lancers for $54,000.A super signing by @KalingaLancers to grab SK Uthappa for $54,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/dkd6DDaoWB&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The auction so far…Going into a break, let’s summarize the signings in the 1st few Lots! https://t.co/cGeMIEMyH6 pic.twitter.com/oqOkMY53hy Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Pardeep Mor goes to Kalinga Lancers for $37,000. Awesome! Pardeep Mor commands $37,000 to join the @KalingaLancers! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 17-year-old Dipsan Tirkey bagged by Kalinga Lancers for $31,000 Umar kam hai, josh nahi! 17 year old Dipsan Tirkey goes to @KalingaLancers for $31,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Australian Glenn Turner joins Kalinga Lancers.A smart buy! The experienced @G_Turner4 joins the @KalingaLancers for $30,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 India forward Akashdeep Singh bought by UP Wizards for $84,000, highest bid for an Indian player.Whoa! Akashdeep Singh goes for a staggering $84,000 to @UPWizards! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/aErtx6Ml5e&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 South Africa defender Austin Smith joins Delhi Waveriders for $57,000.@AustinSmith5 joins @TheJohnAbraham’s @Delhiwaveriders for $57,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/lq1q3div2i&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The next crop of players are now up for auction.All eyes are on Akashdeep Singh & Austin Smith as we move to Lot 12 at the #HILAuction! pic.twitter.com/EsyDvG4O0g&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 UP Wizards bag Australia forward Jamie Dwyer for $57,000. SUPER! @UPWizards bag the @Olympics gold medalist @JamieDwyer01 at $57,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/EmkoUjvVdu&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Indian forward Mandeep Singh becomes first India player to fetch highest price so far as Delhi Waveriders sign him for $70,000.  Signed! Youngster Krishan Pathak joins the Dabang family as one of the players to man the posts. #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/1nm6fBqVK4&; Dabang Mumbai (@DabangMumbai) September 17, 2015 Another lot featuring only goalkeepers! Look out for the big gun @TylerJLovell! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/98hpHaUBqc&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 It’s the goalies who are up for grabs in Lot 6! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/egMDULKAeI&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Australian defender Mathew Swann goes to Dabang Mumbai for $75,000 .@DabangMumbai make the final bid on the Australian midfielder @swann20 for $75,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 UP Wizards bag German defender Tobias Hauke for $96,000.@UPWizards make the winning bid for @TobiasHauke at a stunning $96,000! #HILAuction Watch: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Delhi Waveriders bag India defender Rupinder Pal Singh for $68,000. .@rupinderbob3 claims a massive $68,000 from the @Delhiwaveriders ! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Parvinder Singh goes to the @Delhiwaveriders for $29,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/o83n8VLXJk&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Kalinga Lancers buy India midfielder Dharamvir Singh for $60,000.  Another big bid by the @KalingaLancers as they bag Dharamvir Singh for $60,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Bidding starts after the break.The action resumes! Check out what’s in store in LOT 4! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/cuEfIE4ZA6&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 After some intense bidding, Florian Fuchs – the German forward – is now a Dabang! Welcome aboard. #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/7XIW7O3Rbb&; Dabang Mumbai (@DabangMumbai) September 17, 2015 Indian defender Anand Lakra sold to Kalinga Lancers for $8,000.Vishan Antil with base price $2600 goes unsold.It’s a massive bid! @BobHayton slams the hammer for @MoritzFuerste at $105,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015   After extremely fierce bidding, Sardar Singh goes to @jaypeewarriors at $58,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Auction Preview: India captain Sardar Singh, five-time world hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer of Australia, talismanic German midfielders Moritz Furste and Tobias Hauke are expected to be among the star attractions at the Hockey India League (HIL) players’ auction.Of the 276 players who will be a part of the auction, 135 are home-grown while the rest are foreigners. Centre-half Sardar, who captained Delhi Waveriders (DWR) to the title in 2014, was released by the capital’s franchise. Playmaker Dwyer, 36, played for Jaypee Punjab Warriors (JPW) for three years before the Chandigarh-based side released the Australian.Waveriders also released defender-dragflicker Rupinderpal Singh, forwards Akashdeep Singh, Danish Mujtaba and German goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi. The quartet will also be on the radar of the franchisees.Apart from Dwyer, JPW released experienced players like Kieran Govers, Sandeep Singh, Lucas Rey, Dharamvir Singh and Simon Orchard and they are also expected to be picked.This year, franchises are allowed to have a squad of 20 players, four less than last time, comprising 12 Indians and a maximum of eight foreigners. The squad must have at least two goalkeepers and all players should be mentioned in the match sheet and be present at the team dug-outs.The HIL organisers have attempted to spice things up this year, introducing rules to encourage more skillful and tactical hockey. According to the new rules, each field goal will count as two. To curb rough tackles and maintain discipline among players, two goal points will also awarded to every penalty stroke goal scored other than those penalty strokes resulting from penalty corners, which will be worth one goal point.Goals scored from penalty corners themselves will be worth one goal point. With the new rules putting more emphasis on attacking play, the franchises are expected to splurge on talented forwards. They will have a good option in young India internationals Nikkin and Nithin Thimmaiah along with midfielder S.K. Uthappa who have been released by Uttar Pradesh Wizards (UPW).Young Indian forwards like Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Affan Yousuf and Malak Singh may also expect a fair amount of interest from the franchises.Also present at the auction will be International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Kelly Fairweather as the new regulations get the backing of the FIH. The auction will be conducted by Bob Hayton, who had also managed the inaugural HIL auction. The renewed contract of the players will be for two years.Not retaining the dependable Australian goalkeeper George Bazeley by the Wizards makes the upcoming auction more interesting as the choice to pick from experienced custodians increases.Also, with Pardeep Mor available for the auction, the young defender will also prove to be a good pick for the franchisees. The release of Chinglensana Singh by Dabang Mumbai gives many the option to get him on board with the hope that he will provide goals like he did last season. Also with Mathew Swann and Glenn Turner set to feature in the auction, the franchisees will not mind having the experience of the Australian attackers at their disposal.last_img read more

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first_imgLIVE UPDATES: Here’s the summary of the final three Lots! Take a look and tell us what you think! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/DFm9n1vzkq Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Dabang Mumbai sign Gurmail Singh after a remarkable bid of $81,000Absolutely sensational! Gurmail Singh goes for a remarkable bid of $81,000 to @DabangMumbai! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/yuu0OL0Ii8 Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Punjab Warriors bag 25-year-old Punjab forward Gurwinder Singh Chandi.Incredible! Gurwinder Singh Chandi goes for a whopping $75,000 to @jaypeewarriors! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/cG7umWqCPZ Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Here are some of the signings from lots 21, 22 and 23.  Check out the great signings from Lots 21, 22 & 23 of the #HILAuction! Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/XXVgKg78r6&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Here’s what Lot 24 has on offer in the #HILAuction. Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/xWyKxEfnlR&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Nikkin Thimmaiah with a base price of $20,000 bought by Dabang Mumbai for $67,000.  WOW! Nikkin Thimmaiah joins @DabangMumbai for a staggering $67,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/WuyrICRnUp&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The young and dependable defender Gurjinder Singh goes to @UPWizards for $48,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Dabang Mumbai buy Affan Yousuf for $53,000  How the fortunes change at the #HILAuction! Congrats, Affan Yousuf for joining @DabangMumbai at $53,000! pic.twitter.com/X5Wn7VBSM3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Vikram Kanth goes to Delhi Waveriders for $52,000.We’d love to know your thoughts on Vikram Kanth’s $52,000 signing by @TheJohnAbraham’s @Delhiwaveriders! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/XomSZusgTj&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Let the good time continue, @Kennybain13! Look forward to see you take field for the @UPWizards! #HILAuction https://t.co/4dmZCW2CEO&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Bid summary for the last three lots:   There’s the bid summary for the last three Lots! Which signing thrilled you the most? #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/oWRFaY7TAe&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Midfielder Chinglensana bought by UP Wizards for $62,000. SUPER! @UPWizards make the winning bid for Chinglensana Singh at $62,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/0k6eLor9x0&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 PC specialist Sandeep Singh joins Ranchi rays for a staggering $81,000. Whoa! @Flicker_Singh joins @msdhoni’s @ranchi_rays for a stunning $81,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/Ku8NnYSPc1&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Bid summary of the last two lot:   Here’s a look at the bid summary from the last two Lots! #HILAuctions Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/mDGMNML1mn&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Young Jasjit Singh Kular signed by Punjab Warriors for $65,000.Fortunes change for young Jasjit Singh Kular! He joins @jaypeewarriors for $65000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/PMLuCp6WCo&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Danish Mujtaba bagged by Dabang Mumbai for $54,000. @Kennybain13 Scotlands first player to play in @HockeyIndiaLeag with the @UPWizards sold for $17,000 #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/wxrZvzldn8&; Scottish Blue Sticks (@Blue_Sticks) September 17, 2015 SK Uthappa bagged by Kalinga Lancers for $54,000.A super signing by @KalingaLancers to grab SK Uthappa for $54,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/dkd6DDaoWB&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The auction so far…Going into a break, let’s summarize the signings in the 1st few Lots! https://t.co/cGeMIEMyH6 pic.twitter.com/oqOkMY53hy Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Pardeep Mor goes to Kalinga Lancers for $37,000. Awesome! Pardeep Mor commands $37,000 to join the @KalingaLancers! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 17-year-old Dipsan Tirkey bagged by Kalinga Lancers for $31,000 Umar kam hai, josh nahi! 17 year old Dipsan Tirkey goes to @KalingaLancers for $31,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Australian Glenn Turner joins Kalinga Lancers.A smart buy! The experienced @G_Turner4 joins the @KalingaLancers for $30,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 India forward Akashdeep Singh bought by UP Wizards for $84,000, highest bid for an Indian player.Whoa! Akashdeep Singh goes for a staggering $84,000 to @UPWizards! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/aErtx6Ml5e&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 South Africa defender Austin Smith joins Delhi Waveriders for $57,000.@AustinSmith5 joins @TheJohnAbraham’s @Delhiwaveriders for $57,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/lq1q3div2i&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 The next crop of players are now up for auction.All eyes are on Akashdeep Singh & Austin Smith as we move to Lot 12 at the #HILAuction! pic.twitter.com/EsyDvG4O0g&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 UP Wizards bag Australia forward Jamie Dwyer for $57,000. SUPER! @UPWizards bag the @Olympics gold medalist @JamieDwyer01 at $57,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/EmkoUjvVdu&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Indian forward Mandeep Singh becomes first India player to fetch highest price so far as Delhi Waveriders sign him for $70,000.  Signed! Youngster Krishan Pathak joins the Dabang family as one of the players to man the posts. #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/1nm6fBqVK4&; Dabang Mumbai (@DabangMumbai) September 17, 2015 Another lot featuring only goalkeepers! Look out for the big gun @TylerJLovell! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/98hpHaUBqc&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 It’s the goalies who are up for grabs in Lot 6! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/egMDULKAeI&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Australian defender Mathew Swann goes to Dabang Mumbai for $75,000 .@DabangMumbai make the final bid on the Australian midfielder @swann20 for $75,000! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 UP Wizards bag German defender Tobias Hauke for $96,000.@UPWizards make the winning bid for @TobiasHauke at a stunning $96,000! #HILAuction Watch: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Delhi Waveriders bag India defender Rupinder Pal Singh for $68,000. .@rupinderbob3 claims a massive $68,000 from the @Delhiwaveriders ! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Parvinder Singh goes to the @Delhiwaveriders for $29,000! #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/o83n8VLXJk&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015Kalinga Lancers buy India midfielder Dharamvir Singh for $60,000.  Another big bid by the @KalingaLancers as they bag Dharamvir Singh for $60,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Bidding starts after the break.The action resumes! Check out what’s in store in LOT 4! #HILAuction Watch LIVE: https://t.co/riYe4agJV3 pic.twitter.com/cuEfIE4ZA6&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 After some intense bidding, Florian Fuchs – the German forward – is now a Dabang! Welcome aboard. #HILAuction pic.twitter.com/7XIW7O3Rbb&; Dabang Mumbai (@DabangMumbai) September 17, 2015 Indian defender Anand Lakra sold to Kalinga Lancers for $8,000.Vishan Antil with base price $2600 goes unsold.It’s a massive bid! @BobHayton slams the hammer for @MoritzFuerste at $105,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015   After extremely fierce bidding, Sardar Singh goes to @jaypeewarriors at $58,000! #HILAuction&; Hockey India League (@HockeyIndiaLeag) September 17, 2015 Auction Preview: India captain Sardar Singh, five-time world hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer of Australia, talismanic German midfielders Moritz Furste and Tobias Hauke are expected to be among the star attractions at the Hockey India League (HIL) players’ auction.Of the 276 players who will be a part of the auction, 135 are home-grown while the rest are foreigners. Centre-half Sardar, who captained Delhi Waveriders (DWR) to the title in 2014, was released by the capital’s franchise. Playmaker Dwyer, 36, played for Jaypee Punjab Warriors (JPW) for three years before the Chandigarh-based side released the Australian.Waveriders also released defender-dragflicker Rupinderpal Singh, forwards Akashdeep Singh, Danish Mujtaba and German goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi. The quartet will also be on the radar of the franchisees.Apart from Dwyer, JPW released experienced players like Kieran Govers, Sandeep Singh, Lucas Rey, Dharamvir Singh and Simon Orchard and they are also expected to be picked.This year, franchises are allowed to have a squad of 20 players, four less than last time, comprising 12 Indians and a maximum of eight foreigners. The squad must have at least two goalkeepers and all players should be mentioned in the match sheet and be present at the team dug-outs.The HIL organisers have attempted to spice things up this year, introducing rules to encourage more skillful and tactical hockey. According to the new rules, each field goal will count as two. To curb rough tackles and maintain discipline among players, two goal points will also awarded to every penalty stroke goal scored other than those penalty strokes resulting from penalty corners, which will be worth one goal point.Goals scored from penalty corners themselves will be worth one goal point. With the new rules putting more emphasis on attacking play, the franchises are expected to splurge on talented forwards. They will have a good option in young India internationals Nikkin and Nithin Thimmaiah along with midfielder S.K. Uthappa who have been released by Uttar Pradesh Wizards (UPW).Young Indian forwards like Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Affan Yousuf and Malak Singh may also expect a fair amount of interest from the franchises.Also present at the auction will be International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Kelly Fairweather as the new regulations get the backing of the FIH. The auction will be conducted by Bob Hayton, who had also managed the inaugural HIL auction. The renewed contract of the players will be for two years.Not retaining the dependable Australian goalkeeper George Bazeley by the Wizards makes the upcoming auction more interesting as the choice to pick from experienced custodians increases.Also, with Pardeep Mor available for the auction, the young defender will also prove to be a good pick for the franchisees. The release of Chinglensana Singh by Dabang Mumbai gives many the option to get him on board with the hope that he will provide goals like he did last season. Also with Mathew Swann and Glenn Turner set to feature in the auction, the franchisees will not mind having the experience of the Australian attackers at their disposal.last_img read more

India to push for jt efforts to fight terrorism at BRICS meet

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) India will strongly push at the BRICS Summit for joint efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens and arms to terrorists while it will also make efforts to revive the seven-nation regional bloc BIMSTEC next week in Goa.Apart from the heads of governments of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to attend BRICS Summit on October 16, India has also received consent of Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) for the outreach meet of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).Briefing reporters, Secretary (Economic Relations) in External Affairs Ministry Amar Sinha said, “Agenda is drawn in a broad-brush manner. We will be looking at global economic and political situation. Obviously terrorism is very important part of that.”Though he said the issue of China blocking ban of Jaish- e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar by the UN will not be taken up at BRICS because it was a bilateral issue with China and India does not want to bring such issues to the multilateral fora, he asserted that general principles pertaining to terrorism will be forcefully taken up.And that will include “terrorism which is a global problem. It cannot be tackled individually and has to be tackled collectively. We cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist. So, these are the issues on which there will reiteration of national positions,” Sinha said.He added that “there would be very strong paragraphs (in the BRICS outcome document) on terrorism including how to deal with countries that provide sanctuaries and safe havens. How to cut down the financing.advertisement”At NSA-level meet, we have also actually shifted the goalpost a little by talking about not only sources of finances but also sources from where they (terrorists) get arms and ammunition. These will be reflected in the BRICS discussions.”India will also make efforts to revive BIMSTEC which assumes significance with the collapse of recent SAARC Summit after four countries apart from India pulled out of the meet to be hosted by Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, maintaining that environment was not conducive to hold such an event.Three MoUs including those on cooperation in the area of environment and customs have been agreed upon by the BRICS countries, Sinha said, adding the pact pertaining to customs will help in breaking the trade barriers between these countries.The other key issues to be taken up during these significant diplomatic outreach events include cooperation areas of economy, tourism, connectivity, cultural, education and sports. MORE PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) India will strongly push at the BRICS Summit for joint efforts to tackle terrorism including action against countries providing safe havens and arms to terrorists while it will also make efforts to revive the seven-nation regional bloc BIMSTEC next week in Goa.Apart from the heads of governments of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to attend BRICS Summit on October 16, India has also received consent of Prime Ministers of Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (State Counsellor) for the outreach meet of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).Briefing reporters, Secretary (Economic Relations) in External Affairs Ministry Amar Sinha said, “Agenda is drawn in a broad-brush manner. We will be looking at global economic and political situation. Obviously terrorism is very important part of that.”Though he said the issue of China blocking ban of Jaish- e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar by the UN will not be taken up at BRICS because it was a bilateral issue with China and India does not want to bring such issues to the multilateral fora, he asserted that general principles pertaining to terrorism will be forcefully taken up.And that will include “terrorism which is a global problem. It cannot be tackled individually and has to be tackled collectively. We cannot have a differential policy towards terrorism. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist. So, these are the issues on which there will reiteration of national positions,” Sinha said.He added that “there would be very strong paragraphs (in the BRICS outcome document) on terrorism including how to deal with countries that provide sanctuaries and safe havens. How to cut down the financing.advertisement”At NSA-level meet, we have also actually shifted the goalpost a little by talking about not only sources of finances but also sources from where they (terrorists) get arms and ammunition. These will be reflected in the BRICS discussions.”India will also make efforts to revive BIMSTEC which assumes significance with the collapse of recent SAARC Summit after four countries apart from India pulled out of the meet to be hosted by Pakistan over the issue of cross-border terrorism, maintaining that environment was not conducive to hold such an event.Three MoUs including those on cooperation in the area of environment and customs have been agreed upon by the BRICS countries, Sinha said, adding the pact pertaining to customs will help in breaking the trade barriers between these countries.The other key issues to be taken up during these significant diplomatic outreach events include cooperation areas of economy, tourism, connectivity, cultural, education and sports. MORE PTI PYK ZMNlast_img read more

Germany set to be dropped from 2017 F1 calendar

first_imgThe German Grand Prix is set to be dropped from next year’s Formula One calendar for financial reasons, despite Nico Rosberg being favourite to win the world title this weekend and the dominance of champions Mercedes. (Latest F1 stories)Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler was quoted by German media as saying the economic risks of hosting the event in successive years were too great for his circuit, which hosted it this season and has a contract for 2018.Next July would have been the turn of the Nuerburgring under an alternation agreement but that circuit’s owners have baulked at paying the hosting fees, with the race also absent from the calendar last season.Germany was listed on a provisional 21-race 2017 schedule with an asterisk, along with Canada and Brazil. Those races are now expected to stay, with tickets going on sale in Canada on Thursday.The official calendar is due to be approved by the governing FIA at the end of the month.There was no immediate confirmation from the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, although he has sounded pessimistic about Germany’s prospects in recent days.”We tried to keep them (Hockenheim) alive, but they’ve run out of tablets,” the 86-year-old had told motorsport.com at the this month’s Brazilian Grand Prix. “I’ll put my money on it not happening.”Championship leader Rosberg, who was born in Wiesbaden, will become Germany’s third world champion after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel if the Mercedes driver finishes on the podium in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season-ender.advertisementRosberg is 12 points clear of British team mate Lewis Hamilton, who won at Hockenheim this year.Mercedes have already won the constructors’ title for the third year in a row.Germany currently has four Formula One drivers — more than any other country — with Vettel at Ferrari, Nico Hulkenberg racing for Force India and Pascal Wehrlein with Manor.The country held two races a year during seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher’s heyday, with the Nuerburgring run as the European Grand Prix.But attendances have dwindled and only 57,000 fans attended this year on race Sunday, below the levels required for the circuit to break even.last_img read more

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first_imgThe German Grand Prix is set to be dropped from next year’s Formula One calendar for financial reasons, despite Nico Rosberg being favourite to win the world title this weekend and the dominance of champions Mercedes. (Latest F1 stories)Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler was quoted by German media as saying the economic risks of hosting the event in successive years were too great for his circuit, which hosted it this season and has a contract for 2018.Next July would have been the turn of the Nuerburgring under an alternation agreement but that circuit’s owners have baulked at paying the hosting fees, with the race also absent from the calendar last season.Germany was listed on a provisional 21-race 2017 schedule with an asterisk, along with Canada and Brazil. Those races are now expected to stay, with tickets going on sale in Canada on Thursday.The official calendar is due to be approved by the governing FIA at the end of the month.There was no immediate confirmation from the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, although he has sounded pessimistic about Germany’s prospects in recent days.”We tried to keep them (Hockenheim) alive, but they’ve run out of tablets,” the 86-year-old had told motorsport.com at the this month’s Brazilian Grand Prix. “I’ll put my money on it not happening.”Championship leader Rosberg, who was born in Wiesbaden, will become Germany’s third world champion after Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel if the Mercedes driver finishes on the podium in this weekend’s Abu Dhabi season-ender.advertisementRosberg is 12 points clear of British team mate Lewis Hamilton, who won at Hockenheim this year.Mercedes have already won the constructors’ title for the third year in a row.Germany currently has four Formula One drivers — more than any other country — with Vettel at Ferrari, Nico Hulkenberg racing for Force India and Pascal Wehrlein with Manor.The country held two races a year during seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher’s heyday, with the Nuerburgring run as the European Grand Prix.But attendances have dwindled and only 57,000 fans attended this year on race Sunday, below the levels required for the circuit to break even.last_img read more

Swapping Kalashnikovs for bat and pads: Afghan cricket, the Taliban and peace

first_imgDuring a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket.The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team.”I love cricket,” said Mullah Badruddin, a Taliban commander in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where a tournament organised by the militants at the start of last winter drew large crowds.”When Afghanistan play against another team, we listen to the radio with great interest and we also check for scores in social media and follow those in Facebook who give live updates,” he told Reuters by telephone.First played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century, the game was adopted by Afghans in the refugee camps of cricket-loving Pakistan, where more than 3 million fled a Soviet invasion and civil war in the 1980s and 1990s, and has since made huge strides in the country, particularly among ethnic Pashtuns in the eastern border provinces.Taj Malook Khan, who helped set up the Afghan Cricket Club in Kacha Gari refugee camp outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar in the 1980s, and a small group of players used to cross into Afghanistan during the 1990s Taliban era to play and promote cricket.The Taliban had banned games such as cricket and football in the early years of their austere rule because they believed they kept men away from prayers, according to former national cricketer Hasti Gul, but later became more tolerant of cricket.advertisementFrom there, despite at least two attacks in the past couple of years on cricket matches claimed by the ultra radical Islamic State group, the game now rivals football for popularity in a country that has long been cut off from international sport.STAR NAMESAdmitted as a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017, Afghanistan won its first five-day Test match against Ireland last month after making steady progress in the lower levels of the international game.However it is in the dynamic, shorter form of the sport that Afghans have had most impact.Players such as spin bowler Rashid Khan or big hitting batsman Mohammad Nabi Esakhil have become undisputed stars of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the razzle-dazzle showcase of so-called T20 cricket, the 12th season of which has just got under way. Rashid Khan has quickly become one of the most popular cricketers in the world (Asian Cricket Council Photo)Despite the Taliban’s former suspicion of organised sports and their opposition to much of the transformation in Afghanistan since their hardline Islamic regime was toppled in 2001, many of the mainly Pashtun movement’s fighters are fans.Unlike football, which offends the sensibilities of some very conservative Muslims because it is normally played in shorts, cricket is played in long sleeves and trousers, in line with traditional dress codes. It also bears some resemblance to traditional Afghan children’s games involving throwing and using sticks to hit smaller sticks or balls.Karim Sadiq, a former batsman in the national team and an early pioneer of the sport who visited some Taliban-controlled areas in eastern Afghanistan this year, said he was mobbed by fighters asking about the game and their favourite players.A video clip he shot on his mobile phone shows dozens of Taliban, many with Kalashnikov automatic rifles slung across their shoulders, dissecting the quality of the team.”I like all the players but my favourite is Rashid Khan Arman,” says one fighter, referring to the young spin bowler who stars for the Afghan national side and IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. “His bowling is amazing.”WORLD CUP DREAMWith the approach of the cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May to July, Afghanistan’s hopes of making a dent in the tournament are higher than they have ever been, even if few give them a chance against giants of the game such as India, Australia or England.”We have a very strong team and my dream is Afghanistan bring the World Cup home,” said Hazrat Gul, a young cricketer in the eastern city of Jalalabad, as he prepared to play a friendly match against a team from neighbouring Kunar province.As peace talks between the U.S. government and Taliban officials continue and Afghanistan looks for a way out of 40 years of conflict, excitement is building and officials and government ministers lavish praise on the players, whom President Ashraf Ghani has called national heroes.advertisementFrom the other side of the war, the feeling is similar. Sadiq who has just returned to practice after a long injury, aiming to take part in the upcoming World Cup, said the Taliban usually send them congratulatory messages through social media and on his cellphone when Afghanistan win.Such broad appeal has seen the sport widely hailed as a unifying force in Afghanistan, a patchwork of different languages and cultures, sometimes at peace with each other but increasingly in recent years in conflict.ETHNIC DIVIDES Cricket was first played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century (Reuters Photo)Not everyone is on board the cricket bandwagon, however.Look deeper, and the state of the game has much to say about a country where sport has repeatedly attracted violence, including suicide attacks on cricket and wrestling matches, and where politics is increasingly divided along ethnic lines that shade into all aspects of life.For many Persian-speaking Tajiks and Hazaras, cricket is a sport for Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group from the south and east of the country that has provided almost all kings and presidents throughout Afghan history.”I have no interest and don’t know anything about cricket,” said Ahmad Jawad, a shopkeeper in Parwan, a mainly Tajik province north of Kabul. “It’s a Pashtun game with Pashtun players, so let them enjoy their game.”After the Taliban fell following the U.S.-led campaign of 2001, Sadiq and Gul – brothers who, like many teammates, learned their cricket in Pakistan – and other players struggled to convince Tajik commanders from the victorious Northern Alliance that swept into Kabul to allow them to continue playing the game.”Palace officials told us to join Afghan guard units and forget about cricket,” said Gul, who recalled having to cancel a provincial tournament in Kabul in 2005 after losing a fistfight with soccer players who wanted to use the pitch.Now, with the IPL beamed into homes all over the country and the looming World Cup, he feels change is coming and the sport can give Afghanistan a platform no other can equal, one that offers hope for a more normal future after so many years of war.”We literally had no support from the government for so many years before they have realized we could bring glory to our country,” he said. “Now everyone loves cricket and we are so proud to raise our national flag on the world stage.”last_img read more

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first_imgDuring a lull in Afghanistan’s never-ending war, before the fighting season resumes once again in the spring, Taliban fighters recall laying down their Kalashnikovs and, for a brief moment, enjoying a game of cricket.The sport is the only one most of the fighters enjoy, commanders say, with matches attracting hundreds of spectators from Taliban-controlled villages when there is no fighting. They are also fans of the increasingly successful national team.”I love cricket,” said Mullah Badruddin, a Taliban commander in Khogyani district of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, where a tournament organised by the militants at the start of last winter drew large crowds.”When Afghanistan play against another team, we listen to the radio with great interest and we also check for scores in social media and follow those in Facebook who give live updates,” he told Reuters by telephone.First played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century, the game was adopted by Afghans in the refugee camps of cricket-loving Pakistan, where more than 3 million fled a Soviet invasion and civil war in the 1980s and 1990s, and has since made huge strides in the country, particularly among ethnic Pashtuns in the eastern border provinces.Taj Malook Khan, who helped set up the Afghan Cricket Club in Kacha Gari refugee camp outside the Pakistani city of Peshawar in the 1980s, and a small group of players used to cross into Afghanistan during the 1990s Taliban era to play and promote cricket.The Taliban had banned games such as cricket and football in the early years of their austere rule because they believed they kept men away from prayers, according to former national cricketer Hasti Gul, but later became more tolerant of cricket.advertisementFrom there, despite at least two attacks in the past couple of years on cricket matches claimed by the ultra radical Islamic State group, the game now rivals football for popularity in a country that has long been cut off from international sport.STAR NAMESAdmitted as a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017, Afghanistan won its first five-day Test match against Ireland last month after making steady progress in the lower levels of the international game.However it is in the dynamic, shorter form of the sport that Afghans have had most impact.Players such as spin bowler Rashid Khan or big hitting batsman Mohammad Nabi Esakhil have become undisputed stars of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the razzle-dazzle showcase of so-called T20 cricket, the 12th season of which has just got under way. Rashid Khan has quickly become one of the most popular cricketers in the world (Asian Cricket Council Photo)Despite the Taliban’s former suspicion of organised sports and their opposition to much of the transformation in Afghanistan since their hardline Islamic regime was toppled in 2001, many of the mainly Pashtun movement’s fighters are fans.Unlike football, which offends the sensibilities of some very conservative Muslims because it is normally played in shorts, cricket is played in long sleeves and trousers, in line with traditional dress codes. It also bears some resemblance to traditional Afghan children’s games involving throwing and using sticks to hit smaller sticks or balls.Karim Sadiq, a former batsman in the national team and an early pioneer of the sport who visited some Taliban-controlled areas in eastern Afghanistan this year, said he was mobbed by fighters asking about the game and their favourite players.A video clip he shot on his mobile phone shows dozens of Taliban, many with Kalashnikov automatic rifles slung across their shoulders, dissecting the quality of the team.”I like all the players but my favourite is Rashid Khan Arman,” says one fighter, referring to the young spin bowler who stars for the Afghan national side and IPL’s Sunrisers Hyderabad. “His bowling is amazing.”WORLD CUP DREAMWith the approach of the cricket World Cup in England and Wales from May to July, Afghanistan’s hopes of making a dent in the tournament are higher than they have ever been, even if few give them a chance against giants of the game such as India, Australia or England.”We have a very strong team and my dream is Afghanistan bring the World Cup home,” said Hazrat Gul, a young cricketer in the eastern city of Jalalabad, as he prepared to play a friendly match against a team from neighbouring Kunar province.As peace talks between the U.S. government and Taliban officials continue and Afghanistan looks for a way out of 40 years of conflict, excitement is building and officials and government ministers lavish praise on the players, whom President Ashraf Ghani has called national heroes.advertisementFrom the other side of the war, the feeling is similar. Sadiq who has just returned to practice after a long injury, aiming to take part in the upcoming World Cup, said the Taliban usually send them congratulatory messages through social media and on his cellphone when Afghanistan win.Such broad appeal has seen the sport widely hailed as a unifying force in Afghanistan, a patchwork of different languages and cultures, sometimes at peace with each other but increasingly in recent years in conflict.ETHNIC DIVIDES Cricket was first played in Afghanistan by British troops in the 19th Century (Reuters Photo)Not everyone is on board the cricket bandwagon, however.Look deeper, and the state of the game has much to say about a country where sport has repeatedly attracted violence, including suicide attacks on cricket and wrestling matches, and where politics is increasingly divided along ethnic lines that shade into all aspects of life.For many Persian-speaking Tajiks and Hazaras, cricket is a sport for Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group from the south and east of the country that has provided almost all kings and presidents throughout Afghan history.”I have no interest and don’t know anything about cricket,” said Ahmad Jawad, a shopkeeper in Parwan, a mainly Tajik province north of Kabul. “It’s a Pashtun game with Pashtun players, so let them enjoy their game.”After the Taliban fell following the U.S.-led campaign of 2001, Sadiq and Gul – brothers who, like many teammates, learned their cricket in Pakistan – and other players struggled to convince Tajik commanders from the victorious Northern Alliance that swept into Kabul to allow them to continue playing the game.”Palace officials told us to join Afghan guard units and forget about cricket,” said Gul, who recalled having to cancel a provincial tournament in Kabul in 2005 after losing a fistfight with soccer players who wanted to use the pitch.Now, with the IPL beamed into homes all over the country and the looming World Cup, he feels change is coming and the sport can give Afghanistan a platform no other can equal, one that offers hope for a more normal future after so many years of war.”We literally had no support from the government for so many years before they have realized we could bring glory to our country,” he said. “Now everyone loves cricket and we are so proud to raise our national flag on the world stage.”last_img read more

Neymar: I’m not obsessed with Ballon d’Or

first_imgNeymar Neymar: I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:28 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) edinson cavani neymar - cropped Getty Images Neymar PSG Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Kylian Mbappé The Brazil international claims his concentration is on helping Paris Saint-Germain win trophies rather than picking up individual prizes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d’Or.The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football’s top individual prize.Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Neymar’s form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.”Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d’Or,” he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. “But I don’t have to think about it. I have to think about what’s better for our group, our club.”This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].”I’m very happy to start with a win. Of course, it’s not only about getting goals, but that’s the most important. That’s what we came for. I’m very happy with this game.”Neymar on  @PSG_English #UCL pic.twitter.com/ICOSAemOS4— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 12, 2017Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG’s formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.”They are two great players, ” he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. “We are getting to know each other.”Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We’ll get to know each other more and more.”It’s easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don’t have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we’re still missing a little understanding, but we’ll get better step by step.”last_img read more

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first_imgNeymar Neymar: I am not obsessed with the Ballon d’Or Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:28 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(38) edinson cavani neymar - cropped Getty Images Neymar PSG Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League Kylian Mbappé The Brazil international claims his concentration is on helping Paris Saint-Germain win trophies rather than picking up individual prizes Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar insists team trophies are more important to him than winning a first Ballon d’Or.The Brazil international joined from Barcelona in a world-record €222million transfer last month, in a move that many considered to be motivated by a desire to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi and challenge for football’s top individual prize.Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Neymar’s form for the Ligue 1 side has certainly added weight to any hopes of winning the award, the 25-year-old having taken his tally to five goals and five assists in as many games after inspiring PSG to a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic on Tuesday.However, the former Santos man says his focus is on helping the team to enjoy success, rather than claiming individual accolades.”Of course a football player wants to win the Ballon d’Or,” he said after the Champions League win in Glasgow. “But I don’t have to think about it. I have to think about what’s better for our group, our club.”This is a great team and, if we keep going like this, we have a big chance of doing it [winning the tournament].”I’m very happy to start with a win. Of course, it’s not only about getting goals, but that’s the most important. That’s what we came for. I’m very happy with this game.”Neymar on  @PSG_English #UCL pic.twitter.com/ICOSAemOS4— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 12, 2017Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were also on target, with PSG’s formidable front three showing signs of developing into a fearsome trident.Neymar, however, says they are still getting used to playing alongside one another.”They are two great players, ” he said of Cavani and Mbappe, who signed from Monaco last month. “We are getting to know each other.”Cavani is an extraordinary striker, Kylian is a guy who likes going ahead, going for the ball. We’ll get to know each other more and more.”It’s easy when you play with intelligent players. We still don’t have a full understanding between us: through a look, a movement, we’re still missing a little understanding, but we’ll get better step by step.”last_img read more

Talking Horses: Mr Everest has right Cesarewitch credentials

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hide Share on Twitter Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Pinterest Horse racing Tony Martin has largely kept this talented type off the Flat this year and he warmed up for this with a spin over hurdles at Listowel. He is well treated, well drawn and good value at the 16-1 available on Friday evening, though that may come under pressure overnight.2.20 Newmarket The Zetland Stakes may fall to Aidan O’Brien for a third straight year, thanks to Mythical. He’s a big, green colt and perhaps these undulations will catch him out but his Gowran performance hinted at plenty of ability.2.40 York We haven’t seen him for a while but it’s worth remembering how much promise was in the Goodwood maiden success of Cobra Eye during the Glorious meeting in late July. The next three horses have all won since and he was declared for the Acomb Stakes at the Ebor meeting here before becoming a late non-runner. This is not such a demanding next step and he has two siblings who won at this level.2.55 Newmarket With so much unexposed potential on offer, much may depend on which of these juveniles gets the run of the race. Bearing in mind that the stalls are against the stands’ rail, one possibility is that Military March will go straight into the lead from his high draw and the Godolphin runner could be hard to catch. He made a pleasing debut on the July Course in high summer and is bred to do much better with time and distance.3.15 York A first stab at 10 furlongs turned into an unfortunate Goodwood experience for Coolagh Forest but things went better for him at this track a month ago, when he beat 14 rivals by daylight. He looks a more reliable proposition than Harrovian. Show Quadrilateral digs deep to maintain unbeaten record in Fillies’ Mile Quick guide Saturday’s racing tips Thank you for your feedback. Talking Horses features … we have a small favour to ask. 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Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Hexham 1.25 Beneficial Quest 1.55 Raecius Felix 2.30 Military Hill 3.05 Just Georgie 3.40 Floating Rock 4.15 Bocasien Desbois 4.50 Dakota BeatNewmarket 1.45 Ascension 2.20 Mythical 2.55 Military March 3.30 Pinatubo 4.10 Mr Everest (nap) 4.45 Farzeen 5.20 Prince EijiYork 2.05 Convict 2.40 Cobra Eye 3.15 Coolagh Forest 3.50 Growl 4.25 Colour Image 5.00 Sassie 5.35 Lord Of The RockChepstow 2.10 Nordano 2.45 Diamond Guy 3.20 Drinks Interval 3.55 Reserve Tank 4.30 Zanza 5.05 Theo (nb) 5.40 CubaoWolverhampton 5.25 Spirited Guest 6.00 Kocasandra 6.30 Moneta 7.00 Great Bear 7.30 Pot Of Paint 8.00 Mac Jetes 8.30 Viola Park Share on Facebook 3.30 Newmarket As we saw in Paris last weekend, the very best horses can be vulnerable if conditions are not quite right, so caution is appropriate as Pinatubo faces rain-softened ground for the first time. That being said, Friday’s action did not suggest this surface is worse than good to soft and Charlie Appleby’s star should be able to win this Dewhurst if anywhere close to the form we have seen from him. Wichita has course experience but this is a lot tougher than the Group Three he won here last month.3.50 York Beaten only by a well-treated younger rival in the Ayr Gold Cup, Growl could get his day in the limelight. That game effort was his best in a busy year and of course he’s been raised a few pounds but he’s still more than a stone below his peak rating. Some of his best efforts have come on soft, including his fourth place in the Stewards’ Cup a couple of seasons ago. Read more A fascinating, absorbing Cesarewitch may fall to Mr Everest (4.10), who will hopefully get a smoother run through the Newmarket contest than he did in the Irish equivalent last year. 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first_imgShare on WhatsApp Hide Share on Twitter Read more The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Pinterest Horse racing Tony Martin has largely kept this talented type off the Flat this year and he warmed up for this with a spin over hurdles at Listowel. He is well treated, well drawn and good value at the 16-1 available on Friday evening, though that may come under pressure overnight.2.20 Newmarket The Zetland Stakes may fall to Aidan O’Brien for a third straight year, thanks to Mythical. He’s a big, green colt and perhaps these undulations will catch him out but his Gowran performance hinted at plenty of ability.2.40 York We haven’t seen him for a while but it’s worth remembering how much promise was in the Goodwood maiden success of Cobra Eye during the Glorious meeting in late July. The next three horses have all won since and he was declared for the Acomb Stakes at the Ebor meeting here before becoming a late non-runner. This is not such a demanding next step and he has two siblings who won at this level.2.55 Newmarket With so much unexposed potential on offer, much may depend on which of these juveniles gets the run of the race. Bearing in mind that the stalls are against the stands’ rail, one possibility is that Military March will go straight into the lead from his high draw and the Godolphin runner could be hard to catch. He made a pleasing debut on the July Course in high summer and is bred to do much better with time and distance.3.15 York A first stab at 10 furlongs turned into an unfortunate Goodwood experience for Coolagh Forest but things went better for him at this track a month ago, when he beat 14 rivals by daylight. He looks a more reliable proposition than Harrovian. Show Quadrilateral digs deep to maintain unbeaten record in Fillies’ Mile Quick guide Saturday’s racing tips Thank you for your feedback. Talking Horses features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Hexham 1.25 Beneficial Quest 1.55 Raecius Felix 2.30 Military Hill 3.05 Just Georgie 3.40 Floating Rock 4.15 Bocasien Desbois 4.50 Dakota BeatNewmarket 1.45 Ascension 2.20 Mythical 2.55 Military March 3.30 Pinatubo 4.10 Mr Everest (nap) 4.45 Farzeen 5.20 Prince EijiYork 2.05 Convict 2.40 Cobra Eye 3.15 Coolagh Forest 3.50 Growl 4.25 Colour Image 5.00 Sassie 5.35 Lord Of The RockChepstow 2.10 Nordano 2.45 Diamond Guy 3.20 Drinks Interval 3.55 Reserve Tank 4.30 Zanza 5.05 Theo (nb) 5.40 CubaoWolverhampton 5.25 Spirited Guest 6.00 Kocasandra 6.30 Moneta 7.00 Great Bear 7.30 Pot Of Paint 8.00 Mac Jetes 8.30 Viola Park Share on Facebook 3.30 Newmarket As we saw in Paris last weekend, the very best horses can be vulnerable if conditions are not quite right, so caution is appropriate as Pinatubo faces rain-softened ground for the first time. That being said, Friday’s action did not suggest this surface is worse than good to soft and Charlie Appleby’s star should be able to win this Dewhurst if anywhere close to the form we have seen from him. Wichita has course experience but this is a lot tougher than the Group Three he won here last month.3.50 York Beaten only by a well-treated younger rival in the Ayr Gold Cup, Growl could get his day in the limelight. That game effort was his best in a busy year and of course he’s been raised a few pounds but he’s still more than a stone below his peak rating. Some of his best efforts have come on soft, including his fourth place in the Stewards’ Cup a couple of seasons ago. Read more A fascinating, absorbing Cesarewitch may fall to Mr Everest (4.10), who will hopefully get a smoother run through the Newmarket contest than he did in the Irish equivalent last year. 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After chase police nab two criminals in S Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested two men from Defence Colony area of South Delhi. The accused had fired on patrolling team and after a brief chase, they were nabbed.According to police, during the intervening night of September 13- 14, a patrolling team in Defence Colony area received a call around 12:49 am that the occupants of a black car have illegal weapons and can be apprehended. “The police personnel immediately called the highway patrolling staff and started checking of vehicles near BRT petrol pump with the help of picket staff,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter a few minutes, a black Chevrolet Cruise car with three occupants came towards the police picket and efforts were made to stop the car but the driver of the car did not stop his vehicle and instead, fired at the picket staff. He drove the car away at high speed. Staff followed the offending vehicle. The police party managed to block the offending vehicle near bus depot by sandwiching it. The driver of the car eventually came out of the car and fired at the cops and simultaneously, started running towards the boundary wall of the bus depot. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, a constable tried to catch the accused when he was trying to flee away and managed to take the pistol from the criminal. During the scuffle, one of the accused persons snatched the service revolver of a constable and managed to run away. “During the whole incident, two rounds were fired by the police team. We were able to catch two criminals,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Atul Kumar Thakur. Police identified the accused as Anuj Rawat and his associate and Yamin. “Yamin was admitted in the hospital as bullet brushed him from the backside,” police said adding that one of the accused fled from the spot.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested two men from Defence Colony area of South Delhi. The accused had fired on patrolling team and after a brief chase, they were nabbed.According to police, during the intervening night of September 13- 14, a patrolling team in Defence Colony area received a call around 12:49 am that the occupants of a black car have illegal weapons and can be apprehended. “The police personnel immediately called the highway patrolling staff and started checking of vehicles near BRT petrol pump with the help of picket staff,” police said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAfter a few minutes, a black Chevrolet Cruise car with three occupants came towards the police picket and efforts were made to stop the car but the driver of the car did not stop his vehicle and instead, fired at the picket staff. He drove the car away at high speed. Staff followed the offending vehicle. The police party managed to block the offending vehicle near bus depot by sandwiching it. The driver of the car eventually came out of the car and fired at the cops and simultaneously, started running towards the boundary wall of the bus depot. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, a constable tried to catch the accused when he was trying to flee away and managed to take the pistol from the criminal. During the scuffle, one of the accused persons snatched the service revolver of a constable and managed to run away. “During the whole incident, two rounds were fired by the police team. We were able to catch two criminals,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Atul Kumar Thakur. Police identified the accused as Anuj Rawat and his associate and Yamin. “Yamin was admitted in the hospital as bullet brushed him from the backside,” police said adding that one of the accused fled from the spot.last_img read more

The director of Suicide Squad publicly admitted what he regrets about the

first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics. pic.twitter.com/scIdV9PYSP— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Login/Register With: David Ayer made a bad movie, and he knows it.The Suicide Squad director wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter this weekend, acknowledging the superhero film’s awful reviews and admitting some missteps he made along the way. In particular, he wrote that if he could go back in time, he’d make the Joker more of a central villain and “engineer a more grounded story.” The film’s messy plot was one of the flaws cited most by critics. pic.twitter.com/scIdV9PYSP— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) January 21, 2017 Twitter Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Hype surrounded Suicide Squad from the moment it was announced. It seemed, at the time, like a potentially fresh spin on a tired genre. The film followed a ragtag team of DC comic book supervillains assembled by the US government. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto signed on to star. Ayer, who had just made the critically acclaimed World War II film Fury, was hired by Warner Bros. to direct. Advertisementlast_img read more

Province of Alberta celebrates Métis week remember Louis Riel

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsAcross Alberta people are celebrating Métis week.In Edmonton, the Alberta government and Métis leaders remembered the achievements and the sacrifice Louis Riel made for his people.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

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first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsAcross Alberta people are celebrating Métis week.In Edmonton, the Alberta government and Métis leaders remembered the achievements and the sacrifice Louis Riel made for his people.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

UN experts concerned over governmentimposed limits on freedom of expression

“Over the past several weeks, men and women in many countries, including Belarus, Egypt and Tunisia, have expressed grievances related to, among others, lack of employment opportunities and infringements on the right to an adequate standard of living,” the independent experts said in a joint statement.The experts voicing alarm are the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christoph Heyns; the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, El Hadji Malick Sow; and the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff and are not paid for their work.“They [people] have also denounced the denial of their right to participate meaningfully in decision-making, underscoring the indivisibility of all human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social,” the experts said. They also voiced concern over the ill-treatment and arbitrary arrests of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers, and deplored the disruption of communication networks and interference with the transmission of news.“As the recent turmoil has demonstrated, ignoring the root causes of such protests is unsustainable, and concerted, effective and prompt action must be taken domestically and internationally to provide an avenue for peaceful redress of human rights grievances, including the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights,” the experts said, expressing their readiness to help countries address those issues.“We deeply deplore the tragic loss of lives and injuries as a result, in some cases, of the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators. We urge governments to abide by international standards, including those on the use of force and fire arms,” the trio said.In addition, they called for “prompt and impartial investigations” into the reported deaths and injuries and the bringing to justice of those responsible for the violations. 3 February 2011A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today voiced alarm at limits imposed by governments on the right to freedom of expression and information, saying recent mass protests in several countries were the result of frustrations by people who felt ignored or neglected. read more

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“Over the past several weeks, men and women in many countries, including Belarus, Egypt and Tunisia, have expressed grievances related to, among others, lack of employment opportunities and infringements on the right to an adequate standard of living,” the independent experts said in a joint statement.The experts voicing alarm are the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christoph Heyns; the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, El Hadji Malick Sow; and the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff and are not paid for their work.“They [people] have also denounced the denial of their right to participate meaningfully in decision-making, underscoring the indivisibility of all human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social,” the experts said. They also voiced concern over the ill-treatment and arbitrary arrests of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers, and deplored the disruption of communication networks and interference with the transmission of news.“As the recent turmoil has demonstrated, ignoring the root causes of such protests is unsustainable, and concerted, effective and prompt action must be taken domestically and internationally to provide an avenue for peaceful redress of human rights grievances, including the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights,” the experts said, expressing their readiness to help countries address those issues.“We deeply deplore the tragic loss of lives and injuries as a result, in some cases, of the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators. We urge governments to abide by international standards, including those on the use of force and fire arms,” the trio said.In addition, they called for “prompt and impartial investigations” into the reported deaths and injuries and the bringing to justice of those responsible for the violations. 3 February 2011A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today voiced alarm at limits imposed by governments on the right to freedom of expression and information, saying recent mass protests in several countries were the result of frustrations by people who felt ignored or neglected. read more

Policeman interdicted over Thebuwana incident reinstated

The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police.The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest. The Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly. A Policeman who was interdicted over his unruly behaviour in Thebuwana recently has been reinstated.Yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena donated Rs. 1 million to the policeman. Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena was temporarily suspended after he protested over the releasing of a lorry transporting sand by the Thebuwana Police Officer In Charge (OIC) on October 3. However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured.The Law and Order Ministry later said that the policeman was later interdicted over his behaviour. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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The Police Sergeant had threatened to commit suicide using his weapon and refused to negotiate a settlement with the Police.The Police Special Task Force (STF) was then deployed to the area and a senior officer attempted to negotiate with the policeman and get him to return his weapon and give up his protest. The Police Sergeant had staged a protest in the Thebuwana junction with his weapon, demanding that he be treated fairly. A Policeman who was interdicted over his unruly behaviour in Thebuwana recently has been reinstated.Yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena donated Rs. 1 million to the policeman. Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena was temporarily suspended after he protested over the releasing of a lorry transporting sand by the Thebuwana Police Officer In Charge (OIC) on October 3. However the policemen refused to agree and eventually the STF and Police overpowered the policeman and brought the stand-off to an end.Gun shots were fired during the attempt to arrest the policeman but no one was injured.The Law and Order Ministry later said that the policeman was later interdicted over his behaviour. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan urges city leaders to work with global partners to help eradicate

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged a gathering of mayors from around the globe to press ahead with their valuable work – building bridges of international cooperation at the community level – to help revitalize the long-term vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.Revitalizing that vision “is the only way to guarantee that these terrible weapons will never be used again,” Mr. Annan said in remarks to a conference of mayors at UN Headquarters in New York. The visit by the “Mayors for Peace,” who are in town to promote their vision of a global ban on nuclear weapons by 2020, coincides with the opening of the 2005 Review Conference of State Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The group is composed of cities around the world – led by city leaders from Hiroshima and Nagasaki – who have formally united against nuclear weapons. The non-governmental organization (NGO) is now supported by 554 cities in 107 countries and regions, endorsing the 1982 Programme to Promote Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.“Your work is very important to us here at the United Nations,” Mr. Annan said. “This UN is a meeting place of national governments, but it also needs the ideas and enthusiasm of local communities around the world.”Welcoming a number of “Hibakusa” – living witnesses to the horrors wrought by the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – the Secretary-General urged the mayors to press ahead with their work, even in the face of what might seem to be insurmountable obstacles.If the world’s NPT obligations – ensuring nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy – were to be revitalized, action would be required on all fronts. “Your efforts, of course, are a part of something bigger – the struggle for a freer, fairer and safer world,” Mr. Annan said.At a press conference earlier Tuesday, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, President of Mayors for Peace, said the interim goal of the so-called “2020 Vision Campaign” was to have a universal nuclear weapons convention prepared by 2010, for consideration by the next NPT review meeting. He said he hoped the discussions over the next few days would be the beginning of a constructive exchange between the custodians of the NPT and the mayors, citizens and NGOs of the world.Mayor Kazunaga Itoh of Nagasaki said that in the 60 years since the horrific attacks on his home city and Hiroshima, many nuclear weapons had no doubt been produced but not one had been used. That was perhaps because the countries that have or those that would like to have such weapons realized what a devastating thing they could be. He added, however, that six decades after the event, one could still identify cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Calling for the eradication of all nuclear weapons, he said that the effects of the bombs were such that even today, the long-term after-effects were still being felt. read more

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United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged a gathering of mayors from around the globe to press ahead with their valuable work – building bridges of international cooperation at the community level – to help revitalize the long-term vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.Revitalizing that vision “is the only way to guarantee that these terrible weapons will never be used again,” Mr. Annan said in remarks to a conference of mayors at UN Headquarters in New York. The visit by the “Mayors for Peace,” who are in town to promote their vision of a global ban on nuclear weapons by 2020, coincides with the opening of the 2005 Review Conference of State Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).The group is composed of cities around the world – led by city leaders from Hiroshima and Nagasaki – who have formally united against nuclear weapons. The non-governmental organization (NGO) is now supported by 554 cities in 107 countries and regions, endorsing the 1982 Programme to Promote Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.“Your work is very important to us here at the United Nations,” Mr. Annan said. “This UN is a meeting place of national governments, but it also needs the ideas and enthusiasm of local communities around the world.”Welcoming a number of “Hibakusa” – living witnesses to the horrors wrought by the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 – the Secretary-General urged the mayors to press ahead with their work, even in the face of what might seem to be insurmountable obstacles.If the world’s NPT obligations – ensuring nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy – were to be revitalized, action would be required on all fronts. “Your efforts, of course, are a part of something bigger – the struggle for a freer, fairer and safer world,” Mr. Annan said.At a press conference earlier Tuesday, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, President of Mayors for Peace, said the interim goal of the so-called “2020 Vision Campaign” was to have a universal nuclear weapons convention prepared by 2010, for consideration by the next NPT review meeting. He said he hoped the discussions over the next few days would be the beginning of a constructive exchange between the custodians of the NPT and the mayors, citizens and NGOs of the world.Mayor Kazunaga Itoh of Nagasaki said that in the 60 years since the horrific attacks on his home city and Hiroshima, many nuclear weapons had no doubt been produced but not one had been used. That was perhaps because the countries that have or those that would like to have such weapons realized what a devastating thing they could be. He added, however, that six decades after the event, one could still identify cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Calling for the eradication of all nuclear weapons, he said that the effects of the bombs were such that even today, the long-term after-effects were still being felt. read more

UN partners seek 25 million to stabilize Gazas worsening humanitarian conditions

“The situation in Gaza has become increasingly precarious over recent months. No one is untouched by the energy crisis,” said Robert Piper, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, in a press release. “The coping capacities of Gaza’s families to deal with these types of shocks are seriously depleted as the cumulative impact of 10 years of isolation, division and insecurity take their toll,” he added. In a document presented today to diplomats of donor countries in Jerusalem, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other entities identified priority, life-saving interventions in the health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security sectors.Included in the package are chemicals for water treatment and spare parts for generators that have increasingly become the primary energy source instead of the back-up for key facilities. The package also targets shortages in medical supplies and aims to provide assistance to an estimated 100,000 food-insecure families and vulnerable farmers whose livelihoods are under threat. Responding to the heightened risk of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, 8,500 hygiene kits will also be distributed for the most vulnerable households, funds permitting.Despite the arrival of some fuel purchased in the Egyptian market over recent days, Gaza’s electricity crisis is far from over, according to the press release. Electricity supply over recent days has ranged from four to six hours per day. Fuel is also needed for generators for water treatment plants, sewerage pumps and other key facilities. read more

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“The situation in Gaza has become increasingly precarious over recent months. No one is untouched by the energy crisis,” said Robert Piper, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, in a press release. “The coping capacities of Gaza’s families to deal with these types of shocks are seriously depleted as the cumulative impact of 10 years of isolation, division and insecurity take their toll,” he added. In a document presented today to diplomats of donor countries in Jerusalem, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and other entities identified priority, life-saving interventions in the health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and food security sectors.Included in the package are chemicals for water treatment and spare parts for generators that have increasingly become the primary energy source instead of the back-up for key facilities. The package also targets shortages in medical supplies and aims to provide assistance to an estimated 100,000 food-insecure families and vulnerable farmers whose livelihoods are under threat. Responding to the heightened risk of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, 8,500 hygiene kits will also be distributed for the most vulnerable households, funds permitting.Despite the arrival of some fuel purchased in the Egyptian market over recent days, Gaza’s electricity crisis is far from over, according to the press release. Electricity supply over recent days has ranged from four to six hours per day. Fuel is also needed for generators for water treatment plants, sewerage pumps and other key facilities. read more

Ohio State defense ready for upsetminded Bison

OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Thad Matta preaches team defense to his players every single day, a doctrine of success that has helped him lead the Buckeyes to 259 victories, a pair of Final Fours and four straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen.OSU’s defensive prowess has shown through even more this season, as the Buckeyes rank second in the country in scoring defense at 53.8 points per game, just a touch behind Clemson (53.6).“Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday. “We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us. We want to make sure we’re the aggressor while we’re on offense and defense.”The Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0) have recorded 70 steals so far this season, with Scott and senior guard Aaron Craft swiping 21 and 23, respectively. The team also has 48 blocks through nine games, half of which are from junior center Amir Williams. Consistency on defense all over the floor is leading to the success, Scott said.“I feel like we’re all really connected right now,” Scott said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the North Dakota State Bison (7-3, 0-0) Saturday, who are fresh off of a 73-69 win at Notre Dame.“I think that was the best thing for us honestly,” Scott said, referring to the Bison’s win against the Irish. “We know they’re coming in as a great team, they just beat a great Notre Dame team. The fact that they’re coming in the way they are really puts us … backs us up on our toes where we can’t just go into the game expecting them to hand us the game because we’re Ohio State and they’re North Dakota State.”Bison senior forward Marshall Bjorklund scored 26 points against the Irish, and is one of four players who averages double figures in scoring.“(Bjorklund) shoots a very high percentage, so we have to try to get him outside the box, outside his comfort zone and not (let) him get the looks he’s been getting,” junior center Trey McDonald said Friday. “And also rely on some of the help from the guards with our pressure defense on the ball.”Matta said Bjorklund is “right there” in the discussion of best post player his team has faced all season, but has been pleased with what McDonald and Williams have done so far on defense, particularly in the team’s win against Bryant.“I’ve been very pleased, and I thought both guys Wednesday night had great awareness, great energy,” Matta said. “They made some plays out of their area, be it helping along the baseline or Amir blocking shots … That’s what we want those guys to do is to really plug the middle for us down there.”McDonald said he and Williams see playing against Bjorklund as an opportunity.“Although it is a team, it is team defense, we look at it as a personal challenge,” McDonald said. “Someone shooting that high of a field goal percentage and averaging that many points, we definitely look to Amir to try and shut them down and play our defensive game as we have been doing.”Shutting down Bjorklund and the rest of the Bison will be a challenge for the Buckeye defense, and even though there is always room to improve, Matta likes where they’re at currently.“I think that we’ve got some guys that are underrated defenders. I love what guys are bringing to the table,” Matta said. “Are we perfect? No, we’re not perfect. But we have guys dialed in and connected and tuned into scouting.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Bison is set for 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Thad Matta preaches team defense to his players every single day, a doctrine of success that has helped him lead the Buckeyes to 259 victories, a pair of Final Fours and four straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen.OSU’s defensive prowess has shown through even more this season, as the Buckeyes rank second in the country in scoring defense at 53.8 points per game, just a touch behind Clemson (53.6).“Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday. “We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us. We want to make sure we’re the aggressor while we’re on offense and defense.”The Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0) have recorded 70 steals so far this season, with Scott and senior guard Aaron Craft swiping 21 and 23, respectively. The team also has 48 blocks through nine games, half of which are from junior center Amir Williams. Consistency on defense all over the floor is leading to the success, Scott said.“I feel like we’re all really connected right now,” Scott said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the North Dakota State Bison (7-3, 0-0) Saturday, who are fresh off of a 73-69 win at Notre Dame.“I think that was the best thing for us honestly,” Scott said, referring to the Bison’s win against the Irish. “We know they’re coming in as a great team, they just beat a great Notre Dame team. The fact that they’re coming in the way they are really puts us … backs us up on our toes where we can’t just go into the game expecting them to hand us the game because we’re Ohio State and they’re North Dakota State.”Bison senior forward Marshall Bjorklund scored 26 points against the Irish, and is one of four players who averages double figures in scoring.“(Bjorklund) shoots a very high percentage, so we have to try to get him outside the box, outside his comfort zone and not (let) him get the looks he’s been getting,” junior center Trey McDonald said Friday. “And also rely on some of the help from the guards with our pressure defense on the ball.”Matta said Bjorklund is “right there” in the discussion of best post player his team has faced all season, but has been pleased with what McDonald and Williams have done so far on defense, particularly in the team’s win against Bryant.“I’ve been very pleased, and I thought both guys Wednesday night had great awareness, great energy,” Matta said. “They made some plays out of their area, be it helping along the baseline or Amir blocking shots … That’s what we want those guys to do is to really plug the middle for us down there.”McDonald said he and Williams see playing against Bjorklund as an opportunity.“Although it is a team, it is team defense, we look at it as a personal challenge,” McDonald said. “Someone shooting that high of a field goal percentage and averaging that many points, we definitely look to Amir to try and shut them down and play our defensive game as we have been doing.”Shutting down Bjorklund and the rest of the Bison will be a challenge for the Buckeye defense, and even though there is always room to improve, Matta likes where they’re at currently.“I think that we’ve got some guys that are underrated defenders. I love what guys are bringing to the table,” Matta said. “Are we perfect? No, we’re not perfect. But we have guys dialed in and connected and tuned into scouting.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Bison is set for 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Online portal improves access to geoscience data from Africa

first_imgThe Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) is launching a Geoscience Portal that provides free access to multi-disciplinary datasets from Ngamiland, a district in the country’s northwest, for a period of one year. Building on the success of online geoscience initiatives in North America, Europe and Australia, the portal is intended to help Botswana attract new investment in resource exploration, improve transparency and stimulate collaboration between government, industry and the public to advance understanding of the economic and social needs of the North-West district.“In addition to encouraging investment, improved discovery and interpretation of the Ngamiland datasets can assist us in furthering our understanding of other issues, such as the causes of earthquakes in the region, evolution and geodynamics of the delta system, and contribution in the development of seismic hazard maps and zonation,” said Motsamai Tarzan Kwadiba, Chief Geophysicist with the Botswana Geoscience Institute.Partnering with the BGI and industry stakeholders, Geosoft will make geoscientific and supporting data and information from Ngamiland freely accessible through a web portal, and will support the portal for the duration of the pilot project.The Botswana Geoscience Portal was presented during the Indaba African mining conference in Cape Town, and will launch in mid-February, 2016.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Botswana Geoscience Institute (BGI) is launching a Geoscience Portal that provides free access to multi-disciplinary datasets from Ngamiland, a district in the country’s northwest, for a period of one year. Building on the success of online geoscience initiatives in North America, Europe and Australia, the portal is intended to help Botswana attract new investment in resource exploration, improve transparency and stimulate collaboration between government, industry and the public to advance understanding of the economic and social needs of the North-West district.“In addition to encouraging investment, improved discovery and interpretation of the Ngamiland datasets can assist us in furthering our understanding of other issues, such as the causes of earthquakes in the region, evolution and geodynamics of the delta system, and contribution in the development of seismic hazard maps and zonation,” said Motsamai Tarzan Kwadiba, Chief Geophysicist with the Botswana Geoscience Institute.Partnering with the BGI and industry stakeholders, Geosoft will make geoscientific and supporting data and information from Ngamiland freely accessible through a web portal, and will support the portal for the duration of the pilot project.The Botswana Geoscience Portal was presented during the Indaba African mining conference in Cape Town, and will launch in mid-February, 2016.last_img read more

Microsoft porte plainte contre Motorola Mobility

first_imgMicrosoft porte plainte contre Motorola MobilityLa firme américaine a demandé à la Commission européenne l’ouverture d’une enquête sur la filiale de Google, accusée d’utiliser abusivement de ses brevets.Microsoft ne supporte pas le fait que Motorola Mobility, filiale de Google, veuille le forcer à retirer des produits sous le prétexte de brevets lui appartenant. Dave Heiner, le vice-directeur juridique de Microsoft, a ainsi dressé une liste de griefs envers cette attitude. “Motorola est en passe d’utiliser des brevets sur des normes essentielles pour tuer la vidéo sur le web et Google, son nouveau propriétaire, ne semble pas vouloir changer d’attitude”, a-t-il expliqué dans des propos relayés par Clubic. Ainsi la vente “les PC sous Windows, notre console de jeux Xbox et d’autres produits” sont sous le coup d’une interdiction de vente. Ce sont les brevets liés à la lecture vidéo (H.264) et à la capacité de se connecter sans fil via le WiFi (802.11) qui sont visés par Microsoft, Motorola Mobility ayant porté plainte aux Etats-Unis et en Europe pour leur violation. Mais la firme de Redmond estime que ceux-ci sont désormais utilisés de manière courante et qu’ils doivent donc être utilisables par l’ensemble des acteurs du marché. Microsoft a ainsi porté plainte auprès de la cellule de la Commission européenne chargée de la concurrence pour trancher ce litige.Le 24 février 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgMicrosoft porte plainte contre Motorola MobilityLa firme américaine a demandé à la Commission européenne l’ouverture d’une enquête sur la filiale de Google, accusée d’utiliser abusivement de ses brevets.Microsoft ne supporte pas le fait que Motorola Mobility, filiale de Google, veuille le forcer à retirer des produits sous le prétexte de brevets lui appartenant. Dave Heiner, le vice-directeur juridique de Microsoft, a ainsi dressé une liste de griefs envers cette attitude. “Motorola est en passe d’utiliser des brevets sur des normes essentielles pour tuer la vidéo sur le web et Google, son nouveau propriétaire, ne semble pas vouloir changer d’attitude”, a-t-il expliqué dans des propos relayés par Clubic. Ainsi la vente “les PC sous Windows, notre console de jeux Xbox et d’autres produits” sont sous le coup d’une interdiction de vente. Ce sont les brevets liés à la lecture vidéo (H.264) et à la capacité de se connecter sans fil via le WiFi (802.11) qui sont visés par Microsoft, Motorola Mobility ayant porté plainte aux Etats-Unis et en Europe pour leur violation. Mais la firme de Redmond estime que ceux-ci sont désormais utilisés de manière courante et qu’ils doivent donc être utilisables par l’ensemble des acteurs du marché. Microsoft a ainsi porté plainte auprès de la cellule de la Commission européenne chargée de la concurrence pour trancher ce litige.Le 24 février 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Washington tribes urge that Obama stop reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

first_imgTwenty-eight tribal leaders in Washington state have written President Obama insisting he stop and reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline after a night of violence in North Dakota in which police used fire hoses, rubber bullets and tear gas against pipeline protesters.Declaring their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the tribal chairs wrote, “We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places.”Tribal leaders also said they were outraged at the tactics used by police against demonstrators, especially fire hoses used to soak demonstrators in subfreezing weather.“Industry and their goons and their so-called peacekeepers are taking it to the next level,” said Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. “I have seen in the last two days some very serious, almost crimes against humanity against citizens. They are going a step too far in enforcing the law.”In a report issued Monday, medical personnel at Standing Rock said 300 people were injured during the violence, including 26 people with more severe injuries taken to three area hospitals. The injuries included blunt-force trauma, eye injuries, internal bleeding and lacerations from rubber bullets and concussion grenades; hypothermia; loss of consciousness; grand mal seizures, and fractures, according to the medics.last_img read more

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first_imgTwenty-eight tribal leaders in Washington state have written President Obama insisting he stop and reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline after a night of violence in North Dakota in which police used fire hoses, rubber bullets and tear gas against pipeline protesters.Declaring their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the tribal chairs wrote, “We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places.”Tribal leaders also said they were outraged at the tactics used by police against demonstrators, especially fire hoses used to soak demonstrators in subfreezing weather.“Industry and their goons and their so-called peacekeepers are taking it to the next level,” said Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. “I have seen in the last two days some very serious, almost crimes against humanity against citizens. They are going a step too far in enforcing the law.”In a report issued Monday, medical personnel at Standing Rock said 300 people were injured during the violence, including 26 people with more severe injuries taken to three area hospitals. The injuries included blunt-force trauma, eye injuries, internal bleeding and lacerations from rubber bullets and concussion grenades; hypothermia; loss of consciousness; grand mal seizures, and fractures, according to the medics.last_img read more

Senators Drop Protest over Army Cuts

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The last of several senators that had placed a hold on a senior Pentagon nominee to protest cuts at Army posts in their states last week allowed the individual to receive a confirmation vote on the chamber floor.Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) had placed a hold on the nomination of Stephen Hedger to be DOD’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs over the cuts planned for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (2,631 soldiers) and Fort Wainwright (73 soldiers), part of the restructuring plan the Army announced in July to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers.Sullivan received a briefing on the cuts from the Army and met with Hedger, reported Politico. “While this did not convince him that the Army’s decision is strategically sound, providing this information was a good first step towards providing some transparency in the Army’s decision-making process,” a spokesman for the senator said.With Sullivan’s hold lifted, the Senate confirmed Hedger by voice vote on Thursday. His nomination was not affected by an ongoing effort by John McCain (R-Ariz.) to block civilian nominations from advancing past the Senate Armed Services Committee because it was privileged under Senate rules, which allowed it to bypass the committee.Several other senators previously had placed a hold on Hedger’s nomination, including John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Cornyn had criticized the personnel reductions slated for Forts Hood (3,350 soldiers) and Bliss (1,219 soldiers); Isakson objected to the loss of 3,400 soldiers at Fort Benning and 947 at Fort Stewart.————–Image Sourcelast_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The last of several senators that had placed a hold on a senior Pentagon nominee to protest cuts at Army posts in their states last week allowed the individual to receive a confirmation vote on the chamber floor.Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) had placed a hold on the nomination of Stephen Hedger to be DOD’s assistant secretary for legislative affairs over the cuts planned for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (2,631 soldiers) and Fort Wainwright (73 soldiers), part of the restructuring plan the Army announced in July to shrink its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers.Sullivan received a briefing on the cuts from the Army and met with Hedger, reported Politico. “While this did not convince him that the Army’s decision is strategically sound, providing this information was a good first step towards providing some transparency in the Army’s decision-making process,” a spokesman for the senator said.With Sullivan’s hold lifted, the Senate confirmed Hedger by voice vote on Thursday. His nomination was not affected by an ongoing effort by John McCain (R-Ariz.) to block civilian nominations from advancing past the Senate Armed Services Committee because it was privileged under Senate rules, which allowed it to bypass the committee.Several other senators previously had placed a hold on Hedger’s nomination, including John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Cornyn had criticized the personnel reductions slated for Forts Hood (3,350 soldiers) and Bliss (1,219 soldiers); Isakson objected to the loss of 3,400 soldiers at Fort Benning and 947 at Fort Stewart.————–Image Sourcelast_img read more

PM Hasina asks new ministers to work honestly

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina delivers her introductory speech of the maiden meeting of the new cabinet held at the pime minister’s office (PMO) at Tejgaon in the city in morning Monday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the new members of the cabinet to work with sincerity and honesty to fulfill the hopes and aspiration of the countrymen who reelected Awami League with huge mandate.“You’ll have to work with utmost honesty and sincerity to achieve our goal of establishing Bangladesh as a hunger-and-poverty-free developed and prosperous country,” she said in her introductory speech of the maiden meeting of the new cabinet held at the pime minister’s office (PMO) at Tejgaon in the city in morning.The first meeting of the new cabinet led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina was held Monday, two weeks after the formation of the new Awami League government on 7 January after the AL-led grand alliance’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary elections held on 30 December.At the outset of the meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam greeted the prime minister by presenting her with a bouquet, meeting sources said.Sheikh Hasina said that there are responsibilities and duties of the government towards the people of the country who voted Awami League government to power for the third consecutive time.“We are here to perform that duty, and the power of honesty is endless — we have been able to prove that time and again,” she said.The prime minister said that the country will advance further if the cabinet works with sincerity and honesty.She mentioned that the people of the country have a huge expectation from the newly-formed government and the government has to fulfill that desire.“Fulfilling the desire of the people is the only task of ours,”he said.She also said that the dream of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to bring smile on the faces of distressed people.“That is also our desire, we will work with that desire, we will fulfill that desire, we will build Bangladesh as the country free from hunger and poverty,” she added.Sheikh Hasina said that the pace of progress and development that the Awami League initiated in its two past terms have to be advanced in the coming days.She said her previous governments have successfully finished many projects, while many mega schemes are under implementation. “The new cabinet will maintain the continuation of those works,” she said.Awami League president Sheikh Hasina took oath as the prime minister for the fourth time, the third in a row, heading a 47-member council of ministers on 7 January, a week after the Awami League-led Grand Alliance’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election held on 30 December.The new cabinet comprising 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers took oath at a state ceremony at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall on 7 January afternoon.President M Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy to Sheikh Hasina and members of her council of ministers.last_img read more

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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina delivers her introductory speech of the maiden meeting of the new cabinet held at the pime minister’s office (PMO) at Tejgaon in the city in morning Monday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the new members of the cabinet to work with sincerity and honesty to fulfill the hopes and aspiration of the countrymen who reelected Awami League with huge mandate.“You’ll have to work with utmost honesty and sincerity to achieve our goal of establishing Bangladesh as a hunger-and-poverty-free developed and prosperous country,” she said in her introductory speech of the maiden meeting of the new cabinet held at the pime minister’s office (PMO) at Tejgaon in the city in morning.The first meeting of the new cabinet led by prime minister Sheikh Hasina was held Monday, two weeks after the formation of the new Awami League government on 7 January after the AL-led grand alliance’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary elections held on 30 December.At the outset of the meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam greeted the prime minister by presenting her with a bouquet, meeting sources said.Sheikh Hasina said that there are responsibilities and duties of the government towards the people of the country who voted Awami League government to power for the third consecutive time.“We are here to perform that duty, and the power of honesty is endless — we have been able to prove that time and again,” she said.The prime minister said that the country will advance further if the cabinet works with sincerity and honesty.She mentioned that the people of the country have a huge expectation from the newly-formed government and the government has to fulfill that desire.“Fulfilling the desire of the people is the only task of ours,”he said.She also said that the dream of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to bring smile on the faces of distressed people.“That is also our desire, we will work with that desire, we will fulfill that desire, we will build Bangladesh as the country free from hunger and poverty,” she added.Sheikh Hasina said that the pace of progress and development that the Awami League initiated in its two past terms have to be advanced in the coming days.She said her previous governments have successfully finished many projects, while many mega schemes are under implementation. “The new cabinet will maintain the continuation of those works,” she said.Awami League president Sheikh Hasina took oath as the prime minister for the fourth time, the third in a row, heading a 47-member council of ministers on 7 January, a week after the Awami League-led Grand Alliance’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election held on 30 December.The new cabinet comprising 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers took oath at a state ceremony at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall on 7 January afternoon.President M Abdul Hamid administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy to Sheikh Hasina and members of her council of ministers.last_img read more