Three soldiers killed in Kargil avalanche

first_imgThree bodies of soldiers trapped in an avalanche in Kargil’s Batalik Sector were recovered on Friday, an Army spokesman told The Hindu.Unprecedented snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir triggered multiple avalanches in the Ladakh region. Five soldiers were trapped under snow when an Army post was hit in the Batalik sector and two were rescued.last_img

Maoist killed in Gadchiroli

first_imgNagpur: One alleged member of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) was killed in an encounter with the police in Gadchiroli district of eastern Maharashtra on Sunday.“A team of Gadchiroli police was carrying out an anti-Maoist operation in Jaragudem area bordering Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Sunday. At around 10.30 a.m., the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire on this police team. The retaliatory firing killed one Maoist while others managed to escape taking advantage of the thick forest,” according to a press release issued by the police. The body of the deceased Maoist was recovered during the post-encounter search. One 12-bore rifle was also recovered from the spot.In a separate incident, another encounter took place between the Maoists and the police in Jheliya forest under Katejhari police station limits of Gadchiroli.“The Maoists fired at a police team at around 10 a.m. The police team retaliated the fire forcing the rebels to flee from the spot. The police managed to recover detonators and other material from the spot of the encounter,” the Gadchiroli police said.last_img read more

Shivraj Singh Chouhan unhappy at Congress leadership choice

first_imgThe Congress should allow its leadership to grow naturally in a democratic process and it would lose its relevance if it continued to depend only on Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, said Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP vice-president, here on Sunday.The comment came a day after the Congress Working Committee chose Ms. Gandhi as interim president of the grand old party.At a press conference, he said the people had rejected dynasty and caste politics in the last Lok Sabha elections.“The family-led and caste-based parties had miserably lost their elections. Take the example of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or appeasement politics in West Bengal, people have rejected dynastic, caste and secular politics everywhere and opted for development,” said Mr. Chouhan.Learn a lesson “We were hoping that the Congress would learn a lesson following the terrible loss, but I am surprised that the CWC had passed a resolution that either Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi should lead the party,” he said.“The BJP has set an example. We do not do our politics around family or dynasty. Leadership comes naturally through ranks. Right from the inception of the Jan Sangh, be it Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Narendra Modi or Amit Shah, none of them belonged to a political family,” said the BJP leader.“The Congress is, however, unwilling to learn lesson. The party has become leaderless.,” said Mr. Chouhan.last_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.) ABD Achieves a Landmark Sales of 36 Million Cases in 2015-16MUMBAI, April 5, 2016/PRNewswire/ — Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), one of Indias largest and fastest growing spirits company, has registered a growth of 12% over the previous year, resulting in a landmark sales of 36 million cases in 2015-16.The companys flagship brand Officers Choice Whisky (OCW) has clocked a sales of 26 million cases in 2015-16, a growth of 11% over the previous year. The brand has cornered a market share of 40% of the regular whisky segment.ABDs deluxe whisky brand Officers Choice Blue has recorded a sales of 8 million cases in the period under reference, a growth of 12% over the previous year, a praise-worthy performance for any brand in the fourth year of its launch. The brand is now available across the country. Officers Choice Black, the semi-premium brand of ABD, has also recorded a commendable growth of 25% over the previous year. (MORE) PRN TLS TLSlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Schweinsteiger seals 2-0 win for Germany over Ukraine

first_imgBastian Schweinsteiger marked his return from injury by sealing Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine in in the world champions’ opening game at Euro 2016 on Sunday.Schweinsteiger, who suffered his second serious knee injury of the year in training on March 22 and hadn’t played since, came on in the last minute. He scored in the second minute of injury time when Mesut Ozil crossed for him to rifle in a volley on a counterattack.Shkodran Mustafi’s header put Germany on course in 19th minute of the Group C encounter, when the Valencia defender beat his marker to meet Toni Kroos’ curling free kick from the right and head with power inside the left post.NEUER TO THE RESCUEDespite dominating possession and creating the early chances, Germany needed Manuel Neuer to make two big saves in the first half and another in the second.First he stopped Yevhen Konoplyanka, and then Yevhen Khacheridi from close range before Jerome Boateng cleared Konoplyanka’s effort off the line.Ukraine finished the first half strongly with Andriy Yarmolenko having a goal rightly ruled out for offside.CHAMPIONS SURGE AHEADGermany heeded the warning and re-took control after the break, with Julian Draxler (twice), Kroos, Sami Khedira, Thomas Mueller, substitute Andre Schuerrle and then Ozil all going close.Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov was the busier of the two, though Neuer needed to be alert to stop Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s fierce free kick at his near post in the second half.Mustafi almost gifted Ukraine an equalizer late on when he headed the ball back without realizing that Neuer was out of his goal.advertisementBut there was still time for Schweinsteiger to come on and complete a dream return after a season wracked by injury.Coach Joachim Loew has now led Germany to opening game victories in five straight tournaments without conceding a goal.Loew set a record for the most European Championship matches in charge, 12, overtaking compatriot Berti Vogts, who led Germany to the last of its three European Championship titles in 1996.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya’s rags to riches story: How cricket changed a young man’s destiny

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya has developed a flamboyant image ever since he broke into the national team last year.But the gold chains, unique hairstyles and his flashy attitude rarely tell the real story of a 24-year-old’s rise to fame.Not many are aware of Pandya’s struggles in domestic cricket when he and his elder brother, Krunal, were trying to make a name for themselves.Pandya recently revealed that he came from a well-off family and used to be rich during his childhood but then the family lost almost everything they had.”I always had this thing in my mind (wondering) how can I succeed in life. Because we used to  be really rich, from a well to do family. And from having that, to struggling for Rs 10 – it was disappointing for me…because I had money when I was small so I never thought that when I’m older I’d have to struggle so much.”No one knows that we’ve struggled for 3 years for every penny. Even saving Rs 5-10 was a big trouble for us. I still remember before the IPL, we had won the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and got Rs 70,000 each. Me and Krunal said to ourselves that at least we’ll get by for a while,” Pandya said on Gaurav Kapoor’s show Breakfast with Champions.So glad to see his face lit up like that?this is the guy who should get all the happiness in life and deserves all the credit, my dad! pic.twitter.com/G55mBHprawadvertisement- hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 16, 2017The Gujarat cricketer then went on to reveal how he and his brother hid their car for almost two years as they did not have the money to pay the EMIs on time.”For two years, we hadn’t paid the EMI on our car…Just because we were smart, we managed to hide the car. We didn’t want the car to go… So anything we earned in those 3 years was supposed to save the car.”It was just…pay the EMIs on the car and get some food on the table. Then God was kind. In my first year at MI we won the IPL and I got a cheque for Rs 50 lakhs. And I was like “Damn”. From there I got the car freed from the bank and bought a new car as well.”Just three months earlier we were struggling and fighting for money and after three months I had 50-60 lakhs in my pocket. It was all about saving at that time. Things changed for me from there…I mean 7 months later what hasn’t come from it,” Pandya remembered.Pandya has of course done really well for himself. Right after his maiden Test hundred in August, Hardik had bought e red Jeep Compass for his father. From having to hide his car from bank officials to a stunning gift for his father, the young all-rounder sure has come a long way.last_img read more

Petra Kvitova battles past Ashleigh Barty to claim Sydney International title

first_imgPetra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favourite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday.Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set.The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take a 6-5 lead with a late break of serve and holding to force a decider.”Ash, I know it’s a tough one. For sure, it’s hurting not to win at home,” Kvitova said after closing out the match in two hours, 19 minutes. “One day you’re going to make it for sure, so good luck in the Aussie Open and well done this week.”The @SydneyTennis Shot of the Day – amazing grit and vision from @Petra_Kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/AyBbd7WUQaWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Kvitova made 45 unforced errors to Barty’s 33, but struck 31 clean winners, nine more than her opponent, as she edged the contest from the back of the court.What a smile!Lift that @sydneytennis trophy, @petra_kvitova ! pic.twitter.com/ojRTVd4cRhWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019She’s a two-time @SydneyTennis champion!@Petra_Kvitova is reunited with the trophy! pic.twitter.com/wYAypou6g7WTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Barty, ranked 15th in the world and a losing finalist in Sydney last year, has a reputation for being a fighter and called on every last ounce of grit to force another early break and take a 3-0 lead at the start of the third.advertisement”Thank you for everything!”After a gruelling week, @Petra_Kvitova gets her hands on the @SydneyTennis trophy! pic.twitter.com/J6eU4zpU1NWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Yet Kvitova showed plenty of fight of her own, clawing her way back to 3-3 despite struggling with an apparent injury and, with her backhand finally firing, broke again to give herself a chance to serve for the championship.She’s done it!What an incredible fightback from @Petra_Kvitova !Beats Barty for the @SydneyTennis title, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)! pic.twitter.com/g8HZgRQ1gDWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019Incredibly, the momentum shifted once more, with Barty breaking the Czech to love to keep her hopes of a first Sydney title alive, but the Australian’s composure deserted her as she lost the next game on serve to give Kvitova another chance.Once again, the Czech fluffed her lines, surrendering her serve with successive double faults to send the match into a tiebreak but clung on grimly to carve out a championship point that she claimed with a blistering crosscourt forehand.”I left everything out here but it wasn’t quite enough,” Barty said. “Sorry I couldn’t get it done today.””I left everything out here and it wasn’t quite enough.”Head up high, @ashbar96 – what a week @SydneyTennis for you! pic.twitter.com/xogZXtc6EeWTA (@WTA) January 12, 2019This year’s tournament is likely to be the last Sydney International — a competition with a history dating back to 1885 — in its current format, with the ATP Cup coming on board next season.Also Watch:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Hope Rohit Sharma scores 2 more hundreds, says Virat Kohli

first_imgRohit Sharma has been on a record-breaking spree in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On Saturday, Rohit became the only batsman to score 5 hundred in a single World Cup and he is now within touching distance of overtaking Tendulkar’s tally for most runs in the same World Cup.With 647 runs from 8 innings, Rohit Sharma has dominated World Cup 2019 like a boss. Virat Kohli, India captain, said he was thrilled with Rohit’s form even if he has missed out on hundreds. Kohli hit 5 successive half-centuries but he is yet to score a hundred.Virat Kohli has 41 ODI hundreds. He certainly knows how to get to those milestones but the India captain has enjoyed his new role which has been to control the middle order.On the eve of India’s semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester, Kohli was asked if he missed scoring hundreds so far in this World Cup. “Not at all. It has been a different kind of role I have played in the World Cup. It’s great that Rohit is so consistent.”I am controlling the middle order to allow guys like Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant express themselves. I know I can accelerate in the end.”Like Rohit said the other day, no one focuses on personal milestones. We are doing the best for the team and in that process special things happen. Hope Rohit gets two more hundreds so we can get two more wins. He is the top ODI player in the world,” Kohli said at the press conference.advertisementRohit Sharma now has 27 ODI hundreds. He also jointly holds the record for most World Cup centuries (6) with Sachin Tendulkar.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Jasprit Bumrah unplayable at this stage, says Daniel VettoriAlso See:last_img read more

East Bengal Vs. Mohun Bagan in CFL: Preview

first_imgEast Bengal Vs. Mohun Bagan in CFL: Preview, Team News, Timing, TV Details Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 15:09 23/9/2017 East Bengal Mohun Bagan I-League 2017 I-League Arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan meet in the grand finale of the Calcutta Football League on Sunday in Siliguri….. Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan come face to face for the first time this season in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) on Sunday. The derby match is a virtual final where the winner takes the trophy along with the bragging rights.Both the rivals are tied on 22 points from 8 matches ahead of the big match. East Bengal have a slight advantage as they are ahead on goal difference. A draw would ensure they win their 39th CFL title.Coming off a morale-boosting 5-0 win over Subhash Bhowmick’s Tollygunge Agragami, Khalid Jamil’s men will be brimming with confidence ahead of the magnum opus clash. Mohun Bagan too had won their previous encounter against Peerless but it was a hard-fought victory. 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 Khalid Jamil had experimented with his side in the last encounter with Gabriel Fernandes partnering Willis Plaza upfront and Tanmoy Ghosh replacing in-form Samad Ali Mullick in the right-back position. India international Nikhil Poojary too made his way into the starting XI in place of Brandon Vanlalremdika. Poojary got his name into the score sheet thereby cementing his place in the starting lineup. Brandon is likely to sit out against the Green and Maroons.Carlyle Mitchell too was rested and in his absence, experienced Indian duo of Gurwinder Singh and Arnab Mondal did a fairly decent job. But Mitchell is likely to be back in the team against Mohun Bagan. They will be buoyed by the fact that striker Willis Plaza finally looks to have regained his long-lost form. He has four goals in his kitty in the last two matches which included a hat-trick against Tollygunge.  Ahead of his first derby match as a coach, Khalid sounded confident and he refused to offer any excuse. “Whether it rains or not it doesn’t matter to me. It is not under my control. Whatever the conditions are, my team will play best possible football and try to win the league.”Mohun Bagan also have enjoyed a flowery journey in the CFL after many years. The attacking duo of Stephane Bayi Kamo and Ansumana Kromah has produced 11 goals so far in the league and are all set to guide Bagan to glory this season. Shankarlal Chakraborty will field the best possible XI with Shilton D’Silva and Arijit Bagui likely to return to the starting XI. The hero against Mohammedan Sporting, Azharuddin Mullick, too will start ahead of Nikhil Kadam on the left flank.The Bagan coach went on to point out that this is the second time in the history of CFL that a derby in the last match of the tournament will be the title decider.KICKOFF: 5:00 ISTTELECAST: Kolkata TVTEAM NEWSMohun Bagan:Injured: NoneDoubtful: NoneSuspended: NonePossible starting XI:MB predicted XIEast Bengal:Injured: VP SuhairDoubtful: NoneSuspended: NonePossible starting XI:EB predicted XI read morelast_img read more

‘Henry was the best player in the world’

first_imgArsenal ‘Henry was the best player in the world’ – Lehmann Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 18:30 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LehmannHenry - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The former Arsenal goalkeeper believes that there was no-one better than the French forward during their time together in London Jens Lehmann believes that Thierry Henry ‘was the best player in the world’ when he was at Arsenal, but revealed how he helped the France forward improve his overall game by encouraging him to work harder in training.Lehmann joined the Gunners in 2003 and played every match as Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side made history by winning the Premier League title without losing a single fixture.In his new autobiography, the goalkeeper reveals that although he played with some of the world’s biggest names, the player that stood out above them all was the Frenchman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gunners 6/4 to beat Spurs”Over the years, I have been lucky to have had the pleasure of playing with a lot of very good footballers, from Olaf Thon to Andi Moller and Lothar Matthaus,” Lehmann wrote in an extract exclusive released to Omnisport. “In the end, however, it was Henry who impressed me most.”Not only with his speed and the spectacle he would create on the pitch but with that so very different, intelligent personality of his. To me, Thierry Henry during his Arsenal years was the best player in the world.”However, the former Germany international details how he almost got on the wrong side of Arsenal’s star striker in one of his first training sessions at the club: “In one of my first training games, I was on a team with Henry, and when he lost the ball once, I did what I still do to this day: get players moving. ‘Hey, Thierry! Go on, pursue the ball, go and get it!'”Henry, whose extraordinary abilities meant he was already considered England’s real king, lifted his head another few inches and abused me in French. Evidently, I had committed lese-majesty. We Germans ousted the nobility more than eighty years ago, I thought to myself, so now, everyone had better run the same length.”Subsequently, after each loss of possession, I goaded him further, until even the others took notice and Henry could no longer simply come to a standstill, wondering what sort of idiot was standing in that goal. Eventually, he ran after lost balls – nothing special to me, but apparently a huge step for our colleagues.”I had not meant to show him up; I merely considered myself a player of a certain status who was in some charge when it came to his team-mates. I was, after all, the only player besides Dennis Bergkamp who had won the UEFA Cup.”I was ahead of even Thierry in that respect, although, of course, he had won the World Cup and the European Championship, just like Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord. Over time, we developed a very, very good relationship based on mutual appreciation.”Thierry Henry ArsenalLehmann found it difficult when Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, claiming there was no one better than the Frenchman during his time in north London.”I was very upset when he left for Spain, and I was not the only one: really, all of English football was mourning, because he had become a kind of common property. His playing ability, his pace, his goal-scoring abilities and his effectiveness had ennobled the entire league,” Lehmann added.”At the height of his fame, no one quite dared attack him properly any more – which made him even more dangerous and, it goes without saying, more royal.”‘Fascinating’ – Daily Mirror #Madness pic.twitter.com/GZXsGUDT3Z— deCoubertin Books (@deCoubertin) November 9, 2017Jens Lehmann’s autobiography ‘The Madness is on the Pitch’, published by deCoubertin, is released on November 14. Visit www.decoubertin.co.uk/Lehmann for details.last_img read more

Even yarg has its uses. Nutritionally imperfect, but ever so tasty

first_imgFootball NOTIFICATIONS AND QUERIESBig Web App has launched its new and improved Premier League notifications. Get more details and sign up here.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSJürgen Klopp has got into the Christmas spirit early and thanked Sky for not ruining his festivities. “To be honest I don’t know when it last happened, that somebody could take something but did not take it, because of common sense,” the Liverpool manage cheered.Carlisle’s Shaun Miller has become the first player to be retrospectively punished for diving, somehow beating Watford’s Richarlison to the dubious honour.Roma have been charged by Uefa over alleged monkey chants towards Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger. The Everton fan who decided to get involved in Europa League fisticuffs by launching a punch in the direction of the Lyon goalkeeper – while holding a child – has been banned from Goodison Park for life. Romelu Lukaku better bagsy his place on the bench because José Mourinho says that man Zlatan could be back playing again in December.And Juan Mata’s Common Goal project has got its first British advocates – Alfie Mawson and Charlie Daniels. THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …STILL WANT MORE?Burnley manager Sean Dyche talks conjecture, beating Chelsea and chances to climb the managerial ladder, in this chinwag with Paul Wilson.Kristof Terreur charts the journey of Kevin De Bruyne, the stubborn boy turned world beater, known as the “tumble dryer” by his best friends.Leaders, vulgar gestures, misers and Mr Shakespeare: here’s yer sports quiz of the week.Is Mesut Özil heading for Manchester? And is Gareth Bale for sale? That and more in today’s Rumour Mill.In-form Watford, another Manchester City goal feast and is this the end for Ronald Koeman? Ten things to look out for this weekend.Simon Burnton chewed the fat with Simon Cox about not one but two glorious Golden Goals (for Swindon Town against Fenerbahce and Walsall)Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!A VERY OLD-FASHIONED STING Read more He also said the team was “cheesed off”. Perhaps this gets to the heart of the matter. Back in April Danny Simpson talked about one of the issues that first turned the players against popular bell-ringing Italian title-winner Ranieri. “After games, we would have chicken burgers and potato wedges and then he changed them to sweet potatoes and pasta,” he whined. “I understand his point but the lads liked what we were used to, chicken and wedges.” This, clearly, is a squad that takes its food seriously. With menus, if not managers, they always resist change.So could this be what the players meant when they talked about being cheesed off? Perhaps, following Shakespeare’s sacking, they are no longer being given cheese. The cheese is off. If this is the case, the Fiver can understand their upset. Cheese, after all, is great. Particularly, say, a decent pecorino, or some creamy taleggio. Even yarg has its uses. Nutritionally imperfect, but ever so tasty.This whole fuss recalls the delicious story concerning Felix Magath’s time at Fulham, when the manager suggested to Brede Hangeland that he might like to spread cream cheese upon his dead leg as a recovery aid. “I merely suggested it could be worth trying applying quark cheese to the injured area,” the German later said. “These false stories are rubbish. I would never tell a doctor what to do. A world-class player in the mould of Michael Ballack or Raúl would never ever make such statements.” Mmmmm … world-class mould. Dolcelatte. Stilton. Roquefort. Magath has a point, those are excellent cheeses.Perhaps Leicester’s players have been benefiting from a similar regimen to Fulham’s back in the day. Now the cheese is off, and they’re worried about the potential damage to their groins and hamstrings. As medicine goes, though, this is not so much quackery as quarkery. Mmmmm … crackery. Such fine accompaniment to a good cheese. Though the Fiver is led to believe that walnut bread also works well.So Leicester are once more plunged into crisis, lost in a managerless fog, their players bewildered. Appleton said there would be “conversations over the coming days” between the squad and the board, and the club suits will doubtless find them extremely awkward. After all, in the Leicester dressing room they only like one kind of board, and it’s got cheese on it. Like a mature cheddar the Foxes have been in a pickle before, but this – like, say, a ripe brie – surely takes the biscuit.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Paul Doyle from 7pm BST for hot MBM coverage of West Ham 1-1 Brighton.QUOTE OF THE DAY“We did not see it, but we read and heard about it. It really helped, it’s welcome but I think Leo helped us a little more than then witch. I respect any kind of belief but we have not crossed this man” – Javier Mascherano thanks the “healer” supposedly brought in to transmit positive energy to the Argentina side before their crucial World Cup qualifying victory against Ecuador in Quito, in which Messi scored a hat-trick. Andrew Durante; Fiver hero, just for one day. Photograph: Tony Mcdonough/AAP Share on Facebook Reuse this content RECOMMENDED WATCHINGMeet Pepe Perretta, the street artist behind the greatest banners in world football.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Sorry to dash his dreams but I (and 1,057 other social media disgrace pendants) feel compelled to point out to Allastair McGillivray that he is not ‘friends’ with Andrew Durante (yesterday’s Fiver) and is not LinkedIn with his Dad. Whilst his connection to football glory might be tenous – he is ‘connected’ [on LinkedIn] to both Andrew and his father” – Graham Haslam “I would like to strongly complain at Allastair McGillivray’s jinxing of New Zealand defender and Wellington Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante in yesterday’s Fiver. Captain Dura has been ruled out for eight weeks with adductor twang, meaning that Mr McGillivray is now exactly as close to international football glory as his LinkedIn pal. Could Mr McGillivray please follow Peru’s Paolo Guerrero, Edson Flores and Christian Ramos on LinkedIn to even it up a bit?” – John Palethorpe“Everybody is understandably happy about no matches being scheduled on Christmas Eve, but meanwhile Man City fans are yet again being shafted on New Year’s Eve. After last year, when our match at Anfield was moved to 5.30pm on NYE, this year our fixture at Palace has been shifted from the 30th to the 31st at midday. I mean, who wants to be out partying when you can be battling with holiday rail schedules to get home?” – John Caley“I’m surprised you didn’t mention that Luis Suárez is partial to in-match dining (yesterday’s Fiver). With regard to Popeye, you assert that he ate spinach from tins because spinach capsules didn’t exit in the 1930s. Notwithstanding that this statement doesn’t make any sense (nothing new there) my extensive enquiries at Boots, Superdrug and Holland & Barrett reveal that they are unaware that spinach capsules even entered the market let alone exited it. You will be gratified to know that they were impressed by The Fiver’s knowledge of the subject” – Mike HollisSend your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … John Palethorpe. Facebook features Share via Email Sean Dyche: ‘I’m not running from Burnley. I’ve never said I want to move’ Share on Pinterest The Fivercenter_img Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Facebook So where’s this witch then, Lionel? Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters Pinterest Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics FETA ACCOMPLI What a confusing time this is to play for Leicester. In February the players engineered the sacking of an unpopular manager, and in October they failed to avert the sacking of a popular one. So what exactly is going on? Are their opinions important or are they not? What is their role in this world? And what is the answer to life, the universe and everything?The team’s caretaker manager, Michael Appleton, described the players as “a bit down in the dumps” because “the feeling within the camp is that there wasn’t much wrong”. Not much wrong, that is, unless you count results, and factor in Leicester’s run of three points from six winless league games. “People were disappointed and wanted questions answering, but I’m not the person for that,” he concluded.last_img read more

World’s Biggest Containership Drops Anchor in Singapore

first_imgzoom The world’s biggest containership CSCL Globe paid a maiden call at Pasir Panjang port, Singapore, the Strait Times writes.The first in a series of five same-sized ships ordered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) dropped anchor in Singapore on Thursday.The behemoth 19,100 TEU vessel embarked on her maiden voyage from Tianjin Port, China on December 1.The mega ship’s 70-day voyage will include calls at Qingdao in Shandong province, Dalian in Liaoning province, Felixstowe in England, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Hamburg in Germany.Measuring 400.0 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth, the vessel is as large as four soccer fields, and will be deployed on the Asia-Europe trade loop.South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries constructed the vessel.The vessel left Singapore at 4pm yesterday and is now headed for Britain, the Singapore daily informed.According to Maritime Traffic data the ship is currently moored at Port Klang, Malaysia.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Amazon to let Alexa users delete recordings via voice command amid mounting

Amazon.com Inc. is updating its Alexa voice software to let users delete recordings of their voice using a spoken command, a move that follows criticism of the company’s privacy practices related to its digital assistant.A coming set of updates will offer users who have opted in online the ability to say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or, similarly, delete their most recent utterance. Previously, the only way to remove recordings was a tool on the Alexa privacy website.“It’s a good step in the right direction,” said Florian Schaub, a professor at the University of Michigan who has researched privacy issues related to smart speakers. Recent reporting and research on Amazon’s digital assistant, he said, likely “helped inform these decisions” by the company. Mozilla exec tells big data committee he was ‘shocked’ by what Alexa recorded Amazon is working on a device that can read emotions based on the sound of someone’s voice Amazon’s Alexa voice command auditors can access customers’ home addresses, sources say Bloomberg reported last month that some Amazon employees listen to users’ voice recordings as part of an effort to improve the software. In some cases, those workers can access the location of the person whose voice they are transcribing. Amazon’s privacy and user policies didn’t explicitly disclose either practice.Meanwhile, a coalition of children’s and privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Amazon had violated children’s privacy laws by giving parents insufficient control of their kids’ data. And CNET reported that even after users delete Alexa voice recordings, a text record of that information lingers on Amazon’s servers. (Amazon said it was working on an update that would remove those text records from all of its systems after a user tries to delete them.)Amazon’s move also comes as other technology giants make a point of touting their own efforts to safeguard user data. Facebook Inc., under fire after a string of privacy scandals, has started emphasizing privacy features. Alphabet Inc.’s Google highlighted its own work on the topic at its developer conference earlier this month, and Apple Inc. has made privacy a cornerstone of recent marketing campaigns.“It could be Amazon feels that they need to be in the same game,” Schaub said.The company also gave its Alexa privacy website a facelift, adding a bit more explanation to how the software works. The company’s Echo Show 5, a new version of the screen-bearing smart speaker line, announced on Wednesday, comes with a shutter that lets customers cover the built-in camera.Bloomberg.com read more

Sudan UN mission suspends operations in areas of South Darfur

In an update on the situation in wider Sudan and the Darfur region, UNMIS listed a number of incidents including a reported attack and robbery on 5 June of two commercial trucks on the Tawilla-Om road in North Darfur by unknown armed men.It further stated that on 4 June in West Darfur armed tribesmen attacked the village of Gosmino, abducted one individual and stole 43 livestock. On 31 May Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) representatives filed a complaint about an alleged attack on civilians at Fornu village in the area of Kutum by armed tribesmen. Earlier this week mission chief Jan Pronk called for an immediate end to rebel violence in Darfur and expressed his concern that rebel factions were fighting in the war-torn region even as the African Union (AU) tried to keep upcoming peace negotiations on track.Mr. Pronk, his Principal Deputy, Taye Zerihoun, and other senior mission officials are scheduled to attend the talks set to begin tomorrow in Abuja, Nigeria, between the Government of Sudan and Darfur’s two rebel groups.Fighting in Darfur flared in early 2003 after rebels took up arms, partly in protest over the distribution of resources. The UN says some 180,000 people have died as a result of the conflict, while another 1.8 million have been forced from their homes, including about 200,000 who fled across the border to neighbouring Chad. read more

AP Source Exxon seeks OK to resume Russian oil venture

FILE – This Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, shows the sign for the Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery in Torrance, Calif. A person familiar with the matter said Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) by Martin Crutsinger And David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 5:20 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email AP Source: Exxon seeks OK to resume Russian oil venture WASHINGTON – Exxon Mobil is seeking permission from the U.S. government for approval to resume drilling around the Black Sea with a Russian partner, state-owned Rosneft, according to a person familiar with the matter.The oil giant’s request is being reviewed by the Trump administration and is certain to draw extra scrutiny because it involves a company formerly run by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who cultivated close ties with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.The drilling venture was blocked when the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia in 2014. Exxon applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from the sanctions in 2015, during the Obama administration, according to the person, who spoke anonymously because the application process is confidential. Exxon has publicly disclosed licenses for other work in Russia that required waivers.An Exxon spokesman said the company declined to comment on ongoing issues.The Treasury Department, which would handle Exxon’s application to drill around the Black Sea, did not respond to a request for comment.A State Department spokesman said Tillerson has recused himself from any matters involving Exxon for two years and is not involved with any decision involving the company before any government agency. Tillerson retired as Exxon CEO at the end of last year. He has known Putin for about two decades — the Russian president awarded Tillerson a special honour in 2013.Irving, Texas-based Exxon disclosed in regulatory filings in 2015 and 2016 that it received three licenses from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to conduct “limited administrative actions” with Rosneft. The company said it was complying with all sanctions regarding investments in Russia.The sanctions were imposed after Russia annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014. Among other things, U.S. companies were prohibited from transferring advanced technology used to drill offshore and in shale formations. Exxon was ordered to stop drilling in the Kara Sea off Russia’s northern coast. The head of Exxon’s Russian partner, Rosneft, was personally blacklisted.As Exxon CEO, Tillerson opposed the sanctions, telling shareholders in 2014 that sanctions were usually ineffective and caused “very broad collateral damage.”Tillerson and Exxon agreed to the venture with Rosneft in 2011. The Russia sanctions have cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. Exxon reported in 2015 that its potential losses related to the Rosneft venture could run to $1 billion.If the sanctions are lifted Exxon could push ahead with lucrative exploration and production opportunities in the Black Sea, Siberia and the Russian Arctic.Exxon’s ambitions could be complicated, however, by concern over what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded were Russian cyberattacks to interfere with the U.S. presidential election last year. Congress is also investigating possible ties between aides to then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian officials.Exxon’s critics said that if the Trump administration approved Exxon’s request, which was reported first by The Wall Street Journal, then Congress should block it on environmental and national-interest grounds.A Greenpeace official, Naomi Ages, said approving Exxon’s request to drill in the Black Sea would give momentum to drilling in the Arctic and “would also send a message to Russia that it can intervene in any country, including the United States, with no consequences.”___Koenig reported from Dallas read more

DR Congo 400000 children in Greater Kasai at risk of severe acute

“These children are among the most vulnerable in the country, and now they face a looming crisis if access to basic services is not restored quickly,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, in a press release. “Without adequate health care, without access to food and clean water, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children are at risk,” she added.Across the five provinces of Greater Kasai, critical health infrastructures are no longer operational due to the conflict. In Central Kasai Province alone, more than one-third of health centers have been forced to close following looting, due to security concerns for staff or lack of medical supplies, depriving children of vital services and medicine.Supplies of food and basic necessities are dwindling, and displacement has forced families to live in conditions with inadequate hygiene or sanitation. “Our priority over the next few weeks is to reach thousands of severely malnourished children that can no longer be cared for in the health centers that have been destroyed,” said Tajudeen Oyewale, acting UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “But insecurity in these remote areas is making our work very challenging.”Even before the latest wave of violence, the Kasai Provinces were among the poorest in the country. More than one in ten children die before the age of five due to lack of adequate health care. Half the children suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. UNICEF needs $40.2 million for its emergency response in Greater Kasai. read more

Football LChristian Blue Smith commits to Ohio State

Ohio State’s top-ranked recruiting class of 2018 received a boost as four-star wide receiver recruit L’Christian “Blue” Smith committed to the Buckeyes Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver is regarded as the 119th-best prospect in the nation by 247Sports Composite and is considered the fourth-best in both the state and at his listed position of athlete.Smith chose the Buckeyes’ offer over other scholarship offers from Michigan, Penn State, Alabama and more. The Wayne High School product from Dayton was first offered a scholarship from the Buckeyes on March 21, 2016 and unofficially visited the school five times, while attending three camps.The commitment of Smith adds to what is already regarded by 247Sports as the best 2018 recruiting class in the nation. Smith becomes the 11th four-star recruit to join the class and the 17th overall prospect to commit to the Buckeyes. The rest of the class is comprised of four five-star recruits and two three-star recruits. read more

Anjem Choudary disciple who radicalised teenager to carry out Lee Rigby style attack

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A disciple of Anjem Choudary, jailed for plotting to behead soldiers, has been freed from prison and is now living within a mile of the notorious hate preacher.Kazi Islam is the latest follower of Choudary to be released after serving half of an eight year sentence.Islam, now aged 24, had tried to groom a vulnerable teenager with learning difficulties to carry out the murder of soldiers and to buy ingredients for a pipe bomb.The Telegraph has discovered that Islam has now returned to the family home, about a mile from where Choudary is living in east London.Islam also lives next door to his uncle Kazi Rahman, a convicted terrorist and another associate of al-Muhajiroun, the banned terrorist group that was headed up by Choudary.Described by a judge as “callous” and “manipulative”, Islam targeted 19-year-old student, Harry Thomas, who had learning difficulties, in an effort to lure him into carrying out a terror attack.He was inspired by the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was beheaded in Woolwich in 2013.Islam encouraged Mr Thomas  – who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome – to start calling himself Haroon, and set about radicalising him by showing him pictures of dead children from war zones in the Middle East.Last year Mr Thomas was jailed after being convicted of an attempted murder in east London.A family source said his life had “spiralled out of control” after he was targted by Islam.The source said: “He never really got over what happened to him and he has never been the same since. He was extremely vulnerable and Kazi Islam deliberately targted him. It has ruined his life.”There are growing fears that former members of al-Muhajiroun are starting to regroup. Its activities were severely disrupted following the detention of Choudary, Britain’s most notorious islamist hate cleric, in 2016 under terror laws for his encouragment to Muslims to join the islamic State. Choudary remains on strict licencing conditions that prevent him communicating with other, known extremists as well as require him to wear an electronic tag and obey a strict curfew.It is likely similar conditions apply to Islam.Other senior figures in al-Muhajiroun – or its various offshoots – who have been released in recent months include Abu izzadeen, formerly known as Trevor Brooks, who acted as the group’s enforcer, and Mizanur Rahman, an internet expert who created private, online chat rooms for Choudary’s followers.A well-placed source said: “The group remains a threat to national security but the disruptions have been very effective. Choudary is now out and back at home. He is somebody who preferred to stay in the comfort of his home in London and encourage others to go and fight. He is a coward, his are not the actions of a warrior.” read more

HIQA report expresses concern over alleged abuse by Gardaí

first_imgAN OFFICIAL REPORT by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has expressed concern about a case relating to a serious allegation of mistreatment by Gardaí during the return of a young person to the campus of a detention centre.Staff at Oberstown detention centre in north Dublin and inspectors were concerned regarding the seriousness of allegations that the vulnerable  young person made and the staff reported these to the Garda Ombudsman. However a recent HIQA report said there was no outcome at the time of a its inspection.Inspectors felt that despite this young person being in the care of the HSE, there was “little external advocacy and intervention on their behalf”.The report found that some staff considered that an allegation by a young person that they were handled roughly by a staff member or a Garda was a complaint and not an allegation of abuse. Inspectors recommended that all staff receive training in the identification and categorisation of child abuse.Of the standards reviewed in the course of the recent inspection by HIQA of Oberstown detention centre, the report said there were no practices that fully met the required standard.While most of the young people in the care of the centre said they felt that day-to-day care offered in the schools was acceptable some young people informed inspectors that staff “should show more respect” and “listen”.The majority of young people who returned questionnaires cited that they had little or no belief in the complaints system and many stated they would not inform staff if they had a complaint.Inspectors criticised the frequency with which young people at Oberstown were separated following incidents. The longest total separation was for 35 hours but one young person was separated for 10 hours per day for seven concurrent days due to a series incident that affected their emotional well-being.The report said young people did not like being locked up within individual units if they misbehaved and those interviewed by inspectors were not aware of their rights in this regard.last_img read more