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Police hunting suspects who rob missionary

first_imgDetectives from A Division are now searching for two men who on Friday pounced on a missionary from the United States and relieved him of 0,000. They have been identified.According to reports, Otis Smith who is a missionary attached to the United Pentecostal Church was making hisInvestigations into the robbery are ongoingway from a city bank and traversing Church Street in the vicinity of St George’s Cathedral when robbery occurred.Based on information, Smith had emerged from an office when a car blocked his path. A gunman exited and lashed Smith on his head and shoulder before snatching the bag with the money. The gunman re-entered the car and escaped.Meanwhile, subsequent to the robbery, two media operatives who witnessed the ordeal gave chase.During a high speed chase the suspects, aware they were being followed, exited the vehicle at Crown and Oronoque Streets, opening gunfire at the vehicle the media operatives were in. Fortunately none of the journalists were injured.Contact was made with A Division Commander Clifton Hicken, who along with his team took over the chase.The men were however able to escape.last_img read more

PNC recommits to APNU coalition, amps up LGE campaign

first_img– at party’s first General Council for 2018Even as the minority Alliance For Change is mulling contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) separate from its governing Coalition partner, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is looking to amp up its campaign efforts at the community level as it recommits to A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition party.The gathering at the PNCR’s General Council on Saturday at Congress PlaceThis was revealed by party leaders on Saturday at the PNCR’s first General Council for 2018, which was held at its Congress Place Headquarters under the theme “PNCR – The Vanguard of a Green Economy”.Delivering the feature address, President David Granger, who is the party’s Leader, pointed out that 2018 would be a very challenging year for the PNCR, and called for steps to be taken to improve its work in communities all across the country in preparation for local government elections.Granger further recommitted the party to its coalition with the APNU. “We are better together, we are not leaving APNU. All five parties will stay together and contest the local government elections,” he said.Referring to the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, the President said Guyana was now in the best place it has ever been in 52 years. He then went on to call for vigilance and attention to the security of the nation. President Granger said the best guarantee of Guyana’s defence was its people. In this regard, he said, “The Militia was on the march again.”The PNCR Leader also emphasised the importance of Community Policing to the security of neighbourhoods and the suppression of crime. The president called on Guyanese to come forward and volunteer for Community Policing. “We have to establish a system which can guarantee the safety of every citizen of this country,” the leader said.Sugar industryTurning his attention to the sugar industry, Granger said a plan was being put in place to keep the sugar industry alive, and that workers whose jobs had been terminated will get their benefits.In his address, which covered several areas of national interest, Granger further called for a revival of the village economy. He stressed the importance of agro-processing, buying and eating local produce, and creating jobs for youth and women.Meanwhile, PNCR Chairman Basil Williams’s presentation called attention to the decision of the Secretary General of the United Nations to refer the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He complimented the work of the Party Leader and President over the last thirty months in securing this outcome.Additionally, the party’s General Secretary Amna Ally, in her report to the gathering, brought the General Council up to date on the state of the Party and the work of the Party Secretariat over the period between General Councils.She informed General Council that the Party was already in campaign mode for the upcoming Local Government Elections, and called for regional leaders to work harder in their communities in order to secure victory in the 62 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and nine municipalities.Ally implored all Party leaders to work relentlessly to achieve success, as she called for good leadership, good governance, and a united Party.The General Council, second highest decision-making forum of the PNCR, meet once every quarter.last_img read more

Resurgent Schalke pose threat to Ancelotti’s Bayern

first_img0Shares0000Schalke have won three of their first four Bundesliga games — including beating Champions League contenders RB Leipzig — under new coach Domenico Tedesco, who is only 32 © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Sep 18 – Following their best start to a Bundesliga season in six years, resurgent Schalke are relishing Tuesday’s home clash with Bayern Munich, whose coach Carlo Ancelotti has faced criticism from one of his former mentors.Schalke have won three of their first four league games, including beating Champions League contenders RB Leipzig, under new coach Domenico Tedesco, who is only 32. They are fourth in the table, one place below champions Bayern, who have an identical record of three wins and a defeat but are third on goal difference.A win in Gelsenkirchen could put Schalke top as current leaders Borussia Dortmund play Hamburg on Wednesday, the same day second-placed Hanover are at Freiburg.But Tedesco is warning his side to not get ahead of themselves.“If you go into the game thinking that you want to lead the table, then you forget all the small steps you need to take,” said the Schalke coach.Nevertheless, there is an air of confidence around the Veltins Arena.“If you play against Bayern you have to step out with your head held high — which we can now do,” said Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who hit the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Werder Bremen.Goretzka, 22, shone at the Confederations Cup in the summer when Germany lifted the trophy but is out of contract next June and likely to be on Bayern’s radar.Bayern hammered Mainz 4-0 on Saturday after suffering a shock league defeat at Hoffenheim a week earlier. Their challenge is proving it was not a one-off.– Robben, Neuer out –“We must confirm that this is not unique,” said Arjen Robben, who scored Bayern’s second goal against Mainz but will be missing in Gelsenkirchen with flu.Bayern have confirmed Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is out after injuring his left foot, the same one he had surgery on for a stress fracture in May. Sven Ulreich will deputise.Juan Bernat and David Alaba are also missing but Thomas Mueller will hope to keep his place after impressing his coach at the weekend.“He played well and was fantastic in his movement, even without the ball,” enthused Ancelotti.Centre-back Jerome Boateng is set to be rested having only just returned from injury.The biggest threat facing Ancelotti and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is keeping the squad together amidst obvious cracks.Hot-shot striker Robert Lewandowski, who has now scored 82 goals in 100 league games for Bayern, has criticised the club’s spending policy.Robben slammed the team’s performance for struggling to break down 10-man Anderlecht before winning 3-0 in the Champions League last midweek. And winger Franck Ribery threw his shirt at the bench in a temper after being substituted in that same game.Now Ancelotti has been criticised by his former coach Arrigo Sacchi.“It looks as though some changes would do Bayern good,” Sacchi, one of Italy’s former top coaches, told German broadcaster Sport1.“One gets older and loses the passion and the absolute will — that’s life,” added the 71-year-old in a thinly-veiled attack on Ancelotti.“I have the impression that the enthusiasm of the team has been lost.”The 58-year-old Ancelotti is one of Europe’s most successful coaches having won three Champions League titles with AC Milan and Real Madrid.As a player, Ancelotti won the European Cup under Sacchi in 1989 and 1990 at Milan.Meanwhile, former Mainz boss Martin Schmidt has been appointed by Wolfsburg to replace Andries Jonker, who was sacked following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at VfB Stuttgart.Schmidt will get an early chance to assess his new charges as they host Bremen on Tuesday evening before going to Bayern on Friday.Fixtures (all times 9:30pm unless stated)Playing TuesdayBorussia Moenchengladbach v Stuttgart (7:30pm), Schalke v Bayern Munich, Augsburg v RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg v Werder BremenPlaying WednesdayCologne v Eintracht Frankfurt 7:30pm), Hertha Berlin v Bayer Leverkusen, Freiburg v Hanover 96, Hamburg v Borussia Dortmund, Mainz v Hoffenheim0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronnie Moore named new Harlepool manager

first_img1 Ronnie Moore has been appointed manager of Sky Bet League Two’s basement club Hartlepool.The 61-year-old is tasked with preserving the Football League status of a side sitting at the foot of the fourth tier, six points adrift of safety and with a minus 24 goal difference.Moore, who was sacked by Tranmere in April of this year for breaching FA betting rules, was in the stands at Burton on Saturday to watch Pools slump to a 4-0 defeat.He replaces Paul Murray who was sacked in the wake of a shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat at home to minnows Blyth Spartans. Murray failed to win a league match in his 45 days in charge at Victoria Park.Moore is best known for leading Rotherham from the fourth tier to the Championship in successive seasons between 1999 and 2001 and has also managed Oldham and Tranmere in the Football League.Pools chairman Peter Harris told the club’s official website: “We’re really pleased Ronnie will be coming in as manager.“We believe having Ronnie in charge will give the club the best possible chance of remaining in the Football League and we will provide him with all the support he needs to help him achieve that.“He is a very experienced manager which is something we felt was needed but he’s also a tough character who is very much prepared for the battle ahead.”Hartlepool earlier on Tuesday confirmed a club takeover at Victoria Park following the sale of owner Increased Oil Recovery’s shares.A brief club statement read: “IOR announce with regret that, after being involved with Hartlepool United Football Club since September 1997 (17 years), the decision has been made to sell its shareholding in the club to TMH 2014 Limited.“IOR wishes the new owners every success and would like to thank all of the staff at the club for giving the owners 100 per cent support over the years, which has been appreciated more than words can say.“We wish them and the team every success for the future.” New Harlepool manager Ronnie Moore last_img read more

Chelsea star wanted by four Italian clubs, including Napoli

first_imgNapoli are one of four clubs to make an offer for Chelsea defender David Luiz.The Brazilian fell out of favour at Stamford Bridge last season under Antonio Conte and made just four appearances in 2018. It has left the centre-back considering his future as he is reluctant to spend another season on the bench.Luiz’s agent is reportedly sounding out interest and, according to UOL Esporte, Napoli and three other clubs are in for him.The Italian club’s interest has been known for a few weeks as their new manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is a fan of the 31-year-old. Luiz didn’t even make the bench for the FA Cup final with Manchester United but celebrated with his team-mates at Wembley. 2 2 The three other sides in for Luiz have remained unnamed, but it is claimed one of them has presented him with the chance to head to China.Such a move could be incredibly lucrative for the Brazilian, but the chance to play in the Champions League with Napoli may be more attractive.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz is set for a move away from the club this summer. last_img read more

Wolves to sign £18m-rated Chelsea target

first_imgAdama Traore is set to become a Wolverhampton Wanderers player imminently.The Middlesbrough man has an £18 million release clause in his contract with the Championship side, which Nuno Espirito Santo wanted to activate. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED targets The winger is blessed with blistering pace moving on Latest Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM center_img LATEST IN DEMAND According to The Sun, the up-front payment will also see the former Barcelona man get the contract he wants at Molineux – although the specifics of this are not clear.The 22-year-old had been linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Chelsea earlier this transfer window. However, the departure of Antonio Conte seems to have scuppered that deal.Traore arrived in the Premier League in 2015 with Aston Villa after arriving from Barca.The Spaniard could not help the Villans avoid relegation in 2016, but stayed in the Premier League with a move to Boro. 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED One of the star players in the Championship last season, he worked tirelessly on improving his final ball under Tony Pulis and was one of the stars of their season.last_img read more

All or nothing for Schalke’s Tedesco

first_img Tags: Germany Bundesligatop Schalke (Silver) lost 1-0 at Freiburg on Tuesday nightGERMANY – All or nothing is the name of the game as Schalke’s beleaguered manager Domenico Tedesco takes his bedraggled troops into Saturday’s home clash with Mainz.The Rhine river club was second last season but five straight losses – the club’s worst ever start to a Bundesliga season – has Tedesco’s side rooted to the bottom of the table.Tuesday’s defeat at Freiburg was the second successive game in which the goal-shy Gelsenkirchen club have been unable to score. Saturday’s opponents Mainz are enjoying the comfort of mid-table security after Wednesday’s barren draw with Wolfsburg took them to eight points, five adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.Pressure is also on the two other Bundesliga sides yet to register victories. At the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Stuttgart, the hosts will be gunning for their first victory against Bruno Labadia’s unbeaten Werder Bremen whereas Hanover face a difficult trip to Frankfurt.Robert Kovac’s Red Devils were unusually lethargic in drawing one-all with Bavarian neighbours Augsburg on Tuesday night. Wholesale changes to the six-time defending champions’ line up disrupted their rhythm and resulted in poor finishing.Front men Sandro Wagner and Serge Gnarby are expected to make way for top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Frank Ribery for Friday’s trip to unpredictable Hertha Berlin.But by far the most captivating fixture takes place at the Bayer Arena in Leverkusen where Heikko Herrlich’s rejuvenated side face Lucien Favre’s free scoring Borussia Dortmund. Leverkusen have recovered from three straight losses at the start of this campaign to post back to back victories over Mainz and Fortuna Düsseldorf.Dortmund have meanwhile upped the ante in the race for the title by launching a goals blitz. Lucien Favre’s yellow and reds were irresistible in Wednesday’s 7-0 triumph over Nuremberg; with defenders Hachim Achraf and Manuel Akanji among the goal scorers.Friday, 28-09-2018-Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich @09:30pmSaturday, 29-09-2018-Nuremberg v Fortuna Düsseldorf @04:30pm-Hoffenheim v Red Bull Leipzig @04:30pm-Schalke 04 v Mainz @04:30pm-VfB Stuttgart v Werder Bremen @04:30pm-Wolfsburg v Gladbach @04:30pm-Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund @07:30pmSunday, 30-09-2018-Frankfurt v Hanover @04:30pm-Augsburg v Freiburg @07:00pmComments last_img read more

‘Research and infrastructure secured A+ grade for Pune varsity’

first_imgPune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), formerly known as the University of Pune, was recently awarded 3.60 points out of 4 and a A+ garde by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The university’s vice-chancellor, Dr. Wasudev Gade, said that superior research quality and vastly improved infrastructure led to the higher grading. (SPPU was graded at 3.10 points in 2011.)In an interview with The Hindu, Dr. Gade said “The NAAC report of 2011, despite awarding us an A grade, had ticked us off, especially on our poor infrastructure. So, one of our top priorities thereafter was to focus on an infrastructure overhaul.”The A+ grade, introduced last year, and the benefit to the university is that it does not have to worry about renewing it for seven years (the A grade is valid for five).Dr. Gade, who took over as a VC in August 2012, said a concentrated effort was made to produce an improvement in the seven assessment criteria, which included teaching quality, research, governance, infrastructure, and student support systems among others.Digital learningDr. Gade cites the SPPU’s digital classroom and e-content learning project, launched last year and funded under the Ministry of Human Resource and Development’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). The e-content learning modules developed at the SPPU’s Learning and Innovation Centre, use sophisticated equipment to create lecture series and panel discussions. Dr. Gade said, “Our e-content project has state-of-the-art features. So, students can learn real-time from experts across the world, and search the library for relevant books.”The establishment of the Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) on the varsity’s 411-acre campus in August 2014 has made it a self-sufficient establishment in advanced research, reducing the dependency on the IITs and the city-based Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER). The centre houses six highly-sophisticated instruments — imported from Switzerland and Singapore, costing between ₹15 crore and ₹20 crore — for advanced research techniques, like nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. In addition, the CIF houses a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM).Dr. Gade said, “This infrastructural upgradation undoubtedly improved our standing at the time of the NAAC assessment.”Check on plagiarismOn plagiarism, the V-C said, “We were determined to root out plagiarism and any other form of malpractice. “At the same time, we determined to be prolific in our output, with the number of papers produced more than doubling, from 1,596 publications in 2011 to 4,426 till the end of 2016.”Dr. Gade said the introduction of the Turnitin software in 2014 helped considerably to rein in plagiarism, besides aiding to separate the wheat from the chaff in doctoral submissions.He said, “This measure finally helped improve our standing with our global counterparts. It has now become mandatory for all PhD and MPhil students to put their theses for ‘originality’ tests through the Turnitin software. Without this, further assessment procedures are not be initiated.”In addition, an ‘Ethics Committee’, to strictly monitor the content of doctoral submissions, was set-up in 2013-14 to ensure that only research papers with a degree of originality, which could be published in high-quality, high-impact journals, were produced.last_img read more

Fadnavis is our candidate for CM: Rajnath Singh

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began its campaign for the coming Assembly elections with the Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declaring on Thursday that Devendra Fadnavis was the chief ministerial candidate for the polls to be contested jointly with Shiv Sena. Mr. Singh was flagging of the first phase of the one-month-long Mahajanadesh Yatra at Mozari in Amarvati. Mr. Fadnavis will travel approximately 4,384 km covering 32 districts in the two phases of the yatra. Mr. Singh declared that the BJP-Sena alliance would win 250 seats under the leadership of Mr. Fadnavis.“Somebody was telling me that our target for Maharastra is 220. But we believe if both parties come together we can win at least 250 seats. The workers should go from door-to-door to tell voters that Devendra Fadnavis will be chief ministerial candidate,” Mr. Singh said while listing out the achievements by the government in the last five years. The yatra will cover 668 km in Konkan, 812 km in western Maharashtra, 1,232 km in Vidarbha, and 633 km and 1,069 km in north Maharastra and Marathwada respectively. Addressing party workers and the people, who had to wait for over four hours for the leaders to arrive, Mr. Singh fully endorsed the leadership of Mr. Fadnavis, and said, “If someone asks me how has Maharashtra Chief Minister performed past five years, I would say Devendra Fadnavis has done wonders for the State. Earlier, many people had doubts if he would be a responsible administrator at a young age but Mr. Fadnavis has shown in five years has won the trust of every person.” He said steps taken by the State have reduced drought and farm suicides. “I do not want to claim that farmers’ suicide is fully eliminated, but the work by the government in the next five years, if voted back to power, will bring these numbers to zero in this State. Farm income too will double by 2022,” the Union minister said. Earlier, listing out the achievements of his government, Mr. Fadnavis asked people to vote him and his back to power, with a majority. “My government has made fighting drought a priority. If you want me to continue this battle and make the State free of drought and water scarcity through programmes such as Jal Yukta Shivar, do vote me back to power. Give me a thumping mandate,” he said. Mr. Fadnavis said their work has proved to be a magnet for others to join, even thoughthe party is not trying to woo anyone. “The BJP has never chased anyone. We will take in those leaders who are capable and put a ‘housful’ board for the rest,” he said while referring to exodus of Opposition MLAs to the BJP ranks over the past few weeks. The Chief Minister said he was launching the yatra to connect with the people and let them know of his government’s achievements. “We have done in three years what the previous governments could not do in 15 years. Several projects which were stuck were cleared, and I challenge anyone for an open debate on the pace of the works done by us,” he said. Mr. Singh also praised the Union government for taking several bold steps, including firming up defence capabilities, and the decision on triple talaq. “The Congress in the Shah Bano case did not muster enough courage and instead went against the mandate of the Supreme Court to make a law. But when our government saw that triple talaq was leaving lakhs of women to fend for themselves, we took a progressive decision,” he said.last_img read more

Micromax Bharat 5 to launch in India today, expected to sport dual rear cameras, large battery

first_imgMicromax is all set to unveil the Bharat 5 smartphone today, which will be the successor to the Bharat 4. The newest budget handset comes following a string of entry-level Bharat phones in recent months that includes the Bharat 3, Bharat 4 and JioPhone-rival Bharat 1 and Bharat 2 Ultra. As per the media invite sent out and teasers on social media platforms, the Bharat 5 is expected to highlight a dual camera setup and large battery at a budget price point.The Bharat 5 is expected to be a 4G VoLTE smartphone with an affordable price tag much like the previous Bharat 4 and Bharat 3. As per the image on the invite, the front of the handset will look similar to the predecessors with bezels all around the display, a selfie camera and earpiece on the top and navigation keys on the chin. The rear panels suggests a dual camera setup, which could comprise of two 5-megapixel sensors. The company also posted a teaser on Thursday highlighting a large battery capacity, which is expected to be around 5000mAh, or twice that of the Bharat 4.Also Read: Micromax sold 5 Lakh Bharat 2 smartphones in 50 daysApart from the design, not much else is known about the Bharat 5 as of now. As the phone will succeed the Bharat 4, we can expect some minor upgrades under-the-hood. To recall, the Bharat 4 was launched running on Android 7.0 Nougat and sporting a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6737 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front and back and houses a 2500mAh battery. The 4G VoLTE-supported phone was launched at Rs 4,999.advertisementThe Bharat-series have been known to bear an affordable price tag. The Bharat 5 with an expected dual rear camera system and a large battery capacity could be priced a little over Rs 5,000. We’ll know everything about the Bharat 5 in a few hours so stay tuned.last_img read more

Maharaja of Kashmir’s vintage sports car on auction in UK

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Oct 31 (PTI) A rare vintage sports car originally owned by Hari Singh, the last Maharaja of Kashmir, will be the highlight of an auction in London in December.The 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer, recognised among the finest British sports cars of the vintage era, is estimated to fetch between 330,000 pounds and 390,000 pounds when it comes up in the Bonhams Bond Street Sale on December 2. The car will go on limited display at the auction house’s New Bond Street store on Thursday and Friday this week. “This is the finest 30-98 ever offered by Bonhams, and its rare aluminium body and extraordinary specification makes it one of the most important examples in existence, said Sholto Gilbertson, Department Director at Bonhams.Its fascinating history only adds to the significance of this motor car, and we look forward to offering it at our Bond Street Sale, he said.According to experts, the car is an “incredibly special example of its kind as the Maharaja known as a particular and exacting ruler wanted it to be as symmetrical as possible.” He ordered an extra handbrake on the passenger’s side, a door on the passenger’s side (non-standard) and a split windscreen, though he drew the line at two steering wheels. The car passed through several important owners in India, Pakistan, the US and the UK, including the legendary car collector and master watchmaker George Daniels and Ed Roy, an influential Bostonian in the motoring world and president of the Vintage Sports-Car Club of America.advertisement Hari Singh, one of the most important figures of Kashmiri history, acceded to the throne of Jammu and Kashmir in 1925 and made quick changes to laws that he considered outdated and cruel. He made primary education compulsory, outlawed child marriage and allowed all lower castes access to places of worship. Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. PTI AK PMSPMSlast_img read more

Real Madrid jump to fifth in La Liga standings after 2-0 win vs Valencia, Espanyol lose

first_imgReal Madrid produced another unconvincing display on Saturday but rode their luck to earn a 2-0 win at home to Valencia which allowed them to climb to fifth in the La Liga standings and soothe their recent troubles.The European champions, who were humbled 3-0 by tiny Eibar last week, took a fortuitous lead when Valencia midfielder Daniel Wass nodded a Dani Carvajal cross into his own net in the eighth minute after former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista had failed to clear the danger.The visitors, knocked out of the Champions League in mid-week, let Madrid off the hook on three occasions in the second half when Santi Mina and Paulista failed to hit the target with glorious chances from inside the area.Valencia’s Michy Batshuayi was then denied by his fellow Belgian and former Chelsea team mate Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal and moments later, down the other end, Lucas Vazquez sealed a barely deserved yet vital win in the 83rd minute, completing a quick-fire counterattack spearheaded by the tireless Carvajal.The win enabled Real to capitalise on Espanyol’s 3-0 defeat at Getafe and leapfrog the Catalans into fifth place on 23 points, three behind La Liga leaders Sevilla who visit Alaves on Sunday and two from champions Barcelona, who host Villarreal.Real’s mood after last week’s debacle in Eibar had been lifted by a 2-0 win over AS Roma which sealed top spot in their Champions League group.They were missing Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Marcelo though Spain midfielder Isco returned to the squad after a highly-publicised exclusion against Roma but still did not make the line-up. Homegrown midfielder Marcos Llorente was rewarded for his mature display on Tuesday with another starting berth.advertisementLlorente provided some much-needed balance to the team which has been lacking in the absence of usual anchor Casemiro, and Madrid controlled the first half without giving their fans much to get excited about besides their opening goal.Valencia came out with renewed energy and spirit in the second half and took the game to Madrid but failed to keep their cool whenever they managed to find an opening.”We are tired after two very demanding games but we’re very happy with the victory,” Carvajal told reporters.”We had a very good first half then Valencia took a step forward in the second half and had a couple of chances but they left space open and we managed to finish them off.”last_img read more

Pakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed likes underdog label for World Cup

first_imgPakistan’s Sarfaraz Ahmed likes underdog label for World CupPakistan will have an edge over other teams in the 2019 World Cup as they get to practice in England, playing the host country for a T20 and ODI series, before the mega event starts.advertisement Associated Press LahoreApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 20:52 IST Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is unaffected with his team labeled underdogs for the 2019 World Cup. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will play a 5-match ODI series vs England before the World CupPakistan will take on West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31Pakistan beat India in the final to win the 2017 Champions TrophyCaptain Sarfaraz Ahmed likes that Pakistan are considered an underdog entering the World Cup beginning next month in England but insisted that despite the label, the 15-member squad is well prepared.”When a team goes (to the World Cup) as a favorite, I think it’s a problem,” Ahmed told reporters in Lahore, Pakistan, on Tuesday during the last day of training camp. “We have a good team. We are going as underdogs and it’s very good for Pakistan.”Pakistan were ranked last in the Champions Trophy in England two years ago before they won the eight-team event under Ahmed’s captaincy, defeating India by a massive 180-run margin in the final.They will leave Tuesday for England, where it will play a Twenty20 international and five-match ODI series against England before taking on the West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31.Pakistan left fast bowler Mohammad Amir out of the World Cup squad but provided the left-armer another opportunity to excel during the ODI series against England.The ICC set May 23 as the deadline for teams to change their World Cup squad without seeking permission.Amir, who took 3-16 in the Champions Trophy final, has taken just five wickets in the 14 ODIs in which he has since played. That left the selectors with no other choice than to drop him for the World Cup.Ahmed hoped Amir could do well during the ODI series against England, but Ahmed said he and coach Mickey Arthur were clear about what the team will be for the World Cup.advertisement”Amir has an opportunity to improve in the coming five-match (series),” Ahmed said. “We have a very good bowling combination as we have picked six fast bowlers to rotate during the ODI series against England.”Also selected were all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is yet to fully recover after injuring a hand during the Pakistan Super League, and leg spinner Shadab Khan, who was ruled out of the ODI series against England with an illness.Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said on Thursday he favored all-rounder Imad Wasim getting a World Cup spot despite also not being fit – a point on which Ahmed agreed.”Imad Wasim has been struggling with his knee, otherwise he has cleared all his fitness tests,” Ahmed said. “We think he is better for our combination and that’s why we have selected him.”While 11 of those selected competed in the Champions Trophy, 18-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain and opening batsman Abid Ali will be playing for the first time in England.Hasnain, who played with Ahmed for the Quetta Gladiators in the PSL, bowls at an express pace of 150 kph (93 mph). Ali scored a century in his debut ODI against Australia in the United Arab Emirates last month.Ahmed also spoke fondly of the discussion players had last week with Prime Minister Imran Khan, under whose leadership Pakistan won the World Cup in Australia in 1992.”It was a very good meeting,” Ahmed said. “Imran Khan told us to fight boldly (during the World Cup) and gave us very useful tips during an hour-long meeting.”Like his captain, Arthur also remains hopeful of Pakistan’s chances of winning the World Cup a second time.”We’ve worked really hard over the past two years and we are well prepared for the event,” Arthur said. “We are as prepared as we can be. We have to bring (out) all our capabilities to produce results in our favor.”Also Read | I backed Kohli when Dhoni and Kirsten had not heard of him: VengsarkarAlso Read | Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan ruled out of England series due to illnessAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow PakistanFollow Sarfaraz AhmadFollow 2019 World CupFollow EnglandFollow west indiesFollow Pakistan vs Englandlast_img read more

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal march on at French Open

first_imgParis: Roger Federer made short work of Argentinian Leonardo Mayer to become the oldest man in 28 years to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open on Sunday, while Rafael Nadal claimed his 90th Roland Garros win. The 37-year-old Federer, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, claimed a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over world number 68 Mayer in a sweltering 32 degrees and will face either Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas or close friend and fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the last eight. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunFederer, the 2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open. “It’s fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris,” said Federer who last played the tournament in 2015 when he lost in the quarter-finals to Wawrinka. Tsitsipas defeated Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January. “I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”I will need to play like this again against either Stan or Tsitsipas.” Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men’s list. Despite leading Wawrinka 23-3 in career head-to-head meetings, Federer said he still remembers his quarter-final loss to his friend in Paris four years ago. “I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!” Federer didn’t face a break point in the fourth-round match against an outclassed Mayer on Court Philippe Chatrier. Reigning champion Nadal continued his bid for a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title by beating Grand Slam debutant Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. World number 78 Londero had his moments, breaking Nadal when 4-1 down in the third set, but the 17-time major champion always looked too strong, powering 40 winners past the Argentinian. Nadal will face either Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori or home favourite Benoit Paire in his 38th Grand Slam quarter-final. “I am very happy. Juan is a very good player so I congratulate him and his team,” said Nadal. “It’s an incredible feeling to be in another quarter-final at this tournament which has been the most special of my career.” The 32-year-old Spaniard has only been defeated twice in his French Open career and has a 10-2 record over Nishikori while he has yet to lose to Paire in four matches. In a wide-open women’s draw after the shock exits of top seed Naomi Osaka and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova reached her maiden major quarter-final by thrashing Anastasija Sevastova. The unseeded Czech, ranked 38th, overcame a tame effort from Latvian 12th seed Sevastova, winning 6-2, 6-0 in only 59 minutes. “You can’t expect you’re going to play quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, but I played some tough matches,” said Vondrousova. “I’m just happy with my game.” She will face 31st seed Petra Martic for a semi-final spot, after the Croatian followed up her third-round upset of second seed Karolina Pliskova by coming from a set down to beat Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi. The 28-year-old booked her place in the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory. British number one Johanna Konta continued her comfortable progress through the draw by seeing off Croatia’s Donna Vekic to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final since Wimbledon in 2017. The 26th seed overpowered Vekic 6-2, 6-4 to set up a last-eight tie with either last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens or 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza. “I feel fortunate to have played in the why I did against a player like Donna,” she said. On Saturday, Japanese star Osaka’s bid for a third successive Grand Slam title found an underwhelming conclusion with an erratic display in defeat by Katerina Siniakova, before Williams crashed out in similarly poor fashion to fellow American Sofia Kenin.last_img read more

First Nations mom threatened with expulsion after social work program says babies

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsA mother from Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick has filed a human rights complaint against St. Thomas University for discrimination after the school told her not to bring her infant to class.Keyaira Gruben was pregnant when she started the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program (MMBSW) – a program designed for Indigenous students.Her daughter was born in October 2017.She did not think bringing her newborn to class would be a problem but administrators of the social work program started receiving complaints from the students.“My daughter is not a distraction and I have every right to bring my baby to class,” said Gruben.Gruben first heard about the complaints last January.She was asked to put her child in day care, but her daughter would not be old enough until October and she said she had no choice but to bring her to class.“The university website says, ‘a culturally-relevant curriculum that reflects First Nation holistic experiences,’ so I thought babies would be welcomed.“I mean there were two pregnant women and a new mom in the class in the first year, they knew we would be breastfeeding,” said Gruben.Jeffrey Carleton, the associate vice-president of communications told APTN News in a telephone interview that the complaints were investigated by the program’s Steering Committee.“It was determined that is was not a proper working environment and the other students were concerned about the learning environment, it was proving to be a distraction due to noise and activity,” said Carleton.Gruben said she received an email from the department’s steering committee last January.It said the program needed to develop a policy to determine how much time infants can be in the classroom, child care outside the classroom, and accommodation for nursing mothers in and outside the classroom.Gruben is not the only one who has had this problem.Tracey Morrison’s son was six weeks old when she started the same class in September 2017.Morrisson lives in Listuguj First Nation and had to leave her family at home to attend the program.“I had to bring my baby, I was breastfeeding, and he was too young to be away from me,” she told APTN News.The university said tried to make accommodations, but the issue has not been resolvedEarly this month, Gruben received an email from Marilyn Dupre, the director of social work:“… you will not be able to bring your child into classes next week during periods of instruction or small group exercises. If you choose not to comply with this direction, the MMBSW Steering Committee may recommend that you be withdrawn from the MMBSW Program.”The program’s website says among other things “…an opportunity to receive social work education within a flexible and culturally relevant framework.”The department started receiving complaints from students and instructors that the three infants in the classroom were a distraction within the first fall term of classes.“At the beginning it was no problem at all to bring the baby. We were all so excited to be in the program. It took a lot of preparation to get accepted into the program. It is a good program,” said Morrison.Sandra Germain has been the program coordinator for the last 14 years.“The majority of the people on the steering committee are First Nations. We do everything we can to accommodate all the students, they come to listen and learn.There was a lot of distraction for an intense week. We have gone above and beyond accommodating others in the class.”St. Thomas University had no policy in place. Complaints in the past were resolved within the classroom between the instructors and the students.Until now.Student Christina Taylor of Esgenoopetipj First Nation was also pregnant when she started the program. Her daughter was born in the middle of September 2017.“I got permission from my instructor to bring my baby to the classroom, but then I was asked about childcare. I was breastfeeding, it caught me off guard. I felt like I was a bother,” said Taylor.The mothers were given until April 13, 2018 to find child care.The committee also asked that moms take their babies outside the classroom as soon as the babies start to fuss, need changing or any other care.“We created an additional space where it would allow a place for the mothers to breastfeed, care for their children and comfort them outside the classroom. And we encouraged the mothers to bring child care providers to stay in the room while the mothers were able to attend the class,” said Carleton.The three moms felt segregated.“It was unsettling. I felt coerced into this room, out of sight, out of mind, not inclusive, I felt bullied,” said Gruben.Taylor said the whole situation was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting and trying to obtain good grades and prepare for our profession.“In the room, we were not able to properly engage. We didn’t think it was fair and it didn’t match with teachings of decolonization and we couldn’t implement decolonization within our own classroom. It could have been handled better,” said Taylor.Fellow student, Chris Wysote of Listuguj First Nation wrote a letter supporting the mothers. He said as an Indigenous man and father he could not stand by while the mothers were intimidated.“My wife went through this program with our daughter always there. At the beginning of our class, the babies were welcomed, so we didn’t understand why this all changed,” said Wysote.He believed that Indigenous values would be part of and respected in the program. He realized that was not the case.“The situation should have been solved by culturally based conflict resolution. We asked for a talking circle, with Elders. We were refused. We felt hopeless and lost,” said Wysote.Germain said previous talking circles were not helpful and the decision was made by the steering committee.Gruben said the program was teaching Indigenous values but not putting them into practice.“They were not listening to Indigenous voices, they dehumanized my identity and shut out my voice. We are learning Indigenous ways, but it is colonialized.”Gruben reached out to her community for support.Chief Gabriel Atwin of Kingsclear First Nation wrote in a letter to the president of St. Thomas University, dated May 7, 2018.“By excluding Keyaira and her daughter, not only does this contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but this makes the program complacent and accepting of colonial mandates and patriarchal ideologies.”The Indigenous Women’s Association of the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq Territories also wrote, on November 8, 2018,“The resurgence of our culture and ceremonial way of life is paramount in educational institutions, given all the truth and reconciliation efforts made to date. This issue speaks to the lack of reconciliation efforts made by STU.”Elder in residence at the University of New Brunswick, Imelda Perley said traditions supports mothers and children are medicine.“We should be concerned about the well-being of mothers, respect culture, values and encouraging traditional customs. Academia should not have a public mask and a private mask.”Gruben said the baby policy is to oppress.“Emotionally crushed my spirit many times. I want the baby policy changed so babies are accepted, and I am meeting with other Indigenous groups to raise awareness,” she said.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

Two Private Muslim Schools Opening in Nanterre France

Rabat – Two new private Muslim schools will open in September in Nanterre, a commune in the Hauts-de-Seine in the western suburbs of Paris, France.According to Le Parisien, the French Ministry of Education has granted approval for the implementation of these two private schools that will offer Arabic courses and optional classes on Islam.The first school will be in a new building – still under construction- at 227 Boulevard Georges Clemenceau. Named “Ibn Badis”, the educational institution comprises of a school and a mosque, financed by Association Orientation, an association established many years ago in Nanterre.The school will begin the new school-year with eight classes of about 150 students in first grade level (CP) and secondary students (5th and 6th grades).The second school,“Luqman”, which derives its name from the wise man Luqman for whom Surat Luqmanin the Qur’an was named, is located at 138 Pablo PicassoAvenue.Luqman School, run by the Initiative for the Development of an Alternative Education Association (IDEAL), which has been promoting alternative education since 2014, will start to offer Arabic courses in addition to educational activities for children in the district,starting in September.“The students will follow the national education program, supervised by teachers who have completed the course successfully,” said Kamel, head of IDEAL.The above-referenced courses in both schools will be provided before or after the compulsory school attendance of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Nanterre.The registration fees will amount to 2,000 Euros (about $2,202) per year without student food.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more