Amarinder seeks Gadkari’s help

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday sought the personal intervention of Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for expeditious clearance of road projects in the historic towns of Sultanpur Lodhi, Batala and Dera Baba Nanak. The towns are associated with the life of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, whose 550th ‘Parkash Parv’ (birth anniversary) is being observed this month.Extra funds In a letter to Mr. Gadkari, the Chief Minister thanked the Centre for acceding to the request of the Punjab government related to the projects and announcements in this regard, especially the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate smooth and easy access to Kartarpur Sahib. In view of the historic importance of these religious towns, Capt. Singh sought an additional allocation of ₹150 crore under the Central Road Fund for the upgradation of the road network in Sultanpur Lodhi, Batala, Dera Baba Nanak and Gurdaspur.Capt. Singh also asked for four-laning of a 21.3 km stretch of the Jalandhar-Kapurthala-Sultanpur Lodhi NH-703-A, which is currently two-laned, at an estimated cost of ₹260 crore. The highway connects the holy town of Sultanpur Lodhi with the rest of Punjab and beyond. “Certain stretches of this highway are already four-laned… but due to the expected increase in pilgrim traffic during the upcoming celebrations, it was imperative to four-lane the stretch of 21.3 km,” he wrote in the letter on Sunday.National Highway status The Chief Minister also urged Mr. Gadkari to declare the Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib-Kapurthala Road a national highway as it is related to the life of Guru Nanak Dev and connects Sultanpur Lodhi with Amritsar. He apprised the Minister of the central government’s grant of in-principle approval for declaration of the road as a national highway.Capt. Singh added that in view of the announcement to open the Kartarpur Corridor, Dera Baba Nanak should be connected with Batala by a four-laned highway to enable devotees visit Kartarpur Sahib on a shorter route. Notably, Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district is of great religious significance as Guru Nanak Dev spent 14 years of his life here and attained enlightenment, before embarking on his missionary travels.last_img read more

Durham ready to play in semis despite sprained ankle

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESAlen Durham limped his way to help Meralco close out Blackwater 104-96 in the quarterfinals of PBA Governors’ Cup, but he vowed he would be up and running against Star in the semifinals.The Bolts’ import sprained his right ankle with 7:05 left in the do-or-die game against the Elite, but he knows he will be in peak shape once the Star series starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PH side looking to overachieve in Asian Baseball Championship LATEST STORIES Durham said it was pure adrenaline that helped him mask the pain as he finished with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.“It’s a little tender now, you know the adrenaline of the game kind of wore off so the pain is starting to set in,” said Durham Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We [the doctors and I] will do some treatment tomorrow and get ready for Sunday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite limping on one leg, Durham managed to register six points, four rebounds, and one assist after the injury.“I’ll be ready for Sunday, the doctor’s already got a plan of action and we’ll get back and work in it tomorrow,” said Durham. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View commentslast_img read more

Asiad hockey tournament: Pakistan trounce India 7-1 to clinch gold

first_imgNever had defeat seemed blacker. On a perfect winter’s afternoon, before more than 25,000 spectators in the renovated National Stadium, and millions more in front of TV sets, the sun stopped shining for Indian hockey.The match of the IX Asiad, the final of the Asiad hockey tournament on December 1,Never had defeat seemed blacker. On a perfect winter’s afternoon, before more than 25,000 spectators in the renovated National Stadium, and millions more in front of TV sets, the sun stopped shining for Indian hockey.The match of the IX Asiad, the final of the Asiad hockey tournament on December 1 between India and Pakistan, turned out to be cruelly one-sided: 70 minutes of stickwork on the blazing green astroturf and the green-shirted Pakistanis thumped the boards of the Indian goal an incredible seven times for the gold medal.For India there was just the silver lining and cries of ‘shame!’ from the crowd. As a depressed team member moaned in his room at the Asian Games Village after the catastrophe: “The humiliation lies not so much in the defeat as in the margin. The entire nation was keyed up and we let them down.”It had not seemed that way when play began punctually under a crisp sky with thousands of paper Indian flags fluttering in the stands.Captain Zafar Iqbal pushed a penalty stroke past Pakistani goalkeeper Shahid Ali to put India up 1-0 four minutes after the bully-off.Pakistani players hug Hassan Sardar after he had scored the team’s fourth goalBut that solitary goal looked more and more pathetic as the seconds ticked by, Pakistan are, according to legend, taught to play with an imaginary two-goal handicap at the back of their minds, and their forward line demonstrated the ultimate in marauding opportunism, getting past an Indian defence that might not have been there for all the good it did, and goalkeeper Ranjan Negi who had a knack for being yards out of his preserve just when an opposing forward was in it.Goal Rush: First Kalimullah levelled scores with a brilliant run that left Negi stranded at the top of the ‘D’. Then Hanif found the net with a deflection off a Kalimullah shot. Before half-time, Manzoor Jr beat Negi again. After the teams changed sides, the great Hassan Sardar, nursing a strained thigh, scored off a Samiullah pass. Manzoor Sr heftily converted a penalty corner. Kalimullah drove the last nail into the coffin when he flicked a penalty stroke award past the hapless Negi.advertisementEven as the Indians wilted rapidly under the Pakistani thrust, the gloom spread to the highest places. Mrs Gandhi reportedly sent aide R.K. Dhawan to Rajiv Gandhi, asking him to do something about the goalkeeper – the score then was 4-1.Rajiv retorted that such changes were the prerogative of the captain, the manager and the coach. Just then, another spectator close by remarked that Haryana Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, with his flair for horse-trading, ought to be asked to try and ask the Pakistanis to defect.As the jubilant Pakistanis received their gold medals from Vice-President M. Hidayatullah, they were, cheered lustily by the crowd.The Indians, meanwhile, were picking over the bones; Gursewak Singh, the chef de mission of the Indian Asiad squad, summed up the whys of the disaster: “First, our defence could not contain their attack: at times they fell too far back; at other times, when the ball was in the ‘D’ they were up front.Kalimullah’s run that left Negi strandedThe astroturf is very fast, and they should have remembered that. Moreover, our goalkeeper appeared to have been spooked – he was having a very bad match and should have been changed – he was too demoralised to put up any fight later. Of our forwards, Mohammed Shahid and Zafar Iqbal were well-marked and could do little.All the explanations could not, however, wipe out the sorrow. Two days after the loss, a feeling of utter despair hung over the Indian camp at the Asian Games Village.Coach Balbir Singh Jr would say nothing beyond repeating “nothing fails like failure” over and over again. Manager Balbir Singh Sr asked bitterly: “What’s the point in saying anything? People will ask what right we have to comment after losing in such a shameful manner.” A player said: “Our full backs simply weren’t there. Negi often ended up facing the Pakistani forwards alone.”Markedly Inferior: The defeat was particularly galling for a team that had scored over Pakistan 5-4 at Amsterdam only six months ago.Even attack and defence statistics point to Pakistani superiority on that black Wednesday. Pakistan converted their only penalty stroke; India missed one out of two. Pakistan converted one of their seven penalty corners; India converted none out of 10.Pakistani forwards shot nine times at the Indian goal and scored on five occasions; the Indians made 11 attempts at the goal: one went wide, goalkeeper Shahid stopped 10. Says Gursewak Singh: “Our attack was good until the top of the ‘D’. But then it invariably broke up – we just couldn’t make the kill.”advertisementAshwini Kumar, former head of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is emphatic that the Indians lost through no fault of their own. According to Kumar, the Indians’ 5-3-2 combination left the defence weak, and was ill-suited to astroturf which is extremely fast and where – because it slopes on all four sides to help drainage – the shots curved slightly, disorienting the Indians so that they fumbled with their interceptions.On the other hand, the Pakistanis played the 4-2-3-1 array, which gave them man-to-man marking in the defence and a powerful forward line. Says Kumar: “Negi was not to blame. The wingers shot the ball in front of him 31 times that day; his backs were not there, and the Indian inside forwards were tired out shuttling back and forth to help the defence. The margin 7-1 was inevitable. We can win if we change tactics.”Despite the humiliation felt by every Indian at the ground or watching on television that gloomy day, the IHF kept up the grand tradition of Indian sports bodies by not offering even an apology.The executive committee of the IHF held a meeting less than 24 hours after the final and only one member suggested that they should resign en masse: this was not approved. But heads did roll in the team: Negi out, Neel Kamal in; Charanjit Kumar out, Jalaluddin in.The IHF decided not to call off the trip to Melbourne starting December 6 for the Esanda Cup Tournament and the manager and coach retained their charges. IHF President lnder Mohan Mahajan, who has been president for two years now, had no excuses. He said: “It simply wasn’t India’s day – every player from the forwards to the goalkeeper was off colour.”He adds, however: “I wouldn’t say that the Pakistanis played extraordinarily well – they played their normal game and took full advantage of our lapses. However, there is no excuse for our display.”Mahajan brushed aside reports that politics played a part in selection: “We can’t possibly select every hopeful. Every time we select one of two, the rejected player accuses us of politicking. What can we do?”Tactics Problems: The speed of the game on the astroturf was, according to the pundits, what caught the Indians off guard, although they have been practising on it for six months now. Mahajan says that tactics might have to be changed to some extent for the fast surface.Says he: “Two full backs cannot cope with a fast attack and like the Europeans we too may have to introduce a sweeper to help them.” He adds: “I have full faith in our boys, though they are very disappointed just now. I’m sure they will do well soon.”advertisementAs the gloom of December 1 lifted slightly, officials were convincing themselves that the Pakistanis were not really all that superior. Said Gursewak Singh: “The 7-1 score is misleading in that there is not so much difference in the two teams – normally, there would be a difference of one or two goals. Ours was a much younger side and the Pakistanis were more seasoned. In fact, their age average is much higher and there was serious talk of making big changes in their team, but now I suppose they will postpone it.”He asserts that there is not much difference in selection or training but says that the one advantage the Pakistanis have is that nearly all hockey players are from a region between Lahore and Gujranwala – a distance of 120 km. “Therefore,” says Singh, “they are normally more well-knit while our disparities of region work as a handicap sometimes.”The Asiad agony will be long in the soothing. Last fortnight, the Indian team flew to Australia. Days before they left, a player remarked: “We can beat Pakistan all right, but when will we get a chance to beat them in front of our home crowds?”Another commented wryly: “Since the Amsterdam defeat Pakistan made only one change – they got another goalkeeper. We have done the same. Let’s see if that changes fortunes for us as it did for them.” It did: 10 days after the December 1 defeat, the Indians wiped away some of the shame by beating Pakistan 2-1 at Melbourne.last_img read more

Mourinho’s bus escort complaints dismissed by police

first_imgClaims from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that his side were denied a police escort prior to their Champions League group stage clash against Valencia have been rebuffed by the force, who are laying the blame squarely at the feet of the Old Trafford side.The Red Devils arrived at Old Trafford only 45 minutes prior to kick off of their encounter against the Spanish side, forcing them to delay the start of the match by five minutes as a consequence.The embattled Mourinho claimed that the embarrassing situation was due to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) refusing their request for an escort to the match, thereby leaving the squad to stew in traffic for 75 minutes as they made their way from the Lowry Hotel in Salford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We left the hotel at 6 p.m. hoping that 30 minutes would be enough,” said Mourinho. “It usually is.”But this time the police refused to do an escort, so we came by ourselves.”From the Lowry Hotel we took 75 minutes. “UEFA and the referee were nice to allow the match to start five minutes late.”It was not a problem with club organisation. We were informed that the police refused an escort.”However, Chief Inspector Andy Sutcliffe, GMP’s Silver Commander for the fixture, indicated that Mourinho’s version of events is not strictly true.In a statement, he said: “All police deployments are carried out following a comprehensive risk assessment process and, specifically in respect of escort team buses, are only ever undertaken on occasions when there is intelligence or information to suggest a risk of threat or harm to the players.“GMP has previously used police vehicles to accompany a team’s coach but after a review of our core policing responsibilities, it was decided that we would no longer provide this service at every fixture.“We consulted with the relevant football clubs over a period of months to allow them adequate time to plan ahead for their journeys to the stadium.“Every fixture is assessed individually and we will continue to work with all clubs to provide an appropriate policing response.”It is another blow to the respectability of the club, who have slipped down to the middle of the Premier League standings after losing three of their opening seven fixtures of the season.Moreover, it lends more weight to the argument of Paul Scholes, who accused the Portuguese manager of “embarrassing ” the club prior to the scoreless draw against Valencia, which leaves United second in Group H, trailing Juventus by two points prior to a double header against the Italian outfit.last_img read more

ABCD 2 promotions: Varun Dhawan promotes pollution-free look for men

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India vs Australia, 3rd Test Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony Liv

first_imgIndia will be hoping to take the lead once again in the four-match series when they take on hosts Australia in the Boxing Day Test, starting December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.After losing the Perth Test by 146 runs after a few “selection blunders”, India have arguably named their best XI from the list of available players for the third Test of the series. The visitors have made two massive changes at the top as they have dropped both KL Rahul and Murali Vijay after the duo struggled to put bat to ball in Adelaide and Perth.Domestic top-scorer from the last season, Mayank Agarwal got the much-awaited call-up after teenager Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the remainder of the series. The Karnataka batsman is all set to make his Test debut on Wednesday.Mayank will have Hanuma Vihari as his opening partner at the G as chief selector MSK Prasad confirmed that the Hyderabad batsman’s promotion to the top of the batting line-up is a short-term fix.Meanwhile, India have also added a specialist spinner in Ravindra Jadeja to their line-up as temperatures are expected to soar up over the coming days in Melbourne. First-choice spinner R Ashwin was ruled out of the Test on Monday as he had failed to recover in time from an abdominal strain.Captain Virat Kohli, who is fresh from a first-innings century in Perth, stressed the need for the batsmen to step up and provide support to the Indian bowlers, who have excelled in the ongoing series.advertisement”Our aim is to put enough runs on the board to help our bowlers capitalize. And if we are batting second, we try to amass enough lead if the situation allows or at least match the target of the opposition’s total. Our batsmen need to step up collectively. I won’t point out anyone individually whether someone needs to do that or not, but as a batting unit, we have to definitely put up a better performance,” Kohli said.On the other hand, Australia, buoyed by the win in Perth, will be hoping to put pressure on the new-look Indian side. Having dropped Peter Handscomb to accommodate all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, Australia are heading into the MCG Test with four pacers and their premier spinner, Nathan Lyon.What time does the 3rd Test between India vs Australia start?The third Test Test starts at 5 AM IST on December 26, Wednesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd Test between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 3rd Test between India and Australia be played?The 3rd Test between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from 5 AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 3rd Test live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on are the confirmed playing XIs for the 3rd Test between India and Australia?India playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.Australia playing XI: Tim Paine (c & wk) Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.Also Read | Merry Christmas: Indian cricket stars spread Christmas cheer in AustraliaAlso Read | MSK Prasad explains MS Dhoni’s T20I return, says Rishabh Pant is part of World Cup plansAlso See:last_img read more

Steve Smith responds to ‘cheat’ chants with a hundred against England in warm-up game

first_imgSteve Smith continued his good run of form ever since he made a comeback to playing in Australia colours.In a pre-World Cup warm-up match against England in Southampton on Saturday, Smith scored a century amid boos and jeers from the crowd. He was eventually dismissed for 116 (102 balls, 4×8, 6×3) by Tom Curran in the last over the innings as Australia posted a total of 297/9.Smith walked into the middle after the dismissal of David Warner (43) in the 17th over. Warner, who along with Smith had to serve out a 12-month ban in the aftermath of the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal, was subject to boos from the crowd at the Rose Bowl, which continued with the arrival of Smith. It was a mixture of boos and applause that rang from the stands when Smith raised his bat after crossing the three-figure mark.However, Smith said in the mid-innings interview that he was unfazed by the crowd. “I’m pretty chilled, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m just happy to be back playing and doing a job for my team,” said the 29-year-old.While Smith is yet to play an official match for Australia since the end of the 12-month ban, he was the part of the squad which recently played an unofficial series against New Zealand in Brisbane. Smith scored 22 in the first match and followed that up with unbeaten scores of 89 and 91.He scored 76 in Australia’s first pre-World Cup warm-up match against the West Indies in Southampton.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn’s fitness will decide team composition: du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s Indiaadvertisementlast_img read more

Simeone weighs up unleashing Diego Costa against Arsenal in first leg

first_imgReuse this content Arsène Wenger backs Arsenal to go with former player as his successor Arsenal Share on WhatsApp Costa faced Arsenal on six occasions during his three-season spell at Chelsea, which ended last September when he returned to Atlético in a £57m deal; he was ineligible to play for them until January as the club served a transfer ban.The 29-year-old scored three goals against Arsenal, including the winner at the Emirates Stadium in January 2016 but, most notoriously, he helped to get Gabriel Paulista sent off in a stormy Chelsea victory at Stamford Bridge in September 2015.Simeone was asked whether Costa had travelled to give Atlético a boost, because he was ready to play or in order to intimidate Arsenal. “Knowing Diego, I think all of those apply to him,” the Atlético manager said. “In England and Spain, many teams have suffered at the hands of Diego. It is not just Arsenal.”Costa looked sharp and he went through a full range of movements in Atlético’s session at the Emirates on Wednesday night. As ever, he will want to start. “I will be looking to help the team in the best way possible,” Simeone said. “I won’t look to make Diego happy.” Topics Share on Messenger Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is ready to make his presence felt against Arsenal once again, after he included the striker in his Atlético Madrid squad for the Europa League semi-final first leg at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.Simeone said as recently as last weekend there was “no chance” that Costa could feature in the first leg because of the hamstring injury that has ruled him out of the club’s past three matches. But Costa trained hard on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Simeone faces a decision over whether to start him or use him as a substitute. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Diego Costa Diego Simeone Share via Email Atlético Madrid Champions League Share on Facebook Read more Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

2017 QLD All Schools Record

first_imgA record 415 teams will compete at the Queensland All Schools at Whites Hill Reserve in Brisbane this week – the biggest one yet in the event’s 35-year history.More than 220 schools are represented at the five-day event, from right across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, to international teams from Singapore and New Zealand.Tournament director Peter Bell said he was thrilled to see how the event still continued to grow after so many years.“I’m immensely proud to see it develop into such a big tournament, and we expect that growth to continue over the coming years,” he said.“The schools and teachers have done a wonderful job in introducing kids to the sport who have never play before, and then our ‘super schools’ are producing an unbelievable standard in their players through the programs they have implemented.”A number of current State of Origin and Elite 8 coaches and players are involved coaching teams at this year’s event, including Australian representatives Peter Norman, Belinda Hammett and Adam Pryde – a positive way for the game’s top players to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of players.“Queensland All Schools is the biggest event on the touch football calendar, and one of our strengths in the school system is we are fortunate to have so many accredited coaches and quality teachers bringing players to this event,” Bell said.Bell credited the support of the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association in helping to stage such a massive event.“BMTA, especially Kristen White and Jacqueline Martin, have done a wonderful job in making sure the fields and facilities were ready,” he said.“We have also been able to increase the number of fields from 15 to 17 this year to allow us to increase the number of teams we can have playing.”There are a number of hotly-contested divisions, most notably the 18 Boys where Keebra Park and Rockhampton Grammar start as favourites.In the 15 Girls, Chancellor College are the team to beat following their national title win last month, while in the 18 Girls New Zealand side Columba College have emerged as the team to beat, along with Benowa.Games commenced on Wednesday and will run through to finals on Sunday from 7.30am AEST.BY THE NUMBERS• 415 teams from more than 220 schools• 1600 games• 5 days• 7 divisions• 17 fields• 200 referees For more information on the Queensland All Schools Tournament, click here.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City midfielder De Bruyne on Cup triumph: Sheer relief

first_imgMan City midfielder De Bruyne on Cup triumph: Sheer reliefby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne admitted relief after beating Leicester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup last night.De Bruyne struck for City as the scores were 1-1 at fulltime. City went onto win the quarterfinal 3-1 after the shootout.De Bruyne said, “It’s a relief, it was difficult for us. It was a lot of players who hadn’t played a lot. We did a good game, it was an open game and in the end the keeper helped us. He’s got veins of ice! He did what he had to do in the shootout.”It is difficult to start when you are injured for five months but it felt good to play for 70 minutes. It is a good sign for me.”I feel stiff but I am happy to contribute. We want to win titles and now it’s two games more and we can battle for another trophy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oliver Luck Allegedly Told WVU Fans That He Joined The NCAA To “F*** Over Jim Boeheim”

first_imgFormer West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who is now an NCAA executive, is embroiled in a rather unsettling controversy this week. According to Twitter user @StocktonShorts, Luck, in a Columbus bar ahead of the Mountaineers’ contest against Maryland last Sunday, made disparaging remarks about Syracuse and its men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim. The story, which the Twitter user claims was told to him by two friends independently of one another, went viral after screenshots of the tweets were posted to Reddit Tuesday morning. There’s also a photo of Luck taking a shot.According to the tweets, Luck allegedly joked that he joined the NCAA to help “f***” over Boeheim.Oliver Luck Story (1/7): Some WVU fans were hanging out at a bar before the WVU game in Columbus on Sunday— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (2/7): Into the bar the WVU fans are in walks Oliver Luck with a man he introduces as “My Arab Friend David”.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (3/7): Oliver joins this group of Mountaineer fans for some drinks, someone asks him why he moved to work for the NCAA— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Luck4Oliver Luck Story (5/7): Oliver then calls over the waitress and orders 10 shots of Crown for him and his new WVU friends.— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Oliver Luck Story (6/7): They all hammer the shots down and Oliver immediately leaves….leaving them with the $70 bill for the shots. #Boss— Stockton Shorts (@StocktonShorts) March 23, 2015Luck7Brent Axe of reached out to Luck, who denied the allegations. He did not, however, deny being in the bar at the time in question.  “The Twitter account is not accurate,” Luck said. “I do not use language like that. I have the utmost respect for the infractions process and would not say such things about a member school and its head coach.“Secondly, I have not had any involvement whatsoever in the investigatory process of this particular case nor do I have any involvement with the penalties levied in this case. The latter is determined by the Committee on Infractions, an entity that does not report to me.”Last month, Syracuse was hammered by the NCAA after a lengthy investigation, as the school was penalized with the loss of 12 scholarships and five years probation. Boeheim was also suspended for nine league games and was forced to vacate over 100 victories.We’re not sure what course of action, if any, there will be here. Regardless, it’s eye-opening.last_img read more

EU Commits to Helping Jamaica Combat Transnational Crime

first_img She noted that this has enabled training and capacity building for local experts in critical areas such as raising awareness, enforcement capabilities, licensing and customs best practices and inter-agency cooperation to combat illicit trafficking and diversion of conventional arms. Story Highlights Head of the EU Delegation, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that the organisation’s support to the country includes the provision of technical assistance in the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) under Phase II of the EU ATT Outreach Project. The European Union (EU) has committed to remaining a key partner with Jamaica in combatting transnational organised criminal activity. The European Union (EU) has committed to remaining a key partner with Jamaica in combatting transnational organised criminal activity.Head of the EU Delegation, Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that the organisation’s support to the country includes the provision of technical assistance in the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) under Phase II of the EU ATT Outreach Project.She noted that this has enabled training and capacity building for local experts in critical areas such as raising awareness, enforcement capabilities, licensing and customs best practices and inter-agency cooperation to combat illicit trafficking and diversion of conventional arms.She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP) International Human Trafficking Conference on Wednesday (July 25) at the Meliá Braco Hotel in Trelawny.Ms. Wasilewska said the EU has also been active in supporting efforts to implement a Counter Terrorism Strategy for CARICOM through funding of the Airport Communication Project, being delivered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.“In this regard, Jamaican police, customs and immigration staff have received training that will help them spot and help trafficking victims,” she noted.She informed that an additional grant of $3 billion was provided to Jamaica by the EU to advance the reform agenda and support citizen security.Ms. Wasilewska said the funds will be used to support implementation of the newly adopted National Security Policy for Jamaica.“One of the key actions of the policy is to remove the profit from crime. An important way to do this is to develop the means to prevent penetration by transnational criminal networks, including human traffickers,” she pointed out.last_img read more

BC Mountie fired after sending texts photos to teen in sexassault case

first_imgRICHMOND, B.C. – An RCMP officer in Richmond, B.C., has been fired after a conduct review board found he used a police database to track down and send “flirty” text messages and suggestive photos to a teenage complainant in a sex-assault case.The decision, released Nov. 8, says former constable Brian Eden’s behaviour undermined public confidence in the force. A RCMP spokeswoman said Eden has been dismissed.“The subject member’s decision to pursue contact with (the woman) via sexualized text messages (was) fundamentally at odds with the duties he clearly knew he owed a 17-year-old sexual-assault complainant,” John McKinlay wrote about the officer on behalf of the RCMP’s conduct board.“It was despite this knowledge that the subject member then transmitted the egregious generic image involving a bed cover-obscured erection, and later, in what I find a highly manipulative manner, expressed his willingness to receive a picture of (the woman) while she was wearing a bathing suit.”Neither Eden nor his lawyer could be immediately reached for comment and it is unclear whether an appeal is planned.The conduct board decision says Eden, 40 at the time, first communicated with the 17-year-old woman in January 2015 to collect a witness statement related to a sexual assault investigation.He accessed the police database two days later to look up the same investigation “for unauthorized personal reasons,” the document says.Eden reportedly sent about 280 texts to the young woman between Feb. 1 and 11, including a shirtless photo of himself and a generic picture of a man, waist down, wearing boxer shorts, accompanied by the message: “Shhhh.”Other texts copied verbatim in the decision include Eden calling the woman a “Saucey little thing,” and telling her “send a pic,” “im a fan of yoga pants … hint lol.”The exchange ended only when the woman’s messages began to suggest she was thinking of killing herself and Eden was forced to call for help and identify himself, the decision says.The document also confirms a second incident around the same time in which Eden used police records to track down and ask a woman for coffee after issuing her a traffic ticket earlier that day.Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said Eden was suspended in February 2015 shortly after the misconduct occurred and was dismissed following last month’s decision.Eden admitted to two counts of using police data systems for personal reasons and pursuing a relationship with an underage woman he knew was the victim in a sex assault investigation. He denied that his conduct in reaching out to a woman he issued a traffic infraction violated the RCMP’s code of conduct.Mitigating factors listed in the decision included the short period of time over which the misconduct took place, Eden’s otherwise positive work history as well as his devotion to the job and willingness to rehabilitate.McKinlay dismissed Eden’s argument that a “persistent depressive disorder” that began in 2010 was not adequately treated by early 2015, when the breaches occurred. The document also discusses how Eden was experiencing strain around that time due to money problems following the breakdown of a previous relationship.The powers granted to police are considerable and the public is justified in expecting officers to observe the highest ethical and professional standards, McKinlay wrote.“This necessarily includes the bedrock expectation that members shall only act to protect the health and safety of Canada’s youth, and shall never deliberately and repeatedly exploit any vulnerable young person,” he said.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouverlast_img read more

MakeAWish Reflects On 33 Years Of Disney Wishes

first_imgIt’s been 33 years since the first Make-A-Wish kid, an 8-year-old boy named Bopsy, stepped foot into a world of inspiration and motivation at the Disneyland Resort.Decades later, thousands more wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions have felt that same feeling – inspiration that can provide the hope, strength, and joy that they need to fight their illness.This month, Make-A-Wish Foundation is celebrating all that Disney has done to strengthen the families and communities where we all live, work, and play.Make-A-Wish grants more than 14,000 wishes each year. Nearly 7,000 of them involve Disney’s help – ranging from once-in-a-life time meetings with favorite Disney talent and visits to Disney theme parks to extraordinary trips on Disney Cruise Lines and relaxing stays at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In 2013, Disney contributed more than $10 million through the donation of cash and theme park tickets to help grant wishes.“Disney has been with Make-A-Wish since the beginning. Their support of our mission and their deep affection for our wish kids has never wavered and continues to grow,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “As Disney does for all of us, they capture our wish kids’ imaginations, giving them hope as they return their focus to the future. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and faithful friend.”Disney’s support of Make-A-Wish extends far beyond the wish experience. In 2012, Make-A-Wish, as a signature partner, secured a grant from Disney, and every year since has received grants, totaling more than $2.2 million, to help build wish infrastructure and other capacity-building programs. Since 2006, Disney-owned ESPN has showcased incredible sports-related wish stories on their annual “My Wish” series; and the company encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to further the Make-A-Wish mission.Throughout the month of February, Make-A-Wish will showcase Disney wish stories on its website at, sharing the story of just a few of the thousands of wish kids impacted by their Disney experience. Make-A-Wish is proud to call Disney its longest tenured sponsor and sincerely thanks Disney for more than three decades of generous support.last_img read more

Arrest warrants issued for Simcoe stabbing suspects

Arrest warrants have been issued for two men wanted in connection to a stabbing at Norfolk General Hospital last Friday.Norfolk OPP say the whereabouts of the two suspects, Derrick Anthony Adams, 38, and Jean Pierre Auclair, 36, are unknown. They are believed to be heading towards the Brantford and Hamilton area, police said in a release issued on Tuesday night.A man was stabbed outside the emergency entrance at Norfolk General Hospital at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday after getting into a confrontation with two other men. The two men then fled the scene, — one on foot and the other on a bicycle.The victim made his way into the emergency room. He was treated for serious injuries.Police say the Adams is described as white, 5’9″, 173 pounds. He has an athletic build, brown hair and brown eyes.Auclair is described as white, 6’0″, 220 pounds, with a medium build. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.Anyone who sees these suspects should contact police immediately by calling 911. Do not approach the men, warn police.Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the two men is urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

Annans envoy in southern Lebanon to meet with newly elected administrators

Staffan de Mistura will travel throughout southern Lebanon on Tuesday and Wednesday to gain “a first-hand view of the current needs of the south and the priorities set by the local administration to address those needs, with the help of the Government,” according to the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut. Mr. de Mistura will meet with administrators elected during last month’s municipal election. “The visit should also provide an occasion to discuss the manner in which demining initiatives could fit into the overall plans for development of the south by the newly elected administrators,” UNIC Beirut noted. While in the area, Mr. de Mistura is also scheduled to meet with a number of senior officials, including the Governor of the South, Faisal Sayegh, as well as the Governor of Nabitiyeh, Mahmoud Al-Moullah. During his trip, the envoy will be accompanied by representatives from UN agencies, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and the UN Mine Action Service. read more

Grandma denies being staggering drunk when she fell on holiday as she

first_imgA grandmother suing tour operators for £50,000 over a fall on holiday has denied claims she was “staggering drunk” and “wearing silly shoes”.Carole Peters suffered head injuries and a fractured right arm when she slipped while descending an external staircase at holiday apartments in Perivolos, Santorini.The 60-year-old – who denies she is a “party animal” – also suffered psychological trauma after toppling eight feet onto a concrete patio, a court heard. 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. The Illada Studios apartment complex, in Santorini, Greece Mrs Peters is now suing tour giants, TUI UK Ltd, through whom she and her husband, Kim, booked the apartment.The company denies liability for the June 2011 accident, alternatively claiming that the apartment’s owners are liable.And, on top of that, the company claims Mrs Peters courted disaster by drinking too much on her last night in Greece.But the pensioner insisted that she was fully in control when she and her husband returned to the apartment complex after a relaxing meal with friends.Daniel Saxby, for TUI UK, claimed witnesses “formed the opinion that members of your group were more than slightly intoxicated”.”That’s not true,” responded Mrs Peters, who lived in Basingstoke before recently retiring with her husband to Torbay, Devon. I have to suggest to you that you are wrong when you say that she was staggering drunkenly before the accident.Matthew Chapman The Illada Studios apartment complex, in Santorini, GreeceCredit:Champion News “We were laughing when we came back, my husband has a wonderful sense of humour,” she told Judge James Howlett.”We gelled very well with the group we were with and we’d had a wonderful holiday.”It was our last night together and I don’t have to have a drink to enjoy myself – I’m not a party animal.”The barrister claimed that one of Mrs Peters’ group was visibly “staggering”, but she rejected that as nonsense.And she told the Central London County Court: “The emphasis on me being drunk just isn’t true.”It was very hot and drink and heat don’t agree with me. I’m quite happy to take a soft drink or some water.”Mr Saxby said a medic who assessed her injuries after the fall reported that she was “clearly drunk and smelt of alcohol”.”That’s not correct,” she insisted.Debate also turned on the shoes Mrs Peters was wearing, and whether they amounted to “inappropriate heeled footwear”.Mr Saxby claimed Mrs Peters was herself heard to blame her “stupid shoes” soon after the fall.But the pensioner said there was no question of her sporting “silly shoes” and told the court: “I had flat sandals on”.The accident resulted in multiple fractures to her right arm, head injuries, extensive bruising, and a soft tissue injury to her right foot.On top of that Mrs Peters suffered a “psychological reaction to the accident and her injuries in the form of PTSD and depression”, the court heard.Movement in her right shoulder is restricted and she finds it hard using her dominant right hand for everyday tasks such as opening jars.Matthew Chapman, for Mrs Peters, said: “Gardening and playing with grandchildren are impossible and difficult respectively.”The barrister argued that the exposed stairway posed an unacceptable hazard that should have been made safe for visitors.”Mrs Peters and her witnesses deny that she was drunk or intoxicated, and also deny that she was wearing inappropriate – heeled – footwear,” he added.Nikos Iliadis, a member of the family which ran the apartment complex, also took to the witness stand.Mr Chapman put to him: “I have to suggest to you that you are wrong when you say that she was staggering drunkenly before the accident.”I’m also going to suggest that Kim Peters didn’t need to be sobered up after the accident.”Mr Iliadis responded: “Today I am 67. I was 62 at the time of the accident, and I have good sight and I can see.”I’m experienced enough to know who is drunk and how drunk that person is, and the consequences of that state.”Mr Chapman said hospital medics tending to Mrs Peters were told she was “intoxicated” by a “Greek speaking person”.Mr Iliadis denied being that person.The hearing continues.last_img read more

FTC RailCargo are the new queens of Hungary

← Previous Story Four teams for the EHF Cup trophy in Berlin Next Story → EHF CUP F4: German final in Berlin! It’s not the best season of Győri Audi ETO KC. Although they won the Hungarian Cup (they beat FTC 29-23 in March), without Anita Görbicz, Eduarda Amorim and Katrine Lunde they couldn’t qualify for Champions League Final Four to save their title. But no doubt they were the expectants of the Hungarian Championship’s final.Last week FTC Rail-Cargo denied this. After unbelievable upsets they won 37-36 at home with penalties (you can watch the full match here: next part of the final was organized in Győr. FTC started better and could control the whole match with Katarina Tomasevic’s brilliant saves, Nerea Pena’s and Zsuzsanna Tomori’s goals. The halftime result was 11-15. Neither Ambros Martin’s emotional timeout helped in the middle of the second half. It seemed their players are already looking forward to the next season and he is the only one who really wants to win this title…FTC took the chance and won in Győr too (24-26) and got the Hungarian Championship’s trophy. Győr lost the title after seven years.FTC’s coach, Gábor Elek couldn’t realize that they did it and didn’t find the words to say.Ambros Martin congratulated to Ferencváros. According to him their weak defense was the reason of these defeats. He said too that this was the hardest season of his career because of the injuries.Zita Szucsánszki, FTC’s captain: Everybody fought and we deserved this trophy. It was a pleasure to play five years with Zsuzsanna Tomori and wish her all the best in Győri Audi ETO next year.TEXT: Virág Farkas read more

Facebook buys sports data startup SportStream to help it find realtime content

first_imgFACEBOOK HAS MADE another push towards becoming a real-time public service with the acquisition of sports data firm SportStream.The San Francisco based company tracks sports-related social content, news and statistics from games.This allows broadcasters and major media companies to find sports-related conversations and use them for their own content.SportStream says that its technology “surfaces the highest quality tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram media, stats, news and more for every league, game, team, and player across sports.” It’s unclear whether Facebook will continue to focus on NFL and NBA or will branch out and include other sports.Facebook’s Vice President of Media Partnerships and Global Operations Justin Osofsky, said in a blog post that the deal would help the company work closely with its media partners and connect them with conversations on the site. We’re excited to continue investing in helping people connect through their shared interests on Facebook. The addition of this new team will enable us to work more closely with media partners as we continue to invest in more robust tools and APIs.Facebook has made a number of changes to the site this year as it competes with Twitter.The company introduced keywords insights and public feeds in September to help news organisations to track and integrate conversations into their broadcasts. It also introduced hashtags, trending topics, embedded posts and public posts to the site to help encourage public sharing.Facebook had developed a partnership with SportStream earlier this year before it decided to buy it for an undisclosed fee.Read: Woman accidentally walks off pier while checking Facebook on her phone >Read: Facebook’s auto-play video ads are arriving this week >last_img read more

Police pelted with bricks and bottles in Belfast by masked gang

first_imgONE PSNI OFFICER has been injured after a masked group pelted police with bricks and bottles in Belfast last night.The gang of young people set bins on fire and carried out a ‘sustained attack’ on police after they blocked a road at around 8 o’clock last night, the PSNI said.Officers carried out what they described as a “robust policing operation” to restore calm to the Donegall Road area of South Belfast by 10pm.One 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the public disorder and has since been released. The injured police officer sustained minor injuries.Police investigating the flags protests and resulting riots warned that anyone who engages in illegal activity will face prosecution.“Detectives from the Operation Dulcet team [which is investigating flags protests] have been clear from the outset that there will be consequences for individuals who engage in illegal activity,” the PSNI said in a statement this morning.“The PSNI have and will continue to make people amenable to the courts and will be carrying out further enquiries to identify those involved in the disorder”.Read: Police seek witnesses over arson attacks and attempted hijacking >last_img read more