Gorakhpur deaths ‘govt.-made tragedy’, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgTerming the deaths of scores of children at a state-run hospital here as a “government made tragedy”, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not try to cover up the matter.“All those whom I met told me that oxygen shortage led to the death of their children. Many families were given ambu bags (a manual resuscitator) and they pumped it for hours…It is very clear that it government-made tragedy,” Mr. Gandhi said.The government should take action in the matter and not try to cover it up, he said.It is absolutely clear that oxygen shortage and laxity were the reasons behind the tragedy, he told reporters after meeting family members of the victims.“The chief minister should not try to cover up (the matter) and action should be taken against the guilty. This is my message,” the Congress vice-president asserted.Gandhi said that he had visited the BRD medical college and hospital here earlier as well and had told Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the media that it needs funds as there were too many shortages.But no action was taken, he rued. There have been scores of encephalitis related child deaths in the BRD medical college hospital in recent days triggering a nation-wide outrage.“Modiji speaks of a new India. This kind of new India we do not want. We want hospitals where poor people can take their children (for treatment) and come back happily,” Mr. Gandhi said.He complimented the media for raising the issue. “…I want to thank them for this (highlighting the issue)…it is not a matter concerning Uttar Pradesh but is a national tragedy. It is indicative of the health care of the country,” he said.Earlier in the day, Mr. Adityanath also had hit out at Congress vice-president over his visit here, saying the ’yuvraj’ (prince) sitting in Delhi cannot make Gorakhpur ‘a picnic spot’.Mr. Adityanath, who launched a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 71 children at the BRD hospital here, also hit out at his predecessor and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.“I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..’yuvraj’ sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it,” the chief minister said taking a jibe at Mr. Gandhi, before the Congress leader’s visit to Gorakhpur to meet the families of the victims.Other opposition parties, the SP and the BSP have also been attacking the Adityanath government over the hospital deaths.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Rhian Brewster’s 2nd hat-trick in a row takes England to the final

first_imgRhian Brewster struck a sensational hat-trick, his second in as many matches, as England handed pre-tournament favourites Brazil a stunning 3-1 defeat to cruise into their maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup final here today.Brewster, who had scored a hat-trick in his side’s 4-1 decimation of the USA in the quarterfinals on Saturday, scored in the 10th, 39th and 77th minute in front of a shell-shocked 63,881 Brazil supporting partisan crowd.The triple strike took Brewster to seven goals, the highest in the tournament, and the Liverpool youth team player has once again shown that he is the best predator on show in the mega-event. This is the first time that a player has scored two hat-tricks in the same edition of a tournament.FT | #FIFAU17WCSEMI-FINAL – KOLKATA????Brazil 1-3 England??´ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?Brewster nets another hat-trick; Three Lions reach final! pic.twitter.com/qphLhcgeM8- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 25, 2017Brazil, who were seeking their fourth title, were finally outwitted and outplayed by a more tactical and resilient side and they bowed out of the tournament with a heart-break.In fact, England, who created history by reaching their maiden semifinals in their fourth appearances, were clearly the better side today as they did not allow Brazil to impose on them in the match, which was shifted out of Guwahati at the last minute due to poor playing conditions of the pitch following incessant rain.England played an open game and had almost equal possession at 46 per cent and their attacking trio of Phil Phoden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Brewster created a lot of problems for the Brazil defence, exposing their vulnerabilities for the second time after the Germany match.advertisementEngland had five shot on target while Brazil had nine but the South American champions were uncharacteristically wayward and showed shyness before the goal at the Salt Lake Stadium.The famous creativity of Brazil was not there to be seen today as England had better domination of the midfield play.Pocket dynamo Alan did his bit as he was the fulcrum of most of the Brazil attacks but the final pass rarely came today and even when it came, the strikers could not finish.The Carlos Amadeu side had come with a lot of promise and wherever they had played — in Kochi, Margao and here — they were the crowd’s favourites but they will return heartbroken and empty handed.They met with a scare against Germany in the quarterfinals and had to rally from one goal down to win the match 2-1. But today there was no rally of that kind as England shut the game on them early.Brazil had lost in the quarterfinals in the last edition in Chile in 2015.FIFA PHOTOEngland were in front in the 10th match to the stunning silence of the partisan Brazil supporting crowd.Callum Hudson-Odoi did a fine job cutting in from the left flank and his pin-point cross was prodded towards goal by Brewster, who managed to stay onside.Brazil keeper Brazao could only push it out again and Brewster sent the ball into the empty net on the rebound to score his fifth goal of the tournament. Just a minute before, Brewster’s extended legs missed a square pass from Phoden.Unlike the quarterfinal match against Germany last week, Brazil did not take much time to restore parity as they did it just 11 minutes later.In the 21st minute, after a neat exchange of passes with Marcos Antonio, Paulinho drilled a low shot which England keeper could not stopped. The rebound went to England center back and captain Joel Latibeaudiere, whose heavy touch gave a lurking Wesley to blast into the open net in a jiffy.In the 30th minute, a long ball from Vitao found Brenner onside and the England goal in front but he sent his shot wide after the angle was closed down by the onrushing goalkeeper.FT: @England reach the #FIFAU17WC Final for the first time in their history ??? pic.twitter.com/ov5rApJIb2- Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) October 25, 2017It was the turn of England to put pressure and that led to the former again taking the lead in the 39th minute.After England switched the play nicely to the right, Foden sent a pass inside the Brazil box for an overlapping run for Sessegnon. The Fulham boy got to the byline, managed to get the ball across.And after Brazil captain Vitao failed to deal with a deflection, Brewster was the quickest to react and fired home from close range.advertisementThe second half was a frantic tussle for supremacy and both sides had almost equal number of chances. Brazil had the first decent chance of the second session in the 50th minute and Marcos Antonio’s long shot off a Paulinho pass from outside the box was parried by the goalie.Four minutes later, it was the turn of England to have a go at the Brazil goal. Hudson-Odoi ran down the right and crossed perfectly for an unmarked Brewster in the centre but the Liverpool lad headed it over the bar.At the hour mark, Brazil managed to thread short passes from defence to attack and Paulinho gave the ball onto Brenner who was waiting at the edge of the box. But the resulting shot was again parried away by Anderson.In 64th minute, Alan split the England centre backs with a wonderful through ball and found the run of Yuri Alberto but the substitute, who came in place of Brenner in 60th minute, could not take the shot under pressure from a defender.Brewster struck in the 77th minute after substitute Emile Smith Rowe got the better of his marker at the right flank and sent a perfect cross for the Liverpool boy to send the ball crashing to Brazil net.last_img read more

La Liga: Fernando Torres goal takes Atletico Madrid to second spot after Valencia lose

first_imgFernando Torres came off the bench to help Atletico Madrid beat Alaves 1-0 at home on Saturday.The win took Diego Simeone’s side up to second in La Liga above Valencia, who lost 2-1 at Eibar.Torres was brought on in the second half and the veteran striker had been on the pitch only a few moments when he slid home a low cross from Sime Vrsaljko to score in the 74th minute.????? @Vrsaljko loves to give assists!2?? in our last 2?? matches.Well done, Sime! ?????????#AtletiAtlavs #AºpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/orUAgrHBDz- Atltico de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 16, 2017This was his first league goal of the season and it gave Atletico a fourth straight league win, taking them three points behind Liga leaders Barcelona.Simeone’s side, who along with Barca are the only unbeaten team in the league, were boosted by the return of talismanic forward Antoine Griezmann but until Torres came on they had struggled to create openings against relegation-threatened Alaves.”We didn’t have that many chances but we still dominated the game and I’m delighted with the attitude of the substitutes because we are where we are right now because of the efforts of whole group,” Simeone told reporters.”Atletico’s history is full of tight games like this but in recent years we have managed to have more positive endings to them than negative ones.”Valencia saw their unlikely title tilt dented by a much-improved Eibar side, who twice took the lead after the break and held on to win their fourth game in five and inflict a second consecutive away defeat on Marcelino’s side.advertisementAtletico are second in the standings on 36 points, behind Barca, who host Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, while Valencia are third on 34. Real Madrid, fourth on 31, missed the weekend’s domestic action due to playing in the Club World Cup final, where they beat Gremio 1-0.?? ??? | MIXED ZONE??? Check out what @Torres had to say about #AtletiAlavs? https://t.co/eyxHyghWVV#AºpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/bDMYNHsjXt- Atltico de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 16, 2017Japanese international Takashi Inui put Eibar ahead in the 49th minute in heavy rain with the help of some haphazard defending from the visitors, who twice failed to clear the danger inside the area and allowed the midfielder to take advantage.Valencia were without top scorer Simone Zaza through suspension while winger Carlos Soler was injured, but Santi Mina levelled for Marcelino’s side eight minutes after they had conceded with a simple near-post finish from close range.The visitors failed to build up any momentum with their equaliser, however, and Eibar came back at them even stronger.Midfielder Joan Jordan headed in the winning goal in the 87th minute to give Eibar a deserved win, their fourth in five games, and inflict a second consecutive away defeat on Valencia following their 1-0 reverse at Getafe two weeks ago, which was their first loss of the campaign.2-1 | 93′ | Final del partido. El @valenciacf no logra vencer en Ipurºa #EibarValencia pic.twitter.com/Ui2ixvAQ05- Valencia CF (@valenciacf) December 16, 2017Eibar had more than twice as many shots as the visitors did but managed to hit the target only three times, and Valencia coach Marcelino felt his side had been hard done by.”The last two away games have been tough for us but today I think we played well in the first half and didn’t have too many problems in the second half either. What is happening is our opponents have few chances but they are taking them,” he told reporters.”We are struggling a bit away from home recently. The defeat at Getafe might have been fair but today I don’t think Eibar deserved to win.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

NCAA Restores Penn State, Paterno Wins

first_imgSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The NCAA agreed to restore 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State and Joe Paterno in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and to reinstate the venerated late coach as the winningest in major college football history.The agreement, swiftly approved by the boards of the NCAA and the university after intermittent talks heated up this week, lifts the last of the sanctions imposed in 2012 and wipes away the black marks that had tainted one of the nation’s most celebrated college athletics programs.After more than two years of criticism that the NCAA had overstepped its authority, officials with college sports’ governing body did not back down.Instead, they said they were focused on ending litigation that had held up distribution of the university’s $60 million fine to fund child abuse-prevention programs.Before the deal, the NCAA had agreed last year to eliminate some of the sanctions, including reinstating Penn State’s full complement of scholarships and letting the team participate in post-season play.The agreement threw out the rest of the sanctions, including eliminating a five-year probation period and scholarship and transfer rules, and restoring the wins that had been wiped out. It also bowed to Pennsylvania officials’ desire to see the $60 million fine spent in Pennsylvania, not spread to abuse-prevention programs around the nation.The pact emerged just days after a federal judge declined to rule on the constitutionality of the sanctions and weeks before a Pennsylvania court was to hold a trial on the legality of the penalties.“Hopefully, today we’ll begin to make right the damage that has been done,” said Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, who had sued the NCAA with state Treasurer Rob McCord.“Today is a victory for due process, which was unafforded in this case. Today is a victory for the people of Pennsylvania. Today is a victory for Penn State nation. The NCAA has surrendered.”The unprecedented scope of the sanctions had drawn intense criticism from Penn State alumni and fans who defended Paterno as innocent in the scandal and called the school’s athletics program a national model.They accused the NCAA of rushing to judgment to assert its dominance, ultimately punishing people who had nothing to do with Sandusky.The family of Paterno, who died as the scandal was unfolding, hailed the agreement, while lawyers for Sandusky’s victims worried that the NCAA’s retreat sent the wrong message.In State College, home to Penn State’s sprawling main campus nicknamed Happy Valley, the news was welcome.Hundreds of students celebrated with a subdued rally outside the university’s administration building, followed by a march to the nearby Beaver Canyon apartment area. As many as 500 people joined the march.Someone projected a huge photo of Paterno onto the side of an apartment building. Others chanted, “We are Penn State!”In the agreement, Penn State acknowledged that the NCAA had acted in good faith in the Sandusky matter, and university President Eric Barron said he believed the agency had a legitimate concern about institutional control.NCAA officials said Friday that their motivation in the deal was to start funding abuse-prevention programs with the fine.“The victors are those of us who were advocating for the children,” said Harris Pastides, an NCAA board member and President of the University of South Carolina.They did not back off their right to take such action.“The board felt they had to quickly and decisively put forward a set of sanctions. I hope we never have to do this again,” said Kirk Schulz, an NCAA board member and Kansas State’s President.The penalties sprung from the scandal that erupted when Sandusky, a retired assistant coach, was accused of sexually abusing boys, some of them on campus.Penn State’s then-President, Rodney Erickson, agreed to the sanctions in 2012, in the weeks after Sandusky was convicted.Just days earlier, former FBI Director Louis Freeh released a scathing report commissioned by Penn State’s trustees, and the school removed an iconic bronze statue of Paterno from the school’s Beaver Stadium.Freeh’s report accused Paterno and other top Penn State officials of burying child sex-abuse allegations against Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. The report portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought.The alleged cover-up by Paterno, then-university President Graham Spanier and two other Penn State administrators allowed Sandusky to prey on other boys for years, it said.Paterno was never charged with a crime, although Spanier and the two other former administrators continue to fight charges in court.Paterno’s family called the announcement “a great victory for everyone who has fought for the truth in the Sandusky tragedy.”“This case should always have been about the pursuit of the truth, not the unjust vilification of the culture of a great institution and the scapegoating of coaches, players and administrators who were never given a chance to defend themselves,” they said.Michael Boni, a lawyer for one of the victims who testified at Sandusky’s trial, said he supported the restoration of Penn State’s scholarships and bowl eligibility last fall, but does not believe Paterno’s victories should be reinstated because they were “tarnished” by Sandusky.He also said he sensed a shift in Penn State’s attitude after the criminal case against Sandusky wrapped up and it concluded civil settlements with victims.“There was a movement away from what I thought was a genuine mea culpa on the part of Penn State, having accepted the NCAA sanctions, and one toward, ‘Why did we cave so easily?’ That was disappointing,” Boni said.The sanctions eliminated all wins from 1998, when police investigated a mother’s complaint that Sandusky had showered with her son, through 2011, Paterno’s final season as head coach after six decades with the team and the year Sandusky was charged.The restored wins include 111 under Paterno and the final victory of 2011, after trustees fired Paterno in the wake of the charges against Sandusky and the team was coached by Tom Bradley.That returns Paterno’s record to 409-136-3. He died of lung cancer at 85 shortly after the season ended.Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts and is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.___By Mark Scolforo and Marc Levy. AP writers Michael Rubinkam in northeastern Pennsylvania, Jim Carlson in State College and Ralph D. Russo in Oxon Hill, Maryland, contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huawei Watch GT smartwatch sells over 2 million units since its launch

first_imgHuawei announced this week that it has sold over two million units of the Huawei Watch GT smartwatch globally since its launch last October. This also makes the Watch GT the company’s most popular smartwatch yet. As per a report by analyst firm IDC, Huawei has posted a year-on-year growth of 282.2 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.The company has shipped 5 million smartwatches in the first quarter of 2019, which puts it among the top three global wearable vendors. In March, the Huawei Watch GT was launched in India priced at Rs 15,990. That same month, Huawei also announced two new editions of the Watch GT, a 46mm Active Edition and 42mm Elegant Edition, in a bid to offer more styles and variety for consumers.The Huawei Watch GT went official last year in October highlighting a 2-week battery life. The smartwatch sports a 1.39-inch OLED (454×454) display and ships with LiteOS. Additionally, the Watch GT also features Truseen 3.0 heart rate monitor that offers a 24-hour monitoring and can provide a detailed feedback on the user’s health. The smartwatch also supports Trusleep 2.0 which can identify six typical sleep problems and provide suggestions to improve sleep quality.The Watch GT supports over 10 exercise modes that includes outdoor walking, hiking, trail run, swimming and cycling. The smartwatch supports Bluetooth v4.2 and NFC and is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 or later and iOS 9 or later. The Watch GT is water resistant up to 50 meters. It can be purchased in India via Amazon.advertisementALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro and 15 more Huawei phone will get Android Q updatelast_img read more

The 11 Best Quotes From Oklahoma State’s Win Over WVU

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Mike Gundy waxed poetic about the beauty of Oklahoma State on Saturday after his win over West Virginia, and we all ate it up because that’s what you do when a coach has won 100 times in Stillwater.Several other folks talked after the game as well — including Dana Holgorsen — and there were some great takeaways.Gundy on the little stuff“The most complete game that we’ve played this year. I had mentioned that there were times where each of the three phases played better than the others, and a couple of times this year maybe considerably better than the others. Special teams has been really good for us throughout the year and I thought today our special teams was excellent. Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent.”Gundy On motivation from WVU defense hype“The last three times we’ve played them, we’ve had one good game plan offensively. We just weren’t good enough to execute it. The other two times, we’ve won games, but our game plan wasn’t that good. We forced turnovers and we were better on special teams. Our offensive staff and our players took it personally, and our defense did exactly what (it needed to do). That’s not something I talk about directly, but I do see it from afar.”Gundy On creating turnovers“What they’ve done is they’ve practiced, with fumble recoveries and interceptions, blocking in front of the returner, not away from the play, because that’s an automatic 15-yard penalty even if it’s legal, and not blocking below the waist. The time that we’ve put into it and the players’ ability to focus and absorb that information has paid great dividends for us, and today was a good example.”Gundy On Former Players coming back“I saw D’Juan Woods in the locker room. D’Juan lives in Los Angeles now and he came all the way back here for homecoming. That means a lot to us and it should mean a lot to the coaching staff because it means the players want to come back. You want to play the best you can, but it’s never a guarantee. It’s nice to beat a team that’s ranked 10th in the country on the same day for everybody involved.”Mike Yurcich on Chris Lacy and other unknown WRs making plays“With everything that’s happened with us and (Marcell) Ateman in the offseason it’s great to see guys step up because any time there is adversity there’s opportunity.”Jordan Sterns on the importance of No. 1oo“It was fun. It was definitely a historic moment for coach and the university. It was important for him. We came out and played one of our better games, in all aspects. It all came together. It feels good to get that win for him and to beat an undefeated team on homecoming. It means a lot.”Ramon Richards on his pick“Well, I dropped my first one so I just kept thinking, it has to come back to me, and it came back. When I got the ball, I thought about high school. I played quarterback so I thought to myself, I have to score.”WVU Defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson“Their offense was better than our defense. Their defense was better than our offense. Their special teams were better than our special teams. They were the better team today.”DL Noble Nwachukwu on Rudolph“It’s very difficult. I think their quarterback did a good job of getting the ball out and getting it out quick. We were trying to put pressure on him, but the pressure never quite got there.”Chris Lacy on No. 100“Coach Gundy came in here and turned this program around. It feels great to be a part of his 100th win.”Chris Lacy on Gundy dancing“Somebody needs to teach him some new dance moves.” [NewsOK]When you win your 100th career game on Homecoming, you #GundyDance #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6ssJ3ymcxi— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 29, 2016last_img read more

Is cricket a doping-free zone or has anyone been looking hard enough?

first_imgblogposts From Catford to the Caribbean: a young cricketer’s good news story Read more Since you’re here… Cricket Support The Guardian Cricket may not have a doping problem right now, but the course of the sport is in a direction in which one may well develop. For a long time a lot of fans have relied on the lazy thinking that because cricket’s so skill-driven, it’s safe. And of course it’s true that PEDs won’t necessarily help a batsman hit a cover drive, or a spinner turn his googly, just as they can’t help a shot putter hone his throwing technique or a sprinter improve his start. The 101 lesson here is that athletes dope for two reasons: to make themselves stronger, and to help themselves train harder and recover quicker.As T20 continues to grow, those very qualities have become more important then ever before. There are a lot of cricketers competing for a small number of lucrative short-term contracts, the rewards are greater, the off-season shorter, and the consequences of injuries more severe. Human Growth Hormone can make a huge difference to the amount of time it takes for an athlete to recover from a musculoskeletal injury. Some studies have shown that an athlete using it can recover as much as six-times faster than they would without it. Which could easily be the difference between being out until next season, or being back in time for that big match in the knock-out rounds.At the same time, T20 has put more of an onus on strength and power. Sixes sell. And a player can make themselves a name, and a lot of money, if they hit them hard enough, often enough. The skills a player needs in T20 are more akin to the set they use in baseball, a sport which has been struggling to control its own doping problem for decades now. And if the ICC has a good grip on anti-doping in its own events, it’s a lot harder to implement a consistent programme in all those new T20 leagues mushrooming around the world. You can get an idea of the difficulties by looking at the current situation in the world’s leading T20 league, the IPL.There’s a reason the issue of anti-doping is bubbling up right now. The long-running soap opera at the BCCI has an old plot thread about the board’s anti-doping programme, which has come centre stage these last few weeks. The board is in dispute with India’s Department of Sports and the National Anti-Doping Agency. This has been going on since the mid-2000s, when the ICC first signed up to work with the World Anti-Doping Agency. The BCCI refused to commit to Wada’s whereabouts system, because its star players were worried about the security risk they’d be taking if they revealed their home addresses to the drug-testers. Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Topics The Spin For all its long, rich history for indulging boozers and gamblers and rakes, one vice cricketers never really seem to have acquired is doping. So far as the sport has ever had a problem, it’s been with the drugs that impair performance, rather the ones that enhance it. Plenty of cricketers have been caught, and occasionally even confessed to using, cannabis, cocaine, even, in one especially recherché recent case, opium. So far as PEDs go though, there have been a handful of players banned because they’d taken masking agents, usually diet pills or the like, or steroids of one kind or another. But almost no one has ever confessed to doing it deliberately. Cricket, then, would seem to be clean, or as close to it as any modern-day sport gets.Which, conversely, already suggests that it might be more vulnerable than it appears, unless you believe that cricketers are immune to the temptations other sportspeople succumb to. If no one’s being caught, you have to ask how hard anyone’s looking. The ICC recently stepped up its anti-doping programme. At the Champions Trophy earlier this year, it started blood testing for the first time, a move which was wildly overdue because the urine tests it had been using can’t detect human growth hormone. The blood testing will allow it to set up a biological passport system, which will allow it to scan for the effects of doping over time, if not detect the substance or method itself. It’s a leap forward for the sport’s anti-doping programme at the elite level.center_img Drugs in sport Barney Ronay Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Instead, after a year of negotiations, the BCCI and the ICC concocted a bespoke anti-doping programme which broadly satisfied both parties, and so, in 2011, the sport became Wada-compliant. India, meanwhile, outsourced their domestic doping control to a private firm based in Sweden, International Doping Tests & Management, who now operate the anti-doping programme for the IPL and other domestic competitions. But in April this year, Wada ran an audit of India’s National Anti-Doping Agency, and found that because the BCCI doesn’t recognise Nada’s authority, or allow it to conduct any tests at its events, Nada is in contravention of the Wada code.The immediate question, then, is one of jurisdiction. The Indian Department of Sport asked the BCCI to allow Nada to run an anti-doping programme in domestic cricket. Wada increased the pressure on the BCCI by revealing that one of the BCCI’s accredited players did fail a recent doping test, without revealing who it was or what substance he had tested positive for. But just last week, the BCCI refused to comply. The BCCI argues that since it’s technically an autonomous body and not a national sports federation, Nada doesn’t have the right to be involved in its operation.The BCCI’s anti-doping set-up is run by Vece Paes, father of the tennis player Leander Paes. And, by its own account, it is robust, better, perhaps, than Nada’s own. It says it doesn’t need the additional scrutiny. The squabble between the two seems to have become yet another baroque power struggle for control over an aspect of the sport in India. But the upshot is that the issue of anti-doping has become politicised, and, as a result, opaque, confused, and convoluted. The ICC, meanwhile, seems reluctant to publicly comment, much less intervene in the dispute. No doubt cricketers have the motive to dope. The question is, whether they have the opportunity, too.• This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe to the Spin, just visit this page and follow the instructions.last_img read more

Salah: No fear of City for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool v Manchester City ‘We’ve beaten them’ – Salah and Liverpool have no fear of City Sacha Pisani 10:34 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, 17/18 Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah Manchester City UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League Liverpool The forward and team-mate will not be daunted by their Champions League quarter-final showdown with the Premier League leaders Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah insisted the Reds do not fear runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their blockbuster Champions League tie.It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.City are 16 points clear atop the table and 18 ahead of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not daunted by the task ahead, having been the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s team in the league this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Salah, who scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, will likely have to play a big part if Liverpool are to advance past their Premier League rivals. The Egyptian’s goals on Saturday saw him pass  Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights along with runaway leaders City. “I don’t believe that City have always been ­superior to other clubs this season in the Premier League – despite what everyone says,” he said after Saturday’s showing. “We have beaten them for a start.”The Champions League always ­depends on the draw, but we don’t fear any rival, whoever they are.”We’re in the quarter-finals and have the same chances of winning as each of the other seven teams.”Salah, whose Liverpool host City at Anfield on April 4 before travelling to Manchester for the return leg six days later, added: “There are many big clubs still in the competition but you have to remember Liverpool are a great club in Europe too. In these knockout ties, ­anything can happen.”The 25-year-old international forward has been a phenomenon since arriving from Roma at the start of the season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions – 27 of those in the Premier League.The Reds have just one match, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before playing City in the first leg of their quarter-final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Iceland Okays EimskipRoyal Arctic Line Cooperation

first_imgzoomSource: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn The Icelandic Competition Authority has approved exemption for the cooperation between Iceland’s shipping company Eimskip and Greenland-based carrier Royal Arctic Line A/S.Unveiled in 2016, the cooperation is built on a vessel sharing agreement (VSA), where capacity is shared between carriers.With the new cooperation approved on April 17, 2019, Royal Arctic Line will be able to offer transportation services to the Icelandic market. Greenland will be connected to Eimskip‘s international sailing system with its weekly services that create opportunities for direct connections for Greenland to international markets.“We are pleased to have the formal approval from the Icelandic Competition Authority for the cooperation between Eimskip and Royal Arctic Line after several years of preparation,” Vilhelm Þorsteinsson, CEO of Eimskip, said.“The cooperation creates opportunities for a more efficient sailing system for Eimskip as well as opening new sailing routes to and from Greenland,” he added.As part of the cooperation, three 2,150 TEU container vessels are under construction in China with expected delivery in late 2019. Two vessels are being built for Eimskip — the largest in the company’s fleet — and one for Royal Arctic Line. The vessels will be used in weekly services between Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island and Scandinavia.The newbuilds are designed for the conditions in the North Atlantic, in accordance with the Polar Code.As explained by Eimskip, the new cooperation and larger, environmentally-friendly vessels will enable the company to achieve economies of scale and increase fuel efficiency.Once the new ships are delivered, Eimskip plans to dispose of its older vessels, Goðafoss and Laxfoss.In a separate statement, Verner Hammeken, CEO of Royal Arctic Line, said that the competition authority’s decision is historic for Greenland as it would improve the efficiency of the West-Nordic sea freight.The VSA has been an important part of Royal Arctic Line’s transformation and would enable the company to lower both costs and environmental impact, according to Hammeken.The cooperation is subject to certain conditions made by the Icelandic Competition Authority.last_img read more

AFN candidates make pitch for national chief role ahead of election

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsFour of the five candidates for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) participated in a forum at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation on Wednesday.They heard from Manitoba chiefs and voiced their views on what the role of the AFN should be.abrandson@aptn.calast_img

Condominium project proposed for Muslims displaced from Jaffna

A condominium project has been proposed for Muslims displaced from Jaffna during the war.Minister of Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Cooperative Development, Rishad Bathiudeen, said that after three decades since their initial displacement, Muslim IDPs from Jaffna now scattered across the country will finally be able to resettle in Jaffna. The LTTE had forced hundreds of Muslims to flee Jaffna in 1990 and most of them sought temporary refuge in Puttalam, Colombo, Gampaha and Panadura. He said that an appeal had been made to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the housing issue faced by displaced Muslim families. Since then 700 Muslim families returned to Jaffna but most of them were unable to get back their own land. (Colombo Gazette)

US officials OK railroads plan for northern Idaho bridges

BOISE, Idaho — BNSF Railway’s plan to build two bridges as part of a second railroad line in northern Idaho to accommodate increased train traffic and future growth meets environmental requirements, federal officials said Thursday.The U.S. Coast Guard issued a final environmental assessment for the bridges across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek at Sandpoint, finding no significant impact.An environmental group said it was disappointed the Coast Guard didn’t do a much lengthier environmental review called an environmental impact statement, saying an increase in crude oil and other hazardous materials crossing bridges could put the lake and residents at risk.The Coast Guard is involved because the structures are over navigable waters. Idaho officials, which have authority over the lake bottom, have already approved the bridges.Specifically, the approval allows BNSF Railway to build the two bridges that are part of a new line that will parallel an existing rail line already running through the area.The company has received permits from the Coast Guard and plans to start preliminary work on the bridges this week, BNSF Railway spokeswoman Courtney Wallace said.The company said its trains and tracks are part of a critical supply chain transporting goods both east and west. However, the area is a bottleneck with trains up to 1 mile (1.6 kilometres) long waiting their turn to cross the bridge over Lake Pend Oreille that handles both east- and west-bound trains. That can also cause delays for motorists blocked by stationary trains at railroad crossings.“You’ll have delays with trains holding into Montana and into eastern Washington,” Wallace said.The trains carry all manner of goods, including autos, clothing, coal, crude oil, grain, soybeans, wind turbines, airplane fuselages and more. Amtrak passenger trains also pass over the bridges.Currently, federal officials say, capacity through the area is 79 trains per day, while the average is 60 trains per day.Federal officials say adding the parallel line won’t increase rail traffic volume because there are other single sets of tracks constraining the system. But Wallace said the railway is always looking at improving efficiency.Some area residents, including Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, have voiced concern with increased train traffic and the potential for a derailment involving trains hauling hazardous materials. Jennifer Stapleton, Sandpoint’s city administrator and spokeswoman, didn’t return a call from The Associated Press on Thursday.The Idaho Conservation League backed the more thorough environmental review before the Coast Guard announced its decision.“Lake Pend Oreille is a crown jewel of the Gem State so ICL is concerned with the potential effects this massive expansion of rail infrastructure could have on our lake, our water and our way of life,” the group said in a statement.Steven Fischer, a district bridge manager for the U.S. Coast Guard, didn’t return a call from the AP.The 148-square-mile (383-square-kilometre) Lake Pend Oreille is 1,150 feet (350 metres) deep. It is Idaho’s largest lake and offers a variety of gamefish for sport anglers.Keith Ridler, The Associated Press read more

Security Council expresses deep concern at humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Meeting this evening at the request of the United States and the United Kingdom, the Council heard a briefing by representatives from both countries on the military action that was launched yesterday in Afghanistan.Addressing the press after the meeting, Council President Richard Ryan of Ireland said the US and British delegates had told the Council that the strikes had been taken in self-defence and directed at terrorists and those who harboured them. The delegates also stressed that every effort was made to avoid civilian casualties, and that the bombings were in no way a strike against the people of Afghanistan, Islam or the Muslim world.The Council members will meet tomorrow morning to further discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, in particular the situation of refugees.

UN observes World Press Freedom Day

With last year’s toll of journalists adding up to 56 killed, 19 missing and 124 jailed, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today marked World Press Freedom Day by paying tribute “to those who have fallen victim to their calling.”“We salute the courage and dedication of journalists struggling against risk and outright brutality to exercise their right to seek and tell the truth. And we remind governments especially that the right to ‘seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media’ is enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he said.“Censorship, the suppression of information, intimidation and interference are a denial of democracy, an obstacle to development, and a threat to the security of all,” he added.He noted that the UN was focusing on “hate media,” using as the most recent examples radio in Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire, where, as in other places, “the world has seen fanatical groups fill radio airwaves and television screens with incendiary messages designed to incite.”The third seminar of the UN Department of Public Information’s (DPI) “Unlearning Intolerance,” following seminars on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, was reflecting on how the media could protect themselves “against fanning the flames of racism and xenophobia and, instead, promote tolerance and understanding,” Mr. Annan said.Press freedom would continue to play a central role in enlarging liberty for all and his recommendations, contained in the “In Larger Freedom” report on reforming and revitalizing the UN system, called for bold decisions by world leaders at their summit in September at UN Headquarters in New York, he said.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose mandate is to promote the free flow of ideas, was observing the Day in Dakar, Senegal, with a conference looking at the media’s role in promoting good governance, freedom of information, human rights and good journalistic ethics.“UNESCO has decided to pay tribute to this critical role played by the media in promoting democracy and good governance by choosing ‘Media and Good Governance’ as the key theme for this year’s celebration,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said.“Accurate and professional reporting is often the only recourse that society has to combat corruption,” he said. “Journalists need the support of the larger society to eliminate hindrances to accurate reporting. Furthermore, pledges to increase transparency and accountability in public administration must be backed up with laws granting full access to areas of information in the public interest.”Such a legal framework permits independent and pluralistic media to flourish and is a pre-condition of good governance, he said.In addition to journalists killed for exposing secrets about corruption and abuses of power, many receive death threats, and some are held hostage or tortured for doing their work, he said.“These acts are unconscionable not only because they violate the human rights of individuals but also because they poison the well-spring of good governance and democracy, namely, the flow of accurate and reliable information,” said Mr. Matsuura, who has issued a series of denunciations of violence against reporters.The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize of $25,000 was won by Cheng Yizhong, the former editor of the Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily). He was imprisoned for five months and has been barred from resuming his work after he published articles disclosing the 2003 SARS epidemic and death in a Guangzhou police station.As part of the observance of World Press Freedom Day, DPI released a list of 10 stories that have not been adequately covered, about half of them concerning or including African issues. read more

Nissan recalls 10819 vehicles in Canada due to potential fluid leak fire

by The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2016 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Sep 9, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nissan recalls 10,819 vehicles in Canada due to potential fluid leak, fire hazard FILE – This Feb. 11, 2016, photo shows a Nissan emblem on a 2016 Nissan automobile at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Nissan is recalling over 120,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases owners should park their vehicles outside until they are fixed. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars that are equipped with intelligent cruise control. Also included are some 2015 and 2016 Murano hybrids. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) DETROIT – Nissan is recalling about 134,000 cars and SUVs worldwide, including 10,819 in Canada, because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases, the company says people should park the vehicles outside until they are fixed.The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars that are equipped with intelligent cruise control. Also included are some 2015 and 2016 Murano hybrids.Nissan says in documents posted Friday that seals on antilock brake pumps can leak fluid onto a circuit board. That can cause an electrical short, which could lead to a fire.Nissan Canada said the recall applies to 8,107 Murranos from the 2015 and 2016 model years and 2,734 Maximas from the 2016 and 2017 model years that were sold in Canada.The company said in a U.S. filing that it found out about the problem after getting a report of a fire in a 2016 Maxima on June 7. The company investigated and found several more fires. It decided to recall the cars on Aug. 24, according to documents.Nissan said in a statement that it will send owners a letter this month notifying them of what to do if the antilock brake light comes on. A follow-up letter will be sent once parts are available to make repairs.Dealers will inspect the serial number on the brake actuator pump, and replace it for free if it has defective seals.The company said the problem has been corrected in vehicles since it was discovered. Nissan says it has no reports of any injuries caused by the defect. read more

Govt to raise ceiling for restricted contracts from 3M to 10M

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP urges Police to probe increase of ceiling for restricted contractsFebruary 7, 2019In “Crime”SOCU probes: The same pattern set for Opposition must be set for Govt- MPSeptember 24, 2018In “Crime”OAS anti-corruption review team visits GuyanaSeptember 25, 2017In “latest news” MP slams move as “recipe for corruption”In a move being criticised by a Member of Parliament as a recipe for corruption, Government has gazetted changes to Guyana’s procurement laws that will see larger contracts being awarded without the benefit of advertising.The gazetted Procurement (Amendment) Bill of 2019 signed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan will change the previous threshold for restricted contracts for goods and services from $3 million to $10 million.In the case of construction contracts, the threshold catered for in Section 26 of the Procurement Act has been moved from $10 million to $20 million. Quotation methods of procurement have been raised to $3 million.According to Member of Parliament Juan Edghill, this is likely to create an opportunity for the coalition Government to hand out contracts to unqualified persons and companies on a larger scale than ever before.Former Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill“This action enables award of contract without Public Advertisement, by way of Restricted Tendering and subverts the use of qualifications for this procurement process to be confined to specialised services or procurement of highly-complex items,” Edghill said in a Letter.“It can only be concluded that this decision is to facilitate corruption, cronyism and nepotism, by way of handpicking friends and cronies and awarding them contracts. This is a blatant political scheme to buy votes and especially pilfer the public purse and to enrich officials of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change over the few remaining days in office ahead of (elections),” he added.Edghill also zeroed in on a letter dated February 4, 2019, written by Deputy Chairman of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), Mark Bender and addressed to Permanent Secretaries, agency heads and regional administrations.In the letter, he alerts them to the changes and announces that they take immediate effect. But Edghill said considering the passage of the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, Government’s actions are illegal in this regard.Finance Minister Winston Jordan“Article 106(6) of our Constitution states that on passage of a no-confidence motion by the majority of all elected members of the National Assembly, the President and his Cabinet shall resign, coupled with the CJ’s ruling of January 31, 2019 that following the passage of the motion, the President and Cabinet stands resigned.”“Therefore, they are merely in office in a caretaker capacity and as such, these actions are unconstitutional. It is therefore logical that the letter by Mr Mark Bender authorising (officials) to implement these new thresholds is illegal and will lead to criminal proceedings being instituted against public officials who may be tempted to act on such a directive which is illegal.” read more

Funding available for March 19 elections – PPP

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCJ’s High Court decisions “well-reasoned” and profound – JagdeoMarch 17, 2019In “latest news”General Elections not of paramount importance to Govt – PPPMarch 15, 2019In “latest news”PPP ups pressure on GECOM to hold elections; threatens Court actionFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news” …says GECOM using delaying tactics The People’s Progressive Party/Civic is holding out that the laws of Guyana are clear on funding to host regional and national elections despite GECOM’s claims that there are not enough funds to host the elections.The party stated that GECOM has the option of redirecting the $3 billion set aside to conduct House to House Registration to host elections that are constitutionally due on March 19- 90 days after the passage of the no confidence resolution.The PPP points to Act 4 of 2015 – the Fiscal Management and Accountability (Amendment) Act 2015, Section 80 B (8) which states that “The appropriation of a Constitutional Agency approved by the National Assembly shall be disbursed as a lump sum by the end of the month, following the month in which the appropriation was approved.”Section 80B (7) of the same act also states “The annual budget of a Constitutional Agency approved by the National Assembly shall not be altered without prior approval of the National Assembly.”The act stated that the Finance Minister is prohibited from altering the appropriation to GECOM, as he is empowered to do with the appropriations of non-constitutional agencies, but does not prevent GECOM from utilizing the “lump sum” as it sees fit to carry out its functions.“Undoubtedly, today’s action by GECOM is intended to influence the court proceedings, set to continue tomorrow (Wednesday, February 20, 2019). The Constitution make clear that the judiciary cannot extend the deadline for which General and Regional Elections are constitutionally due; rather such an act remains in the remit of the Legislature” the PPP stated.In this light, the party is calling on all Guyanese, as well as the international community, to condemn GECOM’s complicity in the violation of Guyana’s Constitution.Further, PPP/C notes that President of the current administration, David Granger will be held accountable for negative consequences for Guyana and the Guyanese people. read more

Gyula Gal is back to Hungary

C.O ZagrebGyula GalTatabanya Handball Hungarian line player, Gyula Gal (36) famous to his sizes (140 kilos) replaced Croatian C.O Zagreb to Hungarian Tatabanya. Gal wasn’t in the plans of the coach,  Ivica Obrvan, who gave more importance to young domestic players, Marino Maric and Ivica Brozovic in the first part of the season. That is the main reason, why Gal left the team and sign for Hungarian side, where he will be able to find a good form until end of the season. ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (Main Round): 100% Visitors Saturday! Next Story → Voting for the EHF EURO 2012 Best Player: Csaszar leads, Lazarov and Stanic follow

Berlusconi is fighting HOW many court cases

first_imgImage: AP Photo/Pier Paolo CitoBerlusconi’s trial over the alleged €3 million bribe to get a senator, Sergio De Gregorio (pictured above), to join his party’s ranks will begin on February 11, 2014.Tax Fraud Case:Image: AP Photo/Gregorio BorgiaThe Senate is due to hold a vote in the coming months on whether or not to exclude Berlusconi from parliament over a tax fraud case – his first and so far only definitive criminal conviction.A court is also due to decide by early next year whether he will have to do community service or house arrest, and where he would do his service.Bunga Bunga Case:Image: AP Photo/Ronald Zak, FileA court next year will hear Berlusconi’s appeal against a seven-year suspended sentence for having sex with an underage 17-year-old prostitute when he was prime minister and abusing his official powers.He is also appealing the lifetime ban from parliament that was included in the conviction over his liaison with Karima El-Mahroug, (pictured above), an exotic dancer better known as “Ruby the Heart Stealer”.Prosecutors in the same case also accuse Berlusconi and his lawyers of bribing witnesses – many of them alleged participants in his Bunga Bunga orgies – to provide false testimony.Prostitutes Case:Image: AP Photo/Angelo CarconiProsecutors in Bari, southern Italy, have filed charges against Berlusconi for allegedly paying hush money in a case revolving around a ring of high-class escorts that were purportedly paid to attend his parties and sleep with him.Prosecutors accuse him of paying Bari businessman Gianpaolo Tarantini (pictured above), who helped organise the parties at Berlusconi’s residences, to keep quiet.Wiretap Case:Image: AP Photo/Sandro PaceBerlusconi is also appealing a one-year sentence for leaking a confidential police wiretap in a newspaper controlled by his family, in an attempt to damage a left-wing political rival.The case is due to expire under the statute of limitations imminently.Divorce Case:Image: AP Photo/Sandro PaceBerlusconi has been ordered to pay his former wife Veronica Lario €3 million a month to allow her to keep up her luxurious lifestyle.He is appealing the court ruling.Two-year ban from politics for Berlusconi>Business magazine compares Merkel to Hitler in ad>Berlusconi blames foreign media for his downfall> SILVIO BERLUSCONI’S WOES are multiplying by the week, with news in the last few days of his impending trial for bribing a senator only the latest looming judicial threat for the flamboyant tycoon.The months ahead could see him kicked out of parliament for the first time in two decades, forced to do community service and barred from taking part in elections for the next six years.Here are the cases that Berlusconi is currently battling in the Italian courts:Senator Bribe Case:last_img read more

Have You Ordered The Turkey Yet Pic of the Day

first_imgvia National Library of Ireland/FlickrOUR PALS AT the National Library of Ireland are as timely as ever with this pic which they shared on their Flickr account this morning.Spot the unsuspecting turkeys being ferried to their fate at Flynn & Young’s on Conduit Lane in Waterford, circa December 1907.Would you like gravy with that?11 invaluable tips to help you survive an Irish family Christmas>Column: Christmas can be a hard time for people – we all need support>last_img