A reality check awaits the Indian cricket team as it gears up to begin life without famed batting duo Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman when it take on New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series in Hyderabad on Thursday.Sachin Tendulkar is the only one of the ‘Fabulous Four’ left after Sourav Ganguly, Dravid, and most recently, Laxman bid adieu to international cricket.Now the challenge for India is to overcome the transition phase in the upcoming home season, in which the team would play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, apart from the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.It is no secret that the mighty Australians are still struggling after the fading away of their cricketing greats. Thus, India’s young brigade would be keen to overcome this tough phase with the help of Tendulkar’s experience before their real test starts in 2013 when they take on the current No.1 Test side, South Africa.Moreover, the Indian team is returning to Test action after seven months, which was preceded by two disastrous series.After being drubbed 0-4 in England that stripped India off their No.1 Test status, an identical rout followed in Australia.The aftermath of the debacle was even more disturbing as Dravid and Laxman, two pillars of Indian cricket, retired.Their absence would mean that India would be without their combined total of 22,069 Test runs in 298 matches.Without local hero Laxman, the interest in the first Test is low and, with the team having slipped to No.5 in less than a year’s time, the youngsters would be keen bring the team back on track.advertisementWith stunning performances over the last few years, Virat Kohli looks set to fill in the void at Dravid’s one-drop slot, but filling the No.5 and 6 slots still remains a challenge for the team, with Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara and S Badrinath in contention.Pujara, who has been included in the squad after a knee surgery, looks set to make the grade, while Raina, after a fine performance in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, may get Dhoni’s faith to prove himself again in Tests.The absence of Dravid (a record 210 catches from 164 matches) and Laxman (135 from 134) would mean India would have to fill the void in the slips too.World No. 8 New Zealand, however, are expected to give India a perfect chance to get over the England and Australia blues.Sehwag, after failing in the seaming and bouncy overseas conditions, will look to plunder the weak Kiwi attack, which is without star spinner Daniel Vettori.The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium strip promises to offer something for the spinners. And that should inspire the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla.Without veteran Vettori, New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker (14) on the last tour, the visitors are hoping to reinvent their spin attack through offie Jeetan Patel and leggie Tarun Nethula.
Caught between the Congress-ruled government, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC), the Sawai Mansingh Stadium stadium, which was till recently rated among the top four cricket grounds in India, now lies in a shambles.Adding to the ignominy is the fact that now the ground will not host the Irani Trophy match scheduled to take place between September 21 and 25. BCCI Grounds and Pitches Committee chairman V. Sundaram inspected the ground on September 8 and declared the stadium unfit for the match.The ruling has deprived the home team – which had won the Ranji Trophy twice in a row and were to face the Rest of India in the match – of the benefit of playing on home turf.Last month, the RSSC had taken over the ground and had barred the RCA from carrying out any maintenance work at the stadium. The council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali who enjoys the status and facilities of a minister of state thanks to his proximity to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.Ever since Mali took over two years ago, the council’s questionable decisions, such as locking the gates for cricketers prior to crucial practice sessions, denying entry to trucks bringing repair material etc, have led to the once internationally known stadium to become the laughing stock of the cricketing fraternity.Even though the local media and the RCA had warned that preventing routine repair works from being carried out at the stadium would result in the ground being declared unfit for the Irani Trophy match cut no ice with Gehlot’s men. Incessant rains necessitated that the ground be taken care of in a professional manner. However, that didn’t happen. The ground was handed to the RCA a little before the inspection was to be carried out. By then the “unfit” verdict for the stadium was a foregone conclusion.advertisementThough Mali is being blamed for this fiasco, the RCA, headed by CP Joshi, the union surface transport minister, is not doing any wonders either. Joshi has been unable to decide if he wants to run it professionally or just remain a figurehead. A non-entity, KK Sharma, a junior officer with the state government, is the RCA secretary. Like Mali, he isn’t also known for his vision or professionalism either.While Joshi and Gehlot remain at loggerheads due to state politics, Mali is busy queering the pitch for Joshi. In turn, Joshi’s indecisiveness has added to the RCA and thus cricket’s misfortune.Amid all this, cricket lovers are recalling the times when BJP’s Vasundhara Raje was chief minister and under her patronage Lalit Modi had helped bring the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on par with international standards.With the Irani Trophy cancelled, the biggest losers amid all this is the Rajasthan home team and the cricket lovers.
South Dakota lawmakers will attend sexual harassment training this week and could consider bills on ballot questions and free speech on campus.Legislators return Tuesday to the Capitol.Thirty lawmakers are backing a bill that supporters say would promote the free expression of ideas on college campuses.The plan says people can freely engage in “expressive activity” on campus.It says any outdoor area on public college campuses is a public forum.Republican Rep. Michael Clark, the bill’s sponsor, says he hopes it will have a committee hearing Friday.Lawmakers could also create a commission to hold public hearings on ballot questions before they go to voters.The House State Affairs Committee is to weigh that bill Wednesday.Lawmakers and their staff will have ethics, professionalism and sexual harassment training Wednesday.AP
4 van Dijk Corners The pre-match instruction had been pretty simple from Jürgen Klopp following defeat in Naples. “We have to show that we still know how it goes,” he advised. Back to emphatic victories in the Champions League, back on top of the group and Mohamed Salah back among the goals and records too; Liverpool do not forget that easily.Salah struck twice in a convincing defeat of Red Star Belgrade to bring up a half century of Liverpool goals quicker than any player in the club’s illustrious history. Albert Stubbins, the previous fastest, needed 77 games to get his 50. Salah just 65. What other forwards would give to struggle as the Egypt international has done in a season that has yielded six goals so far with the guarantee of many more to come. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané were also on the scoresheet for the first time in seven and eight club games respectively as Liverpool’s front three clicked on the European stage. 27 Origi Substitutes Substitutes 22 Mignolet Liverpool 3 Fabinho 26 Robertson 30 Stojkovic Red Star Belgrade (s 81′) Mané missed the opportunity to follow Salah’s lead from the spot when, after Lorenzo Ebecilio headed a free-kick against his own arm inside the area, Borjan tipped his penalty superbly on to the crossbar. Mané was unable to convert the rebound but moments later, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had released him inside the area, the striker prodded beyond the keeper from close range to complete Liverpool’s comfortable night. Hugo Lloris sees red as PSV thwart Tottenham in Champions League draw Possession 66 Alexander-Arnold It would have been more had Mané converted a second-half penalty or Adam Lallana finished when through on goal. Not that Liverpool were complaining.Napoli’s 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain ensured victory took them to the top of Group C with the return at Red Star next. Klopp took comfort in more than the scoreline.Fabinho impressed in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield after an uncertain start and Xherdan Shaqiri’s instinctive creativity helped break Red Star’s shape and their discipline. Joe Gomez was also outstanding alongside Virgil van Dijk in central defence as the Serbian champions endured another bruising European away defeat. Their previous outing was a 6-1 defeat at PSG that is under investigation by French police amid allegations of match-fixing. They are allegations that Red Star vehemently deny.Of more immediate concern at Anfield was the thankless task of trying to contain Liverpool without encouragement from their vociferous supporters. Officially, at least. Uefa had banned Red Star from selling tickets to their first two away matches in the group stage following a pitch invasion following the play-off win against RB Salzburg.Pockets of Serbian voices could be heard around the ground throughout the game, however. They would have been misled by the 20 minutes that preceded Firmino’s opener. Red Star looked comfortable and threatened in numbers. They should have taken the lead when Lorenzo Ebecilio’s corner found Srdan Babic unmarked in the penalty area but, with the home defence static, the centre-half volleyed over. 7 Milner Read more 6 Lovren Champions League Fouls Lineups 10 Mane 82 Borjan 5 Degenek Twitter 20 Causic 3 Jovicic Share via Email 77 Gobeljic 23 Shaqiri 13 Alisson (s 82′) Read more 14 Srnic 4 1 Liverpool needed time to find sharpness in their passing and movement. A change in personnel and formation from Klopp may have been a contributing factor. The hosts started with Salah at the spearhead of their attack with Mané, playing with his broken thumb in a protective cast, Firmino and Shaqiri roving behind. There was also a rare start for Fabinho with Jordan Henderson and Naby Keïta sidelined by hamstring injuries.Fabinho grew in tandem with the confidence in Liverpool’s performance. The Brazil international was caught waiting for possession twice in the first half but otherwise settled comfortably on only his second start since a £43.7m summer switch from Monaco. His distribution, strength and energy in central midfield made for an encouraging contribution, although it was the quartet in front of him who truly stood out with their flicks, back-heels and mesmerising link-up play.The breakthrough was pristine in its creation and execution. Shaqiri was the instigator, as was the case for Salah’s winner at Huddersfield on Saturday, releasing Andy Robertson down the left with a perfectly weighted pass behind the right-back Filip Stojkovic. Robertson provided a wonderful cutback from the byline into the run from deep of Firmino. Liverpool’s No 9 took one touch inside Nenad Krsticic before driving his 14th Champions League goal for the club down the centre of Milan Borjan’s exposed goal. European club football 99 Boakye Roberto Firmino opens the scoring for Liverpool. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images 12 Gomez (s 73′) 11 Ebecilio Match stats 20 Lallana Liverpool 9 Firmino RSB41LIV59% match reports The opening goal invigorated Liverpool’s display. Firmino almost released Mané with an exquisite flick seconds after his opener and Robertson sliced a good chance wide following a flowing move between Shaqiri, Salah and the Senegal international. A second seemed only a matter of time, and it arrived on the cusp of half-time with Shaqiri involved once again. Georginio Wijnaldum threaded a fine ball into the Switzerland international and his deft touch released Salah free on the right of the area. The Egyptian drove an unstoppable finish beyond Borjan.Salah’s second of the night stemmed from a more questionable source early in the second half. The referee Daniel Siebert was initially unmoved by half-hearted penalty claims when Mané went to ground attempting to get on the outside of Stojkovic. His additional assistant on the far side of the Kop goal identified an arm from the Red Star captain catching the striker at throat-height. Siebert eventually pointed to the spot and, while the visitors raged at a decision that was hardly a game-changer, Salah lined up a penalty that was swept emphatically down the middle of Borjan’s goal. His half century of Liverpool goals was also his 14th in the Champions League. 19 Stojiljkovic (s 75′) 7 Liverpool Off target 3 Red Star Belgrade 10 Liverpool On target 0 Red Star Belgrade 7 18 Sign up for The Fiver, our free football email. Share on Facebook (s 68′) 15 Sturridge 5 Wijnaldum (s 64′) Red Star Belgrade 9 Pavkov 21 Simic Share on WhatsApp RSB LIV Facebook Share on LinkedIn 11 Salah 18 Moreno 29 Jovancic Topics Mohamed Salah’s goals have silenced debate on his form, says Jürgen Klopp Share on Twitter 1 Popovic 31 Ben Pinterest Share on Messenger 7 Krsticic Goal attempts 90 Savic Share on Pinterest 41 59 15 Babic Reuse this content
Arsenal Wright slams Arsenal owner Kroenke: He doesn’t care! Chris Burton 19:21 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger The American businessman in charge of the Gunners has been accused of taking little interest in the club and the struggles endured under Arsene Wenger Arsenal legend Ian Wright has accused club owner Stan Kroenke of not caring about the club as Arsene Wenger once again finds himself under pressure.The Gunners slumped to a 3-0 Carabao Cup final defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday to see more uncomfortable questions asked of the direction in which they are heading.Reaching another Wembley showpiece could be considered a positive, but a disjointed display which has been accused of lacking passion has left a disgruntled fan base calling for change. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Certain sections of the Arsenal support have been demanding tough decisions for some time, with regular rounds of protests staged against Wenger in 2016-17 before FA Cup success earned him a new two-year contract.Wright believes that decision highlights the lack of vision from those at the top, with the former striker telling Radio 5 Live of those in power at Emirates Stadium: “Kroenke does not care. If he cared, Wenger would not have got a two-year deal.“Everyone else can start to see that it is getting to a point where Wenger needs to go.“The owner has to be here, find out what is happening, how is this working, what are we going to do, how are we going to get back to where the fans want us to be.“The fans have been saying it for years but no-one is paying any attention to them.“The owner has not done anything and has given Wenger carte blanche to carry on.”While Kroenke has regularly faced criticism for running Arsenal from afar, Wenger is the one shouldering criticism for performances on the field.Wright has often led the calls for a fading force to be relieved of his duties, with his flaws highlighted prior to another forgettable performance from all concerned against City.Ahead of that contest, Wright told The Sunday Times: “Watching him now is like witnessing the ageing Muhammad Ali against Larry Holmes, or watching Brazil’s Ronaldo when he got fat. You are watching the greats in their demise.“The problem with Arsene is that there is no one in his corner prepared to throw in the towel.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The coming of 2018 offers us a chance to look ahead toward what we hope will be a better, brighter future. Thew new year might involve resolutions to get in shape, to travel, to learn a new craft, and many other personal goals. It also offers a chance for the good but wayward ship called the USS United States of America to correct its course politically and socially (and maybe to re-think that rather redundant ship name).However, every new year is an opportunity to look back and reflect upon the past, and doing so involves remembering some of the people lost during the year gone by. Today we’ll take a moment to note just a few of the remarkable men who died in 2017, but whose legacy deserves to echo on through the ages.Among these celebrity deaths are actors, musicians,adventurers, and more. Many of the names are known the world over; others were hardly famous in the mainstream, but are no less deserving of hallowed remembrance. This brief list is in no way complete, but is rather meant to highlight various late, great men from myriad walks of life. While we’re right to mourn the loss of these gents, take solace in the fact that the world was richer for having them.Bill Paxton | Actor | Age 612016 San Diego Comic Con International (Gage Skidmore/Commons/Wikipedia)Bill Paxton was not the greatest actor who ever lived, but among many people — especially those of the so-called Generation X and the oldest of the Millennials (like … me) — he was one of the most beloved. Paxton brought verve and humor to his roles, which included notable turns in the films Aliens, True Lies, and Twister, and as a leading man in the HBO series Big Love. He always seemed to be having fun with his craft, except perhaps when being killed by extraterrestrials. During his career, he dabbled briefly in the music business and directed two feature films. Paxton showed no signs of slowing down and was slated for work in several future projects. His untimely death in February came as a result of complications associated with heart surgery.Fred Beckey | Mountaineer | Age 94Fred Beckey visits the trade show in Salt Lake City, about 1990. (Pat Ament/Commons/Wikipedia)For a man who spent years of his life climbing sheer cliffs, often charting new routes up mountains and occasionally being the first to summit never-before-conquered peaks, Fred Beckey had an amazingly long life. When he died in October at age 94, it was the end of a life that saw nearly seven decades spent reaching for the top. He completed more than a thousand ascents up brand-new routes, and is credited with reaching the top of many of the last unclimbed peaks in North America during the middle decades of the 20th century. Beckey hated publicity and attention, shying away from the media and living in intentional obscurity. Among the community of mountaineers, however, this wiry, craggy-faced mountain man was a legend. The many guidebooks he wrote will likely never make it onto popular bestseller lists, but they will be enjoyed by climbing enthusiasts for years to come.Tom Petty | Musician | Age 66Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2012 (Takahiro Kyono/Commons/Wikipedia)People will still be playing Tom Petty’s music 100 years from now, but 2017 was the end of the line for this beloved American musician. Petty died at age 66 in October after a sudden cardiac arrest. During his expansive career, he toured the world with his band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and recorded with some of the biggest names in music (including Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison) as one of the Traveling Wilburys. Petty’s raw, open vocals; uniquely-American lyrics; and masterful guitar-playing ensure his music will never die, though sadly he did much younger than anyone expected.Dick Gordon | Astronaut | Age 88Dick Gordon poses in front of a LM mock-up at the Cape. Kipp Teague/NASAWho was the first man to walk on the moon? Right, Neil Armstrong. Second? Buzz Aldrin, you got it. Now, who was up in the command module orbiting the moon to make sure those guys got back to earth safely? Wow, Michael Collins, impressive —you know your NASA history. OK, who flew the command module during Apollo 12, the second successful trip to the moon? That was Richard F. Gordon Jr., one of America’s most famed test pilots and astronauts, a man who took his last journey off the planet this year, dying at age 88 in November. He was the first test pilot to fly an F4 Phantom II jet fighter. In 1961, he set a transcontinental flight speed record by flying from LA to NYC in two hours, 47 minutes. He spent more than 315 hours in space (no longer that exceptional what with the ISS, but in the 1960s and ’70s, quite a feat) and later went on to a career involving everything from an executive position with the New Orleans Saints to chairman of the charitable organization March of Dimes.Hugh Hefner | Publisher | Age 91Dan Tuffs/Getty ImagesOne thing many people don’t know about the late Playboy founder is that Hugh Hefner only founded his once-scandalous, now rather mainstream magazine after the painful revelation that his first wife had an affair while he was in the military in the 1940s. In the wake of her affair, she and Hefner developed an open relationship and he began to sleep with other woman. Not surprisingly, they later divorced. However, in truth, the man many people associated with a swinging, hedonistic life would likely have been a devoted family man had his wife not first breached the faith of the relationship. As it happened, Playboy went on to become a global success, selling tens of millions of copies since the first issue was published in 1953. Hefner will always be associated with pictures of nude women, wild parties at his Playboy Mansion, a revolving harem of young ladies, and his pipe and smoking jacket. However, he was also an active and generous philanthropist, supporting causes ranging from conservation to at-risk youth.Chuck Berry | Legend | Age 90DonClemente12F67/Commons/WikipediaWithout the virtuosic guitar playing and song writing of Chuck Berry, modern music might never have developed the way it did in the middle of the last century. Berry played arguably the purest rock and roll music ever created, largely creating the genre as he went. His songs, including “Rock and Roll Music” and “Roll Over Beethoven”. were absolutely foundational in the emergence and growth of rock music. He was, of course, one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, entering its hallowed halls just a few years after its establishment. His song “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock song that was included on the golden record aboard the Voyager spacecraft, which is now hurtling through interstellar space. Chuck Berry was married to his wife Toddy for 68 years. Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee
Chandigarh: Ahead of assembly polls, the BJP-led Haryana government on Monday announced Rs 4,750-crore interest and penalty waiver on crop loans taken from cooperative banks, thus benefiting around 10 lakh farmers in the state.This announcement was made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana’s Bhiwani district. “A total benefit of Rs 4,750 crore will be given to farmers. And this amount may go up by Rs 100 crore to Rs 200 crore as exact calculation is to be worked out. We have given a package of roughly Rs 5,000 crore to farmers,” Khattar said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said that with this move, around 10 lakh farmers — who had borrowed from Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS), District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCB) and Land Mortgage Bank (LMB) — would be benefitted. He informed that out of 13 lakh farmers, who had borrowed from PACS, accounts of 8.25 lakh farmers had turned non-performing assets (NPAs). Khattar informed that 5 per cent penalty, which was imposed on farmers who failed to repay loans taken from PACS, will now be completely waived. “It will give a benefit of Rs 2,500 crore to borrowers of PACS,” said Khattar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe chief minister further said a benefit of Rs 1,800 crore will be given to borrowers of DCCB if they pay principal amount along with simple interest by November 30. “Around 85,000 farmers had taken loans worth Rs 3,000 crore from DCCB. Out of which, accounts of 32,000 farmers involving an amount of Rs 800 crore have turned NPAs,” said Khattar. Khattar said that farmers would pay 2 per cent interest for loans less than Rs 5 lakh, 5 per cent for loan between Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and 10 per cent interest on loans in excess of Rs 10 lakh. “It will give a benefit of Rs 1,800 crore to farmers,” he said. In case of loan from LMB, Khattar said that out of total 1.10 lakh borrowers, accounts of 70,000 had been declared NPAs. Out of their total outstanding payment, Rs 750 crore was principal amount and Rs 1,400 crore as interest and penalty, he said. “Their penal interest would be waived. Farmers will have to pay 50 per cent of simple interest and rest will be borne by the state government. It will give a benefit of Rs 450 core to farmers, he said.
Rabat – Monday night’s announcement by the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) of the resignation of its secretary general, Ilyas El Omari, took observers of Moroccan politics by surprise.On Tuesday morning, journalists flocked to the party’s headquarters in Rabat for a press conference to listen to El Omari explain the reasons of his sudden departure, only a year and a half after he came the head of the kingdom’s second major political force.Holding Himself Accountable The PAM’s statement said El Omari he resigned during a meeting of the party’s governing political bureau. The meeting discussed the party’s current situation following the municipal and general elections of 2015 and 2016 and its performances in regional elected council and both houses of parliament.The statement explained that the PAM decided to take some disciplinary measures against some of its elected members for not observing the code of conduct set by the party.During the press conference, El Omari revealed that some PAM parliamentarians skip parliament hearings, without justification. He presented his resignation partly to hold himself responsible for their behavior, because he was the one who originally endorsed their candidacies.“These people can’t be held accountable alone,” he said. “I was the one who signed their endorsements, not the members of the political bureau.”The timing of the resignation, only 10 days after King Mohammed VI’s harsh speech on July 29 lashing out at politicians and elected officials for not doing their job properly, could not escape the attention of journalists.When asked whether his resignation has anything to do with the King’s speech, the skillful politician tried to turn the monarch’s censure of Moroccan political elite to his favor.Though he denied his resignation was related to the speech, he stated that as a political leader and elected official, being the President of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, he felt concerned by the contents of the royal speech.“I’m concerned even though I have been assuming responsibility for only a year and a half, even though the decisions I have made are not that many. But I’m politically concerned,” said the PAM leader, adding that the fact that his resignation coincided with the royal speech is something he is “proud of.”Addressing SkepticismEl Omari’s justifications for his resignation fell short of convincing several journalists in attendance.Some said he did not choose resign himself, but that he was pressured to do so, especially since the party has connections with the royal palace and the King’s influential advisor, Fouad Ali El Himma, one of the PAM’s founders.Others said that the resignation seemed “staged,” speculating that he decided to quit as a preemptive maneuver before he could be “removed,” after his party failed to show an influence in the Al Hoceima protests.Skepticism regarding El Omari’s resignation also centered around PAM’s loss to the Justice and Development Party (PJD) in the October 2016 general elections. The PJD won first place, which meant that El Omari had failed in his mission to unseat the Islamist party and substitute his own as the leader of government.If El Omari really felt compelled to resign out of cheer consciousness of his duty as a political and civil servant, some journalists said, it would have been more understandable if he had resigned from the presidency of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima regional council.Facing this skepticism, El Omari slammed what called “conspiracy theories,” stating that they exist only in the minds of some.“This is a personal decision,” maintained El Omari. “As much as it was surprising to you, it was also surprising to the members of the political bureau.”“This is something normal,” he added. “I received no instructions.”He went to add that he is “not working for anybody.” As for why he resigned from the party and not from the regional council, El Omari stated that as president of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, he has other partners as elected officials, which he cannot walk away from.He responded with sarcasm to allegations that his resignation was “staged” and that he would back down from it once the party announces it will not accept it.“I might be a successful or failing politician. But I never tried acting,” he said.“The days of Gamal Abdel Nasser are over,” he added, in reference to the Egyptian leader’s famous speech in 1967 announcing his resignation, which he retracted a day later.El Omari denied he had ever claimed his party would win the general elections or that he would quit if the PAM failed to do so, adding that he stated that this was their objective and that this is what every other party aspires to.Looking AheadWhat does the future hold for El Omari? The question has popped up among those who closely followed the man during the last year and a half, when he decided to finally come under the spotlight and run for the PAM’s leadership.Then, the Al Hoceima native and former left-wing political activist was seen as the strongman within the party.El Omari reiterated Monday’s communiqué, saying that he will continue his work as a member of the party as long as he believes in it.“The PAM was not born out of a personal desire or decision. It’s an objective and historical necessity,” he said.He stated that no party that was founded because of one person’s decision would last ten years. For El Omari, the raison d’être of the PAM is still valid.“I’ll continue to be convinced of this project, because even though it’s not the only one, it’s the primary one to counter other projects.”El Omari was making a clear reference to the PJD. The PAM presents itself as a party opposed to the Islamists’ conservatism.Now that El Omari is out of the limelight, observers of Moroccan politics will be watching the developments within the party to see who will become El Omari’ successor and what role the former leader will play in the future, in both the PAM and national politics alike.
Rabat – Saudi Prince Mansour Bin Muqrin was killed in a helicopter crash near the Yemeni border on Sunday, one day after Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the arrest of princes, ministers, and prominent businessmen.Along with a team of other government officials, Prince Mansour was conducting a tour of local projects near Abha, about 160 kilometers from the border with Yemen, when his helicopter crashed. He is reported dead, while the fate of his team is still unknown.Saudi officials have not yet determined the cause for the crash. “While returning in the evening of the same day, contact with the plane was lost in the vicinity of the Reda reserve,”stated the interior ministry. It added that a search of the wreckage is underway. “The authorities are currently searching for survivors as the wreckage has been found.”Following the crash, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab nations supporting Yemen’s recognized government in its war against the Houthi rebels closed Yemen’s air, land, and ports.While the interior ministry did not establish a link between the crash and the war in Yemen, the Saudi military said on Saturday that they intercepted a ballistic missile near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, adding that is “was fired by Houthi rebels.”Further, the 40-year-old prince died one day after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the arrest of 11 of his royal cousins, as well as nearly 40 of the country’s most influential military officers, businessmen, and government ministers.Prince Mansour was the son of Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief who was crown prince from January to April 2015.The late prince served as a consultant to his father’s royal court and in April 2017 was among eight young royals appointed deputy governors.
“In times of crisis, unilateral tendencies unfortunately tend to occur,” Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration of Luxembourg, said on the third day of the event.Although it is important that the world’s major economies gather to discuss problems, these forums cannot take the place of multilateral mechanisms, he stressed.Intergovernmental bodies, Mr. Asselborn said, must be based on “trust between the citizen and the state; trust between States themselves, whether they are from the North or the South, rich or poor; and confidence of States in the United Nations, which is our common good.”Mongolia’s President Elbegdorj Tsakhia said that this multilateralism must be “effective, proactive and commensurate” to today’s obstacles.But he warned that it cannot fall victim to the marginalization of developing countries, highlighting how the UN is uniquely situated to be the home base for this new multilateralism given its “impartiality and universal legitimacy.”Also promoting the UN as the seat of effective multilateralism today was Ramdien Sardjoe, Vice-President of Suriname.“The growing interdependence in today’s world only strengthens the understanding that current challenges transcend national borders and therefore require concerted action and responses from the international community,” he pointed out, adding that the world body is still the “central forum for addressing global issues.”The world body, President Paul Biya of Cameroon told heads of State and government today, can also serve as the “crucible of the dialogue of civilizations.”This dialogue should not overlook difference, but instead should celebrate diversity “so as to foster knowledge and mutual understanding among peoples.”Multilateralism, underscored the President of Viet Nam, is also vital in the security realm.Nguyen Minh Triet said that it is apparent that “policies and measures of imposition and unilateral use of force to address international security and political issues could only result in more tension, confrontation and impasse.”For its part, Swaziland is encouraged by the momentum generated by world leaders to start a new chapter in the work of the UN by “approaching global matters collective,” the country’s King said.“It is imperative that the UN takes the lead in all issues that affect mankind,” King Mswati III underscored, pressing for Security Council reform. 25 September 2009Nations addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today spoke out against unilateralism as the world tackles its most pressing challenges, including the current global economic turmoil and climate change.
The world’s top soccer stars will not only score for their home countries at next month’s World Cup but also shoot goals for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under a campaign that kicked off today, using one of the most popular sporting events on earth to show how sport can create self-esteem, self-confidence and trust among children.The Unite for Children, Unite for Peace campaign, launched by UNICEF and the world’s governing soccer body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), spotlights the power of soccer in promoting values of peace and tolerance within communities and at the international level.It includes a public service announcement featuring some of world’s top players, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, an interactive website, video profiles of children who have overcome situations of violence, and a manual for players and coaches designed to combat violence and discrimination, particularly against girls.“Whether they are playing on busy streets, in crowded refugee camps or amidst the chaos of conflict, children find joy through sport,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said of the campaign built around the month-long World Cup being held in Germany from 9 June.“But sport is more than just a game – it is also one of the best ways for children to learn team work, tolerance and the value of play. UNICEF and FIFA share a common commitment to transforming young athletes into upstanding citizens,” she added. “FIFA selected UNICEF to be the official goodwill cause of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ based on the longstanding alliance of our two organizations and our common goals of fighting for the rights of children,” FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said.“FIFA is pleased to be working with UNICEF to carry the message that sport – and particularly football – is a peace-building exercise and the core of childhood, and one that can contribute to making the world a better place.”The announcement, produced by MTV International and featuring a 15-man “Team UNICEF” of World Cup players, will be shown before each of the Cup’s 64 matches.The roster includes: David Beckham (England), captain; Emmanuel Abedayor (Togo); Christoph Metzelder (Germany); Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire); Thierry Henry (France); Tim Howard (United States); Rafael Marquez (Mexico); Lionel Messi (Argentina); Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan); Ji-Sung Park (Korea); Eduardo Tenorio (Ecuador); Francesco Totti (Italy); Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands); Paolo Wanchope (Costa Rica); Dwight Yorke (Trinidad).The football coaches’ manual, published in English, French, Spanish and German and distributed globally, seeks to help them break the barriers of discrimination and violence by finding ‘teachable moments’ to talk to young athletes about tolerance and teach them that violence does not equal strength.
Young people with a passion for manufacturing and business have the chance to apply for an apprenticeship at MINI Plant Oxford.The business is looking for 32 new recruits to take up places at the Oxford Plant in August. There are also a further 13 places available at MINI’s other production sites at Swindon and Hams Hall, near Birmingham.Apprenticeships last between three and four years and cover a wide range of skills from human resources and business to electrical maintenance and engineering. The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level.Simon Farrall, head of training for the UK, said, “Investment in skilled young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plant. It is vital that we attract the very best young talent to ensure the business has the right skills for the future, and we are delighted to be able to continue to offer young people a chance to join our modern apprenticeship programme.”The new apprentices will join more than 160 existing apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood.Young people can apply for an apprenticeship through a new Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/BmwCareersUK, or via the plant’s website at www.miniplantoxford.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 1 March 2013.Click through to find out more about skills, training, apprenticeships and careers in UK automotive.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
If you have ever traversed the depths of popular internet social communities like 4chan and Reddit, you’ll come across some weird stuff, mainly art created by certain subsections of a piece of culture’s fandom. Obviously, rule 34 is one of the most prominent subsections of fan culture. The rule states that if something exists, then someone has already created porn of it (followed up by rule 35: if you find that porn of it doesn’t already exist, it is your duty to rectify that problem). Since the release of BioShock Infinite, the game’s deuteragonist Elizabeth has been one of rule 34’s most frequent subjects, and series creator Ken Levine wishes the internet would knock it off.Ken Levine, Elizabeth’s creator, says it’s not cool happening upon her in porn, and likens it to coming across porn of your own daughter, noting that he “die[s] a little inside with every page view.” Levine mentioned this in a Reddit AMA, so of course, the Reddit audience helped him die inside a little more.One Reddit user pointed out that there’s a subreddit dedicated to BioShock porn, which you can easily find yourself if you give it half-a-second’s worth of effort. Another user pitched his erotic BioShock fanfic of the game’s two main characters, who — without divulging too many spoilers — you really wouldn’t want to see together in a romantic situation. Other users, as expected, posted graphic images of Elizabeth right into the AMA itself.So, if you feel for Ken Levine and what he feels should be untainted characters, the next time you see some rule 34 of BioShock pop up, you should just move along. If you think Ken Levine poked the bear by mentioning his negative feelings toward Elizabeth porn, you’re definitely right.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The jobless rate is continuing to increase by the month in Greece as the official figure for March announced on Thursday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), amounting to 21.9 percent, was half a percentage point higher than February’s 21.4 percent rate. In March 2011 it had stood at 15.7 percent.The official number of people employed came to 3,843,905, while the unemployed amounted to 1,075,081. More than 342,000 people lost their jobs in the 12 months to end-March and the jobless figure grew by almost 295,000 people, the data showed.Young people are by far the worst affected, as the unemployment rate for those aged between 15 and 24 years now exceeds one in two (52.8 percent), while one in three aged between 15 and 44 are also without work.According to the figures, women are worse off than men, as their jobless rate exceeds one in four (25.8 percent). The region with the highest unemployment level is Macedonia and Thrace, with 24.3 percent.
A total of seven new diseases have been detected in Bangladesh over the past 28 years.The diseases include Zika, Chikungunya, dengue, HIV or AIDS, Nipah virus, bird Flu, and swine Flu.Former vice-chancellor of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Nitish Chandra Debnath, told Prothom Alo that many new diseases are being detected in the country because of the increase in population, ecological degradation, and integrated fish-poultry farming.Nitish Chandra Debnath, national consultant of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said diseases are spreading fast due to worldwide tourism, migration, and business.7 new diseasesA deadly outbreak of dengue fever ravaged Dhaka city in 2000 for the first time. The fever, caused by aedes mosquito, took away more than 100 lives in Dhaka, then.Though Chikungunya has spread like an epidemic across Dhaka city since April-May this year, the fever was first detected in 2008 in Rajshahi’s Paba.Zika is a virus which is known to have affected mainly pregnant women and is currently pandemic around the globe. This virus was found in Chittagong in 2014 by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).The first Nipah virus infection case was reported in 2003, bird flu in 2007, and swine flu in 2009 in Bangladesh. The first case of HIV in Bangladesh was detected in 1989 and the person was a foreigner. Last year, as many as 141 people died reportedly for being infected in HIV/AIDS.According to UN’s World Health Organization, 70 per cent sources of new diseases are animals and birds.Again, some diseases are making a comeback in Bangladesh. Cases of anthrax were reported in Pabna and Sirajganj since 2009 while a case of drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB and XDR-TB) case was first reported in 2002 in Bangladesh. *This article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.
Pretty much everyone over the age of fifty remembers 1973’s “Battle of the Sexes” showdown between tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. But two years later, another sporting event took place — this one pitting champion colt against champion filly — at New York’s famed Belmont Park. A kind of equine battle of the sexes, if you will, between Kentucky Derby Winner Foolish Pleasure and “Super Filly” Ruffian. None of the spectators crowded into the stands and watching on TV, would know that the high-anticipated contest would end in heart-wrenching tragedy.Ruffian, bred at Locust Hill Farm in Glyndon, Maryland, was born to race. Her bloodline could be traced back to Bold Ruler, sire of the great Secretariat, and Native Dancer, winner of 1953’s Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.Kentucky Derby. Courtesy: Kentuckytourism.comNot only did the nearly-black filly win every race she entered — leaving her competition in the dust and destroying track records along the way — she led at every point in each race she ran. Equally astonishing: Her jockey, Jacinto Vasquez, rarely needed to use his whip to spur his horse on. “Ruffian sets her own pace,” Vasquez said.After seeing Ruffian lay waste to the fillies she ran against, racing fans were anxious to see the horse go against the top colts for the Triple Crown. Trainer Frank Whiteley Jr., preferring to take things slow, entered the three-year-old in the Filly Triple Crown races instead — all of which Ruffian won, handily.Ruffian, ridden by Jacinto Vasquez.Whiteley planned to wait a while before testing Ruffian against the big boys. But after Secretariat’s Triple Crown victory two years earlier, viewership started to wan a bit, and horse racing needed a big event to generate interest. Racing officials had an idea: In 1975, a different horse had won each of the Triple Crown races. So why not have the undefeated filly take on all three in a special race?Problem was, the owners of the Belmont Stakes winner, Avatar, wanted no part of the race, and a head-to-head battle between Ruffian and only two of three Triple Crown winners just didn’t have the same dynamic.J. Vasquez rides Foolish Pleasure.Not to be deterred, organizers hatched another plan: a match race between Ruffian, winner of the Filly Triple Crown, and Foolish Pleasure, that year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Only one last detail had to be ironed out. Coincidentally, both horses had the same jockey, Jacinto Vasquez, who had to decide which champion to ride in the showdown. Vasquez chose Ruffian, simply because he believed her to be the better horse.Horses and lead ponies in a pre-race post parade at Belmont. The race track was the site of the first post parade in the United States.On July 6, 1975, Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure stormed out of the starting gate, in front of a crowd of more than 50,000 at Belmont Park and a television audience of 20 million. The filly took an early lead, but just before the half-mile mark, there was a loud, sickening crack. Ruffian lowered her head and started swerving. Almost instantly, Vasquez, as well as the horrified spectators, realized that she was hurt.Woman Becomes Millionaire from $18 Kentucky Derby BetThe jockey tried mightily to stop his horse, but Ruffian continued running, determined to finish the race — in the process, tearing ligaments in her right front leg, causing her hoof to flop around helplessly. While Foolish Pleasure dashed to the finish line, Vasquez finally managed to slow Ruffian down. Leaping from his saddle, he supported her massive body as best he could until help arrived, the frightened horse turning in tight circles around him.Moments after injury, track vet Manuel Gilman (left) rushes to aid Ruffian. Jockey Jacinto Vasquez pulled her up with a compound fracture of the right front during her $350,000 match race with Derby winner Foolish Pleasure at Belmont Park. (Photo by Anthony Casale/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)After being loaded into an ambulance, Ruffian was driven to a nearby equine hospital. There, she underwent a three-hour surgery to repair the broken sesamoid bones in her right foreleg. When the anesthesia wore off, however, the disoriented horse began thrashing about on the floor of the recovery stall — paddling her legs as if still running the race. In the process, she smashed the heavy plaster cast against her other elbow until it too was shattered.What’s more, the cast became dislodged, ripping open her right foreleg again. Realizing that Ruffian would never be able to withstand additional surgery, nor the long recovery that was required to fully heal, her medical team had no choice but to euthanize her.Formerly Caro and Foolish Pleasures stall. Photo by atthepaddock.com. CC By 2.0Almost instantly, the honors and tributes started pouring in. Ruffian posthumously won the 1975 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly. In 1976, she was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. What’s more, since 1976, the Ruffian Handicap (now known as the Ruffian Stakes), for horses three-years-old and up, is run in her honor.Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, USA.Ruffian’s death led to calls for better, more humane treatment of racehorses, and, indeed, her death would result in improvements in equine medicine, including surgical techniques and rehabilitation. One example: the invention of the “recovery pool.”Read another story from us: Were Camels Native to North America? The Evidence Says YesSince horses thrash around when coming out of anesthesia, suspending their huge frames in warm water prevents them from re-injuring themselves. The $18 million Ruffian Equine Medical Center (now known as Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists) opened in 2009, near Belmont Park, offering cutting-edge care.The great filly herself was laid to rest near a flagpole in the infield of Belmont Park — her nose, fittingly, pointed toward the finish line.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
AccorHotels scoop major wins at the HM AwardsAccorHotels scoop major wins at the HM AwardsAustralia and New Zealand’s largest hotel operator, AccorHotels, has collected 11 coveted award wins at the 2017 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence held at Sydney Town Hall on Friday night (1 September). The night ended on a high note with Simon McGrath, AccorHotels’ Chief Operating Officer Pacific, being honoured as HM Magazine Australian Hotelier of the Year.ibis Adelaide was crowned Economy Property of the Year, marking its second win in this category, whilst the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour took home New Zealand Hotel of the Year. AccorHotels CSR efforts were also acknowledged as the company claimed the Service to the Community accolade for Race to Survive Fiji.Highly commended Awards were issues to AccorHotels (Hotel Chain of the Year), along with Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains MGallery by Sofitel (Regional Property) and Novotel Barossa Valley Resort (Environmental Program).AccorHotels prevailed in the People Award categories with the coveted Rising Star Award going to Marty Lamont from Ibis Budget, whilst the Communications Associate of the Year category was taken home by AccorHotels Pacific Communication team; Ginni Post, Angela Cowley and Madeline Georgiadis.Other wins of the night included; Nancye Pirini, Novotel Auckland Airport (Hotel Chef of the Year), Tat Wai Ho, Mercure Sydney International Airport (Finance Associate of the Year), Richard Phillips, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort (Hotel Engineer of the Year) and Philip Hilton, Novotel and ibis Wellington (New Zealand General Manager of the Year)The following individuals were acknowledged as highly commended; Joleen Hurst, Mercure Sydney Parramatta (Australian General Manager) Josh Askew, Swissotel Sydney (Hotel Chef) Aleisha Zuvela, Fairmont Blue Mountains (HR Associate), Barbara Liu, Pullman Sydney Airport (Finance Associate), Chris James, Sofitel Auckland (Revenue Management Associate), Julie Lang, Mercure Penrith (Front Office Associate),Chief Operating Officer AccorHotels Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “We are honoured to have received such an outstanding array of accolades at this year’s HM Awards. Last year we celebrated our 25th year of operation in Australia and we are so proud of how far we have come. We pride ourselves on our customer service and the customer journey, and it is our employees that make AccorHotels such a special place to work and it is great to see so many of our staff recognised at this year’s awards”.The annual HM Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements which exemplify excellence in performance and service within the hospitality industry across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. For a full list of Award winners visit www.hmawards.com.auSource = AccorHotels
Sabre Corporation has appointed Sean McDonald to lead worldwide sales, commercial operations, business development and solution delivery for online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch engines and other digital travel companies for its Travel Network business.In his role, McDonald will build upon the company’s proven results in the online segment and help accelerate growth by winning new customers and increasing the company’s footprint with current accounts.McDonald comes to Sabre from a role as chief commercial officer at BD4travel, a technology company that delivers AI-driven personalisation and conversion enhancement solutions to online travel companies. Prior to that, McDonald was chief sales officer at Secret Escapes, and served as Senior Vice President Sales at Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN). In his new role, McDonald will be based in Sabre’s London office and will report to Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer, Sabre Travel Network. sabre
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