Delighted West Ham boss Sam Allardyce felt Diafra Sakho’s second-half goal effectively ended any prospect of a QPR comeback in the derby at Upton Park.Bottom-of-the-table Rangers were dealt an early blow when Nedum Onuoha scored an own goal after only five minutes.Charlie Austin missed a good chance for the visitors before Sakho scored the Hammers’ second goal just before the hour mark.And Allardyce said: “The second goal was a big moment. Even though we dominated the game there was a period where QPR were trying to get back into it and we then scored the second.“At 2-0 up at that stage, I think in the end that killed QPR’s spirit. It was difficult for them.“The lads stepped up and gave a very good performance and came out with a very good result.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
As the 21st International Aids Conference in Durban drew to a close, Prince Harry and Elton John joined a panel discussion on HIV/Aids and the youth. They hailed the progress made and stressed the need to continue the good work to empower young people. Prince Harry and Sir Elton John speak at the 21st International Aids Conference on 21 July 2016. They focussed on what young people can do. (Image: 21st International Aids Conference)Priya Pitamber“We cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve,” said Prince Harry at the 21st International Aids Conference in Durban. “Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.”He was speaking on Thursday at a session called “Ending Aids with the Voices of Youth”.Prince Harry called on this generation to be the one to bring an end to Aids.“It is time for a new generation of leaders to step forward. It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test. It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren’t kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbours. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to our ability to defeat this disease once and for all.”In the same session, British musician and LGBT activist John protested that both gay people and young people are being left out of the global Aids response. “It needs to stop here and now,” he said.“Many LGBT people and youth around the world still don’t have access to life-saving treatment and face high cases of stigma and discrimination.”[email protected]: “Young people are being left out and left behind in the AIDS response.” #AIDS2016 pic.twitter.com/gswp3kGe7e— AIDS 2016 (@AIDS_conference) July 21, 2016Prince Harry also spoke of stigma and discrimination. He recalled his visit to Lesotho over 13 years ago. There he met many young people forced to become adults too soon after losing one or both parents to Aids.This prompted him and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso to form the charity Sentebale, which gives support and expertise to children and young people affected by HIV and Aids.“We knew that just focusing on the physical effects of the disease wasn’t enough – a child with unaddressed depression or traumatic stress from bereavement, poverty, and discrimination is not a child who is likely to stick with their treatment programme,” Prince Harry said.See more:Progress already made, but the fight continuesThe British royal spoke about the first International Aids Conference, held in 1985, when HIV was considered a death sentence. He said stigma stopped people from being open about their condition and actually getting tested.But because of the work from global leaders – he mentioned Nelson Mandela, Sir Elton John, and his mother, Princess Diana – huge progress has been made.“When my mother held the hand of a man dying of Aids in an East London hospital, no one would have imagined that just over a quarter of a century later treatment would exist that could see HIV-positive people live full, healthy, loving lives.”But he identified a new risk – complacency.“We cannot lose a sense of urgency, because despite all the progress we have made, HIV remains among the most pressing and urgent of global challenges – 1.1-million people died of Aids and 2.1-million were infected last year alone.”Prince Harry: “We now face a new risk. The risk of complacency.” #AIDS2016 pic.twitter.com/Mj52tpS091— AIDS 2016 (@AIDS_conference) July 21, 2016“HIV remains the number-one cause of death among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.”Watch more highlights:The progress the prince has seen in Lesotho has given him confidence, though. He has seen diligent support from young people to friends and family with HIV. He said they are the reason he cares so passionately about the fight.“I hope that their stories of courage, and not just the huge problems they face, can inspire all of you as well.”
Real Betis defender Bartra blasts Vinicius Jr: He remembered my mother three times…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis defender Marc Bartra has hit out at Real Madrid attacker Vinicius Junior after yesterday’s clash.Madrid won 2-1 with former Barcelona defender Bartra having a running battle with the Brazilian teen.He barked: “Vinícius was on the ground for longer than he was standing, I asked him not to dive and he called me a son of … well, he has remembered my mother three times.”Bartra offered Vinicius some advice: “He has a lot to learn, I do not think they are the right actions for a Real Madrid player.”He added: “The points escaped us, but at the level of sensations we have been very superior, that gives us a lot of confidence, it is a good line for the future.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Police investigate three Brighton fans after racist incidentsby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThree Brighton fans are under investigation by Sussex Police following two separate incidents of racism at the club’s Amex Stadium, reports BBC Sport.The first incident involved two fans and took place at an Under-23 fixture against Tottenham on 27 September.The second occurred during Saturday’s win over Spurs, with one person arrested by police at the stadium.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber condemned the behaviour and thanked fans who reported the incidents.”It is very encouraging that in both incidents our stewards were alerted to this totally unacceptable behaviour by other Albion fans and, working with Sussex Police, our staff were able to take swift action, which hopefully will increase the chances of a conviction,” Barber said. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After six movies, 22 years, countless bruises and a broken ankle, Tom Cruise’s death-defying “Mission: Impossible” stunts continue to pay off at the box office.“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” easily took the No. 1 spot on the domestic charts this weekend. Paramount Pictures estimates that it earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American theatres.Not accounting for inflation, it’s a best for the long-running franchise, which has grossed $2.8 billion worldwide, and one of Cruise’s biggest too (just shy of “War of the Worlds’” $64.9 million debut in 2005). Internationally, the film earned $92 million from 36 markets which is also a franchise best.Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, “Fallout” has scored some of the best reviews in the series and has been in the news cycle for almost a year. Talk about the film started early, in August of 2017, when Cruise broke his ankle performing a stunt in London with video to prove it.“Paramount was strategically perfect in their marketing and publicity game,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “They showed how important a star’s presence is in marketing the movie early on. Tom Cruise broke his ankle and they made that into a positive for the movie — it fed the Tom Cruise ‘Mission: Impossible’ mystique.”Second place went to “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” which fell 57 per cent in its second weekend in theatres, to earn $15 million. It was a much steeper decline than the first film, which dropped only 36 per cent between its first and second weekends.Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2” slid to third with $14 million in weekend two, and “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” took fourth with $12.3 million.The animated “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” a feature spinoff of the Cartoon Network television show about Robin and some of the lesser-known DC superheroes, was the only major film to open against “Fallout.” The Warner Bros. release earned $10.5 million and landed in fifth place.The film earned positive reviews from critics and younger audiences, but also faced a fair amount of animated competition from both “Hotel Transylvania 3” and “Incredibles 2,” which is still going strong in its seventh weekend and headed toward the $1 billion mark. As of Sunday the Disney/Pixar sequel had earned an estimated $996.5 million globally.But although $10.5 million might seem on the lower side, “Teen Titans” also cost only $10 million to produce.“Family movies like this will play for a lot of weeks,” said Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution president Jeff Goldstein. “The whole objective of this movie was to work with our cousins in other Warner units for brand identification.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $61.5 million ($92 million international).2. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $15 million ($26.6 million international).3. “The Equalizer 2,” $14 million ($1.9 million international).4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $12.3 million ($31 million international).5. “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies,” $10.5 million ($1 million international).6. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” $8.4 million ($11.5 million international).7. “Incredibles 2,” $7.2 million ($20 million international).8. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $6.8 million ($10.9 million international).9. “Skyscraper,” $5.4 million ($17.7 million international).10. “The First Purge,” $2.2 million ($4.5 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Hello Mr. Billionaire,” $129.5 million.2. “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” $92 million.3. “Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings,” $42.9 million.4. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” $31 million.5. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” $26.6 million.6. “Incredibles 2,” $20 million.7. “Skyscraper,” $17.7 million.8. “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” $11.5 million.9. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” $10.9 million.10. “Illang: The Wolf Brigade,” $5.2 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr
New Delhi: The impasse over of the fate of Grand Alliance in Bihar is set to end on Tuesday despite the fact that the marathon meeting with all the key partners of Mahagathbandhan remained inconclusive on Monday.As per the sources, the Congress has ‘agreed’ to ‘accept’ the new seat sharing formula just to keep the Grand Alliance intact and oust the ruling BJP government at the Centre. “During a series of meeting with Congress’ Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav and RLSP leaders, it has been decided that Congress would contest on single digit number of seats, while RJD to retain the lion’s share,” the party insiders said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”There is no question of breaking the alliance. We all have come together with a similar objective of defeating the communal forces. The agenda of the Grand Alliance is to safeguard the constitutional rights of the people of Bihar rather than serving for our own interests,” the party insiders said. As per the sources, the final decision in this regard would be taken on Monday night and it would be announced on Tuesday. The Congress, which was demanding 11 seats, may ‘agree’ to contest on nine seats, while RJD would contest on 20 seats, while other ally partners like Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP would get four seats, Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM may get three seats, CPI (ML) to get one seat, Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) would get one seat and Mukesh Sahni’s party would get two seats. Bihar has a total of 40 Lok Sabha parliamentary constituencies.
New Delhi: Tax offices, for both income tax and GST, will remain open on Saturday and Sunday as the departments race against time to meet the revenue collection targets. “As per past practice, all field offices of CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs) will remain open during the last weekend of the current financial year also March 30 and March 31, 2019, for assisting the taxpayers in all matters,” CBIC said in an office memorandum. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In an office order, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asked its field offices to facilitate filing of tax-returns by the taxpayers by opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on March 30 and 31. “The last date for filing belated/revised tax-returns for assessment year 2018-19 is March 31, 2019. The financial year 2018-19 also closes on (March) 31. In view of the closed holidays March 30 and 31, being Saturday and Sunday, Income Tax Offices throughout India (including the ASK Centres), shall remain open on March 30 and 31 during normal office hours,” the CBDT said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The government has pegged goods and services tax (GST) collection target at Rs 11.47 lakh crore in the current fiscal, while the same for direct tax mop up is Rs 12 lakh crore. GST collections in the current fiscal till February totalled Rs 10.70 lakh crore. With regard to direct taxes, the CBDT had collected only Rs 10.21 lakh crore as on March 23, which is 85.1 per cent of the revised estimate of Rs 12 lakh crore. The apex policy making body for income and corporate taxes has asked its field offices to take all possible actions to achieve the collection targets. The Reserve Bank of India has also asked banks keep their branches open on March 31, so that all government transactions for financial year 2018-19 are accounted for within the same financial year. All electronic transactions, including RTGS and NEFT, will continue for the extended time on March 30 and March 31, 2019.
Sofia – The first set of consultations for concluding an agreement on social security between Morocco and Bulgaria ended, Friday in Sofia, on the shared viewpoint concerning the good progress of talks.A statement from the Moroccan embassy in Bulgaria said that this shared viewpoint shows the will and common commitment by both parties to reaching a mutually-beneficial settlement of the talks under way.The Bulgarian labor and social policy minister Hassan Ademov hailed the commitment by Morocco and Bulgaria to signing an agreement on social security. Receiving the head of the Moroccan delegation to these talks Mimoun Bentaleb, secretary general of the ministry of employment and social affairs and Latifa Akharbach, Morocco’s ambassador to Bulgaria, Ademov said that the consultations represent a meaningful step towards the reinforcement of cooperation ties between the two countries, describing the agreement on social security and pensions as a modern and useful tool by the two countries to broaden the scope of cooperation.
OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAbout 20 miles south of Houston, in the small town of Manvel, Texas, Edith Applegate walked her 10-year-old granddaughter Alex Bayne home from elementary school.As the pair walked up the driveway, a young Bayne pranced up toward the house that stood on 5 acres of land. She patiently sat, waited for her parents to get home from work, and thought about her upcoming dance recital.Later that night, she would play catch with her father, David, as her mother Joni looked on. As the ball hit the glove that was bigger than her head, Bayne knew almost immediately this was something she would want to do for a long time.Fast forward to a decade later, Bayne crosses home plate at Buckeye Field, pauses at the dish, firing an imaginary bow and arrow into the outfield. She just hit her second three-run home run of the game against Maryland, giving the team a 12-2 lead in the 2016 Big Ten opener.These would be just two of the 19 home runs she slugged in her junior season for the Ohio State softball team, leading the team and tying a single-season school record.But before Bayne was leading the Buckeyes in home runs, she was told by multiple schools that she was just too small to succeed in their programs.“It’s kind of ironic now,” said Bayne, who is now entering her senior season. “There were times when schools would literally tell me they were looking for someone with bigger stature or someone with a little more power in their bat.”At 5-foot-5 inches tall, Bayne might not be the biggest player on the field, but she sure does pack a punch. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in drive and determination.“With a small stature, she is still our strongest player in the weight room,” said coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “She absolutely crushes it in there.”Bayne learned her drive and focus from an early age.As an Associated Press and Texas scholar during her high-school career, Bayne was able to excel in both academics and athletics, while still maintaining a social life. She learned to prioritize what was most important with the help of her parents. It also helped that Bayne had an immense interest in learning.“It sounds kind of geeky, but I loved it and I still do,” Bayne said. “My parents helped me to learn that education is the most important thing. They taught me that if you excel in your education, you’ll be able to play softball and still hang out with friends.”Joining an 18-and-under league by the age of 14, Bayne realized she had the talent to play at the next level. After what felt like hundreds of emails and handwritten letters to coaches all across the country, she found herself at Marshall University for her freshman year of college.While falling in love with the community atmosphere of Marshall University that reminded Bayne a lot of home, the program wound up not being the right fit. As a result, she would take the year off from softball during what would have been her sophomore season, giving Bayne time to refocus and regain a passion for the sport.It was during this time that Bayne discovered OSU. After numerous visits with her then-boyfriend, now-fiancé Bryce Calvin, who was a student at OSU, Bayne felt a special connection with the university.“I fell in love with the school, the traditions and how everyone strives for excellence here,” Bayne said. “You don’t come to Ohio State to be average. You come here to be awesome academically and athletically. I knew this is where I wanted to be and the people I wanted to surround myself with.”Having already made her transfer academically, Bayne then looked to join the Buckeyes’ softball team. After numerous emails with the coaches, Bayne came in for one of the team’s open tryouts, where she impressed enough to become a member of the team.“At the time we really didn’t have a lot of room on our roster, but there was something about Alex; a spark and determination that we couldn’t turn down,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I really didn’t know how she would fit in or develop, but we took the chance.”The rest is history. Through long hours and steady focus, Bayne has made herself into one of the best power hitters Ohio State has ever seen. She attributes much of her success to the advice she has received from hitting coach Jenna Hall and strength coach Andres Britton.“She bought into the training program and puts all her energy and focus into it and it has paid off,” Britton said. “She takes her time and makes sure she gets the most out of every training session. She embraces the process, trusts in the program and has a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.”While acknowledging the schools that overlooked her for her lack of power, Bayne does not hold a grudge. Rather, she is grateful.“I’m very happy with where I am,” Bayne said. “If they hadn’t have passed on me, I wouldn’t have worked my way here to where I am today. Now I’m just like ‘Hey, I’m still 5-foot-5, but I do have power.’”With just one year of eligibility left, Bayne has big goals for herself and her team in her final season. While wanting to limit strikeouts, make herself a harder out and become a better leader, the main thing on her mind is making the postseason. “The most important thing to me in my senior season is knowing I helped this team get to where we wanted to go, regardless of my recognition,” Bayne said. “That is what would make me have a happy and fulfilling senior year.”
Redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan is awarded a victory during a dual meet against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13.Credit: OSU athleticsGrowing up in a family with a wrestling background could prove to be difficult, especially when your father and uncle were successful.Bo and Micah Jordan grew up in Ohio and have known they would be wrestlers for the majority of their lives. It was in their blood, as their father Jeff is the head coach of their alma mater St. Paris Graham High School, which has won 14 straight team state titles, and was an All-American at Wisconsin. Their uncle, congressman Jim Jordan, like his brother, was a four-time state champion in high school and also became a two-time NCAA Champion for the Badgers.Like the pair of Jordan brothers before them, Bo and Micah also each won four state titles, but chose a different path for college.“I think my whole family wanted me to go to Wisconsin, especially my dad at the start, but he told me to do what felt right and Ohio State was the place I grew to love,” Bo said.The Jordans — Bo is a redshirt-freshman while Micah is a freshman — have now arrived at OSU, and have another set of brothers to look up to, the well-known Stiebers.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, who has totaled seven championships in as many years dating back to high school, believes the Jordans can continue their success at a high level.“They’re very similar, both really tough, both have four high school state titles and I think they can bring the same amount of hype and results as Hunter and I have,” Stieber said. “They’re great people and they work really hard.”Hunter Stieber, a redshirt-junior for the Buckeyes, was a four-time Ohio state champion as well.OSU coach Tom Ryan said the two sets of brothers resemble each other.“They’re (the Jordans) similar to the Stieber brothers in a lot of ways. Both are really close and obviously the success has been there,” Ryan said. When comparing the brothers, Ryan said the elders — Logan and Bo — are as alike as the younger brothers.“I would say in both cases the older brother is the more physical wrestler and the younger brother is a little prettier,” Ryan said. “The younger brothers use a little more speed and the older brothers use a little more braun.”These aren’t traits that have developed overnight either, as even at a very young age, the Jordans were wrestling.“We’ve been wrestling for as long as I can remember,” Bo said. “One of the earliest childhood memories I have is me wearing a diaper, knee pads and my dad’s shoes on the wrong feet trying to do penetration steps in the house.”Along with being successful wrestlers, Ryan said the Jordans had a great upbringing.“They are guys that will always get along with people and are very humble,” Ryan said. “Humility will always be a constant, despite the success they’ve had.”Their cousin, Isaac Jordan, is currently wrestling for Wisconsin and is ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds. The cousins are the top two 165 pounders in the Big Ten, and could match up in the Big Ten Championship Finals.“I just have to go out there and wrestle my best like every match,” Bo said. “I’m not going out there wrestling Isaac Jordan or any other name, I’m wrestling against myself and being the best I can be.” Micah Jordan is redshirting this year and has posted a 29-1 record in various open tournaments throughout the season. The 149 pounder is the same weight as Hunter and, in the case of Stieber not being able to return from injury, Micah has stayed ready with the postseason looming.“It’s been a good year, redshirting is allowing me to get ready for next year,” Micah said. “I definitely want to be wrestling with the varsity guys and my brother, but for now my main goal is just to get better for next year.”Having his brother help him out with the transition to college and redshirting has helped, Micah said.“It’s great having my brother here. We are drill partners and he pushes me and helps me out a lot,” he said. “He’s a big role model for me and is a big reason for me coming to Ohio State.”Bo is currently ranked No. 5 in the country at 165 pounds and is a perfect 15-0 on the year, as well as 38-0 in his career. Watching the Stieber brothers has motivated him to be even better, Bo said.“It’s really cool to have seen the Stieber brothers winning state titles together and that’s what I want me and my brother to do,” he said. “There is no replacing the Stiebers. These guys are animals, but that’s the goal, trying to be as successful as they are.”The Buckeyes are 13-3 and finished second in the Big Ten at 8-1 and are currently ranked third nationally. As Logan finishes up his final push for greatness at OSU, he will leave behind a legacy that might never be matched. Hunter and Bo will look to get their first taste at greatness this March at the NCAA championships and Micah will be ready and waiting for his turn next season.“The Stiebers are tough. It’s awesome to see what they’ve accomplished and Bo and I are trying to follow in their footsteps,” Micah said.And following in the Jordans’ footsteps could even be yet another Jordan.The youngest of the three, Rocky, a freshman in high school, hasn’t officially committed to OSU, but wants nothing more than to follow in his brothers footsteps and become a Buckeye, Bo said.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Bo Jordan is a redshirt-sophomore. Bo Jordan is in fact a redshirt-freshman.