Intra-caste Rajput couple in Bihar on the run

first_imgAt an undisclosed location in Purnia district of North-East Bihar, 350 km from capital Patna, Kumar Aman Ashish, 21, and Prerna Kumari, 20, are hiding. They are a couple in love, who are on the run. Prerna’s family is hunting them for daring to love, elope and marry; her father has registered a case of kidnapping against the young groom. They change their location every three to four days for “fear of reprisal.”There is a twist to the love tale too. This is not an inter-religious or inter-caste marriage. Neither has Ashish kidnapped Prerna. Both, Ashish and Prerna belong to the forward Rajput caste. And both are adults. The hitch? Prerna’s parents wanted their daughter to marry a boy of their choice.Ashish joins the long list of men against whom a case of abduction has been made out under the IPC.40% casesThe website of the Bihar Police Department, biharpolice.bih.nic.in, claims that more than 40% cases of kidnapping in Bihar last year (until November), were for “marriages” such as those of Ashish and Prerna’s where couples eloped.In Khurhan village under Alamnagar police station of Madhepura district, Ashish and Prerna were neighbours, growing up together and falling in love in their teens. That’s when trouble started for the couple. Prerna’s parents were opposed to the relationship and when Prerna was caught talking to Ashish on her mobile phone, her mother confiscated it. She was also beaten up. When her parents fixed her marriage to a boy of their choice, Prerna and Ashish decided to elope.  Leaving home was the only option left for the couple, who fled on January 5 midnight. They drove on a motorbike for six hours to cross the neighbouring Nepal border through Jogbani in Araria district. On the run, they were stopped by patrolling policemen, questioned and let off. They entered Nepal at the break of dawn and checked into a local hotel at Biratnagar, stayed there for four days and reached Patna to solemnise their marriage secretly in a local Arya Samaj temple in Mithapur locality on January 15. They intimated the Chief Minister, State police chief, SPs of respective districts and the local police station officer-in-charge about their marriage with all relevant documents as proof of their age as consenting adults. They also notified their marriage through an advocate in Patna.Meanwhile, Prerna’s father Kundan Kumar Singh lodged an FIR (no: 5/2018) on January 17, against Ashish, his parents, younger brother, and a cousin sister, at the Alamnagar police station, accusing them of abducting his daughter.The Bihar police records show that 222 cases of “kidnapping for marriage and kidnapping for elopement” were registered in Purnia district while, 136 such cases were lodged in neighbouring Madhepura district till November 2017.“When we got to know that they had married we approached the girl’s family to accept their marriage but we were threatened with death,” says Amir Kumar Singh, father of Ashish. Mr. Singh himself had a love-marriage 23-years back.“But we received threatening calls… death sentences and, the police too became hostile,” he adds.At the remote village home of Prerna, her father Kundan Kumar Singh, concedes, “It is all a frivolous charge… what can we do when she is already married. She has brought dishonour to the family by running away.”In hiding, Prerna asks, “Did I do something wrong in marrying the boy I love?” Ashish wonders whether their marriage amounts to a crime. “If it is not, why has the police lodged a case not only against us but three other members of our family?”, he asks.A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had observed on February 5, 2018, “When two people get into wedlock, no one should interfere. Neither parents, society, panchayat…no one at all.” The court also ruled that two adults are free to marry and “no third party” has a right to harass or cause harm.last_img read more

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Medical suppliers demand dues from State

first_imgNearly 150 drugs and surgical device suppliers are planning to stop supply to government-run hospitals if their pending dues worth over ₹23 crore are not paid immediately. The All Food and Drug Licence Holders Foundation (AFDLHF), an association of suppliers, in a letter to the State government on Wednesday, stated that their dues have mounted for the last three years.“The overall dues had mounted to nearly ₹95 crore, some of which were cleared over the last few months. But we still have pending bills worth over ₹23 crore,” said Abhay Pandey, president of AFDLHF. The 150-odd companies under the association supply essential drugs, implants, surgical devices and other hospital requirements like masks, gloves and gauzes to 17 State-run hospitals attached to medical colleges. These suppliers are selected through the tendering process of the lowest price offers. For example, a pair of gloves that costs ₹45 in retail is sold at about ₹9 to the government, a face mask costing ₹10 in retail is sold at ₹0.70 to the government.“The Chief Minister had sanctioned ₹120 crore to clear the pending bills at State hospitals. But instead of clearing our dues, the hospitals began clearing their local purchase dues with that money,” Mr. Pandey said. In his letter, he mentions bills worth over ₹28 lakh from GT Hospital, ₹2.73 crore from St. George Hospital, ₹40 lakh from Akola Medical College and ₹31 lakh from Nanded Medical College, pending for approval at the Mantralaya. Additionally, bills of over ₹6 crore from Cama Hospital are yet to be sent for approval either to Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) or Mantralaya. “The bills at Cama are pending only because the Administration Officer has not found the time to sign them,” he said. Till six months ago, the drugs and devices would be supplied to DMER, Directorate of Health Services (DHS) and the Haffkine Institute and further be distributed to the State hospitals. Now, Haffkine has been appointed as the only purchase point by the government. “We hope this changes the scenario on the ground level for us as well,” Mr. Pandey said.Dr. Prakash Wakode, joint director of DMER said that the State is looking at clearing the dues as soon as possible. “Once the bills extend to a certain amount a clearance process has to be followed. For example, the dean of the hospital can sanction only a certain amount. If the amount is beyond what the dean can approve, it is further sent to the director and then to the Mantralaya. This process takes time,” he said. He is yet to see the letter sent by the AFDLHF.last_img read more

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Can Stars Act?

first_imgIt’s a timeless, endless and relentless controversy that began the day performers and performances came into being. Stars consider actors a dull, theatrical lot, desperate to play the “realism” card to prove to the world that great acting comes from being natural and real life, which to them is a lot like death-warmed-up! Actors view stars as corny and laughable cardboard cut-outs, forever engaged in hamming and posturing for their end objective of successfully catering to the lowest common denominator, who wouldn’t recognize real acting performance if it stared them in the face or bit their behind.Not all of this is true … or false. In terms of sheer acting, Naseeruddin Shah, Om, Pankaj Kapoor, Irfaan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rahul Bose or Sahana Goswami undoubtedly represent mind blowing fare, but do they go across a fraction as big as the stars? The killer Khan clan, Hrithik, Akshay, Ranbir or Kat, Bips, Kareena and Priyanka may not have the histrionic fire-power of the above list, but their glamor, charisma, electric presence and sex appeal mesmerizes. Amitabh Bachchan in Paa Agreed, say the critics, but popularity is not excellence. These dumb award ceremonies played out in different parts of the world, are silly, ego-boosting shows pandering to dumbed-down, glamor-starved, Bolly-crazy NRIs, neither interested nor knowledgeable about the real thing, they insist. Can these stars, earning mind-blowing pay-checks, act to save their life?Loaded question, but the answer has to be: If given the scope, opportunity, motivation, inspiration and mentoring, yes! Examples? Here goes …Let’s start with King Khan. Shahrukh Khan has always — not without reason — been perceived, first and last, as a star. Tashan, and mannerisms define his screen persona as the ultimate, romantic lover-boy, whose pairing with Kajol, is rated as the biggest wow of the generation. Sling in comedy, dance, action and drama and Shahrukh offers the most lethally entertaining package in B-town. It’s not great acting, say his critics, but hamming and doing the same damn thing over and over again. Maybe, says the cool dude, but if a zillion fans all over planet earth are okay with it, who am I to quarrel with it, boss? On a more serious note, didn’t lover boy Khan deliver in super style in Swadesh and later Chak De? And didn’t the recent My Name is Khan prove his ability to push the envelope one more time? Remember Shahid Kapoor (the poor man’s SRK?) constantly flashing his cute, lover-boy, dancing-star image in film after film after film? And then came Kaminey and blew the hell out of this image, right? Playing a double role — disabled — the cutie pie socked home a solid thumper!Same with dancing freak, Greek God looking Hrithik Roshan. After his sensational Kaho Naa … he was the new hot star on the block, remember? A couple of bombs later, playing a guy with a child-like personality, Roshan junior risked his all to come up trumps in Koi… Mil Gaya. Risky as hell — one false move and it would turn out to be a caricature — Duggu leapt in and rocked, big time!  Aamir Khan at a press conference for Ghajini What about the metrosexual and uber-cool dude Saif Ali Khan? After a zillion bombs, he was “discovered” by Farhan Akhtar in Dil Chahta Hai and took off from there. However, the first sign of a real, stark risk-taking move was his deadly negative role in Ek Haseena Thi. The film may not have romanced the charts, but it clearly served notice to anyone who cared to note that here was a talent clearly beyond the image. Omkara confirmed it in an amazingly, chilling manner. He played Langda Tyagi so convincingly that one forgot he is really the Chhote Nawab of B-town! And can one ever forget dud actor Abhishek Bachchan transforming into a fine performer in Yuva and later Guru? It took the perceptive Mani Ratnam to figure out the real strengths of Amitabh Bachchan’s baby and boy, did he exploit them to the full in both movie.! Ever since, Abhi has indeed moved on … and away from his dad’s giant-sized shadow! Aamir Khan actually doesn’t need to be listed in this group, because, if there is one star who has consistently dared to tilt at windmills — from Lagaan to 3 idiots — to demonstrate his urge to portray different roles, characters and personas, it is this pocket-sized dynamo of talent.   Shahid Kapoor in KamineySo, these are some of the major hot n’ happening stars who have risen to the bait, when it came their way. Hey? What about the Big B, you ask? Sure, with Paa and a host of character roles — Sarkar, Cheeni Kum, Baghban, KANK — he does qualify, but not, in my book, in quite as convincing a way as, say, Aamir. Because at his peak (in the 1970s and early 1980s), he never ever attempted anything that disturbed his image, or rocked the boat. Pity, as he was one star who could have given both, his outstanding talent and the small film movement of that time, a dynamic momentum. Ah well, better late than never, I guess …Cut to the perpetually dismissed, neglected, taunted and patronized constituency — Bollywood heroines! Barbie Dolls, sexy, glamorous props inserted to provide the hero with a “love interest” and the drooling, voyeuristic mobs a deadly peek show. While it is true that beauty queens and hot models are invading the biz in droves, there are enough examples to demonstrate that these so-called mannequins can sometimes startle and stun the biggest cynic. See for yourself …Let’s start with the celebrated ice maiden, Ash Rai Bachchan. For a long time, she was the butt of jokes relating to acting, remember? A doll in a showcase, cosmetic queen … Then came Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and more significantly, Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali and later Raincoat. In recent times, Guru reaffirmed what people never knew about the beauty — she had talent. What she needed was a director and a vehicle to showcase it with passion, inspiration and confidence.   Shah Rukh Khan on the set of My Name Is Khan with director Karan JoharLikewise, the lovely Kareena Kapoor zonked one and all by going de-glam and socking out one helluva performance early in Chameli, in which she played the role of a sex-worker. Rani Mukherjee, at her peak, had the guts and confidence to play a deaf, blind girl in Sanjay Leela Bansari’s path-breaking Black. Unforgettable, huh? And beauty queen Priyanka Chopra in the role of the sexually aggressive other woman in Aitraaz and later doing two astonishing turns in Kaminey and What’s Your Rashee. Amazing, naa? As we go into print, the reigning diva Katrina Kaif makes her debut in this list with Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, where she plays a female politician. At the end of the day, we should remember a couple of things. One, despite the frenzied star craze in our land, a film is ultimately a director’s product. It is he and he alone, through his vision, talent, and sensitivity who can extract the best out of his performers. Which is exactly why, despite having the biggest marquee draws, several big films bomb and smaller films click. Secondly, most stars are mostly clueless about their own strength and talent-bandwidth and if properly motivated and driven they can, and do, achieve wonders.So, can stars act? Yes, they can — if and when challenged by the right set of circumstances. But come on, why bother if just looking hot and posturing can excite their drooling fans and secure them paychecks to wake the dead?HERO AS ZERO!B-towns new obsession with de-glam stars.Once upon a time, the hero was handsome, brave, noble, honest, God-fearing and tread the path of virtue with all his mental and physical faculties. The heroine was beautiful, virtuous, sacrificial, ever-giving and never ever strayed from the straight and narrow. Not any more, guys. Suddenly, it is cool to be imperfect in Bollywood. Check it out …  Aamir KhanWhat better example to kick-off than Bollywood’s Ace of Hearts Shahrukh Khan — the quintessential Mr. Romantic — playing a character suffering from Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, in his last release My Name is Khan; a guy who can neither say a simple “I love you” to his lovely wife (Kajol) nor make eye contact. Earlier he limped his way into several hearts as a disgruntled, frustrated and injured footballer in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. A couple of years earlier, another superstar Aamir Khan did his number in Ghajini, playing a hero who suffered from short term memory loss. Earlier yet, chocolate boy Shahid Kapoor hit the disability button real hard in Kaminey, essaying a double role in which one stutters while the other lisps.Cut to Rani Mukherjee, who played a deaf-mute in Black. Kajol was blind in Fanaa and suffered Alzheimer’s in U, Me Aur Hum. Hubby Ajay Devgan, played a developmentally challenged father in Main Aisa Hi Hoon. As we go to print, rumor has it that in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest movie Guzarish, Hrithik plays a paraplegic. No big deal, remember his brilliant turn as an overgrown child in Koi… Mil Gaya? And of course the Amitabh Bachchan’s astonishing portrayal in Paa was something else. If reports are to be believed, many more “disabled” roles are in the offing.And the stars are grabbing! Good heavens, wassup guys? Whatever happened to the glamor-glycerine breed, the cosmetic, conscious, image-fixated dudes and dolls? After all, the heavy-duty gyming and beauty-parlor kills, this? Critics are not surprised. They point to Hollywood which has pushed this envelope, big time. Whether it is Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia, Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, Jamie Fox in Ray, and Al Pacino in Scent Of a Woman — these guys have never hesitated to storm into the blood n’ marrow of these roles, making them come alive … and image, be damned! Bollywood too seems to be heading that way. “In terms of histrionic challenge for stars it is certainly very potent, visible and tempting. Besides, audiences too seem to be cool with the disabled hero/heroine. An exciting churn is on and in this scenario, anything that is engaging, fresh, novel and impactive is … on!” says film critic Saibal Chatterjee. So, the age of the perfect hero and gorgeous heroine is under challenge — and B-town and audiences are the richer for it.— ML  Related Itemslast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo dedicates 5th PBA MVP to his family LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pacquiao had a thrilling trilogy with Morales, with him winning 2-1, a four-fight epic with Marquez, and a couple of wins against Barrera.Boxing’s only eight-division champion forced De La Hoya into retirement, knocked out a prime Hatton, pummeled Cotto, and had one of the most memorable rivalries in boxing history with Mayweather.Despite wrestling the title of best pound-for-pound boxer for almost 10 years, Mayweather and Pacquiao only fought once in a dud of a bout in 2015 that ended in a unanimous decision win for the Pretty Boy.Pacquiao is currently preparing for his defense of the WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez exchange blows during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has fought 69 times as a professional that spanned across three different decades.The Filipino boxing icon championed different eras and was at one point the best boxer in the world, regardless of weight class, and this longevity saw him go up against the Sweet Science’s best.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Pacquiao, though, narrowed down the greatest fighters he’s fought to seven names.“I think my top opponents are Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Erik Morales, and Ricky Hatton,” said Pacquiao in a report by BoxingNewsOnline.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao (60-7-2) burst into the scene in 2001 when he beat Lehlo Ledwaba senseless for the IBF world super bantamweight title and it was, coincidentally, in the undercard of De La Hoya’s fight against Javier Castillejo for the WBC World super welterweight championship.It was the fight that catapulted a blonde-dyed Pacquiao to the American consciousness and everything that followed was history. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Nets spoil James Harden’s 58-point night, stun Rockets

first_img“Frustrating,” Harden said. “Very frustrating.”Dinwiddie forced overtime, making three 3-pointers in the last 30 seconds of regulation. In the extra period, he hit the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left.“Just fantastic, he was unbelievable,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “The 3s were great, but I also love how he was driving the ball to the rim, too.”Dinwiddie said he didn’t really have time to celebrate his hot shooting as the shots were falling and kept a very businesslike mindset.“It was like: ‘Down nine. Down six. Down three. Oh, tied? Let’s get a stop,’” he said about his 3-point spree. “That’s really all it was.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin star as Pistons outlast Magic in OT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP-INSNets: Jared Dudley missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Shabazz Napier returned after missing one game with tightness in his right hamstring. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned after sitting out the last seven games with a right adductor strain.Rockets: Eric Gordon had 20 points in his return after missing eight games with a bruised right knee. He came out of the game early because his knee was sore, but Gordon said he’s OK. … James Ennis missed the game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. Coach Mike D’Antoni said he should return for the next game. … Chris Paul missed his 13th game in a row with a strained left hamstring … Clint Capela missed his second straight game with an injured right thumb. … Brandon Knight sat out with a sore left knee.MORE HARDEN NUMBERSHarden’s 58 points are the second-most in franchise history behind the career-high 60 he scored against Orlando on Jan. 30, 2018. It’s the second time in his career he’s scored at least 50 points in back-to-back games after he did it on Dec. 20 and Dec. 22, 2017. It’s his fourth 50-point game this season and the 13th of his career, which ranks sixth in NBA history. He is averaging 40 points in his last 21 games.UP NEXTNets: At Orlando on Friday night.Rockets: Host Lakers on Saturday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion After Harden made three free throws to give the Rockets a one-point lead, James Nunnally — who signed a 10-day contract Wednesday — hit a 3-pointer to make it 142-135 with 1:28 left.Treveon Graham made a 3 for Brooklyn and Jarrett Allen made a basket but missed a free throw to cut the lead to 142-140. But the Nets grabbed a rebound and Dinwiddie, who had seven points in OT, made a three-point play to put Brooklyn up 143-142. Austin Rivers missed a 3 for Houston, and Joe Harris made two free throws to make it 145-142 with 1.6 seconds left.Houston had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Gerald Green’s shot clanged off the rim.Allen had 21 points and a career-high 24 rebounds, Graham had a career-high 21 points and Carroll added a season-best 22.Harden agreed that fatigue contributed to this loss on a night he and Rivers both played more than 45 minutes and Tucker almost 42.“A little bit,” he said. “We were small. You’ve got James (Nunnally) out there his first game and we had a couple of mistakes out there near the end. But give them credit, they made some big shots.”The Rockets broke their own record for 3-point attempts after shooting 61 against New Orleans on Dec. 16, 2016. Houston also holds the record for most 3-pointers made after hitting 26 in a win over Washington this season. Green, who did not attempt a 2-point basket, made 5 of 15.The Rockets were up by 11 with about 2 1/2 minutes left when Brooklyn used a 9-3 run to get to 127-122 with about 30 seconds left.P.J. Tucker made two free throws after that, and Dinwiddie made a 3 for Brooklyn with 26.2 seconds remaining to cut it to 128-125. Harden made one of two free throws, and Dinwiddie struck again with another 3 about five seconds later to get Brooklyn within one.Tucker missed two free throws, but Harden grabbed a rebound with 12.7 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Dinwiddie made a third straight 3-pointer to tie it up with 8.4 seconds left. Harden had a chance to win it in regulation, but his 3-point attempt bounced off the rim. Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie (8) celebrates with teammates after an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Houston. The Nets won 145-142 in overtime. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points.“The man had 60 and we won,” Dinwiddie said, shaking his head and only slightly exaggerating Harden’s performance. “That’s big-time for a young group.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Nets spoiled Harden’s night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.Harden had his second straight season high after scoring 57 in a victory over Memphis on Monday night, but was only 5 of 19 from 3-point range. The Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 3s, making just 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHarden has scored at least 30 points in 18 straight games and has reached 40 in nine of the last 12. He was 16 of 34 overall from the field, made 21 of 23 free throws and had 10 rebounds and six assists.He was disappointed that his team squandered an eight-point lead with about a minute left in the fourth and a seven-point advantage in overtime. View commentslast_img read more

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Strong finish

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The win also nudged the Fuel Masters closer to a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.“I’ve said this before, these are the victories that we like—the ones that show character,” Phoenix coach Louie Alas said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMagnolia, which got its hopes up this conference after ending a three-game slide recently, crashed to a 1-4 slate. And the last sequences of the match were emblematic of the Hotshots’ run this conference.Wright hit a basket that gave Phoenix an 85-84 lead, but Paul Lee pushed Magnolia back up with a clutch three-point play with 33 seconds remaining. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES But Perkins countered with his triple and, after a free throw that iced scoring, the Fuel Masters forced the Hotshots to a prayer of a shot at the buzzer to seal the victory. And that stop didn’t escape Alas’ attention.“After all, it’s how you finish,” Alas said.Calvin Abueva kept Phoenix in the game through several Magnolia efforts to run away with the win. He finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Columbian bucked a lethargic start to frustrate Rain or Shine, 85-82, and reassert its mastery over currently the second-best team in the conference.Rashawn McCarthy had 22 points and five rebounds while going 5-for-9 from deep in the franchise’s fourth straight victory over the Elasto Painters in as many conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “We had a bad start in the first quarter. I told the boys to regroup in the second. We wanted to start on defense, and fortunately the players responded,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said.The Dyip took a while before losing the chasing Elasto Painters, who tailed Columbian through the efforts of big man Mark Borboran.But with a shot to make the playoffs still within reach, the young Columbian squad kept its distance as Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda came through for the Dyip when it mattered.“After losing to Blackwater, we had to bounce back. I told the guys … we’ll be needing these next three games, but we wanted to take it one game at a time,” Cardel said.The Dyip moved to 4-5 while the Painters dropped to 7-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Fierce Tigresses Phoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining and Phoenix forged a heart-stopping 89-87 victory over Magnolia on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins worked his shot from the baseline in front of the Fuel Masters’ bench after getting a pass from Matthew Wright, who also hit a huge triple two plays earlier to help Phoenix rise from 17 points down to an 8-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Golden State won, but both teams lost Game 5

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He was talking about seeing Durant get hurt.Leonard knows what it’s like to have the game taken away by injury. He missed most of last season with a leg injury, one that limited him to nine games. He saw his commitment to the game questioned — the same way Durant had by some in recent days — and came out the other side an even better player.That was the hope after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The series truly seemed insignificant, with both sides aching over Durant’s situation.“I love KD,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I love watching him play. When anybody goes down you’re saddened by it, but when one of the great players like that goes down, it’s almost shocking.”Durant had missed the previous nine games with what the Warriors insist was a strained calf muscle. This is not a calf injury anymore. Warriors general manager Bob Myers gave a postgame news conference where he delivered the emotional news that Durant hurt his Achilles.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, is consoled by Drake as he walks off the court after sustaining an injury during first half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The scoreboard said Golden State 106, Toronto 105.The reality was that both teams lost.ADVERTISEMENT “Kevin takes a lot of hits sometimes, but he just wants to play basketball and right now he can’t,” Myers said. “Basketball has gotten him through his life. I don’t know that we can all understand how much it means to him. He just wants to play basketball with his teammates and compete.”This should have gone so differently for the Warriors, the team that might be going for a fifth consecutive championship had it not wasted a 3-1 lead in the 2016 finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.They’re the ones who were down 3-1 in this title series. All they did on Monday night was rally from six points down in the final 3 minutes, get a fantastic defensive stand on the last play of the game to deny Toronto a win and a championship, and send the series back home for one final game at Oracle before moving to San Francisco next season.They have a chance at the ultimate comeuppance, a 3-1 finals rally of their own.Maybe when practice resumes Wednesday, that will bring some joy.There was no joy on Monday night. The Raptors weren’t celebrating. Neither were the winners, who lost much more than Toronto did.“Those talking heads who say we’re better without him, that’s just ludicrous,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Like, that’s crazy. This is the best player in the world. You could put him on the 30th best team in the league, and that team will make the playoffs. That’s how talented he is.”The Warriors won the last two NBA championships largely because of Durant.If they win the next two games for another championship, it’ll be for Durant.“It’s a team full of heart,” said Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who spent a year recovering from an Achilles injury that denied him a monster contract last summer and saw him sign with Golden State on a mid-level deal. “It’s as simple as that. We’re fighters. It’s in our DNA. We’re going to go down fighting. Period.” It’s almost unimaginable: an NBA Finals game where neither team felt like celebrating afterward. That was the bizarre reality on Monday night, after the Warriors staved off elimination by rallying in the final moments to beat the Raptors and send this series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 — on a night when Kevin Durant’s season came to an end.Durant has an Achilles injury. The Warriors know it’s bad. They’ll find out how bad on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s devastating,” Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard said.He wasn’t talking about losing the game. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Durant would want it no other way.“I’m just going to pray for the guy,” Thompson said.Leonard said he will be praying for Durant also.“In this league we’re all brothers,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “At the end of the day, we’re all brothers and it’s a small brotherhood and you never want to see a competitor like him go down.”The atmosphere will be raucous for Game 6 on Thursday night. The Raptors are getting a second swing at winning a title. The Warriors are looking to make sure they end their Oracle era with a victory.The joy that should have come out from one locker room on Monday night will, for certain, be exhibited by someone on Thursday night.“We’re going to give everything we got,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I would like to say I would guarantee the win — who knows how it’s going to end up — but we’re going to give everything we got. We’re going to fight, we’re going to compete, and I know if we get a chance to talk to him the next two days, that’s what he would expect.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayjay Helterbrand to play for Imus in MPBL DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

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Science, a diminishing ray of hope for government school students

first_imgIn order to make students understand their own mother tongue, the state education department of Jalandar will soon be introducing science subjects in Punjabi language.Details of schools where science is taught:As per official data, science subjects for classes 11 and 12 are being run in six schools in the city namely Nehru Garden Girls Senior Secondary School, Government Sports School, Government Senior Secondary PAP School, Government Junior Model School, Government Sr Model School and Government Senior Secondary School, Bhargo CampOut of the total 127 senior secondary schools in the district, only 35 schools are teaching science subjectsOut of the 35 schools, science classes in seven schools are running under the support of National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)According to information, there are a number of schools that are facing have huge shortage of science lecturers.Schools with less science teachers:At Govt Sr Sec School, Athaula, there is no physics lecturerAlso, at Govt Sr Sec School, Alawalpur, there no biology teacher There is neither chemistry nor physics lecturer at Uchha SchoolNot only this, at the Nihaluwal School in the district, the post of a chemistry lecturer has been lying vacant for the past 20 yearsIn a recent HT report, one of the science teachers explaining the whole situation said, “It is not that students who don’t show interest in science, it is how they will study in the absence of teachers.””Schools like Govt School, Model Town, Adarsh Nagar, and Bhargo Camp should also be having science subjects as the schools have good infrastructure and more and more students will have an opportunity to study science,” the teacher added.advertisementMeanwhile, the district science supervisor Baljinder Singh has said that science groups are running successfully in the schools.Moreover, Singh said, “Promotions are taking place, so I am hopeful that soon the vacancies of lecturers will also be filled.”Read: Parents protest against fee hike, DPS Gautam Budh Nagar questioned Read: New Education Policy suggests no university can affiliate any more than 100 colleges Click here for more updates from India Today education.last_img read more

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Romeo Beckham has tennis talent, says Grigor Dimitrov

first_imgDavid Beckham’s son Romeo is a talented tennis player with “a lot of potential” according to world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov, who gave the 14-year-old lessons prior to the start of Wimbledon.Beckham Junior, who last year had a lesson from defending Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, shared a video of his session with Bulgarian Dimitrov on Instagram on Saturday.”Romeo, he’s a very talented kid. I think he hasn’t played tennis for that long, but he sure showed I think a lot of potential,” said Dimitrov, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman in straight sets in his Wimbledon opener on Tuesday.Dimitrov’s friendship with the Beckham family, including fashion designer and former pop star Victoria Beckham, is his latest involvement in the celebrity world.The Bulgarian has been dating American singer Nicole Scherzinger and previously was in a high-profile relationship with Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.Dimitrov said Romeo Beckham had shown interest in his career before the lesson.”I just wanted to do something nice for him. He came to quite a few of my matches. I’m glad to spend also some time with Victoria and get to know the family from close,” he said.last_img read more

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Notes on Mike Gundy’s West Virginia press conference

first_imgCoach shares a lengthy presser and talks about the TCU butt-kickin’, West Virginia, our QB situation, the “guy that plays for the Jets,” not panicking, new math, some science and his lack of anybody to hang out with!• Coach’s opening thoughts on playing West Virginia: “They’re another team playing real well right now. Quarterback’s matured, he’s playing with confidence – considerably better than he was 8-10 games ago. They’ve got a receiver who’s going to play the game for a long time, and their defense is playing with some attitude and confidence.” None of which bodes well.• He was asked about his relationship with Holgorsen: “I let coordinators set their own hours and approach. Dana, for a lot of reasons, was different than a lot of our coaches. He had a different schedule, but he was productive.”I’m just going to let you all enter your own comments here.“We don’t cross paths much…but when we do we talk and laugh; but, I don’t hang out with anybody anyway.” Positive: the talking and the laughter. Negative: no friends. I’d hang out with Coach…wouldn’t you?• On facing the ‘Eers offense and their big plays: “Every offense (in the Big 12) is built on big plays. But, when ‘the guy that plays for the Jets’ was there, the big plays aren’t what they are now.• “We can win the game Saturday; we just have to minimize No. 11 and their big plays. We have to find a way to present some issues for their quarterback. Then, offensively, I know you guys are tired of hearing it, but we’ve got to run the ball effectively. Then, when we have to throw it, we have to be at least 40% on our passes.”• Coach then continued with a pretty cool analysis of how he (they) look at “real” passing downs: “In a real passing situation, in my opinion, we’ve been below 15 percent. It’s hard to win a game that way.” He was asked to explain a “real” passing situation: “When they know you’re going to throw it. 3rd and whatever…with us now I’m not sure what that parameter is. We need to be around 40 percent to have success.”• “When we were good around here we were 40. Even when we were average around here on offense we’ve been over 35. We need those percentages. That’s why we have young coaches that are smart and good at math.”• Then there was this mathematical discussion as a nice interlude. He was asked if he was a math whiz. “No. I can add pretty good, but when you get into those u’s and f’s and those funny looking signs – it’s not good for me.”• It continued with a question about opening up the playbook: “It’s kinda like algebra. We’re trying to figure out the first formula to get to the next one. If we can improve on the basics, it will allow the quarterback to play better and open up some more plays for our team.”• Talking more about Daxx: “He played ok. We didn’t give him much of a chance…we blocked better; but, we need to protect him better. Couple of throws he made I wasn’t fired up about. I’m not trying to defend anybody here, but if we don’t run the ball better than we did Saturday and don’t protect, it’s hard for him to operate.”• He then went on to evaluate the horribleness that was the “football game” we played in Ft. Worth Saturday. Coach was asked when he realized it just wasn’t our day: “If we could’ve scored to make it 21-13, we would’ve saved ourselves a lot of misery…if we’d have been able to function.”• On explaining the TCU perspective of play-calling: “Once it got to 28-9, Doug” (Meacham – the TCU OC we skipped over for Legos, in case you didn’t know) didn’t have to be “cautious with his play calls. Got to the middle of the 2nd quarter and for the rest of the game, he could call whatever he wanted because they didn’t have any fear of us scoring.”• “For them, they said, ‘They can’t move it, they’re not scoring, call whatever you want. Spread it on out, open it up and let the floodgates go.’ That’s the way I felt.” Brought to you by @pistolsguy’s Twitter feed from Saturday – – perfect!pic.twitter.com/vrUXemguIw— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2014• But – Gundy’s response: “For me, I’m so naïve to think we could’ve gotten back into it at some point. Get a turnover, get a touchdown on one drive, then you make up 14 points and it gets to be a one score game.”• On going for it on 4th down: “I think part of my responsibility right now is to not panic. If you’ve lost yardage on 3 downs, then you’re going for it on 4th, in my opinion, that’s panicking.”• “Right now we’re not a very good 4th down team because we’re not a very good 1st down team.”[1. Ed. note: We actually are a good 4th down team.]• To borrow an oft-used quote from Coach, “IN MY OPINION…” that is the quote of the presser. We can’t move the ball early in each possession; therefore, even 3rd and long-ish, much less 4th and whatever’s, are next to impossible!• More on Gundy’s reaction to the nastiness that was Saturday: “That’s just the kind of day it was – we got our butt kicked. We haven’t had one of those in a long time around here…But our team’s fine. They’ll practice good this week and they’ll play hard Saturday.”• Can I just say, it appears Coach really likes this team? That’s big for the guys playing now, but huge for recruiting. Mike is the consummate “player’s coach.”• Gundy going all third-person: “I don’t mind losing games. I don’t like it, but I like when there’s fight and there’s a reason for it. I don’t like when we give a game away. We didn’t give the game away Saturday; they just kicked our butts…We’ve got a lot of work to do; but, we’ve got players willing to do it. Coaches are fine. Coach Gundy’s fine.” Great Gundy-ism!• Giving some good thoughts on the defense and leadership: “They’re smaller in numbers (leaders) but if the defense would’ve quit Saturday, they’d have hung 70 on us because we couldn’t keep their offense off the field. They couldn’t hardly get their helmets off and get a drink and they were back on the field.”• “The only way to prevent that (the defense being exposed) is to find some stability on offense and limit the big plays on defense.”• On Ashton Lampkin coming back: “I’m 50/50, but hopeful.” If he comes back, “he makes No. 18 (Richards) better because he only has to play 30+ plays. Automatically makes him better because he gets to rest a little bit.”• Asked what the DB’s can take away from this game: “Ramon, No. 18, needs to stay up and inside of the guy on man-coverage so he doesn’t get beat inside. And Sterns needs to get deeper and break off the hash quicker so he can intercept that ball.” You mean the one that hit him in the face!!??!• “They (the defense) were on the field the whole time, so it’s hard to even evaluate them outside the big plays…Our offense is exposing our defense.” Do you ever wonder if Spencer follows Yurcich home, sits down the street and just plans his…ultimate demise??Ed. note:Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 7.55.50 PM• Addressing the injury situation: “We need to get them back out there to give us some depth. We have a number of freshman playing over 70 plays per game.” (?!?!?!?) “And I have concerns about that. That’s the science part of what I believe in…So, we’re trying to modify the strain both mentally and physically, but, we’ve also got to get them ready.”• On the BIZARRE situation with the OL, specifically on REDSHIRT, WALK-ON, Lundblade’s play: “He played ok. He did fine. He’s out there. He understood.” Sorry – but he kind of sounds like Nathan Thurm here. (See SNL, circa 1985). “He functioned. He worked hard. He’s a good kid. It’s important to him. He’s out there fighting. He should be a good player here.”• “We don’t usually ask a young man to play until he’s a redshirt sophomore. There’s a very limited number of players who can come out (of high school) and play at this level.”• On the QB sitch – with JW hurt, Daxx being…and Rudolph keeping the redshirt – Coach was asked if there’s any chance JW will be available again this season: “I don’t think he will be. I don’t think he can come back…he gets out of his cast this week, but I don’t think he’ll be back.”• On Daxx: “There isn’t any reason right now to say we need to replace the quarterback. We’ve got issues and it’s not just him. He’s played ok for where he’s at in his career.”• About Mason’s reps in practice: “He’s getting the maximum number of snaps he can get without playing in a game…and more.” What? The maximum…and more?!• Coach was asked (again) about the parity in the Big 12: “I don’t know if anybody would want to take a venture at who’s going to win it…it’s great for college football, great for the fans, for the media, but it’s terrible for coaches. I think it’s going to be this way for a long time…Oklahoma State’s still hanging in there! I mean, we’re not out of it! The difficult part for me is we’re not used to losing 42-9.” I hope it’s terrible for a particular coach!• When asked if looking at the future helps him cope with…what’s going on now: “You guys are all being so nice to me. Nobody wants to win more than me…I love these kids. When you look out there and see a lot of guys that are freshmen and sophomores, you’re like, ‘This is going to be fun in the future.’ But I’m not frustrated. I’m disappointed for our players.” Again, this is what I love about Gundy! He seems to be concerned about the well-being of the players. Very cool!• Talking about looking toward bowl eligibility: “That’s something everybody else does for us. We have our hand full with just the next game. We can’t even begin to look past West Virginia. Everybody we’re playing from here on out is pretty stinkin’ good!”• Finally, Coach was asked about his 1st Homecoming compared to now: “Yeah, my first was like 15-18 thousand. Now it’s like 30-35 thousand. It’s awesome for college football. It’s a neat night. And, it’s going to be great weather – 72 degrees, 8-10 mile per hour winds.” There he goes again!If 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!last_img read more

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Rejuvenated Northampton face mission improbable in Premiership play-offs

first_img Pinterest Saracens and McCall wary of Cipriani threat in Premiership semi-final Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share via Email Rugby union The lack of continuity partly explains why Wasps were this season 33 points worse off than they were two years ago. It is no coincidence that the two clubs with the lowest player turnover this season are once again Exeter and Saracens, the Premiership’s top two for the second consecutive campaign.Continuity breeds consistency. Exeter finished on the top of the table with 86 points, one more than last year when they also improved by a point from the previous season. Saracens’ totals in the last three campaigns have been 78, 77 and 77 and the pair, who have home advantage in Saturday’s play-offs, are on course to meet in the Premiership final at Twickenham for the third time in four seasons.Standing in their way are two clubs who did not finish in the top four last season, Northampton and Gloucester. The Saints will be visiting Sandy Park for the second time in a week after losing there 40-21 in the Premiership’s final round.Northampton have not prevailed at Exeter in the league since 2014 when they went on to win the title, while Gloucester, who travel to Allianz Park this weekend, have not beaten Saracens away since 2008 and have conceded 100 points in total on their last two visits. Mission improbable for both, perhaps, but at the point where a league turns into a cup, different rules sometimes apply.Northampton were not holding back at Exeter last weekend, needing to win to ensure they finished fourth and made the play-offs. Had James Lang’s late, long penalty for Harlequins at Wasps not fallen just short, the Saints would have been thinking about next season but they are arguably the most improved team in the Premiership this season, up five places and 13 points from last season.The Saints have been rejuvenated under their New Zealand-born director of rugby, Chris Boyd. A team that became stuck in its ways after winning the Premiership in 2015 has become menacing in broken play and far more unpredictable. The transformation was not instant, six defeats in the first nine Premiership rounds, but their record in the last 13 sees them with one victory more than Saracens and one fewer than Exeter. Share on LinkedIn Matt Proctor, pictured in action for New Zealand against Japan last November, will join Northampton next season. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP Northampton Share on Messenger Read more Premiership Twitter He replaces Luther Burrell, who is switching to playing rugby league at Warrington, and it sums up how Northampton has changed. Burrell was a fixture in the old Saints, a reliable trucker-up of the ball who was an ancillary forward on the charge, making metres and getting over the gainline for his team to go again, but there is now an emphasis on skill and an ability to think quickly. David Young was reflecting on Wasps’ fitful season after their victory against Harlequins last Saturday. It was his side’s fifth victory at home in 16 matches in all competitions this season and they finished eighth in the table, down from third the previous season and first in 2016-17.“The squad I have put together for five seasons has pretty much run its course,” he said. “It’s time to press the reset button and go again.” And so it will be another close season of new faces at the Ricoh Arena, 15 players in, including seven from the club’s academy, and 15 out. No other club has a greater turnover, although Harlequins match it with 12 in and 18 out.Only six of the team that started the 2017 Premiership final against Exeter will be at Wasps next season. Willie le Roux, Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Danny Cipriani, James Haskell and Nathan Hughes are among the players who have departed, not forgetting Kurtley Beale who missed the match through injury.center_img Topics Support The Guardian The Breakdown Facebook Boyd knows all about Proctor having coached the Hurricanes for three years from 2015. The signing is not an attempt by Boyd to turn the Saints into a team which, inspired by the Barrett brothers, has become a byword for the outrageous, but given the impact of their half-backs this season along with the growing influence of Rory Hutchinson and Tom Collins in the outside backs, it will confirm they are now operating in more than one dimension.Their fate at Sandy Park will hinge on whether they are able to disrupt the supply-line of a team adept at holding on to the ball, slowing ball down after a tackle, defending driving mauls and minimising their penalty count, a task that would have suited the old Saints.A week is not too short for a turnaround. In 1985, Cardiff went to Pontypool for an uncordial friendly and were thumped by 30 points, third in a two-horse race. Seven days later the two clubs met again in the Welsh Cup semi-final, admittedly at a neutral venue, Rodney Parade. Cardiff won 24-3, formidable in the areas they had been weak. But that was then …• This is an extract from our weekly rugby union email, the Breakdown. To subscribe just visit this page and follow the instructions. Exeter Share on Facebook The play-off is a bonus for Northampton whose minimum goal at the start of the season was to qualify for the European Champions Cup. Boyd’s influence will become more pronounced in the coming seasons and in one sense they go into the weekend having a free turn of the wheel.A year ago, Newcastle went to Sandy Park after creeping into the top four, lost heavily and never looked forward again, only upward as they finished at the bottom of the Premiership. That fate should not await Northampton who are starting out under Boyd and have a back division which, with Matt Proctor arriving from the Hurricanes, should be one of the most potent in the league next season. Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. features Read more Reuse this content Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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a month agoFiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milan

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.” last_img read more

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CBS Expert Picks Tennessee Over Florida State In National Title Game

first_imgCBS expert makes FSU Stanford prediction.Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]last_img read more

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Alabama RB Josh Jacobs Would Love To Play With Lamar Jackson, Ravens

first_imgJosh Jacobs takes a carry in the national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Josh Jacobs #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide carries the ball against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)NFL prospects have no control over where they go when they get drafted. But that isn’t stopping Alabama running back Josh Jacobs from trying to advocate for his best option.Per the Baltimore Sun in an interview at the scouting combine on Thursday, Jacobs indicated that the Baltimore Ravens would be a good fit for him. He explained that the combination of connections between the Ravens and Alabama, as well as his agent Chad Wiestling’s connection to the city would make it “definitely a good look.”The Ravens have six former members of the Crimson Tide gracing its roster. Jacobs noted that having that many players would make the “transition” from college to professional easier.“Just playing with a lot of former Alabama players, they make it easier for me to transition,” Jacobs said.He was also very complimentary of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who just took the Ravens to the playoffs as a rookie.Alabama RB Josh Jacobs calls Lamar Jackson “different” (in a good way) and explains why playing for the Ravens would “definitely be a good look.” pic.twitter.com/6GNeXUjpqv— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) February 28, 2019Jacobs is one of the top running back prospects in the 2019 NFL draft.Last year with the Crimson Tide he had 640 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He also proved to be an asset in the passing game and the return game, adding three receiving touchdowns and a kick return touchdown.There certainly are plenty of on-field reasons for Jacobs wanting to go Baltimore as well – not the least of which is that the team is coming off a division title.The Ravens have made a habit out of developing running backs, even ones that have struggled to find their legs with other teams.In just the past five years, three different Ravens have led the team in rushing and recorded career-high numbers after being cut by other teams.[Baltimore Sun]last_img read more

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Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop

first_imgWomen who have always wanted to know how to survive in the great outdoors will have an opportunity to learn just that when the ninth annual Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is held at Camp Kadimah, Barss Corner, Lunenburg Co., from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18. This year’s workshop will feature a wide array of classes, including sessions in firearm safety, handling and storage; hiking and backpacking; wilderness survival; fly tying and fishing; and kayaking and boating. The workshop fee of $199 includes HST and provides food, accommodation, equipment, instruction and social programs. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Preference will be given to first-time participants, full-time students, single-parents and individuals from low-income households. “This program has been extremely popular to Nova Scotia women throughout the province,” said BOW co-ordinator Judy Clattenburg. “We teach all the skills women need to enjoy all the natural wonders that Nova Scotia’s outdoors offers. About 500 Nova Scotian women have taken advantage of this opportunity since we began in 1997.” Originally started in the United States in 1991, Nova Scotia began offering the Becoming an Outdoor Woman program in 1997 to help women overcome social and economic barriers to learning outdoor skills. In addition to the fall workshop, a winter BOW program provides instruction in winter skills, including cross-country skiing, winter camping and winter survival skills. The program’s provincial sponsors are the departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Fisheries, Nova Scotia Health Promotion, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Deadline for applications for the fall workshop is Wednesday, Aug. 31. Additional information on the program is available on the Department of Natural Resources’ website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

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S California hit by 71magnitude quake strongest in two decades

first_imgLos Angeles: Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces were being dispatched early Saturday to the epicenter of the shallow earthquake in a remote and sparsely populated area around 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, where it was also felt. No deaths or serious injuries had been reported late Friday evening, but there were reports of building collapses and power outages in the town of Trona, California Office of Emergency Services director Mark Ghilarducci said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThere were “significant reports” of fires caused by gas leaks, as well as breaks to power, water and communications lines in the region, he told a press conference. California Governor Gavin Newsom said he had requested emergency federal assistance from the White House, and state resources have been activated at their “highest level.” Newsom later declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County, expanding on an earlier announcement covering Kern County, near the epicenter of both the quakes this week. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangA joint task force including around 200 security personnel as well as helicopters and cargo aircraft was being deployed, National Guard Major General David Baldwin said. San Bernardino fire department spokesman Jeremy Kern told CNN there were “no active searches ongoing” for trapped casualties. The quake was 11 times stronger than the 6.4-magnitude quake “foreshock” the previous day, according to the United States Geological Survey. The two major quakes, along with multiple aftershocks, have revived fears of the “Big One” — a powerful tremor along the San Andreas Fault that could devastate major cities in Southern California. “This is an earthquake sequence. These earthquakes are related,” said Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones. There was a 10 per cent chance of Friday’s quake being followed by another magnitude 7.0 or higher quake in the next week, she added. In Kern County, where the quake struck near the town of Ridgecrest, some 1,800 residents were without power, fire department chief David Witt said. “As for injuries reported, nothing but minor injuries and such as cuts and bruises, by the grace of god,” he said. At least two fires broke out in the area, county supervisor Mick Gleason said, with dozens of fire trucks dispatched. Numerous gas leaks were reported near the epicenter, including the towns of Trona and Argus. “Firefighters have secured leaks where possible and evacuated residents from homes with leaks that cannot be secured,” the San Bernardino fire department tweeted. In Los Angeles, the fire department deployed vehicles and helicopters, and reported fallen power lines and localized electricity outages. But Mayor Eric Garcetti said there were “no reports of serious damage” reported in the city. “We are sending an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Team to Kern County to help with the damage closer to the epicenter,” he wrote on Twitter. Numerous visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim reported on Twitter that rides were shut for safety inspections after the quake. Patrons at movie theaters in the Los Angeles area evacuated due to the quake. “Everyone remained calm as the theater began to shake and then the shaking got stronger. We all headed to exits and down the stairs. No panic but one woman sobbing. This one was scary,” wrote NBC journalist Lester Holt on Twitter. No damage was reported at Los Angeles airport following inspections. In Las Vegas, 150 miles east of the quake, an NBA summer league game was postponed when the tremor hit, causing the scoreboard and several overhead speakers to sway. The earthquake was the largest in southern California since 1999 when a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, according to The Los Angeles Times. The tremor sent Ridgecrest residents fleeing outside for safety as aftershocks continued, with one woman saying she was “not comfortable” about heading back inside for the night. The shaking stops “for a minute, and then it starts rolling again… it’s pretty bizarre. But now at the moment, I’m not comfortable inside,” said Jessica Kormelink. “I was actually in the car with my mom. And it just started bouncing up,” Jessica Weston, a journalist at the Ridgecrest Daily Independent, told CNN. Relief efforts in the area benefited from the arrival of major reinforcements that arrived Thursday afternoon, intended to counter a new potentially destructive earthquake.last_img read more

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Stars Attend MilkBookies 5th Annual Story Time Celebration

first_imgMilk+Bookies’ annual Story Time Celebration took place in LA on Sunday, bringing families together to enjoy an afternoon of reading books, participating in story-inspired arts & crafts and most importantly, teaching the importance of giving back.Magic Characters entertained the children with music provided by DJ Groovy David, making Story Time Celebration a highly anticipated event for the whole family.Among the stars who attended were Julie Bowen, Josh Dallas, Amanda Peet, Jason Biggs, Jenna Elfman, Jerry Ferrara, Mark Feuerstein, Dana Kelin, Dan Bucatinsky, Peyton List, Max Greenfield, Johnathon Schaech, Tom Everett Scott, Stefan Lessard and Marla Sokoloff.Milk + Bookies is a nationwide charitable organization that gets books into the hands of thousands of children who need them. At Milk + Bookies events, boys and girls are provided the opportunity to select, purchase and inscribe books that are then donated to their peers who do not have access to books of their own. The organization combines two essential and worthwhile efforts: Service Learning and Literacy Promotion. Just as important as the book donations, is instilling the seed of giving into each participant, sparking feelings of importance, self-confidence and the desire to give and give again. For additional information, visit www.milkandbookies.org or call 310.393.3201.last_img read more

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UNDP strikes deal to support better governance in Liberia

At a meeting in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Friday, officials from the UNDP and the Governance Reform Commission signed a memorandum explaining how the UNDP’s support will work. The Commission – set up under the Liberian peace agreement signed in August last year – has the mandate to promote good governance and to reform the management of the country’s public sector. Liberia’s civil war, which lasted from 1989 until last year, left 150,000 people dead and also led to a complete breakdown of law and order. The UNDP support for the Commission is part of a package of initiatives being introduced to help produce good governance again in the West African country. UNDP’s Country Director, Steven Ursino, said the Commission assistance scheme was designed to support Liberians as they attempt to reform and improve their government, rather than for outsiders to impose change. read more

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Rogers could lower its 2012 financial guidance due to cable wireless pressures

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 23, 2012 3:17 pm MDT Rogers could lower its 2012 financial guidance due to cable, wireless pressures Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) could lower its 2012 financial guidance due to competitive pressures in its cable and wireless divisions when the company reports its second-quarter earnings on Tuesday.Analysts from Desjardins Financial and UBS Investment Research said Rogers is facing pressure on its revenues and the Toronto multimedia company has already cut costs.“Given the trends seen so far this year — weak media metrics, pressure on the cable business and continued pressure in wireless — it is possible that Rogers will lower its guidance for 2012,” Desjardins analyst Maher Yaghi said in a research note.“The introduction of a significant cost-cutting initiative could allow the company to maintain its guidance,” Yaghi said.Rogers has cut almost 700 jobs so far this year.The company has forecast an adjusted operating profit of between $4.73 billion to $4.91 billion in 2012. Rogers has forecast wireless network revenue of between $6.65 million to $6.8 million and cable revenue of $3.38 million to $3.4 million.But UBS analyst Phillip Huang noted that Rogers’ management has acknowledged that pressures on revenues, for both wireless and cable, have been greater than anticipated. He said the company’s new chief financial officer Anthony Staffieri is already on a cost-cutting mission.“With Mr. Staffieri as the new CFO, management has accelerated cost reduction initiatives to sustain operating profits and cash flows,” Huang wrote in a note.“Nonetheless, we see high likelihood of management lowering guidance. We note that consensus estimates are already 1.5 per cent to three per cent below the mid-point of current guidance.”Huang said Rogers’ cable division could take a hit.“Given Rogers’ growing footprint overlap with Bell Fibe, we believe the cable business has a higher risk of negative surprise than the wireless business.”In its first quarter, Rogers said it lost 7,000 cable customers in a highly competitive period with Bell’s IPTV service. Huang said at that time the loss of subscribers was not a “one-off event” and he predicted Rogers will lose 86,000 cable subscribers in 2012.Rogers has said it hopes to get increased revenues from its mobile banking initiative, Internet-connected devices such as parking meters and machines and other business services.Analysts’ estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters expected revenue of $3.14 billion for its second quarter. Earnings per share were estimated at 87 cents. Both estimates have the company performing slightly better than the year-ago quarter.Toronto-based Rogers is Canada’s largest cable TV operator and wireless operator and is a major magazine publisher, TV and radio broadcaster and owner of the Toronto Blue Jays.It also owns a slate of print magazines including Maclean’s and Chatelaine.Major telecom Telus (TSX:T) reports its second quarter results on Aug. 3 and BCE (TSX:BCE) on Aug. 8. read more

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DBRS calls net benefit of Nexen takeover by Chinese firm somewhat mixed

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DBRS calls net benefit of Nexen takeover by Chinese firm ‘somewhat mixed’ by News Staff Posted Sep 26, 2012 4:30 pm MDT The net benefit of a $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) by a Chinese company is “somewhat mixed” because the deal offers only limited direct financial benefits but may help trade relations, says the DBRS debt-rating agency.A DBRS report released Wednesday says the deal is not financially necessary for Nexen, which is already a strong company with good access to capital markets, but an approval could bolster Canada’s relationship with China and open up new markets.James Jung, a senior vice-president at DBRS and lead analyst on the report, said the investment by the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company could be a catalyst for further investment in the sector.“It will be positive in terms of the in-flow of capital to speed up our oilsands development,” Jung said, adding that it could help Canada-China relations.“Having a Chinese company coming in will be good for getting access to Asia.”However Jung noted that more multinational companies looking to invest in the oilpatch carries risks and downsides and the Nexen deal, because of its size, is being watched carefully as a possible precedent.“Our crystal ball is telling us that there will be other multinational companies and state-owned entities that could follow suit and acquire the major interests of other Canadian entities,” he said.And, he said, some deals haven’t worked out as planned.“Entities that have made acquisitions in Canada have failed to live up to their promises,” he said.Ottawa is reviewing the $15.1-billion takeover by CNOOC under the Investment Canada Act, which says large deals must be of “net benefit” to Canada.The federal government essentially killed BHP-Billiton’s hostile takeover bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT) when it said the deal didn’t meet that standard.Nexen shareholders voted to approve the takeover last week.Both Nexen and CNOOC have been seeking to allay concerns over the deal and trumpet its potential benefits.Nexen has said that CNOOC will keep the Nexen name and expand the role of the company’s Calgary headquarters to manage not just Nexen’s assets, but also some $8 billion of the Chinese company’s other assets in North and Central America.Nexen interim chief executive Kevin Reinhart has also said that if the deal is approved CNOOC would seek a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and carry on Nexen’s social responsibility programs in Canada and around the world.CNOOC has offered $27.50 per share in cash, however Nexen shares have traded short of that mark, suggesting that some investors believe there is a chance the deal will not be approved.Concerns have been raised in Ottawa by both sides of the House of Commons about the deal.Alberta Tory MP Ted Menzies has said he’s been getting a lot of negative feedback from constituents about the takeover by a state-owned Chinese firm.The Canadian Security Intelligence Service report for 2010-11 also warned last week that when companies with links to foreign intelligence agencies or hostile governments try to acquire control over strategic sectors of the Canadian economy, it can represent a threat.Nexen and CNOOC are already partners in the Gulf of Mexico and at the Long Lake oilsands project near Fort McMurray, Alta.While CNOOC’s deal for Nexen may be the largest deal so for in the Canadian oilpatch involving a Chinese company, other Chinese firms have been active in the sector.Talisman Energy has signed a deal to sell a 49 per cent interest in its UK division to Chinese firm Sinopec Corp. for $1.5 billion, while Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. sold its remaining 40 per cent stake in the MacKay River oilsands project to joint-venture partner PetroChina.Last year, Sinopec bought conventional oil and gas-focused Daylight Energy Ltd. Sinopec also has a nine per cent interest in the Syncrude oilsands development north of Fort McMurray, Alta.Nexen shares closed up 18 cents at $24.91 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday. read more

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