Voices of dissent in SP after party’s rout in UP polls

first_imgWith Akhilesh Yadav’s experiments at the hustings backfiring, voices of dissent have started surfacing in the Samajwadi Party with some leaders demanding that the old order under party patron Mulayam Singh be restored. The Samajwadi Party could manage only 47 seats, 177 down from its 2012 tally of 224 seats. Party leaders, specially the ones who have been close to Mulayam and Shivpal Singh, want Akhilesh to hand over the reins of the party to his father. “Akhileshji had asked for control of the party only till elections, citing them as his exam and now that he has failed in it he should hand over the leadership to Netaji,” a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity. Despite reservations expressed by his father, Akhilesh had gone ahead with a pre-poll alliance with the Congress with an aim of undoing the damage caused to the party’s public image after the long-run family feud.Muslim voteAkhilesh felt that the Congress could help it consolidate the crucial Muslim vote, which accounts for over 18 per cent of the population and check the march of BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It was also Akhilesh who shunned the mafias and criminal elements and played the development card to the hilt, assuming that the electorate specially youth will fall for it. “We had taken care of the party after big reverses in the wake of Ayodhya movement and we can do it once again … we also promise to take care of Akhilesh’s future”, he said adding that the party should be allowed to work in the directions and guidance of netaji. Former SP spokesman and founder member of the party C.P. Rai said those who have won the elections for the party are mostly the ones who had been given tickets by Mulayam and Shivpal. “Barring the two or three candidates all those who have won are those who had been picked up by Netaji and Shivpalji … ticket distribution was also an issue of contention …Shivpal won the seat comfortably even though all out efforts were made to stop his march to the vidhan sabha,” Rai said. “The SP patron’s rally in Jaunpur for Parasnath Yadav helped him win the seat despite the fact that he was not comfortably placed earlier…this goes on to prove the hold of Mulayam Singh,” Mr. Rai said. The party, however, lost the Lucknow Cantt seat where the former SP chief addressed a rally for his daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav but the party had no base, Mr. Rai said.Another SP leader Madhukar Jaitely also aired similar views demanding more power to party founder Mulayam.last_img read more

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Priest held for ‘abetting’ girl’s suicide

first_imgA Catholic priest has been arrested in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly abetting the suicide of a 17-year-old girl, the police said on Sunday. The accused was identified as Father Prakash Damor (33). The suicide note of the girl, who allegedly hanged herself at her house on January 4, stated that Damor was pressurising her to marry him, said Inspector Kailash Chauhan of Ranapur police station. “We arrested him under IPC section 306 (abetment to suicide) and also under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act on January 15,” Mr. Chauhan said. The accused had first met the girl at a missionary school where she was studying in Class XI, the police officer said. Damor was produced before a court the same day and was remanded in judicial custody.last_img

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Plan to launch small car well on course, says Hyundai

first_imgHyundai Motor India (HMI), the country’s second largest car maker, on Friday said its plan for launching a small car in the Indian auto-market was “well on course”.The Korean company which has presence in the A segment with flagship hatchback “Santro” and the “i10″ has been planning to launch the small car to compete with Maruti Suzuki’s ‘Alto’. The development of the small car has been taken up at the Research and Development centre in Korea.”It is on course… The development is going on in (South) Korea….”, HMI Director (Sales and Marketing) Arvind Saxena told reporters in Chennai.He said the company was “well progressing” on the launch of the car and it was going on “as per plan”. However, he declined to comment on the timeline set for its launch.The proposed small car would be positioned below the company’s existing flagship model, Santro, and compete with the Alto from Maruti Suzuki. Alto is the largest selling model in India with average sales of over 20,000 units per month.On their future plans, HMI CEO H W Park said the company was working on a strategy to launch new models every two years. “We will introduce two or three models in the next one year…,” he said.He said their premium SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) Santa Fe would be launched in India next month.On export front, Saxena said the company would witness a “minimal dip” this year in the overseas sales due to the slump witnessed in majority of the markets.advertisement”Last year 2.60 lakh units were exported (to various markets).. this year we are expecting it to be around 2.50 lakh units”, he said.Saxena and Park were here to introduce the company’s upgraded hatchback Next Gen “i10” in the Tamil Nadu market.The company has spent around Rs 400 crore for upgradation of the car which boasts aggressive and all-new front design, a new chrome raidator grill, 3D wraparound headlamps with multi-reflector chrome surround fog lamps.The 1.1 litre iRDE2 Next Gen i 10 comes with a introductory price tag of Rs 3.48 lakh (Ex-showroom Chennai) while the 1.2 litre Kappa engine is offered at Rs 4.14 lakh, he added.Hyundai Motor India currently has two manufacturing facilities at Sriperumbudur near here. Besides i10, the company retails Santro, mid-size sedan Accent Executive, premium sedan ‘Verna Transform’, luxury sedan ‘Sonata’.The company exports to nearly 110 countries and this year it would be increased to 118 countries, they said.last_img read more

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Asian Games: Neeraj Chopra creates history by winning India’s first ever GOLD medal in…

first_imgAdvertisementIt shouldn’t be disputed by anybody if Neeraj Chopra is termed as the ‘Golden Boy’ of India. Teen Javelin sensation Neeraj Chopra on Monday won the gold medal at the eighteenth edition of Asian Games 2018.The 20-year old from Haryana took India’s Gold tally to eight and also threw 83.46 meters off his first throw and that set the mark for a medal finish.However, Chopra’s second throw was declined by the officials, but in his third attempt, he absolutely dwarfed other Javelin throwers with his monstrous 88.06m to win the gold medal and also create a new national record.However, even though he won the gold medal, he failed to break the Asian Games record of 1.09m, but he beat his own national record of 87.43m, which he threw at the Diamond League Meeting in Doha earlier this year in May.Chopra’s gold is only the second medal India has won in the javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.Liu Qizhen of China was a distant second, with a best throw of 82.22m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with an 80.75 effort. However, it’s worth noting that Neeraj was eligible to win gold with his first throw itself.Speaking to Asian News International, Neeraj Chopra said:“The competition was good, I had trained well and was focused on getting a gold medal for the country. I dedicate my medal to Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji who was a great man.”The farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat, making a habit of harvesting gold! Wins men’s javelin throw at the Asian Games with a new NR of 88.06m. He is 6m clear of an outclassed field. Neeraj has now won gold in 2016 Jr World Championship, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 Asian Games with Olympic games taking place in 2020, he is ready to script history.Meanwhile, Twitter went absolutely bonkers and congratulation messages poured in from everywhere for the 20-year old.NEERAJ CHOPRA creates a NATIONAL RECORD WITH HIS GOLDEN THROW! Unstoppable @Neeraj_chopra1 shatters a national record to claim a 🥇in men’s Javelin Throw at the #ASIANGAMES2018. His consistent performance speaks volumes about his hard work! WAY TO GO NEERAJ 🎉🎉🌟🌟 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/q7GDhsSN8d— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 27, 2018 All put your hands together for #NeerajChopra. Another gold.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 27, 2018VIDEO:Video Playerhttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Our-flag-bearer-at-the-opening-of-AsianGames2018-NeerajChopra-wins-us-a-Gold-and-how-Even-his-lowest-throw-was-higher-than-anyone-elses-highest.mp400:0000:0001:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Also Read-Asian Games: Sushil Kumar Suffers Shocking First-round Defeat Advertisement Medal rush continues for India 💪8th Gold in #AsianGames2018 won by Neeraj Chopra in #JavelinSudha Singh bags Silver in Women’s 3000m Steeple ChaseDharun Ayyasamy wins Silver in men’s 400m HurdlesCongratulations!#NeerajChopra #DharunAyyasamy #AsianGames #SudhaSingh pic.twitter.com/AT6keRILdM— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) August 27, 2018 A NEW NR for Neeraj Chopra in the men’s javelin throw. 88.06 m. He’s blowing apart the field here in Jakarta. Locked in on GOLD!— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) August 27, 2018last_img read more

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Watch: Official rode a drone to deliver Portuguese cup final match ball to referee and it’s super cool

first_imgThe Portuguese Cup 2017 finale got the coolest beginning a sporting event can get when an official brought the game ball to the referee by riding on a drone.  A man rode on a drone before the match began and in a straight-out-of-a-Hollywood movie scene landed on the ground.The finale, played between Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes, ended by Benfica taking the league title after beating Vitoria Guimaraes by 2-1.However, the highlight of the match remained the man who came with much style on a drone to deliver the ball to the referee. Despite the weather not being great, he made a smooth landing on the pitch.Watch his spectacular act here:Also read: DRDO’s valentines gift to IAF: A drone, cruise missile detecting systemAlso read: When the waiter is a drone: 20 students open world’s first UAV cafeAlso read: Drone mess with wild cats: Watch tigers knock down drone, try to eat itlast_img read more

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Injured Mets’ Matz Pitched Hurt

first_imgNEW YORK — Mets rookie Steven Matz insisted he has no regrets about pitching with an achy muscle even though the injury turned out to be more serious than he thought.Matz felt a twinge near his left armpit after throwing 110 pitches during a dazzling major league debut June 28 against Cincinnati.But he was cleared to start again July 5 in Los Angeles, where he tossed six innings of two-hit ball in an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers.Despite the excellent results, Matz was diagnosed July 9 with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and won’t throw for three weeks before getting examined again.That means Matz will be sidelined at least a month — probably longer.“It’s definitely frustrating, but it could be worse,” Matz said before the Mets hosted Arizona. “I’ll get through it and be back. So I’m just trying to stay positive.”Well aware Matz might not be 100 percent, New York General Manager Sandy Alderson said he made the decision to allow the 24-year-old lefty to start in Los Angeles after Mets trainers consulted with team doctors.“There was lots of conversation about it and consultation with Steven as well as the doctors, and at the time we felt that he was capable of making the start. There’s no way of knowing whether that start or his start against Cincinnati aggravated this injury or precipitated it or anything of that sort,” Alderson said.“We don’t know when it happened. But at the same time, what we’re most concerned about now is not aggravating the injury. These partial tears can heal on their own. They do in 90 percent of the cases, and so while I wouldn’t necessarily agree with Steven that this is a minor thing, at the same time it doesn’t rise to the level of some of the other injuries that a pitcher can sustain,” he said.Matz has won both his big league starts, compiling a 1.32 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 2-3 innings. He said the injury has never really caused him pain, and he didn’t feel it on a particular pitch.Alderson suggested it’s possible the injury existed before and “was just asymptomatic.” Especially because the exam revealed the lat muscle on Matz’s left side to be smaller than the one on his right.“It’s just like a little pulling. It’s hard to describe,” Matz said. “It didn’t hold me back at all and I felt good enough to go out there and pitch.”Alderson said even before the MRI, the Mets decided to skip Matz’s turn July 12 against the Diamondbacks. He indicated left-hander Jonathon Niese had already been informed he would start that day, on full rest.“Just another bump in the road that we’ve got to get through and have somebody else step up,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We did all the things we thought were right.”Now the Mets are discussing whether to stick with a six-man rotation after next week’s All-Star break or go back to the traditional five-man cycle.Matz’s promotion from the minors late last month was part of the team’s plan to return to a six-man rotation while managing innings for their prized young starters, including Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and All-Star Jacob deGrom.“We have the option of going back to five with perhaps spot starters. I think it’s going to be a function of what we see as our options for that sixth starter, and we won’t really have to address that until probably three to five days after the break,” Alderson said.Down at Triple-A Las Vegas, right-handers Logan Verrett and Dillon Gee are potential additions.“Fundamentally, we’re left with two choices: Either we pitch five guys — innings limits be damned — until the end of August and we see where we are, or deal with it as we had approached it before, which is to say we want to preserve the ability of our pitchers to go beyond September,” the GM explained. “We’ll resolve that in the next few days.”Matz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, and the Mets recalled infielder Danny Muno from Las Vegas. Muno has been back and forth from the minors several times and was 2 for 24 (.083) in 13 games with New York this season.In other injury news, Alderson said lefty reliever Jerry Blevins (broken left forearm) received a second opinion in Boston and doctors determined his arm has not healed well enough yet for him to begin throwing.“He will be re-examined in the proverbial three weeks,” Alderson said.Slumping left fielder Michael Cuddyer homered in the first inning after making only two starts in the previous eight games because of a sore left knee. Cuddyer was examined July 9 and doctors told him if he can tolerate the discomfort, he can play, Alderson said.Cuddyer had an MRI on July 1 that revealed a slight strain and was given two shots (cortisone and a lubricant) to relieve the pain. “He’ll probably have it all year,” Collins said. “Now that he knows it, he said he’s OK to play.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Defends Home Floor against Bamberg

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens registered its seventh consecutive home win, downing Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-72 on Thursday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 13-9 on the season and now has sole possession of fifth place in the standings. Bamberg’s record dropped to 8-14. Panathinaikos controlled the game and built an 11-point lead in the second quarter, a nine-point margin in the third, and an 11-point lead again in the fourth quarter. But Bamberg kept coming back each time before Mike James scored key baskets that helped Panathinaikos take another cushion and get to victory. Chris Singleton collected 17 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Ioannis Bourousis and James Feldeine had 16 points apiece, and James finished with 15 points for the hosts. Daniel Theis had 18 points in 18 minutes for Bamberg. Darius Miller and Leon Radosevic each had 11 points, and Nikos Zisis netted 10 in defeat.Bamberg had a fast start to the game behind Radosevic, who scored 6 points and dished an assist for a corner three-pointer by Zizis that sent the visitors up 3-11. After a timeout, Panathinaikos took control. Four consecutive triples, a pair each Feldeine and Singleton, put Panathinaikos ahead 19-16 after only 7 minutes. Bourousis almost single-handedly increased the margin to 27-19 after 10 minutes, and Nikos Pappas had a three-point play that made it 30-19 at the start of second. Zisis and Patrick Heckmann hit threes for Bamberg, and with contributions from Radosevic and Fabien Causeur, plus defense that allowed Panathinaikos a single basket in more than 7 minutes, Bamberg tied it at 32-32. Heckmann’s triple in transition put the visitors back in front 32-35, capping a 2-16 run. James nailed a long three and made a driving layup to put Panathinaikos back in front. Feldeine added a step-back three-pointer, helping Panathinaikos to take a 42-41 halftime lead. After the break, Singleton and Feldeine hit triples from each corner to open a 53-44 advantage. Janis Strelnieks nailed one for Bamberg and Miller had a jumper that cut the difference back to 54-51. Bourousis was unstoppable inside during the third quarter, and James nailed a three. Panathinaikos had a 62-52 lead late in the third and opened it to 65-54 early in the fourth. But Bamberg, led by Theis rallied once again, getting within 65-61. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Kenny Gabriel hit a tough three, and James drove through crowds for a pair of layups, including one for a three-point play and a 73-64 score. The margin soon reached 11 points once again, and there was no more coming back for Bamberg.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Álvaro Morata denies he is unsettled as Chelsea prepare to face Roma

first_imgÁlvaro Morata has reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea and insisted he is happy at the club after appearing to suggest in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that he pines for Italy and finds life in London “too much stress”.The Spain forward, who spent two seasons at Juventus, signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer after joining for a club record initial fee of £58m from Real Madrid. Indeed, after he hinted over the weekend at being unsettled, his attempts to demonstrate a desire to make a success of life at Chelsea led to the forward ending his pre-match press conference at the Olympic Stadium, where his team take on Roma on Tuesday, by claiming he would be willing to sign longer terms at the club. Was this helpful? 21 February 2012 Napoli 3-1 Chelsea, last 16André Villas-Boas was sacked within two weeks of a defeat in Naples in which Chelsea were comprehensively outgunned. But an astonishing second leg comeback won the tie 5-4 before Chelsea won the Champions League under Robert Di Matteo. 4 November 2008 Roma 3-1 Chelsea, group gameTop of the table Chelsea mat Roma on a run of four defeats, but were undone by Christian Panucci and two goals from Mirko Vucinic, with John Terry scoring a consolation effort. Álvaro Morata, Chelsea’s new Mr Nice, wants to be Antonio Conte’s beast Show Antonio Conte 10 March 2009 Juventus 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3), last 16 Chelsea went through to the quarter-finals on aggregate after a stern test in which Juventus dominated throughout. Didier Drogba’s late goal levelled the match at 2-2 and won Chelsea the tie. 26 October 1999 Milan 1-1 Chelsea, group gameChelsea have won only one of their eight Champions League games in Italy – a 4-0 win against Roma’s city rivals Lazio in November 2003Dennis Wise’s late equaliser earned Gianluca Vialli’s side a draw. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Hide Thank you for your feedback. 6 December 1999 Lazio 0-0 Chelsea, group gameA resolute Chelsea hold off Sven Goran-Eriksson’s Lazio strikeforce including Simone Inzaghi, Roberto Mancini, Marcelo Salas and Alen Boksic. Roma Chelsea 20 November 2012 Juventus 3-0 ChelseaRoberto Di Matteo was sacked following a humbling 3-0 defeat in Turin in which he dropped Fernando Torres and played Eden Hazard as a striker. Chelsea have won only one of their eight Champions League games in Italy – a 4-0 win against Roma’s city rivals Lazio in November 2003. Read more Share on WhatsApp “The disappointment [of leaving Juve] was enormous and I found myself back to the starting point,” he told Gazzetta. “Real treated me like the guy I was before the two seasons in Italy. Italy, for a Spaniard, is the best country to live.“You have everything: beauty, history, art, cooking, fashion. I would never have left Italy and Juve. My wife would like to live in Spain, I in Italy. Here, too, we can find a compromise.”Morata has failed to score in five appearances against Roma and will attempt to break his duck as Chelsea seek the win to ease progress into the knockout phase of the Champions League. Yet they may have to do so without N’Golo Kanté, who will be assessed by the medical staff on Tuesday. The France midfielder has trained three times since hurting a hamstring in a World Cup qualifying win in Bulgaria this month and Conte will talk to him to determine whether he is confident enough to feature. /info/2016/jan/05/the-fiver-email-sign-up The champions face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and it seems likely Kanté will be spared full involvement in Rome with that match in mind. “I think it’s very important, in this moment, to speak with the player and then see his sensation,” said Conte. “I was a player and I know very well that after an injury, above all a muscular problem – a bad injury – it’s very important to listen to the player and find out what are his sensations and then make the best decision for him and for the team. For sure, tomorrow, we’ll try and make the best decision.”The Frenchman was badly missed in the first fixture against Roma, when the Italian club trailed 2-0, led 3-2 and then shipped a late equaliser to Eden Hazard. Like Chelsea, they have won their three subsequent domestic fixtures and hope to have Kostas Manolas, another player courted by the Premier League club in the recent past, fit and available after he resumed training following a thigh complaint. “We respect Chelsea but we’re also convinced about what we can do,” said the manager, Eusebio Di Francesco. “We’re growing and the great strength of this team is that we give away very little. We didn’t go for broke in London; we played with our own identity. That match must be a starting point for us.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 24 February 2010 Inter 1-2 Chelsea, last 16Chelsea were beaten by José Mourinho’s Inter, the eventual tournament winners, in the first leg and would go on to be knocked out in the second leg at home. Timeline Chelsea’s Champions League record in Italy Topics Champions League Share via Email 4 November 2003 Lazio 0-4 Chelsea, group gameHernan Crespo, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Damien Duff and Frank Lampard score in a rout in Rome, while Sinisa Mihajlovic is sent off after kicking and spitting at Adrian Mutu. Share on LinkedIn news The striker scored seven goals in his first seven games for Antonio Conte’s side only for a thigh injury, sustained against Manchester City, to disrupt his rhythm. His last goal came in the win at Atlético Madrid more than a month ago. “I want to say again that we had a problem of understanding in this interview,” said Morata, who was born in Madrid and has had two spells at Real.“If Chelsea proposed me 10 years I’d probably sign that too. I’m happy with this club, in this city, with everything in London. I really like London and probably, if I make good and improve, probably I can stay here more than five years. But I need to score many goals otherwise Chelsea will buy another player. It’s normal.“We have a communication problem with this interview. I wanted to say, probably in the future when I finish in my career, I won’t live in London. But now, at the moment, I’m very happy in London and enjoy living in London with my wife. In the future, when I need to bring my child to school, or when I finish my career, I’d prefer to come back to my country. It’s normal. I prefer the place I was born. But now I’m very happy. When I say it’s a stressful city, I’m only talking about the traffic and that there are a lot of people there. But it’s an incredible city with many religions and many kinds of different people, so I really enjoy London.”Morata had conducted the interview with Gazzetta post-match at Bournemouth, where Chelsea won 1-0 on Saturday. When asked about life in England, he had suggested he did not see himself “living in London for very long”. The forward has settled in Chelsea, in the same apartment block in which Conte lived last season, but has found the capital “too big, too much stress, too much of a metropolis”. That seemed to imply he would soon be joining his team-mates and head coach in Surrey, near the side’s training base in Cobham, rather than being unsettled in the Premier League.However, perhaps more concerning for the club – particularly in the wake of Diego Costa’s constant pining for Madrid – was the warmth in which Morata still clearly holds Italy. The forward spoke fondly of his time at Juve, where he was signed by Conte in the summer of 2014, and is married to an Italian. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Australian Mixed Assistant Coach Required

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is the current holder of the Trans Tasman Trophy, following the success of our Teams at the Trans Tasman Series held in Wollongong in April this year. In particular the Mixed Open team was very successful winning every match of the 3 match series. To ensure the momentum continues, TFA are calling for expressions of interest for 1 (one) Assistant Coach to the Mixed Open team and coach Bernie Morrison.  The coach will be appointed to join the coaching team at the January 2010 Trans Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand.Please see attachment below.Related Filesmixed_assistant_advert_memo-pdflast_img

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Maurice Hampton, Top 2019 Football Recruit, Announces Plans After MLB Draft

first_img Hampton’s father believes his son’s commitment to the LSU football team affected the way teams viewed him in the draft.The Tigers will welcome Hampton’s decision as he should be an excellent addition to their baseball and football program.MLB Draft: Maurice Hampton Jr. will play football at LSU after not being picked in first round https://t.co/M6hUus3Wu5 via @memphisnews— Tom Kreager (@Kreager) June 4, 2019247Sports lists Hampton as the No. 1 recruit from the state of Tennessee.While Hampton is clearly an excellent player on the diamond, the four-star cornerback is also a playmaker on the gridiron.Not only did Hampton solidify himself as a premier recruit on the defensive side of the football, but he also excelled as a wide receiver in high school.It’ll be interesting to see how Hampton’s college career plays out. A wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Kyler Murray raised several eyebrows over the past few years due to his ability to play football and baseball at a high level. The next two-sport athlete that could take the sports world by storm is Maurice Hampton Jr.Hampton had several teams interested in selecting him during the first round of the MLB Draft. However, the 17-year-old athlete turned down every offer he faced.Instead of skipping college to become a professional baseball player, Hampton will stick to his decision of playing at LSU. This decision will allow him to compete in football and baseball.According to reports, Hampton and his family spoke about how much money it would take from the MLB to forego all his years of college eligibility.last_img read more

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Gear We Love: All the Best Stuff for a Great Night In

first_imgNormally our favorite gear gets us out of the house, awake, refreshed, and hitting the pavement. But this month? We’re digging staying in. From the only facial serum you’ll need, to the perfect book for a late-spring read, to the most delicious summer tequila and new binge-able seasons on Netflix, rejoice in FOGO (fear of going out) with this Manual-approved gear.Playa Real Pineapple TequilaWhile summer begs for rooftop bar time, going out can hit your wallet hard. Even if you don’t have a stocked apartment bar, all you’ll need for a summery night in is Playa Real Pineapple Tequila. The new Austin-based spirits brand uses 100-percent blue agave for an 80-proof, triple-distilled, fruit-infused tequila (they have mandarin also!), that requires no chaser (but it’s next-level in a margarita). The pineapple is bold, but not artificial … seriously the best tequila we’ve tried in months.See ItZachary Prell X Incipio Phone CaseStaying in means you’ll probably be on your phone planning the next big night out… swiping right and left following a glass of Playa Real. Stay in your sweats, but dress up your phone with a new Zachary Prell X Incipio phone case, inspired by prints from the modern American menswear designer. For the guy who opts for basic solid iPhone cases, the cleanliness of this five-design line is a much-needed departure from, well, all the busy, decal designs out there. Your opening line might even benefit from the style upgrade.See ItVerso Super Facial SerumWith a high dose of Retinol 8 complex, this healing and strengthening facial serum from Verso is thick and instantly nourishing. One small pump should be applied in the morning to clean skin and at night before bed. Consider it your super-simple version of a face mask. The formula will aid in your skin’s natural production of collagen and after enough nights-in, makes your face brighter and more illuminated. The overall texture of your skin will improve while pigment spots and wrinkles recede. Meaning when you finally go back out into civilization, you’ll look damn fine.See ItLe Beanock Signature Indoor HammockWe’re torn: lay outside in the hammock and drip with sweat or stick to the boring couch and bask in luxriously cool AC. We’re gonna have it both ways. The Le Beanock is an indoor hammock bean bag chair that hangs from the ceiling, bringing the weightless lounge-power of an outdoor hammock to the comfortable indoors. (Your allergies will thank you.)See ItAmerican Pastoral by Philip RothIconic American novelist and short-story writer, Philip Roth, known for the classic American Pastoral, died on May 22, 2018, prompting us to revisit his literary masterpiece. Along with these quintessential books every man should read, American Pastoral was a tale of the American Dream gone rotten, following a man whose conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Stark and profound, a day in calls for hours of good, uninterrupted reading. And this is that.See ItLight Book LampSpeaking of books, as the sun sets outside we’re reaching for the high-designed Pascalina Light Book, a handmade lamp in the shape of a book that you can open and close. Five acrylic pages house white 3500 K dimmable LED lights, all wrapped in a black linen cover. Small yet precise, there’s a reason this lamp will set you back roughly $500… it’s a work of (functional) award-winning art.See ItLuke Cage Season TwoOr just put your reading material away and turn on the TV. Binge-watch the second season of Marvel Comic’s Luke Cage, released June 22 on Netflix. Expect all the gritty, action-packed, and socially-conscious perfection that made seasons one a smash hit. Joining the cast will be Mustafa Shakir playing John McIver and Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson, aka the villain Nightshade. So get your popcorn ready.See ItBrooklinen Super-Plush TowelsImagine the softness of clouds and puppies mixed with super absorbent power and a perimeter large enough to be a sheet. These are the ridiculously soft, huge new Super-Plush Towels from Brooklinen. We mean large like your-towel-rack-might-not-be-big-enough-to-hold-them large. So forget robes and silk pajama sets: chill in your towel. (We’re obsessed with the black Graphite colorway.)Snow Peak Titanium Curved FlaskWhat, you don’t drink a flask around the house? What are you, crazy? This pure titanium flask from Snow Peak produces no funky metallic flavoring that messes with the taste of your scotch. It’s also light, strong, and doesn’t spill in our indoor hammock. And sure, you could take it out with you, but we’re FOGOing here, not FOMOing.See It The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Drivers to Benefit from Registry System Upgrade

first_imgNova Scotia drivers will benefit from an updated Registry of Motor Vehicles computer system that makes it easier to add online services and reduces service disruptions during system outages. “The Registry of Motor Vehicles system is of critical importance to Nova Scotians,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This upgrade will ensure the system can respond to future requirements while making sure it is available when Nova Scotia drivers and law enforcement officers need it.” The upgrade includes the purchase of new servers. Presently, there is only one server which means that a two-minute interruption in service can result in a much longer wait for customers in Registry of Motor Vehicles and Access Nova Scotia locations. The work will begin in July and is expected to be completed by 2015. The work will be done by information technology staff at Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations at an estimated cost of $1.7 million. About 80,000 Registry of Motor Vehicle customers are served each month. This project is part of the province’s capital plan. This is the third year in a row that the province has released information on the capital plan before the spring budget.last_img read more

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Ontario to set up new regulator for home builders after conflict of

TORONTO — The Ontario government will be setting up a stand-alone regulator to oversee the province’s home builders.Minister of Government and Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles says the move will mean removing responsibilities from the Tarion Warrant Corp., which has overseen nearly all facets of the home building sector for the past 40 years.MacCharles says Tarion has been responsible both for regulating builders and administering the province’s new home warranties, but the system lends itself to the perception of a conflict of interest.Housing affordability measures will be coming in Ontario’s spring budget: Charles SousaToronto home prices may jump 25% in 2017 with cycle starting to mirror others that ended badly: TD EconomicsThe average price of a home in Canada is now more than $500,000, thanks to two hot marketsShe says Tarion will effectively be split in half, maintaining administration of the warranty program while the government establishes a new regulator.In a statement, a spokeswoman for Tarion says the firm has “serious concerns” with the move.Legislation to establish the new regulator is expected to be introduced in the fall.MacCharles says the change is designed to improve accountability and transparency for home buyers.“Tarion is too far removed from government; its unique structure doesn’t give my ministry the same oversight tools that it has for our other administrative authorities,” MacCharles said in a speech to Toronto’s Empire club on Tuesday. “We believe that consumers can be better protected by giving government the lead in making rules and setting standards.”In November 2015, the government appointed Douglas Cunningham, the former associate chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court, to lead a review into consumer protections for new home owners.In MacCharles’ remarks, she acknowledged that Cunningham had found fault with Tarion’s complex structure and over-arching mandate, adding the retired judge had heard that both builders and homeowners questioned Tarion’s objectivity.In a statement sent to The Canadian Press on Tuesday, Tarion spokeswoman Laurie Stephens took issue with Cunningham’s recommendations.“We worry that the recommendations will have the effect of seriously weakening consumer protection; increasing costs for the administration and regulation of the warranty, new costs that ultimately new home buyers will have to pay; and creating barriers to entry for builders that could further impact a marketplace already struggling to keep pace with consumer demand,” said Stephens.Years earlier, the province’s ombudsman had slammed the private company in a report and described it as a “puppet of the building industry.”“If we were doing this in 2017, would we give an organization all these multiple roles? The short answer is no,” MacCharles said. “Why? Well, as Justice Cunningham noted in his final report, Tarion’s multiple roles and responsibilities can give rise to a perception of conflict of interest, and could result in actual conflicts of interest.” read more

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Annan set to receive accountability report on UN security in Iraq

The Secretary-General named a four-person panel last November to carry out a comprehensive study of the role of all individuals and UN entities involved in UN security in Iraq following a separate, independent investigation into the 19 August attack, which killed 22 people, including top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.”Once the report is in the hands of the Secretary-General it will be up to him to take administrative or disciplinary action as he deems appropriate,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said at a press briefing.The Security in Iraq Accountability Panel’s report is based on the study of relevant internal documents and interviews with more than 140 people, some of who were debriefed more than once, Mr. Eckhard added.Last October, an independent probe headed by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari concluded that “the current security management system is dysfunctional” and that “the UN security system failed adequately to analyze and utilize information made available to the system on threats against UN staff and premises.””The security awareness within the country team did not match the hostile environment. The observance and implementation of security regulations and procedures were sloppy and non-compliance with security rules commonplace,” the panel added.Mr. Eckhard said, “What now follows is for internal purposes: a detailed investigation of what happened, who took what decisions when, what procedures the United Nations followed. All of this [is] for the administrative purpose of correcting any procedures that need correcting and, if necessary, replacing some people responsible.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General was asked this morning upon arriving at UN Headquarters in New York whether yesterday’s terror attacks in Iraq would delay the arrival of UN teams. “I hope not,” he said. “We are still hoping to go back to assist the Iraqis.” Calling the killings “tragic,” he voiced sympathy for the families of the victims while stressing that the incidents “will not impede us from our determination to help.” read more

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South Sudan UN mission reports five people injured in shooting at Juba

That shooting took place at a market area adjacent to the site where the UN provided civilians protection in Juba, the capital.Seriously wounded, four of the victims were taken to a clinic inside the UN site for medical treatment.“Another two displaced people were injured as they fled the scene of the shooting. UNMISS is investigating the incident,” stressed the UN Spokesperson during a press briefing today.Meanwhile, for the 6th consecutive day, UN aircrafts have been denied permission to land at the Mission’s county support base in the Upper Nile State town of Nassir by armed opposition forces.The amount of supplies for the UNMISS personnel stationed at the Nassir base is reaching critically low levels as a result of the inability to operate flights into Nassir, warned the Spokesperson.Since the beginning of the year, some 60,000 civilians have fled the country, mostly to Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda bringing the total number of people who fled since the start of the conflict December 2013 to 555,000. Some 1.5 million are internally displaced and more than 3.8 million – a third of the country’s population of 11 million – do not have sufficient food. read more

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Maintenance optimisation program shuts down competition

first_imgNew software that enables an optimal, streamlined approach to mine plant shutdown scheduling to fast track maintenance was the overall winner at the recent Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards, resulting in A$15,000 for its inventors.Shutdown maintenance optimisation was a research project involving Curtin researchers Associate Professor Ryan Loxton, Dr Reza Parand, Dr Yufei Sun, Mr Chongyi Liu and Mr Praveen Jayakumari. The project was initiated and funded by Linkforce Engineering, one of the largest engineering services companies in Western Australia.Associate Professor Loxton explained the project team developed unique mathematical algorithms for scheduling maintenance activities in mine plant shutdowns.“Scheduling shutdowns is currently a time-consuming manual process. These algorithms take just seconds to run and consider a range of factors such as activity workflow, plant access restrictions, safety regulations, and personnel and equipment availability with the aim of creating an optimal schedule that minimises maintenance downtime,” Loxton said.Linkforce Engineering is currently developing a professional shutdown planning system based on the Curtin team’s algorithms, and is exploring commercialisation opportunities across the mining and resource sectors.last_img read more

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Labors perfect storm

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two prominent figures in the broad coalition wanting a change of federal government, believe asylum seekers’ well-being is at the core of their different roles. But there couldn’t be more polarity in their response to the ALP’s new policy.“Australia can’t accept everyone who wants to live here. We need a response that is fair, has integrity and is consistent with the safety of human lives. Maria Vamvakinou“You don’t protect people by turning them back, you protect refugees by providing safe alternatives. Kon KarapanagiotidisChampion of asylum seekers’ rights Kon Karapanagiotidis, founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, believes the move is a failure of Bill Shorten’s leadership, and that history will condemn him for “following the Liberal Party in a race to the bottom”, while Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou says turning back the boats is a solution consistent with the most crucial issue – that of saving lives.While Labor is likely to go to the next election saying it will “stop the boats” as effectively as Tony Abbott, its policy also commits it to doubling the refugee intake to 27,000, ending Temporary Protection Visas and increasing funding to the UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, by $450 million.Maria Vamvakinou, who chairs the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, says the “60 million people on the move around the world” is a problem faced by the global community, and Labor’s turnaround is simple common sense.“No country has found a solution to this problem, as I witnessed on my recent trip to Greece where I saw recent boat arrivals in their hundreds sleeping in parks,” Ms Vamvakinou told Neos Kosmos.“Australia can’t accept everyone who wants to live here. We need a response that is fair, has integrity and is consistent with the safety of human lives. “The simple truth is that when boats were not allowed to land on Australian shores, they stopped coming. Whilst this may seem a brutal statement, the evidence is clear.”1,500 deaths at sea prior to the Abbott government’s intervention she added was “unacceptable”, and that any policy that encouraged people to enter Australia illegally by sea was inhumane.“Labor’s new policy is to double our refugee intake and invest properly in regional and international efforts to deal with a serious global issue,” she said.“These points are often overlooked by those who want to talk only about boats. This is a complex issue that requires a firm and holistic response.”Kon Karapanagiotidis unsurprisingly takes a different view. He says the plight of those seeking a safe haven on Australian shores is a moral issue and both the government and the ALP cannot guarantee that turning back people on boats would not render them to danger and death elsewhere.“When we talk about people being turned back at sea, we’re not talking about boats; we’re talking about human beings,” he says.“We need to be asking, why is it a tragedy when people drown in our seas, but not a tragedy when we turn people back to drown in more distant seas to drown somewhere else, or to die at the hands of a torturer.“You don’t protect people by turning them back, you protect refugees by providing safe alternatives.”Karapanagiotidis said he welcomed Labor’s pledge to increasing the refugee intake and ending Temporary Protection Visas but added he would have preferred a doubling of the refugee intake taking effect immediately, not over 10 years as proposed.“If you’re going to stop people getting onto boats – because remember people only take boats because it’s the safest option they have available to them, as sad or awful as that is – you need those places now, not in 10 years time,” he said.Asked about the Greek Australian community’s response to the immigration polices of both major parties, in a stinging rebuke, Karapanagiotidis said much of the community was conservative, and chose to disassociate with refugees.“We are now living in a country where all the things that have helped make this country great – Greek immigration, multiculturalism – are the things that both parties are failing to protect and stand up for,” he said“We come from refugee blood, we should be proud of it.”What’s clear from the debate within Labor, is that the issue will be fought and argued over until the next election. The impact of that fight will resonate for years to come.last_img read more

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La loutre de retour outreManche la miraculée recolonise son territoire

La loutre de retour outre-Manche : la miraculée recolonise son territoireRoyaume-Uni – Les autorités environnementales britanniques annoncent un regain de la population de loutres dans tout le pays, d’où l’animal avait pourtant bien failli disparaître. Une prospérité retrouvée pour un sympathique petit animal des cours d’eau d’Europe : la population de loutres des îles britanniques, renaissant de ses cendres, se fortifie continuellement, à tel point que l’Agence environnementale nationale prévoit qu’elle aura recouvré son niveau initial dans moins de vingt ans.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueAu bord de l’extinction dans tout le Royaume-Uni dans les années 1970, à cause de l’utilisation massive de pesticides chimiques polluant les cours d’eau, l’animal a bénéficié de l’interdiction de beaucoup de ces produits et des efforts d’assainissement. Dans de nombreuses rivières du sud-ouest, comme la Wye (Pays de Galles), les populations sont à leur maximum (naturellement limitées par le comportement territorial des loutres). Le mammifère est désormais présent dans tous les comtés, sauf le Kent.”La loutre est au sommet de la chaîne alimentaire, et sa présence est un bon indicateur de la santé de nos rivières”, a dit Paul Raven, responsable de la conservation et de l’écologie à l’Agence de l’environnement. Le 18 octobre 2010 à 18:39 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

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EtatsUnis une série de tornades sabat sur le Texas

first_imgEtats-Unis : une série de tornades s’abat sur le TexasLa ville de Dallas et ses environs au Texas ont été frappés par une dizaine de tornades mardi. Elles ont infligé d’importants dégâts et fait au moins 17 blessés.La saison des tornades a débuté tôt cette année aux Etats-Unis et les phénomènes continuent de faire d’importants dégâts. Dans la journée de mardi, une dizaine de tornades ont balayé le Texas et en particulier la ville de Dallas et ses environs. Accompagnés de grêle, les tourbillons ont projeté des voitures dans le ciel et ont emporté les toits de plusieurs bâtiments. L’une des tornades a même projeté en l’air des camions comme de simples jouets à Dallas, a déclaré un chauffeur routier qui a filmé les débris divers pris dans le phénomène.Dans la journée, les services météo américains ont ainsi lancé l’alerte sur leur site et exhorté les gens de ne pas sortir : “Urgence tornade. Deux tornades touchent actuellement la région de Dallas-Fort Worth. Abritez-vous!”. Mais les phénomènes se sont multipliés dans cette zone qui compte plus de six millions habitants et sur laquelle se sont abattus des grêlons gros parfois comme des balles de baseball. Sept personnes ont d’ailleurs été blessées dans la banlieue d’Arlington, indique la police. Si celles-ci ne sont que peu atteintes, une personne a été blessée par la chute d’un arbre et se trouve aujourd’hui dans un état critique.A Lancaster, au sud de Dallas, les tornades ont endommagé 300 structures. Sur les dix personnes blessées à Lancaster, deux sont dans un état sérieux. Le bilan provisoire se porte ainsi à 17 blessés mais aucun mort n’a pour l’heure a été recensé. Outre les dégâts matériels, les tornades ont également causé de sérieuses perturbations dans le trafic aérien. “Durant la tempête, tous les avions ont été cloués au sol à l’aéroport international de Dallas-Fort Worth, le huitième au monde en termes de trafic”, a déclaré un porte-parole de la compagnie American Airlines. L’aéroport n’a été rouvert qu’en fin d’après-midi. Une année qui s’annonce meurtrière À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De même, plus de 110 appareils ont été endommagés par la grêle et 400 départs ont été annulés, tandis que 40 vols attendus ont été déroutés vers d’autres destinations, a ajouté l’aéroport dans un communiqué relayé par l’AFP. Après son passage dans la région de Dallas, la tempête s’est orientée vers les Etats d’Oklahoma, de l’Arkansas et de la Louisiane. Depuis le début de l’année, les tornades ont fait 57 morts dans le Middle West et dans le sud des Etats-Unis. Des chiffres qui laissent craindre que l’année 2012 sera peut-être aussi meurtrière que 2011, année la plus meurtrière en près d’un siècle avec 550 morts. Le 4 avril 2012 à 18:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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I want a great team Favre

first_imgNew Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has revealed he wants a great team and will have it.The new coach was unveiled to the media at a press conference on Friday. He spoke of his plans for his new team as well as his ambitions for the club, saying his team must be able to adapt, counter and play intelligently.Favre has been on the radar of Dortmund for the past two years but he has been under contract with French side OGC Nice during that period.But the former German Bundesliga champions have finally gotten their man and will be hoping he improves their chances ahead of the 2018-19 season after a somewhat disappointing 2017-1 8 season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Of course we would like through to play through the entire team, starting each play with our goalkeeper but we have to be able to play high up the pitch and counter-attack. A great team must be able to counter the opponent,” Favre told reporters, via Bundesliga.The Swiss tactician is highly regarded for his fast tempo style of play in the Bundesliga having had successful spells as the manager of Hertha Berlin and Borussia Monchengladbach.Dortmund Sporting Director, Michael Zorc told reporters: “Lucien has a very clear style of play, his teams always find the balance between attack and defence and that should help our team a lot this season.”last_img read more

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