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Light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones approved for UFC 235 bout

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jahlil Okafor helps Pelicans stun Rockets in 1st game since Anthony Davis’ trade demand FILE – Jon Jones looks prior to a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPReigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was given a one-fight license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.After more than three hours, officials granted the rare license but attached several conditions for Jones if he wants another bout in Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img 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 MOST READ View comments Now his future depends on staying clean outside the Octagon as well as how he performs inside it.“This is on you. It’s on your shoulders,” commissioner Anthony Marnell told Jones. “I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof is in the pudding.“I’m happy you are back here. You will always be treated with respect here and I wanted to make sure that you understood that. Welcome back to Nevada and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”The US Anti-Doping Agency, in a statement, said it found the samples in Jones’s positive tests to be residual based on amounts and said they provided no chance of performance enhancement.“We agree with and support the NSAC decision today to license Jon Jones to fight in Nevada and while USADA does not have jurisdiction over the licensing, we appreciate being able to collaborate with the NSAC to ensure a fair outcome,” USADA said.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old American will be required to be drug tested at least twice a month until UFC 235, then comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule for the remainder of 2019 in order to fight in Nevada again.Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a long-term metabolite of the anabolic steroid Turinabol multiple times in 2018, then tested negative in four consecutive drug tests from September to November before another positive test last month.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 starsThat prompted UFC to move its December 29 show from Nevada, which would not license him after the positive, to California, where Jones was allowed to fight on short notice with extra drug testing, as California officials concluded the new positive tests and others with trace amounts before the fight were from a 2017 violation for which he had served a 15-month suspension.Jones, a three-time banned fighter, recaptured his title with a third-round stoppage of Alexander Gustafsson. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Rs 35 lakh cheque creates problem for BCCI, pitched battle in the offing

first_imgS.K. Wankhede (left) and N.K.P. Salve: Power struggleOf all the sports organisations in this country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is possibly the richest. Last fortnight, however, the riches had created a problem: the simple matter of a cheque for Rs 35 lakh – the proceeds,S.K. Wankhede (left) and N.K.P. Salve: Power struggleOf all the sports organisations in this country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is possibly the richest. Last fortnight, however, the riches had created a problem: the simple matter of a cheque for Rs 35 lakh – the proceeds of the Delhi Test between India and the MCC last year – which should have gone to the BCCI account in Madras, but instead went into a fresh fixed deposit account in Bombay.Over half-a-dozen of the 28 BCCI members asked for details of the cheque’s curious progress. Jagmohan Dalmiya, honorary secretary of the Bengal Cricket Association, wrote to M.A. Chidambaram, BCCI treasurer, asking if any board official or working committee member had approved the opening of the account for such a huge amount – according to BCCI rules no new bank account can be opened without the board’s approval.The Delhi Test was handled by a special committee appointed by the BCCI, because the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) had been superseded. BCCI President S.K. Wankhede headed the committee, I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association was convenor and P.M. Rungta of Rajasthan was treasurer. As there was no permanent body in Delhi to look after the record profit of Rs 35 lakh, it was resolved that the money would be transferred to the BCCI’S account in Madras. According to Bindra, he along with Rungta wrote a cheque for Rs 35 lakh on February 5, 1982 in favour of the BCCI.advertisementBut instead of handing the cheque to Chidambaram, Rungta inexplicably withdrew the money from the Tolstoy Marg branch of the New Bank of India and converted it into a demand draft – No 434072/78/82 dated February 6, 1982 – drawn on the bank’s Bombay branch – Bindra was not in on this. In a letter to the bank, Rungta wrote: “Please issue a demand draft in the name of Board of Control for Cricket in India payable at Bombay.” On the same day, as it happened, an account was opened in the Banque Nationale de Paris and a fixed deposit of Rs 35 lakh for one year was made in the name of the BCCI. Chidambaram received a fixed deposit receipt from Rungta, instead of a cheque.Disputed Matters: The matter was first raised at the working committee meeting on April 1, 1982. Some pointed questions remained unanswered: why Rungta converted the cheque into a draft on his own; why a foreign bank was preferred, especially when the rate of interest – 7.5 per cent – is the same as that of Indian banks; who endorsed the account papers as only the BCCI president and/or treasurer can operate an account and that too after a BCCI resolution; and how the bank opened an account in the name of an organisation without asking for the resolution and the memorandum of association.The group that has talked the most about Rungta’s initiative is the “anti-Bombay group’, and consists mostly of senior government officials like Bindra, Phalgum Matilal, a joint director in the Railway Ministry, Kamlesh Sharma, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry and S.K. Kakkar, a senior Chandigarh administration official.They are powerfully backed by Minister of State for Information N.K.P. Salve, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and Kamal Nath, the powerful MP who dislodged K.K. Mehra and his friends from the DDCA. Kakkar says that “there is ample scope for smelling a rat” and feels that the bank “might have used the cash for sanctioning loans to various firms” in the wake of the credit squeeze.In the August 16-17 meeting of the BCCI in Bombay, this group demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation investigate the matter and that the account be closed. But Rungta was not present and a decision was postponed. For his part, Rungta refutes the allegation that there was anything wrong in opening the account.Said he: “Bindra signed a cheque and gave it to me to be handed over to the treasurer of the board. It is also correct that I handed over the demand draft receipt to Chidambaram.” He also claimed that the new account was opened in consultation with the treasurer and the president. But both Chidambaram and Wankhede, when asked in the board meeting, did not accept that they knew about it earlier.Financial Problems: ‘Irregularities’ in financial procedures have occurred earlier. Dalmiya had pointed out 54 errors in the audited accounts for 1980-81. The general body meeting in Bangalore on September 28, 1981, took note of his objections which included: glaring discrepancies in the cash and bank balances in accounts presented by the treasurer to the BCCI working committee on August 3, 1980 and figures given out at the Bangalore meeting; Rs 26 lakh expenditure on the Golden Jubilee Test between India and England at Bombay when only Rs 11 lakh was approved; unexplained expenditure of Rs 2 lakh in foreign exchange in England during the 1979 tour; and investment of nearly Rs 1 crore in various private companies by the BCCI investment committee without the approval of the BCCI board or working committee.advertisementThis last provoked quite a furore at two meetings of the board. According to the statement of accounts for 1980-81, the private companies so favoured are Tata Oil Mills (Rs 10 lakh), Mahindra and Mahindra (Rs 25 lakh), Bayer India Ltd (Rs 15 lakh), Standard Oil Mills (Rs 15 lakh) and ITC Ltd (Rs 25 lakh). The money came from nationalised banks by prematurely cancelling fixed deposits, and board officials accepted that the board or the working committee did not authorise the withdrawal and that the terms and the conditions were not disclosed earlier. Wankhede and others claimed, however, that no BCCI office-bearer was connected with any of the companies. Only after Dalmiya persisted was an eight-member inquiry committee, headed by Wankhede, appointed to look into these allegations: the final report is still to come even after a year.Things are likely to come to a head on September 26, 1982, at the elections for the office-bearers. The ‘anti-Bombay group’ led by Bindra is determined to oust Wankhede and his men and they seem to have numbers on their side: at a recent meeting of their group 16 of the BCCI’s 28 members were present.They have reportedly decided to field Salve for the president’s post. Says Matilal: “Ours is a democratic fight. We don’t want politics and money to spoil Indian cricket; we want to cleanse the BCCI of unscrupulous elements.” A pitched battle is clearly in the offing.last_img read more

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Lokesh Rahul reveals Team India’s most aggressive PlayStation player

first_imgAggression has been a key mantra of the current team India and it is not restricted to the field. The team sometimes engages in intense sessions over the PlayStation while on tour and you wouldn’t believe who is the most aggressive player. (India’s All-Time XI: Gavaskar, Sehwag openers in star-studded line-up) “The most competitive is Pujara, he is very competitive and he takes the PlayStation very seriously”, reveals Team India opener KL Rahul while speaking to India Today. “My favourite game is football (FIFA) on the PS”, adds Rahul. It is hard to imagine Cheteshwar Pujara, who is usually calm, composed and focussed out in the middle, jostling for victories on the PS against his team-mates. But we shouldn’t be surprised given his appetite for big runs. Many a times the team has been seen playing the beautiful game in various warm-up sessions. But that is the whole point of the boys spending time together, getting to know the other side of the players than what we see out in the middle. It helps in the overall team performance, says Amit Mishra. (India have not asked for rank turners, confirms Anil Kumble) “We like to spend a lot of time together as a team, maybe going out for dinners or just hanging out together in the team hotel or going out together. When you spend a lot of time with a person you start understanding them better and that has been our aim as a team to understand each other and work as a unit,” reveals Amit and Rahul agrees with him. “That is what the coach is trying to do. To have more team building activities, maybe even doing yoga together, just spending a lot of time together helps us gel more. When we have better comfort levels off the field I think it reflects on field as well as we can understand each other and perform better on the field,” says the opener. But what about Amit’s skills with the remote? “No I do not play PlayStation with the boys as I am not good at it. I need to practice more, I have an old version and need to practice on the new one,” reveals the legspinner. (Kohli on course to leapfrog Dhoni, Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain) The tour of West Indies saw a lot of such team building exercises. While coach Kumble’s drumming sessions grabbed the headlines before the tour, Caribbean cruises and sightseeing were high on the agenda in the Caribbean, while Jadeja even took his stallion for a bath in the sea. The result, a united Team India under Virat’s leadership roared to a 2-0 series win, and they were unlucky not to have a bigger win margin. “We have great friendship with each other, it helps that all of us are so young. We all spend a lot of time together Virat, Vijay, Shikhar, Pujara, the names will go on. It is good to have guys who enjoy together. The friendship has always been good among the boys as we are all young and we have all played cricket together for the country, maybe in the IPL, maybe in junior cricket at some point. The camaraderie and friendship is really good in the team. We all have this feeling of wanting the other boys and wanting everyone to do well,” adds Rahul. This was the message to the Team by former Test skipper MS Dhoni during the camp at NCA before the tour of Windies. “Make sure that you have a lot of fun. That is something that we in Indian cricket don’t often do. Cricket is too much for us. For a lot of us, if you take cricket out of our personal lives, there aren’t many things left. So, we actually give it a lot of importance. But, it is important to have fun,” Dhoni having said that and Rahul reveals even coach Kumble has given freedom to the players. (Test season at home a chance for Ravichandran Ashwin to cement his legacy) “We have all watched him (Kumble) on TV and looked up to him as young kids growing up. To have someone like him as coach or mentor of the team is wonderful. He has tried to keep things simple for the boys, he has let the boys go out and express themselves and he has given us the freedom to go out and take our own decisions. He tries to keep the atmosphere and the mindset of the boys very balanced. His presence in the dressing room has played a key role in the boys playing with a lot of freedom and aggression.” One hopes the team continues to bond over during the upcoming home season and reclaims that No. 1 Test spot.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Woman accuses fellow shooter-cum-coach of rape

first_imgA national level woman shooter has accused her fellow sportsperson of raping her on her birthday in New Delhi. An FIR has been registered at the Chanakyapuri police station. (Latest Sports stories)According to reports, the woman has alleged that the senior shooter spiked her soft drink and raped her at her Chanakyapuri residence on her birthday. The police have asked the the accused shooter to join the probe.Delhi: National level shooter alleges that her coach spiked her soft drink and raped her. Police file FIR against accused ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016We have registered a case of rape and investigation will be carried out as per law: MK Meena,Spl.CP on Shooter alleges rape pic.twitter.com/YK3Emq7bIf ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016The victim has revealed that the two were in a relationship and the shooter had promised to marry her. However, following the incident he has stopped answering calls from the her.The woman has also said that he has threatened to kill her.The woman has been training for the national championships at the shooting range of the Sports Authority of India and the accused used to guide her.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: Zinedine Zidane praises ‘complete player’ Harry Kane

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash between the sides which will be an acid test for the prolific England striker.Kane leads the scoring charts in Europe’s elite competition with five goals in Spurs’ games against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.Kane, who has also six strikes in the Premier League and has scored 13 times in his last nine matches for club and country, has been the main focus of media attention before Tuesday’s blockbuster clash between Spurs and the European champions and was featured on the cover of Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday.”He is a fundamental player for Tottenham, he is very good in every aspect, but the best thing about him is that he’s always got the goal on his mind,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.”He’s a very complete player even though he does not look it, but he always turns up when he needs to.”Zidane ducked a question on whether he would like to sign Kane for Real Madrid who are short of strikers after selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.”I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” he said.Tottenham’s Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, meanwhile, warned Real about the threat his teammate poses.”We have great players who are capable of playing very good football and we have Harry Kane, who at the moment is turning everything he touches into a goal,” Llorente said in an interview with Marca.advertisement”There isn’t a great deal of difference among the top teams in Europe and I’d count Tottenham among them.”Real have flattered to deceive in La Liga this season as they bid to defend the Spanish title for the first time since 2008, dropping points in four of their eight games, but like Spurs they have won both Champions League matches, convincingly beating APOEL and Dortmund.They sit third in the domestic standings, five points behind leaders Barcelona and scraped an unconvincing 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday thanks to a late strike from Ronaldo.”You have to keep their best players under control, you can’t just try and take the ball off them because they are much better in possession now and when they don’t have it they are still very dangerous on the counter-attack,” added Llorente.”Madrid can kill you off easily because they have more quality and are more effective than most teams, but they always give you a chance.”last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic keeping Australian Open participation hopes alive

first_imgNovak Djokovic is giving his one last shot in an attempt to take part in the Australian Open staring January 15.Djokovic is set to return to the court at the January 10-12 Kooyong Classic and is also scheduled to take part at the Tie Break Tens evening exhibition at Melbourne Park next Wednesday.”After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments,” said a statement on Djokovic’s website (www.novakdjokovic.com).”After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.”The former world number one, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam honours when he captured his maiden French Open title in 2016, has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych with the injury in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.The 12-time Grand Slam winner was scheduled to kickstart the new season against Roberto Bautista Agut but was advised by his medical team to skip the tournament just hours before the match.On medical advice, he also withdrew from the Qatar Open and now faces a final fitness test for the Australian Open.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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Jürgen Klopp predicts tight title race in ‘most exciting season for years’

first_imgJürgen Klopp news Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Arsenal – scoring 17 goals in the last five alone – and victory at the Emirates Stadium would record the club’s best start to a Premier League season after 11 games. Asked whether Liverpool can sustain that form throughout the campaign, Klopp replied: “Yes. But it doesn’t mean it will be like that.“We are in a good place but we go to Arsenal and if everything depends on winning at Arsenal or not, if that means we are in a good place or not, then something is wrong. I cannot judge week in, week out. That’s why I say so far, so good. We don’t feel satisfaction. We don’t feel: ‘Wow! We are really good.’ We have that feeling for maybe two minutes after the game, from the dugout to the dressing room, and then it’s gone.“‘We won, cool, let’s go again,’ that’s exactly how it is. It is just exciting. I am a football fan as well and for a football fan it’s great but, on the other side of the table, there are teams who have very few points and they all have a chance to stay in the league. It will probably be a fight at both ends of the table until the last match-day. It is our job to be ready for that. At the moment it looks like we are ready but we have to prove that many times this season.”Klopp has admitted Liverpool are unlikely to buy in the January transfer market and should be more concerned with developing the talent at his disposal. “It doesn’t look like we will be too busy to be honest but it all depends on injuries and things like that,” he added. “I don’t think there is any reason to do something really big like bring in another striker. We have all what we need. Our job now is to use the quality we have.” Jürgen Klopp praises Unai Emery before Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal – video Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Play Video Reuse this content Topics Liverpool Read more Manchester City Share on WhatsApp The Liverpool manager said: “We play City twice. The maximum we can lose against them is three points in each of these games, even though I understand why it sometimes feels like six. If we would win all the other games then it’s pretty likely we would finish ahead of City but it doesn’t make sense to think like that because it puts you in a situation where you feel you are not in charge.“You react on what they do. If they play on Friday and we play on Sunday then for two days you think about the pressure being more on us. But then you miss Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal or United.“It is like it is, and hopefully it stays like this until the end of the season. It is probably the most exciting season for years. Last year a few teams played really good seasons but there was no chance to catch City because, by October-November, the gap was already that big. I remember when we played City last season, when we lost there 5-0, that was the day that City really clicked. It looked good for them before that but in that game they got all the confidence and we got the opposite and it led to a 25-point gap or whatever. We are really focused on us and that’s the only way I know it will work.” Share on Messenger Jürgen Klopp has predicted this season’s title race will be the most exciting in years and warned Liverpool cannot become preoccupied with the imperious form of Manchester City.Liverpool head to Arsenal on Saturday having equalled their best start to a Premier League campaign but, despite remaining unbeaten and taking 26 points from a possible 30, are second in the table on goal difference following the champions’ victory at Tottenham Hotspur. Klopp believes his squad has the depth and ability to sustain their outstanding run for the duration of the season, delivering a genuinely competitive race for the championship. But City’s results and form, he insists, cannot distract Liverpool from their pursuit of a first league title since 1990. Arsenal v Liverpool: match preview Share on Twitter 1:03 Share on Facebook Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Where have all the birds gone?

first_imgPlease could Theresa May, now freed of Brexit, include an urgent response to the rapid loss of wildlife (A new language needed for the climate crisis, 17 June) to her action list before she leaves? The Knepp estate wilding project (Report, 21 May) has seen a fast and encouraging reversal of loss of wildlife.Elaine SteaneOxford• I am sitting in my garden enjoying the evening sunshine, a rare occasion this summer, when I realise something is wrong. No birds in the sky. No swallows. No housemartins. No swifts. Where are they? This is quite scary. We are in the middle of June; the skies should be full of birds on the wing. Is this global warming, overhunting or pesticides killing off their food supply? Whatever the reason, I hope it is a temporary glitch and that next year will see their return.Tina BakerChudleigh Knighton, Devon• If male MPs were the ones having babies there would no doubt be maternity leave (I’m pregnant but denied maternity leave as an MP. Why?, 18 June).Helen EvansRuthin, Denbighshire• I’m pleased to see extensive coverage of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. In future, should we refer to Men’s Cricket and the Men’s Premier League etc?Hugh ClossLondon• I was told that the “you must not split an infinitive” injunction in English is a hangover from Latin, in which the infinitive is a single word – for instance, “amare”, “to love” – so cannot be split. This, of course, is irrelevant in English.Chris EvansEarby, Lancashire• How disappointing (Wordsearch, 17 June) that Bingo and Karaoke are forms of entertainment but Pub and Shag are not!Davina JonesDurham• Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition Share on Facebook Brief letters Work & careers Wildlife Topics Support The Guardian Share via Email Climate change Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Employee benefitscenter_img Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Women’s football Birds 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. letters Share on WhatsApp Maternity & paternity rights Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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USWNT coach Ellis defends VAR use at World Cup

first_imgU.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has defended officials’ strict interpretation of the penalty encroachment rule, which has come under heavy scrutiny at the World Cup so far.There have already been multiple instances of unsuccessful penalties ordered to be retaken after video review, though the goalkeepers were only inches off their line in some instances.Wednesday night’s dramatic ending to Scotland’s match against Argentina, where Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander saved a late penalty only for it to be retaken, resulted in her side’s elimination from the tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Before that Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider and Nigeria goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie were similarly punished in games against Italy and France, respectively.In the past, goalkeepers have been given some leeway, but the World Cup has seen unusually strict rulings after VAR reviews.Still, Ellis does not see it as a problem.“Why have a rule if you’re not going to enforce it?” Ellis asked. “If someone’s off their line they’re off their line.”The rule that is being enforced was recently changed and strangely enough, it was actually made more goalkeeper-friendly.The game’s rulemaking body, the International Football Association Board, implemented changes that went into effect on June 1, saying that goalkeepers are now allowed to have one foot off the line when a penalty is taken, as opposed to none before.But that new implementation has resulted in goalkeepers being harshly punished if they stray even inches off their line.IFAB at least seems to have noticed how harsh its punishment has been, having announced on Friday it would not be giving out automatic yellow cards to goalkeepers for encroachment during penalty shootouts in the knockout phase. Still, USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has taken notice of the shift in enforcement.Alyssa Naeher USA USWNT Women's World Cup 2019“They’re calling it very tight,” Naeher said. “I guess we didn’t really know coming into the tournament how tight they were going to call it, and I think the last few games have obviously shown what they can and will call.”Naeher says she’s gone back and reviewed film of her penalty-stopping technique, and has come away satisfied that she won’t be penalized.“I don’t think as of now that I have an issue with it,” Naeher said. “It’s something to keep in the back of my mind but not focus on.”As the World Cup enters the knockout phase, the focus on encroachment is likely to increase, however, with penalty shootouts now a possibility.Ellis, though, is happy to take her chances with VAR, whatever the outcome may be. “A rule is a rule,” Ellis said. “Obviously it’s down to interpretation, but I think overall to sit here as a coach in the biggest tournament in the world … I think there’s too much at stake to not have it in our sport.”last_img read more

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The Crane Resort Rolls Out Exclusive Spring Savings and Free Gifts for 2019

first_imgBook by March 31st to save 40% off all room categories with the Spring into Summer promotion, or book 7 nights for $182US/night with the Stay Longer, Save More this Summer promotion. St. Philips, Barbados — March 22, 2019: The Crane Resort invites travellers to look ahead and plan their escape to Barbados with the Spring into Summer promotion. Travellers can save 40 per cent off all room categories for stays from April 27 through December 20, 2019. This offer is available on new bookings made by March 31, 2019. Guests who book by March 31 will also receive three free gifts of their choice. Possible gifts include a Sephora gift card, an iTunes gift card, a $25 flight credit and more. For travellers looking to escape the slow arrival of spring, The Crane Resort is offering an exclusive Stay Longer, Save More this Summer promotion. For US$183 per night, families, couples and solo travellers can treat themselves to a seven-night stay in paradise. This offer is available on new bookings made by March 31, 2019 for stays from April 27 through December 20, 2019.  As the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean, The Crane Resort combines old-world charm and incredible natural beauty with a romantic sense of seclusion. The resort offers unparalleled service and spacious, luxurious accommodation including private pools, gardens and rooftop terraces.All offers can not be combined with any other promotions and apply to new bookings only. Discounts do not apply to extra person charges or meal plans. For more information contact The Crane Resort’s reservation team at (246) 423-6220, reservations@thecrane.com or book online at http://www.thecrane.com/ About The Crane ResortFor over a century, the historic Crane Resort has surveyed the famous pink sands and turquoise waters of Crane Beach from its dramatic cliff-top perch. A Barbadian legend since 1887, and the oldest operating hotel in the Caribbean, The Crane effortlessly marries the old-world charm of its past to all the 21st-century amenities and services expected by today’s most discerning travellers.  From grand colonial styled suites featuring lush gardens, private pools and rooftop terraces, to an impressive array of world-class amenities and services including fitness facilities, spectacular cascading pools, exciting restaurants and of course, the Zagat rated Zen, The Crane offers an idyllic respite on the South East coast of Barbados. For additional information, please visit www.sirencommunications.com or www.thecrane.comlast_img read more

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Rajnath Man of all seasons carries Vajpayees legacy of Ajatshatru

first_imgNew Delhi: One of the top leaders of the BJP, Rajnath Singh is a man of all seasons who maintains cordial relations with leaders across the political spectrum and enjoys wide acceptability.The Home Minister in the outgoing government, on whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi banked on heavily in the last five years whenever there was a crisis, be it farmers agitation, violence in Jammu and Kashmir or Jat quota stir, has been appointed Cabinet minister again. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCMany see a reflection of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mannerism in him and feel he has been carrying forward the party veteran’s legacy as ‘Ajatshatru, a man with no enemies. His good rapport with opposition leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mamata Banerjee, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and Omar Abdullah had made him government’s pointsman for any discussion with the opposition. Even during the bitter political campaign, 67-year-old Singh, who was contesting from Lucknow Lok Sabha seat, was never drawn into any ugly war of words with his opponents. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe image of the minister carrying on his shoulder the coffin of soldiers killed in February 14 Pulwama terror attack will remain etched in the minds of the people. A former professor of physics, it was Singh, as BJP President in 2013, who was instrumental in declaring Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate, despite strong opposition from veterans like L K Advani. Singh was the third leader of the BJP, after Modi and BJP President Amit Shah, who had extensively campaigned for the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh between 2000-2002, had also held the portfolios of Surface Transport and Agriculture in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. A life-long RSS member, Singh occupied various positions in RSS, ABVP and Uttar Pradesh BJP before becoming the national President of the BJP twice — 2005 to 2009 and 2013 to 2014. Singh, who was elected to Lok Sabha from Lucknow for two consecutive terms in 2014 and 2019, was thrice elected to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly and twice to Rajya Sabha. He was elected to Lok Sabha for the first time in 2009 from Ghaziabad. Singh was appointed district president of the Jana Sangh in 1975 at the age of 24 and was elected as MLA from Mirzapur in 1977.last_img read more

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Details emerge of alleged abuse at nowshuttered Quebec roadside zoo

first_imgMONTREAL — Newly unsealed court documents allege investigators who visited a small Quebec zoo at the heart of an animal cruelty investigation found animals that were malnourished and lacked water and veterinary care.The documents, which were filed in May in order to obtain a warrant, included veterinary reports on the animals and the conditions observed at the St-Edouard Zoo during two visits by the SPCA in 2018.The investigation found that animals often lacked adequate space, food and water and that sick animals were allowed to suffer without adequate veterinary care.The allegations have not been tested in court. A lawyer for the zoo’s owner, Normand Trahan, has said he denies the animals were mistreated.In one case, the court document claims a young lioness named Layla died from complications stemming from a lack of calcium, despite the fact that Trahan had been warned by a vet about the need to supplement her diet.Animal welfare groups descended on the St-Edouard Zoo, about 120 kilometres east of Montreal, on May 21 and charged the owner with one count each of criminal animal neglect and criminal animal cruelty.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Officials searching for accident after finding injured person in Pine Pass

first_imgUPDATE- RCMP have located the vehicle and no one was in the vehicle. The female motorist was taken to the hospital and the incident is being investigated by the RCMP.Rescue trucks are returning home at this time.CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd and Mackenzie Rescue Trucks along with the RCMP and the BC Ambulance Crew from Mackenzie are searching for the site of a motor vehicle accident in the area of Azouzetta Lake Lodge & Campground and Powder King after an injured person has been found alongside the road. Emergency crews do not know if a passenger or passengers are still in a vehicle since the injured person cannot speak and is seriously injured.If you are travelling in this area, please look closely for any sign of an accident and report immediately to police-fire-ambulance personnel or call 911 with precise details. This is an emergency and an ongoing story.—last_img read more

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Warning of lingering tensions UN agency urges continued support for Kyrgyzstan

28 October 2011The United Nations refugee agency today called for continued support for southern Kyrgyzstan, noting that while the overall situation in the Central Asian nation is peaceful, tensions persist in some areas that suffered inter-communal violence last year. Hundreds of people were left dead or injured by the clashes that began in June 2010 between ethnic Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks. The violence also displaced 400,000 people within the country and into Uzbekistan, some 60,000 of whom remain displaced today.The call for continued support from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) comes ahead of this Sunday’s presidential elections. Media reports say there are fears that the poll could fuel ethnic tensions.“In view of ongoing threats to peace and stability, UNHCR feels the need to continue promoting reconciliation and prevent new displacement,” Adrian Edwards, the agency’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters.In January UNHCR launched a supplementary budget appeal amounting to $11.4 million to continue protection activities and peacebuilding initiatives that promote reconciliation and prevent renewed conflict and displacement. It currently faces a $3.8 million funding shortfall that threatens several objectives, including its reconciliation efforts.“We are seeking donor support, in bridging the financial gap, to implement another 100 community-based quick impact projects (QIPs),” said Mr. Edwards.In particular, UNHCR need funds to support vulnerable people, including internally displaced persons and returnees, to survive the coming winter.Last year, the agency provided rapid life-saving non-food and protection aid to some 400,000 displaced persons. An emergency transitional shelter project supported return and reintegration to around 15,000 families who had lost their houses – with new warm, seismic safe and culturally-acceptable homes before the onset of the coming winter.Its activities have also reached out into conflict prone areas throughout the volatile Ferghana valley provinces in southern Kyrgyzstan that border Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.In a meeting with President Roza Otunbaeva last month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Kyrgyzstan to carry out key recommendations of an independent inquiry into last year’s deadly ethnic violence, and confirmed the UN’s commitment to provide technical assistance for the presidential poll. read more

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Canada urges calm in response to Trumps NAFTA threats as talks continue

VANCOUVER — Canada’s international trade minister is urging calm in response to renewed threats from Donald Trump to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the U.S. president described Sunday as the “worst trade deal ever made.”Francois-Philippe Champagne defended the 23-year-old pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico as one of the most fruitful trading relationships in the history of mankind.“We just have to make sure we don’t react to every news, comment, remarks,” Champagne told members of the Vancouver business community at a B.C. Chamber of Commerce luncheon.“Because at the end, every time I sit down with them and my counterpart (U.S. Trade Representative) Robert Lighthizer, I look at numbers. I don’t look at the comments. I look at the numbers. And the numbers speak for themselves.”Negotiations around NAFTA began earlier this month, and a second round of talks is scheduled to begin at the end of the week.Trump took aim at Canada over the weekend in a tweet that said both Mexico and Canada were “being very difficult.”Champagne said there is nothing worrisome about the push to modernize NAFTA, which has happened 12 times since the deal came into effect in the 1990s.“We want a chapter on the environment. We want a chapter on labour. We want a chapter on gender equality,” he said.“It’s 2017, so it’s about time we used these trade agreements to promote the best standards around the world and make sure trade is fair and balanced.”The American and Canadian economies are highly integrated, he said, with about $2 billion in goods and services crossing the border every day, along with 400,000 people.During his speech, Champagne also lauded the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, which he said would slash more than 98 per cent of transatlantic tariffs when the deal comes into effect on Sept. 22.“Canada will become the only country that is not located physically in Europe to have the greatest market access in Europe ever,” Champagne said.The deal will give Canadian business access to 510 million consumers in Europe, as well as $3.3 trillion in public procurement.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter read more

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Man charged for stunt driving with 2 kids in car in

A Toronto man has been charged with stunt driving after police clocked a vehicle going nearly 60 kilometres over the speed limit on the Red Hill Valley Parkway. Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, officers saw a Honda CRV travelling at a high rate of speed near Greenhill Ave. Police pulled over a 26-year-old driver and discovered two children were also inside the vehicle. Police say the CRV was caught going 146 km/hr in a 90 km/hr zone. The driver was charged with driving while under suspension, stunt driving and speeding. He is schedule to appear in court later Tuesday. The vehicle was impounded for seven days and an addition seven-day suspension was given to the driver. read more

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Welcoming Kenyas decision on Dadaab camp UN urges flexibility on time frames

The Office of the United Nations High Commissions on Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed today a statement today from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years.In a press release, UNHCR praised Kenya’s commitment to “voluntary, human, safe and dignified returns in accordance with international law.” “The voluntariness of returns is key,” the statement read. According to press reports, Kenya said it will delay by six months the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp, the world’s largest. Earlier this summer, UNHCR said it expects the majority of the remaining refugee population to return to Somalia throughout 2017 and possibly into early 2018. UNHCR has supported people’s returns from Dadaab for years and on 25 June 2016, it worked with the Governments of Kenya and Somalia to devise an action plan to that effect. Since 2014, some 35,000 people have received support in their voluntary returns to Somalia. A survey this summer found that 283,558 refugees were living at Dadaab, 58,000 fewer than in the past. The agency is calling upon the Government of Kenya to be flexible in terms of a return time frame in order to meet the different elements of the plan that was devised earlier this year, citing a concern that rigid time frames would be difficult to meet. “For solutions to be genuinely voluntary, people must be properly informed and able to make their individual decisions free from pressure and in full awareness of the facts.” UNHCR is urging all stakeholders to focus their attention on the implementation of the action plan in all dimensions, not only in Kenya, but throughout the region and inside Somalia as well. In order to ensure this occurs, it recently appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation. “A crucial element for the success of the action plan is for the international community to make adequate investments in Somalia in support of its progress towards security and stability,” the agency said. “This must include much stronger assistance for the integration of returnees together with increased efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate internal displacements,” added UNHCR. read more

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Freshmen contributing in big ways for Ohio State mens hockey

Pucks take funky bounces, sticks break in crucial moments and ice surfaces can vary from location to location.Home ice advantage is visible in numerous buildings, but perhaps no other arena better demonstrates the buoyant lift of enthused supporters better than Wisconsin’s Kohl Center.After his team played in the acclaimed arena Saturday night, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik had no doubt of its place within the game.“This is the best atmosphere, to me, in college hockey,” Rohlik said in an interview with U.S. College Hockey Online. “The student section doesn’t compare anywhere else.”That’s what makes the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win over the Badgers Saturday night so impressive. Faced with that atmosphere and a four-game winless streak, OSU (12-9-1, 2-5-1-0) managed to hand No. 9 Wisconsin (14-7-1, 5-3-0-0) only its second home loss of the season.In a place where it pays to have experience, it turned out to be some of the younger Buckeyes who played a significant part in the win.First there was freshman goalie Christian Frey who, in only his fourth career start, made 36 saves to hold a team tied for fifth in the nation in scoring to just one goal.Though his performance has drawn a lot of praise, Frey said he couldn’t have done it alone.“The guys in front of me made it easy,” Frey said. “We really pulled together as a team and played a great team game, and it was a big win.”With Frey holding down the defensive end of things, it was freshman forward Nick Schilkey who had a big hand in leading the Buckeyes’ attack. Schilkey skated nearly the length of the ice to score the game’s tying goal, then helped set up junior forward Nick Oddo to score the winning marker.Schilkey said he aims to be as consistent as possible while also helping out in the goal-scoring department whenever he can.“I try to play well defensively and make sure I’m not being a liability out there,” Schilkey said. “When I get a weekend like this past one, it’s nice to see things pay off.”Frey, who was added to the roster in December, said he experienced the togetherness of this OSU team from day one.“All the guys are unbelievable,” Frey said. “I think it’s been an awesome experience for me and I’m really glad I came here.”With freshmen like Frey and Schilkey combining with seasoned upperclassmen, OSU seems to have found a winning formula.Maybe that’s one of the reasons Rohlik had a smile on his face after Saturday’s game. It seemed as if he realized a performance like that — one where every player stood up to the challenge — could really shape the Buckeyes’ season.“I’m proud of the guys that stepped up in the lineup tonight,” Rohlik said in the interview with U.S. College Hockey Online. “I think the NFL says it now, ‘It’s the next man standing.’ That’s kind of been our attitude from goalies, to (defensemen), to forwards, whoever.”Next up the Buckeyes are scheduled to host a weekend series against Penn State (4-15-1, 0-6-0) Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

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You Can Access NASAs Research Via New Searchable Database

first_img NASA Wins 2 Emmys for Mars Mission, SpaceX Dragon Flight ProgrammingTune In As Brad Pitt Speaks With NASA Astronaut on ISS NASA has an enormous repository of research papers in its possession, but it’s never exactly been easy to wade through all of them in the past few years. That’s why NASA has gone forward with a new web portal that will allow you to look through its research results in a much more expedient and simplified manner.The new portal is called PubSpace, and it’s comprised of thousands of peer-reviewed science journal articles created by NASA-funded research on a pretty varied number of topics. You can download data up to a year from within its original publication date, which means you’ll have plenty to comb through. At its inception, the database contained over 850 articles, but there’s more to come as the days go by. This should be especially helpful if you’ve got a paper to write, research to conduct, or just want to further those knowledge bases in that noggin of yours.NASA is interested in making the data it’s collected over the last few years more accessible with a better interface and much easier ways to invite people to search through what’s on offer. This should also make compiling information from the uploaded research results to further scientific knowledge an even simpler affair. The easier it is for the public to go through data that’s been collected online, the easier it’ll be for others to take that knowledge and apply it to current and future projects.NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman summed up the new portal thusly:“At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications. Through open access and innovation, we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air, and space.”So go forward, global community, and see what’s on offer out there! NASA has made it as simple for you as it possibly can. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Ric Flair says Randy Orton is likely to miss WrestleMania 32

first_img Ric Flair Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next During a recent episode of his “WOOOOO! Nation” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair revealed that Randy Orton may not be ready to return in time for WrestleMania 32 this year in Dallas as a result of his recent shoulder sugery back in December.“I’m told it won’t be ready. Randy’s shoulder surgery was a lot more serious than people understand. He even had it done by a different surgeon this time because he wanted to make sure that…if it pops out just pounding the mat…just imagine what would happen if he took a German from Brock (Lesnar).”Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health ScareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:52/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:49 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Ric Flair Rushed to Hospital After Medical Emergency Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair Opens Up About 2017 Health Scare Facebook Whats On Deck For March: Celtics, Bruins Stretch Runs WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Wrestling Legend Ric Flair to Make Feature Film Acting Debut Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Twitterlast_img read more

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