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Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on Patidar reservation: Hardik Patel

first_imgAs the campaigns of the various political parties hots up for the assembly elections in Gujarat, a non-political player, Hardik Patel, and his demand for reservation for the Patidar community, is giving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party sleepless nights. Smita Gupta talks to him on the campaign trail in Bhavnagar district, en route to a public meeting in Umrada.You and your movement appear to have shaken Mr Modi and the BJP. This is an agitation by the people of Gujarat, this is a battle being fought by six crore Gujaratis. Who will get shaken and who won’t, only time will tell. We only want to create an environment that will compel all future governments to work in the interest of the people.Is the demand for reservation for the Patidars the topmost priority of your movement? Yes, definitely: this is a social issue. Anyone who aspires to form a government will have to clarify their position on this. Educational institutions in Gujarat have become corrupt, and there are no jobs. This is a matter of great sorrow. All governments will have to focus on these issues. If we get the opportunity to get a decent education, there will be less chance of youth going astray. If they get proper jobs after that, they will be able to lead honourable lives and won’t be forced to do anything wrong.You are representing the interests of the Patidars who want to be included in the OBC quota to avail of reservation, Alpesh Thakore’s movement began by challenging this demand and Jignesh Mewani represents the Dalits. There are social contradictions between the three, and yet you are on a common platform now.We haven’t come together on a common platform, but on issues that concern all of us. We are talking of oppression, they are talking of prohibition, we are talking of reservation and securing jobs, they are saying its important to get good the education. Where is the contradiction? On the question of the OBC quota, whichever government is there, there are many ways in which our demand for reservation can be accommodated, perhaps even through a constitutional amendment. Whatever the results of these elections, do you think the friendship between you, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mewani can continue?When were we enemies? That is our responsibility.Who will your supporters vote for?They will vote against the BJP, they will vote for their honour, their rights, and will vote so that there will be a prosperous and happy Gujarat.Apart from your demand for reservation, you have been also talking of the demands of the farming community.We want their loans to be waived. For some years we have been saying this is the land of the Green Revolution, this is a land of plenty, this is the land of farmers, and yet in Gujarat even today, many farmers are committing suicide, and they are oppressed by the burden of loans. We want farmers to be given a fair price for their produce.You appeared in the court in Visnagar: do you think the more it appears that the current Gujarat government is trying to act against you, your support will grow. Today you have been delayed, because your return from Mehsana has got converted into a spontaneous road show.People trust me, they agree with my demands. These battles are fought on the basis of issues. We have issues, and whatever legal battles there are, one has to fight them legally. I was to hold my meeting at 4, it is already six because people were there for much of the route. Most people think I won’t be able to make it, but I am told 25,000 people are waiting at Umrada..At the ground level, people from neighbouring villages have come for the meeting to support our issues. What we need are smart villages, not smart cities. If the village is happy, then the cities will automatically become happy places.I have heard you were a social activist, who was handling the social media for the Sardar Patel Group before you started this agitation?At the age of 18, I joined the Sardar Patel Group, and was involved with social issues such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. But at the age of 22, on July 6, 2015, I launched the current agitation. The story of my life and my involvement with social causes would take too long to recount now.If there is a change in government, do you think it will be followed by social changes.In society two kinds of changes take place, social changes and political changes. The social changes are already taking place — people are coming out on the streets and raising their voices. This will be followed by political changes.Will you eventually form a political party?No, no, I won’t do that. I am a social worker.Do you want the Congress to give the Patidars many tickets for the elections?They do that in every election.Are you hoping that the Patidars who get elected will raise your demands inside the government? If the people are strong, then their voices will be raised inside. If the people are strong, what use is to have our representatives inside? We have to become conscious first, not our politicians. It is only when we become conscious, sensible and united, then we will get our demands. The BJP has made a big issue of your meeting with Congress politicians in a hotel. What’s wrong with a social worker meeting politicians? The BJP has become nervous, it has no issues left: it can’t talk about development anymore. It’s my democratic right to meet anyone — I was not meeting terrorists, was I? Are you meeting Rahul Gandhi next week? Yes, absolutely.What issues will you raise? We have already presented our demands: it’s for them to respond. Do you want people from your outfit to contest elections? No, not at all. People are saying that BJP president Amit Shah is nervous about making a public appearance in Gujarat…. I won’t say too much about that: all I can say is that there is an informal Section 144 in 5000 to 6000 villages in Gujarat for the BJP.last_img read more

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Ranidel de Ocampo ‘right fit at right time’ for Meralco

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The veteran forward was shipped to Meralco Monday, marking the end of a colorful nine-year run with the Talk ‘N Text franchise.“He fits us perfectly and he’s with us at the right time,” Black told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. “Ranidel is not only a talented and experienced player, he’s also very, very smart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-6 de Ocampo addresses the Bolts’ lack of big men and he gives the team another knock down shooter and reliable post player.“The reason why we wanted him at Meralco it’s because he gives us another floor spacer, somebody who can stretch the floor,” said Black, who won four titles with de Ocampo at TNT. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding ‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon PLAY LIST 01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles02:26Friends, relatives of inmates detained at NBP want visitation rights restored01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad center_img “Our team is built around Durham and we want to surround him with guys who can shoot from the outside,” he added, referring to import Allen Durham, who is a menacing force in the paint.Black hopes de Ocampo is Meralco’s missing piece of the puzzle to finally get over the hump.The Bolts are currently among the top teams in the 2017 Governors’ Cup with a 6-2 record just half a game out of first place held by Barangay Ginebra and NLEX, who own similar 7-2 slates.“We’re aiming to win a championship and we need him right now,” said Black, who has nothing but praise for the 35-year-old de Ocampo.“Ranidel is still the best, if not one of the best stretch fours in the league today.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Just over 2 years left, intense work at Tokyo stadium site BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Meralco head coach Norman Black believes Ranidel de Ocampo is a perfect addition to the Bolts and his arrival couldn’t have come at a better time.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6½ minutes without scoring in the fourth. They played the second half without coach Tyronn Lue, who went to the locker room in the second quarter with what the team said was an illness.“It’s like right now, when we hit adversity, we go our separate ways,” guard Isaiah Thomas said. “And that’s just how I feel and it looks like that as well.”The Magic made their first 10 shots of the second half and won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 8-10.James did not have a rebound or an assist in a foul-plagued second half.“I gave my teammates some opportunities to knock ’em down, but they just didn’t go. You can’t get assists when they don’t go down, but that doesn’t stop me from finding my guys on the floor,” he said. “At this point it’s not what you say, it’s what you do. We’ve got to go out and play well as a collective group, everyone hitting at the right time on all cylinders, and right now we’re not doing that.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ingram, Randle lead Lakers over Suns Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next The Cavaliers fell apart in the second half and lost for the 14th time in 21 games. They have given up an average of 122.4 points in their last five losses.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said after scoring 25 points. “We put too much into the game every single day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is no time to be ashamed about our season,” he added. “We’ve got quite a few games left. If we’re still serious about the season, then we’ve got to play some good ball at some point.”Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter for the Magic, who broke a nine-game home-court losing streak against Cleveland. Simmons made seven of eight shots in his 22-point quarter, finishing the period with a 3-point buzzer shot in a game in which he almost did not play because of a sprained right ankle.“To be honest, adrenaline was just going and I didn’t even realize what was going on,” Simmons said. “I was just trying to play hard and trying not to have another setback.”J.R. Smith made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Cavaliers (30-22) take a 15-4 lead, and they led by 21 points late in the first half.Jeff Green dunked to put the Cavaliers up 61-40 with 4:50 left in the half, but they went scoreless for almost four minutes while the Magic (17-36) sliced nine points off the lead.James opened the second half with a couple of 3-pointers to regain a 16-point lead for Cleveland, but Simmons scored 12 points during the Magic’s 19-2 run that gave them their first lead of the game at 78-77 with 5:33 left in the third quarter.James was called for his fourth foul just 17 seconds later and sat for more than seven minutes.When he re-entered the game with 10:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Magic ran off 14 straight points to lead 108-92.Dwyane Wade banked in a 3-pointer for Cleveland’s only points in the first 7:25 of the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCavaliers: Wade missed the morning shootaround with an illness but played 22 minutes.Magic: Simmons’ 22-point quarter was three points short of the franchise record set by Tracy McGrady in 2003. … F Aaron Gordon missed a fifth straight game with a strained left hip flexor and has withdrawn from the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend.UP NEXT Cavaliers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.Magic: Host Atlanta on Thursday. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Citycenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, rear, and center Tristan Thompson defend against Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic won 116-98. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — After another embarrassing defeat and two days before the trade deadline, LeBron James let it be known he’s not going anywhere, at least for now.“I’m here for this season right now to try and figure out a way we can still compete,” James said after his Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 21-point lead in a 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic. “I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

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Yeng Guiao sees NLEX 0-2 start as feeling-out phase

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Pido Jarencio not sweating Robert Bolick mistakes MOST READ Despite the loss and the unpleasant early record, Guiao said there are still silver linings—one that he thinks could bode well for them as the conference progresses.“This is only our second game and I think Poy (Erram) is beginning to play and jell better with the team,” he said. “He was able to get his touches and put himself into a [good] scoring position.”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 stars“Of course he had six turnovers. But he was just trying too hard and forcing things. Some of those (errors) weren’t even his fault,” Guiao added.Erram finished the game with a performance close to his usual numbers during his stint with Blackwater: 19 points on a 7-for-10 shooting clip, along with seven boards and three blocks. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Winless start doesn’t concern Yeng Guiao yet. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX has found itself in a 0-2 rut in the start of PBA’s Philippine Cup, but coach Yeng Guiao firmly believes that they just need time to recover their confidence“We just turned the ball over too many times. We had 23 and three or four of them came in the crucial part of the game,” Guiao told the press shortly after the Road Warriors lost to NorthPort Batang Pier on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Guiao, though, clarified that he is not talking the loss lightly. He said matter-of-factly that he is disappointed. But in the same breath, he said that his squad isn’t waving the white flag just yet.“We’re bound to get better,” Guiao said. “We’re staying positive. We’ve improved on our rebounding which was a really bad [part of our play] in the first game.“We’re a bit better with our execution of plays, too. We were close but again, the problem is that we committed our turnovers in a crucial part.”Guiao hopes that the game on Wednesday heralds the turnaround he and his team is waiting for.“We have two more games [on deck]—on Wednesday and Sunday. If we can start winning again, I think all we need is a little time to regain our confidence.”ADVERTISEMENT NLEX faces listless sister team TNT first before going for Columbian next. Both games will be played at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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ICC World T20: BCCI gives us more support than WICB, says Dwayne Bravo

first_imgDwayne Bravo also joined team-mates Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle in criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and said the Indian cricket board has done more for them. (Marlon Samuels takes a dig at Shane Warne after steering West Indies to second title )”The country’s cricket is not in right hands. We have not got a telephone call from any of the WICB officials or directors. That’s not a good thing. We know that they did not want or believe that we could win this tournament. It was basically us against them. Even the BCCI does more for us,” Bravo told the Star Sports in a post-final interview.He also questioned the WICB for keeping players like him, Gayle and Russell out of the ODI squad.”If we look at the calendar, we don’t have anymore T20 matches this year. We are not picked for the ODIs. There’s a series that’s going to happen with South Africa but we will be playing in England (Natwest Blast) whereas we should have been playing for the West Indies. Look at the love we get over here. Even the BCCI does more for us than our board,” said Bravo. (Marlon Samuels fined for using abusive language )”But it’s nice that the CARICOM people are coming together. Cricket is a way that unites people in the Caribbean,” Bravo also said.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Interceptions Jag Vexes Manning

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Sitting at home hours after tying his career-worst game with five interceptions, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning couldn’t avoid watching the video of the frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers.Five interceptions in 45 passes, or one every nine throws. Five interceptions in a game that sent the Giants (3-7) to their fifth straight loss. Five interceptions in a 16-10 loss, including three on plays that started in San Francisco territory.It was akin to last season, when Manning threw a career-worst 27 interceptions. It was also out of character for this season. Coming into the game, Manning had thrown six picks all season in the new west coast offense.Bad Eli returned at the worst time, and it was hard for him to turn the page Sunday night.“Sometimes you don’t always see it exactly how you thought you saw it on certain plays,” Manning said. “You try to learn from it. It’s hard to put it behind you. It kind of wakes you up and you start thinking about it at night also when you are trying to sleep. Plays you wish you had back or opportunities you wish you had.”While there were some interceptions where Manning and his receivers seemed to be out of sync, the two-time Super Bowl MVP said none of the picks resulted from a miscommunication between him and the intended targets.“I think all of them were on me, just a poor decision and trying to make the throw, or an inaccurate throw,” said Manning, who added even if a receiver blew an assignment he probably still would take the blame.Manning was candid about the interceptions.Linebacker Chris Borland got inside Odell Beckham Jr., and made the first interception in Giants’ territory to set up a field goal.Linebacker Michael Wilhoite got the second on a play where Manning saw a cornerback jumping a route. He tried to stop the throw and ball slipped out and went Wilhoite at the 49ers 14.Safety Eric Reid made the third interception on a play Manning got rid of the ball under intense pressure. He probably should have held it.Chris Culliver got the fourth interception at the San Francisco 20, while Borland got the last one at the 49ers 2 with less than five minutes to play. The pick came on fourth down after New York got a first-and-goal at the 4.“The one on the fourth down was just double tipped, those are kind of unfortunate,” Manning said. “Some are from pressure and trying to throw it before the receiver gives me an exact place I want to put the ball, and just throwing it inaccurately.”Manning is having an outstanding season, hitting 224 of 366 passes for 2,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He is completing more than 61 percent of his passes.Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning threw the interceptions but there are many who can share the blame.The offensive line allowed him to get hit too many times and never got the running game going despite the return of No. 1 halfback Rashad Jennings.The 49ers also did a good job of getting defenders close to Manning just as he was about to release the ball, forcing him to hurry and make mistakes.“There was no tempo or rhythm with regard to run-pass, pass-run,” Coughlin said.Even with all this mistakes, the Giants had a first and goal at the 49ers 4 with five minutes to play. They threw three fade routes and Coughlin said two of them should have been caught.“You have a chance to win the game,” Coughlin said. “Somebody make a play. Get the ball in the end zone and you win. I will remember that one. As a matter of fact, I thought when (Beckham) made that spectacular catch, I figured this is going to be great. We are going to win one of those nail biters.”(TOM CANAVAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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CK Nayudu, India’s first Test captain, was born today in 1895

first_imgOctober 31, 2018 marks the 123rd birth anniversary of India’s first-ever captain Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu a.k.a. CK Nayudu.Nayudu was born on October 31, 1895 Bara Bada Nagpur. He captained India in their first-ever Test at Lord’s in 1932. He was dealt with a painful hand injury while fielding but Nayudu top scored with 40 in the first innings.He played seven international matches for India, scoring 350 runs at an average of 25. He also took nine wickets. The right-hand batsman however, played 207 first-class matches scoring 11,825 runs at an average of 35.94. He has hit 26 centuries and 58 half-centuries. Nayudu also picked up 411 wickets with his off-breaks.He played an inspiring innings in 1926 when the Marylebone Cricket Club toured India. He hit 153 runs in 116 minutes. He played his last first-class match at the age of 62 in 1963-64 season.The right-handed batsman was also honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1956 and an award is also named after him.However, despite all the numbers and achievements, the most interesting fact about him is that he was the first-ever player to endorse a brand — Bathgate Liver Tonic in 1941.While people often question the commitments of player off the field and how much they spend time in front of the camera, Nayudu was the face of a company as early as pre-independence.October 31, also marks the birth anniversary New Zealand’s spinner Ish Sodhi. Former India paceman Chetan Sharma and former Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad also achieved milestones on this day.He’s taken 103 international wickets and is ranked third in the @MRFWorldwide ICC T20I Bowling Rankings.Happy birthday to New Zealand leg-spinner @ish_sodhi! pic.twitter.com/iEPXKavhB4advertisementICC (@ICC) October 31, 2018In 1987, Sharma became only the third bowler in the world and the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the one day internationals. Sharma had become the first to achieve the feat in a World Cup. In a match against New Zealand in Nagpur, Sharma removed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield.RutherfordSmithChatfield #OnThisDay in 1987, India’s Chetan Sharma took the first @cricketworldcup hat-trick against New Zealand in Nagpur! pic.twitter.com/5slMmBFZC4ICC (@ICC) October 31, 2018In 1976, Miandad became the youngest man to hit a Test double-century. At the age of 19 years and 141 days, he scored 206 against New Zealand in Karachi in only his third Test.#OnThisDay in 1976, Pakistan’s Javed Miandad became the youngest man to hit a Test double-century!He made 206 against New Zealand in Karachi at the age of 19 years, 141 days, in just his third Test! pic.twitter.com/oaVG0XWCOcICC (@ICC) October 31, 2018last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Aussie commentator apologises after insulting Mayank Agarwal on air

first_imgFormer Australia cricketer-turned commentator Kerry O’Keefe kicked up a storm on the first day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test between India and Australia by passing a deplorable comment against debutant opener Mayank Agarwal.O’Keefe, who played 24 Tests and two ODIs for Australia between 1971 and 1977, ridiculed Mayank Agarwal’s triple century in India’s premier domestic tournament Ranji Trophy, reportedly saying the 27-year-old “apparently got his triple hundred against railway canteen staff”. He also added the bowlers from the said team were “chefs and waiters”.O’Keefe, who has built a reputation of being a fiery and entertaining commentator, made the comments on air while sharing the commentary box with former Australia cricketers, Shane Warne, and Mark Waugh.It seems, Waugh also took a jibe at Agarwal, saying his first-class average of 50 (49.98) can be equated to 40 in Australia.Notably, Mayank Agarwal earned a well-deserved international debut after scoring tons and tons of runs at the domestic level over the last two seasons. He had scored 1160 runs, including five tons and two half-centuries, at 105.45 in the 2017-18 edition of Ranji Trophy from eight matches.Several from the cricket fraternity, including reputed journalists, criticised O’Keefe for his “ridiculous” comment.Kerry O’Keefe said the Indian domestic system has teams like “Canteen XI” where the bowlers are Chefs and Waiters.Was trying to undermine Mayank’s domestic record.Mark Waugh also said “his average in India is 50 which is like 40 in Australia”1 Tip 1 Hand (Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast) (@1tip1hand) December 26, 2018It might just be me, but it’s pretty uncool to ridicule the FC comp of another country while using dubious stereotypes for a cheap laugh…advertisementMelinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 26, 2018Exactly…Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 26, 2018O’Keefe is a buffoon. That diatribe on the #RanjiTrophy competition was a. Classic casual racism, b. Disgracefully inaccurate. Strong competition providing an excellent breeding ground for test cricket. I thought we’d got rid of this rubbish with 9 losing the gig.Adelaide Barmies (@AdelaideBarmies) December 26, 2018Kerry o’keefe, Lord snooty!! Sounds like still living in colonial era #BoxingDayTest #INDvsAUSDilipsinh Abda (@dilipsinhabda) December 26, 2018Just shows a lack of respect for other countries n when u say stuff like that ur own fc comp needs to b close to perfect and even then it still will come across in abad light it’s all good to have a laugh but not at the expense of disrespecting another countries compSteven rowe (@Stevenr22927007) December 26, 2018At last the lad showcased his talent in a great way Mr.O’keefe ! see wat a canteen staff and waiters of India can produce a talent,who scored 76 on debut ! Stat speaks O’shit sorry O’Keefe !Shai Mrithun (@ShaiMrithun) December 26, 2018O’Keefe was forced to issue an apology as his quip from behind the microphone went viral on social media.”I was mentioning the runs Agarwal got in first-class cricket in India and there’s been a reaction. There was no way I was demeaning the standard, it was tongue in cheek. There are lots of runs scored so apologies if anyone out there took offence,” O’Keefe was quoted as saying by news.com.au.Mark Waugh also responded to the criticism by coming with a Tweet, explaining his comment and praising Agarwal for his effort on his Test debut.Thanks to Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara’s half-centuries, India finished Day 1 of the Boxing Day at 215 for 2. Pat Cummins was the only successful Australian bowler on what was a docile MCG wicket.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal does not regret missing out on debut hundredlast_img read more

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Indian football team to play in King’s Cup in June

first_imgThe Indian football team will be playing in the invitational King’s Cup in Thailand in June. All matches will be held at the Chang Arena, Buriram, which has a seating capacity of 36000. Besides India and hosts Thailand, the other teams in the competition are Vietnam and Curacao.As per the April 2019 FIFA rankings, India are ranked 101, with Thailand at 114, Vietnam at 98, and Curacao at 82.The King’s Cup is a FIFA-sanctioned international ‘A’ tournament being organised by the Football Association of Thailand since 1968. India’s previous participation in the King’s Cup was in 1977.Two matches will be held on June 5, the winners of whom qualify for the final. The two others teams would be playing the play-off for the third spot.Also Read | Indian football needs actively involved Chhetri even after retirement, says Luis GarciaThis is the first time in 18 years that the Blue Tigers will be playing in a FIFA Ranking tournament, the last being the Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur in 2001.Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said the King’s Cup is the perfect platform for the new coach to “understand the nucleus of the team”.”The new national coach will be on board by mid-week of May. With the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers scheduled to kick off in September, the King’s Cup will help the team get in proper shape for the tough challenges ahead,” he stated.”I am extremely thankful to the Thailand FA for sending us an invitation to play in the tournament.”The 2018 edition of the King’s Cup was won by Slovakia when they beat Thailand 3-2 in a thriller in the final, while Gabon beat UAE 1-0 to clinch the 3rd place.advertisementAlso Read | Indian football team gets new kit ahead of AFC Asian Cup 2019Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more

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Former Ohio State Player Has Incredible Tweet During Michigan State Game

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State buckeyes football helmet.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’re about one quarter into this afternoon’s Michigan State-Ohio State game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. and, boy, it’s been an ugly one.The Spartans and the Buckeyes are tied, 0-0, with neither team’s offense being able to do just about anything.The special teams’ performances have been poor, too.Ohio State’s punter, Drue Chrisman, had a 4-yard punt following the Buckeyes’ opening drive.This gave us the following tweet from a former Ohio State punter:“Breaking my Twitter retirement for a moment to announce I have been erased from the Ohio State football record books. Shortest punt in Ohio State history no more!” he tweeted.Breaking my Twitter retirement for a moment to announce I have been erased from the Ohio State football record books. Shortest punt in Ohio State history no more!— Jonathan Thoma (@JonThoma) November 10, 2018Congrats, Jonathan!Ohio State and Michigan State, meanwhile, are playing on FOX. Hopefully we start to get some scoring soon…last_img read more

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Grant Supports Seniors in Cumberland County

first_imgFunding was announced today, Jan.27, to support safety and security for seniors and create opportunities so they can become more active in their communities. Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors, announced a Senior Safety Grant for Cumberland County. “It’s important we make sure our communities are open, safe and welcoming to everyone,” said Mr. Farrell. “It can be easy for older adults to feel isolated or disconnected, which is why adequate support and services are so essential.” The Cumberland Senior Safety Society is receiving a $20,000 grant to support community engagement, increase awareness and provide education sessions that focus on the safety and health of seniors. “This funding has been instrumental in our ability to affect change for members of society whose wellness is paramount when it comes to overcoming challenges and accessing resources,” said Elizabeth Cooke Sumbu, seniors’ advisory committee member. “We have been able to bridge the gap of information and the ability of seniors to access it where they are.” Support from government helps inclusive programs like this improve safety and security for older adults and enables them to participate more fully in their communities.last_img read more

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Reported rate of hate crime in Thunder Bay appalling says local MP

first_imgOTTAWA – A Thunder Bay MP says she’s not surprised by “appalling” new numbers that suggest the Ontario city has the highest rate of metropolitan hate crime in Canada.Patty Hajdu, who’s also the federal labour minister, used to run a homeless shelter in the remote northwestern Ontario city that was populated primarily by indigenous people.“I am ashamed to say that I wasn’t surprised to see that, as someone who has lived in that community for a very long time and I have some long-standing relationships with indigenous people,” Hajdu said in an interview.“I can tell you that it is not actually that shocking to me.”Last week, a Statistics Canada report said most of the police-reported hate incidents in Thunder Bay were against indigenous people, accounting for 29 per cent of all anti-aboriginal hate crimes across Canada in 2015.Hajdu said she often heard from local residents who routinely experienced fear on the streets.“Young people have told me repeatedly of walking home and having things flung at them out of cars,” she said.“Indigenous women and indigenous men who have experienced going to a store … and when they put their hand out to receive change, the storekeeper will purposely not touch their hand.”The Statistics Canada figures reflect a long-standing disintegration of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people, Hajdu added, calling it “appalling.”Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler said the safety of aboriginal people is indeed a serious issue in the city, where the recent mysterious deaths of two indigenous teenagers made headlines across Canada.Fiddler cited a recent Ontario inquest into the deaths of seven indigenous young people in Thunder Bay, where witnesses described the daily experience of having garbage and racial epithets hurled in their direction.“The racism —it is something that is very much real … so it wasn’t a surprise to many of us when we heard the latest numbers released last week.”Last year’s inquest explored what happened to Paul Panacheese, 21, Robyn Harper, 19, Curran Strang, 18, Kyle Morrisseau, 17, and Jethro Anderson, Jordan Wabasse and Reggie Bushie, all 15.Their deaths occurred over a decade — from 2000 to 2011 — while they attended school in Thunder Bay.More recently, the city has been in the spotlight again following the deaths of 17-year-old Tammy Keeash and 14-year-old Josiah Begg.Keeash’s body was found in the Neebing-McIntyre floodway early last month and the body of Begg was found less than two weeks later.Fiddler and other indigenous leaders are calling for an RCMP investigation, citing local mistrust of Thunder Bay police.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has said municipal police jurisdiction is entirely within the purview of the provincial government, which means Thunder Bay and the province will need to take “appropriate decisions.”Fiddler said safety concerns are so grave, parents are reconsidering sending their children to Thunder Bay to go to school, even though many First Nations communities only have facilities that go to Grade 8.“Grade 9, you’re looking at a 13, 14-year-old child,” he said. “That’s pretty young for a 14 or even a 15-year-old to be sent far away from their home and to a place like Thunder Bay would be obviously a concern for any parent.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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Trump calls Democrat Senator Pocahontas – again

first_imgAPTN News U.S President Donald Trump has once again taken to Twitter to use what many call a racial slur in reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Friday morning.Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017Warren, who has said in the past that she has Cherokee blood, has been the focus of Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ attacks in the past.Trump has referenced Warren by that name a number of times including on the campaign trail in 2016.It’s a name Indigenous peoples oppose for sexualizing Indigenous women and turning them into a cartoon character.Terrill Tailfeathers, from the Blood Tribe south of Calgary, called on Twitter to act.“Please report this tweet for targeting a race,” he tweeted.Please report this tweet for targeting a race. https://t.co/JmymGFn2fW— Terrill Tailfeathers (@Terrilltf) November 3, 2017 Warren responded with a shot of her own.“You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.”You might think your tweets are cute, @realDonaldTrump, but they won’t stop Mueller’s investigation or keep your people out of jail.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 3, 2017Mueller is Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the probe into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election.Meanwhile, three days ago, Trump declared November National Native American Heritage Month.“During National Native American Month we honor and celebrate the first Americans and recognize their contributions and sacrifices,” Trump said in the proclamation. Barbara Low, a Mi’kmaq woman from Nova Scotia, followed suit.“I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too.”I reported. Asking followers to do the same. @Twitter are you listening? #IndigenousPeoples are on this platform too. #WeAreStillHere https://t.co/akFF2ZYhRT— Barbara Low (@BarbaraXLow) November 3, 2017American actor George Takei also took their side.“1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country.”1) You’re a racist. 2) You want to investigate political opponents like a tinpot dictator. 3) When are you resigning? Asking for a country. https://t.co/g9j4EZMkNn— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 3, 2017last_img read more

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New UN online tool detects global fire hotspots in real time

11 August 2010The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today unveiled a new online portal to help countries monitor fires and protect property with data from satellites operated by the United States space agency NASA. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today unveiled a new online portal to help countries monitor fires and protect property with data from satellites operated by the United States space agency NASA. The new Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) shows fire hotspots almost in real time, with a lag of 2.5 hours between when satellites pass over fires to when information is available. Developed with the University of Maryland, it also allows users to receive email alerts, allowing them to react quickly. The launch of GFIMS comes at a time when the incidence of megafires is on the rise, according to Pieter van Lierop, an FAO Forestry Officer responsible for the agency’s activities in fire management. “The control of these fires has become an issue of high importance, not only because of the increasing number of area burned but also because of the relations with issues of global interest, like climate change,” he stressed. The unprecedented heat wave in Russia, which saw temperatures soar to 40 degrees Celsius and winds of up to 20 metres per second, have caused more than 14 million acres to burn. Forest fires have already claimed more than 50 lives this summer in Russia. Globally, vegetation fires affect some 350 million hectares of land annually, with half or more of this area situated in Europe. Until recently, people managing natural resources faced hurdles in obtaining timely and satellite-driven information on vegetation fires. “The information was very fragmented because it was gathered from various sources making it unsuitable for precise analysis and identifying trends,” said John Latham, Senior Environment Office in FAO’s Natural Resources Management and Environment Department. GFIMS, he said, delivers essential data to its users while fires are still burning. read more

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33 countries face exceptional food emergencies UN agriculture agency reports

Releasing its latest Foodcrops and Shortages report, the agency reported that emergencies currently plague 17 countries in Africa, 12 in Asia, 2 in Latin America and 2 in Europe. This is down from the 36 countries that FAO reported were facing food emergencies in the April edition of Foodcrops and Shortages. At that time, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe were facing emergencies, while Turkmenistan – now on the list – was not.The report, which contains a region-by-region breakdown, notes that in eastern Africa, food supply prospects have improved with favourable rains over most of the region and good secondary season harvests in parts of it. However, difficulties caused by recent drought or civil strife persist. In Southern Africa, cereal production is sharply down from last year, mainly due to dry weather and reduced plantings. Agricultural activities continue to be hampered by civil strife in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. FAO reports that several Asian countries have been hit by adverse weather threatening their food security. In Afghanistan, the third consecutive year of drought has intensified the severe food crisis “pushing millions into destitution.” The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is experiencing a serious drought following the coldest winter in decades, while Mongolia is recovering from two consecutive extremely harsh winters that killed millions of livestock. Parts of China, India and Pakistan are also experiencing drought.In areas of the Commonwealth of Independent States some 4 million people need food assistance to survive, according to the report, which also notes that in Central America and the Caribbean, some 800,000 people affected by natural disasters are receiving international food assistance. Food assistance also continues to be necessary in the Balkans and in Chechnya, Russian Federation. Elsewhere, two earthquakes in June damaged property and infrastructure in Papua New Guinea, leaving many people homeless. In the Solomon Islands, the food situation remains tight, particularly for internally displaced persons and returnees. read more

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UN Assembly President accelerates work on development management reform

Pragati Pascale told reporters in New York that Assembly President Jan Eliasson has received support for his proposals to appoint lead negotiators on those issues.The proposals are contained in a letter sent by the President to the 191 Member States late last week. In it, he assesses progress achieved so far in implementing the Summit’s “Outcome Document” and charts a course for future action.Talks on the Peacebuilding Commission, which would aim to help post-conflict countries, have been “constructive,” he wrote, predicting that the new body would be operational by the end of the year.Negotiations on the new Human Rights Council, slated to replace the Commission on Human Rights, will intensify at the end of this month, according to the letter. “We must aim to reach an agreement before the end of the year, also for budgetary and practical reasons,” the President wrote. “The earlier we have a decision establishing the Council, the earlier we can start working on the necessary transitional arrangements with the present Commission on Human Rights.”Also expected to be ready by the end of this year is a comprehensive convention against terrorism. “In the wake of recent terrorist atrocities, we must redouble our efforts to bring this about,” he urged.On humanitarian issues, he said that the need for the Central Emergency Revolving Fund to finance relief efforts has been “dramatically underlined by recent natural disasters.”In order to achieve “balanced and comprehensive progress,” he called for work on development – specifically aimed at meeting international targets for cutting poverty – and management reform. Towards that end, he proposed a consultation process geared towards advancing agreement.The General Assembly President said the very credibility of the body he now leads is at stake. “As we continue our work, we must not lose sight of this unique opportunity to reassert the relevance of the General Assembly to the major international issues of our age,” he wrote to the members. read more

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Business report Big Canadian banks gear up for busy spring real estate

Business report: Big Canadian banks gear up for busy spring real estate market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 27, 2014 6:19 am MDT Some banks are offering ultra-low mortgage rates, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Banks|business report|mortgage rates|real estate market

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Grad studies holding Virtual Open House

Deciding what to do after you complete your undergrad degree can be stressful for students.Between balancing schoolwork, jobs and extracurricular activities, some students don’t have time to visit the universities where they are interested in continuing their studies at the graduate level.To alleviate any undue stress on students, this year, the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brock University is launching its first Virtual Open House on Nov. 15 to educate prospective students about the various graduate programs offered at Brock.“The grad studies Virtual Open House is a great opportunity for students to connect directly with faculty and staff from their intended field of study,” said Jens Coorssen, Dean of Graduate Studies. “This allows students to gain a better understanding of each program without leaving the comfort of their home, dorm room or favourite coffee hideout.”This free virtual event is available to students from across the world who are interested in learning more about Graduate Studies at Brock. This event will allow students to connect with admissions representatives and Faculty members from our Faculties ofApplied Health Sciences, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, Social Sciences, and the Goodman School of Business.“Students often ask us very specific questions about their program of interest, “ said Lauren Berwick, of the Graduate Recruitment Team. “We typically have to refer them directly to the appropriate Graduate Program Director, which can sometimes be a timely process but with the Virtual Open House, students are able to ask questions and get a same-day if not real-time response.”Brock University’s Graduate Studies Virtual Open House is being held on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5 p.m – 8 p.m. Students can register for the Virtual Open House at www.careereco.com/events/BrockOpenHouse. read more

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Has the US Mens National Team Plateaued

This view suggests the U.S. may have reached a new plateau. The performance of the 2002 team, for instance, is problematic from this vantage point. If the U.S. fails to beat Belgium on Tuesday, that means it will have gone three World Cups without equaling (much less improving upon) the 2002 team’s performance. Perhaps we’re left with the global soccer equivalent of the Atlanta Hawks: a team that will usually make the “playoffs” then lose in the first round.This might seem like a contrived reading of the evidence. But mapping the Americans’ trajectory from 1986 onward is also selective: It’s easy to make an upward pattern look more impressive by starting from what you know to be a low point.There’s a credible story behind each theory. Under the steady-improvement theory, the story is one of demographic and cultural trends abetted by some measure of self-perpetuating success (a positive feedback loop). Soccer has been a big youth-participation sport since the 1970s, but immigration from Latin America may be giving the U.S. even more young athletes who are interested in soccer. The occasional successes of the U.S. men’s national team, along with an increasingly popular domestic league (and improved television visibility for the English Premier League and Liga MX) may motivate some of these young athletes to play soccer professionally instead of transitioning into baseball, football or another sport.The punctuated-equilibrium theory suggests that the U.S. was badly underachieving its soccer potential for many years. Then it got its act together when it was chosen to host a World Cup: better facilities, more investment in the national team, a sustainable domestic league and so forth. But it was picking low-hanging fruit. It shouldn’t be that difficult for a super-wealthy country like the United States, which excels at so many other sports, to be half-decent at soccer if it tries.What’s more challenging is going from a country that sometimes makes the knockout phase to one that sometimes makes the World Cup semifinals — or beyond. It’s not clear that the U.S.’s wealth, or its athletic prowess, implies that it ought to be much more successful at soccer than it has been in recent years. For instance, we can compare each country’s GDP (taken as a natural logarithm) against its soccer team’s Elo rating as of June. There’s certainly some relationship, but it’s rough (soccer is a comparatively inexpensive sport). The trendline in the chart implies that a best guess for the United States is an Elo rating somewhere in mid-1,800s, almost exactly where it is today.The same story holds if we compare the number of medals each country has won at the Summer Olympics since 2000 (again taken as a natural logarithm5Because a number of countries have won no medals since 2000 — meaning that their natural logarithm would be undefined — I instead take the log of the number of medals won plus one.) against its soccer team’s Elo rating.There’s a high margin of error on these estimates. China’s GDP (and its Olympic medal count) is just a little less than the United States’ — but its soccer team has qualified for only one World Cup and has gotten worse in recent years. Germany also has a big economy and a big medal count — and its soccer team is great. The point is that the U.S. men’s national team is no longer underachieving reasonable expectations, as it was before the 1990s. Nor is it exceeding them. Perhaps what we’ve seen is about what we’re due to get in a populous, wealthy, athletic country — where interest in soccer is average, at best, by global standards.The success of the U.S. women’s national soccer team stands in contrast to that of the men’s. But soccer players are among the highest-profile female athletes in the U.S., suggesting that part of the problem for the men’s side is competition from other sports.The punctuated-equilibrium theory would imply that it may take some time for the U.S. men’s team to reach the next plateau. Perhaps an external catalyst would help: another American World Cup, a run to the World Cup semifinals, the emergence of an American soccer player who is recognized as among the best in the world. (Personally, I’d hope for him to be as brash as Cristiano Ronaldo, the better to spark headlines and stoke rivalries with other countries.) But it could be a long while before any of those things happen, and there could be some further delay before their feedback effects kick in.Or it could be that the steady-improvement theory is right. It also reflects a reasonable interpretation of the evidence. The data on youth interest in soccer is very encouraging, for instance.Tuesday’s game against Belgium will provide us with one data point — but just one. Unlike in the past, however, we might not need to wait four years for the next one. Instead, in 2016, the United States will host the Copa América Centenario, a special one-off tournament that will feature the best teams from both North and South America. It could serve as a preview of our soccer future. Playing at home produces the equivalent of an 100 Elo-point bonus — equal to eight years of improvement for the U.S. based on its 1986 to 2014 trajectory. If the U.S. will be ready to compete with the Colombias and Argentinas and Brazils of the world on neutral turf by 2022 and 2026, it should be able to do so on home soil in 2016.CORRECTION (July 1, 4:54 p.m.): A chart in an earlier version of this post mislabeled the Elo ratings vs. Olympic medal counts for China and Russia. The chart has been updated. For the United States, almost every recent World Cup match has been billed as the most important game in the history of the men’s national team. Its knockout-stage match against Belgium on Tuesday isn’t receiving quite as much hype.1The New Republic does describe the U.S.-Belgium game as the “most important sporting event in American history.” That’s apparently a joke, however. But a win would advance the U.S. to the World Cup quarterfinals for a Saturday afternoon match against Argentina or Switzerland. That would probably be the most-watched game in U.S. soccer history — the first World Cup quarterfinal that many American fans would ever see their men play live.2The U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals in 2002, but its game against Germany was played in South Korea at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time on a Saturday morning — not ideal viewing hours. The U.S. also advanced from its group to the semifinals in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, but that was when just four teams made the knockout stage.It’s tempting to say that these matches are the soccer equivalent of political “game changers” — much-ballyhooed events that seem exciting at the time but which rarely have as much lasting impact as the pundits claim. But it’s not unreasonable to feel as though every World Cup game is more important than the last. It’s a consequence of the long-term state of U.S. soccer.On the one hand, expectations are getting higher. The U.S. advanced from the group stage in 1994, 2002, 2010 and now 2014. Matches against England or Portugal or Germany are now thought of as opportunities rather than sure losses. On the other hand, the men’s national team has never quite had its breakthrough moment.When might the bar be raised? When might U.S. fans view a Round of 16 exit as a travesty and not a triumph?If you’re in your mid-30s, like me, the advance of the U.S. men’s national team might seem as inevitable as that of gay marriage. You’ll be just old enough to remember that the U.S. was once a soccer backwater. But you might not remember how long it took the Americans to get where they are today. The trajectory since the 1980s has always been upward:This chart shows the Elo rating for the U.S. in each World Cup year3Specifically, it shows the U.S.’s Elo rating as of the date of the World Cup final — whether or not the U.S. actually qualified for the tournament. For 2014, I’ve used the U.S.’s Elo rating at the end of the group stage. since 1986 — the last World Cup where the Americans failed to qualify, and the last one before 1988, when FIFA declared the 1994 World Cup would be played in the U.S.From this perspective, the upward trend has been extremely steady. In fact, other than the 2002 team arriving in the quarterfinals a little ahead of schedule, it’s been almost perfectly linear. Since 1986, the U.S.’s Elo rating has improved by almost exactly 50 points every four years.Imagine that the trend continues. Right now, the U.S. team’s Elo rating is nearly 1,850, which places it 15th in the world. Add another 50 points, and by 2018 it would be at 1,900 — somewhere around eighth or 10th in the world and near where Belgium and Uruguay and France are today. That’s a team that could be a dark-horse World Cup contender. By 2026, its Elo rating would be 2,000 — not far from where Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands began this year’s tournament. So in just 12 more years — in a World Cup that could possibly be held in the United States — the U.S. will be a global soccer powerhouse.Or perhaps not. Consider another look at the evidence, one where we run the numbers back further. For much of the 1970s, there was a lot of hope surrounding the growth of U.S. soccer, but the men’s national team repeatedly failed to qualify for the World Cup. In one year, the U.S. failed to win a single qualifying match. But let’s go back ever further, to 1950. This tells a different story. The men’s national team got worse from 1950 to 1958, bottomed out for almost 30 years with no sign of life, improved rather sharply in a concentrated period from 1986 through 2002, and has been fairly steady since.Yes, the U.S. has still gotten better by this reckoning — but it looks more like a case of punctuated equilibrium — a sudden change after years of stasis.4The so-called punctuated trend in the chart is drawn by fitting a regression with a dummy variable that is taken as zero between 1950 and 1986 and one between 2002 and 2014 and allowed to vary at a linear rate only in the intervening years. read more

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Dijana Stevin joins Buducnost

Dijana Stevin, a Serbian national team player, decided to join Buducnost and play as second right back in pair with Bulatovic. She has before this played for Kikinda and Zajecar. She won the Serbian cup with Zajecar few days ago. Now with Stevin joining, and with Dragana Cvijic having joined before, Buducnost becomes even stronger and next season we might see them even reaching the final, after this year they went out in the semi-final losing to Larvik. ← Previous Story Kristian Kjelling stays at Aalborg! Next Story → HK Viborg doesn’t want Savic and Amariei read more

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