The West Bengal police on Saturday filed an FIR against senior BJP leaders for allegedly holding a public meeting in the Cooch Behar district on Friday without obtaining permission.The leaders named in the FIR are State BJP president Dilip Ghosh, party’s general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Rahul Sinha and State general secretary Raju Banerjee. The charges include unlawful assembly, disobedience of an order promulgated by public servant, threat of injury to public servant and criminal intimidation. BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to flag off a rath yatra from Cooch Behar on October 7, but it was postponed after the issue went to the High Court. The BJP, however, held a public rally at the venue.BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the case demonstrated how the ruling Trinamool Congress government was using the police for its political ends.Meanwhile, during the day, Trinamool workers performed a purification drive at the spot where the rally was held.
lb August 14, 2016 Published on lb Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE SHARE EMAIL tennis India were left to rue a missed opportunity in tennis with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s mixed doubles semifinal loss after Lalita Babar became the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event at an Olympic Games, here today.A historic Olympic silver medal was well within reach before Sania and Bopanna suffered a sudden mid-match slump and frittered away an advantageous position to lose their last-four clash from a position of strength to Americans Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram.After dominating the first set, Sania and Bopanna lost 6-2 2-6 3-10 to the Americans and will now fight for the bronze medal.The Indians were cruising at one stage but once Sania’s serve was broken in the fourth game of the second set, the tide turned in the favour of the Americans.Leander Paes remains the only player to win a tennis medal in India’s Olympic history.“We have to try and recover as quick as possible, mentally and physically. Probably more mentally. We have to go back, try and get some sleep, put some food in our body and recover for tomorrow,” Sania said after the defeat.The duo of Sania and Bopanna stumbled after Lalita revived India’s fortunes in the track and field events. Lalita scripted a new chapter in the country’s athletics history in the Olympic Games by becoming the first woman in three decades to enter the final of a track event when she shattered the national mark to reach the 3000M steeplechase medal round.Lalita, hailing from Satara district of Maharashtra, qualified for the women’s 3000m steeplechase final after finishing fourth in the qualifying heat 2 with a new national record time of 9 minutes, 19.76 seconds while the holder of that mark, compatriot Sudha Singh, was eliminated after a poor run in heat 3.The 27-year-old Lalita, who had won the bronze medal in the event in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, two years ago, emulated ‘Payyoli Express’ P T Usha by entering the final.Usha, who runs a running academy now, was the first Indian woman to achieve the distinction when she made the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles in 1984 at Los Angeles before missing the bronze by a fraction of a second.Lalita, in fact, finished with the seventh-best time in the heats by clipping nearly seven seconds off the existing national mark standing in the name of Sudha (9:26.55), clocked in Shanghai in May.The top three in the three heats gained automatic qualification while Lalita made the grade as one of the six fastest from among the rest. Had she ran in the third heat she would have qualified as the winner of that race.After qualifying for the final, an elated Lalita said that she was looking to give her best in the final on Independence Day. SHARE COMMENT athletics 1 COMMENTS
In Rajya Sabha, the Chairman told the protesting AIADMK In Rajya Sabha, the Chairman told the protesting AIADMK members: “The Chair gets the impression that some members are in the business of promoting a specific newspaper. This is very improper. You will not bring newspapers” He asked them not to come into the well, saying, “dont come here. All I can say is this is unbecomming of you.” The Question Hour also saw disruption and then the House was repeatedly adjourned over the issue. With regard to the Calling Attention Motion, Azad said, “There has to be an order in the House to discuss this”. Azad, who was to move the motion, also said that the disruption was “organised by the ruling party” so that the calling attention on the “serious” issue, listed in the agenda today, is not taken up. “A serious issue is not discussed like this. This is a deliberate attempt by the AIADMK. Otherwise, never before has AIADMK behaved like this,” the Congress leader said. Kurien, who was in the Chair, kept slamming the noisy protests, saying the behaviour of the AIADMK MPs was “very bad”. “You can approach the government for appropriate action. Why are you disrupting the proceedings of the House? This is irresponsible behaviour. This is murder of democracy,”he said. Kurien kept telling them to approach the government if they wanted action against a private person. “Why do you trouble me? I am not the government,” he said trying to restore order in the House, but to no avail. Earlier papers were laid amid sloganeering. When AIADMK members continued demanding action against Chidambarm, Kurien said, “What can I do, you ask the government” and adjourned the House till 3.45 pm. When the House re-assembled at 3.45 pm, Kurien asked minister and BJP leader J P Nadda (BJP) to move the Motion of Thanks for the Presidents address. To this, Naqvi questioned how it can be initiated when the House is not in order and appealed AIADMK members for cooperation. Kurien too sought AIADMK members cooperation but as they continued their protest, he adjourned the House for the day. PTI PTI RNK NKD NAB CS SAP NAM SKC AKK AKKadvertisement
Your man. Photograph: Jon Super/The Guardian One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 things to look out for this Premier League weekend. Count them, drink them in.The City Football Group have bought themselves a nice little holiday home over the pond. Or, the NYC FC Academy, as they prefer to call it. Graham Parker pops down for a look.José Mourinho is still brilliant at managing something: it’s just expectations, rather than teams. So says Liam Rosenior.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY MEANS NO FIVER TILL TUESDAY. EVERYONE’S A WINNER Twitter Facebook Facebook In what can only be good news, Saturday’s Women’s FA Cup final looks like it will have its biggest audience ever: over 40,000 tickets have already been sold, and it’ll be on BBC1 – and Big Website – at 5.30pm.To paraphrase Dennis Pennis, usually it’s The Fiver’s job to make football managers/players look ridiculous, but we don’t think we’re going to bother this time. Here’s Sam Allardyce: “It’s an entertainment game, you’re trying to capture hearts and minds, and certainly I think, particularly from a home point of view, we’ve achieved that, not just with the results but the way we’ve played and the way we’ve beaten teams.”Yaya Touré will do one from Manchester City at the end of the season.Dejan Lovren is absolutely not scared of Real Madrid. No sir. Definitely not. “Why should we fear them?” he quivered. “They should fear us. They are quite confident but we don’t care for that – we are focused on our job.”And hugs all round at Leicester, where Riyad Mahrez has withdrawn his transfer request and is blissfully happy. Well, sort of. “I am still here,” he gushed. “I am still in contract with Leicester so at the moment I am here and we will see.”STILL WANT MORE?Come revel in the misery! A lowdown on who’s going down, a round-up of who’s staying up. Pinterest Fancy composite work alright. Composite: The Guardian Share via Email Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pinterest A happy Pope’s Newc O’Rangers fan, earlier. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images WHERE IT’S ATEarly May, sunshine dappling the blossom on the apple trees, optimism swirling in the air (though it might just be pollen) and the football season drawing to its conclusion. These are heady days, and for the Championship the final one dawns on Sunday with uncertainty at both top and bottom leading to a crescendo of actual excitement. There will even be people celebrating in Sunderland, though inevitably only in the away end. For it is there that Wolves, having beaten 22 of the 23 other Championship sides this season, get the chance to complete the set. Not for them premature celebrations and disappointing drift – they want to win. Quite badly. “The manager,” their captain, Danny Batth, warns, “is massive on it.”But who will go up with them? Will it be Cardiff, who have a one-point buffer and host troubled Reading or … forget it, it’ll be Cardiff. The Bluebirds might have lost three of their last six but will be hyper-motivated by memories of an incident-packed 2-2 draw between the teams in December when manager Neil Warnock – and you’re never going to believe this – was sent to the stands. “When you die and pass away, it’s nice to have something people will remember you by,” said Warnock. “This will be my biggest achievement by an absolute mile. It’d be a miracle if it did happen.” The Fiver Read more Topics Talking of divine intervention, Fulham need help. Still, they could go up if they emerge from Birmingham with more points than Cardiff wrestle from Reading. “We are ready. The club is built for the Premier League,” roared Tom Cairney. Well, the club will be built for the Premier League once their stadium redevelopment is completed sometime in 2021. Anyway, when Cardiff win, the Cottagers will join Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the play-offs, with the quartet to be completed by Derby if they get a point at home to relegation-threatened Barnsley, though Preston and Millwall are both dreaming of yet more miracles.Where there’s life there’s hope, which is what Nigel Clough travels in as he takes Burton, in the bottom three on goal difference, to Preston. Still, he’s completely aware of the result his side requires. “A point might be enough,” he mused, adding: “It might not.” A win could take them as high as 19th, with the axe hanging dolefully above Reading, Burnley and Barnsley, already smeared with the gory remains of Sunderland and swinging towards Bolton at almost irresistible speed. The Trotters are not without hope, though they would need three times as many points from their final game, at home to Nottingham Forest, as they’ve got in their last seven combined, and even then might not make it. “We will be trying everything,” tooted captain Darren Pratley. “Then it’s up to the big man upstairs.”LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Barry Glendenning from 8pm BST for hot MBM coverage of Brighton 1-2 Manchester United.QUOTE OF THE DAY“It feels like it has been a month. There is so much experience, so much has changed over that time. Football is so intense you don’t have time to sit back and look at what you have achieved” – Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany gets his chat on with Amy Lawrence. When Fulham’s dreams of promotion died in a game that never ended Reuse this content Share on Facebook Facebook features Football Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn THE FIVEЯYes, it’s our not-singing, not-dancing World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST, here’s the latest edition, on Japan.RECOMMENDED LISTENINGFootball Weekly Extra is here and all up in your lugholes.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Re: Subbuteo launching women’s teams (yesterday’s Bits and Bobs). My mind raced back to my childhood (for sake of argument – 40 years) when my dear mum and a few neighbours used to earn a few bob by hand-painting the tiny men. The excitement each week as we waited to find out which team was palpable. Unlike me, she wasn’t a big fan of the late-70s West Ham chevrons given the detail required, but getting one of the big teams seemed like some sort of neighbourhood status symbol. The sense of deflation most weeks to see a bag of 1,000 n@ked Subbuteo men, together with instructions for a generic Nottingham Forest / Bristol City red shirt and white short ensemble was generally assuaged by trying to encourage our cats to walk on the players after they were laid out to dry. Marmalade (one of said cats) held the PB of 12 players stuck to her at any one time” – Ian Sargeant.“Bit harsh lumping Mrtn Skrtl in with the likes of Dossena and Spearing (yesterday’s Fiver). I bet you wouldn’t do so to his face” – Tim Woods.“Here’s another omen for Liverpool fans to consider regarding Big Cup final – it’s also being played on the anniversary of this” – Robin Burchfield.Send your letters to email@example.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Ian Sargeant.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime (GMT). Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSIt’s actually true: $tevie Mbe is the new Pope’s Newc O’Rangers manager, signing a deal for four – four! – years, his logic presumably being that if Brendan can win the league up there, then anyone can. “I am happy that he now enters into my world of coaching and managing,” purred Rodgers. Share on Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Share on Messenger
Transfers Ronaldo’s mother favours Man Utd return over PSG move for Real Madrid star Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:25 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo PSG Real Madrid Primera División Ligue 1 Premier League The Portuguese forward has hinted at a summer switch away from the Spanish capital, but will he follow the advice of a his family if a deal is done? Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted at a summer move away from Real Madrid and his mother would prefer a return to Manchester United over a switch to Paris Saint-Germain .Having helped the Blancos to a third successive Champions League crown, the Portuguese went on to refer to his time at the Santiago Bernabeu in the past tense .Transfer talk was immediately sparked, with Ronaldo offering contradictory messages regarding his future since then to keep the rumour mill ticking over . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Few clubs would be willing to put a deal in place were the exit doors to be opened in Spain, with only those with the deepest pockets capable of pulling off such a coup.United and PSG would form part of that exclusive club and Dolores Aveiro has suggested to her son that a second stint at Old Trafford should be taken in if he really does want a fresh start.She told SFR Sport prior to Ronaldo’s exit hint in Kiev: “I like Paris. I go there now and again.“The last time was with my son when he won the Ballon D’Or. I felt very proud.“Every time I go to Paris, everyone treats me very well.“If I’m telling you the truth, I wouldn’t mind, but I would prefer him to return to Manchester.”Ronaldo told reporters after helping Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool when quizzed on where he will be for the 2018-19 campaign : “Money is not the problem.“I have won five Champions Leagues and five Ballons d’Or. I had already made history, but now even more.“I cannot guarantee anything. I’m not going to hide, in the next few days I’ll talk… Life is not just about glory.”A day later, as the Blancos paraded their Champions League crown through the streets of Madrid, Ronaldo appeared to have performed a U-turn as he told revellers: “It’s a happy moment and we are very happy, too. Hala Madrid and nothing else!“Thank you, guys. Until next year…”Ronaldo’s Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale also revealed after claiming another major title that he will be weighing up his options this summer , with the Wales international another of those to have been linked with a move to United for some time.Neither star turn has made a decision as yet, though, so the rumours appear set to rumble on until a definitive statement is made or a big-money bid tabled.
Newcastle have become “a laughing stock under Mike Ashley”, says Micky Quinn, with the decision to let Rafa Benitez leave the club branded “diabolical”.The Magpies have announced that their current manager will be moving on at the end of his contract, which expires on June 30.An apparent reluctance to meet the demands of a proven coach has been widely condemned by a loyal fan base and former players. 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? Quinn is among those who consider the current regime to be a “nightmare”, with some baffling decisions being made that do the collective cause at St James’ Park no favours.The ex-Magpies striker told talkSPORT of Benitez’s departure: “I’m not surprised at all.“As the days were ticking towards the end of Rafa’s four-year contract and not having anything sorted by this stage, I think it was inevitable he was going to leave.“He is a world class manager, and this guy was the comfort blanket like a baby has to the fans.“Benitez put the pride back in the Newcastle shirt after the appointments, and we’ve had some bad ones, we’ve had under Mike Ashley.“With Rafa leaving, it’s all up in the air again and the fans are devastated.“The Newcastle fans were proud to say he was their manager and that respect was everything at Newcastle, after almost becoming a laughing stock under Ashley.“It’s just a nightmare. I can’t believe a club of this stature can let a manager of that stature go. It’s embarrassing.“It just doesn’t make sense, but it’s Newcastle United.“I know for a fact he loves it up there and he wanted to take the club to the next level, but he’s had no investment compared to a lot of Premier League clubs.“The teams that went down – Fulham and Huddersfield – and Brighton as well, they all outspent Newcastle last year. It’s an embarrassment and it’s the fans who miss out because the club’s credibility goes out the window.“It’s just another farce in the Mike Ashley tenure. The footballing decisions have been diabolical.“He isn’t good enough for Newcastle, he doesn’t care about Newcastle. All the fans want someone like Rafa, who got Newcastle.“Rafa wanted to invest in the youth development, and Ashley wouldn’t even do that – it’s just madness.”The likes of Jose Mourinho, David Moyes and Chris Hughton have been mentioned as potential successors to Benitez, but Quinn is not convinced by any of them, saying: “All the names mentioned, they couldn’t lace Rafa’s boots.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Madrid Open: Novak Djokovic back to best against Dominic Thiem to reach finalMadrid Open: World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Domic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in a gruelling semi-final to set up a potential Rafael Nadal clash in the final.advertisement Reuters MadridMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 00:23 IST Novak Djokovic beat Dominic thiem to reach Madrid Open final. (Twitter/ @DjokerNole)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in Madrid Open semi-finalsDjokovic will either play against Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finalDjokovic has won the Madrid Open two times in the pastWorld number one Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Madrid Open after seeing off last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a gruelling, high-quality encounter on Saturday that lasted two hours and 22 minutes.The Serbian will meet either five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal, the world number two, or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s final after producing his best tennis since winning the Australian Open in January.Djokovic, winner in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter.Thiem, who had won the Barcelona Open last month and was on an eight-match winning streak, struck an early blow by breaking Djokovic in the fourth game but the Serbian responded by winning the next three games and saved two break points in the eighth.The Serbian won the first tiebreak comfortably after some poor shot selections from Thiem but was in trouble in the second set when he trailed 4-2.He immediately broke back and had the chance to serve for the match at 6-5 but squandered the opportunity with a double fault.Yet once again Djokovic had the edge in the tiebreak, earning three match points and taking the first one as Thiem smashed a baseline backhand well out, booking his place in a first final since winning the Australian Open.Also Read | Roger Federer to play Italian Open ahead of French Open comebackAlso Read | Madrid Open: Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in the finalAlso SeeadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Madrid OpenFollow Novak DjokovicFollow Rafael NadalFollow Dominc Thiem Next
World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentWhat is World Test Championship? With the much-anticipated cycle of Test matches set to begin with the first Ashes Test, here’s all that you need to know about latest series of effort from ICC aimed at provided more context to Test cricket.advertisement Ajay Tiwari New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 15:30 IST India will begin their World Test Championship campaign during tour of West Indies in August (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTop teams will feature in the World Test Championships over a 2-year cyclePoints will be awarded to Test match wins in bilateral seriesTop 2 teams at the end of the 2-year cycle will play the Test Championships finalThe maiden edition of the highly-anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) is all set to start with the inaugural Ashes Test between England and Australia starting from August 1 in Birmingham. The 2-Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand starting from August 14 will also be played in the WTC fold with India’s tour to the Caribbean following next.In this explainer, we will take you through everything that you wanted to know about the World Test Championship – from its rules, teams, rankings, fixtures and the whether the winner will be decided by a Super Over or not! Read on:What is the World Test Championship and why do we need it?The World Test Championship is the latest in a series of efforts from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide more context to Test cricket. While earlier, Test rankings at the end of every season decided who would hold the Test Championship mace, the WTC promises to change all that with teams fighting it out in a 2-year-long tournament rather than just depending on the rankings to decide the winner in the sport’s oldest and most coveted format. With every Test being played under the WTC fold counting towards an overall points table, the general lack of interest in dead rubbers at the end of a series is also set to decline sharply.Are all Test-playing teams playing the World Test Championship?Simple answer, no. As you must be aware, Zimbabwe is no more allowed to feature in ICC tournaments, although they weren’t in the scheme of things anyway when ICC designed the tournament. Apart from Zimbabwe, Test cricket’s 2 newest entrants Afghanistan and Ireland will also not be involved in the inaugural edition of the WTC. Essentially it would mean that the top nine-ranked Test nations – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies – will be part of the 1st World Test Championship.advertisementOkay. But how will the winner be decided? Will a Super Over come into play?For every match played under the WTC, a certain number of points will be up for grabs and the top 2 teams with the most points at the end of the 2-year cycle will play the final at Lord’s in June 2021 to decide the winner. If the final is tied or drawn, the team which topped the points table at the end of the league stage will be declared the winner. However, the ICC rules haven’t made it clear what would happen if both the teams are tied on points as well. A Super Over? Probably not. However, things might get clearer in the coming days once ICC clarifies the rules.Will every Test played from August 1, 2019 be part of the World Test Championship?No. The Tests played by WTC nations against Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland will not be part of the WTC cycle but will still be relevant for the ICC Test Rankings. Marquee series like The Ashes and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be part of the WTC.But will the 9 teams play each other during the World Test Championship?Again, no. All 9 teams are scheduled to play a total of 6 Test series (3 Home, 3 Away) under the WTC fold meaning that no team will be able to play the rest others in the 2-year cycle.This could mean that teams will end up playing an unequal number of matches…Yes, but the ICC has tried to balance this by making a total of 120 Championship points being available for every series irrespective of its length.This points system is confusing me. Could you explain more?As explained in the table below, each Test series will have 120 Championship points up for grabs. The number of points for each Test will be equal to 120 divided by the total number of matches in the series. For example, a win in either of the Tests of the 2-Test series between West Indies and India in August 2019 will award the winner 60 points but the corresponding award for winning an Ashes Test will be 24 points (details below).If the match is a draw, both the teams will get only one-third of the points available for the match, thus incentivizing teams to go for an outright result rather than trying to secure a draw.Points Distribution of World Test Championship explained:Matches in SeriesPoints for WinPoints for a TiePoints for a DrawPoints for a Loss260302003402013.30430151005241280Is this a good system?At least it’s a start in the right direction. The system is not without its fallacies. For one, it doesn’t give any extra weight to away wins and if a team plays more Tests at home, winning most of them, it could still end up ranking higher than a team which has more away wins in tough conditions but playing a lesser number of matches.advertisementAlso, there are chances that a series of lesser number of Tests (2-3) could be more rewarding than a grueling 5-Test series like The Ashes. Given, this is the maiden edition of the World Test Championship, further changes in the system could be arrived at in the future as the ICC keeps learning from the outcomes.Here is a list of complete fixtures of the World Test Championship in the 2019-21 cycle:IndiaJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)October-November 2019: 3 Tests v South Africa (H)November 2019: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (H)February 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (A)December 2020: 4 Tests v Australia (A)January-February 2021: 5 Tests v England (H)EnglandJuly-August 2019: 5 Tests v Australia (H)December 2019-January 2020: 4 Tests v South Africa (A)March 2020: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)June-July 2020: 3 Tests v West Indies (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Pakistan (H)January-February 2021: 5 Tests v India (A)AustraliaJuly-August-September 2019: 5 Tests v England (A)November 2019: 2 Tests v Pakistan (H)December 2019-January 2020: 3 Tests v New Zealand (H)February 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (A)November-December 2020: 4 Tests v India (H)February-March 2021: 3 Tests v South Africa (A)South AfricaOctober 2019: 3 Tests v India (A)December 2019-January 2020: 4 Tests v England (H)July-August 2020: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)January 2021: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)January-February 2021: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)February-March 2021: 3 Tests v Australia (H)New ZealandJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)December 2019-January 2020: 3 Tests v Australia (A)February 2020: 2 Tests v India (H)August-September 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (A)November-December 2020: 3 Tests v West Indies (H)December 2020: 2 Tests v Pakistan (H)Sri LankaJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v New Zealand (H)October 2019: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)March-April 2020: 2 Tests v England (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Bangladesh (H)January 2021: 2 Tests v South Africa (A)February-March 2021: 2 Tests v West Indies (A)PakistanOctober 2019: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)November-December 2019: 2 Tests v Australia (A)January-February 2020: 2 Tests v Bangladesh (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v England (A)December 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (A)January-February 2021: 2 Tests v South Africa (H)BangladeshNovember 2019: 3 Tests v India (A)January-February 2020: 2 Tests v Pakistan (A)February 2020: 2 Tests v Australia (H)July-August 2020: 3 Tests v Sri Lanka (A)August-September 2020: 2 Tests v New Zealand (H)January-February 2021: 3 Tests v Windies (H)West IndiesJuly-August 2019: 2 Tests v India (H)June-July 2020: 3 Tests v England (A)July-August 2020: 2 Tests v South Africa (H)November-December 2020: 3 Tests v New Zealand (A)January-February 2021: 3 Tests v Bangladesh (A)February-March 2021: 2 Tests v Sri Lanka (H)Also Read | Sourav Ganguly surprised by absence of Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane in ODI squad for West Indies tourAlso Read | Joe Root wants England to ride on World Cup win for Ashes gloryAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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VANCOUVER – The operators of one of Vancouver’s last independent movie theatres say they’re a step closer to saving the property from development after being approved for a mortgage to buy the beloved cinema.Corrine Lea said she’s optimistic about the Rio Theatre’s future after receiving the news from Vancity credit union earlier this week.“It’s a huge relief to be able to give everyone the good news and say that the mortgage has been approved,” she said.Zoning changes in the area attracted developers who wanted to tear down the 80-year-old east Vancouver theatre for a new project, Lea said previously.In February, she announced that the cinema’s operators had put in a multi-million-dollar offer to purchase the Rio, a venue beloved for running independent films and hosting burlesque, comedy, improv and variety shows.A months-long fundrasing campaign has already brought in more than $500,000 for a deposit on the property and garnered support from a variety of entertainers, including filmmaker Kevin Smith, actor Ryan Reynolds and Vancouver-born Finn Wolfhard, the 15-year-old star of “Stranger Things” and “It.”The exact purchase price has never been revealed, but Lea has said it’s above the property’s $4.3-million assessed value.Lea said on Saturday that she’s been working on securing the mortgage for about a month and the final approval comes just before a May 7 deadline for finalizing the sale.“Basically, I was really biting my nails in the last couple of days because if they turned us down and said no, I would have had very little time to find another option,” she said, adding that she was cautious about the cinema’s future until the mortgage was approved.“This is the closest that we’ve been to reaching our goal. And I can see the finish line. And it feels really good.”On Monday, Lea is set to remove subjects on the deal. Then she and her business partner will have 60 days to come up with the $3-million deposit.Lea said investors have vowed to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to the deposit, but the operators are still looking to raise about $800,000.A new campaign is in the works that will allow people who aren’t accredited investors to purchase shares in the theatre, she said.“This has been such a huge, amazing community team effort. So I think it’ll be such a huge opportunity,” Lea said.“We’ve all seen so many stories about another beloved Vancouver space gone, another business shut down. And so to just realize that we can make a difference and that this is a good news story, everyone was really wanting to see that happen.”
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The Times of India reported that the chief minister had said that Tamils in Tamil Nadu and Tamil diaspora spread across the world were “outraged and incensed over the impunity with which the Sri Lankan government was ignoring international sentiments and binding resolutions relating to reconciliation and rehabilitation and the ongoing gross human rights abuses against Lankan Tamils.” Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has added her voice to the issue over the 13th Amendment to the constitution by urging the Indian government to ensure the Sri Lankan government does not repeal the amendment.“The Centre should ensure that the process of democratic decentralization, which is integral to the survival of the Tamils in Lanka, is in no way jeopardized,” Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a copy of which was released to the Indian media on Sunday. Her letter comes in the wake of the Sri Lankan government’s decision to constitute a parliamentary select committee to review the thirteenth amendment to the constitution. “It appears that our worst fears regarding the intentions and motives of the present Sri Lankan regime are coming true,” the chief minister said.In March last, the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly passed a resolution calling for a referendum on a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamils displaced from Lanka and live in other countries. The aspirations of the Lankan Tamils could be realized only through a Tamil Eelam, Jayalalithaa said.
In a joint statement released in Geneva, UN human rights officials voiced strong backing for calls to enact an optional protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.“The optional protocol is designed to assist States parties in implementing their obligation under the Convention to prevent torture by providing for the establishment of effective international and national mechanisms for visiting places where persons are or may be deprived of their liberty,” said the statement, which was issued by the Committee against Torture and the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the question of torture. The Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, also added their names to the statement.The officials called on States to “give the matter of an effective protocol to the Convention their earnest and immediate attention, and to move towards the final adoption of this instrument.”For his part, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the treaty was “as true and relevant” today as when the pact became a reality a decade and a half ago.Mr. Annan also noted that the horrific events of 11 September have prompted a wide-ranging debate about the means that may be used to combat the threat of terrorism. He stressed that security would never be achieved by sacrificing human rights. “That would hand the terrorists a victory beyond their dreams – for rather than preventing terrorism, I fear we would encourage it,” he said.Humankind must continue its united stand against torture, the Secretary-General said, noting that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were already playing a leading role and that governments were also involved through the UN Voluntary Fund, which supports hundreds of NGO projects worldwide.”Those projects provide crucial medical, psychological, economic, social, legal and other assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims of torture and their families,” he said, calling on countries to continue to give generously to the Fund, so that even more projects could be funded in the coming year.
The NBA playoffs are in full swing and Ohio State fans looking for a reason to watch the games need look no further than the four former Buckeyes playing in them. Former OSU basketball players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook and Kosta Koufos are all playing in this season’s NBA playoffs. Turner plays in the Eastern Conference as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, while Conley, Cook and Koufos are in the Western Conference playing for the Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets, respectively. All four players were recruited by and played for OSU basketball coach Thad Matta. The fact that they’re all vying for the NBA title in the same season speaks loudly of Matta and the OSU basketball program. Conley and Cook were members of the “Thad Five” 2007 NCAA runner-up team. Koufos was named the National Invitation Tournament MVP when the Buckeyes won the tournament in 2008, and Turner became the first OSU player to win the John R. Wooden Award in 2010. Since taking over the basketball program for the 2004-2005 season, Matta has turned the Buckeyes into perennial NCAA championship contenders and brought some of the best basketball talent to Columbus that the program has ever seen. Taking OSU to two Final Fours (2007, 2012), Matta has won five Big Ten championships (2006, 2007 and 2010-2012) and seen seven of his players drafted into the NBA: Greg Oden (2007), Conley (2007), Cook (2007), Koufos (2008), B.J. Mullens (2009), Turner (2010) and Jon Diebler (2011). That number will likely grow to nine after this season’s NBA draft where it’s expected that former Buckeyes Jared Sullinger and William Buford will be selected. Not including Sullinger, projected as a first-rounder in the 2012 Draft, Matta has produced six first-round draft picks, including the only top two picks in program history with Oden (No. 1 overall) and Turner (No. 2 overall) in their respective drafts. Matta has produced more NBA draft talent in a five-year span from 2007-2011 than Duke’s NCAA men’s all-time winningest coach Mike Krzyzewski (five draft picks), Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (five), Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun (four), Michigan State’s Tom Izzo (one) and as much as North Carolina’s Roy Williams (seven). The skill level of the players that Matta has recruited to OSU to play basketball should not be taken lightly and the NBA playoffs are simply a microcosm of the talent Matta is responsible for. In each of the last four NBA seasons, at least two of Matta’s former Buckeyes have played on basketball’s biggest stage, and lately they’ve been making their presence felt. In 2011, Conley helped Memphis upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, becoming only the fourth No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. He averaged 15.2 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 6.4 assists per game in the 2011 playoffs with the Grizzlies. This season, Conley and Memphis are back in postseason play and as of Tuesday night, he’s averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists through four games in a series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Turner is attempting to match Conley’s and the Grizzlies’ feat from a season ago. Through the first four games of the series between the Sixers and the Chicago Bulls the former OSU Wooden Award winner is averaging 14.0 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 3.8 assists per game. From 1996 to 2005, there were just four Buckeyes to play in an NBA playoff game, Jim Jackson, Lawrence Funderburke, Herb Williams, and Michael Redd. OSU has four former players, all products of Matta, in this season’s playoffs alone. If Sullinger and Buford are selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, nine Buckeyes under Matta will have been drafted in the span of six seasons. To put that into perspective, the previous nine OSU basketball players selected into the NBA draft span across the course of 19 drafts from 1983-2001, with only four first-round selections. As long as Matta continues to roam the sidelines in Columbus, Buckeye fans should expect to have a rooting interest in May and June when the NBA playoffs come around.
Le gouvernement décidera bientôt s’il faut expulser WikiLeaks ou non de FranceL’Etat se prononcera bientôt sur la légalité de l’hébergement du site WikiLeaks en France. Après qu’Eric Besson, ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, a pris position, l’administration devrait bientôt rendre son verdict. Le site polémique WikiLeaks risque de déménager de France. Hébergé par OVH, il avait été chassé des Etats-Unis après les publications de plusieurs informations confidentielles qui ont embarrassé le gouvernement américain. Eric Besson, ministre de l’Industrie et de l’Economie numérique, a officiellement pris position pour l’expulsion du site. Mais OVH a remis la décision entre les mains de la justice (voir notre article). La semaine dernière, le Conseil Général de l’Industrie, de l’Energie et des Technologies a transmis son rapport à plusieurs autorités de l’Etat. Après un débat cette semaine, le gouvernement devrait rendre sa décision dans les prochains jours. Le 14 décembre 2010 à 15:53 • Emmanuel Perrin
Méditerranée : les côtes françaises servent de “nursery” aux requinsLa grande majorité des requins des côtes françaises de la Méditerranée sont de jeunes spécimens n’ayant pas encore atteint l’âge adulte. Des chercheurs étudient ce phénomène, et avancent l’hypothèse selon laquelle cette zone méditerranéenne est utilisée par les requins comme une véritable nursery.Aux abords des côtes françaises de la Méditerranée, les chercheurs mais aussi les pêcheurs, constatent depuis plusieurs années que les requins sont dans cette zone particulièrement jeunes. Des scientifiques se sont alors penchés sur le phénomène. C’est notamment le cas des chercheurs de l’Association Ichtyologique pour l’Etude, la Recherche, l’Observation dans la Nature des Sélaciens (Ailerons). Pour Nicolas Ziani, le président et fondateur de cette organisation, cité par Sciences et Avenir, il est fort probable que “les abords des côtes françaises servent de nursery aux squales”.À lire aussiUn requin mako filmé en pleine attaque par une caméra embarquée (Vidéo)Pour l’heure les chercheurs ne peuvent pas avancer de certitudes. Mais cette zone aurait pu être choisie par les requins pour plusieurs raisons, comme la nourriture, la qualité de l’eau, sa température, ou encore les grandes profondeurs qu’elle offre. Selon Nicolas Ziani, les squales ont jeté leur dévolu sur cette région de la Méditerranée parce qu’elle offre “un écosystème favorable au développement des requins qui vivent toujours à 10 km au large”.Des études en cours, menées par Ailerons avec les fédérations des pêcheurs en gros (FNPPSF), consistent à marquer des spécimens et réaliser des analyses ADN pour en savoir plus sur ce phénomène. “L’intérêt est de les suivre et d’obtenir aussi des informations sur leurs liens de parentés et sur leurs origines”, explique M. Ziani, avant de rappeler que la Méditerranée abrite 51 des 400 à 450 espèces de requins, “un maillon essentiel de la chaîne alimentaire aquatique”.Le 28 juillet 2011 à 12:22 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Yep! Seriously annoyed by the lab set up in #DoctorWho – so much so that I couldn’t focus on the episode through the rage! @bbcdoctorwho https://t.co/tHyLrrXpCX— Dr Suze Kundu (@FunSizeSuze) May 28, 2017 Doctor Who does a lot of things well. But understanding the physical or material world through observation and experimentation is not one of them.For more than 50 years, the popular sci-fi show has put the emphasis on fiction rather than science—an oversight that often leaves viewers miffed. Most annoying thing is you could have made story work with realistic mistakes, without the HUGE level of incompetence #Karl4DWScienceFixer— Karl Byrne (@KJCByrne) May 28, 2017Last week’s “The Pyramid at the End of the World” (midway point in Steven Moffat’s three-part story arc) is especially guilty of throwing protocol out the window.The episode hinges on human error—or, even worse, scientist error: Erica broke her reading glasses and Douglas is in a hungover stupor, ensuring neither is in tip-top shape to work in a biochemical research lab today.“You look, and don’t take this the wrong way—you look awful,” Erica tells her Agrofuel Research Operations colleague, who admits to a night of debauchery.“There was drinking. There were breakages,” he says, before drowsily suggesting they move to “stage two” of their work.“Well, it would be rude not to,” Erica says brightly. “You OK mixing it? Broke my reading glasses.”No, Erica, he’s not OK doing anything in this state but drinking gallons of water and having a lie down.Douglas (Tony Gardner) does not follow laboratory protocol (via BBC)Instead, bleary-eyed Douglas goes ahead with the task, unsurprisingly misplacing a decimal point (11.89 becomes 118.9) to accidentally create a super-bacteria, which later (rightfully) turns him into a pile of mush.Co-written by showrunner Moffat and Peter Harness (“Kill the Moon,” “The Zygon Invasion,” “The Zygon Inversion”), the episode raises so many questions.Why are there only two people working with this volatile material? Shouldn’t someone double check the inputs before pressing enter? How did Douglas—who’s stupid enough to get drunk on a weeknight then grab a cupful of obviously toxic material secured only by his hand—land this job in the first place?I studied journalism in college, and even I know that’s not how biochemical research labs operate.“It’s so easy to get the science right,” Dr. Pam Cameron, director of Scottish outreach firm NovoScience, told Geek.Boasting more than two decades of practical science experience, the former biomedical scientist in an email highlighted at least half a dozen blunders in the season’s seventh episode.“Surely a microbe capable of ‘killing off root systems’ would be handled in a containment level three or four lab,” she wrote.The airlock doors (built into an existing lab on location at Swansea University), indicate negative pressure. “Yet those would not open directly into an office,” Cameron explained. “They would open into an [anteroom], where scientists would take off outer hazmat suits or shower completely and re-dress for containment level 4.”And that’s not even the half of it.Is the suit Erica (Rachel Denning) wears really necessary? (via BBC)“What was the point of the ‘space suits’?” she asked, highlighting the lab rats’ all-white ensembles, which contain no independent oxygen supply, and can be removed on a whim. “What’s the point of wearing this?”Frankly, there is none. Except, perhaps, for Moffat and Harness to create the illusion of what they envisage as a working laboratory—complete with an air filtration system that cycles toxins out of the air every 30 minutes.“Very good,” Cameron said, “but this would NOT be vented into the atmosphere.”Running one of the most popular shows on television is a tough task, and it’s nearly impossible to please everyone. But surely Moffat & Co. could have put a few more minutes of thought and preparation into this episode.“Why not create the bacterium as being capable of mind control, forcing one of the scientists to release it? That’s not inconceivable,” Cameron suggested. “A good sci-fi writer could have dreamed that up or [consult] with a scientist to see what was possible.“It would have been so easy to depict this correctly and it would have made for more interesting viewing than the quick rush to the end, narrowly preventing destruction of the Earth,” she wrote.Read our full recap of “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” and watch tonight’s installment, “The Lie of the Land” (9 p.m. Eastern on BBC America), to find out whether this was all just a poor simulation by the Monks, or if the BBC should hire a real scientist to review its Doctor Who scripts.
José Mourinho has publicly criticized some of his players for multiple times this season but Jermaine Jenas believes that it was over the edge when he slammed Marcus Rashford after the game against Brighton.Jenas insisted that it almost looked like the manager was enjoying the failure of one of his players and he criticized him a lot more than it was necessary as the youngster didn’t deserve this kind of behaviour.The former England international spoke about this situation as he said, according to Independent:“I found what he did after that Brighton game disgusting, to be honest with you.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“When you are managing a young player like Marcus Rashford, the thing that I really didn’t like about it was for him to come out as publicly as he did at that time.”“The comments about (Romelu) Lukaku were a direct shot at (Marcus) Rashford. Now, it was almost like he enjoyed the failure of Rashford.”“It gave him the opportunity to say shut up, I am right and you’re wrong and that is not a point you should be using on a young player.”
EXCLUSIVE: More than two-fifths (44%) of HR directors cite increasing employee engagement as one of their top priorities for people strategy in 2019, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 500 UK-based HR professionals found that HR directors are also prioritising improving workplace productivity (56%) and connecting employees to the business (38%) for the year ahead.More than three-fifths (63%) of senior manager respondents agree that bolstering employee engagement is a priority for this year; other top agenda items for senior management include boosting productivity (58%) and attracting talent (40%).The majority (93%) of senior managers working in HR believe that employee engagement would improve if members of their workforce had the technology to recognise one another for good behaviours on an ongoing basis. Among HR directors, 88% agree with this, as do 86% of respondents overall.Rob Boland (pictured), group director of product and client success at Reward Gateway, said: “The demand for mobile working continues to grow and, as the research indicates, HR professionals are recognising that HR technology increases employee engagement.”
PuebloPlex, the local redevelopment authority for the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colo., is soliciting proposals for a range of services needed to carry out its reuse plan following the recent approval of its grant application to DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).“We are eager to assemble a world-class consulting team to assist us in implementing our redevelopment plan. The successful redevelopment of PuebloPlex is extremely important for the economic future of southeastern Colorado,” said PuebloPlex CEO & President Russell DeSalvo, who oversees the redevelopment of Pueblo Chemical Depot.The RFP includes a master infrastructure plan and utilities privatization study, business and operations plan, and economic development conveyance application supporting the HUD-approved redevelopment plan. Additionally, PuebloPlex is seeking proposals for engineering, environmental, legal and surveying services.The PuebloPlex RFPs can be downloaded from the following website.Proposals are due by 5 p.m. MST on Aug. 31, and shall be submitted to the attorney of record for PuebloPlex; reference full RFP for delivery instructions. Questions can be directed to Chris Bolt, director of operations, at RFP@PuebloPlex.com or (719) 947-3770.This work is to be performed under a federal grant (Section 12.607) from OEA for community economic adjustment assistance for establishment, expansion, realignment, or closure of a military installation. The grant assists state or local governments to plan and carry out adjustment strategies; engage the private sector in order to plan and undertake community economic development and base redevelopment; and partner with the military departments in response to the proposed or actual expansion, establishment, realignment or closure of a military installation. Dan Cohen AUTHOR