Farmers, demanding better compensation for their land acquired for a residential project here, clashed with the police on Saturday when government officials visited the site to clear encroachment.Several injured Several farmers were injured as police lathicharged the protesters, used tear gas and water cannons. Many policemen, including the Additional SP, were also injured as the protesters threw stones at them, District Magistrate Devendra Kumar Pandey said. The farmers are demanding better compensation for their land acquired for the Trans-Ganga City project, an upcoming township near Kanpur. Mr. Pandey, however, said the farmers have been adequately compensated. “There is a faction of anti-social elements who are misleading the farmers and others for their selfish motives, despite the fact that their grievances have already been resolved,” he said.Two arrested Those who threw stones are mostly anti-social elements, Mr. Pandey said, adding that two people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Local BJP MLA Pankaj Gupta, who went to the spot on coming to know of the clash, asked officials to resolve the matter.
When Hillary Clinton made an appearance on The Tonight Show, on Wednesday, to discuss her goals in the run-up to the US Presidential elections, she got a phone call from none other than Donald Trump, who is currently America’s most talked about man.In the (mock) phone call, Hillary talked to Donald (perfectly portrayed by Jimmy Fallon, who has impersonated him earlier as well) about topics like women’s rights and raising household income while levelling serious charges that he was trying to steal the glory for which she’s been working hard all these years.Watch: Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon cause a laugh riotWhile Trump didn’t forget to brag about his “fantastic” job at the GOP Debate, Hillary couldn’t stop herself from taking a dig at his hair.Later on the show, Hillary said of Donald, “I think he’s gonna go as long as he wants to go, and more power to him. He’s making the most out of it. I’m having a good time watching.”Jimmy Fallon extends deal as Tonight Show host through 2021Watch the clip here:Watch: Tom Cruise wins lip-sync battle with Jimmy FallonIt seem like Donald Trump is Fallon’s current favourite. The talk show host presented a hilarious mock phone conversation between Trump and Barack Obama about a month ago, too. While Fallon played Donald, wearing a blonde toupee and sporting a fake tan, Dion Flynn played Obama. Watch it here:
AdvertisementFaryd Mondragon, Photo Credits: Getty ImagesHello and welcome readers to today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”!👉 14% of all goals at this #WorldCup have come in the 90th minute or later 👉 #MEX have continued their 100% record against teams from @theafcdotcom at the World Cup More stats and facts 👉 https://t.co/uKH2NwxUwh pic.twitter.com/vtGAPXCyF0— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 24, 2018Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1950 – Antonio Carbajal appears in his first-ever FIFA World Cup match (Brazil 4-0 Mexico). The Mexican goalkeeper would go on to become first of only three players to have played in five FIFA World Cups, the others being Germany’s Lothar Mattheus and Mexico’s Rafael Marquez.1958 – Brazil’ Pele hits three goals in a 5-2 semi-final victory over France. He is still the youngest player to have scored a hat-trick at a FIFA World Cup, aged 17 years and 244 days.2010 – For the first time in World Cup history, the two finalists from the previous tournament (in this case Italy and France) are both eliminated at the end of the group stage.2014 – Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon becomes the oldest player in FIFA World Cup history at the age of 43 years and 3 days, surpassing the record of 42 years and 39 days set by Cameroon’s Roger Milla in 1994. Mondragon also establishes a new benchmark for the longest gap between successive appearances in the tournament, having played his last match on 26 June 1998. The previous record of 12 years and 13 days had been set by Switzerland’s Alfred Bickel between 1938 and 1950. Advertisement Read also: FIFA World Cup 18: Germany Vs Sweden ReviewFootball: Dutch wonderkid Justin Kluivert signs for Roma To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 24
India’s series victory against England, 2007 It was torrid times for Indian cricket following Guru Greg saga and India’s unceremonious exit from the 2007 world cup. India had entered the three-match series in England without a coach as Greg Chappell’s tenure was over after India suffered an early exit from the cricket World Cup in the Caribbean. In the first Test at Lord’s, England were a wicket away from beating India when bad light and rain forced a draw. In the second Test at Trent Bridge, India completed a seven-wicket win over England to take a 1-0 lead. The visitors were led by a fiery Zaheer Khan, who took a 9-wicket haul, and Sachin Tendulkar’s 91 in the first innings. The third Test at The Oval ended in a draw as India registered their first Test series win in England in 21 years. (Kumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-Triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test history)Most Runs (India): Dinesh Karthik – 263Most Wickets (India): Zaheer Khan – 18India vs West Indies 2007India earned their first series win in the Caribbean after 35 years. In the first Test, the West Indies hung on in a dramatic final session to deny India victory at Antigua. In the second Test at St, Lucia, captain Brian Lara hit a battling 120 as West Indies salvaged a draw. The third Test at St Kitts too failed to produce a result as India batted out time to earn a draw. In the fourth and deciding Test match at Jamaica, India, aided by skipper Rahul Dravid’s solid batting and Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and S Sreesanth’s bowling, beat the hosts by 49 runs to create history. (Also read: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar congratulates BCCI for India’s 500th Test)advertisementMost Runs (India): Rahul Dravid – 496Most Wickets (India): Anil Kumble – 23India in New Zealand (2008-09): India won 1-0India clinched their first Test series win in New Zealand since 1968 and it was one of their famous overseas wins under captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In their opening match of the three-Test series, India recorded their first win in New Zealand in 33 years as a six-wicket haul from Harbhajan Singh took them to a ten-wicket victory in Hamilton. The second and the third Tests were drawn. (Also read: India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)Most Runs (India): Gautam Gambhir – 445Most Wickets (India): Harbhajan Singh – 16India vs Sri Lanka 2009 (2-1) – No. 1Indian cricket touched an unprecedented high as MS Dhoni’s men became the No.1 Test team for the first time, dislodging South Africa in the ICC Rankings. After playing out a draw in the high-scoring first Test at Ahmedabad, India secured their 100th Test victory by comprehensively beating Sri Lanka by an innings and 144 runs in Kanpur. In the third Test, India became the world’s top-ranked Test team for the first time after beating Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs in Mumbai.Most Runs (India): Virender Sehwag – 491Most Wickets (India): Harbhajan Singh – 13India’s series win against Australia at home, 2014In one of the most dominant displays, India completed a historic 4-0 Test series whitewash over Australia. The hosts started the series with a convincing eight-wicket win over Australia in the first Test at Chennai, courtesy skipper MS Dhoni’s double ton, Virat Kohli’s century, Sachin Tendulkar’s gritty 81 and Ravichandran Ashwin’s quality spin bowling. In the second Test at Hyderabad, India beat Australia by an innings and 135 runs to take a 2-0 lead as Australia became the first team in Test history to declare in their first innings and then lose by an innings. Cheteshwar Pujara slammed a double ton while Murali Vijay scored a 167 to lead India to a massive first innings total. After that, it was Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who forced Australia to surrender with a day to spare. In the third Test, India defeated Australia by six wickets at Mohali to complete a series victory over the tourists. The hosts’ victory had been set up by a scintillating knock by man-of-the-match Shikhar Dhawan, who scored the fastest century on debut in Test cricket as India compiled 499 all out in their first innings in reply to Australia’s 408 all out. India were set 133 to win after bowling out Australia for 223 in their second innings and Dhoni smashed three consecutive fours to earn victory with 15 balls remaining on the final day. In the final Test match at Delhi, India won by six wickets to complete the whitewash. Pujara starred with the bat, while Ashwin and Jadeja broke the visitors’ bone with a commanding display.advertisementMost Runs (India): Murali Vijay – 430Most Wickets (India): R Ashwin – 29India vs Sri Lanka, 2015India secured their first Test series victory in Sri Lanka since 1993. It was also the dawn of Virat Kohli’s Test captaincy. After losing the first Test at Galle by 63 runs, India scripted a valiant fightback in the next two matches to take home the series 2-1. India defeated Sri Lanka by 278 runs in the second Test at Colombo to deny Kumar Sangakkara victory in his final game before his international retirement. Chasing an unlikely 413 to win, and beginning the fifth day on 72/2, the hosts collapsed to 134 all out. Off-spinner Ashwin took 5/42 and leg-spinner Amit Mishra 3/29 to level the series 1-1. In the third Test, India secured a 117-run win over the hosts to complete a rare series victory on the Sri Lankan soil.Most Runs (India): Virat Kohli – 233Most Wickets (India): R Ashwin – 21India vs South Africa, 2015In a series dominated by spinners, India made South Africa bite the dust and completed a 3-0 win over the Proteas in the four-Test series. The hosts put the visitors under early pressure by winning the first Test at Mohali by 108 runs. The second Test at Bangalore ended with a damp draw with four days of washout. The third Test at Nagpur ended within 3 days with India winning the match by 124 runs. The pitch at Nagpur’s Jamtha Stadium, a dust bowl, drew a lot of flak for being substandard and was later deemed ‘poor’ by the ICC. In the final Test at Delhi, the hosts, led by Ajinkya Rahane’s century and spin twins Ashwin and Jadeja, completed a 337-run victory over South Africa and won the series 3-0.Most Runs (India): Ajinkya Rahane – 266Most Wickets (India): R Ashwin – 31Click here for Part 1
Designer Shriya Bhupal and entrepreneur Anindith Reddy’s wedding ceremony was a glamorous affair with celebrities turning up in their fashionable best.Shriya herself chose some really elegant and classy outfits for every ceremony during the wedding.For her wedding portrait, Shriya opted for a fluorescent green Sabyasachi lehenga. She accessoried the outfit with a heavy choker, a pair of huge studs and a broad bracelet.Shriya’s outfit reminds one of Alia Bhatt’s gorgeous green silk lehenga by Sabyasachi that she wore to Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s wedding reception ceremony.While Alia wore a round neck choli, Shriya chose one with a v-neck.Alia accessorised the ensemble with a statement Sabyasachi choker and maang-tika.Both Shriya and Alia sported minimal makeup and left their hair open.advertisementSo, who do you think wore the green lehenga better?Also Read: Sonam-Anand wedding reception: Ranbir-Alia to Katrina-Isabelle, who wore whatAlso Watch: Alia Bhatt opens up about her link-up rumours with Ranbir Kapoor
Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin described India as the favourites to lift the ODI World Cup, saying the team has very good bowlers who can win the quadrennial event, which gets underway in England on May 30.”We have a very good chance. We have a very good team. We have very good bowlers. A lot of people are saying if the wickets are favouring the bowlers, we will find it difficult. But even our bowlers can also get the opposition out. We have got world-class bowlers,” Azharuddin, who scored 6215 runs in 99 Tests and 9378 runs in 334 ODIs, said.”We have a very good team. I will be very disappointed if they don’t win,” he told PTI here.India’s fast bowling unit is led by Jasprit Bumrah, one of the world’s top bowlers in the ODI format also includes the likes of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.Asked if he thought India were the favourites to win the Cup, he replied in the affirmative.”I think so. India, I think (India) are number one, second England, third Australia. Because, in cricket, you never know. Anything can happen. The team who plays well on a particular day always wins. There are going to be upsets also, but hopefully not with our team,” said Azharuddin.India will begin their campaign at the World Cup with a clash against South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World Cup
Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 16:36 IST David Warner wins heart, hands Player of the Match award to young fan. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPlayer of the Man against Pakistan, David Warner gave away his award to a young fanAustralia opener David Warner scored 110-ball 107 against Australia on WednesdayAustralia will now take on Sri Lanka in their next World Cup 2019 game on Saturday in LondonAustralia opener David Warner was at his menacing best against Pakistan in their World Cup fixture in Taunton on Wednesday as the defending champions won the game by 41 runs. And the man who stole the show with the bat for the Aussies was Warner.Criticized by many for his slow knock in the previous match against India, the batsman hit a 110-ball 107. His knock saw him win the Player of the Match award, but the opener gave it to a young fan present at the ground.”David Warner made this young Australia fan’s day by giving him his Player of the Match award after the game. Wonderful gesture. #SpiritOfCricket #CWC19,” the official Twitter handle of the Cricket World Cup captioned the video on the microblogging website.David Warner made this young Australia fan’s day by giving him his Player of the Match award after the gameWonderful gesture #SpiritOfCricket#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/MlvDkuoW4iCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019Warner even signed his award and gave it to the young fan. Speaking to ICC, the youngster said it felt awesome. “We were just waving the flag and he just came over and gave it to us,” he said.When asked whether he is a Warner fan, the kid said: “Yes, I really like him and I am happy with Australia’s win”.Australia will now take on Sri Lanka on Saturday at the Kennington Oval in London.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen reminds Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan’s woes after loss vs AustraliaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India is a huge pressure game, says Imam-ul-HaqAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow David WarnerFollow Player of the Match Next World Cup 2019: David Warner wins hearts, hands Player of the Match award to young fanAustralia opener David Warner was at his best in Australia vs Pakistan World Cup fixture as he stole the show and the Player of the Match award with a century, but gifted it to a young fan present at the ground.advertisement
Teachers had the opportunity to meet various employers and to secure interviews UCC is among the organisations that have provided jobs for teachers and new graduates Several trained teachers were offered employment Corporate Jamaica, including private educational institutions, responded positively to the Ministry of Education’s recent Job Fair for teachers.Several trained teachers, who were unable to find employment within public educational institutions, were offered employment.The Job Fair was held following a recent acknowledgement by Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, that the Government is unable to offer employment to all the graduates of teacher-training institutions for the new school year, except for teachers trained in Mathematics, the Sciences, Language Arts, Special Education and Early Childhood Education.At the fair, held on August 13 and 14 on the grounds of the Ministry of Education, National Heroes Circle in Kingston, teachers had the opportunity to meet various employers and to secure appointments to be interviewed for jobs. In addition, they benefitted from career development and motivational presentations. The two-day fair highlighted a wide cross section of job opportunities, in addition to teaching and training.The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), currently ranked as the largest private educational institution in Jamaica, is among the organisations that have provided jobs for teachers and new graduates who attended the fair, eagerly looking for jobs.Manager, Human Resource Management and Development at UCC, Lorna Baxter, said the institution screened some 25 persons at the fair. Of that amount, 13 were employed as recruiters on short-term contracts. They began working at the institution on Monday, August 19.“We advised them what we wanted them for, we gave them the position descriptions right there at the job fair and they indicated their interest,” Mrs. Baxter said, adding that 13 of the 25 teachers, who were screened, turned up for training the following day.In the meantime, she said the majority of teachers will work as recruiters, to deal with students entering the institution at this time.“Hopefully, at the end of the process, we will take them on. The contracts are short term initially, because it is really the period of recruitment that we are in, but once you get to know the individuals you will be more inclined to see where in the organisation you can fit them,” she explained.Mrs. Baxter said that teachers could also be placed in various areas, such as recruitment, student affairs, faculty unit and serve as programme co-ordinators to assist with the programmes at the institution.As part of the employment process, she said the teachers attended a two-day training programme to properly prepare for their new employment.Citing the value of the new employees to UCC, Mrs. Baxter said: “They are basically the first face of the organisation that the prospective student will be seeing; they have to be able to sell our products, market the image of our institution. At the faculty they will be the ones teaching our students and providing that lasting impression.”She pointed out that the institution had been on a recruitment drive to fill vacant positions at the institution, when the opportunity arose to participate in the Ministry’s Job Fair. “We really saw an opportunity to help and we took it, seeing that we were already thinking that we needed to beef up certain areas,” she added.Mrs. Baxter lauded the initiative of the Ministry of Education and said the UCC is willing to participate in future fairs.Meanwhile, Vice President of Operations and Marketing at GoGSAT Limited, Shalette East, said her purpose at the fair was to recruit teachers for the Caribbean Virtual Academy (CEVA), a private online school serving Caribbean students. CEVA is a component of GoGSAT, which provides quality examination preparation and online help to students in grades one to six. It is done through the provision of educational games, thousands of practice questions, topic specific tests, study guides, pre-tests and post tests.“We interviewed and hired teachers who met the criteria,” she said, noting that about 100 teachers will be hired, based on the number of students that would be participating in the online programme.Although some 230 teachers have already joined the programme, Miss East told JIS News that the company is expanding, hence the need to take on more teachers.“CEVA is going to be very huge; it is going to be a big thing in the Caribbean. We are not only targeting students from Jamaica, we are targeting students throughout the region and we are doing all the CSEC subjects, all the CAPE subjects and primary school subjects,” she said.She pointed out that the company, which started operations last year, has a set criteria for hiring teachers, noting that they must hold a Bachelor or a Masters Degree with a “good track record of teaching CSEC or CAPE subjects.”According to Miss East, the teachers will undergo a period of training to prepare them to conduct tutorials, answer questions and grade notebooks using the platform on the website.She said the job fair was a good initiative by the Ministry to help teachers to get employed. She also encouraged teachers to start their own businesses, adding that they could use the company’s platform to tutor online and start their own online businesses.“This is an opportunity for teachers to use our platform to start their own online initiative. All the resources are there already. The features are built into the platform and the only thing they need to do is to get the students and start their tutorials,” she said.Interested persons are asked to contact GoGSAT at 906-8144 or via the website:www.caribbeanexams.com. Story Highlights
zoom Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has reached a time charter agreement for one of its Suezmax vessels with an oil major British Petroleum (BP).The company informed that the deal was signed for a period of two years, adding that the contract’s “minimum rate is well above our cash break-even level with an index linked formula providing for upside potential to NAT.”The parties did not reveal the name of the vessel in question, nor the agreed charter rate for the period.NAT’s ship is set to start working under the contract in mid-September.The latest charter contract come only weeks after the company reached separate time charter agreements with Shell, ExxonMobil and other major oil companies both in the West and in the East.NAT has now five vessels on longer term contracts with major oil companies worldwide. In addition, the company has shorter contracts with other major energy companies in the East and in the West.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Port agency and marine services company Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has acquired V.Group’s port agency business. In a reciprocal agreement, V.Group has added Inchcape’s Global Marine Travel (ISS GMT) to its portfolio. Under a new partnership between the ship manager and the port agent, Inchcape will offer a full scope of agency services to V.Ships Agency’s customers across its global network.“This deal enables us to drive value for our customers by working in partnership with V.Group, delivering enhanced service across our global network,” Frank Olsen, CEO of Inchcape Shipping Services, said.“V.Group believes that customers understand the benefit of scale and focus in the maritime services business and we’re thrilled that V.Ships Agency is going to be a key partner in delivering Inchcape’s vision of a smoother, smarter ocean,” Elliot Gow, Group Managing Director, Marine Services, at V. Group, commented.Moreover, the addition of GMT to V.Group’s travel portfolio is expected to double ticketing volumes, strengthen the management team and enable the creation of a combined operational hub in the Philippines. At the same time, it is said to bolster existing travel operations with two additional International Air Transport Association licenses. Both businesses will eventually operate under the GMT brand.The combined resources of V.Group, V.Travel, and GMT is intended to create a platform for managing and simplifying the seafarer journey from home to ship and back. This complements V.Group’s ‘Project Embark’ – which invests in the development of digital technologies that will streamline and enhance the overall seafarer experience.“We are excited to be onboard with V.Group, as the next important step in V.Group’s strategy to consolidate and grow in this fragmented market,” Tim Davey, Managing Director of the combined Marine Travel operations at V.Group, said.As we acquire the V.Ships Agency business, we look forward to enhancing the services we provide for agency and travel customers alike. I believe this partnership sets a new standard of collaboration within the marine support services market, aimed at continual service improvement and scale efficiencies,” Olsen added.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Coldest Night of the Year Walkathon Fundraiser took place on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. The walk was a big success in raising funds for Community Bridge.“We raised almost $22,000,” said the event organizer Faye Anstey, “Despite the coldest temperatures we have seen since we started the walk in 2017, we saw 70 brave souls come out and participate.”The Annual Event starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college. Money raised goes to Community Bridge who is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Anstey thanks their main Sponsor Surerus Pipeline and the ‘Rest Stop’ sponsors North Peace Savings and Credit Union, Rumble Industries, Finning Cat and to the Northern Lights College for the ‘Start and End’ Location as well as the delicious Chili to warm everyone up at the end of the night.To visit the official site; CLICK HERE To visit Community Bridge FB Page; CLICK HERE
Prof V Suryanarayana, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Asian Studies, said India has committed to help the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka in recent years. “Housing scheme and other development projects have been announced by the Indian government with the good intention of helping Tamils,” Suryanarayana told TOI. But most of the projects have been getting delayed due to ‘non-cooperative attitude’ of the Sri Lankan government, he said. “For instance, housing for internally displaced Tamils have been delayed due to non-allotment of land by the local government,” Suryanarayana said. Under the non-plan category, the Indian government has proposed to donate Rs 4,143 crore to various foreign governments and organizations, besides Rs 1,406 crore under the plan category to Afghanistan, Bhutan and Myanmar. But unlike 2012-13, when the government allocated Rs 550 crore to Bhutan and Maldives, in the budget for 2013-14, there is no loan component to any country and all the money is treated as grant alone. The Indian government has increased its annual grant to Sri Lanka in the Union Budget, the Times of India reported today.The allocation has gone up to Rs 500 crore for 2013-2014 from Rs 290 crore last year. It was Rs 181.94 crore in 2011-2012. The Budget has allocated Rs 5,550 crore as aid for foreign governments and organizations. He also pointed to the speedy progress of Chinese projects in Sri Lanka. “The projects of the Chinese government are being completed quickly with the co-operation of the Sri Lankan government,” he said.
A 50-year-old Rameswaram fisherman suffered a head injury and many others lost their fishing nets and other paraphernalia when the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked them with iron balls and bottles and cut their nets when they were fishing on the high seas on Saturday night, The Hindu newspaper reported.A couple of days after arresting 14 Rameswaram fishermen with their three trawlers on charges of poaching, the Lankan Navy stepped up the offensive and attacked the fishermen after warning them to cut the fishing nets and retreat. A Varghis (50), who set in a trawler with three others on Saturday morning from the Rameswaram jetty, was fishing about 27 nautical miles north off the jetty when Sri Lankan Navy personnel descended in the area around midnight and started attacking them. He was trying to cut the fishing net to return fast, when the navy personnel attacked them with iron balls, which are used to drop nets, stones and bottles, Varghis said. While his colleagues managed to duck, he was hit by an iron ball on the forehead and suffered a deep cut. A native of Colachel in Kanyakumari district, Varghis, a class IX drop out, had been in fishing in the island for nearly three decades. This was his first encounter with the Navy, he said. Many other fishermen lost expensive fishing nets, he said. After the Sri Lankan Navy threatened them, the fishermen cut the nets with wooden planks to retrieve them later, but the naval personnel cut the nets from the plank ends causing a huge loss, he said. His colleagues tried to stop the bleeding by applying coffee powder and a piece of dhoti. They could not immediately return to the shore for medical aid as they had to retrieve the net, he said.On reaching the shores around 8.30 a.m. on Sunday, Varghis was given first aid at the government hospital in Rameswaram and admitted to the Government District headquarters hospital here. His condition was stable, hospital sources said.
For the first time since coach Jim Foster’s arrival in 2002, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is closer and closer to not making an appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes (14-12, 4-9) haven’t had much success in Big Ten play this year and that trend continued against Minnesota Thursday, as the Gophers dropped OSU, 57-56. With their ninth conference loss this season, the Buckeyes are now tied with Northwestern for ninth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten. It’s a scenario-a season-that OSU senior guard Tayler Hill didn’t see coming. “I couldn’t imagine this record we have,” she said after the game. After going 1-7 in January, OSU started February with a 3-1 record, thanks in large part to its play on the defensive end. But those defensive efforts seemed absent for OSU Thursday, as Minnesota (16-11, 5-8) shot 42 percent from the field. With just 13 seconds to play, OSU had the chance to pull off a come-from-behind victory as sophomore guard Raven Ferguson drained a 3-pointer, giving the Bucks a 56-55 lead. But for every shot the Buckeyes made, the Gophers had an answer. With two seconds left, Gophers sophomore guard Rachel Banham hit an improbable running jumper, giving Minnesota a 1-point and the win. “We always think we have a chance to win games this close,” Ferguson said. “She hit a big shot, a crazy shot. That happens in basketball.” OSU couldn’t find an answer for Banham all night, as she had 17 points and eight rebounds. Similarly, Minnesota junior forward Micaella Riche had her way in the paint as well, totaling 17 points. A strong first half helped the Gophers maintain a lead throughout the game. In the period, Minnesota Gophers connected on 44 percent of their tries while the Buckeyes shot an ice-cold mark of 19 percent and went 0-of-6 from behind the arc. Still, OSU trailed just 26-20 at halftime. In the game’s second act, OSU’s offense began to finally click, as the Buckeyes shot 44 percent from the field 30 percent from the 3-point line. But despite outscoring the Gophers, 36-31, in the second half, OSU wasn’t able to rally past its first half deficit. “We got to have other players contribute,” Hill, who led OSU with 25 points, said. “We missed way too many layups in the first half. We got to be able to finish.” Ferguson and senior guard Amber Stokes and were the only other major contributors for the Buckeyes. Stokes scored 10 points, four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes of playing time. Ferguson finished the night with 10 points and seven rebounds. The post play for the Buckeyes lacked most of the night as junior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore combined for a 3-of-11 outing in the paint. “We’re getting no productivity with our post players,” Foster said. “You need to establish the block. The difference in this game is their low post player (Riche).” With 17:55 left to play, Hill became the second OSU player (Samantha Prahalis) to record at least 1,900 points, 300 assists and 200 steals when she hit a 3-pointer. With the loss, Buckeyes have now stumbled to their worst Big Ten record since 2001. “It’s always a challenge to come in here and win,” said Minnesota coach Pam Borton. “Everybody got their money’s worth, didn’t they?” OSU is set to take on Michigan State on Monday at the Schottenstein Center at 6:30 p.m.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey celebrates a goal during a match against Germany June 2, at RFK Stadium. The U.S. won, 4-3.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe U.S. Men’s National Soccer team is looking to take another step toward qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this week in Columbus.In the team’s latest qualifying match, the U.S. saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end when it fell on the road to Costa Rica, 3-1. The loss dropped the U.S. to second place behind Costa Rica in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football qualifier standing. The Ticos now lead the group with a total of 14 points, one point ahead of the U.S.The U.S. men’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup increased on Friday despite the loss, as Mexico was defeated at home by Honduras, 2-1, earlier the same night. Mexico is in fourth place in the group on eight points, the top three teams advance directly to the World Cup.This was the first qualifying match has Mexico lost at home since 2001, when it fell to Costa Rica 2-1.Mexico fired manager Jose Manuel de La Torre the day after the Friday loss to Honduras. Luis Fernando Tena, one of Torre’s top assistants, will take over in an interim position.The U.S. will be missing four players from the team in the match against Mexico. Midfielder Michael Bradley sprained his left ankle minutes before the game against Costa Rica and will sit out again against Mexico. Defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler and forward Jozy Altidore will all sit out because of yellow card accumulation. Altidore had scored in five straight matches before failing to tally against Costa Rica.Many Ohio State students were interested in attending the game, especially after D-Tix at the Ohio Union announced an undisclosed amount of tickets would be offered to students with a valid BuckID for $25 each.The tickets went on sale through D-Tix Sept. 3, but because of more students wanting tickets than originally expected, D-Tix switched the method for students to buy tickets to a lottery.Former Columbus Crew right back Frankie Hejduk said he is excited for the game against Mexico as well as the growth of the soccer scene in Columbus.“It was very awesome to see how excited and passionate students are for soccer,” Hejduk said in an interview with The Lantern. “I see students getting into soccer more and more. I see Crew, U.S. and (Premier League) stuff all over the place.”The U.S. would qualify for the 2014 World Cup with a victory over Mexico and a win or tie by Honduras. A loss for Mexico and a Honduras win over Panama would almost completely end Mexico’s chances of moving out of fourth place in the group.The fourth place team will compete in a playoff with New Zealand to determine another spot in the Cup.The U.S. v. Mexico game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crew Stadium.
AH, THE 1990s. For many of us, it’s where we cut our musical teeth.But the songs that spoke to back then? Many are mouldering in the dusty vaults of, er, YouTube.Here are the ones you loved… and then left behind. (You can also listen to them all on Spotify here.)What have we missed? Add your own in the comments…1. Spin Doctors – Two PrincesAKA the “Go Ahead Now” song.All together now: “If you! Want to buy me flowers…”YouTube/EvilFox3022. The Connells – ’74-’75Got no reason, for coming to me with the rain running down. Got no idea what this song is about. Doesn’t matter.YouTube/Rick Pollock3. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’sSo wait – did they have something in common, or not? We never knew.YouTube/falcige4. Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LAI woke up again this morning with the sun in my eyes…YouTube/drscaryu5. Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmWas this the most screwed up song of the 1990s? Probably.YouTube/crashtestdummiescom6. OMC – How BizarreThe video to this is also bizarre.YouTube/Ivan Barros7. Barenaked Ladies – One WeekOnly in the 1990s could the Barenaked Ladies have been taken in any way seriously.YouTube/warnerbros8. Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!If this wasn’t the soundtrack to at least one summer in your 1990s, you weren’t there.YouTube/genimas9. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your SoulThe song that teenage dweebs everywhere (shout out!) felt clever because they knew the words to.YouTube/Shuda710. White Town – Your WomanCan you sing the intro to yourself before you hit play?YouTube/emimusic11. Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed LifeAll together now: Doop doop doop, doop doo-doop dooooo….YouTube/wamloquamlo12. Space – Female Of The SpeciesWeird Welsh rockers come up trumps.YouTube/punkrockfuneral13. James – Laid“She only comes when she’s on top.” We didn’t know what this meant. She only visits when she can have the top bunk?YouTube/fishnchips1414. Blueboy – Remember MeGING-GA-GING GA GA GING GING GING.YouTube/VidZone15. Soul Asylum – Runaway TrainNever coming back.YouTube/Brinton James Bingham16. Cornershop – Brimful of AshaEven a terrible Fatboy Slim remix couldn’t drag this doozy of a summer anthem down.We had no idea what he was talking about though.YouTube/CornershopHQYou can listen to all the tunes in our Forgotten 1990s Tunes playlist on Spotify.17 tunes you smooched someone to in the 1990s>Are you a child of the 1990s? Here are 26 ways to tell>
THE MAN ACCUSED of the murder of five-year-old April Jones in Wales kept pictures of her on his computer.BBC News reports that Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, Wales also stored images of April’s half-sisters, other local girls and child murder victims.The prosecution claims the defendant murdered April in a sexually motivated attack, however, Bridger said he accidentally hit her with his car but does not remember what he did with her body. A young witness says April climbed willingly into Bridger’s car.The court in Wales also heard how Bridger approached April’s half-sister on Facebook last year, and tried to ‘friend’ her.Mark Bridger arrives at Mold Crown Court. (Images: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)Bridger is accused of abducting and murdering April last October but denies all charges against him including perverting the course of justice.The schoolgirl’s disappearance sparked one of the biggest police searches ever mounted in Britain and drew in hundreds of local people to scour the mountainous area, but her body has never been found.The trial heard that blood and tiny bone fragments found at Bridger’s cottage were a near-perfect match with April’s DNA.Bridger, an experienced slaughterman who once worked at an abattoir, denies abducting and murdering April as she played near her home in the small town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales on October 1 last year.Coral and Paul Jones, the parents of April Jones arrive at Mold Crown Court. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)The prosecution says he went to great lengths to clean up the evidence of her murder, although police officers who went to his home had not realised the significance of his efforts at the time.Earlier on the day that April vanished, Bridger exchanged text messages with his ex-girlfriend Vicky Fenner about their relationship that she had broken off.Bridger then allegedly texted his employer to ask for the day off and went to collect a benefit payment before returning home, viewing indecent images on his computer, looking at photos of local girls on Facebook and asking three women for dates on the social networking site.Additional reporting © AFP, 2013Read: Man accused of murdering April Jones ‘approached her sister on Facebook’> More: Suspect says he wishes he remembers what he did with April’s body>
NX Revealed as the Nintendo SwitchNintendo NX launches December 31 for $450 according to UK retailer Stay on target Between remakes and later variants of existing games, Pokemon handheld RPGs are almost an annualized franchise at this point. However, there’s still just enough time between brand new core entries to make the arrival of the next Pokemon generation feel like a true gaming event. That event is almost upon us again as Pokemon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 3DS are less than a month away. What we’ve seen so far has looked very promising, and you can even play a demo now.However, as fabulous as Dugtrio’s new Alolan hair looks, I’m not sure I’ll pick up this new game. I probably won’t be joining in on this celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. This isn’t because I think Pokemon Sun and Moon look bad. It’s just that in my gaming travels, I’ve learned that the best way to play Pokemon is to know when to wait. And I’m waiting for Pokemon on Nintendo’s next console, the recently revealed Nintendo Switch.My Pokemon history, let me explain it to you. I remember being a kid when Pokemon Red and Blue changed everything back in 1998. The Game Boy games were truly a seismic gaming shift, getting Westerners addicted to a concept as thoroughly Japanese as collecting pocket monsters as well as getting children addicted to the relatively complex role-playing game genre. I liked the cards and the anime but I loved the games. And sure, when looking back now nostalgia plays a big role, but few would disagree that part of the franchise’s impressive longevity (and profitability) is due to the continuing sheer strength of its fundamental gameplay, gameplay that started with those games.Despite my love affair with the original games, though, I didn’t immediately make the leap to their sequels Pokemon Gold and Silver. I don’t exactly remember why. Maybe it was because I thought having to buy a new Pokemon game was a scam? That’s why I didn’t get a Game Boy Advance until well after the SP game out. Maybe it was because I thought the originals were still great. Or maybe it was because I was just a poor, broke child living in Dot-com bubble New Jersey, not a fabulously wealthy New York City games journalist.From 2004 on I was a huge fan of the Nintendo DS, but I was also a self-conscious tween embarrassed by the idea of playing a “kiddie” franchise like Pokemon. It wasn’t until I became confident enough in my own game opinions, mostly by writing reviews, that I finally revisited the franchise. And boy were they worth the wait.Pokemon Gold and Silver and Pokemon Black and White are in my opinion the best Pokemon games not just because they have the coolest names but because they are actual sequels that build upon the franchise’s ideas. They aren’t just Pokemon on a new system. This is because they were the second generations of their respective platforms, they couldn’t coast on the novelty of new hardware. Pokemon Sun and Moon look encouraging for similar reasons Furthermore, taking a lengthy Pokemon hiatus allowed years of incremental changes to hit me all at once. More than 151 Pokemon? A city based on New York? Color Graphics!?!?High on the freshness of Pokemon Black and White, I decided to buy Pokemon X and Y for the Nintendo 3DS on launch day. Unfortunately, this was a mistake. Despite 3D graphics being a huge change for the series, I couldn’t ignore the underlying sameness. It was pretty much the same game I already played just two years earlier. Deflated, I returned to Pokemon hibernation, aside from a little Pokemon Go.I get why Pokemon comes out as often as it does. It makes money and there are always kids who need a jumping on point for the series. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be some child’s first Pokemon game and it will blow their minds. But once you’re in, you don’t have to stay in. If you step out, you can return with an even greater appreciation.That’s why I’m waiting for the inevitable Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch, and you should too. For one thing, by the time it comes out I will have recovered from my Pokemon X and Y burnout. But furthermore, the very nature of the Switch promises a Pokemon game the likes of which we’ve never seen.The Switch marries Nintendo’s console and handheld hardware in a mobile device you can dock on your TV. That means we should be getting the true handheld Pokemon RPG adventure we’re used to in a machine powerful enough to run Skyrim. Imagine the possibilities! How can you not be at least intrigued by that?If you want to play Pokemon Sun and Moon on November 18, go ahead. There are plenty of reasons to be jazzed for it. But if you want your next Pokemon experience to be a truly revolutionary one, join me in waiting for Pokemon on the Nintendo Switch. Or maybe Nintendo will just port Sun and Moon to Switch and we’ll all be happy.
Pinterest Twitter Facebook A photo has started making the rounds on Twitter courtesy of @J_Ortosky showing what looks to be a new set for tonight’s WWE RAW taping in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.WWE already revealed a new RAW logo over the weekend for the reboot tonight.You can check out the photo below.@ProWrestlingMag new stage confirmed for tonight my buddy @capn_spanky is in Pittsburgh setting up for tonight. pic.twitter.com/HODOSNRWyH— Justin Ortosky (@J_Ortosky) July 25, 2016 WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DCREUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoIn a move that has raised several eyebrows and questions, the Donald Trump administration has approved a secret deal to sell nuclear technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers on Thursday, March 28, that the admin had approved six applications from US companies, which had requested that the application be kept a secret.Perry revealed that the Energy Department had approved 37 nuclear applications since January 2017, of which nine were in the Middle East. Two other applications were also approved for Jordan. The approvals will allow the companies to carry out ground work on nuclear power, before a deal to build a nuclear plant gets a nod. There have been plans to build at least two nuclear plants in the nation. However, the companies will not be permitted to ship any equipment to these nations.The approvals were first reported by the Daily Beast, after which Perry confirmed them to the Senate Armed Services Committee.Meanwhile, the six companies had reportedly requested that the details of the application and the deal be kept a secret. “In this case, each of the companies which received a specific authorization for (Saudi Arabia) have provided us written request that their authorization be withheld from public release,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a document, accessed by Reuters. However, Perry refuted these reports and said that the US companies just wanted to keep the details of the application private. “These US companies that are going to be doing this work want to keep that proprietary information from being out in the public domain,” the Associated Press quoted Perry as saying. “What we’re talking about here is something that goes on every day in this town and across the country.”Lawmakers question Trump admin’s decisionThe revelation comes at a time when Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have faced the ire of several nations for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Several US lawmakers have slammed the crown prince for this act over the last few months, with many even calling him a “wrecking ball” and someone who had gone “full gangster.”After Perry spoke of the plans, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine asked him if the approvals came after October 2, when Khashoggi was murdered, but the former said that he did not know the specific dates. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have slammed the move and many said that one couldn’t trust Saudi Arabia with such crucial nuclear power, when they couldn’t even be trusted with a bone saw — a reference to Khashoggi’s murder. Many are also specially concerned about the deal with Riyadh after a Washington Post article earlier, citing satellite imagery, said that there were speculation on how Saudi Arabia has built a facility to produce ballistic missiles. Keeping in mind all these issues, Representative Brad Sherman, a Democrat, has urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to release the names of the companies that got the approvals by the mid of April and also added that the Trump admin has tried to evade the Congress in regard to sharing nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia. However, Pompeo has said that he will look into the matter and that the US officials were “working to ensure that the nuclear power that [the Saudis] get is something we understand and doesn’t present that risk” of allowing them to make nuclear weapons, reported AP. Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez have also said that they were “troubled by the administration’s lack of consultations with Congress.”