4 hockey players killed in accident

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first_imgFour national-level hockey players were killed and three injured when their car crashed into a tree on a highway in Hoshangabad district on Monday morning, said the police. “The players were travelling on the Itarsi road towards Hoshangabad to take part in the Dhyan Chand trophy tournament at 7 a.m.,” said M.N. Chhari, Superintendent of Police. Witnesses told the police the driver of the car, which was speeding, lost control and seconds later the car crashed into the tree and tumbled to the side near the Raisalpur village, added Mr. Chhari. “Several locals helped rescue the injured.” The deceased had been identified as Shahnawaz Hussain, Ashish Lal, Aniket Varun and Adarsh Hardua, all between 18 and 22 years of age. They trained at the Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, said the police. The injured had been admitted to the Narmada Apna Hospital in Hoshangabad, said Mr. Chhari. “The Chief Minister has announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh for each of the families of the deceased,” he added. Condoling the deaths, Chief Minister Kamal Nath tweeted that he prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured and “instructions had been given to officials for the complete treatment of the injured and every possible help to the families of the deceased.”last_img read more

England vs. India: James Anderson’s take on Kohli’s return to England

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first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: NDTV SportsVirat Kohli’s struggle with the red ball in England is known to all, and one of the primary reason behind the havoc was seamer James Anderson. Anderson had some interesting words for his counterpart ahead of the much-anticipated test series between the two nations.The veteran seamer asserted that the Indian skipper his desperate to perform in England to make amends for the disastrous 2014 tour. He further went on to stir the pot by calling Kohli a liar.Here’s Anderson’s entire statement on Kohli’s comment where he mentioned that he does not care about runs. Anderson stated:“It doesn’t matter if he gets runs or not? I think he is telling lies there,”  “For India to win here, of course, it matters. Virat will be desperate to score runs for his team, as you would expect from the captain and one of the best players in the world.”Read Also:Cricket: The pacers can lead India to win the Test Series, says Ishant Sharma.Cricket : Sachin Tendulkar on the verge of creating global Sport Academies. Advertisementlast_img read more

Baichung Bhutia hopes Ishan Pandita would play for India one day

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first_imgFormer India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia hailed Ishan Pandita after the Bengaluru boy became the first Indian to get a professional contract from a La Liga club when he signed a one-year deal with CD Leganes.”I haven’t seen him play as he has never played in India. Nonetheless I would take this opportunity to congratulate him for his achievement. Bagging a contract with a La Liga team is no mean feat,” Bhutia said on Wednesday.Leganes, a club located on the outskirts of Madrid, got promotion to Spain’s top division football this season. They are currently placed 11th in the league table.Ishan Pandita in the centre (Facebook profile) Pandita has been handed the No.50 jersey on Tuesday. He has joined the first team but will start by playing for the junior side — Leganes B — due to his limited exposure and tender age.Leganes B ply their trade in the Tercera Division, Spain’s fourth division. (Bangaluru boy becomes first Indian to sign up for La Liga)”I would like the national coach (Stephen Constantine) to have a look at him. We would love players with international experience to play for the country. He can probably fit in the India U-20 team in the future,” Bhutia, who is also All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) advisor, said.The AIFF has long expressed its desire to host the U-20 World Cup, and it is learnt President Praful Patel also sought FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s help in the matter when the world football governing body’s chief visited Goa recently to launch the U-17 World Cup’s logo.advertisement”Heartiest congratulations to Ishan Pandita, first Indian to sign for Spanish @LaLiga Aclub. A landmark achievement at such a young age,” Patel tweeted on Wednesday.Heartiest congratulations to Ishan Pandita, first Indian to sign for Spanish @LaLiga club. A landmark achievement at such a young age. Praful Patel (@praful_patel) October 5, 2016AIFF Senior Vice-President Subrata Dutta said this will inspire Indian clubs to produce more such players who can play in Europe.”This is a fantastic achievement, to be playing in the Spanish League. This is a proud moment for us. I hope Indian clubs will produce more such talents who can go on to play in Europe and improve the standard of Indian football,” Dutta told IANS.Besides Leganes, Getafe had also shown interest in signing the Indian striker who has Kashmiri roots. But Getafe’s relegation from the top division after last season allowed Pandita to choose Leganes as his destination.Late last year, Pandita had an eight-month spell with the junior side of Almeria in the Spanish second division.But because he wasn’t of 18 years then, he couldn’t sign a professional contract.However, his early days began with Alcobendas CF, currently in Tercera Division.last_img read more

Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies game

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first_imgSuperstar singer Rihanna was at Chester-le-Street cricket stadium on Monday to cheer for the West Indies but unfortunately the two-time champions couldn’t pull off a victory against Sri Lanka and crashed to their sixth loss of the World Cup 2019.Rihanna was seen clicking pictures, waving the West Indies flag and applauding the players throughout the game and even met with the players afterwards in their dressing room.Rihanna and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite went to the same school in Barbados. She was a classmate of Carlos’s brother Kraigg Brathwaite, who has fallen out of favour from the Windies cricket team.When @rihanna met the Universe Boss #CWC19 | #MenInMaroon pic.twitter.com/a5lt6fVIFxCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 1, 2019West Indies captain Jason Holder, also from Rihanna’s homeland of Barbados, said her appearance in Riverside stadium was a pleasant surprise.”It was great to see her here. I just want to personally thank her for coming out. It’s not easy for a celebrity to come down to Durham to watch the West Indies play but I’m sure the boys felt her presence in the stands. And she came down to the dressing room as well and met quite a few of the players, and that was also refreshing,” Holder said.Yas Queen! This is what you came for @Rihanna! #MenInMaroon | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/kkePwYe63bICC (@ICC) July 1, 2019Left-arm off-spinner Fabian Allen said he was more confident with the superstar singer in support, and was especially disappointed the team couldn’t deliver a win.advertisement”She’s gorgeous. Rihanna is always my favorite. It was good to meet her,” Allen said.Avishka Fernando scored 104 from 103 balls to guide Sri Lanka to 338-6, its highest total of the tournament, and Lasith Malinga took two early wickets to have West Indies reeling at 22-2 in the fifth over of the chase. The veteran paceman’s late wicket all but finished it off and moved him into the top three of most prolific World Cup bowlers.West Indies made a chase of it, even after they were reduced to 84 for 4 in the 18th over, but ran out of time in the end as Nicholas Pooran’s valiant 118 off 103 balls saw the team reaching 315 for 9 in 50 overs, short of the target by 23 runs.last_img read more

NEBRASKA LAWMAKERS OK RELIGIOUS APPAREL FOR TEACHERS

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first_imgNebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would lift Nebraska’s ban on public school teachers wearing religious garb such as habits, hijabs and yarmulkes in the classroom.Senators voted 41-1 Thursday to send the bill to a final vote.Speaker Jim Scheer says he introduced the measure so public schools don’t punish teachers for what they wear.He learned about the issue after a nun was rejected for a substitute teaching job in Norfolk.It would repeal a ban enacted in 1919 under pressure from the Ku Klux Klan.Thirty-six other states had similar bans, and all but Nebraska and Pennsylvania have repealed them.Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha was the sole no vote on the bill.He says all displays of religion are inappropriate in public school classrooms.last_img

FIFA 18 Team of the Season explained

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first_imgeSports FIFA 18 Team of the Season: Release dates, squad information & more Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 00:30 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Sergio Aguero Gonzalo Higuain Getty/Goal eSports Premier League Serie A Ligue 1 Primera División Bundesliga At the end of the season, EA Sports selects the best players from all the major divisions for inclusion in their respective league’s chosen squads The end of the domestic season is always a favoured time for FIFA players, with Teams of the Season being released for all the major leagues as well as the rest of the world.This allows gamers to get their hands on high-rated versions of the game’s biggest stars, which tend to be much more affordable than the chosen XI for the Team of the Year in January.The Team of the Season period usually begins in early May, but because of the World Cup expansion this year, EA Sports has confirmed that it will begin on April 27. 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 In the past, it has always started with the Most Consistent Team of the Season before releasing squads for individual leagues or combined league panels such as Benelux or the Football League.Goal explains the various Teams of the Season and looks at which players might be chosen for the 23-man squads.Most Consistent Team of the SeasonThe first Team of the Season squads released each year are for the most consistent players who have not received an in-form version of their normal card during the season. This also includes special cards like Man of the Match but may not consider the Scream items from Halloween or Christmas Squad Building Challenge rewards. In previous versions, three Most Consistent Teams of the Season are released, one each for the three card levels: gold, silver and bronze. The squads are made up of players who put in good performances for their teams on a regular basis but were not included in any of the Teams of the Week during the season.The Team of the Week usually rewards players who have scored multiple goals or defenders who keep a clean sheet and score a goal in the same gameweek. As a result, players who score regularly but usually only one goal-a-game, or players who provide assists but not goals, or even defensive midfielders who are crucial to a side’s gameplan but not involved around the box, are often overlooked for Team of the Week but then make the Most Consistent Team of the Season.The votes have been counted. This is the Community #TOTS as voted by you! #FUThttps://t.co/Y1pH76FmjA pic.twitter.com/aayJwKjU1W— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) April 27, 2018This year, there is just one squad which was chosen by users of popular FIFA Ultimate Team sites FUTHead and FUTWiz, and will be decided from a shortlist of 100 players who have not received an in-form this season, called the Community Team of the Season, and released on April 27.It includes some very highly-rated players including Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini and Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets. Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has received a pace upgrade in his Team of the Season edition, now with an explosive 97 pace score.Usually, the players included in the Most Consistent or Community TOTS then re-appear in the squads from their individual leagues, so expect Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule and Javi Martinez to be included in the Bundesliga Team of the Season, and Fabinho and Thomas Lemar to make the cut in Ligue 1.As well as the Community TOTS, EA Sports also released the EFL Team of the Season on April 27, containing all the top performers from the Championship, League One and League Two.In addition, instead of a Rest of the World Team of the Season this year, there will be 50 players from all over the globe released over the course of five weeks, available through Squad Building Challenges and in-game achievements and tournaments.Premier League Team of the SeasonMohamed Salah Liverpool Bournemouth Premier LeagueThe Premier League Team of the Season is one of the biggest and most popular squads at the end of the year due to the sheer number of FIFA 18 gamers who use Premier League sides in FIFA Ultimate Team.This year’s Premier League Team of the Season is unsurprisingly headlined by top scorer Mohamed Salah, who receives a 98-rated upgrade, while Sergio Aguero and David de Gea have 97-rated versions.Manchester City’s dominance in the English top flight also means they are strongly represented in the starting XI, substitutes and reserves. Nicolas Otamendi, Kyle Walker, Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva and Aguero are all among the starters, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane included as part of the larger squad.The other two stars of Liverpool’s attacking trio make the cut, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino getting ratings boosts. Manchester United are strongly represented too, as De Gea, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku are included.Burnley’s Nick Pope is a surprise candidate, while three of Tottenham’s biggest names make the starting XI: Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.La Liga Team of the SeasonCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridLa Liga always tends to have some of the highest rated players in FIFA in its end-of-season panel, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo included each year.This year is no different as the FIFA 18 La Liga Team of the Season has an unstoppable attack, including 99-rated Ronaldo, 98-rated Messi and a 96-rated Antoine Griezmann.The starting XI is so strong, there is no room for Luis Suarez, who is resigned to a spot on the bench. League winners Barcelona have five players in the full squad, while Real Madrid have five representatives as well.Atletico Madrid’s push for second place sees them secure three of the spaces in the starting XI, with Lucas Hernandez and Saul playing behind Griezmann. Their excellent defence sees Jan Oblak, Diego Godin and Filipe Luis included on the bench.Further down the table, Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Valencia duo Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo are also rewarded for impressive seasons with their respective clubs.Ligue 1 Team of the SeasonEdinson Cavani Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018Ligue 1 now has the most expensive player in the world, and he will surely be the marquee selection in their end-of-season squad. Neymar’s base card is rated at 92-overall and has already received two Team of the Week versions to take him to 95, meaning a 98 or 99 Neymar in the Ligue 1 TOTS is a definite possibility.PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani was chosen as the reward for completing the Ligue 1 Squad Building Challenges with an untradeable 90-rated version, and his end-of-year card will surely have a few extra points on top of this score. He currently leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts after becoming PSG’s highest ever goalscorer.Radamel Falcao is having a similarly impressive season for Monaco, while Nabil Fekir of Lyon is guaranteed a spot in the 23-man squad. Kamil Glik and Luis Gustavo could both also be included, while Kylian Mbappe could earn a place on the bench.Ligue 1 winners PSG will likely have the most players in the team, with Marco Verratti and Dani Alves possibly joining Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe.Serie A Team of the SeasonImmobile - LazioUnlike the other major leagues in Europe, the race for Serie A proved a tight one, with both Napoli and Juventus vying for the title. As a result, the Serie A Team of the Season (or Calcio A Team of the Season as it is known in FIFA 18) should be a more diverse selection, while the top three players in the top scorer race are from teams further down the table.Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have been sharing the goals for Juventus, leaving Lazio’s Ciro Immobile at the top of the goalscoring charts. Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella both have been hot in front of goal, while Dries Mertens of Napoli has been one of the league’s standout performers.Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has received rave reviews this season, which has also seen him pick up multiple Team of the Week cards. His second in-form is one of the most well-rounded midfielders in FIFA 18, so a Team of the Season card would be brilliant in the middle of the park.Napoli and Juventus’s impressive showings this season are also thanks to their ability to keep goals out, with both averaging much less than a goal-per-game conceded. Pepe Reina and Gianluigi Buffon could be eligible for inclusion, while their defenders are surely under consideration.Bundesliga Team of the SeasonRobert Lewandowski Bayern MunichPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit from the Bundesliga meant Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski easily won the top scorer award, which will be his third Torjagerkanone since 2013-14. He is the highest rated player in the FIFA 18 Bundesliga Team of the Season, having picked up a 97-rated version for his 29 goals in 30 games.Lewandowski’s goals have helped Bayern win another league title, but their success in the Bundesliga is also thanks to performances from all over the pitch. Right-back Joshua Kimmich has picked up where Philipp Lahm left off, while James Rodriguez has hit the ground running in his first season in Germany.Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has been one of the breakthrough players of the season, with Thorgan Hazard impressive for Borussia Monchengladbach, leading to both players being linked with moves to bigger clubs.With Manuel Neuer injured for most of the season, other goalkeepers have stood out in the Bundesliga. Eintracht Frankfurt surprised many to reach the DFB-Pokal final and compete for a place in Europe, with Lukas Hradecky’s clean sheets turning them into contenders. Werder Bremen’s Jiri Pavlenka is included on the bench with an upgraded 91-overall card.Marco Reus’s return from injury and Michy Batshuayi’s instant impact after being loaned to Borussia Dortmund made them surprise inclusions in the squad, with Reus’s 96-rated upgrade the second-highest rated player in the panel.Unlike some of the other leagues which are selected by EA Sports, the Bundesliga Team of the Season is chosen through a fan vote on the official Bundesliga website. Fans are asked to choose from three players in each position, creating a 4-4-2 side, with many of the names missing out on the starting XI included on the bench or in the reserves.Rest of the World Team of the SeasonUnlike previous editions of FIFA, the best players from other leagues around the world are being released in five batches of 10 players in a top 50 list rather than in a combined squad.Every week, one player is available via special challenges in game, while the other nine can be acquired through Squad Building Challenges (SBCs) and then bought or sold on the transfer market. Player Position Team Carlos Lopez ST Wisla Krakow Mathias Jensen CM Nordsjaelland Igor Rossi CB Al Faisaly Marvelous Nakamba CDM Club Brugge Francesco Caputo ST Empoli Carlos Izquierdoz CB Santos Matz Sels GK Anderlecht Lee Jae Sung CM Jeonbuk Mansour Al Harbi LB Al Ahli Umut Bozok ST Nimes Domenico Criscito LB Zenit Abdullah Ateef CDM Al Hilal Bobo ST Sydney FC Lee Matos RB PAOK Yu Kobayashi ST Kawasaki Frontale Leonardo LM Al Ahli Santiago Arias RB PSV Lautaro Martinez ST Racing Club Hans Vanaken CM Club Brugge Carlos Villanueva CAM Al Ittihad Diego Valeri CAM Portland Timbers Alexander Kokorin ST Zenit Mauto Boselli ST Leon Munas Dabbur ST Red Bull Salzburg Kevin Mbabu RB BSC Young Boys Jefferson Farfan ST Lokomotiv Moskva Teddy Chevalier RM KV Kortrijk Raul Ruidiaz ST Monarcas Morelia Hirving Lozano RW PSV Luuk de Jong ST PSV Moussa Marega ST FC Porto Maicon CB Galatasaray Edin Visca RM Medipol Basaksehir Alireza Jahanbakhsh RW AZ Facundo Ferreyra ST Shakhtar Donetsk Bas Dost ST Sporting CP Fedor Smolov ST FC Krasnodar Aviles Hurtado LW Monterrey Yacine Brahimi LM FC Porto Djaniny RW Santos Laguna The final 10 players will be released at the end of May before the World Cup download becomes available. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Photo: Jalen Hurts Reveals What Number He’s Wearing At Oklahoma

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first_img It looks like he’ll be wearing No. 1 for Oklahoma this season.Ya Feel Me? #UNTAMED #RAREBREED pic.twitter.com/DAIdBEDR0o— Jalen Hurts (@JalenHurts) March 6, 2019Hurts wore No. 2 with the Alabama Crimson Tide, but he decided a change was necessary.Alabama fans are sad to see Hurts go, but Oklahoma fans are looking forward to what Hurts can do for the Sooners this season.After Kyler Murray took his talents to the NFL, the Sooners were left with limited options at the quarterback position – before Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, of course.Oklahoma opens the season against former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and the Houston Cougars on August 31.Can Hurts become the third-straight Oklahoma quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy?We’ll have to wait and see if Lincoln Riley can work his magic once again. Jalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the second half of the game against the Mercer Bears at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts took his talents from Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Norman, Oklahoma for the 2019 college football season.It was the year of the transfer quarterback, as Hurts was just one of several high-profile quarterbacks to transfer.Ohio State landed Justin Fields, followed by Tate Martell’s decision to leave for Miami. It’s been a busy offseason in college football, but things are finally starting to settle down before spring ball kicks off.On Tuesday night, Hurts showcased his first outing in the Sooners uniform.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo faces disciplinary hearing over goal celebration vs Atletico Madrid

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first_img Next Reuters ZurichMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 17:44 IST Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League has led to a disciplinary hearing from UEFA. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the 2nd leg of Champions League match vs Atletico MadridRonaldo imitated Simeone’s celebration from the first legRonaldo will face a hearing from UEFA for “improper conduct”Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing disciplinary action for his celebration after one of the three goals he scored in last week’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.UEFA said the Portuguese would face a hearing on Thursday for “improper conduct” during the last-16 second leg match, where Juventus completed a 3-2 aggregate win.Ronaldo made a similar gesture to Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who celebrated his team’s opening goal in the first leg by turning to the crowd and putting his hands on his trousers.Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,708) for the incident but escaped a touchline ban for the return match. Juventus face Ajax Amsterdam in their quarter-final.RONALDO FOOTBALL’S GREATEST HEADER: EX-IRELAND STRIKERPortugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest header in the history of football with an extraordinary range, according to former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino.Ronaldo, who has netted 123 headed goals in his career, scored with two headers to help Juventus come from behind and eliminate Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday.Cascarino, who scored 103 goals in his career, many of which were towering headers, explained in his column in The Times how Ronaldo has converted himself from a tricky winger to a forward who excelled at headers inside the box.”Ronaldo is a class above anyone who has ever played the game. The range of headers he can score is extraordinary,” Cascarino wrote.”You’ll see flicked headers from a standing position, powerful leaps with power and precision, flicks at a near post after running across a defender… There are so many different varieties and he is brilliant at all of them.”advertisementCascarino was most impressed with Ronaldo’s second goal against Atletico when he directed a header goalwards even though he was on the way down when he headed the ball.”[He] was almost falling to the ground when he connected with Joao Cancelo’s cross and thumped a header that Jan Oblak failed to keep out,” he said. “He was on the way down from his jump and still created so much power with his header.”Cascarino credits Ronaldo’s height, technique and physique which allows him to make a running jump that is 78 cm high, seven cm higher than the average basketball player in the NBA.”His body shape has changed a lot over the years and he has clearly spent a lot of time working on his upper body strength. This allows him to lift himself into the air… When he’s in the air, he’s not coming down quickly,” Cascarino added.”The strength of his thighs is pivotal to the height of his leap… If you look at his neck he has clearly strengthened it considerably. It’s very important for generating power with your head.”He has transformed himself into the best header of the ball in world football, and that will have happened from grafting in the gym and tireless work on the training pitch.”Also Read | Spanish media applauds Cristiano Ronaldo after hat-trick heroics in Champions LeagueAlso Read | We enjoyed a magical night, says hat-trick hero Ronaldo after Juventus rout AtleticoFor 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 Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow UEFAFollow Diego SimeoneFollow Juventus vs Atletico MadridFollow UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo faces disciplinary hearing over goal celebration vs Atletico MadridCristiano Ronaldo celebrated one of his goals during Juventus’s Champions League win over Atletico Madrid, imitating Diego Simeone’s celebration in the first leg.advertisementlast_img read more

England vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Final: Great show by both teams, says Virat Kohli

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first_imgEngland vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Final: Great show by both teams, says Virat KohliVirat Kohli congratulated the England team for their thrilling victory in the World Cup 2019 final vs New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 20:15 IST England players celebrate after winning the World Cup 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat New Zealand on boundaries after a tied Super OverVirat Kohli congratulated the England team after the winKohli also praised both the teams for putting on a great show during the finalIndian captain Virat Kohli has congratulated the England cricket team for their thrilling victory in the World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on Sunday. While both teams – New Zealand and England fought tooth and nail till the last ball of the Super Over – the hosts emerged winners based on a higher boundary count.Kohli acknowledged the thrill of the final as he tweeted: ‘Great show by both the teams in the #CWC19Finals yesterday. Congratulations @englandcricket.’Great show by both the teams in the #CWC19Finals yesterday. Congratulations @englandcricket.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 15, 2019England ended up on the same score of 241 set by New Zealand in 50 overs after Ben Stokes carried the team with an unbeaten 84 off 98 balls while Jos Buttler made 59.The tied score meant the two teams had to play out a Super Over but even that couldn’t separate the teams and once again both England and New Zealand ended up on the same score of 15.In the end, England prevailed because it hit a total of 26 boundaries – fours and sixes scored across both the 50 overs and the Super Over – compared with New Zealand’s 17, a decision which left Kiwi fans and some cricket pundits unhappy.England were featuring in their fourth 50-over World Cup final and finally managed to get their hands on the trophy without even winning the summit clash. They had suffered defeats in the 1979, 1987 and 1992 finals before this one.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah feature in ICC’s Team of the TournamentAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraadvertisementFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup finalFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Ottawa very relieved after 2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued

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first_imgOTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says the federal government is “very relieved” that two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana earlier this month have been rescued.A spokesman for the department says consular officials are providing assistance to the two women and their families after what he called their “harrowing experiences.”Guillaume Berube says no further details will be released.Ghana’s information ministry says national security operatives completed the rescue mission in the country’s south-central Ashanti region early Wednesday.The ministry has sought to assure travellers that the West African nation remains safe despite a recent uptick in kidnappings for ransom. The country has been considered one of the safest in the region for foreign travellers.The country’s national police force said last Thursday that the two Canadian women, aged 19 and 20, were volunteers with a non-governmental organization. The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canadian Chamber of Commerce critical of proposed tax reforms by Ottawa

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce say proposed tax changes by the federal government are casting business people in a negative light and the finance minister shouldapologize.Chamber members got to put their concerns directly to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau Saturday at their annual meeting in Fredericton.There was a round of applause when Morneau was asked if he’d consider an independent royal commission to take a broader look at tax reform, but Morneau said the government has been talking about tax reform since the summer of 2015, and expects the current input will lead to changes in what’s being proposed.The tax proposals include restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members don’t contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company.Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.last_img read more

MGM Resorts is MLBs official gaming partner after NBA NHL

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first_imgNEW YORK — MGM Resorts has made its third deal in four months with a major U.S. sports league, becoming Major League Baseball’s official gaming partner in the U.S. and Japan.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that MGM will become an MLB-authorized gaming operator and will promote itself with teams and on the MLB Network, MLB.com and the MLB At Bat app.MGM in August became the exclusive official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA, and the first official sports betting partner of the NHL last month.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Presslast_img

H1N1 vaccine may now cover more people but still inadequate UN warns

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25 September 2009Global production capacity for H1N1 flu vaccines now stand at 3 billion doses per year, 2 billion less than projected in the spring, but potentially covering more people – even if inadequate – since a single dose may be sufficient, according to the United Nations health agency. “These supplies will still be inadequate to cover a world population of 6.8 billion people in which virtually everyone is susceptible to infection by a new and readily contagious virus,” the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in its latest update. “Global manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccines is limited, inadequate and not readily augmented.”Noting that pandemic vaccines have their greatest impact as a preventive strategy when administered before or near the peak incidence of cases in an outbreak, it praised both regulatory authorities and vaccine manufacturers for their “extraordinary efforts to expedite the availability of vaccines.”Many affluent countries have previously contracted with manufacturers to obtain sufficient vaccine supplies to cover their entire populations, but most low- and middle-income countries lack the financial resources to compete for an early share of limited supplies, WHO said. Vaccine supplies in these countries will largely depend on donations from manufacturers and other countries.Last week, donations of pandemic vaccines for developing countries were announced by the United States in concert with Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. “Similar support from additional countries is anticipated and warmly welcomed,” WHO said, noting that it will be coordinating their distribution, expected to begin in November.The agency also stressed the need for early treatment with the antiviral drugs, oseltamivir or zanamivir, for patients who are at increased risk of developing complications, have severe illness or show worsening signs and symptoms.At the same time, it warned clinicians to be alert to two situations that carry a high risk for the emergence of viruses resistant to oseltamivir – in patients with severely compromised or suppressed immune systems who have prolonged illness, have received oseltamivir treatment but still have evidence of persistent viral replication; and in people who receive oseltamivir preventively after exposure to someone and then develop the illness. read more

World Bank launches green index of businesses in emerging markets

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10 December 2009The private sector arm of the World Bank today launched the first ever eco-friendly stock market index that allows investors to track the carbon efficiency of companies doing business in emerging economies. The private sector arm of the World Bank today launched the first ever eco-friendly stock market index that allows investors to track the carbon efficiency of companies doing business in emerging economies.In partnership with the giant financial services corporation Standard and Poor’s (S&P), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) established the S&P/IFC Investable Emerging Markets Index expecting it to mobilize more than $1 billion for carbon-efficient companies over the next three years.The pioneering index is meant to encourage carbon-based competition among emerging-market businesses, give carbon-efficient companies access to long-term investors and result in lower carbon emissions in developing countries, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of investors’ portfolios.“With growing pressure on investors to diversify and maintain returns by increasing exposure to emerging markets, and with more and more investors keen to demonstrate a preference for sustainability… IFC hopes that the launch of this index will help ensure that carbon efficiency is rewarded,” said IFC Vice-President for Business Advisory Services Rachel Kyte.The announcement comes on the fourth day of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, where over 100 heads of State and government are slated to convene next week in a bid to wrap up an international pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions. read more

Famine warning signs must never again be ignored as they were in

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“Not only must the international emergency response system become more flexible in responding to early warnings, we must have more regular support for risk reduction at national and community level,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström said of the non-governmental organization (NGO) initiative launched at a mini-summit on Somalia at UN Headquarters last Saturday. The campaign – Never Again: A Charter to End Extreme Hunger – has five essential elements: fixing the flaws of the international emergency system; supporting local food production; ensuring services and protection for the poorest; making available food everyone can afford; and reducing armed violence and conflict.Tens of thousands of Somalis have already starved to death and more than 3.2 million others are on the brink of starvation in a drought and famine that has affected 13.3 million people there and in three other countries, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. “The Horn of Africa crisis is a wake-up call for aid agencies, governments and donors alike. Given the collective experience of responding to drought emergencies over the last 50 years it seems almost beyond belief that we are once more desperately fighting a drought-fuelled famine which is threatening the lives and livelihoods of 13 million people,” said Ms. Wahlström, who heads the UN’s disaster risk reduction office (UNISDR). “As Oxfam, Save the Children, ONE and others rightly point out in this charter, all the warning signs were there in the Horn of Africa two years ago but the warnings were not acted on. The result is that more lives will be lost and more money will be spent because there was little or no support to timely and low-cost measures that would have reduced the risk of drought turning into a famine.” She particularly welcomed the charter’s call for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to be put at the heart of sustainable development. The signatories commit to linking non-political, needs-based early warning signs of disasters with a timely and appropriate response, with donors supporting national and community preparedness plans to avert the worst effects such as acute malnutrition. The charter criticizes “decades of under-investment in small scale food producers and ineffective management of natural resources” and calls for longer-term plans to fight food insecurity and malnutrition.The signatories commit to protect at an absolute minimum the poorest 10 per cent of the population from the impact of food crises with safety nets, including direct cash payments based on need alone, specifically addressing the food and nutrition needs of women and children. They also commit to scaling up strategic and emergency food reserves, tackling the causes of high and volatile food prices, and providing sufficient aid based on need where insecurity is destroying the chances of life and sustainable development.Meanwhile the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today that over 57,000 Somali households had now received monthly food rations, and almost 30,000 households had benefitted from hot meals at transit points.About 20,000 acutely malnourished children were being treated through feeding centres, and UNICEF was working to expand to reach over 30,000 per month, spokesperson Marixie Mercado told a news briefing in Geneva.The number of people overall receiving food aid nearly doubled from July to August and is on pace to do so again in September, Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director of the UN Information Service in Geneva, told the briefing. In July, 770,000 Somalis received food aid and that figure stood at 1.39 million as of 19 September. 27 September 2011Stressing that the warning signs of impending disaster were evident, but ignored, long before drought and famine began killing tens of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations today swung its support behind a ‘Never Again’ campaign to end extreme hunger. read more

Income splitting with a twist the key to a fairer tax system

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OTTAWA — A controversial federal policy that would allow families to split their incomes for tax purposes would make a lot of sense, as long as it is accompanied by other measures so that the benefits would be shared by all kinds of families, says University of Calgary economist Jack Mintz.In a research paper, Mintz and doctoral student Matt Krzepkowski argue that the current tax system is unfair because it penalizes single-earner families.“Given that Canada’s income system aims to treat people in similar circumstances as equally as possible, it is certainly time to let couples split their income so they do not face a penalty in higher tax rates than those faced by couples bringing home the same amount of total pay,” they write.But they say the tax reform should also recognize that single-earner families have some advantages that dual-earners do not, such as more unpaid time spent raising children and taking care of the home.One way to account for this would be to change the way the basic personal tax exemption works, said Mintz, director of the university’s School of Public Policy.Under the current rules, one spouse can transfer the unused portion of the exemption to the other spouse. If Ottawa were to require both spouses to be earning income in order to qualify for the transfer, it would smooth out some of the rough edges of the income-splitting proposal, he said.“We particularly have a twist on the original Conservative proposal of splitting income up to $50,000 that I think would achieve quite a bit in terms of equal taxation of different types of families with children,” Mintz told an audience of MPs and others.Critics have said the policy would do little for low-income families and would encourage women to stay at home rather than join the paid workforce.The Krzepkowski-Mintz analysis recognizes these points, but argues they can be fixed.“In our opinion, introducing income-splitting, along with restrictions on the transferability of the basic tax exemption, is a far better approach for personal taxation, as it directly increases equality between family earnings and corrects for labour-market distortions due to home production provided by at-home spouses,” the authors write.The Conservatives pitched the family income-splitting idea in the last federal election campaign, saying they would allow individuals to transfer up to $50,000 to a spouse as long as they had at least one dependent child under 18. However, since the measure would cost billions every year in foregone tax revenue, the Conservatives said they would not implement the measures until the federal deficit was eliminated.The Conservatives have pegged the cost at about $2.5 billion in lost tax revenue, but Mintz said it would cost somewhat less if the government were to adopt his proposal.The research paper raised eyebrows even before it was published Monday, mainly because it was being showcased on Parliament Hill by the socially conservative Institute for Marriage and Family Canada, and co-hosted by Conservative MP Stella Ambler and Liberal MP John McKay.The NDP’s Niki Ashton said the event makes it look like Liberals are backing a policy that would erode a woman’s position in the family.But McKay said he is personally “agnostic” on income-splitting, and his party is inclined to be against it for now. By co-sponsoring the event on Monday, McKay said he hoped to help de-politicize the issue.“There’s maybe some hope here that we can take the edge off the wedge,” he said.The institute’s executive director, Andrea Mrozek, said the event is meant to explore and debate tax policy — a discussion that is meant to help voters of all stripes.The Canadian Press read more

Parties pushing equality agenda could face gender fatigue from voters expert

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a lot of attention with his line about the calendar year when asked why he named an equal number of men and women to cabinet after his newly elected Liberal government was sworn in.Nearly four years later, the Liberals have made the push for gender equality a defining feature of their mandate, their message and the personality of their prime minister, which could help — and hurt — them on the campaign trail.Kate Bezanson, an expert on feminist policy, said any government that sets out to disrupt the status quo on equality issues can find itself vulnerable to criticism on two fronts: from those who think they are spending too much energy in that area, and those who think they are not doing enough.“There can be a kind of fatigue with those kinds of policies that can sometimes be received as perhaps less understanding of the broader constituency that might be apprehensive about enhancing gender equality,” said Bezanson, an associate professor of sociology at Brock University.On the other hand, setting expectations for change so high can leave a lot of people feeling disappointed.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. Liberals’ feminist agenda undermined by their reaction to cabinet resignations: opposition Trudeau’s cabinet may be gender-balanced, but the male ministers still dominate the question period Andrew Coyne: Trudeau cabinet should be based on merit, not gender Katherine Scott, a senior researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said the Liberals made some big moves internationally, such as dedicating $1.4 billion annually to the health of women and girls, including sexual and reproductive health rights, beginning in 2023 as part of an announcement at this spring’s Women Deliver conference.She also applauded the Liberals for their $100-million gender-based anti-violence strategy, proactive pay equity legislation, the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and for bringing gender-based analysis into the budget-making process.“What does that mean for women on the street? That will play out over a much longer time. So when you look at those sorts of questions, I’m not sure how much traction we’ve gained,” she said.David Coletto, chief executive of Ottawa-based polling firm Abacus Data, said he does not expect much campaign talk about feminism — at least not beyond the Liberals trying to convince voters the Conservatives are against abortion rights.But he does think gender can play into the issue of affordability — a focus for all political parties in the Oct. 21 election.The Conservatives made a play in that area this summer by promising to introduce a non-refundable tax credit for new mothers and fathers receiving employment insurance benefits while on maternity or parental leave.I’m not sure how much traction we’ve gainedThe New Democrats, who have devoted an entire section of their election platform to advancing gender equity, are once again promising universal, affordable, not-for-profit child care right across the country.Coletto, also said the data suggests female voters, who made up about 52 per cent of the electorate in 2015, tend to remain undecided longer than men.That means political parties will, and should be, thinking about how to bring them on side.“They are obviously going to have a huge impact on the election in how they react to the parties,” Coletto said.Meanwhile, some women’s advocacy groups are hoping to place gender issues more squarely on the agenda.A coalition calling itself Up for Debate is pushing for a national televised debate on the topic, an effort that failed in the 2015 election after Thomas Mulcair, then the NDP leader, backed away from an earlier commitment because former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper was not going to join the others onstage.This time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May have agreed to participate, but organizers have not yet received any commitment from Trudeau or Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Obviously there has been a lot more attention to women’s rights issues under this Liberal government mandateLauren Ravon, director of policy and campaigns at Oxfam Canada, said the landscape has changed when it comes to the role feminism plays in politics.“Obviously there has been a lot more attention to women’s rights issues under this Liberal government mandate, as well as attention in the public sphere,” she said.A debate, Ravon said, would be a way for leaders to challenge each other on these issues and get their positions on the record: “What are the promises this time around? What is the plan?”Bezanson said that while much of the talk about the feminism of the Liberal government has centred around Trudeau himself, she thinks one of the biggest changes, which could survive a change in government, is a stronger commitment to gender-based analysis across all departments.That involves thinking about how every program and policy impact men and women in different ways, while also taking things like age, income, ethnicity and other intersecting factors into account.“The policy record of this government is the most feminist that Canada has ever had,” she said. read more