Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi “to attend his swearing-in ceremony after he is re-elected to power in the State”. The Chief Minister extended the invitation while reacting to Mr. Modi’s attack on his government at a rally in Kendrapara on Tuesday. “Naveen Babu, aapka jana tay hai (Naveen Babu, your exit is certain),” Mr. Modi had said.Addressing a public meeting in Balasore Lok Sabha constituency, Mr. Patnaik asserted that his party had secured adequate votes in the first three phases of polling to form the next government in the State.“Prime Minister could not find time during natural disasters but visiting Odisha daily to seek votes. He told he will visit again after the exit of BJD Govt. People have already blessed us with majority in third phase itself & would like to cordially invite him for swearing in,” Mr. Patnaik said in a tweet.Hectic campaigningUnion Minister Nitin Gadkari also campaigned for the BJP candidates in two Assembly segments – Basudevpur and Bhadaripokhari – under the Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency, neighbouring Balasore in the north and Jajpur in the south.“The way people have trusted the leadership of Modiji, I am confident that lotus will bloom in Odisha,” Mr. Gadkari said in a tweet after addressing a ‘Vijay Sankalp Sabha’ in the Basudevpur Assembly segment.BJP campaigningThe BJP has added strength to its campaigning by engaging several senior party leaders. Mr. Modi addressed public meetings at Kendrapara and Balasore on Tuesday. BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to address two public meetings in Mayurbhanj and Jajpur on April 27.The polling is scheduled to be held in Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha constituencies in the fourth and last phase of polling in Odisha on April 29.
Tintu Luka, a prodigy being nurtured by PT Usha, will be the focus from the Indian point of view when the 800m race is held on Wednesday.At a time when some of the track and field stars have done well at the London Olympics, there is bound to be pressure on Tintu, bronze medallist at the Guangzhou Asian Games.This is the young girl’s first Olympics, and she is being protected by Usha. People who have tried to meet Tintu in London have had no luck, though Usha gave some insight into their training.”We have been training here since July 28 and only one day we got into the Olympic Stadium. My main concern is the weather and not Tintu’s form,” said Usha.According to the legendary athlete, the changing weather conditions here could be tough to deal with. “It is one some days sunny but on days when there is rain and a strong breeze, it makes it difficult for Tintu. She is not used to such conditions,” said Usha.Usha admitted that Tintu could do without the media hype as that plays on an athlete’s mind. “Two years ago, before the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, people kept writing about Tintu and it affected her,” says Usha.It is well known that star athletes do not go on to become champion coaches. Now that Usha has taken on this challenge, it is up to her to shape Tintu as an athlete who can handle media pressure.advertisementAs it were, a couple of Indian athletes in London have fallen victim to the hype.”I am sure if it is sunny, then Tintu will make the final on Wednesday. I am not worried about her timing at all,” said Usha.It is well known that the 800m event is known as a tactical race and Tintu has on a couple of occasions in the past looked out of gas in the final stretch.The London Olympics have seen high order performances and the time has come for Tintu to show the world how much she has matured as a runner.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballindian footballsubroto cup First Published: August 19, 2019, 9:11 PM IST New Delhi: The diamond jubilee edition of the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament, Asia’s largest youth football meet, will kick off on August 20 at the Ambedkar Stadium here.The inaugural match will be played in the U-14 boys’ category between Reliance Foundation School (RFS) and Jharkhand. The tournament this year will see a record 112 teams, including 16 international sides, vying for top honours in the sub-junior boys (U-14) and junior (U-17) boys and girls categories.The U-14 boys’ final will be played at the Ambedkar Stadium on August 29. The U-17 girls’ and boys’ competitions will start on August 30 and September 7, respectively, with the finals scheduled for September 6 and September 18, respectively. The defending champions in all the categories from each state and Union Territory, along with the institutional and international teams, will fight it out at the Subroto Cup International Football Tournament for the winners’ prize. The U-14 boys’ category has 36 teams, the U-17 girls’ section has 31 teams while the U-17 boys’ category has the maximum participating teams, 45.Last year’s winners in the U-14 category, Manipur, will start their campaign on August 21 against West Bengal. In the girls’ U-17 section, last year’s winners Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Prothisthan (BKSP) will play their opening match on August 30. In the U-17 boys’ category, BKSP emerged as the champions last season defeating Amini School from Afghanistan, both of whom will start their proceedings on September 7.Apart from Bangladesh and Afghanistan, other countries participating in this season include Nigeria, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan, having representations across categories.The tournament is organised by the Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society under the aegis of Air Force Sports Control Board and is supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Sports Authority of India.Ambedkar Stadium will play host to the knock-out games, including the semifinals and finals, while the round robin games will be played at other grounds across Delhi and NCR.The tournament has enhanced its prize money in all three categories by Rs 50,000 this year. The winners in the sub-junior boys’ section will walk away with an attractive cash prize of Rs 3,00,000, while Rs 4,00,000 each will be awarded to the winners in the junior boys’ and girls’ sections. The runners-up in the sub-junior boys’ category will receive Rs 1,75,000 while those in the junior boys’ and girls’ sections would earn Rs 2,50,000 each.The best player and best goalkeeper awards have also been increased from Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.
Published on Rising Pune Supergiant players celebrate the dismissal of Kane Williamson during the IPL Match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on Saturday. – PTI Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 61 to finally come good and reassert his top-class finisher tag as he guided Rising Pune Supergiant to a six-wicket victory over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling IPL match here today.After a series of flop shows, Dhoni’s reputation as a top-notch finisher was at stake, but today the former India captain was in his elements, smashing a flurry of fours and sixes as Pune overhauled the target of 177 in the final ball of the run chase.Dhoni needed two runs from the final delivery but he hit Siddarth Kaul for a boundary as Pune reached 179 for 4 to the wild celebrations of the home supporters at the MCA Stadium.Dhoni faced 34 deliveries for his unbeaten 61 that included five fours and three sixes.This was the third win for Pune from six matches and they now have six points.Hyderabad, on the other hand, have eight points from seven matches, after four wins and three losses.Opener Rahul Tripathi had kept Pune in the hunt with a 41-ball 59 before he was out in the 14th over. Captain Steve Smith contributed with a 21-ball 27 but he got out early in the 11th over.When Dhoni came out at number four at the fall of Smith’s wicket in the final delivery of the 11th over at 87 for 2, Pune needed 10 runs an over to win the match.However, the situation worsened after Tripathi was out.Ben Stokes (10), this IPL season’s costliest buy, once again failed to contribute, falling in the 17th over and by that time the asking rate had shot up to above 14 an over.Dhoni, who seemed to be struggling as he could not connect his bat with the ball for some time, then swung into action as he hit two fours and a six to take 17 runs from the 18th over bowled by Mohammed Siraj.Dhoni was on song then and he did not spare death overs specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar, stealing 19 runs from the penultimate over with the help of two fours and a six. That changed the complexion of the match and Pune needed 11 runs from the final over.Manoj Tiwary (17 not out) was dropped in the first ball of the final over and got a four courtesy Rashid Khan. But Tiwary and Dhoni could score only in singles in the next three deliveries before a couple of runs in the penultimate ball.Pune needed two from the last ball and Dhoni hit a four to seal the issue.For Hyderabad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma and Rashid Khan got wicket apiece.Earlier, Pune produced a disciplined bowling effort before a smashing half-century by Moises Henriques enabled Hyderabad to reach a competitive 176 for three.Put into bat, Hyderabad were struggling at 122 for three in the 16th over before Henriques (55 not out) increased the tempo to steal 54 runs in the last four overs, in the able company of Deepak Hooda (19 not out off 10 balls).Off to a decent start after being put in to bat, skipper David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 55-run stand for the opening wicket before Hyderabad bowlers led by Daniel Christian (1/20) and Imran Tahir (1/23) dominated the middle overs to put brakes on the scoring.Tahir was the one, who gave Hyderabad their first breakthrough by seeing off Dhawan for a 29-ball 30.Kane Williamson tried to accelerate the run-rate during his 21 off 14 balls that included a six and a four, he was trapped leg-before wicket by Christian.Even though Warner held on to his wicket and played a responsible knock, he failed to up the ante.Eventually he was bowled out by Jaydev Unadkat for 43 off 40 deliveries, studded with three boundaries and a six.After Warner’s departure, Henriques launched a furious assault, hitting two sixes and six boundaries to guide the team to a 175-plus total.He remained unbeaten on 55 off just 28 deliveries. COMMENTS cricket × April 22, 2017 SHARE Rising Pune Supergiant players celebrate the dismissal of Kane Williamson during the IPL Match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Pune on Saturday. – PTI COMMENT IPL 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL
German tennis player Angelique Kerber managed to defend the Stuttgart Open title after beating compatriot Laura Siegemund in straight sets in the final here on Sunday.Kerber, ranked third in the world, defeated Siegemund 6-4, 6-0 in 81 minutes, reports Efe.This is Kerber’s ninth title throughout her professional career and the second in 2016 after winning the Australian Open’s final against United States legend Serena Williams.
Mumbai, Jun 20 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has quashed an FIR filed by actor Sachin Pilgaonkar against a woman car dealer who had allegedly cheated him by selling a BMV luxury car at a subsidised rate of Rs 34 lakh.Sachin got his money back last week after the FIR lodged by him against the car dealer was quashed recently, his lawyer Swapna Kode said today.Sachin and the car dealer mutually agreed to quash the case and the latter had deposited Rs 34 lakh in the court. This money was returned to the actor few days ago, Kode said.The actor had registered the FIR in November 2015 against Anagha Borikar who had offered to sell him the BMV car at a discounted rate of Rs 34 lakh as against the original price of the car i.e Rs 54 lakh.Pilgaonkar had met Borikar recently at a sports event in Panchgani hill station near Pune. She introduced herself as a car dealer and offered to sell him the BMV at a subsidised rate.Sachin paid the amount to the woman and she sent him the BMV car as promised earlier. However, the showroom from where the car had been sent took back the car saying that it was sent to Borikar for a test drive and that they were yet to receive the full price of the car from her.Sachin then tried calling Borikar to know what had happened to the car but she did not respond to his calls.The actor lodged a complaint with Versova police against Borikar. Later, it transpired that there were more such complaints against her for allegedly cheating people by selling cars at discounted rates.advertisementFearing arrest, Borikar had urged for pre-arrest bail in sessions court which rejected her plea. She then moved the high court and declared that she wanted to settle the matter with the actor.The high court asked her to deposit the money received from the actor with the registrar of the court. Accordingly, she deposited Rs 34 lakh.As the parties decided to mutually settle the dispute, the money was refunded to the actor after the high court quashed the case, advocate Kode said. PTI SVS DK ZMN BAS
New Zealand rugby union team Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Heaping pressure on the New Zealand lineout and playmakers such as Beauden Barrett certainly played a part in the Lions’ 1-1 series draw in the summer of 2017 and Jones believes his team can go one better. “We need to be absolutely brutal upfront and we need to be clinical when we get opportunities,” he said. “If you look back at that Lions series, the Lions would have won if they had been more clinical.”With the flanker Tom Curry sidelined Jones accepts it will not be easy. “When you beat New Zealand, you climb Everest. Rugby means so much to them. When they win the whole country’s buoyant, when they lose GDP falls and unemployment goes up. I don’t think [England beating South Africa] will have such a significant effect on Brexit here. Imagine if Theresa May comes out and says: ‘We got the result because we hung in there.’ I don’t think that’s going to happen.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Autumn internationals The Breakdown: Sign up for our weekly rugby union email. Share on WhatsApp Topics After Owen Farrell’s contentious tackle in the final moments of Saturday’s Springboks game, Jones believes modern Tests are so intense they should be controlled by two referees. “At some stage in the future, probably not in my time, they may have to look at two referees on the field. We are asking one referee to do it the way they did it when blokes like me were playing, jogging round the field basically,” he said. New Zealand’s Twickenham scouting mission goes under Eddie Jones’s radar Read more England rugby union team Rugby union Eddie Jones news Share on Pinterest England have compiled a dossier on how to beat the All Blacks based on information from the British & Irish Lions players who toured New Zealand last year. Eddie Jones also hopes the input of the former All Blacks coach John Mitchell, now in England’s camp, will enable his side to “climb Everest” by toppling the world’s No 1 side on Saturday.Jones, optimistic both Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes will be fit, says England aim to take a leaf out of the Lions book at Twickenham. “When our boys played for the Lions we got them to do notes about what they felt worked and didn’t work,” he said. “We’ve gone through those notes and had a meeting with the senior players. The Lions put a lot of pressure on the All Blacks in areas they didn’t enjoy. There’s a bit to be learned there.” Since you’re here… Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
Inter are refusing to give up on the “dream” of signing Luka Modric despite seeing the Ballon d’Or winner commit his future to Real Madrid.The Serie A outfit have held long-standing interest in the Croatia international and made no secret of their desire to take him to Italy.Modric appeared to be open the idea of trading Madrid for Milan at one stage, but saw his current club rule out any sale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That stance was taken over the summer, as the 33-year-old helped his country to the World Cup final.He has since gone on to land the FIFA Best Award and Golden Ball, with a decade-long duopoly enjoyed by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo broken in the process.Those exploits have made it even more difficult for Inter to prise Modric away from Spain, but sporting director Piero Ausilio is ruling nothing out.He told Sky Sport Italia of interest shown over the summer: “I didn’t believe it until the end, but at the same time I don’t see why you can’t dream.“All I said last summer was: ‘We’re here, if Real Madrid think they can make this happen then let’s talk about it’.“We did not feel like starting a negotiation because we knew what our chances were.“Could we go again or has the dream ended? We’re talking about very important players with huge quality, but you can never say never in football.”While the Nerazzurri remain hopeful of one day bringing Modric onto their books, the player himself may have dashed those dreams.He told reporters at an awards ceremony in Zagreb: “My personal goal and big wish is to finish career in Real Madrid, that would be the ideal scenario.“But to achieve that, I have to stay capable of playing at the top, at the highest level. That is not going to be easy.”Modric’s current contract in Madrid is due to run until the summer of 2020.
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Faced with the charge from Mahua Moitra, TMC MP, that BJP is a fascist party, PM Modi exhorting the nation to celebrate democracy is both reassuring and puzzling. The question that is foremost in the minds of people is whether he would truly walk the talk. In his first address to the nation after becoming PM again, Modi, through his ‘Mann ki Baat’, called upon people to cherish the value of democracy, mentioning how democratic rights were trampled during the Emergency days. He is right. People did realise the values of democracy and personal liberties only when they were snatched from them in those days. It is for this very reason that the country is now worried. Some recent happenings, coupled with the experience of the past five years have only led to mounting anxiety and cynicism to agree with Mahua to a great extent, if not fully. Also Read – A special kind of bondFascism promoted by Mussolini and Hitler had unique features–a strong leader as a dictator; democratic values given a go-bye as it opposed liberal democracy and supported one-party state; it redrew the frontiers between private and public, sharply diminishing what had once been untouchably private; unity was promoted in the name of nationalism; pursued the policies of social indoctrination through regulated propaganda in education and the media. George Orwell said that ‘bully’ was a synonym of fascism. Contrary to this totalitarianism, principles of democracy demand conduct of free and fair elections; respect for Parliament and Opposition, debates and discussions; several liberties; autonomy of the judiciary and other democratic institutions; freedom of the press; and importantly, freedom of thought and expression. Also Read – Insider threat managementFreedom of thought and expression is a sine qua non in a democracy. Yet, recently, Hyderabad police asked the organisers to cancel their closed-door discussion on ‘Fascism is still resistible’, all because they received a tweet from a BJP leader dubbing it as ‘anti-Hindu programme’. In fact, they were to discuss our deviation from secular, socialist, and republic India. In UP, disdaining the legal procedures, a journalist, Prashant Kanojia, was arrested for allegedly making objectionable comments against the CM on social media. While ordering his release, the SC observed that the arrest was an even greater affront to democratic principles of freedom of speech and expression than some person forwarding a social media message lampooning politicians. A year ago, there were cross-country arrests of dissenting intellectuals, lawyers and activists, naming them as urban Naxalites, on the framed charge of plotting to assassinate Modi. Flouting the laid down procedures and humiliating the family members at the time of arrest only speak of the intolerance of dissent in a democracy. Moreover, the media makes these activists anti-national villains. Media, one of the pillars of democracy, is only made to dance to the tune of the government which serves them information on a platter; thus, saving them the labour of getting independent news. As a result, it is now an unscrupulous ‘His Master’s Voice’. There is no wonder that they are silent about the agitation of people across the country against the manipulation of elections through the EVMs. The Fascist party rigged election and captured power in 1925 before Mussolini proclaimed himself as the dictator and dissolved the Parliament. Now, after the surprise massive victory of Modi and BJP, questions are being raised by several citizens on the functioning of EVMs–for their hacking, tampering, pre-fixing through programming. Videos are in circulation showing truckloads of EVMs at certain places which were not properly accounted for. The High Court Bench of Gwalior is seized with the matter of 20 lakh missing EVMs from the source. Based on the details obtained from the EC website, Quint magazine has brought out revealing information that in over 370 constituencies that went to polls in the first four phases of the elections, the total votes counted were more than the votes polled; there is a discrepancy of a whopping 58 lakh votes. Instead of answering their queries, in suspicious complicity, Election Commission deleted the information from their website. One only wishes that it is all not true, since, if they are true, it amounts to serious criminal offences of conspiracy, cheating, fraud, theft, etc. Eyebrows are also being raised about the enormous amount, Rs 27000 crore, spent by BJP during elections, apart from huge black money splashed; details of collection and expenditure are under wraps. The conduct of EC during the entire process of elections, working as a robot obeying commands of BJP, is thus being questioned. Not only EC but every institution in the country buckled under the pressure of the government. Heads of PSUs are too small in the hierarchy to resist the bullying and remain mute spectators when private enterprise is promoted at their cost. Anil Ambani cornering the Rafale deal at the cost of HAL is just one example. Jio of Mukhesh Ambani is flourishing and expanding their activities to 5G, while the state-owned BSNL and MTNL are not given clearance to even go for 4G, thus depriving them of a chance of competing with the market forces. As a result, they are ending up with huge losses. They have bridled and devoured the bureaucracy. They did it with RBI. Suppressing the real fraud, even CAG trivialised the Rafale matter. Helpless CBI, IT, ED, CVC, etc., simply follow their diktats. And, concerned with the way the Supreme Court is also being treated for the last three-four years, Justice Arun Mishra lamented, ‘this institution is going to die.’ While the iron hand of Fascism and the all-pervading fear-psychosis are too evident, promotion of Hindu-agenda of RSS and BJP in the name of nationalism is another worrisome facet of Fascism that has driven India in reverse gear, from secularism to the dark days of intolerance. Post-Godra incidents, Sohrabuddin, Bilkis Bano cases, etc., and the relevant statements of the police officers, Vanzara and Sanjeev Bhatt, and others about the role of Modi and Shah send shivers down the spine of people. Encounters of Muslims, like how the non-Aryan races were targeted by the Fascists, were the order of the day. Then we have the Samjhauta express, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, etc., incidents in which the Hindu outfits involved were blatantly protected, even by influencing the judicial system. Malegaon blast case, involving Pragya, is another episode in which the public prosecutor openly stated about the pressure exerted on her. Judge Loya’s death is still a mystery. The agenda is the same in UP and other BJP-ruled states. The cow-vigilante bigots are allowed a free hand to lynch Muslims and Dalits. UP alone accounts for over 1900 extra-judicial killings of Muslims in police encounters in one year. And post-Pulwama, Kashmiri students and traders were subjected to harassment and hardships, as if everyone were a terrorist. In the latest incident, in Jharkhand, Tabrez Ansari was allegedly tied to a pole, forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’, and thrashed by the mob. The giggling bystanders and passers-by diabolically enjoyed the barbaric spectacle and took snapshots before life finally evaporated from him. Yet, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells the nation that lynching should not be given a communal colour or politicised; it is only a serious crime. Then, why such deeds are never condemned by the top leaders? And why such organisations are not banned? For Modi and BJP, such incidents, and Godse being deified, apparently is sweet music. In spite of her eulogy to Godse, no action has been taken against Pragya Thakur. Tacit support for such violence and assertions which are in tune with the tenets of Fascism against their opponents and people of an inferior race underscores the decay in Indian culture of tolerance. Like in the regimes of Mussolini and Hitler, people are being brain-washed. It has gone to such an extent that Congress is afraid of a political backlash if they take exemplary action against the bigots. Thus, instead of taking stern action, Kamal Nath in MP, for his short-sighted political gains, has gone a step further to book the cow-traders themselves under the draconian National Security Act. Similarly, instead of giving justice to the family of Pehlu Khan, who was lynched to death in Rajasthan, by ordering fresh and impartial investigations, Gehlot has allowed the shoddy work done during the BJP regime to continue. Another aspect of Fascism is indoctrination in education. Although not blatant, the government is subtly pushing the agenda of the RSS through the NCERT. It is being protested by academicians and experts that NCERT has omitted constitutional values, socialism, secularism, democracy, gender sensitisation, women’s education and reservation from their draft policy document on learning abilities for secondary school education. This exclusion, experts believe, will create a gap in learning and understanding social science and adversely impact the thinking of students. For example, gender sensitisation is meant to create awareness among the genders of sexual harassment and to refrain from the same. Although India is a democracy with an elaborate Constitution in place, five years of BJP rule passed off without any debates in Parliament; opposition was brow-beaten with raids by Central agencies; dissent was suppressed by dubbing them as anti-national; institutions were bulldozed; plans were afoot even to snoop into every computer to deprive the privacy of citizens; elections rigged with money and muscle, and also allegedly with technology. In every aspect of governance, we find either direct or subtle manifestation of authoritarianism and the tenor of Fascism. The idea of simultaneous elections also appears to be a plan with the aim to convert India into a totalitarian state, under one party, one dictator. Do we have to cherish a Fascist democracy? (Dr. N Dilip Kumar is a retired IPS officer and a former member of Public Grievances Commission, Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
HALIFAX — More relatives of Kawthar Barho are set to arrive in Canada Friday, exactly two months after a fast-moving Halifax house fire killed her seven children and left her husband badly burned.Halifax MP Andy Fillmore and the Hants East Assisting Refugees Team (HEART Society) say in a news release issued Thursday that an additional group of family members is arriving, although it didn’t specify who, how many or where they’re coming from.The Barho family arrived in Halifax in September 2017 as Syrian refugees and without any other family members.Shortly after a Feb. 19 fire destroyed the family’s house in Spryfield, authorities were able to help some relatives come to Halifax to support Kawthar Barho, and have worked on bringing more.Ebraheim Barho, who was placed in a medically induced coma, remains in hospital, his wife by his side.The news release says no further information can be shared “relating to the emotional and medical condition of the family.”“Kawthar would like to thank everyone who has reached out to support her and her husband, Ebraheim, over the past two months,” the HEART Society, which sponsored the family’s immigration, says in the release.“The love and generosity of Canadians has been a light in a very dark time. Kawthar continues to spend her time in the hospital by her husband’s side supporting him on his long road to recovery. Kawthar is thankful to all the individuals who have worked to reunite her with her family.”Muslim community leaders have said Ebraheim Barho has undergone multiple surgeries.More than 2,000 people attended a public funeral service at a waterfront hall, with many in tears as the children’s names were read: teenager Ahmad; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2; and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.A GoFundMe campaign has raised about $725,000 for the family.The Canadian Press
Rabat – France is holding its competitions to select its representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest May 14-18 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Among the competitors is Moroccan-born Bilal Hassani.The 19-year-old artist’s new song, “Roi” (King) released on January 4 has already become a hit, scoring over 1 million views on YouTube.Roi’s music video features clips from Hassani’s childhood until now, depicting his blossoming love for music and telling how society alienated him as a gay person. Hassani is outspoken in his songs about his personal experiences, mainly about his experience as a member of the LGBTQ community. Hassani’s life reached a turning point when his parents found out his sexual orientation when he was in middle school. Hassani recounted how his school expelled him in a YouTube video titled “Expelled from my middle school because I’m gay,” in French.Read Also: Singer Ricky Martin and Husband Welcome Baby DaughterDespite all, the young singer who said “I’ve always been who I am” in his new song, came out as gay to his followers at age 17.The singer was already known for his participation in the second season of the Voice Kids, the French music talent show for children aged 6 to 15.Eurovision, a contest held since 1956, asks each participating country to submit “an original song” which will determine whether the candidates will make it to the contest which aims to support youth’s musical careers.This year, 42 countries are participating in the contest.
by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2017 11:31 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 26, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Protesters scuffle with police officers during a protest against the chief executive election in Hong Kong, Sunday, March 26, 2017. A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites is casting ballots Sunday to choose Hong Kong’s next leader in the first such vote since 2014’s huge pro-democracy protests. The system has been criticized by pro-democracy activists as a “fake election”. (Apple Daily via AP) No surprise: Beijing’s pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong’s leader HONG KONG – The candidate favoured by China’s Communist leadership was chosen as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city’s election system in 2014.A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites selected Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s former No. 2 official, as the financial hub’s chief executive even though she was far less popular than her main rival. Lam received 67 per cent of the votes cast by the 1,194-member committee.Her victory was hardly a surprise. China’s leaders had lobbied heavily behind the scenes for the 59-year-old Lam, who will become Hong Kong’s first female leader and its fourth since British colonial control ended in 1997. After the votes were counted, she bowed to the crowd and shook hands with the second-place finisher, former Finance Secretary John Tsang.Some pro-democracy supporters in the official seating area yelled slogans and held up a yellow umbrella, the symbol of the 2014 protests, as the results were announced. The elite election committee was at the root of the protests, with activists decrying the lack of a direct choice by Hong Kong’s 3.8 million registered voters.Democracy supporters called Sunday’s vote a “fake election” and blasted Beijing for meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs.Political party Demosisto, founded by the young pro-democracy protest leader Joshua Wong, said in a Facebook post that “this result is a nightmare to Hong Kongers.” It said it would organize “a large civil disobedience protest” when Lam is sworn in on July 1.Lam, a lifelong civil servant, has a reputation as an efficient and pragmatic administrator, but is unpopular with Hong Kongers because she’s seen as a proxy for Beijing and out of touch with ordinary people. Tsang, in contrast, is highly popular because of his easygoing persona and deft use of social media. He was nicknamed “Pringles” or “Uncle Chips” in Cantonese for his signature moustache that drew comparisons to the snack food mascot.Lam received 777 of the 1,163 validly cast votes. Tsang got 365 votes, or 31 per cent, while the third candidate, retired judge Woo Kwok-hing, had 21 votes.As the next leader of the Asian financial centre, Lam will inherit a city roiled by political divisions, including a burgeoning independence movement, and saddled with sluggish economic growth. Many fear that Beijing is tightening control and undermining the “one country, two systems” framework that guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy. Those fears have been amplified by several cases in recent years, including the secret detention on the mainland of five Hong Kong booksellers and a Chinese tycoon’s suspected abduction in Hong Kong by mainland security agents.Lam’s ability to soothe tensions relies on how much public support she can gain. She lagged far behind Tsang in opinion polls.“My priority will be to heal the divide and to ease the frustrations and to unite our society to move forward,” she said at a news conference after the results were announced.Lam said she would not immediately revive attempts to revamp the electoral system, a potential political flashpoint that could rekindle protests by pro-democracy supporters. She said she wanted to focus on other more pressing issues such as housing, education and health care.“There is a serious divide in Hong Kong, so why don’t we start with the easier subjects and try to reach consensus” on how to tackle them, she said.Lam succeeds current leader Leung Chun-ying, who cited family reasons when he ruled out a second term. Political analysts suspect Beijing asked Leung, a highly polarizing figure, to step aside.The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, said in a statement that Lam met the standards to be the city’s leader, including “being trusted by the central government,” a key factor that Tsang’s opponents repeatedly said he did not enjoy.When reporters asked Tsang on Sunday whether he thought Beijing had interfered in the selection process, he said he respected the decision of the election committee members.“I mean, all they have is themselves and their conscience when they voted. So it’s their responsibility, nobody else’s,” Tsang said.Members of the Hong Kong election committee include tycoons like Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest person. They represent industry and trade groups such as finance, accounting, real estate and textiles. The way the members are chosen also irks democracy activists. Some are elected by peers, but others are uncontested, especially in sectors most supportive of China’s Communist leaders.Hong Kong lawmakers, local councillors and delegates to China’s rubber-stamp parliament also have votes, and some 326 seats, mostly in the education, legal, health and social welfare sectors, are held by pro-democracy supporters.___Associated Press news assistant Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report.___Follow Kelvin Chan on Twitter at twitter.com/chanmanFind his stories at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/kelvin-chan
LIVERPOOL STRIKER Luis Suarez has accepted the charge of violent conduct brought against him by the Football Association.However, the Uruguay international does not accept the intention to hand him more than a three-game ban for biting the arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during their Premier League clash at Anfield.A statement from the FA confirmed that the incident was not seen at the time by referee Kevin Friend and his assistants but has been retrospectively reviewed by the officials. Friend has confirmed that had he seen the incident he would have issued the striker with a straight red card, an action that enables the FA to raise the charges.Due to the circumstances surrounding the incident the FA have asked for a heavier punishment than a three game ban to be considered when the case is heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Wednesday.This is not the first time Suarez has bitten an opponent and been punished for it. In 2010 just before his move to England he was banned for seven games by the Dutch Football Association after biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax.Hillsborough campaigner reluctant to accept Suarez donationIan Rush: Liverpool must keep the faith with Luis Suarez
Buying products that reinforce your geek credentials usually involves a trip over to ThinkGeek, but for once they don’t have the geekiest item out there in a specific category. In the area of footstools, that award has to go to Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.The 555 Footstool is a typically functioning footstool, but it looks like a 555 timer chip. The chip dates back to 1970 when it was first thought up by Hans Camenzind and Jim Ball. It contained around 20 transistors, 2 diodes, and 15 resistors, but we don’t expect the footstool version to have the same configuration inside.As for what the chip was used for, the Apple II used one to allow up to four joystick to be connected, as did the IBM PC. Two 555 timers were also used in the creation of the Stepped Tone Generator, otherwise known as the Atari Punk Console due to its ability to create sounds reminiscent of the Atari consoles from the 80s.As with all tech, there’s still a following for the useful 555 timer chip, and what looks to be a yearly competition to boot over at the 555 Contest site. This year’s winners included a 555 adding machine, 555 servo controller, and a 555 AM radio.Regardless of your interest in the actual chip, you can’t get much geekier than a timer blown up to the size of a stool that uses its 8 pins for legs. It’s constructed from plywood and has been scaled 30x from the original meaning it measures 12.5 inches long and 8.5 inches tall.Using a CNC router the different shaped parts were made from an original datasheet for the chip. They were then glued together to form what looks to be a very strong construction that could handle even the heaviest of feet. After a primer coat of gray the stool gets several layers of black paint for the main body and silver on the legs. A “frosty matte clear spray” finishes off the look. As for the writing on top, a laser engraver was used to scratch off the black paint to reveal the gray primer layer (clever).Here’s a scale comparison using the original chip to give you an idea of how much bigger the stool is:At the moment there are no details as to when the 555 Footstool will become available to buy, but surely it must happen so geeks everywhere can put their feet up on such a fitting stool.via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories with additonal information from Wikipedia
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 33 Comments Short URL Jan 29th 2017, 9:00 AM By Aoife Barry Sitdown Sunday: Rebranding Europe’s far-right parties Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. http://jrnl.ie/3200659 13,428 Views IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Rebranding Europe’s far right Far-right leader Marine le Pen Source: Michael ProbstEurope’s new far right have claimed the progressive causes of the left, writes Sasha Polakow-Suransky, by depicting Muslim immigrants as the primary threat to gay rights, women’s equality and protecting Jews from anti-semitism. It’s part of their rebranding, and it’s very effective.(The Guardian, approx 38 mins reading time)These parties have built a coherent ideology and steadily chipped away at the establishment parties’ hold on power by pursuing a new and devastatingly effective electoral strategy. They have made a very public break with the symbols of the old right’s past, distancing themselves from skinheads, neo-Nazis and homophobes. They have also deftly co-opted the causes, policies and rhetoric of their opponents. They have sought to outflank the left when it comes to defending a strong welfare state and protecting social benefits that they claim are threatened by an influx of freeloading migrants.2. The untold story of the Bastille Day attackerIn July 2016, a horrific attack took place on Bastille Day in Nice. This story tells the strange but true story of the attacker.(GQ, approx 36 mins reading time)At 10:32, Lahouaiej Bouhlel pulled onto the Promenade’s wide southern thoroughfare. He rode along with the traffic for 1,000 feet or so until, across from the children’s hospital that would soon receive the crushed and mutilated, he drove up onto the broad sidewalk, filled now with revelers and families. He had extinguished his headlights. Soon came the crack of exploding seaside benches, and the dull thud of bodies spinning off the front edges of the truck. Its driver grinned.3. The alternative media President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon, formerly of Breitbart. Source: Andrew HarnikThe alt-right has started to create its own media world, one which it says readers can trust. Buzzfeed describes it as the ‘upside down’ like in Stranger Things – a parallel universe with its own ‘alternative facts’.(Buzzfeed, approx 15 mins reading time) If you live in the mainstream media world, the New Media Upside Down can be hard to find — the only real crossover between the two worlds is on Twitter, where its leaders lambaste mainstream news reports often with the aim of discrediting them. It’s (reasonably) young and hungry, and has risen with Trump all the way to the White House — where Steve Bannon, who helped construct this upside-down media world while running Breitbart News, now holds sway as senior counselor to the president himself.4. Doomsday is comingThere are people who believe disaster is coming to civilisation… and there are the rich who are preparing for that disaster in a very intense way – like Reddit’s CEO, who has had laser eye surgery to improve his odds of surviving the world’s end.(The New Yorker, approx 43 mins reading time)Antonio García Martínez, a forty-year-old former Facebook product manager living in San Francisco, bought five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest and brought in generators, solar panels, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. “When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos,” he told me. The author of “Chaos Monkeys,” an acerbic Silicon Valley memoir, García Martínez wanted a refuge that would be far from cities but not entirely isolated. “All these dudes think that one guy alone could somehow withstand the roving mob,” he said. “No, you’re going to need to form a local militia. You just need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse.”5. Why I voted for Trump Donald Trump arrives off Air Force One. Source: Jose Luis MaganaRick Perlstein is a lecturer, and last year he asked a student of his why he voted for Trump. His answer is interesting reading.(Mother Jones, approx 10mins reading time)But while Peter’s analysis is at odds with much of the data, his overall story does fit a national pattern. Trump voters report experiencing greater-than-average levels of economic anxiety, even though they tend have better-than-average incomes. And they are inclined to blame economic instability on the federal government—even, sometimes, when it flows from private corporations. Peter wrote about the sense of salvation his neighbors felt when a Walmart came to town: “Now there were enough jobs, even part-time jobs…But Walmart constantly got attacked by unions nationally and with federal regulations; someone lost their job, or their job became part-time.”6. Stalked, then diagnosed with cancerAmerican sports presenter Erin Andrews was stalked in 2008, a case that was brought to court last year. But what people didn’t realise that was that she was also secretly fighting cervical cancer.(MMQB, approx 14 mins reading time)Andrews did not tell colleagues of her diagnosis. She worked that Sunday’s game, then flew home to L.A. She missed the Monday and Tuesday tapings of Dancing with the Stars; ABC said she took time off to support boyfriend (now fiancé) Jarret Stoll and his grieving family. (Stoll’s 17-year-old nephew had been killed in a car accident that weekend.) That, in part, was true. But Andrews was mostly dealing with her diagnosis.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…In 2003, Laura Hillenbrand wrote about her experience of a sudden and strange illness that knocked her sideways.(The New Yorker, approx mins reading time)Sometimes I’d look at words or pictures but see only meaningless shapes. I’d stare at clocks and not understand what the positions of the hands meant. Words from different parts of a page appeared to be grouped together in bizarre sentences: “Endangered Condors Charged in Shotgun Killing.” In conversation, I’d think of one word but say something completely unrelated: “hotel” became “plankton”; “cup” came out “elastic.” I couldn’t hang on to a thought long enough to carry it through a sentence. When I tried to cross the street, the motion of the cars became so disorienting that I couldn’t move. I was at a sensory distance from the world, as if I were wrapped in clear plastic.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 9:00 AM Share Tweet Email2
Why: Dop Pho is celebrating its grand opening in Hazel Dell and is already attracting return visits for dining in and pick-up orders. The casual-style restaurant is open seven days a week serving traditional pho and a selection of other Vietnamese favorites.Atmosphere: Located in a strip mall space that has housed several restaurants, Dop Pho has a simple, uncluttered appearance. Upholstered benches run parallel on opposite walls and are faced with tables and chairs. A rear wall and a canopy above the kitchen are covered with artificial greenery. The color palette is earthy, giving the restaurant a mellow vibe. Condiments are placed at each table, and water is served in a large glass bottle with accompanying glasses for diners to serve themselves.What I tried: I started my meal with the pot stickers. From the pho options, I settled on the eye round steak pho. Although I don’t usually find tofu appetizing, there was a photo of the vermicelli lemongrass tofu that looked appetizing, so I gave that a try, as well. To drink, I had some hot Vietnamese coffee. The pot stickers are prepared fried with a nice, crisp exterior and a tasty, savory filling. Dipping sauce and julienned vegetables doused in some variety of sweet vinegar are served alongside. They were a delicious kick-off to my meal. The pho arrived piping hot with the traditional basil, bean sprouts, sliced, fresh jalapenos and a lime wedge to add in. The steak serving was generous and the portion was large. The flavors were sweet, salty and hearty, and it had a wonderful aromatic quality that added to the experience. As good as the pho was, the vermicelli lemongrass tofu was equally impressive. It was served in a bowl of rice noodles and bean sprouts with shredded lettuce, cucumbers and carrots. The tofu was topped with a yummy fried peanut type of crumble and possessed a surprisingly hearty flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed. I delighted in every sip of the sweet Vietnamese coffee.Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Among the appetizers are salad rolls, egg rolls, and grilled, coconut and tempura shrimp. There is a papaya salad made with diner’s choice of either beef or shrimp. Rice plates include a house special as well as grilled pork and grilled chicken. Vermicelli is available with a single choice of protein or a combination, including pork, chicken, shrimp or egg roll. Kitchen specialties offer a spicy beef noodle soup and an egg noodle soup with shrimp and pork, as well as vermicelli lemongrass. I thought the Vietnamese chicken wings sounded intriguing. There are 11 pho options, and vegetarian options include tofu dishes and veggie and vermicelli veggie egg rolls. Boba smoothies come in avocado, mango, strawberry, taro, greek tea and honeydew melon flavors. Other beverages include Thai tea and Japanese matcha milk tea in addition to Pepsi products.Other observations: The service was friendly and attentive and the food is made to order. Prices are a bargain for the quality and quantity. The atmosphere is comfortable.Cost: Appetizers are $5 to $6.75. Salad is $6.75. Rice plates cost $10.50 and $12.50. Vermicelli dishes are $9.50 to $12.50. Specialties are $10.50 and $11.95. Pho options cost $6.95 to $12.95. Vegetarian dishes are $5 to $10.50. Boba smoothies are $4.50 and other beverages are $1.50 and $4.50.
Real Madrid have reportedly decided to begin contract talks with the out-of-favour Keylor NavasThe Costa Rican goalkeeper arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2014 from fellow La Liga side Levante and soon established himself as the club’s number one.However, Navas’ has found himself benched frequently this season with Real’s new €35m arrival Thibaut Courtois now the preferred option in goal.In total, the Belgian has made 11 starts for Real compared to Navas’ seven with four of Courtois’ starts coming in the club’s last five games.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Due to this, Navas’ future had been called into question with Juventus recently being linked with a surprise move.But ABC claims that Real are desperate to retain the healthy competition between Courtois and Navas.The report adds that Los Blancos have decided to offer Navas a new one-year extension on his contract until June 2021.Navas has made 148 appearances in all competitions for Real and has won three straight Champions Leagues along with a La Liga title.
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yaba. File PhotoPolice arrested a woman with 1000 yaba tablets, four bottles of phensidyl at Kukna village in sadar upazila here on Sunday night.The arrestee is Mita Begum, 26, of the area.Tariqul Islam, additional superintendent of Magura police, said on secret information that Mita had brought 1,000 yaba tablets and four bottles of phensidyl from Jashore, police conducted a drive at 8:00pm at the house of Mohiuddin and arrested Mita.A case was filed.