Congress wins Chitrakoot Assembly bypoll

first_imgThe Congress on Sunday retained the Chitrakoot Assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh, with its candidate Nilanshu Chaturvedi winning the bypoll with an improved margin of 14,133 votes.Mr. Chaturvedi polled 66,810 votes, while his nearest rival, Shankar Dayal Tripathi of the BJP, got 52,677 votes. As many as 2,455 votes were polled under the ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) category. The bypoll on November 9, following the death of sitting Congress MLA Prem Singh, saw a voter turnout of 65%.Describing the victory as “winds of change,” several senior Congress leaders took to twitter to thank the voters.“My gratitude to the people of Chitrakoot and congratulations to the candidate and the workers. The Chitrakoot victory clearly proves that the people want freedom from the misrule of the BJP,” tweeted Jyotiraditya Scindia, senior leader from the State.The Congress’ communication chief Randeep Surjewala said the victory signalled the change in political mood in the country. “The winds of change are in the air. Many thanks to the people of #Chitrakoot for their faith and trust in the Congress party,” he tweeted.According to Hindu mythology, Lord Ram along with Sita and his brother Lakshman spent 12 years of his exile in the forests of Chitrakoot.Taking a cue from mythology, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath, MP from Chindwara, tweeted, “This verdict is the beginning of the exile for the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government. Neither the BJP nor Shivraj can now stop the Congress’ victory chariot.’ ”last_img read more

Woman techie falls to death from office building in Pune

first_imgA 22-year-old IT engineer allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the seventh floor of a building here on Monday, police said.Ashwini Gaware was a trainee at a private company in Mundhwa’s Zero One IT Park building behind the Passport Office.Ms. Gaware hailed from Shirur taluk and was staying in the city’s Kharadi area.“She had been undergoing training in telecounselling at the company for the past four months. According to her colleagues and company personnel, she had not showed up for training for the past three-four days,” said Inspector Anil Patrudkar, speaking to The Hindu.She checked in at the office (located on the fourth floor) at 10.30 a.m. on Monday “Soon after, she proceeded to the balcony of the building’s seventh floor and took the extreme step. No suicide letter has been found,” said Mr. Patrudkar.The police are probing whether the trigger for the apparent suicide was depression or family problems. The body has been sent to Sassoon Hospital for post-mortem.In July last year, a 25-year-old software engineer from Andhra Pradesh jumped to his death from a hotel in the city’s Vimannagar area. In his suicide note, he had expressed concern at the uncertainty in the IT industry.last_img read more

Polling gets underway in Jammu and Kashmir panchayat election

first_imgModerate polling was witnessed in the early hours of the first phase of panchayat election in Kashmir Valley on Saturday as nearly nine per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 10 am.“A total of 8.9 per cent of the electorate cast their votes at 283 polling locations across the valley till 10 am,” an official said.They said 12,104 votes were polled in the first two hours of the poll conducted in 16 blocks in six districts of the valley.The officials said the total number of electorate in these polling stations is 1,35,774.In 10 blocks of Ladakh region having 130 polling locations, the officials said 1,001 votes were polled in the first two hours.The total electorate in these polling stations is 25,906 and the voting percentage till 10 am is 3.9 per cent.The total voting percentage in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, at 10 am is 8.1 per cent, the officials said.Voting began at 8 am at 3,296 polling stations — 1,303 in Kashmir and 1,993 in Jammu — and would end at 2 pm, officials said.The officials said that in the first phase polling, 85 sarpanch and 1,676 panch have been elected unopposed while voting is taking place on the remaining 420 sarpanch and 1,845 panch seats, for which 5,585 candidates are in the fray.They said there are 4,45,059 electors for sarpanch seats and 2,72,792 for panch constituencies.All necessary arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of the polls, the officials said, adding massive security arrangements, including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), have been made to ensure peaceful election.The government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas where polls are taking place so as to enable the voters to cast their vote.While the polls are being conducted on the non-party basis, the NC, PDP and the CPI(M) have announced to stay away from the electoral exercise due to the legal challenge to Article 35-A of the Constitution in the Supreme Court.The NC and the PDP have asked the Centre to make its stand clear in the apex court on the constitutional provision and urged it to defend its continuation in the court.They had also boycotted the municipal polls which were conducted last month.Separatists in Kashmir Valley have called for boycott of the polls and asked people to observe a shutdown on Saturday.last_img read more

Lions, Stags dispute 2nd finals seat

first_imgUnable to bag the top seeding at the end of the elimination round for the first time in 12 years, the Red Lions fight for the right to face unbeaten Lyceum in the best-of-three finals starting Friday.Standing in their way are the Stags who won a couple of knockout games in the stepladder semifinals to set up the duel with the Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lions’ 16-2 record at the end of the elimination round would have been enough to seal top seeding last season, but with the emergence of the Pirates, the defending champions also lost their twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals.Both San Beda losses came against Lyceum, including a 105-107 overtime defeat that completed an 18-0 elimination round sweep for the Pirates last Oct. 19. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is what it is and now we just have to deal with San Sebastian,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, whose team swept the Stags in the elimination round. “We have to match their energy and limit everyone.” —CEDELF P. TUPAS Reigning champion San Beda hopes to come out sharp after a long break as it disputes the second finals berth against a streaking San Sebastian squad on Tuesday in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Echauz-led sailors conquer China Cup LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

JRU star Alvarez captures NCAA MVP; Arellano players reap honors

first_imgPadda shows love for Lady Falcons’ veterans on Valentine’s Day MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alvarez’ rookie teammate Dolly Verzosa was named as the 2nd Best Outside Spiker.Lourdes Clemented from University of Perpetual Help was the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker.San Sebastian also had three players take individual awards with Joyce Sta. Rita being named as the 2nd Best Middle Blocker, Alyss Eroa taking the Best Libero award, and Vira Guillema earning the Best Setter crown.Joebert Almodiel ruled the men’s division as he won the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and 1st Best Outside Spiker plums while representing the undefeated Altas.Joebert Almodiel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWarren Catipay and Jack Kalingking also took individual awards for Perpetual winning the Best Setter and Best Libero awards.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Shola Alvarez just added a major trophy in her mythos with Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Arellano’s Kevin Liberato and Christian Dela Paz were named as the 1st Best Middle Blocker and 2nd Best Outside Spiker, respectively.San Beda’s Mark Enciso won the Best Opposite Spiker while his teammate Limuel Patenio was the 2nd Best Middle Blocker.In the Juniors’ division, Perpetual’s Kirth Rosos was named the MVP while teammate Noel Kampton was the 1st Best Outside Spiker.College of St. Benilde’s Arnel Aguilar was the top rookie in the juniors’ division while Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Michael Imperial was the Best Setter and Colegio de San Juan de Letrans’ Raxel Catris was the Best Libero.Catris’ teammate John Lorenzo was the awarded the Best Opposite Spiker plum.Juvic Colonia of Lyceum was the 2nd Best Outside Hitter with Raliuz Cantos of Benilde taking the 1st Best Middle Blocker award and Arellano’s Gideon Guadalupe taking the 2nd Best Middle Blocker label. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH JRU’s first captain to lead the Lady Bombers to the Final Four captured the MVP plum of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.Alvarez, who averaged 21.3 points a game, was the face of a JRU team that went 6-3 in the preliminaries and finished as the fourth seed in the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s all worth it,” said Alvarez who ended her collegiate career as, what JRU head coach Mia Tioseco said, the benchmark of all future Lady Bombers.Arellano University’s triangle of attack also took home hardware with Jovielyn Prado taking the 1st Best Outside Spiker award, Regine Arocha being named the Best Opposite Spiker, and Nicole Ebuen claiming the Rookie of the Year laurel. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Tamil Nadu, where the chair has a caste

first_imgFour policemen look at me suspiciously. They want to know my credentials and why I want to meet Kausalya, the 19-year-old widow of Sankar, the Dalit youth who was hacked to death by a gang of hired killers with sickles in Udumalpet in Tiruppur district on March 13. Sankar, 22 died while Kausalya who belongs to the Thevar community, considered comparatively superior in the caste hierarchy, escaped with several injuries on the head. The gang was allegedly hired by Kausalya’s parents because they were opposed to their daughter’s marriage to a Dalit.Kausalya, a diminutive girl, keeps her head covered to hide the injury marks. After Sankar’s death, she chose to stay at her father-in-law’s home. Her two brothers-in-law, one of them in college and the younger one in school and Sankar’s grandmother live in the one-room home. “I cannot live without him. I feel very lonely without Sankar,” says Kausalya, giving me a glimpse into her world.Kausalya’s parents are in prison. In caste-obsessed Tamil Nadu, being jailed for taking revenge on a Dalit is considered a badge of honour. Kausalya, in her moments of loneliness, broods over the futility of honour killings and wonders if blood must have a caste group. “Parents should have the heart to let go. Why isn’t anyone thinking like that? By killing like this, what is achieved? Look at our case. Sankar was killed, I am here and my parents are in jail,” she laments.As I speak to Kausalya, one cop slithers close, eavesdrops, taking notes on what I ask and what she replies. The cops are here just in case, killers are hired again by another member of the family to finish unfinished business – to kill Kausalya. They have killed her spirit and zest for life, what more is there to kill, I wonder.advertisementIntercaste Marriage Helper AssociationBut if you thought such barbaric killing in broad daylight would put the fear of the sickle in the hearts of young boys and girls, Dalits and non-Dalits and stop them from falling in love, you are wrong. I am told about the existence of an organisation called the Intercaste Marriage Helper Association in Coimbatore. Since January 1 this year, it has helped 80 boys and girls from different castes to get married. It is a blink-and-miss wedding, the runaway groom and bride are asked to take an oath, exchange garlands, sign necessary documents along with witnesses and they are declared man and wife.The Association’s office is run by K Ramakrishnan, whose photographs with slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran and Periyar’s posters adorn the walls. I run into Manikandan who is about to get married to Prema, who is pursuing B.Sc in computer science. She tells me her parents objected because Manikankan is from a ‘lower’ caste and even complained to the police that Prema had run away from home with jewellery worth more than Rs 1 lakh. Manikandan admits he is scared that he could meet Sankar’s fate.Manikandan’s fear is understandable. Tamil Nadu is not the place for men and women, who dare to challenge the caste barrier. Dalit activist N Panneer Selvam says, “Half of those who do intercaste marriage run away from Tamil Nadu to stay safe and alive.”If they had not, they would have perhaps met the fate of 81 others who were killed in cases of honour killings in the last three years in Tamil Nadu. Each one of the murders was an attempt to show the Dalits their place. “If girl is from the upper caste and the boy is a Dalit, there will be a problem. If the girl is a Dalit, she is isolated within the family,” says K Ramakrishnan, President of the Intercaste Marriage helper association.Social boycott is a potent toolBut it is not as if every Dalit boy who marries a girl from a non-Dalit caste is killed. Social boycott is a potent tool used to kill emotionally. Shanti, a Brahmin girl married Ilaveni, a Dalit ten years ago. Her family shunned her. After she had two children, her mother came to visit her and was ostracised by the family as well. Now Shanti and Ilaveni take care of Shanti’s mother. “I faced many challenges. It’s now ten years.” says Shanti. “It’s definitely not wrong marrying a Dalit. I am, in fact, marrying a human, not an animal. These kind of family members who end up killing these people like animals must be punished.”The irony is that such caste discrimination and violence takes place in Tamil Nadu, the land of social reformer Periyar, who fought for a casteless society, from the late 1920s till his demise in 1973. Though Tamil Nadu was among the earliest states to witness an OBC-based movement, it would seem that the caste genie unleashed by the Dravidian movement is now out of control. In Tamil Nadu today, every caste group has a party. Political strength and the desire to show muscle leads to violence.advertisementIlaveni says, “The AIADMK or DMK say they are inspired by Periyar but I don’t think they have followed his principles or ideologies. If they had, such honor killings wouldn’t have taken place. Periyar wanted to eradicate caste system but these parties have forgotten what is important. Their priorities are misplaced.”Why love affairs are on the riseSC/STs form 20 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s population. With the number of Dalit boys pursuing higher education on the rise, interactions with girls from the intermediary castes, like the Gounders and the Thevars, have led to love affairs. Many alliances have ended in bloodshed. Like Ilavarasan who was killed for marrying a Vanniyar girl in Dharmapuri in 2013 and Gokulraj who was killed merely for speaking to a Gounder girl in Tiruchengode in 2015. Which is why S Balasundaram of the PUCL fumes, remembering what O Panneerselvam, the former Chief minister of Tamil Nadu said in the assembly.”One year back in the state assembly, O Panneerselvam said there is no honour killing in Tamil Nadu. More than 80 honour killings happened in Tamil Nadu but the government is not worried about it. In many cases, the police have registered not as murder but suicide,” says Balasundaram.The aggressors are the Gounders in the West, Thevars in the south and Vanniyars in North Tamil Nadu. All of them backward castes, politically powerful, occupying every step of the ladder in all the political parties in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, the chair tragically has become a caste.That also explains why when Sankar was killed, no major political party opened its mouth except for cursory platitudes over law and order. “Neither DMK chief Karunanidhi nor CM Jayalalithaa opened their mouth against the so-called honour killing rather the dishonour killing of Sankar because both of them are fearing the votes of Gounders and historically Dalits never voted in an en masse bloc. They always split into various factions but this intermediary caste generally to a large extent vote en masse and fearing the vote bank politics, these two leaders are keeping quiet. This is a very dangerous trend in the run up to the elections,” explains R Mani, political analyst.Modus operandi of Dalit boysA few years back, PMK leader Dr S Ramadoss, a Vanniyar, said that Dalit boys dress up like Romeos, to impress Vanniyar, Thevar and Gounder girls, most of who are economically affluent. It is an opinion many in the intermediary castes endorse. Like CK Nagaraj, founder of the Kongu Jana Nayaka Party, who is fighting this election in alliance with the BJP and is strongly opposed to intercaste marriages.advertisement”Follow her for a month or two. Make her fall in love. Take her away. She will either come with money or gold or her parents will be ready to pay any amount of money to take the girl back,” is how CK Nagaraj describes the modus operandi of the Dalit boys.At election time, such extreme views can cost votes. Hence the BJP chooses to be politically correct than sorry. Vanathi Srinivasan, the BJP candidate in Coimbatore says alliance partners have their own agenda and police and need not be endorsed by the BJP.Dalits complain that the political parties and the police force are dominated by the backward castes and they allege that deeprooted anti-Dalit sentiment reflects while handling cases of intercaste marriages and honour killings. They point out how a Gounder youth Yuvraj, the prime accused in the murder of Dalit youth Gokulraj, was allowed to surrender before the police, almost like a movie star.”When we go to the police station, nobody speaks to us with respect. They don’t address us properly, we are made to sit in one corner. Sometimes when I think about it, I hate living here in this state. I sometimes wish I could die. I have often felt sad for being born a Dalit,” rues Vadivelu, a Dalit in Coimbatore.To guard against the possibility of influential parents harming the couple, the police are roped in during the wedding. But that does little to assuage the feelings of deep insult that members of non-Dalit communities feel. Nagaraj calls such a match a “great insult”for the family.”They cannot walk outside on the street. If there is one more daughter, no one will to marry her,” he says.Even those not so well off, put a premium on caste honour. Muthuswamy Gounder, who works as a watchman at the Mariamman temple in Coimbatore, says if his son married a Dalit girl, he will cease to be a father to his son.”How can I feel happy if my son is ruined? I will feel angry only. But I will say to hell with them and not allow them into my home,” says Muthuswamy Gounder.Caste on their wristCaste is cast in stone in Tamil Nadu and people wear it on their sleeve. And in the case of school children in Tirunelveli, even on their wrist. Till November last year, the Thevars, Nadars, Yadavs sported red, yellow, blue and saffron wrist bands, while Dalits wore green, black or white. The intention was to identify the Dalits and make them internalise who they are. The Chief Education officer subsequently warned schools to stop the practise.In Coimbatore, I meet two motor mechanics – Senthil, a Dalit and Kanakraj, a Gounder. Friendship is a bond they share but they emphasise that they know the boundaries that caste has set for them. Senthil emphasises a Dalit boy marrying a Gounder girl is not right, inviting concurrence from Kanakraj who adds, “friendship is one thing but that is where we stop.”With all indications that Tamil Nadu could see a close contest, every vote is important. At the AIADMK office in Madathukulam constituency, I meet MLA C Shanmugavelu, who also served as Tamil Nadu’s Industry minister in 2011. The political grapevine suggests that he was not given the ticket this time because of the shoddy handling of Kausalya-Sankar case, which was highlighted by the national media, unlike other honour killings that get buried silently. Shanmugavelu denies his party despite being dominated by Thevars and Gounders, is anti-Dalit. At election time, he like all members of his ilk, sees communities as vote banks and says all Dalit votes come into his party’s kitty.Shanmugavelu is not off the mark. Dalits never had a strong political voice to represent them in Tamil Nadu so their votes scattered all over the place are mopped up by the two Dravidian parties, paying lip service to the Dalit cause.”They are focusing on being representatives of intermediate castes. They are not worried about Dalits as they feel Dalit votes can be bought,” says Balasundaram.Like Ponguttem, who lives a stone’s throw away from Kausalya’s home in the Dalit colony in Udumalpet. She says she feels bad for the young widow but at election time, free white goods win the battle over self-respect. “I have Amma mixie, Amma grinder and Amma fan. I am happy with all that. My vote also will go to Amma,” says Ponguttem.Mindset of slave and masterDalits admit the mindset is one of slave and master. Where there are demarcated spaces, especially on social occasions like temple festivals that are considered the most important part of the village calendar and Dalits have often demanded their right to enter these temples, their right to worship and take part in the temple festivals. The dominant OBCs in the same village have often opposed this.”The reason Dalits aren’t able to stand up against those upper caste members is that most of them own lands, we are coolie class, we can’t do anything against them. It’s the question of our earning and survival. We are struggling for half a meal a day,” says Selvan, a Dalit.Films reinforce caste equationsPopular Tamil films have reinforced the caste equations, deepening the fissures. For instance, the popular song `Potri Paadadi Penne’ in the 1992 superhit Tamil film `Thevar Magan’ starring Kamal Haasan, spoke about praising the land touched by Thevar’s feet. The caste chauvinism and machismo masquerading as entertainment even triggered caste clashes in college hostels at that time.Filmmaker Che Guvera says, “The Thevar community who were oppressing Dalits in south Tamil Nadu will force them to play the song ‘potri paadadi penne, thevar kaal adi manney’. Dalits were forced to play that song in their marriages and funerals to praise the Thevar. Even in funerals, they had to, they were so oppressed.”Analysts point out that reserved constituencies, that were meant to be a vehicle of Dalit emancipation … are anything but that. Senkotaiyan of the Dalit Liberation Party says, “In any reserved constituency in entire Tamil Nadu, whoever has got a seat, he must go to the upper castes and say – I will not speak anything against you, If you do any wrong to any Dalit, I will ensure there is no FIR filed. Whatever you say, I will follow, I will not go against you. Only then, will they get a vote from those upper community members.”Which is why there are voices of protest emerging. Roshan, a Dalit is contesting the election in Coimbatore, just to make a point that the scheduled castes now want to reclaim spaces outside their reserved constituencies. “If you give us tickets in reserved category seats, how does it matter? Give us tickets in general category seats and make us feel proud,” says the 37-year-old photographer.In March, just a day after Sankar was killed, a report was released that said Tiruppur was India’s number one city in terms of job coverage. That 44 per cent of Tiruppur’s population was employed, mostly in the textile units in the town. The timing of the report was most ironic and showed that economic opportunity and prosperity did little to kill the dark underbelly of caste violence. A case of two Indias in one Tamil Nadu. This even as textile unit owners said caste was not a factor when it came to employability.The flip side however is that with money came a sense of pride in one’s caste identity. Poet Sripathy Padmanabha suggests that people should not use the caste name as their surname.As Tamil Nadu goes to polls on May 16, the Dalits are watching the wheel of democracy turn once again. Yet another occasion when they realise that they are just an ordinary cog in the wheel, with no access to the levers of control. (With inputs from Pratiba Raman)last_img

Papua New Guinea appoint Jason Gillespie as interim coach

first_imgFormer Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has been named the interim coach of Papua New Guinea (PNG), as the burgeoning cricketing nation is all set to push for 2019 World Cup qualification.Earlier this week, Cricket Papua New Guinea chief executive Greg Campbell had confirmed that Gillespie, who was initially appointed as a consultant on a one-year term, will take over from former New Zealand off-spinner Dipak Patel on an interim basis.Gillespie’s decision to rule out taking on the PNG job on full-time basis came due to his commitments with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL).Following the appointment, the 42-year-old said, “I have never been to PNG before. I’m going to go up at the end of the month for a meet and greet, meet the players and staff and get to know everyone. I’m just excited to see how these guys go about their work. I’ve heard a lot of very good things.””Papua New Guinea played against Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi in the preseason and I spoke to a few of my friends at Yorkshire and they said the PNG guys were fantastic,” cricket.com.au quoted Gillespie as saying.After Australia A’s tour to South Africa got cancelled due to the ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Gillespie, who is also the head coach of the A side, is now free to join the PNG squad in Port Moresby later this month.PNG is all set to play a series of matches Down Under against the Australian Indigenous team and Queensland XI, before hosting Scotland for two matches in October as a part of their push for 2019 World Cup qualification.advertisementlast_img read more

Man Utd January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Manchester United January transfer news LIVE: Mata has no plans to leave Man Utd Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:44 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Transfers Manchester United Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Red Devils as the January transfer window heats up Mata happy at Man UtdJuan Mata is happy at Manchester United and has no plans to leave the club at the end of the season, reports Superdeporte .United have yet to exercise their 12-month option to extend Mata’s contract and the Spaniard is free to discuss a deal with clubs outside of England.The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to former club Valencia amid concerns for his place in the team ahead of Alexis Sanchez’s impending arrival, but the playmaker intends to spend at least another year at Old Trafford. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal make Smalling enquiryChris Smalling, Manchester United, 17/18Arsenal have made an enquiry about signing Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, claims The Gambling Times .Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new centre-half and fears missing out to Manchester City on a deal for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.If that proves to be the case, Wenger plans a move for Evans’ former United team-mate Smalling once the swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been completed.West Ham watch DendonckerLeander Dendoncker Anderlecht 2017West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce watched Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker against Genk on Sunday, reports Het Laatste Nieuws .Dendoncker played as a centre-back in the game, but Hammers boss David Moyes views the 22-year-old as someone who will play in midfield.Manchester United have held a long-standing interest in Dendoncker, with Anderlecht recently insisting only an ‘insane’ bid will persuade them to sell in the January transfer window.’Alexis snubbed City because United are miles bigger’Alexis Sanchez, ArsenalArsenal star Alexis Sanchez has opted for Manchester United over Manchester City because the Red Devils are “miles bigger” than the runaway Premier League leaders, according to Paul Ince.Sanchez is joined United having snubbed Pep Guardiola and City , although some past players and pundits have claimed the Chilean’s decision is based on money .However, former United midfielder Ince insisted City simply cannot compete with the history of their rivals – the 20-time English champions.Read the full story on Goal right here! Wenger: Alexis left for moneyAlexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger Arsenal BournemouthArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed they had “no chance” of keeping Alexis Sanchez and suggested the forward is chasing money by joining Manchester United.The 29-year-old finalised his move to Old Trafford after undergoing a medical on Sunday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Gunners in a straight swap deal.Read the full story here! Real Madrid could go after De GeaDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United will be worried after Kepa Arrizabalaga rejected Real Madrid , extending the La Liga club’s search for a new goalkeeper, claims the Mirror .With the Athletic Bilbao star passing on Los Blancos, the Spanish giants could once again target Man Utd’s No.1 David De Gea.De Gea has yet to sign a new deal with the Red Devils with one year remaining on his current contract.last_img read more

Analyst Predicts What CFB Coach Is Most-Likely To Win First National Title

first_img The top five of the list in unsurprising, as all five have displayed their ability to coach at the highest level.Penn State’s James Franklin comes in at No. 5, Ohio State’s Ryan Day at No. 4, Texas’ Tom Herman at No. 3 and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley at No. 2.But who took home top honors? Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.Here’s why:The results are already there. Smart came seconds away from a national championship in Year 2 of his tenure. The following season, he came one half away from upsetting Alabama in the SEC Championship. And while that Alabama roadblock isn’t going anywhere, it’s hard to imagine Georgia falling off either.Smart already showed he’s capable of making it to the national title game.Now he just needs to take the next step. Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits a few months away, but the media beast surrounding the sport never tires.Before the new campaign officially starts, there will be lists of the top players in college football, early mock drafts, top 25 rankings and various other predictions.College football never truly stops.That’s the case on this Thursday when one college football analyst at 247Sports decided to look at which coach will become the next to win their first title.last_img read more

India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captain

first_img India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 11:44 IST India vs West Indies 3rd ODI Dream 11 Prediction (AP Photo)After a convincing show in the second ODI, Virat Kohli and boys will look to seal the deal in the final ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday. With the opening game washed out, the Indians have taken a 1-0 lead and the last game of the series will decide if India will lift the ODI trophy as well after a clinical show in the T20I series.Interestingly, this could be the last time that the legendary Chris Gayle takes the field and the West Indies outfit would look to give him a grand send-off. Speaking during the 2019 World Cup, Gayle had said that the ODI series and the Test series that followed would be his last. But the Windies selectors kept emotions aside and decided to ignore him for the Tests. So, the third ODI could be the last time that the opener is seen in Windies colours.For India, it will be about keeping the foot on the pedal and not giving any inch away to the hosts. After an 11-innings phase where he didn’t score a century, Kohli roared back to register his 42nd century in the second ODI and more than the hundred, it was the way in which he guided Shreyas Iyer in the middle overs that made the knock all the more special.BatsmenThis match will possibly be the final ODI for Chris Gayle and the big-hitting Jamaican will look to end his 50-over career on a high. He failed in the first two matches and will surely look to make amends in the final game so leaving him out of the playing XI is out of the question.advertisementRohit Sharma should be the second-choice opener with the in-form right-hander also due for a big score after a rare failure with the bat in the second ODI.Virat Kohli hit a match-winning hundred in the last game and is the best option at No. 3. He was part of a 125-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who showed superb composure with the bat under pressure and hence, is a perfect choice for the No. 4 position.WicketkeeperJust like Rohit Sharma, India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is also due for a big one and today just might be his day with the bat. Pant is reliable behind the stumps as well and can earn you a lot of points if he gets going.All-roundersCarlos Brathwaite has shown good form with the ball with three wickets in the last match. And he can demolish any bowling attack in the world on his day with the bat. Choosing him over Jason Holder might just pay off in this match.Ravindra Jadeja should be the second all-rounder your side as he is economical with the ball and is one of the best fielders in the world. He has also shown good form with the bat lower down the order.BowlersBhuvneshwar Kumar should be the first choice when it comes to picking fast bowlers as the Indian seamer has the ability to pick up wickets at the beginning when the ball is swinging and at the end as well with his death-bowling abilities being one of the best in the business.Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been India’s first-choice spinner and he repaid the team management’s faith with 3 wickets in the 2nd ODI. He will be a key player for India once again in the final match.Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell can be the final two players in your Dream XI. Both fast bowlers have been economical so far with Shami having taken 2 wickets at an average of 22 while Cottrell conceded just 49 runs and picked up a wicket in his 10 overs in the second ODI.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 3rd ODI: Chris Gayle (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Carlos Brathwaite, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.Also Read | India vs West India 3rd ODI Live Streaming: Telecast channelsAlso Read | Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODIAlso Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesadvertisementFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs West Indies 3rd ODIFollow India vs West Indies 3rd ODI dream XI predictionFollow India vs West Indies 3rd ODI dream 11 captain India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captainIndia vs West Indies 3rd ODI Dream 11 Prediction: India have a 1-0 lead and the last game of the 3-match series will decide if the visitors will lift the ODI trophy as well after a clinical show in the T20I series.advertisementlast_img read more

Correctional Services Buildings to be Improved

first_imgThe Department of Correctional Services is set to receive more vehicles and improved facilities in the new fiscal year, following the allocation of $457.1 million.Details of the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Of the sum, $393.1 million will go towards commencing and completing minor construction activities and improvement of buildings at the Diamond Crest Correctional Centre, St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and the Horizon Correctional Centre.The money will also be used to start preliminary work necessary for construction of the new Long Pond Detention Centre.The remaining $64 million will be used to purchase Coaster buses, 15-seater buses, pickups and motorcycles.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, is being funded by the Government.last_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week ( 11-15 Jan, 2016)

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Bill Clinton Speaks Up Against Criminalization Of Homosexuality In Uganda

first_imgBill Clinton has made a statement on the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Uganda.“I have been honored to work with and support the government and people of Uganda both when I was president and through the Clinton Foundation,” he said. “But I am strongly opposed to its move to criminalize homosexuality. It is a setback for personal freedom and equal rights and a rebuke to Uganda’s own commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. I want to salute and encourage the brave Ugandans committed to the fundamental dignity of all people and urge the government to reverse this decision.”last_img read more

Agriculture: A Dangerous Bacterium Threatens Morocco

Rabat – Although Xylella Fastidiosa has not affected Morocco, the bacterium poses a great threat to 350 plant, tree, ornamental, and forest species in the Mediterranean region.On Monday, February 20, the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) organized a study day in Rabat in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the title, “Xylella diseases, a very serious phytosanitary risk for the arboricultural sector in Morocco.”This day is part of the regional technical cooperation project with FAO dedicated to strengthening national capacities to prevent the introduction and spread of Xylella Fastidiosa in North Africa and the Near East. It aims to inform and sensitize stakeholders on the phytosanitary risk linked to Xylella fastidiosa, the factors of its spread, and the danger that it poses for plant species. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mohammed Sadiki, presided over the official opening of the National Awareness Day on the bacterium Xylella Fastidiosa, in the presence of the FAO Representative in Morocco, Mr. Michael George Hage, Representative of the Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development (COMADER), Mr. Rachid Banali, and representatives of the professional organizations and heads of the Department of Agriculture.Mr. Sadiki pointed out that this disease does not affect Morocco, but in order to avoid the spread of the disease, the commitment of all actors operating in the import sector is necessary. “This meeting is organized in a very precise context, marked by the increase in trade between Morocco and many European countries from which our country imports important quantities plants that are hosts of the bacterium”, he added.In early February, the bacterium was detected on the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean. Accordingly, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) implemented a proactive strategy based on a series of preventive measures.Xylella fastidiosa is a highly epidemic disease, potentially transmitted by many insect vectors, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement. In the absence of methods to control this bacterium, “only uprooting and total destruction of plants are recommended to cope with it and eradicate the disease in contaminated pockets,” adds the same source.ONSSA is thus very vigilant and ensures close monitoring of the evolution of the phytosanitary situation. The technical services of the office are deploying extra efforts by raising awareness among farmers and agricultural professionals so they can quickly identify the symptoms of Xylella fastidiosa and mobilize the necessary means of control.Xylella fastidiosa swept through several regions in the world, including the United States and Canada, Central America, Asia, and Europe. It has been reported in Italy in 2013, France in 2015, and Germany and Spain in 2016. read more

UN meeting reaches agreement on measuring desertification

After two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists, government ministers and officials, the Ninth Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) wrapped up today in Buenos Aires with consensus on the measurement indicators.Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, described the agreement as “good news and a groundbreaking achievement” for the treaty, which entered into force in 1996.“To describe an elephant, you have to agree on what an elephant looks like,” he said. “It is the same with desertification, land degradation and drought. Countries have to agree what these are before they can monitor trends in any one of them.”As well as the indicators, Mr. Gnacadja said the ministers in attendance in Buenos Aires had sent “a strong message” to the talks in Copenhagen this December aimed at striking a long-term deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.“A high level of convergence emerged at the ministerial segment on the need for a comprehensive new regime that includes the potential for soil in carbon sequestration, and serious attention to adaptation so that the poor are given their fair share of support.”The Executive Secretary said the ministers called for a review of the costs of action versus the costs of inaction regarding combating land degradation. 3 October 2009The world’s countries have agreed to a minimum set of indicators for monitoring and assessing the extent of desertification, drought and land degradation in what a United Nations official has called a “groundbreaking achievement” in the battle against a problem afflicting nations on every continent. read more