Praveen Kumar ruled out of World Cup

first_imgIndian medium-pacer Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the World Cup starting on February 19 in Dhaka due to an elbow injury.Praveen Kumar checks out his elbow as Sachin Tendulkar looks on. APPraveen had hurt his elbow during a practice session ahead of the ODI series in South Africa and has not completely recovered from it.The medium-pacer was reportedly flown to London for a check-up last week, where he underwent an examination at the King Edward VII Hospital and was advised rest.He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.Despite knowing that Kumar was carrying an injury ever since his tour of South Africa, the selectors picked him in the 15-member squad without a fitness test. Key players Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had also missed the ODI series against South Africa after being injured and Sachin Tendulkar was flown back mid-way during the series due to a hamstring injury. However, they are expected to be fully fit by the time the Indian camp starts in Bangalore on February 9.Ishant Sharma or S. Sreesanth may replace Kumar in the squad.last_img read more


first_imgBengaluru, May 24 (PTI) The scoreboard of Qualifier 1 Bengaluru, May 24 (PTI) The scoreboard of Qualifier 1 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here today. Gujarat Lions innings: AJ Finchc Gayle b Iqbal Abdulla4 BB McCullumc de Villiers b Iqbal Abdulla1 SK Rainac Aravind b Watson1 KD Karthik?b Jordan26 DR Smithc Kohli b Chahal73 RA Jadejac Gayle b Watson3 DJ Bravob Watson8 ER Dwivedic Kohli b Watson19 P Kumarb Jordan1 DS Kulkarnirun out (Sachin Baby/?Rahul)10 SB Jakatinot out1 Extras(LB 6, W 5) 11 Total(all out; 20 overs) 158 Fall of wickets 1-2, 2-6, 3-9, 4-94, 5-107, 6-115, 7-145, 8-145, 9-156, 10-158. Bowling: S Aravind 3-0-13-0, Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-38-2, S Watson 4-0-29-4, CJ Jordan 4-0-26-2, YS Chahal4-0-42-1, STR Binny 1-0-4-0. MORE PTI BS BSlast_img read more

Kieron Pollard’s knock one of the best I have seen: Mitchel McClenaghan

first_imgLeft-arm pacer Mitchel McClenaghan on Friday said that his Mumbai Indians team-mate Kieron Pollard’s 47-ball 70 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL match was one of the best knocks he has seen as it came on a difficult wicket here.”Pollards’s innings was one of the best I have seen on an incredibly difficult wicket. I think the media underestimated him. He showed the composure of a top-order batsman to stick to the wicket in given situations. It was one of the smartest and technically good chases I have seen,” McClenaghan told reporters after Mumbai pulled off a four-wicket win over RCB. (Also read: Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made)”The wicket had variable bounce. It was was not coming on to the bat at a pace, and therefore KP’s (Kieron Pollard) innings looked even better,” he said.McClenaghan said the team has incredible talents all the way down the order and both Pandya brothers were becoming world class cricketers who have an uncanny knack of absorbing pressure to put it back on to the bowlers. (Also read: IPL 2017, RCB vs MI: Kieron Pollard’s 70 trumps Samuel Badree’s hat-trick as Mumbai defeat Bangalore)”It was pleasant to see both of them (Pandya brothers) backing up Pollard till the end,” he said.McClenaghan said RCB’s legspinner Samuel Badree, who took a hat-trick today, was a world-class bowler for a long time. “That (hat-trick against us) was a terrible thing for a start. Badree is a world class bowler for a long time. He took a hat-trick in this match and put us on the backfoot, and almost put us on a position where there was no way back,” he said.advertisementThe New Zealander said the team and the bowling coach Shane Bond has had plans for the bowlers, who executed them exceptionally well, especially in death overs, where they dried up RCB’s run flow.”We had strong plans. We have Shane Bond as bowling coach, and in last two to three games myself, in particular, have not executed well enough. Drying up boundaries at the end of the innings really affects the momentum of any team, and hence my kudos to the bowlers who bowled exceptionally well,” he said.last_img read more

Best phones to buy this July: OnePlus 5 joins the party, so does HTC U11

first_imgTis the season of flagship and flagship killer smartphones. While the budget and lower mid-range segment has remained largely consistent — and somewhat saturated — with what’s in store, it was the upper mid-range and premium segment of the smartphone market that saw a lot of activity in June. As such, options within the upper mid-range and premium segment of the smartphone market, have now grown by leaps and bounds. And as always, the more the merrier.Cheapest phone(s) we recommendXiaomi Redmi 4Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain only recently announced that the company had sold over 10 lakh units of the Redmi 4 phone in the country in 1 month since launch. The Redmi 4, in fact, beat the Redmi Note 4, that achieved the same sales figure in 45 days, Manu added. The Redmi 4 was launched in India in mid-May at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. The Redmi 4 is also available in 3GB RAM and 32GB memory version for Rs 8,999.Much like the Redmi 3S (and Redmi 3S Prime) before it, the Redmi 4 also brings in some hard-to-get hardware specs at some really rock-bottom prices. Sales figures aside, the Redmi 4, is quite the bang for your buck no matter which version you chose to buy, justifying its growing popularity. The 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version that sells for Rs 6,999 is the most affordable ‘smart’ phone that you can buy and rest assured, it won’t disappoint you.It looks really good, feels really good, has a neat display, dependable performance, good-enough cameras and killer battery life. Boasting of a full-metal body — with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner — the Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch 720p display and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor under the hood. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. On the software side, the Redmi 4 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI. Furthermore, the phone is backed by a 4,100mAh battery.advertisementXiaomi Redmi 4AAlternatively, if you’re someone who is on an even more tighter budget, Xiaomi’s ultra-affordable Redmi 4A , that sells for Rs 5,999, is also well worth a try. The Redmi 4A looks a lot like the Redmi 3S, but unlike the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4A has a polycarbonate shell. In terms of hardware specs, the phone comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 4A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which is non-removable.Best phone under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Although launched in January, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 still holds its ground in the under Rs 10,000 price segment. Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point. Follow up to Xiaomi’s much successful Redmi Note 3; the Redmi Not 4 exists primarily to correct the camera shortcomings of its predecessor, according to the company. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Just like the Redmi Note 3, the Redmi Note 4 boasts of a full-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Unlike the Redmi Note 3, however, the Redmi Note 4 has curved 2.5D glass on the front (with physical capacitive keys) and a bottom-facing mono speaker.The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The base 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 sells for Rs 9,999 and support expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). The Redmi Note 4 is further backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Moto G5 PlusLast year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus weren’t as revolutionary as the original Moto G. Even though the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus stuck with the original’s philosophy — of cramming in some noteworthy specs at dirt cheap prices — somewhere down the line, competition was really starting to catch up. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus were good. They were just not good enough. This year’s editions, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, are different. Just like last year’s Moto Gs, the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, differ in key hardware specs. While the Moto G5 is a good enough phone, the Moto G5 Plus is in fact the phone to buy if you have a budget of under Rs 20,000.advertisementAlso Read: Moto G5 Plus review: Pure Android, good camera make it best phone under Rs 20,000The Moto G5 Plus starts at Rs 14,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 16GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 16,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version.The Moto G5 Plus is an all-metal phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and is powered by Qualcomm’s heat efficient Snapdragon 625 processor. The Moto G5 Plus, like other Moto phones, runs an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat with Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. It’s a significant upgrade over the camera on-board the Moto G4 Plus. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.The Moto G5 Plus is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.Huawei Honor 8The Honor 8 was launched in India in October last year at a price of Rs 29,999. If you’re wondering why the Honor 8 even deserves a mention here, 8 months after hitting the shelves, well, the phone from Huawei is now selling for as low as Rs 17,350. It is actually quite a steal at its current price if you’re someone who likes to flaunt their phone and also someone who likes to take a lot of (good) pictures using it.The Honor 8 has two cameras on the rear — dual 12-megapixel with dualLED (dual tone) flash — wherein one takes monochrome shots the other takes photos in colour (RGB). The phone’s software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. The monochrome images can take in 300 per cent more light and 50 per cent more contrast than coloured photos, according to Huawei. So basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system. The Honor 8, in addition, also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The Honor 8 further boasts of an all glass and metal body with rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM under the hood and 32GB of on-board storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via micro-SD card. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 30,000Moto Z2 PlayJust like the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play brings the Moto Z family’s modularity to the affordable mid-range segment. But being an affordable mid-range modular phone — and a modular phone done right — isn’t the only USP of the Moto Z2 Play, for its loyalties lie elsewhere. The Moto Z2 Play, just like the Moto Z Play before it, has a battery life to die for.The Moto Z2 Play, priced at Rs 27,9999, uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor and comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full-HD (1080P) resolution. One particular interesting bit about the Moto Z2 Play — as opposed to its predecessor — is its main camera. This camera uses a 12-megapixel image sensor that has a pixel size of 1.4um. Just like its predecessor the Moto Z Play, the Moto Z2 Play also comes with a decently-sized 3,000mAh battery and when paired with Qualcomm’s efficient Snapdragon 626, metes out excellent battery life.The Z2 Plus further comes with a full-metal body and has a fingerprint sensor on the front and on the back the phone has pogo pins through which Moto Mods can be attached to it. It also comes with Type C connector. Also the support for micro-SD card has been provided.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play review: Great battery life, pure Android makes it one of the best Moto phonesLike other Motorola phones, the Z2 Play also uses an almost unmodified version of Android. It is powered by Android Nougat 7.1, which is the latest version of Android.OnePlus 3TThe OnePlus 3T — even though OnePlus has discontinued the phone now (it will be available for buying in India by the end of this year though) — is one of those rare case studies where it’s hard to find a catch, simply because there isn’t any. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the OnePlus 3T is available for buying for Rs 29,999 and is still among the best phones that money can buy around its price point chiefly because of its blazing fast performance.Just like the original OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T boasts of a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. The phone comes with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass 4. The phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It is backed by a 3,400mAh battery. It comes with 6GB RAM and supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options.Also Read: OnePlus 3T review: Best phone in India right nowThe phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and is up-gradable to Android N.The OnePlus 3T also supports the company’s in-house fast charging solution called Dash Charging and the accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes.The rear camera (which is the same as the one on-board the OnePlus 3, which means 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation as the one on the OnePlus 3) is assisted with EIS for enhanced stabilisation while shooting videos. On the front, the OnePlus 3T comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Best phone(s) under Rs 45,000OnePlus 5The OnePlus 5 is officially official now. It looks a lot like, well, a certain phone from a certain company that shares its name with a fruit that apparently keeps doctors away. But, we had all – already — seen how the OnePlus 5 was shaping to be, didn’t we? So, what if the OnePlus 5 looks a lot like a certain phone from a certain company that shares its name with a fruit that apparently keeps doctors away? At least, it looks good, while at it. It is, without a doubt, OnePlus’ best-looking phone ever. It’s still pretty jam-packed to the core with high-end specs, like the company’s previous offerings, and also it comes at a relatively mainstream price which come to think of it is again trademark OnePlus.Also Read: OnePlus 5 review: Crazy good phone for crazy good priceThe OnePlus 5 looks exactly like the OnePlus 3T from the front, only a wee bit more compact. The only difference — on the front — is that OnePlus’ new phone comes with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 5 for protection and what is being said to be a more durable fingerprint scanner. The rear, in the case of the OnePlus 5, is a different story altogether. The OnePlus 5, as opposed to the OnePlus 3T, comes with a dual camera system on the rear.The dual camera system in the OnePlus 5 features “a tailor-made 16-megapixel camera, supported by a 20-megapixel telephoto camera. While the 16-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 398 — features a large f/1.7 aperture, the secondary 20-megapixel camera — Sony IMX 350 – features an f/2.6 aperture. The dual camera system on-board the OnePlus 5 is capable of shooting photos with shallow depth of field, or bokeh effect through a specialized portrait mode. There’s also a dedicated Pro Mode for pro users. The system is also capable of recording 4K videos and shooting in RAW file format. Sadly, the OnePlus 5’s rear camera system isn’t assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 16-megapixel camera.The OnePlus 5’s dual camera system may be a hit or a miss — it is in fact not as good as hyped by the company in question — but it doesn’t take away the fact that the OnePlus 5 is the most powerful phone that you can buy at its price point right now. The phone is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with up to 8 gigs of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage which is non-expandable. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box.The phone is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is non-removable and supports Dash Charging.The only area where OnePlus seems to have cut corners is in the display, as the OnePlus 5 comes with the exact 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen as the OnePlus 3 and 3T before it.The OnePlus 5 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version and goes all the way to Rs 37,999 for the top-end 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version.LG G6The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right now. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what LG’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, LG is chasing practicality. With the G6 it has achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.Launched at Rs 51,990 the LG G6 is now selling for as low as Rs 38,199 which makes its quite a steal because, well, it is after all a fantastic phone. Successor to the G5, the LG G6 comes with an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display — instead of a regular 16:9 — and a wide-angle 13-megapixel dual rear camera system. The LG G6 is also notably the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.Also Read: LG G6 review: The dark horseThe USP of the G6, according to LG, is its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side. The 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution which when combined with LG’s Android Nougat-based UX 6.0 software allows users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side by side.On the inside, the phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a micro-SD card slot. It is further backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging. The G6 India model, in addition, includes a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio.On the outside, the LG G6 comes with a ‘minimalist’ design consisting of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (Gorilla Glass 3 on the front) and metal — with chamfered edges and rounded corners — and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The LG G6 is also IP68-certified for dust and water resistance.Best phone(s) money can buySamsung Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+The Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ from Samsung are a heady concoction of style and cutting-edge technology. There’s so much to love about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, it’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. The fact that they’ve got everything — straight out of the future looks and straight out of the future tech — makes them a complete package: a true value for money proposition even at a price as high as Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900.The Galaxy S8+ is simply the Galaxy S8 with a bigger (6.2-inch) screen and a bigger (3,500mAh) battery. The Galaxy S8 will serve most users well. For others, there is the Galaxy S8+.The Galaxy S8 and S8+, which are successors to last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, come with a near edge-to-edge design, an unusual 18.5:9 ‘Infinity’ display and Samsung’s proprietary Bixby virtual assistant. While the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone, the S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both the phones boast of a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panels.Both the phones are powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU and 4 gigs of RAM along with 64GB of internal memory. The dual-SIM phones run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and support 4G LTE connectivity.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ review: Cutting the edge and doing it in styleBoth the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. Both the phones come with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with a Windows Continuum-like feature called Samsung DeX that allows you to run supportive mobile apps on a full-scale monitor for enhanced productivity.On the camera front, both the phones come with a 12-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ rear (with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation) and an 8-megapixel front shooter combo.While the Galaxy S8 uses a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ houses a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Both the phones support wireless and quick charging technologies (via USB Type-C port). The phones are also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.HTC U11Even though it doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or a dual-camera system like the LG G6, HTC’s new U11, has enough gimmicks and fire-power under the hood to stand toe-to-toe with them. And give them quite a run for their money while at it. It looks great, has a great screen, metes out great performance, comes with great camera credentials and a camera that performs quite well while at it, and outstanding audio credentials that put Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus’ stereo setup to shame. It is water-resistant and crams in three virtual assistants. But, more importantly, the U11 is the first HTC phone in years to carry a sensible price tag. The phone, for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, costs Rs 51,990.The outer frame, in case of the U11, can respond to stimuli. The lower ends of the phone pack sensors that respond differently to different levels of pressure, giving the U11 its ‘squeezable’ moniker. By squeezing the phone, users can carry out specific functions such as opening the camera (and clicking photos), activating a virtual assistant, taking a screen-shot and more.The U11 also comes with HTC’s new sonar-based audio system — called U-Sonic — over headphones that is claimed to deliver true sound that is also capable of adapting to the user. The U11 comes without a regular 3.5mm audio jack and has a single USB Type-C out for charging, data syncing and high-res audio. HTC U Sonic, however, works only with compatible USB-C headphones. The company ships one in the box. The headphones, besides supporting U-Sonic, also support active noise cancellation. The phone also ships with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box to connect regular headphones. The U11, in addition, also supports BoomSound Hi-Fi sound technology over a pair of stereo speakers.Also Read: HTC U11 review: Sense and sensibilityThe HTC U11 comes with a 5.5-inch 2K Super LCD 5 screen. It is powered by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Sense UI. It further comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.The U11 ships with a 12-megapixel rear camera with what HTC calls UltraPixel 3 technology and UltraSpeed Autofocus. It uses a very bright lens at f/1.7 aperture, and the sensor is also a little bigger than the usual, 1/2.55-inch that apparently boosts low-light performance. HTC’s UltraPixel sensor is notorious for allowing more light into the lens, technically resulting in brighter photos. The rear camera is further assisted with phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera.last_img read more

Gerco Roman’s desperate search for big medal

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 19 (PTI) Battling an identity crisis in India, the Greco Roman style of wrestling has taken a few steps in improving its image but desperately seeks a big medal for a complete make-over. The practitioners and coaches of the Greco Roman style, which forbids holds below the waist, do feel they are an ignored lot as freestyle wrestlers hog all the limelight. Sushil Kumar’s bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics revolutionised the sport in India, taking freestyle popularity to a new high. “The trend is changing now because even if there is a switch, it is happening at a young age. Earlier, the wrestler would switch (from GR to FS) after 18, 20 years of age but now it has started happening from the age of 14, 15,” India’s National Greco Roman coach Kudeep Singh told PTI. “Earlier, if 100 people were picking wrestling as their sport, 95 would opt for freestyle. But now the game is being promoted at school and university level, so the change has picked up pace. It’s real effect will be known in next four to five years and Greco Roam style will match the popularity of Free Style,” Singh added. Singh conceded that Greco Roman wrestlers feel like poor cousins of their freestyle counterparts. “Yes, that feeling is there. Freestyle wrestlers get more attention of the media and the fans but the WFI is taking good care of the Greco Roman athletes and keeps motivating them and us the coaches. “And it is only in India. In European countries, Greco Roman is more popular. It depends on the country’s culture. We have dangals and freestyle from the ancient times.”advertisement Harpreet Singh, who hails from Sangrur District and trains in Faridkot in Punjab, is being tipped as the wrestler who can effect a change by delivering a big medal. And he has the opportunity now as he is set to compete in the 87kg category at the Asian Games. “It really feels bad. In Pro League, there is no Greco style. Then there are Dangals in our country but they do not have Greco, we feel bad. If there are medals at the Asian Games, Olympics, it will change the face of Greco Roman in India. I feel I can do it,” said the soft-spoken Harpreet. He switched from Freestyle to Greco a decade back and says it was because he got immediate results and also that his body is more suited to Greco Roman, which requires immense strength in the upper body. “The last time (Incheon Games) I was close to a medal but committed some mistakes. I was more aggressive in the first round and lost stamina. So, the opponent took advantage in second round. This time I will be careful,” he said. Kuldeep Singh, who is also the coach of freestyle wrestler Sandeep Tomar, said the change has begun but needs a push. “There are a lot of coaches now of this style but the number is still less. Now, almost at every wrestling training centre, Greco Roman style is taught, though quantity may be different. If there are 80 freestyle coaches in four districts, Greco would be 10. Navy and Services also have Greco Roman. “If one of our Greco Roman wreslter achieves the similar feat, it will make a huge difference. Harpreet, Gurpreet and Hardeep, who competed in Olympics, are there who have it in them to do it.” Singh said it’s a task to keep Greco Roman wrestlers motivated and that’s why motivational lectures are a must at training sessions. Freestyle wrestling is liked by spectators because it allows grapplers to be more attacking by using both arms and legs, while Greco Roman wrestlers use only upper body. “Free style is dynamic, Greco needs lot of strength, endurance. Now that kids are taking it up from base level, it will look attract when they will compete.” PTI AT PM PM PMlast_img read more



Fans are focus of Football League project to reduce match-day policing

first_imgShare on Twitter Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp news Topics Football League Football politics Police It also suggested forces did not respond by reducing officer numbers when information based on “very weak” evidence proved unfounded.The EFL hopes supporting research and match observations for a further two years will help reduce costs and the number of officers allocated to matches.Enable, led by academics Prof Clifford Stott and Dr Geoff Pearson, cites an estimated annual cost of £48m to police professional football, of which only £5m is borne by clubs since they are legally responsible only for policing on land they own or control on match days.Last season’s Enable report concluded that high deployment of officers, including those trained for riot and public order control, was often unnecessary and could actually escalate tensions.It also proved too costly and took resources away from more pressing areas of policing.“Despite the good practices we observed, such high levels of resourcing are not sustainable, and consideration must be given to ways of reducing the demand and level of resourcing involved in policing football,” the report said.Several forces have made changes following work by Enable, including the deployment of police liaison teams tasked with talking to supporter groups and placing less emphasis on police riot squads.West Yorkshire police, whose recently retired chief superintendent, Owen West, is a senior consultant with Enable, have reduced their deployments at Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford.Lancashire police, also part of Enable, reported this week it had cut its resources by 35% from last season for Leeds’ visit to Preston and there had been no incidents of disorder and no arrests at Tuesday’s match.John Nagle, the EFL’s head of policy, said: “The aim of the project is to promote collaboration between football clubs and police forces to encourage a progressive dialogue about the best, most efficient ways to police football matches and help develop cutting edge crowd management techniques, and so to improve the match-day experience for supporters and help reduce the financial burden on club and policing budgets.”One of last season’s matchday observations found that a group of away fans police had designated as “high risk” potential troublemakers were in fact less inclined to disorder than the pre-match intelligence. Enable’s report concluded: “In contrast to pre-event police expectations there has been little evidence of any major underlying risk that was brought about by groups travelling to these events who were conspiring to precipitate disorder … It was evident that the intelligence picture is often very weak and bore little relationship to the risk that actually emerged. In addition, we noted very little critical analysis of this intelligence.”The report argued for “a comprehensive advance” in methods of assessing how supporters are likely to behave, a greater recognition by police that fans have the right to freedom of assembly, association and expression, and for an “increased emphasis” on engaging and communicating with supporters.The Football Supporters’ Association, which has long campaigned for more progressive policing, is a participant in Enable, contributing its own observations of match-day operations. The FSA chief executive, Kevin Miles, said: “The initiative isn’t without its challenges but we have already seen positive changes in how supporters are policed. It’s already clear supporters respond far better to a community-driven, engaged style of policing as opposed to always being treated as a potential public-order problem.” Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email The English Football League is to fund research into match-day policing aimed at managing potential flashpoints with a more progressive approach to supporters. The long-term objective of the study is for the police to deploy fewer officers at games.The project, termed “Enable”, carried out observations at five matches last season and reached three key findings: the risks of violence were generally lower than the police had expected, too many officers were on duty and too few talked to supporters. Read more Partizan coach calls for no repeat of racist chants against Manchester United Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Chelsea join Umtiti hunt

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours: Chelsea join Umtiti hunt Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:16 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Samuel Umtiti Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Premier League Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Chelsea join Umtiti huntChelsea have joined the race to sign Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti at the end of the season, claims Don Balon.Umtiti has a €60 million release clause in his contract and Barca are keen to hold talks over a new deal for the France international, so they can increase the price.However, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all interested in signing the centre-back, who has previously been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United. Article continues below 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 Real ready new Ronaldo dealCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid are prepared to meet Cristiano Ronaldo’s demands and offer him an improved deal to remain at Santiago Bernabeu, reports Spanish paper ABC .The Portuguese has been linked with a summer move to the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.He could, however, agree to stay put after being promised a salary increase to £26.5 million-a-year.Chelsea consider Sarri approachSarri Napoli Serie ARoman Abramovich is considering paying Maurizio Sarri’s €8 million release clause to appoint the Napoli coach as Chelsea’s next manager, reports Gazzetta dello Sport .Current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s long-term future continues to be in question and Sarri is among the names mooted as a potential replacement.His €8m release clause is valid until the end of May and Chelsea owner Abramovich is keeping a close eye on events at Napoli.Arthur to wait until 2020 to play for BarcaArthur Melo GremioGremio midfielder Arthur is willing to wait until January 2020 before playing for Barcelona in order to seal his move to Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo . Barcelona are in talks with Gremio over a deal for the 21-year-old, who is reportedly desperate to join the Catalan club ahead of the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and a clutch of Premier League teams.Any deal could see Arthur spend the rest of 2018 with Gremio and 2019 with a European club before being ready to join up with Barcelona’s squad.Simeone snubs ChelseaDiego Simeone Atletico Madrid RomaDiego Simeone has snubbed the opportunity to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea this summer, according to The Times .The Argentine coach would rather stay at Atletico Madrid than take the reins at Stamford Bridge.He is open to the idea of managing in the Premier League at some stage, though, with Manchester United his preferred destination.Dembele in Griezmann swap deal?Ousmane Dembele BarcelonaAtletico Madrid are prepared to sell Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, reports Don Balon , but will demand Ousmane Dembele in a part-exchange deal.Barca only signed Dembele for €105m in the summer of 2017 but could use him to help push a deal over the line for fellow France international Griezmann.Spurs ready to sell KaneHarry KaneTottenham are ready to sell Harry Kane to Real Madrid, as long as the deal is done quickly and brings in €200m, according to Mundo Deportivo . Spurs president Daniel Levy has told Kane’s representatives that the club are willing to let him go, but that they do now want a drawn-out saga. Why didn’t Arsenal sign defenders?Arsene Wenger ArsenalArsene Wenger says a lack of “financial power” prevented Arsenal from bolstering their defensive ranks in the January transfer window.The Gunners were able to bring added firepower in the final third onto their books, with a club-record £55 million fee acquiring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, but were unable to land a new centre-half.Read the full story on Goal. Nainggolan quashes Chelsea talkRadja Nainggolan RomaRadja Nainggolan may have sparked talk of interest from Chelsea and the Chinese Super League, but he is open to a contract “for life” at Roma.The Belgium international midfielder saw his future called into question once again during the winter transfer window.Read the full story on Goal. Liverpool face Alisson fightAlisson Becker RomaReal Madrid are ready to rival Liverpool for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, claims Mundo Deportivo .Jurgen Klopp is expected to be in the market for a new shot-stopper in the summer, but so are those at Santiago Bernabeu and both clubs are eyeing a Brazil international.Man Utd’s worst signingsJuan Sebastian Veron Manchester UnitedFrom Bebe to Juan Sebastian Veron, Manchester United have not always got things right in the transfer market.With that in mind, Goal has taken a look at 15 of the biggest flops to have been snapped up by the Red Devils.Check out the full list here. Leicester savaged for blocking Mahrez moveRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordLeicester City’s refusal to let Riyad Mahrez leave for Manchester City was “churlish”, says Robbie Savage, with the winger worth “100 times” what they paid.The former Foxes midfielder has said: “What sort of mentality is he going to be in for the rest of the season? Leicester are not going to finish in the top four and they are not going to go down, so I don’t understand why they were not prepared to let him go for £60m.”Read the full story on Goal. Crouch never had Chelsea contactPeter Crouch StokePeter Crouch says there was “never any strong interest” shown in him by Chelsea before attention switched to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.The Stoke frontman emerged as a surprise target for the Blues as they sought to bolster their attacking ranks during the January transfer window.Read the full story on Goal. Did Barca overpay for Coutinho?Philippe Coutinho BarcelonaBarcelona overpaid for Philippe Coutinho, says Jamie Carragher, with the former Liverpool playmaker “not worth” €160 million.Following a six-month chase, those at Camp Nou finally got their man during the January transfer window as they acquired a Brazil international for a club-record fee.Find out what a Reds legend has had to say on the deal here. AC Milan join Dzeko huntEdin Dzeko RomaAC Milan are plotting a move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko after seeing Chelsea fail to do a deal in January, reports Tuttosport .The Blues pushed hard for the former Manchester City frontman during the winter window, but eventually landed Olivier Giroud from Arsenal to leave the door open for others to launch a raid on Stadio Olimpico in the summer.Liverpool’s biggest flopsMario Balotelli LiverpoolLiverpool will hope to see Virgil van Dijk enjoy a productive career at Anfield, but the Reds have struggled to find transfer value at times.Mario Balotelli and Andy Carroll form part of the roll of shame pieced together by Goal .Check out the full list of 15 flops here. Sagna’s surprise switchBacary Sagna Manchester CityFormer Manchester City and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has linked up with Serie A strugglers Benevento.The 34-year-old full-back has been without a club since being released by Premier League leaders City at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.Read the full story on Goal. De Gea can only join Madrid in Bale swapGareth BaleManchester United boss Jose Mourinho will only allow David de Gea to join Real Madrid if Gareth Bale is part of the deal, according to Diario Gol (via the Express ). Mourinho is a long-time admirer of the Wales star, and won’t let his goalkeeper leave without getting the winger as part of the deal. Mou to Fellaini: Shut up and signMarouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedManchester United manager Jose Mourinho told Marouane Fellaini to “sign the contract and shut up” as the injured midfielder nears the end of his deal.The Belgium international is out of contract at the end of the season and Mourinho, in lighthearted fashion, said he had told the midfielder to sign a new deal.Read his full comments here! Wenger: Ozil contract our cheapest optionMesut Ozil ArsenalArsene Wenger says handing Mesut Ozil a new contract was the “cheapest option” available to Arsenal.”Overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option. On the other side, all of our players are well paid. Very well paid. To feel sorry for them – I’m not sure that it’s the most objective assessment.”Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool cost Mahrez his move to CityRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordLiverpool’s January business cost Riyad Mahrez his move to Manchester City this winter, according to The Mirror . The Reds paid £75m for Virgil van Dijk and sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £145m, leaving the Foxes intent on getting £80m for the Algerian, but Manchester City were unwilling to meet that price. Whitecaps in talks with Palace midfielderJordon Mutch Crystal Palace; Eden Hazard ChelseaThe Vancouver Whitecaps are in talks to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch, ESPN reports. The 26-year-old has not made a single appearance for Roy Hodgson’s side this season. Chicharito wanted out of West HamJavier Hernandez Chicharito West HamJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez confirmed he wanted to leave West Ham United prior to the close of the January window but said he is committed to helping the club stay in the Premier League this season.The Mexico international wanted to find more playing time ahead of the World Cup. Read his full comments right here on Goal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Germany, Netherlands and Belgium register big wins

first_img Reuters New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 10:30 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSMarcel Halstenberg and Serge Gnabry netted once each to lead Germany to victoryRyan Babel scored a brace as Netherlands claimed a comfortable 4-0 win over EstoniaKevin De Bruyne scored once and assisted in the rest three goals as Belgium crushed ScotlandGermany beat hosts Northern Ireland 2-0 on Monday with two goals in the second half to get their Euro 2020 qualification on track as they bounced back from last week’s loss to the Netherlands to take over top spot in Group C.Defender Marcel Halstenberg drilled the ball in three minutes after the restart following a lacklustre first half by the Germans, who lost 4-2 at home to the Dutch on Friday.Serge Gnabry continued his impressive scoring run for Germany, netting in second-half stoppage time for his ninth goal in his 10th international, completing Germany’s eighth consecutive win over Northern Ireland.The win put Germany on 12 points from five games, ahead on goal difference of second-placed Northern Ireland, who suffered their first loss of the campaign as captain Steven Davis became their most capped outfield player with 113 appearances.BABEL NETS TWICE AS NETHERLANDS THRASH ESTONIARyan Babel scored twice as a rampant Netherlands claimed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Estonia in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier.Memphis Depay added an excellent third to mark his 50th cap and Georginio Wijnaldum netted the fourth late on as the Dutch recorded back-to-back wins under manager Ronald Koeman for the first time following Friday’s 4-2 victory in Germany.The Netherlands remain three points behind the top two in the pool, Germany and Northern Ireland, who have 12 points each. The Dutch have a game in hand.Estonia slipped to a fifth successive loss in the qualifiers.DE BRUYNE INSPIRES BELGIUM TO 4-0 ROUT OF SCOTLANDadvertisementBelgium kept their 100 percent record intact in Euro 2020 qualifying Group I with a Kevin de Bruyne-inspired 4-0 demolition of a disappointing Scotland side at a subdued Hampden ParkRoberto Martinez’s side, top of the FIFA rankings, were a class above their hosts as they scored three times before halftime through Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld all created by De Bruyne.The Manchester City craftsman then capped a superb individual display with a clinical finish late on.Victory left Belgium with 18 points from six games, three more than second-placed Russia, who needed an 89th-minute goal by Mario Fernandes to beat Kazakhstan 1-0.The top two go through to next year’s finals.Scotland’s joint heaviest home defeat means their slender hopes of qualifying from the group are virtually over, although they could still reach the tournament via the Nations League playoffs, with a semi-final place already secured.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Euro 2020 qualifiers Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Germany, Netherlands and Belgium register big winsGermany top Group C with 12 points from five games while Netherlands remain three points behind the top two in the pool with a game in hand. Belgium consolidated their position at the top of Group I.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Heat Up Your Raclette Game with the Partygrill

first_img Editors’ Recommendations We’ll get this out of the way, as you might have some questions. Raclette is both a) a type of cow’s milk cheese native to Switzerland that is primarily used for melting and b) the dish that comes from heating the cheese, scraping off the melted part, then eating it on its own or like a civilized person on a piece of bread, vegetables, or whatever else you want to put delicious melted cheese on. In the past, raclette was made by holding the cheese in front of a fire. Now, it is typically made on a tabletop electric grill.See? We’ve made it to the Partygrill. Basically, the Partygrill is your new favorite raclette maker.Measuring about 2 feet long, the Partygrill comes with two cast aluminum reversible, non-stick plates (one side is smooth, the other is ribbed), and eight spatulas. You can fit around eight normal-sized burgers on the grill at a time (though in practice four is easier to flip and maintain).To use the grill, simply let it heat up for about 10 minutes, then go to town. You want burgers and dogs and it’s raining outside? Done. You want to raclette the hell out of your apartment complex? Stop at your favorite cheese store and get ready to roll.Now, this isn’t the be-all, end-all for indoor grilling. Anything bigger than a burger will take a while to cook, somewhat defeating the point of the Partygrill. Instead, we had success with bite-sized items (beef tips, sausage coins, broccoli florets, etc) as they cooked in just a few minutes and we could rotate out on a consistent basis.If you’re looking to do both meats and cheese, we suggest doing the meat first, then melting the cheese (remember, it’s a non-stick top, so it’ll slide right off). Our favorite combination? Cooking some bacon, then melting cheese, then pouring the cheese all over the bacon.Overindulgent? Yes. Totally awesome? You damn right.Is the Partygrill going to replace your outdoor grill? Not in a million years, we won’t deny that. But would you really want five other people huddled around your grill, poking and prodding things while you’re trying to ensure the chicken wings cook to the right temperature? No. That’s your sacred domain and you should keep it sacred. Instead, move the friends inside and break out the Partygrill.The Partygrill retails for $99. Portion Control: The Best Meal Prep Containers on the Market 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and Morelast_img read more

Used icebreakers to cost 30 more than advertised thanks to tariffs fees

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is planning to spend at least $827 million on three used icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard — 30 per cent more than advertised.In August, the government cited the cost for the three icebreakers as $610 million when it announced its plan to buy them from Quebec-based Davie Shipyard without a competition.Officials say the additional $217 million, which is revealed in new budget documents, will cover tariffs, brokerage fees, engineering work and other costs to get the vessels up and running.The icebreakers, billed as a stopgap but which officials have admitted will be used for up to 20 years, are only the latest vessels that will cost the government more than expected.The Defence Department revealed last week that Ottawa will pay $800 million to build a sixth Arctic patrol vessel at Irving Shipyards in Halifax, which is twice as much as each of the other five vessels cost.Officials are also reviewing the costs of several other shipbuilding projects in Halifax and Vancouver, including new science vessels for the coast guard.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

City cancels evacuation alert for Sewage Lagoons

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has rescinded the evacuation alert for the City’s South Sewage Lagoons.The alert was issued on October 10 as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the area to the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders.The Peace River Regional District also downgraded some areas of the Old Fort from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert. The majority of the community remains under an evacuation order.last_img

Dust Control Technology release four new sizes of dust suppression ring

first_imgDust Control Technology (DCT) has released four new sizes of its dust suppression ring, designed to suit a range of conveyor sizes and discharge flows. The DustBoss® DB-RTM is designed for use at material discharge points, creating a virtual curtain around outflow for particle containment. The four new sizes include 76.2 cm, 121.92 cm, 137.16 cm and 182.88 cm models and DCT now offers nine standard sizes from 43.2 cm to 254 cm in diameter. The number and size of the atomizing nozzles vary by model, from 18 to as many as 85 on the largest ring, the DB-R 100. Water flows range from 3.25 GPM (12.3 LPM) to 52.95 GPM (200.44 LPM). An optional booster pump can also be added to increase water flow and pressure, and units can be equipped with a two-way valve to provide manual control over water flow.DCT VP, Aaron Valncic said “The DB-R is designed for mounting at the end of conveyor belts to aid in dust suppression directly at the discharge point. The most effective approach to dust management is to address the source whenever possible, and the ring applies suppression right as the material leaves the conveyor or discharge chute.”last_img read more

Veselin Vujovic with physical attack on Cervars assistant

cervarmetalurgVardarvujovic The heat between the two top Macedonian clubs, Metalurg and Vardar, is geared up even more now after the incident that happened today at the beginning of Metalurg’s training in the Sports Arena “Boris Trajkovski”. As Vardar was finishing the training and Metalurg beginning theirs, the coach of RK Vardar, Veselin Vujovic, physically attacked Alexandar Petrovski by slapping him in the face, the assistant coach in Metalurg, and also threatened to Lino Cervar that he “will pay 10,000 euros to have his nose cut”. On behalf of Metalurg, they said that they are disgusted from this incident, and that the attack will reported to the police.This is all happening ahead of the cup clash that is scheduled for this weekend. It is expected that Vardar and Metalurg meet in the final. ← Previous Story Audray Tuzolana leaves BSV Silkeborg this summer Next Story → Four new players in EHF CL Winner – Buducnost Podgorica! read more

Gardaí issue alert about new killer substance found in ecstasy tablets

first_imgUpdated 11pmGARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a warning about the ecstasy tablets that have killed two people in four days.The green pills have an apple or a rolex logo while the white pills have a Mitsubishi logo.These contain a substance called PMMA or PMA which is more lethal than MDMA normally contained in ecstasy tablets.The effect of this substance is slower than MDMA which means people are known to take more to achieve the feeling they expect from MDMA.This has led to rapidly increased heart rates, extremely high body temperatures, respiratory failure and sometimes death.Two people died in the space of four days and the last month has seen a number of hospitalisations due to the ecstasy pills.Gardai and the HSE want to get the message out about how dangerous these drugs are ahead of the summer months and upcoming music festivals.The HSE says it’s important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm.This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service ( First published 3.50pmRead: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four days>Read: Students warned about “bad batch” of drugs>last_img read more

Graham urging Trump to reopen government for a few weeks

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker advising President Donald Trump said he is encouraging the president to reopen the government for several weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before the president takes the more drastic step of declaring a national emergency.But that may be wishful thinking, given that Sen. Lindsey Graham also says Trump still wants to reach a deal for the wall before agreeing to reopen shuttered government departments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a leading Democratic negotiator, insists that Trump reopen the government first.The weeks-old standoff over funding led to the partial government shutdown that hit day 23 on Sunday without an end in sight.“Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we’re almost there, I would urge him to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug, see if we can get a deal,” said Graham, a South Carolina Republican. “If we can’t at the end of three weeks, all bets are off.”“See if he can do it by himself through the emergency powers. That’s my recommendation,” added Graham, who has publicly pushed Trump to use his authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall. Such a step would allow Trump to bypass Congress and tap various pots of unspent federal money, including for military construction and disaster relief and from asset seized by law enforcement, to pay for the wall.Trump has kept Washington on edge over whether he would resort to such a declaration, citing what he says is a “crisis” of drug smuggling and the trafficking of women and children at the border. The president initially sounded as though such a move was imminent, but then pulled back. He has said several times since he first mentioned the idea in public earlier this month that he prefers to try to reach a deal with Congress.last_img read more

Stakeholders in the Banking Industry Validate the CIBG Draft Bill

first_imgBy Alhagie FS SoraMembers of the Gambia Bankers Association (GBA) on Tuesday, 16 September, 2014 at the Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau, held a validation workshop on the Chartered Institute of Bankers of the Gambia (CIBG) Bill 2014.In his welcoming remark, Mr. Mamour Malick Jagne, Executive Secretary of GBA and Registrar of IBG, recalled that what is today called the Gambia Bankers Association has started years ago when there were only three or four banks in the Gambia with their managing directors at the time meeting over lunch periodically to share ideas on the economy, the foreign exchange market, the tourism industry and other areas of common interest. He said “over time, the number of bankers in the country increases rapidly in a relatively short period of time and that the economy became more complex, financial intermediaries deepened and the relationship between the customers and the banks changed in character as competition between the banks grew in intensity.”He added that the outstanding growth in the Gambian banking industry had overstretched the available human capacity in the financial sector.Mr. Jagne said under the circumstance, the managing directors considered that banks should continue to compete but that they should also create a non profit making body to be called the Gambia Bankers Association, hence on the 27th February, 2002 the Registrar General at the Attorney General’s Chambers issued them with the certificate of incorporation “No.112/2002.’’The GBA Executive Director said the step they are about to take is a logical follow up on the commitment of managing directors to train their staff to international standard when this Bill becomes an Act of the National Assembly, adding that Gambians will no longer need to travel overseas to study to become chartered bankers and that students in the sub-region can be attracted to come to the Gambia to undergo this course.Mr. Pa Macoumba Njie, the President of the Gambia Bankers Association and also the Managing Director of Trust Bank Gambia Ltd. (TBL), said the institute is the trading arm of the bankers association of the Gambia and was established in 2010 to provide training in banking and finance in line with international standards and to determine standard knowledge skills to be obtained by persons seeking to become members of the banking profession. In order to meet these objectives, he added, an MOU was signed on 17 January 2011 with the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). He said the partnership formally mandates the Institute to serve as an examination center and to also help the institution draw from CIBN experience to provide quality education in banking and finance.“The Gambia with only twelve banks operating in the industry will continue to need the professionals,” said the GBA President.Mr. Njie said “the institute is also working towards the amendment of the legal status as a Chartered Institute. The draft bill presented to you was prepared by the legal Adviser of GBA and a board member of IBG, Mr. Omar F, Mbai. This draft was rounded for proper checking and went through all the stakeholders, including the Central Bank of The Gambia, the University of The Gambia, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, National Training Authority (NTA), the managing directors of all the commercial banks and members of the trustee of the Institute of the Bankers of the Gambia.”He concluded that one of the main objectives of GBA is to develop it into a fully fledged chartered institute for bankers and set it to a level where it will become world class professional training body and a national center for bankers in the Gambia and overseas.Mr. Bernard James Manneh, head of the membership and education department at IBG, thanked the Governor of the Central Bank of the Gambia, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, permanent secretaries, the GBA President and the chairman of board of trustees of IBG for their support to both the Association and Institute. He also thanked Mr. Mamour Malick Jange, the Registrar of the Institute for his open door policy and ability to provide the necessary and appropriate guidance on how and what to do at every giving stage.]]>last_img read more

SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and math

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe National Assessment of Educational Progress has been released.The report shows the San Diego Unified School District out-performed other large urban districts by demonstrating significant grade-level improvements in both reading and mathematics.KUSI was joined by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten with more on the school district’s accomplishments and latest report card. , SDUSD outperforms other urban districts in reading and mathcenter_img Posted: April 12, 2018 April 12, 2018last_img read more