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My opposition to Modi is policy-based, for making false promises: Raj Thackeray

first_imgFollowing a bitter split from the Shiv Sena in 2006, Raj Thackeray founded the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), a political party aimed at “sons of the soil” and the “Marathi manus” (Marathi community). Despite occasional electoral wins since then, the MNS never became a political force in the State, unlike the original Sena that his uncle Bal Thackeray founded and his cousin, Uddhav Thackeray, now leads. The MNS suffered humiliating defeats in the 2014 general election as well as in the Assembly polls. Out of the 288 Assembly seats, it won just one. Its general election tally was zero. The downfall continued in the 2017 civic polls.  Stung by the 2014 defeats, Mr. Thackeray has remained silent for three years.In an exclusive interview, he says the MNS chief regrets endorsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the 2014 general election. For the first time, he has spoken openly against what he calls “BJP’s gimmicks”. He insists that forceful imposition of Hindi is wrong and that he admires the southern States for their stand on the Centre’s push for Hindi as a link language. He has also made a startling claim that wanted terrorist and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim wants to return to India in exchange for a deal with New Delhi.You have claimed Dawood Ibrahim wants to come back to India and is negotiating terms with the Centre. How do you back this claim?It was not out of nowhere. The Prime Minister performs such gimmicks to win elections. He invited the Japanese Prime Minister to Gujarat to inaugurate the bullet train project. This is to score in the Gujarat elections. As per my information, Dawood himself proposed the deal, and talks are on with New Delhi. Don’t expect me to reveal my source. Dawood is only a part of a grander scheme. I think they will not hesitate to wage war against Pakistan or incite communal riots. What else do they have in hand to win elections?But why would an elected government do this?To win elections. Why else? India has voted many times on emotional content. I ask you, what happened in Doklam? Does anyone know the outcome, and why it happened at the first place? Divert attention to such things, while you get to do what you want on the other side. The media gets busy, and the discourse shifts. Is there anything else (for the BJP) other than these issues to attract votes? There isn’t.In 2013, you spoke in favour of Mr. Modi. What went wrong in 2017 that you have changed your stance?I speak when I find things going wrong. I am doing the media’s job. Are reporters and editors speaking against the government? They can’t. Because the government holds the financial strings of their owners. I know editors and reporters who are desperate to expose the government, but they cannot. I had seen Mr Modi as a visionary Prime Minister. But to be frank, he is a leader who organises events. Be it yoga, cleanliness drives, Make In India, or something else. The government is working as an event management company. Are you saying your support of Mr. Modi was a mistake?When I supported his candidature, he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But since then he has acted exactly the opposite. Prior to becoming the Prime Minister, he opposed GST and protested against Aadhaar. Now, he has implemented GST as well as forced Aadhaar down everybody’s throat. The grand promise of giving Rs 15 lakh to every Indian citizen was termed “jumla” (election gimmick) by (BJP president) Amit Shah. One feels Mr. Modi lied to voters to grab power, and now does not even feel ashamed of admitting it. Demonetisation was announced to unearth black money. If 99% of the cash is back in bank accounts, then where is the black money? Has corruption or terrorism stopped? Which black money hoarder is behind bars? If the BJP is against corruption, then where does all this money for advertising, election campaigning come from? BJP men are arrested with cash, but news reports are suppressed. The point is, it takes time to know the real face. I am saying it now, maybe others will express it later. I don’t oppose Mr. Modi as an individual, my opposition is policy-based.But he succeeded in the perception game with demonetisation and voters supported BJP in State polls.If you are talking about votes, then the electronic voting machine (EVM) is a big issue. The nation has never seen a bigger stage show than this. Never ever has the BJP had so many votes. Where did all these voters come from? I can understand one wave. But how can it be constant? In the traditional ballot box, the voter is certain that he or she has voted for a particular person. But what about these EVMs? How would one know? A number of people have approached courts. I am sure something positive will come out of it.  MNS suffered a major setback in 2014 and it is yet to regain lost ground. How do you see this period?Every party suffers from highs and lows. Unfortunately, we are in the latter phase. Then there are those who jump from one party to another. They are merely hawkers who peddle their loyalty. But it is not constant. Did the BJP look invincible four years ago? Politics is not a cricket match, where a player would get an opportunity within a few days. We have to wait for five years. Mr. Modi contested a strategic election where Rahul Gandhi (Congress vice-president) was no match. In addition, Mr. Modi had the financial support of the wealthy Gujarati and Marwari communities.You recently changed from being against the Hindi-speaking population to opposing Gujaratis. Do you fear this stand will affect MNS electorally?Let me be very clear. I have not jumped from Hindi to Gujarati. I am pro-Marathi, as always. People should respect the State they reside in. Everything cannot be acquired through money. If they have money power, my strength is my power on the streets. Is this country left for businessmen only? Tell me the need for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. What type of development are you talking about? And for whom? For Gujaratis of Gujarat and Mumbai? And we will spend ₹1.1 lakh crore on them. Don’t we understand the politics behind it? The pledge we take in school where we call all Indians brothers and sisters is a lie. Had it been the case, then we would not have seen colonies of particular communities with builders selling flats to select people. This was never the condition in Mumbai and Maharashtra until a few years ago.Do you oppose BJP’s idea of Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan?Yes. India is more like Europe. Just like each country in Europe, every State in India has its own culture, language and traditions that need to be preserved. Like Europe, what binds us is currency. Take any language, be it Marathi or Tamil or any other, it has a history of thousands of years, unlike Hindi which is barely a few hundred years old. A conspiracy to claim every Indian as ‘Hindi Hindu’ is in progress. We cannot allow this. There could be Marathi Hindu or Tamil Hindu and so on; but one cannot make blanket imposition of Hindi on the entire country. All Hindus cannot be Hindi. Who are you to tell us to use Hindi? We will not follow your rules. If forceful action is taken to wipe off our distinct identities, then people are bound to hit the streets. This will result in chaos.Are you ready to join hands with organisations from others States on this issue?Of course. Every State language has to be preserved. Hindi is not our national language. English and Hindi are official languages for communication. That’s it. I am not opposed to any language, but any attempt to sideline my language by imposing another will not be tolerated. If there is a platform to oppose this, I am ready to be a part of it to save my language. My stand is clear from the start, and that is why people from Karnataka and Assam approached me recently. I extended my support.  Do you fear it will go against the national interest?I believe in India and I am patriotic as much as any other person. But isn’t it also our duty to protect the diversity of this country? If actors, players, authors from southern States hit the street on issues important to their State, why can’t our celebrities do the same? If you remember, I said in 2014 that Mr. Modi should concentrate on the development of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Jharkhand for the next five years. A lot of problems would have been solved. If every State concentrates on individual development, it will help the country as a whole.How do you see present the BJP-Sena government in Maharashtra?Their divorce papers are already in the court, waiting to be signed. The State is witnessing these husband-wife fights every day. I don’t even need to comment on this. I see a vacuum of strong Opposition, which will be filled eventually. I will be that force. One may not agree now, but my claims have always proven right.last_img read more

Patiala House: Will it be a Patiala peg for Akshay Kumar?

first_imgAkshay Kumar, the highest tax payer in Bollywood, is trying hard to retain the top slot as in the recent past none of his films have worked wonders at box-office.Now, Akshay is leaving no stone unturned to make his upcoming film Patiala House a success. From appearing on reality shows to giving 5-minute appearances in local shopping malls, Akshay is doing everything to make Patiala House a hit.As per the promotion strategy, Akshay along with the star cast of Patiala House is reaching out to the mass audience. The film is being heavily promoted in North especially Punjab and Haryana. Even the premiere of the film is being held in Patiala.Akshay Kumar reinvented himself and became a comedy-action hero by delivering hits like Hera Pheri, Namastey London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Singh Is Kinng.But his charm couldn’t work for long. Just after Singh Is Kinng, Akshay did Chandni Chowk to China with Warner Brothers in 2009. The film also starred Deepika Padukone. Somehow the film didn’t get the affection of viewers.After Chandni Chowk to China, back to back films like 8 x 10 Tasveer, Kambakkht Ishq, Blue and Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan failed on Box-Office in 2009. Even his hot chemistry with Katrina couldn’t do much for De Dana Dan.In 2010, Akshay appeared in Sajid Khan’s multi-starrer Housefull that according to reports garnered the second-highest opening weekend collection of all time.Akshay was also seen in Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, which turned out to be an average grosser. His much-hyped film with Aishwarya Rai Action Replay was a box-office dud.advertisementNow, it is to be seen if Akshay succeeds in making Patiala House a commercial hit. We wish him luck!last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Serena Williams eats dog food, Pakistan cricket star blackmailed and more

first_imgSerena Williams eats dog food, instantly regrets itThe gourmet food Serena Williams ordered off the hotel room-service menu for dogs looked good enough for her to eat. So the top-ranked tennis player sampled it, and later got sick.Hatem Ben Arfa left out France squad for Euro 2016 In-form Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa was left out of the France squad for the European Championship as coach Didier Deschamps unveiled a 23-man squad with no surprise inclusions on Thursday.Bernard Tomic ‘too busy’ to represent Australia in Rio Rising tennis star Bernard Tomic said he will not represent Australia at the Rio Olympics in August as he has signed up to play an ATP tournament in Mexico.Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan haunted by blackmailersYoung and upcoming batsman Sharjeel Khan, who has played 11 T20s and 11 ODIs for Pakistan, has claimed that some unknown persons were trying to blackmail him by demanding money for not releasing videos of him which could harm his reputation.Punjab face tough task against confident MumbaiOn a high after a thumping win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, defending champions Mumbai Indians will aim to continue their winning momentum when they take on bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League clash on Friday.last_img read more

Barcelona Faces Celta in Copa del Rey, Madrid gets Numancia

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Barcelona will face Celta Vigo in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, and Real Madrid will play second-division club Numancia.Barcelona, which has won the competition for the last three years, was held to a 2-2 draw by Celta in the Spanish league on Saturday at Camp Nou.Tuesday’s draw also paired Atletico Madrid with third-division club Lleida. Formentera, another third-tier club, will play last-year’s losing finalist, Alaves.The other pairings are: Cadiz vs. Sevilla; Leganes vs. Villarreal; Las Palmas vs. Valencia; and Espanyol vs. Levante.The matches will be played during the first and second weeks of January.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Par panel picks holes in management of defence land

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) A parliamentary panel has slammed the Defence Ministry over management of its land and recommended a comprehensive survey of all such lands in ten years, while taking strict action against erring officials whose inaction led to losses worth crores.The Public Accounts Committee in its report on ‘Improper Management of Defence Land’, which was tabled before the Lok Sabha today, said despite having repeatedly pointed out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) in its report in2007-2008, 2008-2009 and twice in 2010-11, no effort was made by the Ministry of Defence to streamline the management of defence lands.The ministry owns huge tracts of land across the country. This is managed by the Directorate General of Defence Estate.The committee said the Defence Estate Officers (DEOs) failed to take advance action of renewal and/ termination of lease in utter disregard of the guidelines, resulting in outstanding rentals of approximately Rs 838.34 crore for a period ranging from four to 46 years in respect of eight cases.Referring to a case of Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC), the panel said since 2014, the Ministry of Defence in process of finalising policies for leasing of land for sports and recreational purpose, has not renewed the lease of RCTC from 2007 whose dues are as huge as Rs 814 crore.”The committee desires that strict action be taken against the officials responsible for non-renewal of leases failing to prevent encroachment, encouraging the use of defence land for commercial purpose, failing in the basic law of correct and accurate demarcation/ measurement of land while acquiring the same before its final payment,” the panel said in its recommendation.advertisementThe panel also recommended a comprehensive survey of all defence lands be made once in ten years.PTI PR SRY SRYlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma lauds Kedar Jadhav: He takes his bowling very seriously

first_imgIndia registered contrasting victories within 24 hours as they completely crushed Pakistan in the blockbuster clash of the Asia Cup 2018 on Wednesday.India, who were playing their second match after the opener on Tuesday, didn’t show any signs of tiredness or fatigue as they outclassed Pakistan by 8 wickets in a one-sided contest at the Dubai International stadium.Rohit Sharma’s team first bowled out Sarfraz Ahmed’s side for 162 and then chased down the target in 29 overs with 8 wickets in hand.Asia Cup 2018: Clinical India demolish Pakistan by 8 wicketsThe captain was really happy after the victory as India seemed to have learnt from the mistakes they made in the match against Hong Kong and put in a clinical performance against their arch-rivals.”Right from the start we were quite disciplined. We wanted to learn from yesterday’s mistakes. Was a great game for the bowling unit, especially since we knew it won’t be difficult in these conditions.India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | Photos”We stuck to the plan and did what we had planned to do on this surface. Spinners kept it tight, got the odd breakthrough, but the wickets in the first couple of overs was very important,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.READ – Manish Pandey’s sensational catch wows cricket fansJust a day prior to this game, the Indian bowlers were struggling to take wickets as Hong Kong ran India really close and made them sweat before losing by a close margin.But the bowlers, who were joined by Jasprit Bumrah in this game, were right on the money from the first ball.advertisementHardik Pandya goes down with back injury, stretchered off the fieldBhuvneshwar Kumar and part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav picked up three wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah got two while Kuldeep Yadav got one.Rohit was really happy with the way his bowlers performed, especially Jadhav, who got three important wickets.”It was important to get early wickets because they’ve got some quality in the batting. So we didn’t want to make things easy for them. We kept things on the stumps and we spoke about not giving Pakistan room.”Kedar has been working on his bowling, and he takes his bowling seriously. It augurs well for the team, and the wickets are a bonus for us. His overs in middle are very crucial, especially after Hardik’s injury,” Rohit said.Rohit himself looked in good touch with the bat scoring 52 runs while Shikhar Dhawan made 46. The openers added 86 runs before Dinesh Karthik (31*) and Ambati Rayudu (31*) took India over the line in the 29th over with their unbeaten 60-run partnership.”Quite enjoyed my little innings, got out to a great delivery but it was important to come and adjust to the surfaces here. Now we know exactly what to do. Need to create partnerships to achieve the targets we want to get. And fantastic finish by Dinesh and Rayudu as well,” Rohit concluded.last_img read more

Young Legends’ League launched

first_imgIndian Football: MFA and 8one Foundation launch Young Legends’ League Goal Last updated 2 years ago 22:30 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Young Legends' League Debabrata Majumder The launch of India’s first structured league for 6 to 12 year-old kids was announced on Tuesday, 29th September.. The Young Legends’ League (YLL), a first of its kind football league, which will provide a platform for children aged below 12 years to play competitive football every weekend, was launched by The Mizoram Football Association (MFA) and 8one Foundation on Tuesday. Paving the way for structured development, the league will also be aided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).The 5-a-side league will take place in Champhai, the football-obsessed district of Mizoram which has produced several talented players such as Lalthuammawia Ralte, Lalchhawnkima, Lalruatthara and Robert Lalthlamuana. The league will feature over 500 matches, with each team playing more than 30 games over a period of six to eight months, making it the longest football league in India. Every YLL team will have a squad consisting of ten players (including one female player), ensuring they get as much on-field exposure. Young Legends' League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. Announcing the Young Legends’ League, Lalnghinglova ‘Tetea’ Hmar, Secretary of Mizoram Football Association, commented, “The Young Legends’ League will look to provide competitive football matches to children below 12 years to hone their footballing acumen and skills. We intend to increase the time children spend with the ball so as to inculcate both technical and social skills, which in my opinion, is the best way to ensure holistic development of an individual. MFA believes in giving exposure to young talent, steadily helping develop players by giving them a platform to showcase their skills.” The MFA has signed a 10-year MoU with the 8one Foundation for the Young Legends’ League, which will see both the parties organize YLL in Champhai till 2027. Varun Achreja, Founder, 8one Foundation, said, “Our aim is to leverage YLL as a community mobilizing tool that ensures the involvement of everyone in Champhai to execute this league and contribute to the development of kids through football. The initiative will emphasize on disseminating information related to education, nutrition, health as well as stress on the benefits of working collectively in a team.”Young Legends' LeagueThe All India Football Federation (AIFF), has lauded the work of MFA and 8one Foundation in strategizing such a concept. “It is encouraging to see that the Mizoram FA, 8one and Football Solutions are the first to work towards a sustainable and organic league that follows our Baby Leagues concept to maximize competitive engagement through the year. The ideal and philosophy for Champhai to now have a long-term, self-sustained and intensive youth calendar will speak for itself 6-8 years from today,” remarked Richard Hood, Head of Player Development at the AIFF. MFA and 8one Foundation have also partnered with ISL club North-East United FC (NEUFC) who have prior experience of scouting in Champhai. The first edition of Young Legends’ League will be held at Chhangphut Ground, Champhai, Mizoram, starting from the 11th November 2017 to 23rd July, 2018. Each match will be played for 40 to 60 minutes with matches taking place on a weekly basis.last_img read more

Newcastle forward Calum Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

first_imgShare on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Read more Newcastle, who are at the bottom of the Premiership despite winning their past three matches, face losing Calum Green for the rest of the season after he was cited for allegedly biting the Sale hooker Rob Webber last weekend.The incident occurred in the 22nd minute at St James’s Park when Green was held in a headlock by Webber, who has received a citing commissioner’s warning for that act, at a ruck. Sale claim that Green responded by biting Webber on the hand. Share on Pinterest It was reported on social media that the bearded man, who was wearing a Warriors training jacket, aimed several punches at a spectator sitting a few rows in front of him. Others tried to restrain him before he was led away by stewards and told to leave.“We are aware that police are investigating an incident at Saturday’s match against Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate in which a supporter wearing club replica kit was ejected from the ground for allegedly throwing a punch,” Worcester said in a statement. “We are cooperating with Bristol and Avon and Somerset police in their investigations.“We take a zero‑tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour. We are a family club and subscribe to rugby’s core values, one of which is respect for others.”The supporter has been banned from all Worcester home games while the investigation is being conducted. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn news Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Rugby union Support The Guardian Webber complained to the referee, Craig Maxwell-Keys, who reviewed the incident and did not find anything in the video evidence to justify a red card. Andy Blyth, the citing commissioner, who had access to more camera angles, did, and Green will appear for a disciplinary panel on Wednesday.The second-row has started all of Newcastle’s 17 Premiership matches this season and has missed only two league games in the past three campaigns. If found guilty he would face a minimum ban of 12 weeks, before mitigating factors, rising to 24 weeks or more if he was deemed to have acted with premeditation. Whatever, he would miss the Falcons’ last five games in their battle to avoid the drop.Worcester – the club immediately above them – have banned a fan who is being investigated by Avon and Somerset police for allegedly throwing punches in the South Stand at Ashton Gate during the match against Bristol last Saturday. Sale Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action Newcastle Show Reuse this content Hide Topicslast_img read more

Spurs target Malcom not leaving Bordeaux – Poyet

first_imgTransfers Tottenham & Arsenal target Malcom not leaving Bordeaux in January, claims Poyet Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:48 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Malcom Bordeaux Getty Images Transfers Tottenham Hotspur Nantes v Bordeaux Bordeaux Nantes Ligue 1 Arsenal The Ligue 1 side’s new manager has revealed he has been given assurances that the Brazilian will remain at the club this month New Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet says he has been given assurances that in-demand forward Malcom will not be leaving the club in January.Goal reported last Friday that Tottenham were the latest Premier League club to have expressed an interest in securing the 20-year-old Brazilian’s services.Arsenal were previously interested in signing Malcom this month, though Arsene Wenger last week ruled out the Gunners moving for him in the January transfer window. 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 But while a summer move was not ruled out by Wenger, Poyet has put all suitors on notice that the attacker will not be going anywhere this month.Poyet, who was announced as the successor to the sacked Jocelyn Gourvennec at the weekend, said: “The first thing I asked was if Malcom was staying. I was told yes.”I said OK, now we can continue the discussion.”Malcom had reignited speculation about his future by expressing a desire to play in the Premier League following Bordeaux’s 1-0 victory over Nantes on Saturday.While Bordeaux president Stephane Martin claimed Monday he has no issue with Malcom declaring an interest in playing in England, it was after he first re-affirmed the former Corinthians ace will be remaining at the club through the winter window. “It has been said over and over that Malcom will not leave,” said Martin.”He said he wanted to play in the Premier League someday; it’s normal – what player would not want to play in England?Malcom Bordeaux“There is no problem with Malcom.”Malcom has already matched his output of seven goals and four assists in 33 Ligue 1 games last campaign by scoring seven times and adding five assists in just 19 league games this season, prompting interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino, for his part, earlier Monday refused to address the reports linking Malcom to Spurs, telling Sky Sports: “That is a rumour and I don’t want to speak about it. “I am happy with our squad. We are open to quality players, but it is difficult in this transfer window.”Meanwhile, Arsenal remain on the hunt for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are nearing a deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.last_img read more

Ranieri positive on survival hopes

first_imgClaudio Ranieri believes Fulham can still seal Premier League survival despite their “unbelievable” defeat at home to Tottenham.Harry Winks headed the winner in the 93rd minute at Craven Cottage on Sunday, Dele Alli having cancelled out Fernando Llorente’s own goal.Fulham were good value for their 1-0 half-time lead, but defensive fragilities again came back to haunt Ranieri’s men, who are seven points from safety with 15 games to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ranieri highlighted decisions from referee Craig Pawson that went against his side, claiming Aleksandar Mitrovic should have been awarded a penalty.”Unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had a penalty but the referee didn’t see and a penalty is when the referee whistles,” the former Leicester City boss told a news conference.”There was a big penalty on Mitrovic, but it’s OK. I think it was a good match, second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way.”We gave a gift with the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain because we had free-kicks and I said to players: ‘Why do we have to put the ball in the box? Why?'”We lack experience. There was a ball close to the corner, take the ball to the corner, spend 10 seconds, but the keeper puts a long ball, we intercept the ball and we want to kick on goal.”[We should] stay calm, keep possession, finish the match and at the end, after three minutes of extra time, they score the goal.”“Unbelievable! It was the last action of the game. It’s why it’s so important to believe always”- Mauricio Pochettino#FULTOT— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019Ranieri has a history of delivering unpredictable results having led Leicester to the 2015-16 Premier League title.And even though Fulham have conceded a league-high 51 goals this term, the Italian is determined to stay upbeat.”I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance, you must believe, and I believe in my players,” he said. “We are alive, we continue to fight. The team showed fantastic performances. I can only say well done but stay very smart until the end.”last_img read more

Dan Mullen Can’t Stop Trolling Georgia

first_imgFlorida head coach Dan Mullen reacts during the Peach Bowl.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators reacts in the fourth quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)We’re still several months away from the regular season in college football, but two SEC titans are already feuding with each other. Dan Mullen has thrown fuel to the fire between these rivals by making an interesting remark about Florida’s attendance rating at its spring game.Apparently there were 39,476 at the Gators’ spring game. This seems like a pretty random number, yet it takes on a whole new meaning due to an interesting discovery.There was an entire thread on Reddit revealing that Georgia hasn’t won a national championship in 39 years. During that long period of time, the Bulldogs have played 476 games on the gridiron.It’s still unknown if the number is a prank by the Gators or an accurate figure. However, there is no denying that Mullen is a fan of trolling his opposition.Although he did deny his knowledge about the significance of the attendance rating, he did crack a joke at Georgia fans’ expense.From 247Sports:“I had no idea. I don’t even know how they came up with that number, the most random thing ever,” Mullen said. “Maybe Georgia fans were really so uptight they haven’t won in 39 years they got all uptight and tried to figure it out. But it was pretty random actually, it was pretty funny.”Georgia and Florida will have to settle their differences on the field in November.The Bulldogs won the previous meeting between these two rivals in convincing fashion, defeating the Gators by 19 points.[247Sports]last_img read more

Lincoln Riley Is Hinting At Major Good News For Oklahoma

first_img 👀👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019BIG day!Boomer-— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019👀👀👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 3, 2019Because of NCAA rules, Riley can’t explicitly name which prospects have verbally committed to his program.However, Oklahoma insider Brandon Drumm of 247Sports has confirmed that the Sooners have landed three pledges.#Sooners out here putting up a hat trick on the recruiting trail today with THREE big-time commitment! #OU and Riley on 🔥🔥🔥🔥!!!— Brandon Drumm (@BrandonDrumm247) September 3, 2019We should know soon enough which three recruits have chosen OU. Stay tuned. A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley speaking into his headset.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)One day after his team took down Houston in an impressive season-opening win, Lincoln Riley is hinting at more good news for the Sooners.If you follow Riley on Twitter, you know his trademark “eyeball” emojis are his bat signal for good things going on with the program. Usually, it signifies OU has landed a commitment.Today, Riley not only tweeted out the eye emojis multiple times, he alluded to Oklahoma having a “BIG” day.👀— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) September 2, 2019last_img read more

On Your Feet: Hot court kicks from Beijing to Miami

first_img What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations On Your Feet is all about that new shoe feeling- from the first time you open the box until they’re worn into the ground. Sometimes we’ll sift through the constant Air Jordan releases to bring you the gems other people will leave on the shelves, and sometimes we’ll slide on reclaimed leather loafers from Prague, but we’ll always focus on comfortable shoes with appealing and creative aesthetic. So lace up your new kicks and stand on the precipice of adventure, where will we go together?While the big American brands fight over who gets to sponsor what player, one star has opted to take his talents elsewhere. Dwyane Wade, three time NBA champion and nine-time all star, left the swoosh to sign with Beijing sportswear company Li-Ning in 2012, and this year marks the release of his 3rd signature shoe with the brand.Since Wade wears the number 3 in Miami, this makes the shoe all the more significant for his line, and Li-Ning took the opportunity to express the importance of the number through the construction of the shoe. The design is based around triangular fractals; with an element of complexity that together form the Fractal Dazzle design language. While the major shapes of the sneaker take structural stability and durability from the shape of the triangle, the colors and imprinted designs take the shape a bit further, spinning it and repeating it into a pattern that sticks out from the straight lines and clean colors of most court shoes.A trademark of the Way of Wade line has been the high quality materials and construction, partially due to the lower production numbers found on most modern basketball shoes. The upper is graced with smooth, hand-stitched leather, with molded collar and toe details for serious durability on the hardwood. While a lot of the colorways focus on the red, black, and white of the Miami Heat’s palette, the Way of Wade line has never been afraid of bright colors and crazy designs, such as this Dexter themed pair that Wade posted to his Instagram account late last year.Get underneath the cool styling and smooth leather, and you’ll find a shoe that’s dangerously well equipped for playing ball. The midsole/outsole uses four different materials for the perfect responsiveness and shock absorption, with a series of carefully aligned inserts and a large carbon fiber shank. The outsole is equipped with two different tread patterns, to make sure that your feet are always firmly planted when you break for the paint.The Way of Wade 3 is available on the athlete’s signature shoe website, with new colorways rolling out there before they’re available anywhere else. 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Best Backpacking Gear for Men to Get You on the Trail in 2019last_img read more

Ezra Nets $95 Mln in New Contracts

first_imgMay 21, 2014, zoom Ezra Holdings Limited announced today that the Group has won contracts around the world and across its Subsea Services and Offshore Support Services divisions totalling more than $95 million.Ezra’s Subsea Services arm, EMAS AMC, continues its winning momentum in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico with a variety of cable lay and subsea installation, contract wins for a total value of almost $40 million (including options).Amongst the projects EMAS AMC is scheduled to do, is one of the longest HVAC (High Voltage Alternate Current) cable lays in the world, at 160km in the North Sea.The Group’s Offshore Support Services arm, EMAS Marine, was also awarded several contracts in Africa and Asia, with an aggregate value of more than $55 million (including options).Under these contracts, EMAS Marine will be deploying one Anchor Handling Tug and Supply (AHTS) and two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) in Africa, and another five AHT/AHTS and one PSV in Asia.With the latest contracts, the Group order-book stands at more than 2 billion USD of contracts, with a majority expected to be executed over the next 12 to 18 months.last_img read more

Cats orphaned after Alipore jail shift find new home

first_imgKolkata: At a time when beating up of stray animals, their killings and even abandoning have become rampant in Kolkata, an NGO has given shelter to the cats which were left uncared for due to shifting of the Alipore correctional home to Baruipur.The organisation which is working for the welfare of stray animals for the past two decades has successfully rehabilitated 82 cats, left unattended due to the shifting. The cats were raised by the workers and inmates of the correctional home. They were fed regularly by the staff of the correctional home and the inmates. After the correctional home was shifted to Baruipur, there was no one to look after them. The cats became weak. Senior officials of the Correctional Home department were contacted and permission was sought for the rehabilitation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn Sunday, in the presence of Biplab Das, Additional Inspector General (Correctional Home), the NGO took the cats in its possession. Earlier, the inmates had requested the senior officials at Alipore Correctional Home to take the cats along but their plea had been turned down. A spokesman of the NGO said the cats have been kept in a separate enclosure at the Shibrampur centre. There are already 80 cats there. The newly-adopted cats will be given 200 grams of fish per day along with milk. After they were brought to the centre, they were examined and kept at a separate enclosure. “The cats would not have survived had they not been attended on time,” said a spokesperson of the NGO.last_img read more

UNP MPs to bring noconfidence motion on SLFP Ministers

A group of UNP members of Parliament are to submit a no-confidence motion against the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers who voted in support of the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.UNP Parliamentarian Mujibur Rahman said that the no-confidence motion will be handed over to the Speaker of Parliament tomorrow (Friday). Several key Ministers of the SLFP voted for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The motion was defeated and the SLFP Ministers said they are prepared to resign if they are asked to do so by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette) read more

With tensions high between Israel and Lebanon Annan recommends renewal of UN

“In the light of conditions prevailing in the area, I recommend that the Security Council extend the mandate of UNIFIL (UN Interim Force in Lebanon) until 31 July 2005,” he says in his periodic report to the UN Security Council.While fewer violent incidents took place during the latest reporting period -between late July 2004 and late January 2005 – than during the previous reporting period, “tensions between the parties did not at any point appreciably diminish. Hostile rhetoric remained the norm and stability continued to be threatened” by grave events on 9 and 17 January, by rogue acts and air incursions from both sides, he says.On 9 January a Hizbollah explosive device was blown up as an Israeli Defence Force was patrolling an area 1 kilometre south of the Blue Line in the Shab’a farms, an area which the Lebanese Government considers disputed despite Security Council resolutions to the contrary. One IDF soldier was killed and three others wounded. Israel retaliated, killing a French UN military observer and wounding his Swedish colleague, Mr. Annan says.Another Hizbollah roadside device exploded on the Israeli side of the Blue Line on 17 January, damaging an IDF vehicle. The IDF responded, wounding two Lebanese civilians, he says.Rockets, fired towards Israel presumably by Palestinian militants, were detected on 9 and 28 October and on 15 November, while Israeli air incursions continued throughout the six-month reporting period from 21 July 2004 to 20 January 2005, he says.UNIFIL was established in 1978 to confirm Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, restore peace and help the Lebanese Government restore its authority over the area.”In both private and public forums, Israel and Lebanon have declared their desire to avoid confrontation. At times their actions have clearly supported those intentions. I encourage the parties to live up to those stated aspirations and to do their utmost to adhere to a course favouring peace and security,” Mr. Annan says.He also called on UN Member States to pay the arrears for the mission, an amount totalling $47.1 million. read more

SNCLavalin says Swiss investigating agents hired for Libya projects

SNC-Lavalin says Swiss investigating agents hired for Libya projects MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin has confirmed that it made payments for more than a decade to commercial agents for projects in Libya, payments it says part of an investigation by Swiss authorities.The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant said Monday that it retained Duvel Securities Inc. and Dinova International Inc. in connection with projects in the North African country between 2001 and 2011.The payments were unrelated to the $56 million in payments for two projects that were disclosed following an independent investigation by the company, said spokeswoman Leslie Quinton.“However, subsequent to the independent review, we learned that all or certain payments made to these companies were likely being reviewed by Swiss authorities in their investigation,” she said in an email issued after markets closed.The statement came after a Swiss TV report said SNC-Lavalin’s former head of construction has been formally charged in relation to at least $139 million in payments in North Africa.The company has long said those original $56 million in payments were not related to Libya. Published reports have suggested that at least one of the unnamed projects was Montreal’s superhospital.SNC-Lavalin said it learned of the investigation into Riadh Ben Aissa by Swiss authorities in mid-April, after it disclosed the results of its independent review, but that it has limited information.“Because this investigation is ongoing and we continue to co-operate with authorities, there is very little we are able to add at this time.”SNC-Lavalin said it provided information and documentation to the appropriate authorities, including what it had on Duvel and Dinova.“While we are not aware of any evidence that funds paid to these companies were misused, to the extent any fiduciaries of the company are found to have misused company funds, we reserve our right to makes claims to recover these amounts,” she added.“We also reiterate that we strongly believe that anyone found to have committed any wrongdoing in connection to this or any other investigation should be brought to justice.”SNC-Lavalin said it will continue to co-operate with investigations and has taken steps to reinforce its procedures to strengthen internal controls and processes.Swiss public broadcaster RTS, citing unnamed sources, reported that Ben Aissa faces charges, including money laundering that tie him to at least $139 million in payments. The report said authorities have tracked money moving from SNC to Swiss bank accounts registered to companies in the British Virgin Islands.According to RTS, a Geneva lawyer who also faces charges alongside Ben Aissa created Duvel Securities Inc. and Dinova International Inc. in the British Virgin Islands for Ben Aissa, whose bank accounts were mostly at EFG Bank in Geneva.It said tens of millions of francs passed through the Geneva accounts of these offshore companies since 2001.Efforts to reach representatives of the two companies were not immediately successful.Swiss authorities wouldn’t confirm the report, saying details of its criminal investigation are not made public before the trial phase.“The investigations are still ongoing and we are not able provide more information right now, nor comment on information relayed by the media or to confirm their content,” spokesman Jeannette Balmer said in an email.A Montreal law firm that represented Ben Aissa in the past said it now longer has a relationship with him. The Tunisian lawyer for his brother said he passed on requests for comment to Rafik Benaissa.Ben Aissa has been held on suspicion of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) shares tumbled in Monday trading after the report surfaced. The shares fell by 4.5 per cent in early trading, but closed down 2.19 per cent, or 91 cents to $40.63 in Monday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Analyst Maxim Sytchev of AltaCorp Capital said Monday that investors were concerned at the discrepancy between the $56 million originally cited by the company and the latest tally of more than $139 million.But he said there are few known facts or any indication that SNC-Lavalin will be forced to take a charge to reflect the higher amount.In a report, he said the $139 million figure doesn’t imply that additional money is missing, but the reported charges against Ben Aissa means that SNC-Lavalin is closer to finding out where the money ended up.“As a result, we do not believe that investors should be shaving off $190 million of market capitalization from SNC-Lavalin this morning. Once again, the market does not like the company’s name being dragged through the mud, even though there is no indication that today’s reports implies anything else from an accounting perspective for SNC-Lavalin.”Ultimately, he said investors should focus on SNC-Lavalin’s “pristine” balance sheet, strong backlog, valuable concessions and ability to win new contracts.Ben Aissa was in charge of business dealings in his native Tunisia as well as Libya, where the company won lucrative contracts with the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi.The RCMP executed search warrants at SNC-Lavalin’s Montreal headquarters in April. The company said it was co-operating with the RCMP investigation.The raid followed an investigation into bidding on projects in Bangladesh that prompted RCMP searches of SNC’s Toronto-area offices last September.Earlier this month, Ben Aissa’s brother filed a $5-million lawsuit in Quebec Superior Court alleging the company caused him harm by using Ben Aissa as a “scapegoat” while protecting its interests in Libya in the face of political change.Rafik Benaissa, an American-based orthopedic surgeon, said the Canadian company’s attack on his brother followed 27 years of supporting and funding his work with the regime of former leader Moammar Gadhafi.The allegations have not been tested in court.In September, an Ontario judge certified a $1 billion class-action lawsuit against SNC-Lavalin on behalf of investors who saw the value of their investment in the company plummet following revelations of the mysterious payments in North Africa.The claim arises from alleged payments made by SNC-Lavalin to members, associates and agents of the Gadhafi regime to secure contracts for infrastructure projects in Libya.The allegations made in the class action have not been tested in court, and SNC has said it intends to “defend our interests vigorously.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2012 6:21 pm MDT read more

MoD to pay legal costs of any Bloody Sunday soldier charged with

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Williamson said the arrangements covered any former soldier “subject to investigations by the Police Service of Northern Ireland”, or anyone “who may be required to participate in other legal processes, such as inquests and public inquiries”.It is understood they will be represented by a special team of solicitors and legal experts.  Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is understood to have promised to pay the legal costs of any soldier facing criminal charges over Bloody Sunday.In a letter from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to army veterans, seen by the BBC, assurances were given to the 18 former paratroopers who have been reported to the Public Prosecution Service over the 1972 killings. It says the soldiers are represented “entirely at the Ministry of Defence’s expense”, according to the broadcaster. Signed by Mr Williamson, the letter was sent on Tuesday night and reportedly read: “The MOD letter said soldiers are “represented by independent firms of solicitors, instructed by veterans themselves, in whose sole interest they act.”This has been the case since the individuals were first regarded as suspects by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and will continue – without time limit or cap on expenditure – until all aspects of the investigation and subsequent legal process are complete.”It comes on the eve of a momentous day as veterans, now in their 60s and 70s, will learn on Thursday if they are to be prosecuted over the deaths of unarmed civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry.Thirteen people were shot and killed on the day while a 14th died a few months later with 14 others wounded. read more