Meghalaya for probe into attack on RTI activist

first_imgThe Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment on Monday recommended institution of an independent inquiry into the November 8 attack on RTI activist Agnes Kharshiing and her aide Amita Sangma in East Jaintia Hills district. The committee, headed by Opposition Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh, will also submit a preliminary report to the Speaker Donkupar Roy at the special session on Tuesday. “It (the government) is hereby recommended that an independent inquiry be instituted to probe the matter. The recommendation was made as the investigation is very slow,” Ms. Ampareen said. She added, “There are too many missing links… too many details that were not made available to the committee.” According to Ms. Ampareen, the institution of an enquiry at the level of an Additional Deputy Commissioner is “not justified”.East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner F.M. Dopth had last week ordered an enquiry to be conducted by ADC S.S. Syiemlieh and directed him to report within 15 days. “This in itself is concerning us because we believe that the life threat against two prominent women in the State only takes the attention of a committee headed by the ADC,” she said. The CWE also recommended that ₹5 lakh be released within 7 days for the injured women’s medical expenses.last_img read more

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Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ‘so incredibly inspiring’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trump also met with the family of bobsledder Nathan Weber, who competed Sunday, and chatted briefly and took pictures with U.S. lugers Taylor Morris and Matt Mortensen, telling them their sport was “wild.” She gave the three athletes presidential challenge coins and thanked Morris and Mortensen, both sergeants in the U.S. Army, for their service.Among Trump’s other weekend sports sojourns: watching speedskating and Big Air competitions, and seeing the Americans take gold in curling on Saturday night. She pronounced her experiences “incredibly exciting.”Trump has said she’s here to support U.S. Olympic athletes, but politics is an unavoidable ingredient for an adviser and daughter of a president.In Seoul on Friday night with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said she would use her visit to push for joint efforts by the U.S. and South Korea to apply maximum pressure on North Korea, Moon’s spokesman said.And, of course, there is the closing ceremony and its potential attendees.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus blasts Lady Spikers after 2nd loss: ‘You don’t belong in the UAAP’ “I’m so excited to be here. It’s just so incredibly inspiring,” Trump said. “It’s been an amazing couple of days, and such an honor and privilege to be here with our allies in South Korea and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as a culture, a society economically and, of course, in sport.”Trump spent part of Sunday morning watching the U.S. team compete in the bobsled competition and meeting with athletes, including Team USA bobsled silver medalist Lauren Gibbs — who offered Trump a taste of Olympic glory by letting the first daughter try on her hardware.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like this almost is like trying on someone’s wedding band,” Trump said. “Am I allowed?”Gibbs placed the medal around Trump’s neck. She raised the medal with one hand and draped her other around Gibbs’ while posing for a photo, saying, “That is so cool!” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ivanka Trump waves during the third heat of the four-man bobsled competition final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The U.S. president’s daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was “so incredibly inspiring” and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — “be here with our allies in South Korea.”Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after two days of visiting venues and meeting American and other athletes. Her presence there could bring her in contact with a visiting delegation from North Korea, the country in a monthslong war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ For now, there are no signs that Trump would have contact with or meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, who is to attend the ceremony. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended the games’ opening ceremony two weeks ago and sat in the same VIP box as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and the country’s nominal head of state.They did not interact; the countries have no diplomatic relations. However, Pence’s office said later that a potential meeting between the two sides was scratched at the last minute by the North Koreans after Pence condemned human rights violations and new economic sanctions were announced. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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D-League: Batangas moves up to 2nd place with rout of AMA

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Despite the victory, the two-time D-League champion coach noted that there’s still lot a they need to improve on if they want to progress into the quarterfinals.“We have so much to correct. I told them that it’s my dream to make it to the quarters, so we have to correct those if we want to do that,” said Gonzales.Ivan Villanueva topped the Titans with 14 points and three rebounds, while Renzo Subido got 13 markers and four assists in the defeat.Andre Paras also nabbed a double-double for AMA (0-4) with his 10 points and 22 boards in the losing effort.The Scores:BATANGAS 95 – Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, De Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, Dela Peña 0.ADVERTISEMENT Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with Gilas AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 76 – Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Jordan 0, Bragais 0, Malones 0, Carpio 0.Quarters: 22-14, 44-26, 73-57, 95-76.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments LATEST STORIES Bautista dropped 12 of his 22 points in the first half, alongside six rebounds, while Sedurifa got 16 markers, eight boards, and two steals off the bench in Batangas’ bounce back win after suffering a 72-70 heartbreaker against CEU last week.“I think our current run is due to our good investment from last conference. We had an intact core and the team is slowly absorbing the things that I want to see from a team,” said Gonzales in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCedrick Ablaza chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds in the conquest.The Batangueños jumped to an early 22-10 lead before extending the lead to as high as 21, 55-34, after a Jessie Saitanan jumper with 6:13 remaining in the third quarter. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jhaps Bautista. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBatangas came out hot off the gates and clobbered AMA Online Education, 95-76, to move up to solo second place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Jhaps Bautista and Joseph Sedurifa teamed up to give their side the early edge and the Batangeños never looked back, giving coach Eric Gonzales’ squad their third win in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

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World Twenty20: MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan star in India’s victory over Sri Lanka

first_imgIrfan Pathan scalped five wickets as India warmed up for the World Twenty20 with a comfortable 26-run victory over hosts Sri Lanka in their first practice match in Colombo on Saturday.India scored 146 for five, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 55 and then Pathan took centre stage with an impressive five for 25 to skittle out the Islanders for 120 in 19.3 overs at the P Sara Oval.Continuing his fine run, Pathan ripped through the Lankan top order before coming back to dismiss the lower middle order in the end.The Baroda speedster was ably supported by comeback man Lakshmipathy Balaji, who claimed three for 28.Set a victory target of 147, Sri Lanka received an early jolt as Pathan castled opener Dilshan Munaweera on the last ball of the first over.The 27-year-old then dismissed Tillakaratne Dilshan with the last ball of his second over to leave the the hosts reeling at 15 for two from the first three overs.Kumar Sangakkara (32) combined with Angelo Mathews (16) to resurrect the Lankan innings but with Balaji getting better off the later, the target seemed to be a distant one for the hosts.Sangakkara, in company of Lahiru Thirimanne, slowly but steadily took the Lankan total past 70 runs, punishing anything lose dished out by the bowlers.Their partnership was, however cut short as Harbhajan Singh, dawning the Indian colours after a gap of over an year, bowled Sangakkara out in the 12th over to put India in a driver’s seat.Thirimanne (24) was the next man to go, giving Zaheer Khan his only wicket of the match.advertisementPathan then came back to haunt the Sri lankan batsmen as he dismissed Thisara Perara and skipper Mahela Jayawardene of successive deliveries before cleaning off Jeevan Mendis on the last ball of his spell to close the doors on the hosts.Balaji completed the formalities as India walked away with an easy victory.Earlier, electing to bat, India were in a precarious situation at four for 51 before Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (37) stitched a 78-run partnership for the fifth wicket to lend some respectability to the Indian total.The visitors did not have an auspicious beginning as Gautam Gambhir was forced to leave the field as early as in the first over after being hit on the right wrist by a Lasith Malinga delivery.Virender Sehwag (12) and Suresh Raina (12) played with caution but their vigil did not last long as Nuwan Kulasekara got Raina caught by Dilshan Munaweera in the fifth over.Sehwag followed the suit a ball later playing one straight to Mathews.With in-form Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh also taking a long walk back to the pavillion by the end of ninth over, it was left to Rohit and Dhoni to do the damage control.last_img read more

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HC hopes no hurdles will be created on allocation of funds for

first_imgjudiciaryChennai, Sept 14 (PTI) The Madras High Court today hoped that the state and central governments will not createa situation for it to take recourse to provisions of the Constitution for allotment of necessary funds for functioning of the judiciary.A Full Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justices T S Sivagnanam and R Mahadevan made the observation while passing interim orders on three PILs, one filed by G Krishnamoorthy in 2001, another by Elephant G Rajendran and third one by M/s. GM Mani Associates in 2002, praying for allotment of necessary funds for the effective functioning of the judiciary.During pendency of the pleas, “the problem of finances for the judicial infrastructure and running of the courts has still not been solved. As on date, about 176 financial proposals are pending with the government, an aspect which is being attended to in another petition”.”It is with deep regret we note that a judicial training programme scheduled for second half of October 2016 has been cancelled on account of lack of funds with the judicial academy.The court said, “It is in the aforesaid circumstances that we called upon the Additional Solicitor General of India to assist us as to how the functioning of the court would take place if fund-flow does not arise from the state government.”He has drawn our attention to Article 256 of the Constitution, to submit that if the situation so arises, administrative directions can be issued by the central government.”It said, “the Government Pleader submits on behalf of the state government that the proposals are being processed on an urgent basis. We can only hope that a situation does not come to pass where recourse to provisions of the Constitution becomes necessary on account of not making available the funds for the functioning of the judiciary.”advertisementThe bench said on account of failure of the state government to use central allocated funds for 2014-15 and 2015-16, “the funds have lapsed. Allocation for the financial year 2016-17 has been used but further allocation has been sought for by the state for Rs 107 crore approximately”.Stating that these matters can be discussed with law officers of the central and state governments, it then posted the matter toNovember 10. (More) PTI CORR BN SClast_img read more

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Neymar cleared of fraud but corruption trial awaits

first_imgBrazilian forward Neymar has been cleared of fraud but still faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, the Spanish National High Court said on Thursday.The defendants in the trial will be the player, his parents, current and former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona and NN Consultoria, the company Neymar started with his family, according to a court statement.Bartomeu, Rosell, Barcelona and Santos also face trial on fraud charges, along with former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues, the statement said.”We are very happy as this was a favourable decision for us,” Altamiro Bezerra, an advisor to NN Consultoria told Reuters.”It has eliminated the question of fraud in the contracts and we are also certain that we will be absolved of corruption.”The case stems from a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian company that owned 40 percent of the rights to Neymar when he was at Santos. It argues it lost out on its rightful cut from the transfer because the true value of the deal was understated.Prosecutors said in November that Neymar should be fined 10 million euros ($11 million) and handed a two-year jail sentence.For first-time offenders in non-violent crimes, sentences of two years and under are suspended in Spain and it is unlikely the player would serve any prison time.Barcelona said at the time of Neymar’s move that the transfer figure was 57.1 million euros, of which 40 million was paid to Neymar’s family.advertisementDIS received a 40 percent share of the remaining 17.1 million that was paid to Santos. But the court put the actual value of the rights to the player that were transferred to Barcelona at 25.2 million euros, and said DIS’s cut should have been based on that amount.”The Judge has set bonds of 3,429,768 euros as pecuniary liability for Rosell, Bartomeu, Rodrigues, Football Club Barcelona and Santos Football Club, which must be paid by all jointly,” the court said in a statement.Barcelona did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. No one was available to comment at Santos, while a spokesperson for DIS said they were pleased with the ruling.The transfer has given rise to several investigations in Spain and Brazil.Last June, Barcelona agreed to pay a fine of 5.5 million euros to the Spanish authorities to settle a related tax fraud case.The club also admitted that it paid almost 100 million euros for Neymar, not the 57.1 million euros it originally claimed.last_img read more

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Niese Leaves Game, Astros Beat Mets

first_imgNEW YORK — Jonathon Niese’s final start of the season ended sooner than expected.Niese exited in the sixth inning with an elevated heart rate, a condition he’s dealt with before, and the Houston Astros rallied Sept. 26th against Mets reliever Carlos Torres for a 3-1 victory over New York.“I have an idea of what’s going on; it’s not that scary,” Niese said. “I know it’s going to go away eventually, but sometimes it just lasts longer than others.”Niese said he’s only experienced the rapid heart rate when pitching. He went through all sorts of tests three years ago and was cleared by doctors, so he doesn’t take any special medication.After the game, he said he was still deciding whether to have more tests.“Unless I got a procedure done, there’s a chance that it can come back. But it really isn’t worth doing anything about because it doesn’t happen that regularly,” he said. “I think it’s just physical stress. … Adrenaline … kind of spikes it, and that’s kind of one of (those) things where that’s the way my heart is built.”Jose Altuve, closing in on the American League batting title, hit a tying single off Torres in a three-run sixth inning. Chris Carter and Robbie Grossman doubled, and Matt Dominguez capped the outburst with an RBI single.New York’s relay beat Altuve to the plate on Carter’s double to deep left-center, but catcher Anthony Recker was charged with an error when he dropped the ball while attempting to apply a tag.The diminutive Altuve, generously listed at 5-foot-6, is trying to become the first Astros player to win a batting crown. He went 1-for-4 and finished the night at .342, six points ahead of Detroit slugger Victor Martinez.“It would mean a lot to me,” Altuve said. “But five, six points I think is nothing for Victor in two days.” Altuve said he’ll play Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 no matter what. “I’m going to win it outside on the field, not sitting on the bench,” he said.Kevin Chapman (2-0) got two outs, Tony Sipp tossed two perfect innings and the Astros (70-90) snapped a three-game skid by winning for the third time in 10 games. They reached 70 victories for the first time since winning 76 games in 2010.“Big improvement from last year to this year,” Altuve said. “Next year we’re going to do even better and I think we can be in the playoffs.”Chad Qualls worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.Curtis Granderson hit his 20th homer for the Mets, already assured their sixth straight losing season since moving into Citi Field. They are 38-41 in their own ballpark, guaranteeing them a losing record at home for the fourth year in a row.Niese was working on a three-hit shutout when he ducked under a throw to second base by Recker in the sixth. The left-hander bent over to stretch his arms and back after the play, bringing trainer Ray Ramirez and Manager Terry Collins out of the dugout.Following a discussion on the mound, Niese walked off the field. “I feel great,” Niese said after the game. “It went away as soon as Terry and Rey got out there. But until then, it was kind of still racing.”Torres (8-6) was summoned and given all the time he needed to warm up. It didn’t help.Niese left an outing at Texas in June 2011 when he struggled to catch his breath and another about a year later due to a rapid heartbeat.He had a battery of tests in 2011 that revealed nothing abnormal about his heart and was cleared to make his next start. He even wore a monitor for 24 hours to measure his heart throughout the day.“This is the first time it’s happened since,” Niese said. “So once every two years, I will take that.” Niese also underwent an extra EKG at spring training in 2012 and was declared healthy.“It just comes out of nowhere. I just threw that last pitch and it just feels like your heart is beating really fast and really hard,” he said. “It can come back at any moment. It just happens.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Beckham’s MLS Team Plans to Sign Players This Summer

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The expansion Major League Soccer team owned in part by David Beckham plans to start signing players this summer and will select its first coach later this year.Inter Miami, which says it will begin play in March 2020 and that an 18,000-seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale will be ready by then, has narrowed its coaching search to three finalists. Managing owner Jorge Mas declined to reveal names, and only suggested the hire would be done by September or October.“They have international experience,” Mas said.Beckham was not present Wednesday for what was billed as a demolition ceremony on the site of Lockhart Stadium, where Miami’s first MLS team played from 1998 through 2001. Team and local political officials even hit a “button” as if to trigger a detonation, though the only thing coming down Wednesday was a boarded-up ticket booth that was ripped apart by a backhoe.Lockhart will be demolished later, and Mas said parts of the stadium that will be put in its place are already being built off-site.“We’ll be getting foundations done in July, we’ll be erecting the steel in October and hopefully it’ll be finished in February,” Mas said.The team won the right last year to negotiate with the city of Miami toward building a soccer and business complex near Miami International Airport, on the site of what’s now a golf course. Mas said he expects legal progress toward a deal there to occur in the next “60 to 90 days” and again insisted that the plan is for the team to play in Fort Lauderdale for only its first two seasons.By: Tim Reynolds, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Buffon: Even at 80 I would play for Juve

first_imgGianluigi Buffon Buffon: Even at 80 I would play for Juventus or Italy Alex Fisher 08:15 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) gianluigibuffon - cropped Getty Images Juventus Juventus v Roma Italy v Sweden Italy Serie A WC Qualification Europe World Cup The legendary goalkeeper may retire at the end of the season but he says he will always be available for club and country. Gianluigi Buffon says he will never really retire from playing and will be available for Juventus or Italy even when he is 80.The legendary goalkeeper is expected to hang up his gloves at the end of the season after 22 years at the highest level with Parma and Juve.Buffon has previously stated he is “99.9 per cent” certain he will retire but continues to leave the door open. 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 Gianluigi Donnarumma may be Buffon’s heir-apparent for Italy but who replaces him for the long term at Juve remains unclear, and the 39-year-old says he will always be ready to turn out for the Bianconeri – no matter what age he is.”I just don’t know how to answer these [retirement] questions,” he told Der Spiegel. “Will I stop? Will I not stop?”I feel like a soldier in the service of my club and my country. The big picture was always more important to me than my own. That’s how I see my work.”I am very likely to stop, but I am still available for Juventus and the national team.”Even at 80, if suddenly no goalkeeper would be there, they should call me – I would train briefly and then jump in.”One regret Buffon has is not finishing his career with a sixth trip to a World Cup, Italy having been beaten by Sweden in the qualifying play-offs last month.It will be the first edition of the tournament the Azzurri have missed since 1958 and Buffon is ashamed to have been part of a squad that failed.”I will regret Italy missing the World Cup for the rest of my life,” he added.”We took away that joy for children, that rapid heartbeat you get from watching your country play in an event like that.”last_img read more

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West Ham United v Liverpool: match preview

first_imgLiverpool Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Reuse this content West Ham United resources Premier League Share on Facebook Liverpool’s lead over Manchester City could be down to two points by the time they face West Ham. But while Jürgen Klopp’s side showed the first sign of nerves during the 1-1 draw with Leicester, they will take heart from scoring nine goals on their last two visits to the London Stadium. The title remains Liverpool’s to lose and the return of James Milner from a one-game ban could help them return to winning ways against West Ham, who are sweating on Marko Arnautovic’s fitness. Jacob SteinbergMonday 8pm Sky Sports Premier Leaguecenter_img Share on Messenger Topics Read more Share on LinkedIn Venue London StadiumLast season West Ham 1 Liverpool 4Referee Kevin FriendThis season G16 Y58 R1 3.75 cards/gameOdds H 7-1 A 2-5 D 4-1WEST HAMSubs from Adrián, Trott, Masuaku, Fredericks, Coventry, Obiang, Holland, Carroll, Hernández, Pérez, DianganaDoubtful Arnautovic (foot), Cresswell (hamstring), Fabianski (arm)Injured Nasri (knock, 9 Feb), Balbuena, Reid (both knee, 22 Feb), Lanzini (knee, Mar), Sanchez (knee), Yarmolenko (achilles, both Apr), Wilshere (ankle, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y43 R1Form WLDWLLLeading scorer Felipe Anderson 8LIVERPOOLSubs from Mignolet, Keïta, Shaqiri, Lovren, Lallana, Sturridge, Moreno, Origi, Jones, Camacho, HoeverDoubtful NoneInjured Alexander-Arnold (knee, 9 Feb), Gomez (leg, Mar)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y22 R2Form WWLWWDLeading scorer Salah 16 The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Match previews Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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How Yoga changes lives

first_img Next How Yoga changes livesOn International Yoga Day, practitioners recall how this ancient healing science sparked a personal transformation for themadvertisement Mohini Mehrotra June 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 11:58 IST Manish RajputChildren rehearsing for the International Yoga Day celebrations in New Delhi on Thursday.YOGA BECAME A MISSIONNAMITA CHANDRA, WELLNESS GUIDE AND FOUNDER OF YOGANAMA.COMIn 2014, when Namita Chandra moved to Mumbai for her new job, it became extremely stressful for her in terms of adjusting to the fast-paced Mumbai life and establishing herself in her new role. It took her months of running around to find a suitable house and commutes to and from work became extremely exhausting. “I had moved to Mumbai because of the higher pay package, but the advantage was lost because the city turned out to be exorbitantly expensive. Also, I was used to a lot more time at hand after work, which allowed me to unwind and pursue my interests but suddenly, I had no time left for anything at all,” she says.Having grown up in a health-conscious family where principles of wellness, meditation, healthy eating, and strict discipline were an integral part of daily life, this new lifestyle left her no time for her health. “I’d also experimented with veganism for many years, done a course in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and even went to Cambridge Summer School to study medieval healing practices. I would avidly pursue the latest research in health and wellness in my spare time but unfortunately I could practice none of it after moving to Mumbai,” recalls Chandra.It was then that she decided to join yoga to help her cope with the pressure. It started with one class and she gradually started noticing how daily yoga practice was not only keeping her physically active but was also helping her cope with everyday stress. This egged her to take on yoga in a more systematic and serious manner. “It almost felt like yoga was helping me evolve into a better, stronger version of myself both physically and mentally,” she says.advertisementAfter a year in the job, Chandra was offered a huge promotion which would have escalated her career exponentially. It was the best thing that could have happened to her professionally and should’ve been exciting for her but it wasn’t because accepting it would have meant committing to growing a business that she had no particular passion for, and that was seriously affecting her mental and physical wellbeing. “It was then that I decided to let go of the security of a monthly paycheck and decided to invest my energy and resources in what I believe the world needs today more than anything else-peace of mind,” says Chandra.She went to Mysore for an elaborate yogic practice that helped her become strong emotionally, mentally and physically. “Stress is one of the biggest factors for a majority of health problems we face today. From depression and chronic fatigue to diabetes and spinal issues, yoga has the ability to heal it all,” says Chandra.BEAUTIFUL IN BODY & MINDVASUDHA RAI, AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHERWhen Delhi-based Vasudha Rai first started practicing yoga more than eight years ago, it began as a way to get fit, to lose weight. She would leave Yoga space sweaty and happy, like she on cloud nine. The lights seemed brighter and people seemed easier to love. Smiling came naturally to her because she would spend 75 minutes synchronising her movements with her breath. It made her the best version of herself.”Yoga helped me go from size 14 to a size 8. It made my skin glow and my body stronger. But these were just outer manifestations of the beautiful changes happening within. I was practicing yoga 5-6 days a week for years and this regularity made me more aware and disciplined,” says Rai. She slowly became cognizant about what she ate, not only in terms of food but even the thoughts in her mind and the friends who were her company. She realised that she didn’t want to invest in anything that wasn’t good for her. She started choosing high-vibrational foods-fresh Indian meals, fruits, plenty of water. Magically, all her friends who weren’t good for her left of their own accord. “I researched ayurveda and herbs, which eventually led me to my debut book Glow.”The next phase of her yoga journey took her on a spiritual path. Yoga nidra, the seven chakras, healing crystals, enlightening mantras, she learnt several different types of meditations and continues to do so. She observed how the body felt different with every technique and how different mantras created different vibrations. “It is a never ending journey, which will continue till my last days. It is also believed that meditative practices such as yoga (done like yoga and not like aerobics) helps nullify your karmas so you can truly follow your life path. So practice, sharpen your mind and your breath, at the very least you will get great skin and a beautiful body; and at the most, well there is no limit,” says Rai.advertisementREINCARNATED WITH YOGANIVEDITA JOSHI, FOUNDER AND TEACHER, IYENGAR YOGAKSHEMABorn and educated in Allahabad, Nivedita Joshi was still in her teens when she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis, rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Joshi lost the ability to move her hands and legs.On International Yoga Day, practitioners recall how this ancient healing science sparked a personal transformation for them She lost all hope in life till met Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (Guruji) at his yoga institute in Pune in 1996. “Doctors had told me that I will never ever live a normal life again and that a spinal surgery was my last option. It was disheartening for someone as young as me to accept it. After trying all modern treatments available in the country without success, my parents took me to meet Guruji in Pune. He diagnosed my problem without even looking at my MRI reports. That’s when I surrendered myself to his knowledge and experience, and there was no looking back thereafter,” says the yoga expert.Yogacharya BKS Iyengar took Joshi under his wings and admitted her into the medical class, with two sessions per week and she slowly started feeling more alive and active. The scientist in her was amazed and enamored by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar’s repertoire of knowledge, experience and wisdom, especially considering his lack of so called “formal modern educa tion”. Slowly her body started responding to the practice and sessions. Seeing potential in her, Joshi’s mentor started simultaneously training her while healing her. One day, after five years of training with him, he asked Joshi to start teaching yoga. “I was planning to pursue a career in microbiology so I refused. But yoga had healed me and I wanted to spread the message of its miraculous powers to people suffering from illness and disease, so I began working on a television series on my mentor’s work. The first episode was based on my life’s story and my cure through him and his knowledge of yoga,” says Joshi. While working on it, Yogacharya BKS Iyengar supported Joshi and stoked her interest and desire to learn yoga. “I think he had probably decided that I was the chosen one to open the first Iyengar Yoga Centre in the Capital and he was grooming me for that role,” says Joshi. And that is how Yogakshema, the first Iyengar Centre in New Delhi, was born.REFOCUSSING ON LIFE WITH YOGANIMISH DAYALU, RETREAT LEADER/ LEADERSHIP & PERFORMANCE COACH/YOGA & MINDFULNESS COACHLife was beautiful for Nimish Dayalu. He had it all-a great job, lovely family and a big house. However, on any given day, his mind would wander constantly, thinking about the future or dwelling in the past. He felt restless, like something wasn’t right. “I was living the life of my dreams, so I didn’t understand what was troubling me. I needed some time to re-evaluate,” says Dayalu.advertisementAlthough he had been practicing yoga for over a decade, in 2016, he decided to take a few weeks off and check into a traditional yoga school in the Himalayas with hope of doing some serious soul searching. And he was not disappointed. After coming back, he continued to practice regularly and the fogginess in his head began to lift.Yoga now became an essential part of his routine. “I felt this surge of new found energy within me. I started living in the ‘here and now’. After about a year’s practice I felt that yoga could be my gateway to living in the moment. I realised that all the strength that you need is within you. This is when I decided to dive deep into yoga and share my learning with people. I left my high-paid corporate job and decided to teach and promote yoga instead,” says Dayalu, who is now a yoga coach based out of Gurgaon.The World Health Organization had recently published a report that attributes stress for a majority of modern-day ailments. This anxiety is caused by thinking about events that are likely to happen or have already happened. Occupational stress, student stress, societal stress, relationship stress, depression, anger, insomnia, the list just goes on. As a lifestyle choice, yoga is also more holistic in comparison to playing a sport or a musical instrument, going dancing or to the gym. “I had tried out most of these activities to deal with my stress and after practicing yoga, I realised the difference. Yoga changes you from the inside-out. With my public speaking experience across industries and geographies, I knew I had the skills and experience to take yoga to the people. So began my journey as a yoga guru, says Dayalu.WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEARRINUL PASHANKAR, CO-FOUNDER, OM STUDIO, PUNE, AND AN AERIAL YOGA EXPERTIn 2009, after Rinul Pashankar finished her bachelor’s in International Business Management, she took to two things she had longed to do, yoga and paragliding and this was when the seed for something bigger in life was sown. She was just 21 when she found her yoga guru, Anandi Jorwekar, an ardent student of BSK Iyengar Guruji for close to three decades.In June 2013, Pashankar’s mother, Nima Pashankar, had to go through a liver transplant and she decided to be the donor. In the following weeks, they successfully underwent the liver transplant. Pashnankar believes that it was her yoga practice that helped her stay strong through the tough time.She couldn’t exercise for close to a year but began practicing easy pranayama.Then, her guru encouraged her and guided her to gently get back to her yoga practice.Slowly and steadily, with regular yoga routine, she was able to build her strength and flexibility.Ten years of making yoga her lifestyle, and six years post a successful liver transplant, Pashankar is healthy, happy and raring to go. She is back to participating in paragliding competitions, and is also running an adventure camp in Kamshet, Pune, called Adventure Battalion, a simulated military base with a team of Ex-Indian Armed Forces officers.In 2016, she also opened Om Studio, which allows her to share her knowledge and experience of yoga with other people.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! 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COSCO Shipping Holdings to Bounce Back to Profit in Q1

first_imgzoom  COSCO Shipping Holdings, the container arm of China Cosco Shipping Group, said in a stock exchange filing that it expects to return to profit for the three months ended 31 March 2017 recuperating from the net loss reported in the same period of last year. The net profit is estimated to be approximately RMB 260 billion (USD 37.6 million) against a loss of RMB 4.48 billion with basic earnings per share of RMB-0.44 in the corresponding period of last year.The projection is attributed to the firmly recovering market that pushed up container freight rates and integration synergies of the company.“During the reporting period, the container shipping market mildly recovered, and the average China Containerized Freight Index (CCFI) was 825.3 points, representing an 11.7% increase from the same period of last year,” the company said.According to preliminary estimates, the company’s cargo volume increased by approximately 54% year-on-year.COSCO said that it has yet to finalize the quarterly results of the group for the Q1 of 2017.The container shipping company reported a loss of USD 1.4 billion for 2016 amid grave market situation and record low container shipping freight rates.As of December 31, 2016, COSCO’s own fleet consists of 312 container ships.last_img read more

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Community Services Introduces Toll Free Line

first_imgA new toll-free phone line will make it easier for people to reach their local office of the Department of Community Services. The new number, 1-877-424-1177, will allow callers to easily reach the office and service they need without incurring long distance charges. “We offer programs from several different offices across the province, so this new toll-free line will ensure people can access information and services in the most direct way possible,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “For the last several months, our staff members have been looking at ways to improve client service and this is one way they have found to simplify our services for Nova Scotians.” People calling the toll-free number will be immediately connected with the nearest office of the department. All existing numbers will remain in place. Other initiatives undertaken to improve client service include changes to the department’s website and publication of program information. A plan is also in the works to improve office waiting areas. “We deliver a wide range of services and recognize that it can be challenging for people to know where to start,” said Mr. Morse. “Our staff is committed to making the process as straightforward as possible for clients and we will continue to look for opportunities to improve our services.”last_img read more

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India will needs to grow at 9 to achieve target of 5

first_imgNew Delhi: The country will need to grow by 9 per cent every year for five years continuously and raise aggregate investment rate to 38 per cent of GDP to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s target of turning India into a $5 trillion economy, EY has said. In its latest edition of Economy Watch, EY said assuming India grows by projected 7 per cent in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, the size of the economy will grow to $3 trillion from $2.7 trillion in the previous year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt will have to grow by 9 per cent in each of the five subsequent years to take the size of the economy to $3.3 trillion in FY21, $3.6 trillion in FY22, $4.1 trillion in FY23, $4.5 trillion in FY24 and $5 trillion in FY25. “Assuming an inflation rate of 4 per cent which is the target inflation rate as per the Monetary Policy Framework, a real growth rate close to 9 per cent would be required to increase the size of the Indian economy to $5 trillion by FY25. This implies a nominal growth rate of 13 per cent, assuming an average annual depreciation of the rupee viz-a-vis the US at 2 per cent,” it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn FY19 (2018-19), the gross investment rate, estimated at 31.3 per cent, was able to deliver a real growth rate of 6.8 per cent. The implicit incremental capital-output ratio (ICOR) was 4.6, it said. “This is relatively high because of deficient capacity utilisation.” Historically, India’s average ICOR during the three-year period from FY17 to FY19 has averaged 4.23. The highest achieved investment rate in India was 39.6 per cent in FY12. EY said achieving such levels would be consistent with the requirements of our demographic dividend.last_img read more

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Pakistan Wont give India another consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

first_imgPakistan said Thursday it had no plans on giving India another consular access to former Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism”. On September 2, in the first instance of consular access granted to Jadhav in three years by Pakistan, India’s Acting High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia met the detained Indian national. “There would be no second consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said during a weekly press briefing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsReacting to the statement, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We will keep trying that judgment of ICJ is fully implemented. We would like to remain in touch with the Pakistani side through diplomatic channels.”Pakistan has accused Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer, of espionage while India has maintained that he was running a business in Iran from where he was abducted and illegally taken to Pakistan. Pakistan on September 2 had granted the consular access to Jadhav in line with the “Vienna Convention and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict”. After the meeting, New Delhi said Jadhav appeared to be under “extreme pressure” to support Islamabad’s “false narrative” in his case. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “Jadhav appeared to be under extreme pressure to parrot a false narrative to bolster Pakistan’s untenable claims,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Islamabad’s previous move to grant consular access in early August was refused by New Delhi as it had asked the neighbouring country for “unimpeded” consular access in an “environment free from the fear of intimidation and reprisal”, in line with a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Meanwhile, Pakistan foreign ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal also announced that Pakistan would charge $20 per person as service fee for the Kartarpur Corridor. “Pakistan will charge $20 per person as service fees, not entrance fees, for Kartarpur Corridor,” Faisal said. The statement comes after the two countries failed to iron out their differences over the Kartarpur corridor in a recent meet on September 3. The corridor is scheduled to open in November. In a high-level meeting at Attari, while Pakistan agreed to visa-free year-round travel of pilgrims, irrespective of faith, to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, it had continued to insist on charging a service fee. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the Indian side had urged Pakistan to show some flexibility. “Pakistan did not also agree to initial number which we had proposed, that this is the number that should be allowed to visit, citing constraints on the infrastructure side. We have urged Pakistan to show some flexibility,” he said.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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Accident at Yamuna Expressway Woman killed four injured

first_imgGreater Noida: A 40 year old lady was killed while four members of her family received injuries after their car crashed into a truck from behind at Zero point at Yamuna Expressway in Knowledge Park area in Greater Noida on Wednesday afternoon. Cops said that the woman was a cancer patient and her treatment was underway at a private hospital in Delhi.As per police, the family was coming from Aligarh to Delhi and the incident was reported around 11.20 pm. The deceased was identified as Lajjawati(40), a native of Aligarh, was travelling with her son Arjun (23), daughter in law Sundari (21) and daughter Kajol (20). They were accompanied by the driver named Sukhpal (32). All persons have received injuries on head and leg but Arjun and Kajol are still in the ICU and they are critical. Rakesh Singh, an eye witness said that we took them to Kailash Hospital for medical treatment, where doctors declared the woman dead after which we informed the police about incident. “Police have seized the truck while its driver had fled away but yet no complaint made from the Victim’s family members,” said Arvind Pathak, SHO of knowledge park Police station.last_img read more

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