Strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir

first_imgNormal life was disrupted in Kashmir on Monday due to strike called by separatists against the recent civilian killings in the valley. Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar, officials said.Officials also added that public transport was sparse but private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying in many areas of the city. Private educational institutions were shut because of the strike, the officials said. They said similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the valley. There were no restrictions on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, the officials said. Separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), had asked people to observe a complete strike today against the recent civilian killings allegedly in firing by security forces.last_img read more

‘Dawood suffered Rs 50 crore loss due to third no-ball’

first_imgThe third no-ball bowled by Pakistan against England in the fourth Test match during the recently concluded series cost underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Rs 50 crore in Mumbai alone as his bookies had no clue about it. The latest match-fixing scandal has put the spotlight on cricket’s dirty links with the underworld where spot fixing is not new. Sources told Headlines Today that only two no-balls were to be bowled by the Pakistan pacers. Bets of Rs 300 crore were riding on this match worldwide out of which betting worth Rs 50 crore was from Mumbai only, sources said. Pakistani bookie Mazhar Majeed was assigned the task of spot fixing in this match. He was assigned the task of fixing two no-balls in two overs. The information was made available to all the bookies who had links with Dawood’s betting syndicate. Everything was happening as per the plan. Both Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif bowled one no-ball each and the bookies made huge profits. But the tables turned when Asif bowled the third no-ball. It left the bookies in Mumbai stunned as they incurred huge losses, sources said. Dawood’s men responsible for his betting syndicate in Mumbai — Junior Kolkata and Kothari — called up their boss Sunil Dubai. They requested him to call off the bets as following the third no-ball Mumbai’s bookies had started demanding that they return their money. Sunil Dubai then informed Shoiab Khan — the man running Dawood’s betting syndicate from Karachi. Shoaib made it clear that any hue and cry over botched up fixing could expose the syndicate so it was better to return the money and bear the losses. Underworld links in the betting syndicate have been speculated for quite sometime. But it is only now that stronger evidence has emerged. Instructions are given from Dubai and Karachi and all moves are planned before the game. As far as profit and losses are concerned, it is all a part of the game.advertisementlast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Sunil Chhetri’s brace helps Bengaluru FC thrash FC Pune City in their…

first_imgAdvertisementBengaluru FC continued their stupendous form in the Hero ISL 2018-19 by picking up three points over FC Pune City at the Balewadi Sports Complex courtesy of a brace from Sunil Chhetri and Miku’s goal at the 64th minute.Sunil Chhetri’s two goals in the first half ensured the Men in Blue walked away with three points (credits- ISL website)The match started on a cagey side with the action restricted at the center of the pitch. It was the home side who got the first shot at glory when Marcelinho’s free-kick was punched away by Gurpreet. However, after that, it was all Bengaluru FC as they dominated the possession and troubled the opponents at every instance.Sunil Chhetri could have broken the deadlock at the 40th minute itself when he failed to tap in Udanta’s inch-perfect cross from a hand-shaking distance. The captain, however, did make amends for it a minute later when he beat the offside trap and slotted it past a hapless Vishal Kaith to draw first blood. The #11 showed no signs of complacency as he dribbled past Sarthak Golui to double the lead.Bengaluru FC tripled it as the game resumed after halftime when Miku brushed past Sahil Panwar with his built and control to rocket it past the goalkeeper. The Men in Orange did come close to score a consolation with substitute Diego Carlos’ shot at the 65th minute hitting the woodwork and Marcelinho’s long ranger at the 89th minute taking a deflection off Juanan to land safely in the hands of Gurpreet.Sunil could have completed his hat-trick at the dying minutes of the game when he stepped up to take a free kick just outside the penalty box. His shot did manage to be on target, but Vishal dived full stretch and gloved it across to hit the goalpost.The referee blew the final whistle seconds later as the Stallions stared at a 3-0 home defeat. With this victory, the Blues find themselves on the top of the table pipping Northeast United FC on goal difference.Advertisementlast_img read more

Asia Cup T20: India likely to play Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh against United Arab Emirates

first_imgOn a roll with three back-to-back victories, India have finally decided to test their reserve bench against minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the final league encounter of the Asia Cup on Thursday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not someone who believes in chopping and changing the side too often but after making it to the final with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka, the India skipper said that the UAE match will be a platform to give opportunity to all those who have till now warmed the benches. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final) It means that at least two or three amongst the quartet of Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are likely to get a game.”We’ll definitely make a few changes in the coming games. How many we can you know, that’s something we will have to see. Because we still want the strength and the composition of the side to be very good,” Dhoni said. (I am back, says Yuvraj Singh after setting Dhaka on fire) “I think most of the players will definitely get a chance in the next game. Whether all the people who are sitting outside will get a chance, we’re not sure. But we will try to make as many changes as possible,” he added.It is expected that Rahane will get another game in the tournament. It can be in place of Shikhar Dhawan, who has looked uncomfortable on wickets, that has a bit more swing and carry. (MS Dhoni thrilled after Yuvraj Singh’s blitz against Sri Lanka) advertisementRahane did play against Pakistan but got out to a delivery from Mohammad Amir, which would have got any big batsman dismissed. The stylish right-hander deserves a second opportunity more than anyone.Ashish Nehra, who is months short of his 37th birthday, will not mind being rested after playing nine T20 games in a month. In these 9 games, he has bowled 31 overs with a more than decent haul of 12 wickets at a satisfactory economy rate.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has slipped off the radar a bit since the World Cup in Australia last year, may get a game in that case.Three years back, Bhuvneshwar was the first choice seamer in all conditions and across formats for his ability to swing the ball. Much has happened since those days of high for the Meerut lad who now finds it difficult to keep his place in the squad.He has grown stronger, increased few yards of pace but has lost that ability to swing the ball both ways. A weaker opposition like UAE might help him to get a few easy wickets and also bolster his confidence.The quality of opposition also gives Dhoni an opportunity to test his second line of spinners.The off-spin-left-arm spin combination of Harbhajan Singh and Pawan Negi can straightaway replace Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for this particular game.Negi, who emerged as the most expensive Indian player during the recent IPL auction when he was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 8.5 crore, has warmed the benches but he is someone, who can bowl wicket-to-wicket like his senior Jadeja.In terms of batting abilities, those who have seen Negi in domestic and franchise games will vouch that he is a better six-hitter than Jadeja on any given day. The only area where Jadeja is cut above Negi is fielding.If Harbhajan gets a chance, he will have to accept that it will be a one-off game as per the current situation where Ashwin has literally cemented his place in the playing XI.Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh might get a game against UAE on Thursday. (Reuters Photo)While warming the bench is the last thing that a senior player will ever want, Harbhajan, in case he gets an opportunity, will like to use it to the fullest. A good performance will be a morale booster for him.As a bowling unit, UAE has not done too badly with their skipper Amjad Javed leading from the front. Javed has dealt early blows to all the oppositions but in case of India, the batting line-up is far superior compared to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.Yuvraj Singh, who looked in fine touch against Sri Lanka, would like to feast on an inexperienced bowling attack. Ditto for Suresh Raina, who has looked in all sorts of trouble against rising deliveries in these matches. Since both are certainties in the playing XI, they would like to get big scores before the final.advertisementIn a nutshell, the UAE encounter will be a live ‘practice game’ for the Indians.SquadsIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Parthiv Patel (wk).United Arab Emirates: Amjad Javed (captain), Ahmed Raza, Mohammed Naveed, Muhammad Shahzad, Muhammad Kaleem, Muhammad Usman, Swapnil Patil (wk), Qadeer Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Saqlain Haider, Shaiman Anwar, Usman Mushtaq, Zaheer Masood.last_img read more

Coup talk? Banners urge Pakistan Army to impose martial law

first_imgA little-known political party has put up banners in 13 Pakistani cities urging Army chief General Raheel Sharif to impose martial law and form a government of technocrats.The banners have been unveiled in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sargodha and Hyderabad among other cities, media reports said on Tuesday.According to Dawn, the “Move on Pakistan” party, which is behind the banners, earlier ran a campaign requesting the army chief to reconsider his retirement plan due in November.ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW :A banner hung at a prominent traffic intersection in Karachi reads: “Janay ki baatain hui puraani, Khuda ke liye ab ajao” (Talk of leaving is old; for God’s sake, now come).Ali Hashmi, the central chief organiser of the party, told Dawn that the party wanted the army chief to impose martial law and then form a government of technocrats to run Pakistan.Gen Raheel Sharif should himself supervise such a government, Hashmi was quoted as saying.While the army’s official mouthpiece – the Inter-Services Public Relations – remained silent, analyst Amir Rana was quoted as saying that the latest development strengthened the view that “something was cooking”.Dawn said that the banners sprang up overnight on all major thoroughfares in the 13 cities, including Cantonment areas, despite the presence of several checkpoints and extra security.Hashmi claimed that his party’s banners were removed in Lahore and Faisalabad on Tuesday morning.Dawn said the Move on Pakistan party – which has little grassroot support – had been registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan for the past three years.A Faisalabad-based businessman, Mohammad Kamran, is its chairman. He runs a number of schools and businesses in Faisalabad, Sargodha and Lahore.The party came into the spotlight in February when it put up posters and banners across the country asking the army chief not to retire and “help in eradicating terrorism and corruption”.Though the party said five months ago that it was not inviting the army to take over, this time it said “there is no choice but to enforce martial law and form a government of technocrats”.Hashmi said the absence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the country for more than 40 days proved there was no need of a political government. “Those who have been running the country will keep running it.”He added: “We are considering holding rallies from Faisalabad to Lahore and Karachi to Sukkur in the second phase to convince the army chief that he should intervene for the betterment of the country and nation.”Minister of State for Privatisation Mohammad Zubair said only legal experts could say what action can be taken against those putting up such banners and posters. Also Read:advertisementAfter terrorist Burhan Wani’s killing, Pakistan needles India on Kashmir Kashmir unrest: Pakistan provokes by calling for plebiscite, terror czars meet in PoKlast_img read more

Premier League: Son Heung-min strikes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 1-0

first_imgSon Heung-min’s second-half goal secured Tottenham a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.The South Korea forward pounced on a weak clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute, as a depleted Spurs side eked out a victory over the league’s last-place team.Playing four days after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League, Tottenham was without forward Dele Alli, center back Toby Alderweireld and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris because of injury.FULL-TIME: Not at our best, but Sonny’s second-half strike seals an important three points at Wembley. #COYS pic.twitter.com/6BsvcmwKKx- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 5, 2017Spurs have struggled to break down visiting teams that defend in numbers at Wembley Stadium this season, drawing to both Burnley and Swansea in a season when they have also beaten Madrid, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at their temporary home.They labored at times against Palace and had back-up goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga to thanks for saves from Scott Dann and Andros Townsend. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha did get past Gazzaniga, but failed to finish into an empty net from an acute angle.Tottenham started the day in third place, eight points off leader Manchester City, who will play Arsenal later Sunday.last_img read more

Kerala SET 2018: Registration begins at lbscentre.org, how to apply

first_imgThe registration process for the Kerala State Eligibility Test (SET-2018) has started on the official website, the link for which is lbscentre.orgThe last date to apply online is December 30 till 5 pm.The Kerala SET 2018 is scheduled to be held on February 25, 2018.  How to apply for Kerala SET 2018:In order to apply for the same, all the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:Go to the official website, lbscentre.orgClick on the relevant linkEnter all the required information in the space providedClick to submitApplication fee:General/OBC: Rs 750SC/ST/VH/PH: Rs 375About Kerala exam:The Kerala SET is conducted to select candidates for the post of higher secondary school teachers and non-vocational teachers in Vocational Higher Secondary Education (VHSE). Aspirants must clear SET for appointment as higher secondary school teachers in the state.Examination details:The Kerala SET 2018 will have 2 papersThe exam will be conducted for 35 subjectsPaper I: This part of the test will check general knowledge and teaching aptitude of a candidatePaper II: Will be subject-specificImportant datesLast date for distribution of application forms: December 30Last date to register online: December 30 at 5 pmLast date to receive filled-in application form: January1, 2018Issue of online hall tickets: February 15, 2018Exam date: February 25, 2018Publishing of answer keys on the official website: February 28, 2018Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comadvertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundred

first_imgShikhar Dhawan continued his impressive form in limited-overs cricket on Sunday as India played Pakistan in their second Super 4 clash at the Dubai International Stadium.Dhawan, who failed to impress in England in Tests, smashed his second hundred in this year’s Asia Cup as India eased forward in their chase of 238 against Pakistan in Dubai.This was Dhawan’s 15th ODI hundred in ODI cricket and he brought it up with a four off Shaheen Afridi in the 33rd over.He also became the second fastest Indian to reach 15 ODI tons behind Virat Kohli, who did it in 106 innings. Dhawan achieved the feat in his 108th innings. He is third in the overall list, with Hashim Amla leading the charts. The South African took just 86 innings to reach the landmark.India vs Pakistan: Report | Highlights | PhotosDhawan along with Rohit Sharma played smart cricket throughout as India looked to chase down a tricky total of 238 against a good Pakistan attack.The Delhi dasher attacked the bowlers right from the word go and took pressure of Rohit, who took his own sweet time to settle in. Attacking the bad balls and milking the good ones away for singles, Dhawan showed yet again why he is such an exceptional limited-overs cricket.The southpaw negotiated the pacers extremely well and took apart Pakistan’s spinners in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz and reached his fifty in the 18th over. But, he didn’t take the foot off the peddle and continued to play smart cricket and attack when needed.advertisementSeeing Dhawan play so freely, Rohit also joined in and the pair brought up their 13th ODI century stand and after that, both started to attack the bowlers.The duo raced to 150 in the 26th over as Pakistan continued to struggle to get a breakthrough. And as they crossed 160-run mark, they became India’s most successful opening pair against Pakistan. They bettered Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly’s stand of 159 against them in 1998.Rohit took over the hitting for a bit and caught up with Dhawan, who was batting in his 80s but it looked like Dhawan was in no mood to reach the three-figure mark after his partner.Also read – Sarfraz Khan rues dropped catches after Pakistan go down to India againHe played some swashbuckling shots and finally reached his century in the 33rd over.He continued his attacking game and looked to finish the game early but his day was cut short after a misunderstanding brought an end to his night.He was run-out for 114 and left the field to a standing ovation after entertaining the crowd a 100-ball innings studded with 16 fours and two sixes.Also read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to became the second most capped IndianThis was second hundred in Asia Cup 2018, with his first coming against Hong Kong, when he smashed 127 in the first game of the tournament.Dhawan has now scored 327 runs in the tournament so far from four matches.With Dhawan’s wicket, India’s opening stand came to an end on 210. This was also the highest between Dhawan and Rohit.Dhawan’s return to form after a drab tour of England will give him and the team management much needed relief going into the series against West Indies and the ultimate tour towards the end of the year, when Virat Kohli’s men go Down Under to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs against Australia.The tour starts in November and will go in till January, 2019.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 teased to come with big battery that will last days on single charge

first_imgOn Wednesday Xiaomi India teased the coming of a new Y series phone or the successor to the Redmi Y2. The company is yet to confirm the name of the upcoming phone but going by past records and rumours it will be the Redmi Y3. On Thursday Xiaomi released a new video teaser of the upcoming Redmi Y series phone. The teaser hints that the smartphone will have a big battery that will last long in a single charge. However, Xiaomi didn’t reveal the battery specs of the Redmi Y3.Considering Xiaomi is vouching so much for the Redmi Y3 battery chances could be it will sport a battery bigger than the predecessor Redmi Y2 which comes with 3080mAh battery. Overall the Redmi Y3 is expected to be a much-improved version of the Redmi Y2, which was launched last year. Xiaomi’s Y series phones are always selfie-focused and the upcoming Redmi Y3 will be no exception. Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera on the front.The company announced the coming of the new Y series phone via a tweet in which it mentioned, “In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..” Compared to the predecessor the Redmi Y3 will have a huge jump in the selfie camera setup. The Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the front for clicking selfies.advertisementYou never run out of juice. Y should your phone? #YYYHow long does your phone last on a single charge? pic.twitter.com/OJxRtBEQD0Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) April 11, 2019Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front including Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This means expect glass body, dot drop notch, slim bezels and more. Overall the Redmi Y3 will be upgraded version of the Redmi Y2.To recollect, the Redmi Y2 features a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The phone is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 quick review: Bold and beautifulALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A40 quick review: A small wonder among giantsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 quick review: Has the goods to make it a winner in Indialast_img read more

In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbers

first_imgTest cricket is all set to undergo a major change as Australia and England will lineup with names and jersey numbers on their Test whites in the upcoming Ashes series. ODI and T20I jerseys have had personalization on their backs since a long time, but Test matches had to wait for this change.England Cricket official Twitter handle confirmed the jersey number of team’s Test match skipper Joe Root and wrote “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts,” as the caption.Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts! pic.twitter.com/M660T2EI4ZEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2019Earlier this year, there were reports that Ashes series between England and Australia would bring in the modernization of cricketing kits.Cricketing fans on Twitter seemed divided on this development in Test cricket and made their voices heard on the social-networking platform.”Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCC,” wrote one fan.Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCCNicholas james Bramall (@jimbram61) July 22, 2019″Names r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket…could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests…names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICC,” another fan tweeted.advertisementNames r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket…could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests…names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICCMainak (@MGuptaLIVE) July 22, 2019On July 14, England scripted history as they managed to win their maiden 50-over World Cup and the side will look to continue their winning momentum going.England will take on Ireland in a one-off four-day Test from July 24 and then the team will face Australia in the Ashes, beginning August 1.Also Read | My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nominationAlso Read | James Anderson ruled out of Ireland Test as Ashes loomslast_img read more

Bedlam superlatives

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIThe Mr. Tough Guy I award: Jason Ray.#okstate WR coach Jason Ray is wearing only a nylon golf polo on his upper body. Egads.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 7, 2013The Mr. Tough Guy II award: Jeremy no sleeves Smith. I get that his biceps have their own atmosphere and thus probably weren’t that cold but, man.The thing that isn’t a thing but needs to be a thing: Every coach in the Big 12 needs to have a top they’re known for. Snyder and the Cotton Bowl windbreaker are obvious, Gundy’s making a run at the Silly Pete hoodie, Weis and the 7XL trash bag, Kingsbury needs to wear an oxford and tie, Holgy a Red Bull skydiving suit.This needs to happen.Play I was reminded of that I still can’t believe happened: Blake Bell running that TD in at the end of the 2012 game. Lavey had him. I mean he had him. It was infuriating to re-live.Best player: Roland had 21 for 144 and three total TDs. 6.9 yards per carry, he was spectacular.Player who should change his name: Justin Gilbert to “Maybe The Best Corner In The Country Justin Gilbert.” Announcers wouldn’t have to change their lexicon much.ESPN graphic I could have done without: OSU WINS BIG 12 AND WILL PLAY IN BCS GAME WITH WIN. I sort of got the point after the first quarter. We could have shelved that for the rest of the game and I would have been fine.Strangest media subplot: When Gundy did his halftime interview with Shannon Spake the entire thing was filmed with the overhead camera. It looked like ESPN was planning a drone strike on Gundy. I’ve never seen anything like it.Media subplot I loved: ESPN dropped some points per drive and yards per play stats on me to open the game. Me like.Weather-related issue that concerned me: How did the Paddle People’s paddles not snap off when they hit the walls? I was legit worried a cheerleader would get stroked in the back of the head with an errant paddle.GIF of the day: This was incredible.826235382Play that needs a bigger camera frame: This one. I can’t tell if his guy gets hit in the shoulder or if the OU guy was pushed into him. It matters, not a great look as it is though..Good recruiting storyline: As I was watching the game I realized that OSU was just better at positions where recruiting is incredibly important — secondary, offensive/defensive line. That’s great for OSU as a whole, but obviously didn’t mean much yesterday.Play that should be classified as a medical remedy: Josh Stewart returning punts.Stat I’m not sure I believe: This one.Attendance for today is 58,520 – a new record for #Bedlam in Stillwater. Even with the cold. Thank you #okstate fans!— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) December 7, 2013Biggest “how did OU win 10 games?” question: Its offense is just horrendous. I couldn’t even believe how bad it was at times. I know it showed up when it mattered and OSU’s wasn’t any better, but my gosh.Uni Heisman: Bullet, no sleeves, no pants, get out of here. That’s man stuff.USATSI_7602665_154512258_lowres Favorite Twitter subplot during Bedlam games: Dean Blevins’ “I’m trying to make it look like I’m not freaking out but I’m really freaking out” tweets. They’re sublime.Dean tweet of the game: Here’s your Dean-O tweet of the game.https://twitter.com/okc_dave/status/409552107524460544Underrated play: We aren’t giving this catch enough credit.Radio moment that should have happened: The Sports Animal should have called Kendal Thompson’s dad after the game. I presume they didn’t.Weirdest successful offensive movement for Mike Yurcich: A 99-yard TD drive in each of the last two games.Biggest question I have about offensive coordinators: Do they think about turnovers during a game? Like, do they think “we have 90 seconds left, we should try to score here because what if Clint throws a pick six”? Or do they just completely take that out of the equation and ignore any kind of turnover thoughts?Bigger sign of the apocalypse: An earthquake during Bedlam or a down-the-middle Ben Grogan FG during an earthquake?Diciest play call: Proposal in 10-degree weather at what could have been the Big 12 title game. I remember being more nervous than Travis Ford at a halfcourt offense playcalling convention when I proposed. I would have probably slipped, broken a limb, and tossed the ring a good 20 yards if I tried to do it at this game.Unpopular statement I’m going to make: I don’t like the way the orange jerseys look on TV. Maybe I need a different TV, or maybe I just don’t like the orange jerseys, I’m not sure. I’m all in on orange pants but I’m pretty iffy on the jerseys right now.Move that confounded me: How did Des Roland get this flip off??Stupidest uniform tradition: Apparently OSU won’t wear tri-colored unis now because of the Iowa State loss and Baylor loss. Can we rid ourselves of that? Some of the best combos are tri-colored and it’s ridiculous.Opinion that others watching on TV will definitely have: Killer Women looks like it’s going to be just the worst show ever.Best assist of the day: This one.Rickie Fowler, Bo Van Pelt, and Scott Verplank donated orange pom pom’s to the student section today.— Brendon Morris (@brendon_wm) December 7, 2013Noises that sounded similar: Pete’s gun and footballs getting kicked. Kip Smith’s foot is probably the size of a melon today.Statement Chris Spielman probably wishes he could have back: “Blake Bell’s package can attack that defense with more efficiency.”Non-penalty that didn’t get enough attention: Blake Bell’s throw directly at the sideline that didn’t come within seven yards of crossing the line of scrimmage. Unless OU signed Yao Ming in the last week and sneaked him in without anyone knowing (which, how crazy would that be?) then he was throwing it away.Tweet of the game: This one.https://twitter.com/tomfornelli/status/409418756197068800Groundhog day moment: This one.I’m happy to report I’m thawing out in the press box. The PA system is broken but we can hear Traber & Al’s play-by-play so we’re good.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) December 7, 2013Best gambling moment: The over/under was 57. That last-second meant-nothing TD made the final go from 51 to 57.Football question I can’t answer: I know it probably doesn’t happen as much as I think but it seems crazy to me that we seem to have so many games that are “blah” for the first 45 minutes and then just completely bonkers in the fourth quarter. Is it a prevent defense thing? Something else? I’d like to see Football Study Hall tackle this topic.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. 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Arsenal expect Alexis exit but hopeful on Ozil

first_imgTransfers Arsenal braced for Alexis exit but Wenger hopeful on Ozil extension Chris Burton 17:00 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester City A. Sánchez Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger Arsenal Manchester United Premier League The man in charge at Emirates Stadium concedes that his Chilean forward is likely to leave, but he believes a German star could commit to fresh terms Arsene Wenger concedes that Alexis Sanchez is likely to leave Arsenal, but he remains optimistic regarding a new contract for Mesut Ozil.The Gunners have seen speculation surrounding two key figures cast an unwelcome shadow over their efforts in 2017-18.Both Sanchez and Ozil have been heavily linked with moves elsewhere as their respective deals run down, with Manchester rivals City and United leading the chase for their signature. 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 Wenger had been hoping to avoid sanctioning the sale of either, but he has now admitted that at least one of the duo could be heading for the exits.“It looks like Sanchez will not extend his contract,” the Frenchman told reporters when offering his latest update in a long-running saga.“But we want to keep Jack [Wilshere] and if we have an opportunity maybe to keep Ozil, the rebuild will be less deep than if all the three left.Arsene Wenger Alexis Sanchez go Mesut Ozil stay“It is not as black and white as it was. There is still an opportunity for him to stay.“Talks are very much still alive. Am I more optimistic than in the summer? Yes.“He’s won trophies with us. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League, that’s normal, when you are at that level.“These guys want to make money but they want to win trophies as well, so it is a combination of things.” Goal revealed on Friday that Manchester City remain hopeful of completing a January swoop for Sanchez, despite United having joined the chase.Ozil, meanwhile, has refused to discuss his future in public, with Goal confirming at the turn of the year that he is yet to make a decision on his next move.If Arsenal can get either to stay put, then their claims to a top-four finish and a return to Champions League will be offered a welcome boost.The Gunners sit sixth in the Premier League table at present, five points adrift of Liverpool in fourth.last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd will hand Solskjaer January funds

first_imgMan Utd will hand Solskjaer January fundsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have money to spend in January.The Daily Mail says United put the Norwegian in charge of a rebuilding process when he was appointed full-time in March and accept that it will take time for him to turn the club’s fortunes around.They will back Solskjaer in the January transfer window if he wants to strengthen his squad again after spending nearly £150million this summer on Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James. In particular, United are in need of a striker, having allowed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave without signing a replacement.The decision has backfired after Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were injured, while teenage prospect Mason Greenwood missed the West Ham game with tonsillitis. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

GrandPré Prize to be Awarded Annually

first_imgAcadian Nova Scotian artists will receive greater recognition for their work, thanks to some changes to the Grand-Pré Prize. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Judy Streatch announced today, March 31, that the department will increase both the amount of the prize and the frequency with which it is awarded. Beginning in 2006, the Grand-Pré Prize will increase from $1,500 to $2,000 and will be awarded annually instead of every two years. “These changes will help to raise the profile of the Grand-Pré Prize within the arts community, the Acadian community and the province,” said Ms. Streatch. “We will now honour an outstanding Acadian Nova Scotian artist each year.” The Grand-Pré Prize was established in 1987 to recognize the work of Acadian Nova Scotians in the performing arts and film, visual arts and crafts, and literary arts. The prize recognizes artists whose work reflects Acadian cultural values and traditions, while demonstrating excellence and originality. “We are fortunate to have many talented Acadian artists in Nova Scotia and we are pleased that more of them now have an opportunity to be recognized for the value they bring to Nova Scotia’s unique heritage,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Acadian Affairs. Previous Grand-Pré Prize winners include singer/songwriter Eric Surette; photographer Francois Gaudet; artisan Denise Robicheau; writer Father Anselme Chiasson; filmmaker Phil Comeau; visual artists Denise Comeau and Simone D’Eon; writer René LeBlanc; and folk artist William Roach. Each year, a recipient is recognized from one of three categories. This year, the Grand-Pré Prize will be awarded to an established literary artist. The deadline for submitting nominations is Saturday, April 15.last_img read more

Enjoy Food Safely Over the Holidays

first_img prepare and serve buffets travel with food prepare and store holiday foods order and serve take-out foods such as meat trays save and re-serve leftovers buy, thaw and cook a turkey and store leftovers. Whether turkey or other traditional treats are on the menu, Nova Scotians are urged to follow some important tips to safely enjoy food over the holidays. Some principles of food handling are to keep work surfaces and utensils clean, separate foods to avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and chill food promptly to avoid bacteria growth. “Through the holiday season and always, we encourage Nova Scotians to keep food safety in mind and to follow proper food-handling practices,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “Being mindful of how we handle, cook, store and transport food will help prevent food-borne illness from harming our loved ones.” The Department of Agriculture has several food safety fact sheetsonline, which include how to: The fact sheets are available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/foodsafety/factsht/ . The Department of Agriculture food safety staff provide consumer education and facility inspections throughout the year to help protect the health of Nova Scotians.last_img read more

A primer on the case that led to landmark Supreme Court ruling

first_imgVANCOUVER – Barrett Jordan was arrested in December 2008 for his alleged involvement in a dial-a-dope operation in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.Nine years later, he is at the centre of the Supreme Court of Canada’s attack on what it calls a “culture of delay and complacency” in the criminal justice system.In late 2008, the RCMP arrested Jordan and charged him and nine co-accused with 14 offences. Jordan remained in custody for two months but was eventually released on bail conditions, including strict house arrest.A preliminary inquiry was scheduled for May 2010, but the Crown realized that four days earmarked for the case would not be enough. Scheduling issues and court delays pushed the proceedings back by a year to make room for an additional five days.By the time the preliminary hearing had finished, it had been 2 1/2 years since Jordan’s initial arrest.It was around this time that Jordan was convicted of prior drug charges and sentenced to a 15-month conditional sentence.Jordan’s trial was scheduled to last six weeks starting in September 2012. A new prosecutor took over the file in July 2011 and contacted the defence, saying she believed the trial would only take two to three weeks and asked about earlier dates. Jordan’s lawyer did not respond.The trial began in September 2012 and Jordan was convicted in February 2013 on five drug-related offences, a little over four years after he was first arrested.Jordan’s lawyer argued for a stay of proceedings at the beginning of his client’s trial, but the judge dismissed the application. An appeal was similarly rejected.Both the trial and appellate judges said Jordan’s bail conditions were not excessive because he had been living under similar provisions imposed when he was given the conditional discharge on his other drug convictions.Jordan appealed to the Supreme Court, which struck down a decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in July 2016.The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in Superior Court.However, these benchmarks are not set in stone.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” which could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country.They might also arise in complex cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.In addition, a delay may be unreasonable even if it falls below the newly prescribed time limits. However, the defence would have to establish that it took meaningful steps to expedite the proceedings and show the case lasted “markedly longer” than it should have.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Court says insurer must pay NB diocese 33 million to cover abuse

first_imgFREDERICTON – An insurance company has been ordered by New Brunswick’s top court to pay over $3.3 million to a Catholic diocese to cover the cost of compensation for decades of sexual abuse by priests.The province’s Court of Appeal ruled that Aviva Insurance Company of Canada breached its contract when it denied coverage of claims resulting from a conciliation process set up by the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.“The question on appeal is whether the diocese is entitled to damages for breach of contract in amounts that involve the costs of, and payments made through a conciliation process the diocese set up as a result of its insurer’s denial of coverage,” Justice Marc Richard said in a written ruling released Thursday.Richard says 83 victims participated in the conciliation process, with compensation paid to 50 people.Twenty-six priests were identified as having committed sexual abuse, he wrote, with 19 identified in the conciliation process and another seven in separate court actions.In a previous civil trial held in Moncton, a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled Aviva wasn’t responsible for covering the costs of the conciliation claims — a decision appealed by the church in a hearing last February in Fredericton.In his ruling, Richard points out that Aviva discontinued its own appeal in the case, leaving only a cross appeal to be argued. He said that left unchallenged the trial judge’s determination that the claims for sexual abuse were covered under policies that were not void for failure to disclose material risks and were not excluded in the intentional acts clause.He said in essence, Aviva accepts it had wrongfully denied the diocese when it sought coverage for the sexual abuse claims and that left a question whether the trial judge erred in concluding that the claims were not recoverable as damages because they didn’t involve payments for liability imposed by a court.“In my respectful view the judge did err in this regard by applying an incorrect test,” Richard wrote. “This was a claim for damages flowing from a breach of contract and not for indemnity under the policy.”Richard said allowing an insurer to escape liability because the insured settled a claim rather than seeking a court judgment would encourage companies to deny coverage in such cases.“Such conduct by insurers must be prevented,” he said.Richard said whether or not the settlement by the diocese was reasonable was the “threshold issue in this case.”The ruling said the diocese acted reasonably in instituting an alternative dispute resolution process that would allow for its financial survival, having been abandoned by the insurance company.The appeal ruling says the abuse of young people occurred from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache was retained to devise and implement a process aimed at resolving claims and to seek the forgiveness of the victims. Aviva declined to participate in the process.“By using the conciliation process the diocese kept its costs for that process to $4,284,000, which paled in comparison to the $15,000,000 paid by the Diocese of Antigonish, N.S., through claim-by-claim settlements. It was a decision designed to minimize costs, ensure there was enough money to pay victims, and avoid protracted litigation, all in the name of financial viability.”Richard said the diocese’s “broader obligations” would have been known to Aviva when it decided to insure the diocese, and he noted the company did not dispute the amounts being claimed or the reasonableness of the amounts being claimed as reimbursement.“For these reasons I would allow the appeal and set aside the trial judge’s decision on the question of Aviva’s liability to pay damages for breach of contract relating to claims resolved through the conciliation process.”The diocese paid conciliation process participants a total of $4,284,000 and another group of victims who opted not to participate were paid a total of $2,879,179.The diocese ultimately made a total claim for breach of contract totalling $3,358,264, which was the amount awarded by the Court of Appeal, with pre-judgment interest.last_img read more

Oscare Child Care closes and North Peace Cultural Centre opens new programs

first_imgBy offering this new out of school care program, the hope is to encourage youth in their studies and artistic endeavours. There will also be a French tutor available during the after school hours to help children attending Ecole Central.Over the next few weeks, NPCC will decide if there is a need for full-day programs on Pro- D days and school holidays.For more information on the out of school programs should contact the North Peace Cultural Centres office at (250)785-1992 or email; reception@npcc.bc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Oscare Child Care Centre has closed their doors as of Tuesday, and the North Peace Cultural Centre was quick to make room for children by expanding on their out of school childcare programsOctober 30, 2018, the doors were officially closed at Oscare Child Care Centre yet two blocks down the street, the North Peace Cultural Centre (NPCC) has been making room and implementing programs to help accommodate children before and after school.The NPCC has offered after-school programs in specific art classes since 1992, yet in 2014 they expanded to include the first fine arts preschool in Northern B.C.last_img read more

Kindergarten registration now open for School District 60

first_imgThe School District is reminding parents to register directly at your home school. If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) you can contact the nearest school or check the School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.French Immersion Kindergarten is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. You can call the school, at 250-785- 4511, for further information regarding the French Immersion Program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.Blended kindergarten learning and distributed learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  You can call the school at 250-261-5660 for more information.Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten Programs. Availability and times vary for each school. You are encouraged to contact your school for details.For further information on the registration process, you can visit the School District 60 website or you can call Stephen Petrucci, Assistant Superintendent, at 250-262-6017. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 is now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations.Registration for Kindergarten Students for the 2019/2020 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.Children who will be five years of age by December 31, 2019 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.last_img read more

WestJet forced to deal with delays due to US government shutdown

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The U.S. government shutdown was a major headache for some Canadian air travellers looking to move around the east coast on Friday.Calgary-based WestJet was forced to cancel three flights between Toronto and La Guardia Airport in New York due to lengthy delays on the American side of the border.They were quick to issue a statement about the cancellations and delays they were experiencing.“We are appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the air traffic control system who assist in the safe movement of our aircraft each day.This is a most unfortunate situation that our ATC partners find themselves in and it’s our hope that the parties involved can resolve the situation as quick as possible.”Spokesperson Lauren Stewart tells 660 NEWS they posted an updated travel advisory on the website and have been advising U.S. travellers to arrive at the terminal at least three hours before their flight.They’re also asking people to check the status of their flight before they leave for the airport.Air Canada also posted on its website that it too was seeing the same delays and cancellations out of La Guardia.The airline amended its booking policy for the day allowing affected customers to change their travel plans without penalty, space permitting.Meanwhile, officials at YYC Calgary International Airport say things are operating pretty smoothly and they haven’t experienced anything similar in the way of delays.“The majority of U.S. flights are departing mostly on-time today, with only a few delays. We always recommend travellers get the latest information on their travels by keeping in touch with their airline or on our website at yyc.com,” spokesperson Reid Feist said. read more