Why are the Gujjars agitated?

first_imgWhat are the grounds for this?The nine-day-long renewed agitation of Gujjars in Rajasthan earlier this month, seeking 5% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, has again shifted focus on the community’s demand which has generated considerable political heat and disrupted public life several times since 2007. As many as 72 Gujjars have so far died in police firing during the quota agitation. Gujjars, who had initially demanded the Scheduled Tribe status in Rajasthan, point out that their main occupation is agriculture and animal husbandry and they have been left behind in educational and economic progress because they did not have the clout enjoyed by other influential communities. The caste structure among Hindus excluded them from the fruits of development, as they lived mostly in the remote areas of eastern Rajasthan districts. Though they were included in the Other Backward Class (OBC) list in 1994, the dominant Jat community has taken away the lion’s share of the quota.What is the status of quotas?At present, Rajasthan gives 21% reservation to OBCs, which covers 90 castes of both Hindu and Muslim communities. The Scheduled Castes get 16% reservation and the Scheduled Tribes 12%. This brings the total reservation to 49%, which is 1% less than the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court in the Indra Sawhney judgment. Gujjars, along with nomadic communities Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya, were given 1% quota in the “most-backward” category, in addition to the OBC benefit, in 2010. The State government has tried thrice in the past to give 5% reservation to Gujjars as a ‘Special Backward Class,’ but the legislation was struck down every time by the Rajasthan High Court, which ruled that the quota had not only exceeded the 50% limit, but was also not supported by quantifiable data.What is the govt. stand?The newly elected Congress government passed a Bill in the Assembly during the Budget session on February 13, giving 5% reservation to Gujjars and four other nomadic communities as an ‘Extremely Backward Class’ and made a “recommendation” to the Centre that the legislation be included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution to protect it from being challenged in courts. This has resulted in the quota exceeding the 50% limit. The Bill, which amended an Act of 2017, made a mention of the Constitution Amendment Bill passed by the Union government to extend quota to the poor, which breached the 50% ceiling. The 10% reservation for the poor in the general category introduced by the Centre has also been implemented in Rajasthan, taking the total quota to 64%.Are Gujjars satisfied now? Gujjar Aarakshan Sangharh Samiti convener Kirori Singh Bainsla, who along with his supporters occupied the Delhi-Mumbai rail tracks in Sawai Madhopur district for nine days, lifted the blockade after the government gave a written assurance of legal steps to safeguard the quota. Col. Bainsla (retired) says Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has promised the Gujjars that he will intervene if an issue arises later.What is in store? Though Gujjars have been granted the Extremely Backward Class status for the time being, the community expects the State government to effectively implement the special Deonarain scheme for their welfare, fill backlog of vacancies and consider withdrawal of criminal cases registered during the earlier agitations. The fate of reservation will depend on the courts taking a view on the new statute in the light of interpretation of the ceiling under exceptional circumstances.last_img read more

Revengeful Pasig Chooks, Balanga to go all out in Moscow Challenger

first_img‘Beast’ caged Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Pasig Chooks hopes to replace a forgettable campaign with a memorable one when it plunges back into action in the Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger on June 7-8 in Russia.The team is coming off a winless campaign in the 2019 Kunshan Challenger last month and there’s only one way to put that painful stint behind.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “Redemption.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Balanga Chooks, which was invited to the tournament as a wildcard, has a tougher road ahead as it still needs to go through a qualifier and top its group that features Ukraine’s Odessa Basket and Russia’s Moscow Inanomo to advance to the pool stages against Russia’s Gagarin and Poland’s Gdańsk Energa 3×3.Leading the way for Balanga is prolific forward Travis Franklin, who is joining Alvin Pasaol and Karl Dehesa for another run. Sharpshooting Chris Dechavez is the team’s fourth member.“Two weeks ago, we sent Pasig Chooks to compete in Kunshan. That was the worst tournament we ever participated in after the team left Kunshan without a single win,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas. “It’s behind us now. What’s important is we learned a lot from the Kunshan tournament.”“I can guarantee that our players are mentally and physically ready for this tournament.”Statham kept it short and sweet when asked about his expectations ahead of the Moscow Challenger.ADVERTISEMENT “We definitely wanna make up for that,” said Joshua Munzon, the 89th-ranked player in the world, during Pasig and Balanga Chooks’ sendoff on Tuesday at Bar One.“Our expectations is to go out there and give everything we have. We can’t get out there and lose focus. We need to stay together as a team. We have to have each other’s backs,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 6-foot-3 Munzon will team up with Serbian reinforcement Nikola Pavlovic and Taylor Statham anew with former PBA veteran Dylan Ababou completing the cast.Pasig is slotted in Group Round 2-B with world No. 3 Riga Ghetto of Latvia and Belgium’s Antwerp. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:58Vico Sotto on being Pasig mayor: ‘Most challenging 100 days of my life’01:52Vico Sotto to go after erring CENRO officials in Pasig City02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Trump dons presidential hat with 45 stitched on it

first_imgNew York, Nov 28 (PTI) US President-elect Donald Trump has debuted his presidential hat with the number 45 stitched on to the side, swapping it with his Make America Great Again headgear that he sported regularly during the campaign.Trump, who will become the 45th US President at his inauguration in January next year, was spotted leaving his Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida, with his security detail after he fired off tweets blasting Green Party Candidate Jill Steins call for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.He donned a dark suit, white shirt and the red hat — which also said USA on the front.The number 45 on the side is likely a nod to Trumps forthcoming inauguration as Americas 45th president. The President elect-appeared to make a point of adjusting the hat for the news cameras, the New York Post reported.Ahead of the November 8 polls in October, it was reported that Trumps election campaign had spent more on hats than on polling, shelling out a whopping USD 3.2 million on his signature Make America Great Again headgear.Steins crusade came to light on Friday, when she filed a filed a recount petition in Wisconsin — claiming she had raised USD 5.2 million to pay for re-tallies there and in Michigan and Pennsylvania.On Saturday, Hillary Clintons campaign revealed that she would join Steins efforts and independent candidate Rocky Roque De La Fuente has also requested a recount.Trump, however, did not take the recount efforts too kindly yesterday.”In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he said in a tweet. PTI ASK AKJ ASKadvertisementlast_img read more

KA-VARUN GANDHI

first_imgDynastic hierachy closing the doors of opportunity forBengaluru, June 18 (PTI) Gandhi scion and BJP MP VarunGandhi today lamented that dynastic hierarchy in variousimportant areas, including politics, was closing the doors ofopportunity for the common man.”How do we open the doors to more people in politics?Everybody knows that politics has dynastic approaches. Thereare certain families in every state, district, and countrythat are prominent. It is unfortunate but true,” he said.Gandhi was addressing an event on ‘The road to India’sFuture: Opportunities and Challenges,’ organised by Federationof Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industries here.He lamented that no important sector was devoid of thisphenomenon.Gandhi said if one today looked at the film industry,sports fraternity, politics and industry, almost all doorswere closed to the common man.”And if you are a talented young person growing up in asmall town and you have immense talent and courage, abilitywhat will you do? Sometimes it is just wasted away. It saddensme, said Gandhi who hails from the Nehru family.He however, admitted that he would not have grownpolitically if he had not come from a political dynasty.Speaking about the poor innovation in India, Gandhi saidthere was a lack of funding. While China spends three per centof its GDP on research and development, Indias share is ameagre 0.6% of its GDP.Another reason for faltering in innovation was that 93per cent of start-ups failed in India mainly because investorsdo not give sufficient time to let the venture grow.advertisementGandhi said the education system needs a reform where Phdresearch should be linked to industry and innovation.He also underlined the need to make education accessibleto all.Gandhi also spoke about environmental hazards, citing theexamples of landfill sites at Dera and Bandhwari village ofFaridabad and Gurgaon, the two satellite towns of Delhi.The shutdown of the waste treatment plants in these townshad resulted in most people getting cancer, he said. PTI GMSAPRAPRAPRlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu Titans

first_imgBengal Warriors trounced UP Yoddha 48-17 to record their biggest victory in the Pro Kabaddi League, starting their campaign on a confident note, here on Wednesday.The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Yodha defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions.Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support.UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after the first three minutes. But Warriors came back strong as Maninder first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level 6-6.The Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all-out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals.Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12.The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed.advertisementBengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory.Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.Delhi win ThrillerIn an edge of the seat clash, Dabang Delhi pipped Telugu Titans 34-33 in their campaign opener of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) here on Wednesday.Raider Naveen Kumar was the chief architect of Delhi’s win as he accumulated 14 raid points.On the other hand, debutant Suraj Desai, the elder brother of Siddharth Desai, scored 18 raid points for Telugu Titans. Siddharth scored eight raid points for the Titans.Suraj was quick off the blocks for the Titans as he made a two-point raid in the first minute of the match. Meraj Sheykh opened Delhi’s account with a raid in the second minute.It was a closely-fought affair between the two teams as they were level at 4-4 after the first five minutes.Siddharth was sent to the bench in the sixth minute after a strong tackle by Ravinder. Suraj made another two-point raid in the seventh minute to level the match at 6-6.Siddharth scored two quick raid points to give Telugu Titans 9-7 lead in the 11th minute. In the 16th minute, Titans forced a super tackle to level the match at 11-11 after their opponents had taken a slender lead.At the end of the first half, Delhi led 13-12.The hosts began the second half with a bang as they forced a super tackle in the 21st minute. Siddharth made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute as Titans led 17-15. Suraj followed it up a two-point raid of his own in the next minute.Navin achieved a super 10 in the 25th minute as Delhi trailed 18-20. Delhi inflicted the first all out the match in the 26th minute to level the match at 21-21.Suraj produced a terrific super raid in the 31st minute to give Titans 28-26 lead. Delhi reacted strongly and in the next couple of minutes scored six straight points to lead 32-26.Titans led by Suraj came back and scored four points to trail 30-32 in the 36th minute.It was anyone’s match in the last three minutes but Delhi kept their nerve to emerge victorious.Also Read | Jaipur Pink Panthers, Haryana Steelers register their first wins of PKL 2019Also Read | Pro Kabaddi 2019: Tamil Thalaivas beat Telugu Titans, Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengaluru Bullslast_img read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Get To Know Kansas

first_imgOverviewProgress is the goal for 2nd year coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks as they continue to undertake what the Kansas City Star called “college football’s greatest challenge”. The last two trips to Lawrence have required a 99 yard return by the Cheetah and JW Walsh holding off a late KU surge for a couple of close wins.  Through the first half of the year, 2016 hasn’t been great to KU losing a heartbreaker to TCU and getting blown out by Baylor and the Memphis Tigers. While KU has some talented players, points per drive is often an good indicator of team performance, and KU is 115th in the country with -1.47 net points per drive (meaning they are outscored on a regular basis).  OffenseThe Jayhawks bring a familiar spread offense this week, most often splitting four wide receivers out and at times bringing in a tight end. Not a particularly potent group, the passing attack has been stronger as they’re nearly in the top third of the country (45th) averaging 255 yards per game (8th in the Big 12). The rushing attack hasn’t been quite as prolific where they average under 85 yards per game in conference play. Ultimately, the power in the offense lies in a couple of playmakers on the perimeter who are counted on to do the heavy lifting.  For the third straight week, OSU faces the possibility of another two-quarter back attack as sophomore Ryan Willis took over the starting position in game 5 for the veteran dual-threat Montell Cozart who couldn’t get things going. Willis is more of a pocket passer while Cozart doesn’t have a problem making plays with his feet. Willis has the arm to make a lot of good throws but a couple of things have plagued him: Coach Beaty talked recently about how he’s still learning the offense and having trouble interpreting defenses as a result, and thrown six interceptions (and lost a fumble) in his past two games. To highlight this, the Jayhawks are 127th (out of 128) in the FBS for turnover margin with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost on the year giving the other team nearly two extra possessions a game (-1.83 margin). Cozart hasn’t played a snap since he was benched against Texas Tech but could make an appearance as KU searches for a spark. Whoever is throwing the ball has a couple of quality receivers that Lawrence hasn’t seen in a while in junior transfer LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims, Jr. who has three 100 yard games this year. Gonzalez returns kicks, punts and plays out wide where they put him in motion, hit him on quick hitches and run him downfield. Sims, Jr. has five scores on the year and is averaging 16.18 yards a catch, on pace for a solid season. The Jayhawks throw it around some with five receivers with double digit catches and tight end Ben Johnson has been a part of the gameplan at times.  At running back, Ke’Aun Kinner returns for his senior season after leading the team last year but the backfield is a committee with sophomore Taylor Martin and the freshman Khalil Herbert. Martin is perceived as the fastest, most explosive back and Herbert had an awful slippery run against Baylor last week.  The rushing attack hasn’t been that strong as Kenner leads the team with 264 yards rushing. The offensive line has contributed it’s fair share to the offensive struggles (as we understand far too well). The returning starter at left tackle prematurely retired as a result of concussions and the next man up was a true freshman in Hakeem Adeniji. Senior D’Andre Banks at right tackle is the elder statesmen in the group, but there’s not a lot of experience across the board for a unit often perceived as a weakness. DefenseThe defense is definitely the stronger side of the ball for the Jayhawks, evidenced by how they held the prolific Seth Russell to 144 yards on 9/22 passing for the game (worth noting that he was pulled before halftime). While the Bears were able to run the ball well, gashing the unit for 250 yards, the defense is constantly put in tough positions with the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over frequently and seems to be more solid than the numbers would show. The Jayhawks did a solid job at home slowing down a prolific TCU offense that averaged 43.4 points per game to only 24. Even more impressive was the nine tackles for loss the Jayhawks tallied; this defense can be aggressive. KU is 14th in FBS with 51 tackles for loss. Ends Dorace Armstrong, Jr. and Cameron Rosser are one of the most productive pairs in college football and experts at dragging down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, combining for 13 tackles for loss. Armstrong averages a sack each game and is really the standout on this defense. These stats are made possible by tackle Daniel Wise, who made the ESPN Mid-Season All Big 12 team where he was noted as one of the more disruptive players in the conference.Senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts, a transfer from South Carolina, was productive last year with 71 tackles and a pick-six, giving some leadership to the defense. Courtney Arnick has filled in well for injured captain Joe Dineen, Jr., pulling down four tackles for loss and seems to be nearly always around the ball.  Another leader is team captain Fish Smithson, the perennial leading tackler for the team. The senior safety has a couple of interceptions and leads the team with 32 tackles. True freshman corner Mike Lee is an impact player who was a late qualifier and the four star recruit left behind offers from Georgia, Texas, A&M, Mizzou and Texas Tech to come help the KU secondary right away. The key to this game could be turnovers. If KU continues at an FBS leading rate and OSU continues to force turnovers at a rate near the top of the conference, the odds are slim the Jayhawks pull the upset. A few sophomores on the roster (Sims, Jr., Armstrong, Wise, Rosser, Martin) look to be impact players and building blocks for Jayhawk teams of the future. Overall, former Texas high school football coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are trying to rebuild a losing culture with an influx of talent from Texas high schools (more than half of 2016 class was from TX) and solid team speed. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to be ranked but getting out of ESPN’s weekly “Bottom 10” would be progress. Beaty should have at least another year or two to do that unless he very unfortunately hits the most popular person in Kansas with his car.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Real Madrid vs Malaga: Team news & TV

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid vs Malaga: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 02:05 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Real Madrid v Málaga Málaga Primera División Los Blancos have the chance to make up ground on at least one of their title rivals this weekend as Valencia host Barcelona on Sunday Real Madrid will hope to capitalise on the certainty of either Valencia or Barcelona dropping points this weekend when they take on Malaga on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s men host the 18th-place side, who have won two of their past three games, at the Santiago Bernabeu.A day later Barcelona and Valencia, who currently sit first and second in La Liga, will meet in a top-of-the-table clash at Mestalla. 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 Game Real Madrid vs Malaga Date Saturday, November 25 Time 15:15 GMT / 10:15 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Dani Carvajal Real MadridIn the UK, the match will be unavailable to watch live on television or stream as it falls within the 15:00 to 17:00 blackout period. UK TV channel Online stream None None In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Moha Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Marcelo, Theo Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos Forwards Ronaldo, Benzema, Vazquez, Mayoral Sergio Ramos (broken nose) and Gareth Bale (thigh) are back in training but will not feature in this match. Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic (both groin), however, are set to be involved.Marco Asensio will not be risked due to a minor injury, while third-choice goalkeeper Luca Zidane remains out and Nacho is suspended for yellow-card accumulation.Young right-back Achraf Hakimi has also been left out of the squad.Potential starting XI: Casilla; Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo. Position Malaga players Goalkeepers Roberto, Prieto Defenders Gonzalez, Hernandez, Juankar, Rosales, Baysse Midfielders Rolon, Adrian, Juanpi, Chory, Recio, Ontiveros, Cecchini, Keko, Mula Forwards Borja, Penaranda, Rolan Malaga have their captain, Recio, back in contention.Among coach Michel’s unavailable players are defenders Miguel Torres and Federico Ricca and midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic.Potential starting XI: Roberto; Rosales, Hernandez, Baysse, Juankar; Keko, Recio, Adrian, Chory; Borja, Rolan.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Zinedine Zidane Real MadridMadrid are 1/12 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Malaga priced at 25/1 and the draw available at 10/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridThis is an important weekend for Real Madrid as they seek to close the gap on both Barcelona and Valencia in La Liga.Los Blancos are 10 points behind their biggest rivals, who sit top of the table, and six behind Marcelino’s rejuvenated side. They meet at Mestalla this weekend and at least one will drop points.Madrid will know they must capitalise at home to a Malaga side that has improved of late but looks like it could be threatened with relegation.After this, Madrid play in the Copa del Rey in midweek before a challenging run of matches and travel kicks off with a visit to Athletic Club next weekend.They then face Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla at home before taking off for the Club World Cup, where they will play two matches in Abu Dhabi.Seven days after the final or third-place play-off, they will welcome Barca to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first Clasico in La Liga this season.last_img read more

‘Ridiculous’ – Moyes wants protection for Carroll

first_imgPremier League ‘It’s becoming ridiculous’ – Moyes wants greater ref protection for Carroll Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 21:50 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AndyCarroll - Cropped Getty Images Premier League West Ham United West Ham United v Leicester City Already sent off this season for elbowing, the striker is often the victim and needs protecting, according to his boss West Ham manager David Moyes believes Andy Carroll’s physical approach means he is being unfairly targeted and deserves greater protection from match officials.The striker was sent off at Burnley last month for picking up two cautions in as many minutes – both for raising his arm in aerial challenges.Carroll 8/5 to score vs. Leicester 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 Carroll escaped any punishment for a similar offence almost immediately after kick-off in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Watford – Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers – and was later booked for an off-the-ball trip on Richarlison, seemingly in retaliation to a couple of perceived fouls shortly beforehand.”I actually think when the ball goes up everybody is already saying it’s a foul against Andy,” Moyes said ahead of his first home game, against Leicester City on Friday.”If we are now saying you can’t use your arms for leverage that isn’t in the rules of football.”When he was booked, he had just been scythed down by two people. If that had been anyone else out there from outside this country then they would have gone down and taken a free kick. Andy didn’t.Fair to say we’ve scored some  against ​@LCFC! pic.twitter.com/nZgEJZAUsI— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 23, 2017″He stays up, is hit by two people and gets zero protection. I’ve said ‘Andy you’re going to have to change and adapt so that isn’t a situation,’ but I think it’s becoming ridiculous.”It has to stop that in every tackle Andy goes for is a foul, because I don’t believe that’s true.”From minute one, every time Andy Carroll plays, is everyone going to say, ‘that’s a foul by Andy Carroll?'”If we do we’ve got to say if you’re 6ft 4ins you better go to basketball and stop being a centre-forward. I hope that now we are playing at home the crowd will support Andy in everything he does.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 0 Liverpool 4

first_imgBournemouth 0 Liverpool 4: Coutinho sparkles as Reds return to winning ways Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 02:23 12/18/17 Liverpool - cropped Getty Images Philippe Coutinho reached double figures for goals for the third straight season with his effort in Liverpool’s win at Bournemouth. Philippe Coutinho was in dazzling form as Liverpool got back to winning ways with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.A scintillating solo strike and an assist from Coutinho lifted Jurgen Klopp’s side back up to fourth after successive draws against Everton and West Brom saw the gap to the top three widen.Coutinho started wide on the left as Sadio Mane was granted a rest under the rotation policy for which Klopp has come under fire and the Brazilian quickly set about ensuring the scrutiny of his manager would be minimal with a fine individual goal. 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 Klopp this week lauded Liverpool’s scouting department for their role in the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma and they may be expecting further praise after the winger added to Dejan Lovren’s header by slotting his 20th goal of 2017-18 home before half-time.Simon Mignolet – back between the posts in place of Loris Karius – had little to contend with in the Liverpool goal and the visitors were out of sight when Roberto Firmino nodded Coutinho’s cross home in the second half, though replays suggested he may have been offside.Salah, Firmino and Coutinho all made way in the second half as, with victory on the south coast secure, Klopp turned his attention to a huge clash with fellow Champions League chasers Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Friday.FULL-TIME Bournemouth 0-4 LiverpoolIrresistible. Unstoppable.Coutinho, Lovren, Salah & Firmino fire @LFC back into the top four #BOULIV pic.twitter.com/hGwpJFXG6K— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017With less than 11 minutes played, Nathan Ake was booked for tugging Firmino down on the edge of the box and Coutinho saw a sweetly struck free-kick hit the inside of the right-hand upright and bounce away from goal.The Brazilian was not to be denied at the next attempt, though. Coutinho dribbled at speed down the left, cut inside Simon Francis and slotted a fine effort inside the near post after beating Lewis Cook.Liverpool added a second six minutes later when Firmino stopped the ball crossing the byline by hooking it into the six-yard box on the volley for Lovren to finish with a diving header.Klopp’s energetic side had been dominant but eased off before half-time and Bournemouth – who lost Josh King to injury in the 31st minute – would have punished them had Jermain Defoe’s 39th-minute effort not come back off the post.Asmir Begovic denied Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah as Liverpool responded positively, and the Reds enhanced their advantage when the Egyptian raced down the outside of Charlie Daniels on the right before shifting the ball onto his left foot and picking out the far corner.20 – Mohamed Salah is the first @premierleague player to have scored 20 goals in all competitions this season. Prolific. pic.twitter.com/bNM7kCFuim— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017Liverpool struggled to maintain their intensity after the restart and it was not until Oxlade-Chamberlain dispossessed former Red Jordon Ibe and surged into the box only to hit the upright with a powerful left-footed strike that they threatened again.Defoe was unable to get the better of Mignolet from the edge of the area and Liverpool had maximum points secured when Firmino ghosted into space between two Bournemouth defenders to head Coutinho’s delivery home.Klopp sent Adam Lallana on in place of Salah for just his second appearance of an injury-plagued season with under 20 minutes remaining.Danny Ings then hit the side-netting and Lallana looped a stoppage-time header over after Begovic kept out Dominic Solanke, but Liverpool had done enough to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches.Key Opta stats:- Liverpool are the first team in top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals.- Mo Salah became the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season. He’s also the first Liverpool player since Luis Suarez (31) and Daniel Sturridge (24) in 2013-14 to score at least 20 goals in a single campaign.- Roberto Firmino has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Liverpool player since he joined at the start of 2015-16 (44, 27 goals, 17 assists).- Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in 15 goals in his last 10 away games for Liverpool in all competitions (8 goals, 7 assists).- No team has scored more away goals in the Premier League this season than Liverpool (24, level with Manchester City). read morelast_img read more

Humboldt Broncos families upset by Alberta trucking regulation review

first_imgEDMONTON — Several families affected by the deadly Humboldt Broncos hockey bus crash say they are upset by an Alberta review of trucking regulations.Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba implemented mandatory training for truck and bus drivers after the crash in April 2018.Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver has confirmed in a Facebook post that the province is taking another look at the rules for school bus drivers and farmers.Families of the 16 people who died and 13 who were injured took to social media to criticize the review.They have called the review disgusting and say a two-tiered system is ridiculous.Toby Boulet, whose son Logan was killed in the Broncos crash, says the same rules need to apply to commercial and farm truck drivers.“I will speak face to face with anyone who believes a load of grain has more value than my son’s life,” the Lethbridge dad said on Twitter.McIver was not made available for an interview, but he said in the Facebook post late Tuesday that the province hasn’t made any changes.“No decisions have been made or will be made until we hear from all interested parties about the best way to proceed,” said the posting. “Our top priority at Alberta Transportation is the safety and security of drivers and families on Alberta’s highways.“Let me reassure you that we will not make any changes that compromise safety on our roads.” Premier Jason Kenney made similar comments in Calgary on Tuesday, although both he and McIver suggested the rules for school bus drivers and farmers could be relaxed.“If a farmer is simply taking their grain truck to the local elevator or perhaps to a regional terminal, and they have a perfect driving record and they’re just driving their own product, I think some consideration might be given there, because they’re not professional truckers in that case. They’re not full-time truckers,” Kenney said. “This is a complex issue.”Boulet and the other Alberta-based families involved in the Broncos crash say there’s nothing complex about it.Shelby Hunter, whose brother Logan Hunter was killed, called it a terrible idea.“As families, we are after change and I believe one day we will live in a world where driver regulations are much stricter,” she wrote on Twitter. “Breaks my heart to know how many people’s lives are at risk on these roads!”The Straschnitzki family in Airdrie, Alta., has also criticized the potential move in interviews and on social media.“Typical govt,” wrote Tom Straschnitzki on Twitter. “Come visit all 29 of us and explain why they would do this. Hope it never happens to any of their kids or spouses or relatives.“If it did, betcha changes would happen sooner than later.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.— With files from Lauren Krugel in CalgaryColette Derworiz, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Fatal shooting of Colten Boushie a freak accident defence

first_imgThe Canadian Press BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A defence lawyer says an Indigenous teen who died in a shooting on a Saskatchewan farm was the victim of a freak accident.Gerald Stanley’s lawyer is making his opening arguments before a jury hearing the man’s second-degree murder trial.Scott Spencer told jurors that 22-year-old Colten Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes.He said the Stanley family was facing intruders on their farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016 which created a panic situation.Spencer suggested it wasn’t unreasonable for warning shots to be fired to scare off the intruders and called the fatal shooting a “freak accident in the course of an unimaginably scary situation.”Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape when he was shot.“This is not a justified death. It is never right to take somebody’s life. But that’s not what this case is all about,” Spencer told court in Battleford, Sask., on Monday.“For farm people, your yard is your castle. We have a family. They were working on their ranch. That’s what the day started like for Gerry and his family. What happened is they faced essentially (an) intruder.”Court has heard an SUV with a flat tire carrying five people drove onto the Stanley farm. The driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley farm in search of help with the tire.Stanley’s son has testified that on the day of the shooting, he and his father heard an ATV start and thought it was being stolen. The pair ran toward the SUV and threw a hammer at the windshield as the driver tried to leave the farm.Sheldon Stanley said he went into the house to get his truck keys and heard two gunshots. He said he heard a third when he came back out. He told court he saw his father, looking sick, with a gun in his hand saying, “It just went off.”“You have to view it from Gerry’s perspective and what he faced. The fear, the unknown. When you’re in a situation where you have intruders and you don’t have the luxury of being able to wait for police assistance. This case comes down to what’s reasonable,” Spencer said.“It’s not a self defence. What can you do to protect yourself in those circumstances? You can’t use lethal force but is it reasonable to deal with the circumstance to protect you and your family?”Spencer suggested Stanley’s gun misfired.“The reality is the gun just went off. If they would have just stopped … stopped stealing … just walked away he wouldn’t have had to go over there.” said Spencer, who added that Stanley will take the stand to explain what happened.The Crown wrapped up its case last week.last_img read more

Qualcomm and Progressive jump while Wave Life Sciences drops

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Qualcomm Corp., up $13.27 to $70.45The mobile chip maker settled a long-running financial dispute with iPhone maker Apple.Johnson & Johnson, up $1.50 to $138.02The maker of Tylenol and psoriasis drug Stelara reported higher prescription drug sales and it beat profit forecasts.Wave Life Sciences Ltd., down $9.55 to $24.47The drug developer reported that some patients in an early study of a potential muscular dystrophy drug experienced some severe side effects.Scientific Games Corp., up $1.68 to $22.57The maker of betting machines and technology is partnering with Wynn Resorts to help develop digital sports betting and gaming.JB Hunt Transport Services Inc., down $5.22 to $100.28The trucking and logistics company’s first quarter profit and revenue fell short of Wall Street forecasts.Progressive Corp., up $5 to $77.26The insurer’s first-quarter profit surged past Wall Street profit forecasts on higher premiums.Omnicom Group Inc., up $4.35 to $81.25The advertising company beat first quarter forecasts for a key profit measure and reported higher spending by clients.BlackRock Inc., up $14.68 to $466.54The investment firm’s first quarter profit surged past Wall Street forecasts as a rebounding market helped to increase assets..The Associated Press read more

Obsidian Energy settles with US Securities Commission over fraud charges

CALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has reached a US$8.5-million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud-related charges filed earlier this year.The SEC had alleged the company and three executives participated in a “multi-year accounting fraud” where hundreds of millions of dollars were moved from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts to improve the appearance of its operating metrics.Under the settlement, the company (TSX:OBE) neither admits nor denies the allegations, but will pay US$8.5 million to resolve the issue stemming from when the company was called Penn West. The SEC lawsuit would continue against the executives.The charges, announced in June, came a day after the company officially changed it name to Obsidian, vowing to distance itself from its debt-burdened and scandal-tainted past.The SEC charges involved accounting issues that led to the company reporting in September 2014 that it would restate its financial statements from 2012 to the first quarter of 2014.Last year, Penn West paid $53 million to settle class action lawsuits related to the issue. read more

Members needed for CFBU board

The Brock University Student Radio Board is accepting nominations for various positions for its upcoming annual term commencing in July 2011.The composition of the board includes two student auxiliary (voting) members, one student at large, one faculty, two community members, one Brock University Students Union representative and one Brock University Student Advisory Council representative. The faculty candidate must be a resident of the Niagara Region. There is no specific requirement that the candidate be full-time faculty.Candidates should support the station goals and be familiar with, or open to, working with an organization based on collective principals. For information, contact pd@cfbu.ca read more

Womens soccer Ohio State picks up pair of victories over weekend

In the 52nd minute, OSU senior forward Nichelle Prince was fed a ball through Purdue’s defense to face off 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper, ultimately resulting in a score for the Olympian.  This upped the Buckeye’s lead to 3-0.  Two minutes later in the 54th, Prince’s shot again found the back of the net, making it a 4-0 lead.  Strong defense continued throughout the game, but ultimately could not be perfect, as Purdue senior midfielder Milaro Gianna snapped the shutout, scoring Purdue’s only goal of the day.OSU prevailed with a 4-1 victory in the end. The Buckeyes hit the road Thursday, first traveling to College Park, Maryland to face off against the 4-9-1 (1-5-0 Big Ten play) Terrapins.  OSU began with a powerful and quick attack, where senior forward Lindsay Agnew scored the first goal in the first minute to propel the Buckeyes to the lead.  Less than a minute later, junior midfielder Emma Firenze netted her first goal of the season, doubling the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-0. Quick goal-scoring was a common theme on the weekend, as the Buckeyes had a fiery start again versus the Boilermakers, with a goal in the eighth minute by Edwards.  This marked her third goal within the two weekend matches.  Near the end of the first half, senior midfielder Nicole Miyashiro assisted a goal by redshirt senior forward Morgan Wolcott to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. OSU’s shots doubled that of Purdue’s at the end of the first half, with 10 shots to five.   The Buckeyes improved to 9-4-2 on the season (3-2-2 Big Ten play), recording a total of eight goals in two games while maintaining strong defensive play, only conceding one goal.  OSU’s next game is against the Indiana Hoosiers at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday. OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterA week of practice that constantly emphasized finishing offensive attacks led to a frenzy of goal-scoring this weekend for the Ohio State women’s soccer team.   OSU entered the second half versus Maryland having nine shots against 5.  Agnew created multiple scoring opportunities, including two crosses connecting with junior forward Sammy Edwards, both resulting in goals.  This put the Buckeyes up 4-0 after 58 minutes.  The Buckeye defense held strong, closing the game with a shutout over Maryland, earning the team’s eighth win on the season. Sunday, OSU made its way to West Lafayette, Indiana, to play the 3-10-1 (1-6-0 Big Ten play) Purdue Boilermakers.   read more

Revealed in the Telegraph the mystery of the Sherlock baby name

first_imgMonday’s Daily Telegraph births column includes a message from the characters of the show, revealing the name to be Rosamund Mary Watson.The tidbit is the latest in a string of hints for Sherlock fans, who have embarked on their annual examination of available clues for this year’s series. Martin Freeman plays Dr John Watson from the new series of SherlockCredit:BBC The four-part drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will air in early January, with episode titles and a few key pictures already revealed.A statement released today reads: “Congratulations!  Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appears in a publicity still for the new seriesCredit:BBC Telegraph birth annoucement Martin Freeman plays Dr John Watson from the new series of Sherlockcenter_img Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, appears in a publicity still for the new series It has been leaving fans guessing for months.But the mystery of the Sherlock baby name has finally been revealed, after an announcement was placed in The Telegraph’s births, marriages and deaths register.The new infant character, the child of Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington’s characters John and Mary Watson, will join the show for the New Year’s Day episode. “To John and Mary Watson on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter, Rosamund Mary Watson.”From your friends, Mrs. Hudson, Molly and Sherlock, although he hasn’t helped us with this at all as he’s always on his phone.”The final line is also a hint towards the plot of the new series, which includes a villain played by Toby Jones, a mystery involving six smashed busts of Margaret Thatcher, and the rumoured appearance of a third Holmes brother. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NHS will offer free insomnia app to millions of poor sleepers

One group was prescribed a six week course of Sleepio, while a control group was given standard advice about how to tackle sleeping problems – such as having a regular bedtime routine and avoiding alcohol.The new programme is funded by a grant from the UK’s Innovation Agency to Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), part of the NHS.  The app costs £200 a year for private subscribers.Dr Michael Mulholland, Buckinghamshire GP and clinical lead for the Oxford AHSN roll out said: “In my role as a GP I  see the impact of insomnia on people’s’ lives everyday. “Sleepio offers a real opportunity to transform lives for the better and to reduce reliance on sleeping tablets. This collaboration will explore the potential of digital innovations to improve people’s lives. ” Around one in five adults are estimated to suffer from chronic sleeplessness at some stage of their lives – and around half of those end up sleep-deprived as a result.Treatment is dominated by medication, with 12 million prescriptions for insomnia written last year, but such pills can have unpleasant or harmful side-effects. The NHS is to offer free therapy via smartphones to millions of insomniacs.Under the programme being piloted across the South East, patients will be able to download an app which has been dubbed “a digital sleeping pill”.The strategy is the first NHS roll-out of “direct access” digital medicine – meaning that the health service is funding the app which anyone living in the area can download.The approach uses cognitive behavioural therapy techniques and sleep tracking to help those with persistant insomnia find their best sleeping patterns, and to overcome the “racing mind” that can prevent a good night’s sleep.It comes as research led by Oxford University found that almost three quarters of those following the programme saw an improvement in their well-being, largely a result of reduced insomnia.The study of 1,700 adults, mostly female, with an average age of 40, found than on average, “sleep-related quality of life” was boosted by almost a fifth, six months after starting the six-week programme.The research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found those following the programme saw a fall in depression, anxiety, and fatigue symptoms, as well as seeing a productivity boost at work.The Sleepio app, which can be accessed via smartphone or web, will be offered in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire this month before being rolled out across other parts of the South East next year. The one-year study involved 1,700 adults with sleeping problems, 78 per cent of whom were female. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But GPs are increasingly being encouraged to recommend psychological approaches, including online therapies.Study lead author Colin Espie, Oxford University Professor of Sleep Medicine, said the research showed that online therapy – which involves sleep tracking, weekly advice sessions and techniques to calm the mind – is an effective treatment for insomnia.“Sleep ranks with air, water and food as one of the essentials of life, yet 10 per cent  to 12 per cent of the population don’t get enough of it due to insomnia,” said Prof Espie.“Furthermore, most people who seek help with insomnia do so because of its negative impact on their daytime quality of life.Our study suggests that this new form of ‘digital medicine’ could be a powerful way to help millions of people not just sleep better, but achieve better mental and physical well-being as a result,” said Prof Espie, who is chief medical officer of the company Big Health, which makes Sleepio. read more

Russian NT goalkeeper Igor Levshin to SC DHfK Leipzig

One of the best Russian player at WCH 2013, Igor Levshin (38) will help 2. German Bundesliga member SC DHfK Leipzig to stay in the League this season. Team from Leipzig is currently 15th on the League table, two place above the “red line”. After bankrupt of Post Schwerin, experienced Russian goalkeeper had to find a new team for the second part of the season. Good matches at WCH 2013 helped him a lot. He was a hero in the most important clash against Brazil in TOP 16 phase. In that match he was shot three times in a head, one Brazilian player got red card, but Levshin stayed on his legs. Experienced Igor is over a decade in Germany. He played for Stralsunder for seven years (2002-2009) after Slovenian experience with Celje PL (1999-2002). Igor LevshinSC DHfK Leipzig ← Previous Story HP fans: “Domagoj Duvnjak is our MVP” Next Story → Polish race going further – Wisla wins in Szczecin read more

Left kneecap injury to keep Felipe Borges out for three months

← Previous Story Clubs queuing up for Niklas Landin Next Story → JEAN BRIHAULT – “The leader of innovation” felipe borgesmahbMontpellier Just days before the resuming of the club handball season in France, Montpellier received some bad news, as their left winger Felipe Borges will have to undergo surgey on his left kneecap, which will keep him out of the court for at least three months. He will be missing the French Final Four in the League Cup in Chambery, and is expected to come back end of April. read more