Real Madrid wing-back Marcelo: Don’t go over the top about Iscoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Marcelo has no doubts about the commitment of Isco.The midfielder is being linked with a move in January.”We all know his quality,” said Marcelo when talking about Madrid’s No. 22.”For me, he is the one [in our squad] with the most quality on the pitch.”Sometimes players play more, sometimes less, there are different moments.”We should not go over it so much.”Isco is with Madrid to the death, like all the players.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
DONE DEAL? Claims Ramsey has SIGNED Juventus pre-contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has AGREED to a pre-contract with Juventus, it has been claimed.Sportmediaset says he is preparing to head to Italy after penning a four-year deal with the Serie A giants.And Ramsey, 28, will pocket £145,000-a-week at Juventus.A host of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked with a move for the popular ace.However, it now looks certain that Ramsey will be lining-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Lady next season.He has made over 300 appearances for the North London side. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.”
The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.
Whether it’s playing the opposition off the park or delivering the key decisions at the vital moment, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot seem to do any wrong right now.This wasn’t a vibrant attacking performance full of goals and showreel highlights like the trio which had preceded it, but Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday night gave further proof that Solskjaer has injected something new into his side’s make-up.In throwing on players as talented as Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez for the final half-hour, the United caretaker manager must have known there was half a chance his substitutes would deliver. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But the former Everton man’s immediate opener, and then the involvement of both replacements in Marcus Rashford’s clinching second, would have delighted the man who made his name as a super-sub during his 11-year playing spell at Old Trafford.In the first half, there was nowhere near as much of the sharpness or intensity of their three previous performances on display, with the occasional opportunity at one end often being offset by one calamity or another at the other.And while United initially headed out after the break with a little more vigour, it was soon the home side ramping up the pressure once more as Christian Atsu continued to cause problems for Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof.With Newcastle set up in their familiar tight block, this was always likely to be Solskjaer’s toughest test yet and so it played out for much of the first hour. But when it came to him having to make a tactical switch, the Norwegian was in the most privileged position in his four-game reign.Having brought Lukaku off the bench again Bournemouth on Sunday, this time he had both the Belgian and Alexis Sanchez to call upon. And when he threw the pair into the action in the 63rd minute, Lukaku repaid him immediately with the kind of impact Solskjaer himself would have been proud of.Rashford’s dipping free-kick caused trouble for Martin Dubravka, and Lukaku was on hand to sweep home the loose ball with his first touch of the game only 38 seconds after his arrival.Just as there had been a feeling beginning to grow that Solskjaer’s magic was about to be truly tested, the goal simply sparked even louder and more raucous renditions of the numerous songs featuring the former striker’s name.It was an inevitability that United would get opportunities on the counter as Newcastle searched for an opening, and after Lukaku made progress down the right, Sanchez took his fellow sub’s pass and played a delightful ball to the unmarked Rashford to slide home their second.United found a way to win, which in many ways had been the hallmark of what little progress they made under Jose Mourinho earlier in the season, but it was done in a very different way.There was no Marouane Fellaini and no resorting to long, aimless balls. Instead, they stuck by the principals which Solskjaer has been so keen to promote and picked off Newcastle when the chances came.The same caveat remains after this victory in that United have still to face a top-half team since the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool which spelt the end of Mourinho, but this was as big a statement as the 5-1 mauling of Cardiff in its own way.Solskjaer not only got the clean sheet he was so desperate for, but he also got his players to show their guts when necessary while also retaining a coolness about their attacking approach.It will also be a boost to see that Chelsea dropped points as United begin the long haul that is regaining an involvement in top-four talk.Four games, four wins, 14 goals, finally a clean sheet, and Solskjaer showing he still has the special touch when it comes to substitutions.So far, so good. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Virgil van Dijk believes there is a “fantastic future coming up” at Liverpool, with there “so much quality” at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.Impressive progress has been made by the Reds in recent years.They finally secured tangible reward in 2018-19, with a memorable campaign ending with a Champions League victory over domestic rivals Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Klopp’s side have narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, but made amends in European competition.With their trophy duck having been broken, the expectation now is that there will be more major silverware to follow.Van Dijk believes that will prove to be the case, with there too much talent at Anfield for Liverpool not to be in contention for honours at home and abroad.The Dutch defender told the club’s official website: “I think the future looks pretty bright.“We have a fantastic team with players that want to develop, that want to give everything for the team and for the club.“[There is] so much quality in the team; sometimes you don’t even realise how good of [a group of] players we have – and also on the bench that want to play and be part of the team. So we have a fantastic future coming up.”Van Dijk has helped to raise the collective standard at Liverpool.He has been a revelation since completing a record-breaking £75 million ($95m) transfer in the winter window of 2018.The Netherlands international has seen those efforts recognised with the PFA Player of the Year award, while there is also talk of him challenging Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Van Dijk is, however, not the only man to have impressed at Anfield, and the 27-year-old acknowledges as much.He added: “I have been consistent. I’ve been feeling great, with the help – obviously – of all my teammates. But everyone has been fantastic.“If you look around the team, Robbo [Andy Robertson] has had his best season ever. Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has been amazing for such a young guy, so mature. And all the centre-backs. And obviously the rest of the team have been performing at such a high level.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: The Mississippi Rebels cheerleaders perform before the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)We’re still a ways away from the start of the 2018 college football season – it begins in about three months – but it’ll be here before you know it.The opening weekend is shaping up to be a good one. Several major contests are set to take place over the season’s first couple of days.TV channels and game times have yet to be set for every contest, but they have been made official for a couple of the big ones.West Virginia vs. TennesseeDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 3:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: CBSMichigan vs. Notre DameDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: NBCAlabama vs. LouisvilleDate: Saturday, Sept. 1Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCMiami vs. LSUDate: Sunday, Sept. 2Game time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.Channel: ABCVirginia Tech vs. Florida StateDate: Monday, Sept. 3Game time: 8 p.m. E.T.Channel: ESPN***Week 1 can’t get here fast enough. Which game are you most looking forward to watching?
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 27: Ohio State Buckeyes fans cheer on their team against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on September 27, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is still on paid administrative leave while the school looks into how he handled 2015 domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, so for now, the acting head coach is still Ryan Day. Friday, he issued an update on the program.Day took to Twitter with a lengthy two-page note about how practice has gone for the Buckeyes in Meyer’s absence. He provided updates on position groups and thanked the administration for its support the past two weeks.Day did not address the obvious – whether Meyer will be keeping his job. To be honest, he may not know yet. The school should be deciding soon whether it plans to retain Meyer as its head coach.Here’s a snippet of Day’s statement. He addresses the fact that the media has mostly been banned from practices.“Camp ends tomorrow with a scrimmage and classes start on Tuesday. Our daily practice and preparation for the season will continue.The two main driving forces behind our motivation is the “brotherhood” and the standard of excellence that the former Buckeye players and teams have set before us. The “brotherhood” is the love for our teammates, which is an unbreakable bond and the standard of excellence is a responsibility we will take very seriously. We are honored to be Buckeyes and can’t wait to see and hear you in the ‘Shoe on September 1!In closing, I would like to thank members of the Ohio State University Administration and Athletics Department for their guidance and support. I would also like to thank the members of the Ohio State media corps for their patience and understanding.”Here’s the entire statement, if you’d like to read it all.pic.twitter.com/DkoupVMQRN— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) August 17, 2018Ohio State’s original timeline regarding its decision on Meyer is up this Sunday.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 2: General view during the game between the University of Southern California Trojans and the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 2, 2006 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Southern California won 50-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Arkansas wide receiver La’Michael Pettway is moving on. Pettway announced today he is graduate transferring for his final season of eligibility.Pettway will receive his degree in the spring and then go elsewhere. He would be eligible immediately at his next stop.“Nothing personal, I just have to do what’s best for my family and I,” Pettway wrote on Twitter.Woo pig. ✌? pic.twitter.com/wgrFnuRYGv— La’Michael Pettway (@yaaapettway) January 15, 2019Pettway played in 11 games this season for the Razorbacks. He caught 30 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.Arkansas finished 2-10 in its first season under head coach Chad Morris.While Pettway is leaving the Hogs, Arkansas got good news yesterday when SMU quarterback Ben Hicks announced he was transferring to Fayetteville.Hicks is the all-time leading passer for the Mustangs and figures to step in as Arkansas’ starter in 2019.
CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on against the West Virginia Mountaineers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)It’s never a good sign when a sports team starts drawing comparisons to the ill-fated Titanic. But Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt did exactly that in what may have been a poorly mixed metaphor.According to Grant Ramey of GoVols247, Pruitt recently addressed the Knoxville QB Club about players leaving Tennessee. He apparently compared the players leaving the program to mice running to the top of the ship as it sank.Pruitt explained that “you find out who really wants to be here” when times are tough.There’s only one problem with his mixed metaphor: Everything and everyone who stayed at the bottom of the ship drowned. Jeremy Pruitt, talking to the Knoxville QB Club, mentioned players leaving the program recently and referenced the scene in Titanic where the mice ran to the top of the ship as it sank. Saying you find out who really wants to be here.— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) September 9, 2019But Pruitt wasn’t too far off in comparing his situation to that of the legendary ship.He took over a struggling Tennessee program with lofty expectations and has been paid luxuriously in the process. Like the ship, Pruitt’s status as a top coach was challenged, and he has by-and-large failed at those challenges.In his first year the Vols underperformed with a 5-7 record. But 2019 looks like it might be worse following losses against Georgia State and BYU.ESPN SEC analyst Paul Finebaum already looks like he’s abandoning Pruitt’s ship.For Pruitt’s sake, he’ll need to plug the holes before he and the entire program sink.
IPL 2019 Final: Prize money on offer and everything you need to know todayMumbai Indians face Chennai Super Kings in the final of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Here is everything you need to knowadvertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 12:24 IST IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will be vying for the title (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSThe winner of IPL 2019 will get a prize money of Rs 20 croreIPL 2019 runner-up will get a prize money of Rs 12.5 croreThe emerging player award, along with the Orange and Purple cap, will also be presentedMumbai Indians (MI) lock horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday (May 12). Both MI and CSK are looking to lift the record fourth IPL title.Whoever will, MI skipper Rohit Sharma or CSK captain MS Dhoni, will walk away with a cool Rs 20 crore prize money for winning IPL 2019 – along with the title of course. As per the norm, 50 per cent of the prize money will go to the franchise with the rest being distributed among the players. The runner-up will not go empty handed as they will receive a Rs 12.5 crore cheque and a few mementoes.There are individual prizes as well, with IPL rewarding personal achievements for fielding, bowling, batting and overall impact by players throughout the course of the tournament.The Emerging Player Award will be given to a player who is born after 1 April 1993, has played 5 or fewer Test matches or 20 less ODIs, have played in 25 or less IPL matches (at the start of the season) and has not previously won the Emerging Player Award.That young player will walk away with a trophy and a prize money of Rs 10 lakh, with the award being determined a combination of public vote on the IPL website and the choice of the television commentators.Previous winners of the award – 2008 – Shreevats Goswami (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2009 – Rohit Sharma (Deccan Chargers)2010 – Saurabh Tiwary (Mumbai Indians)2011 – Iqbal Abdullah (Kolkata Knight Riders)2012 – Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab)2013 – Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)2014 – Axar Patel (Kings XI Punjab)2015 – Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Daredevils)2016 – Mustafizur Rehman (Sunrisers Hyderabad)2017 – Basil Thampi (Gujarat Lions)2018 – Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils)advertisementThe best batsman of the whole tournament, determined by the most runs, will get the Orange Cap and will be given a Rs 10 lakh prize money. David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who has 692 runs in 12 matches, will get the ward this season with no other player having a chance of overtaking him.Previous winners of the award – 2008 – Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)2009 – Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)2010 – Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)2011 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2012 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2013 – Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)2014 – Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)2015 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)2016 – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2017 – David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)2018 – Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad)The best bowler likewise will get the Purple Cap, determined by the most wickets, and will also get a prize money of Rs 10 lakh. Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rababda has the most wickets with 25 from 12 games, but CSK’s Imran Tahir can outrun him as he has 24 wickets and one match to go. If this does not break the tie, the player with the lowest economy rate over the course of the season will get the award.Previous winners of the award – 2008 – Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals)2009 – R P Singh (Deccan Chargers)2010 – Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers)2011 – Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians)2012 – Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils)2013 – Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)2014 – Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings)2015 – Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)2016 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)2017 – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)2018 – Andrew Tye (Kings XI Punjab)The Most Valuable Player will awarded to the player who has hit the most points (counted with fours, sixes, wickets, bowling dot balls, taking catches and completing stumping’s) and will get a trophy and Rs 10 Lakh prize money.Previous winners of the award – 2008 – Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)2009 – Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)2010 – Jacques Kallis (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2011 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2012 – Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2013 – Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)2014 – Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)2015 – Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)2016 – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)2017 – Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiant)2018 – Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)There are few sponsored awards as well with the catch of the season getting the VIVO Perfect Catch of the Season trophy along with a prize money of Rs 10 lakh and also a VIVO Phone.The batsman with the highest batting strike rate of the season (having played a minimum of 7 matches in the season and faced a minimum of 100 balls) will be awarded the Harrier Super Striker of the Season trophy and a Harrier SUV car.The player who seen as showcasing the most flair on the field will get the fbb Stylish Player of the Season award along with a Rs 10 lakh prize money. While the player who changed the outcomes of the matches with their performances will get the Dream11 GameChanger of the Season ward along with Rs 10 lakh prize money.advertisementThe IPL 2019 final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will start at 7:30 PM at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday (May 12).Here are the squads for MI and CSK -Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.Also Read | Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings: Road to IPL 2019 finalAlso Read | Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings chase history in titanic battleAlso Read | MI vs CSK in IPL finals: Mumbai eye hat-trick against Chennai in HyderabadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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They want to turn Bengal into Gujarat: Mamata Banerjee attacks BJPAlleging that BJP is trying to create unrest in Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said, “Bengal is not Gujarat. In UP kids have been murdered. We will not let it happen. After BJP win, they are trying to create unrest in Bengal. BJP national leaders are focusing and creating problem as a conspiracy or game plan of BJP. We will not bow down to these forces.”advertisement Manogya Loiwal undefinedJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 15:56 IST West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (Photo: PTI)A day after violent clashes between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) activists claimed the life of at least four party workers in Basirhat, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the BJP of spreading lies.”Bengal is not Gujarat. In UP, kids have been murdered. We will not let it happen. After BJP win, they are trying to create unrest in Bengal. BJP national leaders are creating problems [as part of] a conspiracy. We will not bow down to these forces,” Mamata Banerjee said.Mamata Banerjee’s strong reply came after several BJP minister slammed the TMC government in West Bengal.Supporters of BJP in Basirhat blocked roads to protest against the state’s ruling party and demanded punishment for people who killed at least three BJP party workers.After reports of failing law and order in the state, the home ministry also questioned the state government over the recent deterioration in law and order and expressed “deep concern”. In reply, the Mamata-led government said the situation was “well under control”.Speaking to India Today TV, BJP leader and West Bengal in-charge for the party, Kailash Vijarvargiya said, “I have apprised BJP President Amit Shah on phone on latest violence and our workers being targeted in West Bengal.”Mamata Banerjee also advised media to act responsibly.She said, “Media should play the role with responsibility. There are only two people dead but channels are running four dead. BJP is giving advertisements so you are running in their favour.”advertisementCommenting on the violence, West Bengal Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi told India Today TV that his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah was about the prevailing law and order situation in the state.”It was a courtesy call. It was a meeting to extend greetings. I also apprised them about the current position in West Bengal,” Tripathi said.On the possibility of President’s Rule in Bengal, Tripathi said the central government has to consider if demand arises.”I didn’t discuss anything on President’s Rule with PM or HM,” he said. “These are all political statements made by parties in West Bengal. I would request all the parties to maintain peace and law and order situation in the state,” he added.Meanwhile, the BJP observed a “Black Day” in West Bengal along with a 12-hour shutdown in North 24 Pargana’s Basirhat subdivision to protest against the atrocities against its workers.The BJP took out rallies in several parts of the state, with BJP workers sporting black badges.The situation remained tense in Basirhat. BJP and TMC workers had clashed in Sandeshkhali area of Basirhat on Saturday.The BJP took out protest rallies in the district subdivision, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killings of its workers.A huge contingent of police personnel has been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, police said.The BJP has claimed that five of its workers were killed, whereas the ruling TMC claimed that one was killed.Also Read | Centre questions West Bengal’s law and order situation after violence, TMC calls it political controversyAlso Watch | Centre’s intervention needed in West Bengal?For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow Bengal violence
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez unlikely to get PCB central contractsThe Pakistan Cricket Board is mulling to award contracts to only 18-20 players as opposed to the current system in which 30 to 33 are centrally contracted. advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 14:11 IST Shoaib Malik retired from ODI cricket after World Cup 2019 (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPCB has decided to award contracts to players who have done well in the last 1 yearMalik, Junaid and Hafeez may miss out on central contractsMalik had announced his retirement from ODI cricket after the World CupSenior Pakistan players Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hafeez are set to lose their central PCB contracts for the next fiscal year.A meeting was held at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) headquarters on Thursday to discuss the new central contracts structure but ended without a final decision.”One thing is clear that the board will not be offering 30 to 33 players the new contracts and the list of contracted players is going to be cut down to around 18 to 20,” one reliable source in the board said.Although the players could get enhancements in their monthly salaries and match fees, the board has decided now to only award contracts to players who have done well in the last one year and have a future with the Pakistan team.”It seems unlikely that Shoaib Malik, Hafeez, Junaid, and some others will get these central contracts now.”Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will only be playing T20 cricket from now onwards while left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir has also announced his retirement from Tests and will only play limited-overs cricket.”The board also doesn’t feel that Hafeez has a long time ahead of him since he has also said goodbye to Test cricket while Junaid Khan’s fitness has been a matter of concern for some time now,” the source said.Also Read | World Test Championship: Sri Lanka Cricket security delegation to visit PakistanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Mohammad HafeezFollow Pakistan Cricket BoardFollow Junaid Khan
12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider For this week’s Worn Out Wednesday, we speak with Salomon Thiombiano about his career and personal style:It all started during my early childhood. I was this kid, full of genuine ideas. My closest friends did not seem to share the same excitement as I did when I used to tell them about my projects. At fourteen years old, I had no money nor resources and little did I know about the real world. I was born in Burkina Faso (West Africa), where education is the only priority, leaving very little (if not non-existent) opportunities for creatives individuals.Back then, I already knew I wanted to create something that would resonate with people’s lives. I started DJing at local venues. Nothing could make me more content than seeing all of these wonderful folks cheering up and dancing to my playlist.I migrated to Paris right after high school. In my spare time, I would go from thrift store to shopping mall, looking for clothes I could easily take apart and rebuild to give them a more modern, classic or unique look. During my time in Paris, I felt the need to be immersed into Classic Art and Haute Couture. I used to spend countless hours trying on new patterns and color combinations. With all the knowledge and experience I had acquired, I decided it was time to embark on a new journey.In 2012, I moved to Washington D.C. After modeling for a few years and establishing a network in the fashion industry, I decided to create Duc DuBois. With the support of talented photographers Socrates Jean, Alessandro Michelazzi and highly reputable designers from Italy and New York, I was able to create content that revolves around my daily style. Thus, I became a source of inspiration for the modern gentlemen. For me, style is about reinventing yourself in a more appealing manner. I am currently collaborating with innovative brands such as Desertika hailing from Italy, demarking themselves from the industry by incorporating carbon fiber, titanium, high-end leather, and nylon in their two newest luxury collections called Orobianco, and TecknoMonster for Lamborghini. Their bags, suitcases and amazing tote bags are lighter and stronger and very ergonomic. I like to refer to them as zero gravity.A few months ago, my business partner Omer Agan and I launched our Bespoke Suit line Dominiforte in the spirit of revolutionizing the tailoring world in the U.S. Each suit is crafted uniquely down to the detail and is inspired by French classics & British elegance.As for my personal style:Jeans: Joe’s JeansShirts: BugatchiPants: ReissSuits: DominiforteShoes: FABIAccessories: Goorin BrosOuterwear: SuitSupply Favorite cologne: Tom Ford Oud WoodFavorite app: InstagramFavorite piece of technology: HP Spectre Next style/gear purchase: Phantom 4 Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip
Story Highlights Parents are being advised to observe the recommended safety measures put forward by the Ministry of Health to protect children from contracting dengue fever. Parents are being advised to observe the recommended safety measures put forward by the Ministry of Health to protect children from contracting dengue fever.Speaking with JIS News, Consultant Paediatrician/Paediatric Nephrologist at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Dr. Sandrica Young Peart, said that children are among the most vulnerable groups at risk of contracting the virus.“Individuals or persons who have chronic or underlying conditions are also at increased risk of getting the severe form of dengue,” she said.The groups include pregnant women, infants or babies, older persons, those who have chronic underlying conditions, such as diabetes, kidney problems, sickle cell disease, cancer or persons who are taking medications that affect their immune system.“Anything that affects your immune system is going to affect your response to the virus,” Dr. Young Peart informed.She emphasised that parents can protect children by ensuring they wear long sleeves, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.“These types of clothes provide maximum coverage, especially at dusk and early morning, because these are the times of day that the Aedes aegypti mosquito is likely to feed or to bite,” she added.They are also encouraged to apply insect repellent that contains DEET or picaridin to children before they go to school, and to use mosquito nets over their beds.For older children, parents can allow them to take an insect repellent with them to school, so they can reapply it throughout the course of the day.Dr. Young Peart cautioned that insect repellents that contain DEET should not be used on infants younger than two months.“Substances containing DEET are toxic to younger infants and can be poisonous and cause them to develop central nervous system symptoms of lethargy or display signs of poisoning,” she noted.She also advised parents to encourage children to stay inside as much as possible to minimise the chances of being bitten.Parents should also ensure that children maintain a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and take multi-vitamins and vitamin C to boost the immune system.“What they can do is take the same things that we encourage persons to take for any illness, such as virus or the flu, which is to take multi-vitamins, daily doses of vitamin C and eat healthy – plenty of fruits and vegetables,” Dr. Young Peart advised.She is encouraging parents to remain on high alert to see if children exhibit symptoms of the virus.Manifestations of the virus in children include persistent fever and diarrhoea. Infants may also have seizures.“What we want is to encourage parents to have a high index of suspicion for dengue fever. We recommend that once the child is having persistent fever, vomiting, losing appetite, is very lethargic or fussy and miserable, then they should take the child in to be reviewed by a physician as soon as possible,” she urged. “Individuals or persons who have chronic or underlying conditions are also at increased risk of getting the severe form of dengue,” she said. Parents are being advised to observe the recommended safety measures put forward by the Ministry of Health to protect children from contracting dengue fever.
The Government is close to reaching a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), with Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips, stating that discussions with the technical team “are virtually at an end”. Dr. Phillips, in a statement issued on Saturday, said that talks have intensified over the last two months, with the visit of senior officials to Washington, and the negotiating team worked throughout the Christmas period, with e-mail and telephone exchanges with Fund staff as recently as December 28. The Minister said that while his objective at the outset was to have brought the negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion by the end of December, the Government remains committed to arriving at an arrangement that is mutually satisfactory to Jamaica and the IMF board. He said that the agreement reached must be in the best interest of Jamaica and provide protection for the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips pointed out that the time that is being taken to reach an agreement is not unusual, as there are “complex and weighty issues at stake, which will determine the future prospects of our country”. These include measures to halt the debt; raising economic efficiency in both the private and public sectors; and creating the conditions for self-sustaining growth. There has also been extensive exploration of the size, range and scope of the public sector and all the elements that contribute to the persistent fiscal deficits including the tax policy, staff costs, interest costs, procurement and cash management, capital expenditure, and how best to protect the most vulnerable. Dr. Phillips said that even where there is agreement in principle about what has to be achieved by the end of the first year of a programme, there is an instinctive insistence on the part of the IMF that as much as possible should be done up front. “The Government has therefore invested great effort in advancing pension reform, wage negotiations, reducing the effective size of the public sector establishment, tax administration, introduction of a centralised treasury management system and various pieces of enabling legislation such as the Public Debt Management Act and regulations governing the Fiscal Responsibility Framework,” he informed. He said that while the discussions with the Fund’s technical staff are almost concluded, there are still some remaining issues that have to be settled. These are: the approach and timetable for a comprehensive policy on tax waivers and incentives; and safeguards against fiscal slippage in this fiscal year and the examination of even higher primary surpluses, in the medium-term, to underpin targets for debt reduction. Dr. Phillips said that following conclusion of the negotiations, there will be prior actions to be undertaken subject to the approval the Cabinet and the necessary consultations with local stakeholders. The completion of these will determine the timing of the IMF Board’s approval. The Finance Minister, in his statement, placed the country on notice that the continued implementation of economic reform is going to require commitment and sacrifice by all Jamaicans. “Progress along this pathway will require fundamental changes in our normal operational patterns. We will have to be more efficient and more diligent in how the state operates and how we facilitate investors in order to create the better jobs and higher levels of economic growth, which together promise a better future for Jamaica and its people,” he said.
Some 2,000 fisher folk from six parishes have benefitted from the donation of safety gear, as part of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI). The beneficiaries will also receive training under the initiative which is spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. An additional 400 fish vendors will receive igloos and training in food safety and sanitation, under the Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative Enhancement of Fish Cold Chain Supply and Safety Equipment Project. Speaking at the handing over ceremony held at the Old Harbour Bay fishing beach in St. Catherine on February 21, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said the programme will not only improve the personal safety of local fishers, but will also improve the quality of the seafood that Jamaicans consume. The project has received funding support of some $21.6 million from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the World Bank. It is geared at increasing awareness among local fishers to practise safety at sea, thereby reducing the incidences of being lost at sea or losing their lives, as well as improving the quality assurance of local seafood. Under the project, fisher folk from the fishing communities of Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine; Savannah-La-Mar , Belmont and Whitehouse in Westmoreland; Annotto Bay and Pagee in St. Mary; Manchioneal in Portland; Discovery Bay in St. Ann; and Rocky Point in Clarendon received life jackets and marine distress flares to be used while at sea. They will also benefit from training in several areas, including safety at sea, basic seamanship and navigation skills, safe and proper use of the life jackets and other safety equipment. In the meantime, the Minister lauded the JSIF for its part in implementing the programme, which he said represents a significant contribution to the fisheries sector. “We should all be concerned that it is not only the lives of fishers at sea which is important, but also the quality of the fish we are consuming. Everything that can be done must be done to ensure that the fish we eat is wholesome, fresh and safe,” Mr. Clarke emphasised. He implored the fishers to follow the necessary safety guidelines provided by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard and the Fisheries Division, to protect themselves while at sea. The Minister said each year, the Coast Guard responds to more than 30 search and rescue cases at sea, noting that fishing vessels accounted for 65 per cent of these cases. For her part, Managing Director at JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said the project is directly connected to the Government’s aim to improve food safety and create a modern and enabling business environment as part of the Vision 2030 goals. Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030. Mrs. Gillings said the programme also aims to promote sustainability of the fishing industry and will complement work being done under the Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA) project.The IICA project will see the upgrading of the physical infrastructure at six fishing beaches islandwide.She said there will be further collaboration under the JSIF’s Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) for the provision of organisational strengthening and training to the fishermen’s co-operatives.
Residents of Bottom Yard in Bath, St. Thomas, now have electricity in their homes following the completion of installation work in the community by the Rural Electrification Programme Limited (REP), at a cost of $2.5 million.The project, which will benefit upwards of 22 residents, entailed the installation of approximately 0.5 kilometres of power lines, utility poles, transformers, and conductors over a three-month period.Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who formally switched on the light during a ceremony on Tuesday, July 23, underscored the importance of electricity in advancing development.“Electricity is a vital utility. We can’t speak about the information age; we can’t speak about the revolution that is taking place in information and communications technology; we can’t speak about the 21st Century, until our people have full access to electricity,” he contended.The Minister urged the residents to exercise responsibility in utilizing the service.Health Minister and Member of Parliament for East St. Thomas, where the community is located, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in welcoming the service, commended the Ministry and REP on an “excellent job”. He expressed gratitude for the quick response to the community’s request for electricity.In echoing similar sentiments, Acting Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor Ludlow Mattison, said the project’s completion “means much to the residents”, pointing out that “for a long time, they have endured the darkness; but tonight, indeed, there is light.”Several residents, who spoke with JIS News, were also elated to finally have electricity in their community.Samantha Laing, who has lived in Bottom Yard for just over two years, said that “before (tonight), we were in darkness down here. But I give thanks for what they have done,” she said.Another resident, Fay Ellis, pointed out that travelling in the community at night was challenging as “down here was very dark, the road was very dark, and we could not see (very well) to come down here.”“I feel very grateful to see; in fact we feel great that we all see light come,” Ms. Ellis said.In describing the installation of electricity as “a big thing”, another resident, Dawn Wynter, contended that residents will “feel much safer (in) their surroundings” adding that “they are very happy about it.”In his remarks, REP Chairman, Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper, urged the residents to use the opportunity of having electricity to engage in activities that will enhance themselves and the community.“It’s very important that you make some choices (about) what you want to do, now that you have light. What I think the community of Bottom Yard needs to do…every time you spend some money to use (the) electricity, (is) make sure you can earn some money by the use of (it). And when you do that, you will begin to change the character of the place….because you are increasing your productive output,” Rev. Roper advised. The project entailed the installation of approximately 0.5 kilometres of power lines Residents urged to use the electricity to engage in activities that will enhance themselves Story Highlights Electricity installed in Bottom Yard at a cost of $2.5 million
The United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting five to nine hurricanes, with two to four of them Category 3, or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems. A review of the country’s drain and gully systems is being undertaken by the technical staff at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA).“We are serious about ensuring that flooding does not remain a part of our normal life experience,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said, while addressing the launch of Disaster Preparedness Month and to observe the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season on June 1, at Jamaica House.Minister McKenzie had indicated to Parliament in April the need for structural changes to the country’s waterway network, after recent heavy rains that led to flooding.He further mentioned that there will also be a review of the type and number of Shelters across the country.“There is no way that a country of our size needs 900 shelters, and I am glad that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has examined a little over 700 (of the shelters) already,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie said the Administration is determined to create and maintain a momentum of urgency in the public’s mind about hurricane preparedness.“We must understand and accept that we cannot continue to throw money at clean-up and other restoration efforts year after year, once heavy rains or hurricanes occur. We could be using this money for critical areas of Government,” he said.He is also encouraging every Jamaican to expect and prepare for an active hurricane season for 2017. Story Highlights Minister McKenzie had indicated to Parliament in April the need for structural changes to the country’s waterway network, after recent heavy rains that led to flooding. A review of the country’s drain and gully systems is being undertaken by the technical staff at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, in collaboration with the National Works Agency (NWA). “It means checking our houses and workplaces, walls and roofs. It means that we should start now to gradually buy some items that won’t spoil and that can probably be used at a point, if the need arises,” he advised.The United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting five to nine hurricanes, with two to four of them Category 3, or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems.