Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat started his four-day visit to Pune district on Thursday.Mr. Bhagwat is scheduled to hold a series a meetings with RSS pracharaks, branch heads and cadre at Talegaon-Dabhade in Maval Taluk on November 10 and 11 at the Indrayani Mangal Karyalaya and Ram Manohar Lohia hall, respectively.The RSS chief is expected to address a rally there after his meetings, said sources. He will address another rally in Kothrud in Pune on November 12.
COMMENT Published on × athletics Nirmala Sheoran competes to qualify for the semi-finals in the women’s 400m event at the World Athletics Championship in London. File Photo – PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Nirmala Sheoran competes to qualify for the semi-finals in the women’s 400m event at the World Athletics Championship in London. File Photo – PTI August 14, 2017 The biggest disappointment was young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who entered into the championships with hopes of a top-5 or a top-6 finish. A final qualification here and a personal best there — this best summed up India’s dismal show at the just-concluded World Athletics Championship, in which the country was once again relegated to an also-ran.A final round appearance by javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang and a personal best effort by 5000m runner Govindan Lakshmanan were the only noteworthy performances from the Indian contingent.Nirmala Sheoran produced a decent show to reach the semifinals in women’s 200m but all the remaining in the 25-member squad came up with forgettable performances in the August 4-13 showpiece event, second only to the Olympic Games.The biggest disappointment of all was young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who entered into the championships with hopes of a top-5 or a top-6 finish. The 19-year-old world junior record holder had produced three 85m-plus throws this season and had a personal best of 86.48m coming here. He had also taken part in two elite Diamond League Meetings.Yet he fell woefully short on the big stage and nerves got the better of the youngster. He failed to throw the automatic qualification mark of 83m required to progress to the final round of the championships. Neeraj, who carried the hopes of the country, later admitted to some technical flaws in his game and he will need to rectify them with the new coach — former javelin throw world record holder Uwe Hohn of Germany — who is set to join the national camp next month.Surprisingly, Kang surprised one and all by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the final round in this event. Kang threw 84.22m in his third and final attempt in the qualification round. The 28-year-old Punjab thrower’s participation in the World Championships was earlier in doubt after he tested positive for marijuana in May.But he was cleared as the prohibited substance was a specified substance under the WADA Code which did not attract automatic suspension. Kang, however, came up short in the final round and his best throw stood at 80.02m. He finished 12th in a 13-man field, which he later attributed to the injury he was carrying into the championships since May. “I tried my best but the pain due to the injury on my right shoulder was too much for me to bear and because of that I could not do well. I did not want to give excuses but I would have done better if not for the injury. I am disappointed I have let the country down,” Kang had said after his event.Lakshmanan did well by clocking his personal best of 3:35.69 seconds in men’s 5000m race though he finished 15th in the qualification round. Nirmala could reach the semifinals in women’s 400m but finished 22nd overall with a below-par time of 53.07 seconds. All the others Indians flopped in their respective events.Dutee Chand (women’s 100m race), Muhammed Anas Yahiya (men’s 400m) and Siddhant Thingalaya (men’s 110m hurdles) crashed out in the first round heats. The women’s 4x400m relay team was disqualified for lane infringement in the first round heats while their male counterparts finished 10th overall to be eliminated.In men’s 20km race walk event, K T Irfan finished 23rd while Devender Singh (1:25:47) and K Ganapathy (1:28:32) brought up the rear positions of 50th and 54th respectively. In the women’s 20km race walk event, national record holder Khushbir Kaur finished 42nd.In field events, Annu Rani failed to make it to the final round in women’s javelin throw, finishing 20th overall with a best throw of 59.93m.Heptathlete Swapna Barman finished a lowly 26th while T Gopi and Monika Athare ended at 28th and 64th in men’s and women’s marathon respectively.India have taken part in all editions of World Championships since the first one in 1983, but except for Anju Bobby George’s long jump bronze in the 2003 edition in Paris, the country has not won a medal.So for India, a final round entry has been an achievement in this global event. In the previous 2015 edition in Beijing, a 16—member Indian team had done better with three final round appearances by Inderjeet Singh (men’s shot put), Vikas Gowda (men’s discus Thor) and Lalita Babar (women’s 3000m steeplechase).O P Jaisha had broken the national record in women’s marathon. None of them were a part of the Indian team this time. COMMENTS
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Sushant Singh Rajput’s look and mannerisms as Indian cricket team’s limited-overs format captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been widely appreciated so far. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is the latest sports biopic from Bollywood that will be gracing the big screen soon. It comes in quick succession to sports biopics that have been hits at the box office in the past few years, such as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Mary Kom (2014).WATCH: MS Dhoni asked Sushant Singh Rajput some hilarious questions and became Captain Curious ALSO READ: Instead of getting Daniel Craig for Rs 1000 crore, Hollywood can let these 5 actors play Bond ALSO READ: MS Dhoni The Untold Story music review With the success of the blockbuster Sultan (2015), which focussed on the sport of wrestling, interest in sports films has grown by leaps and bounds.Before Sushant Singh Rajput is on the big screen as MS Dhoni on September 30, here are five other sportspersons, whose biopics should definitely be made, along with the actors who can do justice to them.Fawad Khan as Virat Kohli(L to R) Virat Kohli, Fawad KhanVirat Kohli is mercurial on the field. His angry stare and motormouth can either intimidate you or make you mad enough to get into a fight with him. But the moment he smiles, girls start swooning all over him. To play such a temperamental but charming man, our best bet is Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan. Fawad is a great actor (Humsafar – the TV series, Kapoor & Sons) and he can be both menacing as well as charming. So, why not Kohli?advertisementAyushmann Khurrana as Abhinav Bindra(L to R) Abhinav Bindra, Ayushmann KhurranaAbhinav Bindra is the good boy-next-door who you can take home and introduce to your mother. His genial smile, polite ways, but a core of steel requires someone who is easy-going but with integrity. Ayushmann Khurrana’s demeanour in all his on-screen roles bring about that essentially-good-guy aspect that is so necessary to pull off Bindra’s character.Ranveer Singh as Vijender Singh(L to R) Vijender Singh, Ranveer SinghVijender is feisty. Vijender is intense. Vijender does not mince words. And he has a body of steel. Ranveer Singh, after delivering physically demanding, testosterone-filled roles in Bajirao Mastani, Gunday and Ram-Leela, sure looks fit for the part. Not only has the Lootera actor developed into a fine performer, but his physicality will also be an added bonus if he is ever considered to play boxer Vijender Singh.Ritika Singh as PV Sindhu(L to R) PV Sindhu, Ritika Singh21-year-old PV Sindhu has become the talk of the nation every since she became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her never-say-die attitude, perseverance, and ability to battle all odds won over every Indian’s heart. Earlier this year, Ritika Singh impressed critics and audiences alike with her role of a fisherwoman-turned-boxer in the bilingual film Irudhi Suttru/Saala Khadoos. Ritika’s acting talent and physical fitness is the perfect mix required to play Sindhu.Tiger Shroff as Dipa KarmakarNope, not kidding. Dipa Karmakar has already announced that any actor who can do the Produnova Vault can play her. Well, is there any person fitter than Tiger Shroff right now in Bollywood? The actor has already proven that he can get in touch with his feminine side easily when he danced to Sunny Leone’s Baby Doll in Remo D’Souza’s A Flying Jatt. In a day and age, where gender is just a construct, why not Shroff as Karmakar?
BCCI president Anurag Thakur does not wish to follow the footsteps of Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, and continues to insist that India should have a representation in the powerful finance committee of the world governing body.Thakur says it’s India which generates majority of revenue in world cricket and there has to be a justification for the money spent by the ICC. (Also read: BCCI invites historic bid for 10-year IPL broadcast rights)The ICC and BCCI were at loggerheads recently over the allocation of budget for next year’s Champions Trophy. Thakur has lately been critical of Manohar and even accused him of leaving the sinking ship. Thakur’s predecessor Manohar was elected first independent chairman of the ICC and since then, one of the positions that BCCI occupied in the finance committee has been lying vacant. (Also read: BCCI invites Mohammed Azharuddin for India’s 500th Test)”Those who had to go to ICC, have already left. I have no interest and I am happy here with the BCCI. As far as I am concerned Indian cricket is most important,” Thakur in his response when asked if he has any interest in any of the position with the ICC. “ICC has held many tournaments in many countries and in no country have they built an infrastructure on permanent bases. Does that mean that if India hosts the Champions Trophy or World Cup in 2021 and 2023, they will spend 100 crores in creating infrastructure. We are saying that that there has to be a justification for every money spent. We organised the World Cup. That time, it was hugely successful and our budget was one third to what is it for the Champions Trophy. We are told that we need to cut down on our share but I say why doesn’t the ICC cut down their tournament costs? We are there to help and play the role of global leader,” added Thakur.” (Also read: BCCI ‘serious’ about potential American market, says Anurag Thakur)advertisementThe BCCI has been in a fix ever since the Supreme Court asked the Board to implement majority of the Lodha recommendations. The Board has been insisting that they have made a number of reforms in the year-and-a-half. Thakur said with the new domestic season starting soon, the BCCI will invite justice Lodha and team to see the organisation of various tournaments. “We would like to invite justice Lodha and his team members to see how BCCI hosts world’s largest domestic season and see how we have been successful in hosting international events. Also, how BCCI has grown over a period of time with transparency and accountability. He (Lodha) was unable to visit any of the state association offices and BCCI headquarters because most of the meetings were held in five-star hotels. We want to show how BCCI organises so many matches in India,” he added. (Also read: BCCI president Anurag Thakur blasts Shobhaa De over ‘indecent’ remarks)
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba makes his game “all about him”, says Graeme Souness, with Liverpool star James Milner a better midfield option as he is a “proper player”.The Red Devils are still trying to bring consistency out of an £89 million asset, with it hoped that his World Cup-winning exploits with France over the summer would carry over into the new Premier League season.Pogba has delivered flashes of brilliance in 2018-19, with a stunning goal netted in his most recent Champions League outing against Young Boys , but he has as many critics as he does supporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Souness sits in the first of those categories, with the Liverpool legend having often aired outspoken opinions on the flamboyant 25-year-old .The Scot has now suggested that Pogba remains too individualistic to be one of the best in the business, with more professional performers such as Milner showing him how things should be done.Asked by Paddy Power to make a selection between rival performers at Old Trafford and Anfield, Souness said: “That’s easy.“It isn’t even a question. Milner, every day of the week. He’s a proper player.“Who would I rather play against? Paul Pogba. I don’t want to play against Milner.“But, with Pogba, it’s all about him and his game. He’s not going to stop me, he lets you play, and that’s one of the criticisms.“Having the ball is only half of the game. A big part of being a top player, as he aspires to be, is you have to stop the guy you’re up against.“And that’s part of the captaincy. If I’m having a good day, that means I’m stopping the guy I’m against directly.“It’s not just about I’ll play and I’ll play, there’s another side to the game.“You can’t pick and choose when you want to be bang at it.”Pogba’s ability to divide opinion is reported to have put pressure on his working relationship with United manager Jose Mourinho .Souness is not surprised by the talk of rifts at Old Trafford, with it “criminal” that a player of such potential has been unable to fully unlock it.He added: “I’m a bit like I’d imagine Mourinho is, where you see someone who’s got so much talent, but not making the most of it.“There’s a player in there, but I don’t think he’s getting the most out of himself. It’s criminal.“I think he has to change. The guy who works with him every day is not seeing eye-to-eye with him, so he’s happy with him.“I imagine he’d see it exactly the same way that I would: you’ve got a young man who’s got the potential to be the very best of his type in the game, but right now it’s not happening for him.“With him, he needs to sit down and look at himself if he wants to get where he wants to be.”
India won two bronze medals in the debut sport of bridge at the Asian Games 2018 on Sunday.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.The men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.Another Bronze in Bridge at the #AsianGames2018!Many congratulations to the Bridge mixed team Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraji Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal. #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/SEqVQ8RXFlRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 26, 2018As Bridge makes debut at #AsianGames2018, our Men’s team has won a Bronze medal!Many congratulations to the team members J Shivdasani, R Tewari, A Khare, R Tolani, D Majumdar & S Mukherjee for the great achievement. #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/iTvQB6O5tIRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 26, 2018After the qualification rounds, the men’s bridge team was placed fourth while the mixed team took the top spot.The super mixed team, however, had failed to qualify for the semifinals.Asian Games 2018, Day 8: HighlightsThe six-member men’s team comprised Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.The mixed team is made up of Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraju Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.The men’s team has an average age of 52 while the mixed team has 57.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.advertisement(With PTI inputs)
World Cup World Cup 2018 prize money: How much do the winners get & countries’ bonus payments Ryan Kelly 20:40 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal/Getty World Cup The prestige of winning the biggest sporting tournament in the world is made all the sweeter with a lucrative reward Winning the World Cup is undoubtedly the pinnacle of football for many footballers and the prestige that accompanies such an achievement lasts a lifetime.The fact that it only comes around every four years adds to the glory, but that isn’t the only thing the 32 teams competing in the tournament are playing for.As with most top-level football competitions in the modern era there are financial rewards for winning the World Cup and even those who don’t win are in for a lucrative boost. 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 With the tournament getting closer – it’s just four months away now – Goal takes a look at how much prize money is at stake in Russia this summer. How much money do the World Cup winners get?FIFA confirmed in October 2017 that a total of $400 million would be shared between the participants at the 2018 World Cup in the form of prize money.Simply reaching the finals is worth a minimum of $9.5m ($8m for taking part in the group stage and $1.5m for tournament costs).If a team progresses from the group stage but gets knocked out at the round of 16 they will be rewarded with an extra $4m (a total of $12m). Teams that are eliminated in the quarter-final stage will receive a further $4m ($16m) and the final four will each receive different amounts, depending on how well they do.The beaten semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will share $46m, with $24m going to winner and $22m going to the loser.The 2018 World Cup final is a $66m game and the winners will be paid $38m with the runners-up getting $28m. Those figures will be boosted by the $1.5m for tournament costs and all prizes will be paid out after the completion of the competition.You can see a breakdown of the prizes in our table below.World Cup 2018 prize money: Position Prize (per team) Total prize fund Group stage $8m $128m Last 16 $12m $96m Quarter-finals $16m $64m Fourth place $22m $22m Third place $24m $24m Runners-up $28m $28m Winners $38m $38m TOTAL – $400m *Prize money is in US dollarsWhat was the World Cup 2014 prize money?The prize money available to participants at the last World Cup in 2014 was slightly lower than the latest fund with the overall pot coming in at $358m – $42m less than 2018.Germany won the tournament and were paid $35m for doing so, which is $3m less than what awaits the 2018 winners. Beaten finalists in 2014, Argentina, got $25m, while third-place Netherlands were given $22m and fourth-place Brazil received $20m.The prize for reaching the tournament was the same at $8m, but the corresponding prize money for each subsequent round has now gone up.World Cup 2014 prize money: Position Prize (per team) Total prize fund Group Stage $8m $128m Last 16 $9m $72m Quarter-finals $14m $56m Fourth place $20m $20m Third place $22m $22m Runners-up $25m $25m Winners $35m $35m TOTAL – $358m *Prize money is in US dollarsWorld Cup bonus paymentsThe central FIFA prize fund is awarded to national associations and the associations themselves generally reward their teams for their performances as well.Performance-based bonus payments are shared between squads who take part in the tournament and, naturally, they increase depending on how well a team does.These bonus payments are at the discretion of each association and are often negotiated with representatives for the players. Expectations for each team will be different, so the bonus payments on offer will inevitably vary. Nations who expect to challenge for the World Cup, for example, are likely to have a relatively smaller reward for reaching the quarter-finals than teams that would be happy to get out of the group.England’s World Cup bonus paymentEngland are not considered among the favourites to win the tournament, but should they manage to pull it off and clinch their second world title, the players would stand to pocket a reward.According to the Sun, Gareth Southgate’s men will share £5m should they win the World Cup, which works out at around £215k per player.However, the report says that the Three Lions will get nothing if they fail to progress from the group stage.Germany’s World Cup bonus paymentThe reigning champions, Germany, will share a significant fee if they manage to retain their crown with the German football association (DFB) dangling an €8m carrot in front of the squad.That would see each player pocket €350k, but they will also benefit to the tune of €200k each if they lose the final.A third-place finish will see every player get €150k, a fourth-place finish is worth €125k each and they will receive €75k for reaching the quarter-finals.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal could change Ramsey stance for Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are desperate to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona this month.The Gunners feel the midfielder is the one who will help boss Unai Emery take the team to the next level.And the Daily Mirror reports that he would ideally sign on a loan deal with the possibility of a £15 million transfer in the summer.But the issue is that Barcelona want to sell him permanently this month.It is possible that Arsenal will let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus in January for a sizeable fee, as it would give them enough cash to sign Suarez permanently.
Now? Illinois has a 61.7-percent shot, per FPI.Illinois has ran the ball very well thus far. Reggie Corbin opened scoring with a 66-yard touchdown. He has 91 yards on 10 carries.Adrian Martinez has led the way on the other side, throwing for 167 yards and two touchdowns, one to Robinson and one to Jack Stoll.Maurice Washington, who left the game briefly with injury, has 89 yards on 10 carries.This would be a statement win for Lovie Smith, whose program has to be desperate for one after the EMU loss. It would also open up the mostly-lingering questions about Frost’s somewhat slow start at his alma mater Nebraska, after a 4-8 2018 season.[ESPN] ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Most Nebraska fans probably had tonight’s game against Illinois penciled in as a win. The Fighting Illini are coming off of a loss against Eastern Michigan, while Nebraska handled its MAC opponent, Northern Illinois.You might not know it by how this game began. Illinois jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and led 21-7 early in the second quarter, after taking advantage of a Nebraska fumble deep in its own territory.The Huskers responded with a touchdown from Adrian Martinez to Wan’Dale Robinson. Still, Scott Frost’s team has an uphill battle here in the second half.ESPN’s Football Power Index has reevaluated things after a half. The model gave Nebraska a better-than 74-percent chance to win entering the game.
Check the Notre Dame “injury” here. So many of these going on… pic.twitter.com/E51TY0cF2a— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) September 22, 2019Kelly was asked about this during his teleconference today.“Owusu was evaluated for a concussion. He was brought to the tent,” Kelly said, per 247Sports. “So, that’s hard to be booing at a young man who suffered an evaluation for a concussion. Quite honestly, Georgia doesn’t play very fast, so I found that to be quite interesting there would be a number of questions on something like that.”Kelly was also asked about linebacker Asmar Bilal going down.“Then the other one (Bilal) was cramping. Again, it’s a non-issue. It happens in college football all of the time. Guys go down and they’ve got to be administered to. I’ve seen games against us where there have been many, many more, so I’m not even sure why you’re asking the question,” he said.Notre Dame ended up losing to Georgia, 23-17, to drop to 2-1 on the season. ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly responded today to allegations of Fighting Irish players faking injuries to slow down Georgia’s offense on Saturday night.Videos went viral on Twitter on Saturday night, appearing to show Notre Dame players intentionally going down on the field to stop play.“Check the Notre Dame ‘injury’ here. So many of these going on…” Tim Cowlishaw tweeted.Cowlishaw was far from the only person to point this out on Saturday night.
Virat Kohli leads from the front like Imran Khan, says Abdul QadirFormer Pakistan great Abdul Qadir said he found similarities between Imran Khan and current India captain Virat Kohli, especially given their captaincy styles and the way they lead their countriesadvertisement Press Trust of India KarachiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 11:48 IST Abdul Qadir resonated Ravi Shastri’s view that he saw many similarities between Kohli and Imran (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBoth Virat Kohli and Imran Khan lead from the front, said Abdul QadirKohli recently led India to their first ever Test series win in AustraliaImran led Pakistan to their first and only World Cup trophy in 1992Former Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir sees a lot of similarities between India skipper Virat Kohli and ex-Pakistan captain and now Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying both inspire their team-mates by leading from the front.”If I look at Virat Kohli as a batsman and captain, yes, I can say he is similar to Imran in the manner that he also sets the example by doing something himself and than expects his team to also do the same,” Qadir said on GTV news channel.He was asked about India coach Ravi Shastri’s recent statement that he saw many similarities between Kohli and Imran.The 63-year-old Qadir played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs, many of them under the captaincy of Imran. He has 236 Test wickets and 132 scalps from the ODIs.”Both (Kohli and Imran) lead from the front. Kohli takes responsibility and performs and then expects other players to also perform,” Qadir said.”Imran has the personality and ability to get performance out of his players. Kohli is not yet there (at the level of Imran). But no doubt the Indian captain also leads by example by performing himself.”Kohli, who is considered by many as the best batsman of this era, recently led India to their first ever Test series win in Australia. Under him, India also won the ODI series in New Zealand by 4-1 margin, their biggest ever across formats.Qadir was, however, critical of the current Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani who has been nominated to the post by Imran himself in his capacity as patron-in-chief of the Board as prime minister.advertisement”I want to congratulate the Pakistani people and the PCB that they have got a Buzdar plus in Ehsan Mani,” Qadir said, referring to the Punjab Chief Minister Buzdar who has become the butt of jokes in the media over his inability to clarify things and find solutions to problems.Qadir claimed that Mani, like Buzdar, left many issues unresolved or questions unanswered whenever he faced the media.”I blame Mani for playing with Test cricket and destroying it in Pakistan. He has no concentration on this format of the game and similarly they are playing with the Quaid-e-Azam first class tournament in domestic cricket.”Qadir, while backing the decision to retain suspended Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain for the World Cup, said Mani’s press conference on Tuesday to make the announcement had raised more questions than giving answers.He pointed out that Mani and the Board had only few days back given statements to the effect that the captain for the World Cup would be decided after the Pakistan Super League and also that the skipper is appointed on series-by-series basis.”What happened now all senior players had said Sarfaraz should be captain? But what happened to the old statements of the Board, why did not they announce it earlier when Sarfaraz returned from South Africa? What happened to the series to series formula?” he questioned.”They created the uncertainty over the captaincy. Whenever Mani has spoken to the media he has created confusion, be it on the cricket committee or Wasim Akram status or Justice Qayyum report,” he signed off.Also Read | What a shame: Cricket West Indies president slams Jason Holder banAlso Read | India, England hot favourites for 2019 World Cup: Shane WarneAlso Read | Case registered against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for comments on Koffee with KaranFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Imran KhanFollow Abdul QadirFollow SimilaritiesFollow Ravi Shastri
Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, held a christening ceremony for a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier, currently under construction for JX Ocean, on March 12.Named Future Ace, the new ship will be the twelfth of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s latest third-generation, 83,000 m3-class LPG carriers.In addition to increased energy-efficiency, the ship will have the capability to adapt flexibly to major LPG terminals worldwide, as well as specifications compatible with the new expanded Panama Canal, the shipbuilder explained.Featuring a length of 230 meters and a width of 36.6 meters, Future Ace is scheduled for completion and delivery for the end of March, 2019.The 48,167 ton vessel was launched on December 27, 2018. It is equipped with the Mitsubishi SOx scrubber system, which complies with the tighter regulations on marine SOx emissions that will come into effect in 2020.Image Courtesy: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
APTN National NewsHollywood’s elite are at the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival.One Algonquin filmmaker will premier her short film during the opening night celebrations.Her film explores Indigenous identity and representations.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe family of an Indigenous woman who fell 10 stories to her death in a hotel laundry chute are finally getting the inquest they’ve been asking for — a year and a half later.
1 November 2007As crisis worsens in Somalia, where 88,000 people fled their homes in recent days adding to a total displaced population nearly ten times that amount, the top United Nations humanitarian official there today called on all parties to facilitate access by aid workers to civilians in need of assistance. “It is high time for Somali leaders and representatives of all parties involved to do everything in your power to minimize the suffering of the civilians and facilitate humanitarian access,” said Christian Balslev-Olesen, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, in an open letter.He called on Somali leaders and all parties, including the Ethiopian forces, to respect the distinction between civilians and combatants, not target predominantly civilian structures, and ensure safe and unhindered access for humanitarian organizations.The Coordinator said the recent fighting comes at a time when the country is facing one of the worst humanitarian situations in years. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that up to 88,000 people have fled Mogadishu this past weekend alone due to increased fighting – more than have left the Somali capital in the past four months.There are now roughly 450,000 people who have been displaced by fighting this year, bringing to 800,000 the total displaced population in Somalia, according to OCHA.Many of those fleeing are seeking protection in the town of Afgooye, where some 100,000 people have found temporary shelter and continue to be assisted by UN agencies. This weekend’s fighting is the latest among the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and other parties in the Horn of Africa nation, which has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.Mr. Balslev-Olesen expressed concerned about the safety and well-being of those remaining in Mogadishu, as their ordinary livelihoods have been disrupted and access to basic necessities and services is shrinking. He noted that many humanitarian organizations are unable to reach all persons in need, with distributions prevented by insecurity and checkpoints and ad hoc “taxation.”
NEW YORK — News of an alleged Amazon theft ring involving contract delivery drivers is unlikely to make a dent in the online shopping giant’s massive business. But it may make people more wary of letting deliveries into their house when they aren’t there — a nascent project from both Amazon and Walmart .WHAT HAPPENED WITH AMAZON?The theft ring, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit, involved Amazon contract drivers stealing items that were being shipped to customers or returns. Then they resold them to pawn shops, which shipped the items to Amazon warehouses and resold them on Amazon’s sites using the sellers “Bestforyouall” or “Freeshipforyou.” No charges have been filed yet.WILL PEOPLE STOP SHOPPING AT AMAZON?Regular customers probably won’t stop buying from Amazon. People still use Amazon even after having their packages stolen by “porch pirates,” even though that is a big problem .“It’s almost an inevitability that people will use the site to dispose of ill-gotten gains,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. “Amazon is the largest marketplace; it’s going to have the biggest problem.”But the thefts could alter shoppers’ behaviour in other ways. Negative press could tank retailer services that might seem intrusive, such as ones that deliver packages directly into your house, said Jon Reily, a former Amazon executive now at the digital consultancy firm Publicis Sapient.Those in-home delivery services have already raised touchy questions about privacy. Reily said he suspects that they haven’t gained much traction, although a separate Amazon service that makes deliveries to people’s cars seems more popular. “It’ll be interesting to see how this affects everyone,” he said. “Consumer confidence is a weird animal.”The news could also boost interest in options that let people pick up their packages at stores rather than having them delivered, a service that has become more seamless in the last few years, Saunders said.But overall, it’s not likely that shoppers will change their behaviour. “Will this affect Amazon? I doubt it. This will be a blip in the news that will quickly be forgotten,” said Forrester analyst Sucharita Kodali. “This is what happens on marketplaces.”WHAT IS AMAZON DOING?Amazon said in a statement that it does not tolerate fraud and it prohibits inauthentic or stolen goods from being offered in its store. It says it takes action when sellers do not comply. The company and other online marketplaces have long had problems with fake goods such as imitation Birkenstock shoes or Apple accessories. Amazon said it spent more than $400 million in 2018 fighting counterfeit products, fraud and other forms of abuse.Kodali said Amazon could have more stringent seller and merchandise standards, but that’s unlikely because the company makes money from its successful third-party sellers — other companies that sell products through Amazon’s site.Still, the company could face legal issues if it knowingly allowed sales of stolen goods on its site, Saunders said.If a third-party seller has its packages stolen on the way to a shopper, it’s not clear who has to pay to reimburse the customer. Amazon did not answer the question, but on its website says that customers can request a refund from Amazon if a third-party seller has not refunded them.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press
According to WHO, Gabon has reported 26 confirmed cases, including 23 deaths, while 16 confirmed cases, including 11 deaths, have been reported in villages in the Republic of the Congo. An additional 22 suspected cases in Gabon are under investigation. An international team tracking the deadly disease is operating in Libreville, Makokou and the Republic of the Congo. In a statement released today, the Geneva-based health agency said “discussions with the provincial and national authorities for the return of the team to Mekambo are continuing and it is hoped the team will go back at the earliest possible date to contain the outbreak with the local authorities.” The team in Mekambo was relocated to Makokou after security concerns prompted WHO to move experts inland earlier this month.Ebola, which is transmitted via direct contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person, causes death in up to 90 per cent of all cases, according to WHO. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for the disease, which is often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, limited kidney and liver functions, and both internal and external bleeding.
SEOUL, South Korea – A former South Korean government minister was nominated to take over the organizing committee of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, just hours after Cho Yang-ho quit amid escalating financial troubles at the business group his family controls.Lee Hee-beom, a former minister of industry and energy, needs to be ratified by a vote of senior committee officials to officially become president of the organizing committee for the Pyeongchang Games.Cho’s sudden resignation marked the second change in less than two years at the helm of the local organizing committee, which had struggled to get preparations back on track in the face of venue construction delays, disputes over the location of the Olympic stadium and slow pace of domestic sponsorship.The organizing committee said Lee’s background in government and business filled the requirements “to lead the preparation of a complex mega sports event.”The committee said it would soon convene a meeting to appoint Lee as the new president, a decision which would then need approval from the government’s culture and sports ministry.Cho is chairman of the Hanjin Group, which controls Olympic sponsor Korean Air and a major shipping company struggling with heavy debt.He said in a statement he couldn’t continue with the Olympic job because he needs to focus on stabilizing Hanjin Shipping, South Korea’s largest container carrier, which said last week that it will undergo a debt revamp program with creditors in its last-ditch efforts to stay in business.Cho took over as president of Pyeongchang’s organizing committee in July 2014 after the sudden resignation of Kim Jin-sun, the former governor of the region that includes Pyeongchang.“For the past two years, I have truly put forward my very best efforts to work with every member of the organizing committee to prepare a successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2018,” Cho said in the statement. “I can proudly say that POCOG has become a strong team, and the challenges we have overcome have allowed us to achieve success at our first official test events this past February.”Pyeongchang organizers have faced a series of challenges in recent years, including the construction delays, local conflicts over venues and criticism about their financial planning, but preparations had seemed to turn a corner after the successful hosting of test events earlier this year in Olympic venues.Gunilla Lindberg, head of the International Olympic Committee’s co-ordination commission for the 2018 Winter Games, said the IOC respected Cho’s decision and appreciated his co-operation in recent years.“Under his leadership, the organizing committee has made great progress and has delivered very successful test events,” Lindberg said. “There remain a number of important steps to be taken ahead of the games and the IOC remains confident that through our close co-operation with the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee these will be successfully addressed.”The announcement of Cho’s resignation came on the same day the Olympic flame was set to land in Brazil, where problems in preparations have sometimes overshadowed the build up to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.___Associated Press writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this report. 2018 Winter Games chief quits; ex minister set to step in by Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2016 11:26 pm MDT Last Updated May 3, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email