For the first time in nine days, the International Border (IB) in Jammu was calm on Thursday with Pakistani troops holding fire. However, an exchange of fire was reported on the Line of Control in the Valley on Wednesday night. Besides, an infiltration bid was foiled in north Kashmir.Maintain vigilArmy chief General Bipin Rawat, who arrived in J&K on Thursday, asked troops “to maintain extra vigil to defeat the evil designs of hostile forces.” General Rawat also took stock of the arrangements for the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, scheduled to begin on June 27. An official said the IB remained tense, but “no major exchange of fire was reported.”Eleven people, including two BSF personnel, have died and over 80,000 people living on the border in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts have been affected by the relentless firing and shelling in the past nine days in Jammu. On Wednesday night, Pakistan army “opened fire from automatic weapons and resorted to shelling on several Army posts along the LoC” in Kamalkote area in Baramulla. No injuries were reported. On Thursday, in north Kashmir’s Kupwara, the Army foiled an infiltration bid in Keran Sector. “Soldiers manning the fence along LoC near Gogledar area spotted the movement of a group of infiltrators. The group was pushed back after an exchange of fire,” said the Army.Meanwhile, Army chief Gen. Rawat assessed “prevailing security situation in the hinterland”. He was briefed by Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt and the commanders on ground, said the Army spokesman, adding that Gen. Rawat appreciated the measures taken by the units to meet the challenge.“The Army Chief was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to meet the challenges posed by the inimical elements,” said the spokesman.
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Gupta said if the article unwittingly hurt the sentimentsGupta said if the article unwittingly hurt the sentiments of Tyagi, then he has no hesitation in expressing “regret”.In his privilege notice to Ansari against Gupta under Rule 188 of conduct of the business in the House, Tyagi had held that the views expressed by the BJP lawmaker amounted to “breach of privilege and contempt of the House.”In his communication to Delhi Assembly Speaker, Ansari said since one House cannot claim or exercise any authority over members of the other House, he was referring the matter to Goel for further necessary action.There were indications that Goel may refer the case to Assemblys Privileges Committee and, based on its report, a final decision on the fate of the BJP leader will be taken by the Speaker.The row has come at a time when a number of leaders have raised the issue of role and relevance of Rajya Sabha in the wake of the Upper House not clearing a number of bills passed by the Lok Sabha where the government has majority. The NDA does not have a majority in the Upper House.In his complaint, Tyagi had also noted “for last few weeks, questions have been raised over role and relevance of Rajya Sabha. There is a demand to bring necessary change in the Constitution to limit the powers and role of the Rajya Sabha”.Gupta, in his reply, said constitutionally bestowed power of the August House is to be used “extremely sparingly” and not to undermine or discourage expression of ideas and raising of legitimate concerns. PTI MPB SKadvertisement read more
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s high-profile move to Manchester United was confirmed on Friday, headlining the first day of what likely will be the busiest and biggest-spending transfer window ever seen in English soccer.The arrival of 34-year-old Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford came after Manchester City signed Spain forward Nolito 13.8 million pounds ($18.3 million) and Crystal Palace spent about the same on England winger Andros Townsend.It’s the sign of things to come this offseason as English Premier League clubs start to spend some of the 8.3 billion-pound ($11-billion) windfall from its record domestic and international TV rights deals for 2016-19. That’s an increase of around 70 percent from the last deal, meaning England will again dominate the European summer transfer window that opened for business on Friday.Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, will play his club football in England for the first time in his trophy-laden career, in what could be his last big move.The image you’ve been waiting to see! #ZlatanTime pic.twitter.com/g0TmaFt3Ic Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 1, 2016ZLATAN IS READY FOR ENGLAND”I have thoroughly enjoyed my career so far and have some great memories,” said Ibrahimovic, who has won league titles in four different countries. “I am now ready to create more special memories in England.”The striker, who retired from international duty after Sweden’s exit from the European Championship last week, is reunited with new United manager Jose Mourinho. The pair got on well at Inter Milan in the Italian club’s title-winning season of 2008-09.advertisement”Zlatan needs no introduction,” Mourinho said. “The statistics speak for themselves. Ibra is one of the best strikers in the world and a player who always gives 100 percent.”NOLITO HEADS TO MAN CITYNolito became City’s second signing under new coach Pep Guardiola – after Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan – when he joined from Celta Vigo on a four-year deal.The 29-year-old Nolito, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona from 2008-11, can play as a central striker or on the wing, and will freshen up City’s attack.He started all four of Spain’s matches at the European Championship.”Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world,” Nolito said. “He knows a lot about the game and he’s going to help me progress as a player, and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.”City later announced Argentina defender Martin Demichelis has left the club after three years.PALACE SIGN TOWNSENDTownsend joined Palace for a club-record fee of 13 million pounds ($17.3 million) on a five-year deal, with the winger ending his brief spell at Newcastle following its relegation from the Premier League.Townsend ensured he will not be starting this season in England’s second tier by securing a move back to London. The winger left Tottenham for Newcastle in January but couldn’t stop the northeast team from relegation, despite scoring four goals in 13 games and being one of the form players in England in the second half of the season.”It’s fantastic that we’ve managed to get a player of Andros’ quality into the club,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said.Striker Dwight Gayle went the opposite direction, moving to St. James’ Park on a five-year deal.Watford signed Belgium defender Christian Kabasele from Genk and announced that captain Troy Deeney had signed a new five-year contract, ending speculation that the forward might be joining Premier League champion Leicester. read more
Arsenal must make a quick start in Saturday’s FA Cup final and clamp down on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard to reduce his impact on the game, midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said.Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in a thrilling Premier League encounter at home in September but Hazard drove Chelsea to a 3-1 win in February, scoring the second goal and being named Man of the Match at Stamford Bridge.”I think the way we started the (home) game in the first half was very good… We were very quick, we counter-attacked well, closed them down, got about them.” Ramsey told the club’s website. (www.arsenal.com)”It was a different game (away) and we perhaps let individuals have a bit too much space. Hazard went on a bit of a run and put the ball in the net.”We can’t let that happen again, we have to be right in his face and stop that at source.”Arsenal are looking to seal their third FA Cup trophy in four years and win the competition for a record 13th time. read more
John McEnroe wants more anger in tennis.Not the kind of racket-smashing, profanity-flying tantrums he threw as a player, when he could go from the sport’s best player to its baddest boy in the same service game.He wants to see players get fed up that they can’t break through against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, that they remain stuck behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray heading into Wimbledon.”Those are the two greatest players that ever played in my opinion right now, Nadal and Federer, but I’m amazed that guys aren’t hungrier or angrier about sort of their lack of success,” McEnroe said. “I mean, these guys are tremendous and better than the guys for the most part, but not every single day. You’ve got to come at these guys with everything you’ve got.”That helped fuel McEnroe’s rise to the top of tennis. While he says he’s always had a good relationship with Bjorn Borg, whom he considers probably his greatest rival, the hatred of losing to Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl lasted from the center court at Grand Slams to the locker room during senior exhibitions.He thinks players now might get along too well with Federer, who won his record 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open, or be too in awe of Nadal, who added his 15th at the French Open.”And you don’t have to, like, disparage a guy,” McEnroe said, “you’ve just got to have this hunger and will to try to – when I played Connors for example, I tried to get myself to think like, ‘Am I trying as hard as this guy, do I want it as bad as him?’ And most of the time it feels like it wasn’t, but I tried to and it feels like that’s what you’ve got to do against these guys.advertisement”You’ve got to bring everything you’ve got every single point or else they’ll just walk all over you, and it seems like a lot of the guys have, to some extent, have let that happen.”Life after his tour career is the focus of McEnroe’s new book, “But Seriously,” in which he details the ups and downs of his many roles outside of tennis: frustrated actor, amateur musician, art collector, remarried husband, proud parent. He still plays some, but without the interest level in the U.S. to really do a senior tour right, he knows that at age 58, he’s close to that ending.”When I feel pretty good, like there’s certain days, one out of three days, where I’ll feel pretty good physically and that elevates my game,” McEnroe said. “I try to feel good every time, but it doesn’t work out that way where things start clicking. So that’s something that’s more fleeting and frustrating, so that’s why, I mean that’s why you walk away from the sport in the first place. I didn’t feel like I could win a major anymore, so I just didn’t feel like I could keep playing, or that I wanted to keep playing when I really felt like I had no chance of winning.”He was only 25 when he won the last of his seven majors. He’s since found entertainment opportunities through his friends on both coasts, though the game show and talk show he hosted were both short-lived. He’s stayed involved in tennis as one of the sport’s top commentators, through his John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York and a little coaching, helping guide Canadian Milos Raonic to the Wimbledon finals last year.Perhaps his own career would have been different had he played now. The top four on the men’s side are all 30 or over, and none is slowing down the way players did at that age when McEnroe played.”They’ve got way more knowledge of how to recover, what to eat, how to train off the court as well as on the court, all those things,” McEnroe said. “It’s not like we had no idea, but it’s almost like a science now, so from that standpoint there’s no question I feel like I’d be different.”And then the other obvious one, the amount of energy I wasted sort of complaining on line calls or whatever it is. They have this challenge system, so that’s sort of taken that out of the equation, so I think I would have been a 20 percent better player but probably quite a bit, even more than maybe 40 percent more boring, because you wouldn’t have had that whole thing.”advertisementBut he now appreciates his playing career more, as whatever frustrations he’s had in other pursuits in the years since have given him a perspective he didn’t have then.”I don’t think there’s anything you do when you fail at it that you’re happy when it happens. I think the key is always to sort of learn from it,” he said. “If it helps you find your way or you head in a direction that’s better served, it’s OK.” read more
BAKU, Azerbaijan — If this was goodbye for Eden Hazard and Maurizio Sarri, then it was a stylish farewell.For Petr Cech, it was the worst way to retire.Hazard scored twice past his former teammate as Chelsea sliced through Arsenal in the second half of the Europa League final on Wednesday, netting four times in the space of 23 minutes to win 4-1 in a London derby played far from home.The Belgian then confirmed that he is likely to leave the club this summer, amid widespread speculation about a move to Real Madrid.“I think it is a goodbye but in football you never know,” Hazard told British broadcaster BT Sport . “My dream was to play in the Premier League. I did this for seven years for one of the biggest clubs in the world. Maybe it’s time for a new challenge.” After a drab first half, Chelsea took control in the 49th minute when Olivier Giroud met Emerson’s pass with a diving header into the net. It was the French striker’s 11th goal in 14 games in the Europa League this season, but he barely celebrated against his old team, kneeling with palms raised as his teammates mobbed him.Olivier Giroud puts Chelsea ahead against his former club ? pic.twitter.com/O4SBPanjYW— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 29, 2019“These two clubs changed my life,” Giroud said. “They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. I didn’t want to celebrate against Arsenal but I am so proud to win this trophy with Chelsea.”Pedro doubled the lead when he found space in the penalty area in the 60th to stroke in a cut-back pass from Hazard. It was soon 3-0 when Hazard converted a penalty after Ainsley Maitland-Niles — the only English player to start the all-English final — shoved Giroud in the box.Two minutes after coming off the bench, Alex Iwobi punished Chelsea for a poor clearance with a volley from the edge of the box to make it 3-1 in the 69th.But Arsenal’s hopes of a comeback were extinguished three minutes later when Hazard and Giroud teamed up again. Hazard first passed the ball to Giroud and then knocked his flicked cross past Cech, the veteran goalkeeper who was playing his final game before retiring.Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech walks on the pitch during warmup before the Europa League Final soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Olympic stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Facing the team where he spent his best years — and is expected to return this summer in an administrative role — Cech made good saves from Hazard and substitute Willian to stop Chelsea increasing its lead yet further.Could this be Eden Hazard’s last goal for Chelsea?(via @brfootball) pic.twitter.com/pXO56xBA6r— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 29, 2019It was the first trophy for Sarri, the Chelsea coach who did not rule out leaving the club Tuesday when asked about the vacant Juventus coach job, after falling out with sections of the club’s fans.“We’ve had some ups and downs but we’ve improved, learned a lot and finished very well. Sarri is a great guy, a great person and a great coach, so he deserves it,” defender David Luiz said.It was the first Europa League final to have the video referee system, but referee Gianluca Rocchi never made use of it to review any key decisions. That aggrieved Arsenal’s players and fans early on when Alexandre Lacazette collided with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga but no penalty was given.Arsenal now faces a third consecutive season outside the Champions League, which could hurt its ability to attract transfer targets in the summer.With several thousand empty seats and only around 6,000 fans from England, the atmosphere in the stadium struggled to match that of a typical European final.Arsenal and Chelsea fans had complained of the high cost of travel from Western Europe, and even though locals and fans from elsewhere in the world made up the numbers, the atmosphere was subdued, even flat. Livening up the Baku Olympic Stadium will be a tricky task for Azerbaijani’s organizers for the four European Championships game it hosts next year.For English soccer, this was just the curtain-raiser in a week showing the Premier League’s dominance. On Saturday, Tottenham and Liverpool contest the Champions League final in Madrid.By: James Ellingworth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare11 Shares read more
Chris Woakes was euphoric after scoring his maiden Test hundred on Saturday at the Lord’s Cricket Ground against India on day three of the second Test.Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes in the England side for the second Test, marked his return to Test cricket with a fluent unbeaten 120 not out off 159 balls as play was called off early due to bad light.Woakes stitched a 189-run stand with Jonny Bairstow for the sixth wicket and scored his hundred off just 129 balls on Saturday. With England struggling at 131/5 in reply to India’s first innings total of 107, Woakes’ fantastic display with the bat put England in a commanding position at the end of Day 3 as they lead by 250 runs, with 357 on board.Speaking about his hundred, Woakes said that he never thought that he will reach the landmark and doesn’t have words to describe the feeling.”It’s hard to put into words, I suppose. I didn’t have that on my radar at the start of the day – I was hoping the boys would bat long and I would get in towards the backend of the day. It’s an incredible feeling to raise your bat at Lord’s and be on that Honours Board.Also read – India fall behind as Woakes, Bairstow dominate”I went from 60 to 80 pretty quickly and all of a sudden started thinking about it – my beans were going and I tried to hit every ball. The nineties were a bit of a blur but I am so pleased to get there,” an elated Woakes told SkySports after the end of day’s play.advertisement Chris Woakes remained unbeaten on 120 at the end of day three’s play (Reuters Photo)Woakes also said Bairstow and his plan was to see off the seamers and take it easy.”We got through a few tricky phases – their seamers kept running in and we tried to see off each spell. We kept looking at the lead and tried to go up in fives and that worked well for us. When we got to tea we were in a good position and then the runs flowed afterwards.”India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3: HighlightsWoakes came in to bat at a tricky situation, with England’s score on 131/5 and a slender lead of 24 on the board. The all-rounder first took his time and once he settled in, his showed his full array of shots against an Indian team, which was definitely missing a third full-time pacer. He kept the scoreboard ticking and supported Bairstow perfectly. The likes of Pandya and Kuldeep tried to get his wicket but Woakes defied them and took them for easy runs.Woakes hit 18 fours in his innings so far as England continued to dominate the second Test.Earlier, with the ball, Woakes picked up 2/19 from six overs as India were bowled out for 107 on day two of the Test match. read more
Sunil Gavaskar lauded Virat Kohli for his sensational hundred against West Indies as India took complete control of the first Test in Rajkot. Unbeaten on 72 overnight, Kohli brought up his 24th hundred on the second morning.Kohli is now the second fastest to reach 24 hundreds after Don Bradman. During the course of his innings, Kohli went past 1000 runs in a calendar year for the third year running.Gavaskar said Kohli showed a lot of application despite not looking very fluent on Thursday when he walked out to bat at the fall of the second Indian wicket.”Virat Kohli is the best batsman across formats in the modern era. He is by far the best batsman in the world,” Gavaskar told India Today. “The way he applies himself is hard to describe. It is beyond phenomenon. If only the West Indies batsmen took a leaf out of his book.READ – Virat Kohli overtakes Virender Sehwag with 24th Test hundred”On Thursday, he was not very smooth to start off with perhaps because he was coming back after a break. Then he was in cruise control. Despite the heat, he ran hard not just for himself but also for his batting partner at the other end,” he said.All Hail the King @imVkohli24th Test ton17th as captain4th century this year2nd fastest to 24 Test ton(More coming, we aren’t done yet) #TeamIndia #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/IgCw1K5JEkBCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2018Gavaskar said he was pained with the state of West Indies cricket now.advertisement”This is not the best of West Indian sides we have seen from the past. But we must not forget Indian teams have also been beaten inside three days in the past. Their batting approach was a little hard to understand. Nobody was ready to buckle down.India vs West Indies: Report | Highlights | As it happened | Photos”Yes Kraigg Braithwaite got a peach of a delivery but the other batsmen looked like they wanted to hit their way out of trouble.”It pains you a little bit to see West Indies this way. I hope they will get back to being very, very competitive like they were in the past.”#KingKohli #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/vfPnZxxh47BCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2018West Indies were reduced to 94/6 after India had declared their first innings on 649/9. The visiting batsman proved no match for their Indian counterparts, losing six wickets in a single session after the hosts had piled on the runs.READ – Sachin Tendulkar lauds Virat Kohli’s 24th Test hundred: A great habit to haveMohammed Shami sent back both openers in a hostile opening spell of fast bowling when West Indies walked out to bat after the tea interval and then India’s spinners made further inroads.West Indies will begin day three trailing by 555 runs and facing an uphill task to avoid an innings defeat against India’s spin-heavy attack on a pitch already offering turn.Roston Chase was unbeaten on 27 while Keemo Paul was 13 not out at stumps for the touring side.(With inputs from Reuters) read more
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson: Bring on Boca Juniors!by Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker admits he wants to play against Boca Juniors in the future.The Brazil No1 admits he’s a big fan of Boca.”My old dream is to play against Boca Juniors at the La Bomboner. This is one of the craziest stadiums in the world,” he said, though now Alisson has had a change of plan. “I would very much like to play against Boca at the Club World Championship.”This season, Alisson has played in 3 matches, in which he’s conceded 2 goals. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
The Senate, on Friday (June 23), started a debate on the public-sector pension reform Bills.The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 and the Constitution (Amendment) (Establishment Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017 were passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year, with approximately 38 amendments.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who piloted the Bills, said the aim is to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the Government, while providing adequate benefits for pensioners.He noted that current pension expenditure is estimated at more than $30 billion, and is projected to increase.“The current public-sector pension arrangement is unsustainable, as only a small portion of public-sector workers make contributions. These contributions are not related to their pension benefit. Consequently, this has serious implications for our public debt,” he pointed out.Senator Reid said that while the reforms will not completely eliminate the cost to the Government, it will reduce the burden on the Budget.“It should be noted that the intention of the reform is not a panacea, but the intention is to review the reformed system after a specified period, with the aim to determine if and what other reforms are required as noted in clause 38 of the (Pensions (Public Service) Bill,” he said.Mr. Reid noted that the Government remains committed to further dialogue as it seeks to improve the benefits to workers.Mr. Reid noted that the Government remains committed to further dialogue as it seeks to improve the benefits to workers.“The Government is duty-bound to respond to the concerns of especially public-sector employees, and having heard their appeal for help has taken the necessary steps to address their concerns. In this way, we are helping to protect the interests of the hard-working public servants,” he said.The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 will establish a defined benefit contributory scheme, which will require all pensionable officers to contribute five per cent of salary.It also provides for establishment of a segregated fund for contributions; gradual increase in the retirement age to 65; and harmonisation of legislation regarding public-sector pensions in a single statute, while repealing several enactments previously dealing with pensions.The Constitution (Amendment) (Established Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017 seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the payment of pensions, gratuities and allowances out of the pension fund.The debate on the Bills was postponed to a date to be announced. The Senate, on Friday (June 23), started debate on the public-sector pension reform Bills. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who piloted the Bills, said the aim is to make the pension system more affordable and sustainable for the Government, while providing adequate benefits for pensioners. Story Highlights Senator Reid said that while the reforms will not completely eliminate the cost to the Government, it will reduce the burden on the Budget. read more
Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday slammed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for ‘refusing’ to allow a plea by senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar for exempting him from appearance before it on Monday in view of Ganesha Chaturthi festival.Kumaraswamy termed as “vindictive attitude” the ED’s action in summoning Shivakumar to appear before it on a festival day. Shivakumar, a former Karnataka Minister, had appeared before the ED in New Delhi on Saturday for the second straight day in the money laundering case filed against him and others. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to him, the ED has asked him to appear again on Monday. Gowri Ganesha is an important festival for Hindus. Mr. @DKShivakumar had asked for a day to observe the festival. However, ED officials denied him even this. If this is not vindictive attitude, then what is? Kumaraswamy tweeted. Shivakumar was a Minister in Kumaraswamy lead Congress-JD(S) coalition government. After a day-long questioning on Saturday, Shivakumar had said ED issued summons seeking his appearance again on Monday, rejecting his request for relaxation as it was a festival day. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpeaking to reporters in Delhi on Saturday night, he had said that according to his family traditions, they offer prayers to ancestors like on the day of the festival. “We requested stating that I have to offer my respect to elders of the family on the day of the festival. They said no and have issued me summons to appear at 11 am (on Monday) I have happily accepted it, he had said. On Friday, the investigating officer of the case had grilled Shivakumar for over 4 hours and recorded his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). read more
email@example.com@katmarte A supporter shared this image of the vigil on Facebook. (Mavis Dennis photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsMourners wore red Sunday to mark the suspicious death of another Indigenous woman – this time in Smithers, B.C.Family members and supporters gathered at a vigil in the northern community to remember Jessica Patrick of nearby Lake Babine Nation.She was 18 and the mother of a young daughter.RCMP confirm human remains were found and they were awaiting a positive identification.“That’s all I’ve been told,” said RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson in Prince George, B.C.“I’m waiting to hear back from (the) major crime (unit).”Saunderson said the RCMP North District Major Crime Unit was working with Smithers RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service on the case.Patrick was last seen Aug. 21 in Smithers, which is about 1,100 kilometres north of Vancouver.The community is located along Highway 16, which has been dubbed the Highway of Tears, for a string of murders and disappearances of mainly Indigenous women between Prince George and Prince Rupert.More than 20 First Nations border the route.Smithers’ Mayor Taylor Bachrach took part in the vigil that local media reported drew about 300 people.“My heart goes out to those who knew and loved her,” Bachrach said on Facebook.He posted that Patrick’s body was found near the community Saturday.Another media report said her family was involved in searching for her and the discovery of her body.Smithers was the site of a community hearing by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in September 2017.The inquiry is wrapping up its evidence gathering and due to issue a final report to the federal government by April 30, 2019, on the factors contributing to ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls.It’s something Bachrach acknowledged.“Let’s come together as a community, support those who are grieving and recommit ourselves to ensuring safety for all women and girls,” he wrote on Facebook. read more
29 September 2011The implementation of a peacebuilding plan and social and political reforms in Guinea-Bissau were at the centre of today’s discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of the West African country, Carlos Gomes Júnior. The implementation of a peacebuilding plan and social and political reforms in Guinea-Bissau were at the centre of today’s discussions between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of the West African country, Carlos Gomes Júnior.Mr. Ban acknowledged the efforts made by the Guinea-Bissau Government to implement the Priority Plan for Peacebuilding and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The discussions also touched on reform efforts in defence, security and justice sectors, the fight against drug trafficking, and the need for inclusive national dialogue.In June, the Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), Joseph Mutaboba, told the Security Council that while the country had made progress on the political and security fronts, there was need for greater effort to consolidate the gains and to address issues such as impunity, drug trafficking and organized crime.The political and security situation were improving, but economic reforms were yet to be sustained by other key reforms, notably in the defence and justice sectors, he said.UNIOGBIS was set up last year as a successor to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), which had been in the country since 1999 as part of international efforts to help it recover from civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or displaced.In the years that followed, the country was plagued by coups, coup attempts and, in 2009, the assassination of then president João Bernardo Vieira. read more
(Updated) Environment Canada is confirming that a low intensity tornado touched down just east of Tottenham, Ontario at 4:30 yesterday afternoon.It is being rated as an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of between 135 and 175 kilometres an hour. One horse was killed, but there have been no other reports of injuries. One local resident says his house narrowly escaped the path of the tornado by just 500 feet.This tornado comes just one week after a stronger EF-2 twister struck Angus, Ontario, which is 35 kilometers north of Tottenham. And while these are a coincidence, Environment Canada says it’s not uncommon to see tornados in the area.All of southern Ontario from Windsor east toward Ottawa is considered one of Canada’s tornado alleys. read more
A Peel Regional Police officer has been charged in connection to the death of a 41-year-old man. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) launched an inquiry into a collision between a Peel Regional Police cruiser and a motorcycle in the area of Tomken Rd. and Derry Rd. in Mississauga on June 19.The 41-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.Constable Brandon Strain is facing one count of dangerous driving causing death.Strain is scheduled to appear in a Brampton court on January 9, 2017.The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. read more
These attacks include the assassination of Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza and his wife on Monday, and the apparent assassination attempt against the Minister of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender, Martin Nivyabandi, on Sunday.“I strongly condemn these attacks,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad, in a press release.“They must be properly investigated and the killers must be arrested and brought before the law. Some 31 people have been killed in attacks so far in April, compared to a total of nine people in the last month. The great majority of these attacks were carried out by unidentified armed men. I fear that the increasing number of targeted assassinations will inevitably exacerbate the already extremely dangerous spiral of violence and unrest in Burundi,” he warned. The High Commissioner also strongly encouraged all parties to seize the opportunity of the upcoming East African Community-led Burundian talks in Arusha to engage in a meaningful dialogue, with the aim of improving the human rights situation and finding a lasting solution to the ongoing political crisis.It has been one year since the crisis in the country began; according to the UN, to date more than 400 people have been killed and almost 260,000 people have fled the country. read more
Freshman Kyle Snyder (second from left), redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan (middle) and redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello were named co-captains for the Buckeyes dispite being in their first years of collegiate competition.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterDespite seeing an early exit at the National Duals in Iowa City over the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team might have discovered the future of its program.Freshman Kyle Snyder and redshirt-freshmen Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello are ranked No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in their weight classes, and have been a staple in the team’s success. All three were named co-captains along with redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, even though they are wrestling in their first competitive year at OSU.Tomasello said he is grateful for the opportunity to help lead the team toward its goals.“Getting voted as captains was very humbling, I feel we have done a good job of being supportive, helping the team improve each week and have come together to make a run at a title at the end of the year,” the redshirt-freshman said. “We’ve learned a lot and the coaches have gotten us prepared and it’s been a great experience so far.”Jordan (16-0), a redshirt-freshman, has been called upon to not only win his 165-pound matches, but to do so by getting bonus points to increase the team’s chances of winning. Jordan said he doesn’t focus on the extra points as much as the coaches do, but added he wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.“I’m not really thinking about getting the extra points, but if I go out and wrestle to the best of my ability and stay where I’m good at, I know I can throw up a lot of points and I’ll see what happens from there,” Jordan said.Throughout the season, Jordan has been known to hit a point in his matches where a whole new level of intensity is shown. He said he can feel when it’s time for that to turn on.“There’s a point in every match where my lungs feel like they are on fire, and when I start to feel tired and things are starting to get tough. I know my opponent is feeling the same thing, so I know it’s time to click and throw it into the next gear,” Jordan said.Jordan also credited Tomasello (24-4) when it comes to being motivated to go out and give it his all.“(He’s) the guy who starts the fire in everyone at the beginning of each match,” Jordan said.“I don’t think there is anyone else in the nation that I would rather have starting off our matches at 125 pounds besides Nathan Tomasello,” Jordan said. “He gets after it for seven minutes and he gets the team fired up.”As for starting out first each night, the 125 pounder said he wouldn’t want it any other way.“I want to be first on the mat every time,” Tomasello said. “I want to bring the intensity and go at it for the full seven minutes and then I get the rest of the dual to cheer on my teammates.”Snyder (24-2), a favorite to win the Big Ten Championship in two weeks, credited his co-captains and teammates for keeping him focused.“It helps when everyone is doing their part, and when you have Nate and Bo who are both freaks in the sport of wrestling, it helps in preparing for big matches,” Snyder said. “Nate always gets the ball rolling when he starts the match, and it gets our heads in the right direction, and when Bo goes out and gets bonus points, it motivates me to do the same.”Snyder said preparation has taken its course and now it’s about proving who’s the best in the sport.“This is the time in the season where you have to just go out and win matches,” he said. “It’s fun just competing and practicing to get better, but now it’s all about getting your hand raised.”OSU had everything going for it, including victories in nine straight dual meets. All of that came to an end when the No. 3 Buckeyes were upset by the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 21-18, on Saturday.The Buckeyes managed just four victories over the Mountain Hawks.The trio of freshmen continued to put up big numbers in their individual matches and their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, coach Tom Ryan said.“We have four bright spots right now, and three of them are freshmen,” Ryan said. “Other guys are going to have to figure out who and what they want to be in this sport in the next two weeks.”The Buckeyes are set to host the Big Ten Championships March 7-8 at St. John Arena, and as long as they follow Stieber’s and the coaches’ lead, they should be successful, Jordan said.“Logan’s leading the way so we just have to follow him and listen to the coaches and go out and wrestle our best,” Jordan said. “We have what it takes to win it all and it’s time to go out and prove it.” read more
NO. OF GAMES WITH A GAME SCORE OF … Jason Kidd87.8244–25– Eddie Jones87.6127–6– Jeff Hornacek89.2164–15– Vince Carter88.2267–57– Similarity scores for first 14 seasons of career. Game Score since 1983-84.Source: basketball-reference.com Hersey Hawkins85.3138–18– Manu Ginobili’s legacy runs deeper than single games Lenny Wilkins85.7—–—– Manu Ginobili110–14– PLAYERSIMILARITY SCORE2030 Terry Porter89.8171–21– Ray Allen85.4239–28– Allen Iverson88.6381–92– Hal Greer86.2—–—– Once it becomes apparent a star player’s career has begun winding down, it’s a ritual among NBA fans to hit the crates and dig out the old hits. Kobe’s got the 81, but what about that 48 and 16 in Game 4 against the Kings in 2001? Sure, Jordan gave the Knicks the double nickel in 1995, but have you watched the highlights on that 51-point game as a 38-year-old lately? Good golly. On and on down the line — Magic’s 42-15-7 when he was forced to play center as a rookie, Hakeem’s prolonged annihilation of David Robinson’s Spurs in 1995 playoffs — the impactful moments of a star player’s career are preserved in the box score fossil record.That’s how things go for the NBA’s most venerated stars. Just not for Manu Ginobili, who will turn 40 this July and finds his San Antonio Spurs down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors.Ginobili, who could potentially play his last game in tonight’s Game 4, is unlike any other star of his caliber in that his game logs never quite captured his effect on the court. Ginobili’s career was borne out in moments. And pulling a moment out of a Play Index can be difficult.Mostly, this came down to playing time. Ginobili has averaged just 25.8 minutes per game for his career and had just two seasons in which he played more than 30 per game, leaving him without the per-game numbers of his peers. But dig into his per-minute stats, and you begin to see his true effect in the game.By Win Shares per 48 minutes since 1960, Ginobili career number is 28th, just behind Dirk Nowitzki. If we refine that to just the first 10 years of a player’s career — since dinosaurs like Manu and Dirk get docked points for playing a bunch of years in their decline phase — Ginobili rises to 16th, tucked between Larry Bird and Jerry West. Minute for minute, Ginobili out-produced contemporaries such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, though he was never asked to carry a team the way they were, either.It’s franchise-player talent stuffed into a super-sub role, and it makes it difficult to find a historical comparison for Ginobili. His comps via Basketball Reference’s similarity score, for instance, contain a puzzling mix of Terry Porter, Jeff Hornacek and Allen Iverson — three profoundly unsimilar players. (My notion for Manu’s aesthetic comparison was always a stubbier Tracy McGrady, but Ginobili’s catch-all style makes him comparable to any tallish All-NBA level guard from the 3-point era.)Yet even among those allegedly similar players, Ginobili’s career stands apart from the others, again, owing to his minutes. We can quantify the number of “big game” performances using John Hollinger’s Game Score, a measure of how well a player played in a given contest. A 20-game score is something like Ginobili’s 27-point, five-assist, three-steal performance in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference semis; 30-game score is more like a 40-point, nine-assist, six-rebound performance from 2005. Ginobili’s short minutes meant that while he was producing at a Larry Bird level possession by possession, he had fewer big game lines than Hersey Hawkins. Manu does have his share of signature games, such as a career-high 48-pointer against the upstart Suns in 2005. But his legacy runs deeper than single games. Ginobili made the eurostep’s side-to-side weave on the way to the rim as central to the modern game as the crossover or step-back. He was the posterboy for the rise of flopping, but he was also one of the first guards to combine a high free-throw rate with a high volume of 3s. By our homebrewed Morey Index, which finds the players who lean most heavily on three pointers and free throws,1Using the geometric mean of free-throw rate and 3-point attempt rate. Ginobili’s 2004-05 ranks 56th of all player seasons since 1980, with multiple other appearances in the top 100. He punctuated that season with a standout Game 2 of the 2005 Finals — back when Ginobili had hair and Al Michaels called basketball games — with 27 points on just eight field goal attempts, going 4 for 5 from 3 and 11 for 13 from the line.But not every piece of a player’s game can be quantified, and with Ginobili it feels as if more than most goes unaccounted for — whether it’s the no-look passes that were as much a danger to the cotton candy vendors as they were to defenders or the little funk he put on something as simple as an entry pass. Ginobili has always been reckless — he smashed the bat, and fouled Dirk and played with an abandon that had Gregg Popovich with one breath holding him up as an exemplar of competition, and with the next reminding him, “Manu: It’s f—ing September. Never do that again in September,” as quoted by ESPN.com. Every one of his minutes was a delight because you never knew what would happen next and, you suspected, neither did he.A lot of things can happen between now and the end of the Western Conference finals. The San Antonio Spurs may push the series to a gentleman’s sweep. They may even force the Golden State Warriors to six or seven games, or even take the series. But regardless of the outcome, the time we have left with the inimitable Manu Ginobili is running short. He has spent a career packing memorable moments into short minutes; we can hope he’s got one or two more on his way out. read more
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