The Collector of Bikaner in Rajasthan has asked all Pakistani nationals to leave the district within 48 hours, citing intelligence reports that indicated “extreme unrest” among the locals after the Pulwama attack. Collector Kumar Pal Gautam issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code on Monday, banning the stay of Pakistani nationals in any hotel, inn or hospital within the limits of the district and restricting any direct or indirect trade and exchange of classified information with any Pakistani national.Bikaner is adjacent to the international border with Pakistan. Bahawalpur district in Pakistan’s Punjab province is situated on the other side of the border opposite Bikaner.Khajuwala tehsil in Bikaner is home to a large number of Hindus, mainly from the interior areas of the Sindh province, who have sought refuge in India. Mr. Gautam said the district administration, which had recently undertaken a survey of citizens in the area, found that the Pakistanis were living there illegally after their visa expired.The order will not be applicable to the Pakistani nationals who have registered themselves with the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office. The order, effective for two months, also bans the use of Pakistani SIM cards in the district.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments “That’s it, we can’t do anything but accept what just happened,” said F2’s middle blocker Aby Maraño after the tough loss.READ: Petron claims PSL All-Filipino Conference title, sweeps F2 FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn a game that saw three extended sets and several lead changes, the match ended on a net fault from F2 Logistics.“When that kind of situation happens, there are so many things that enter your mind,” said Maraño who had 14 points in the loss. “’Is it over? Are we still going to fight it?’” Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Maizo-Pontillas ‘pressured’ after winning MVP plum CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAfter a crushing defeat to Petron in the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference, all F2 Logistics can do is and move on.The Cargo Movers were swept by the Blaze Spikers in the finals with a 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11 win sealing the title Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were in a situation where we were down three points in the fifth set, but Petron was just more aggressive. And if we were in Petron’s situation, we would’ve done the same thing and finish it quick.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena
Ishant Sharma bulldozed the Kochi batting line-up with a sensational five-wicket spell as Hyderabad spanked the hosts by 55 runs in their IPL match in Kochi on Wednesday. Score | PhotoBefore Ishant’s fiery spell, Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara had scored a defying 65 off 47 balls under pressure to help the side reach a modest 129 for seven after being invited to bat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi.Hyderabad bowled out the hosts for 74 in 16.3 overs as Ishant produced one of the most memorable fast bowling spells in the history of the T20 league with incredible figures of 3-0-12-5.Hyderabad badly needed a win as they had lost four of the six matches before and were sitting at the bottom of the points table. Now they have jumped to the sixth spot.The track had helped the Kochi pacers as well but Ishant extracted the maximum help out of the juicy pitch as he hit the deck hard.Ishant’s was the third-best performance by a bowler in the history of tournament. Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir had recorded best figures in the inaugural edition in 2008 when he took six four 16 against Chennai.Kochi had not scored even a single run off the bat and had lost four batsmen when they began their chase. Ishant was responsible for the mayhem as he ripped apart the rival top order by striking thrice in his first over, dismissing Parthiv Patel (0), Raiphi Gomez (0) and Brad Hodge (0).Dale Steyn (3/16) had dismissed dangerous Brendon McCullum (0) in the first over and the two runs that Kochi had managed on the scoreboard at that time, came through a leg-bye and a wide.advertisementIshant sent shock waves in the rival camp when he returned to bowl his second over and trapped Kedar Jadhav (0) in the first ball and had Mahela Jayawardene (4) caught behind in the last ball.The scorecard was reading a horrible 11 for six in four overs.Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Thisara Perera (22) though showed nerves of steel as they responded to the tough situation with a gritty 36-run stand for the seventh wicket.It could not help them avert defeat but saved them from suffering the ignominy of recording the lowest total in the IPL history, which is 58 for Rajasthan against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009.Earlier, Invited to bat, Hyderabad were reeling at 20 for three in 5.2 overs but Sangakkara in company of Cameron White (31) rescued the team from the precarious position with a defying 90-run stand for the fourth wicket.Sangakkara, when batting at individual score of five, was bowled by S Sreesanth in the fourth over of the innings but he never looked back after getting the reprieve and led the amazing recovery of the Chargers’ innings.His superb knock, under pressure, came off 47 balls and contained 10 boundaries while White’s 34-ball innings featured two fours and a six.R Vinay Kumar (3/25) dismissed both Sangakkara and White in the last two balls of his final over, 17th of the innings, to conclude his spell on a superb note.White holed out to Jayawardene at deep mid-wicket while Sangakkara edged the next delivery to stumper Parthiv Patel.The most productive session for the Hyderabad was between over number 11 and 15 when they scored 53 runs while the last five overs fetched 39 runs.At the start Kochi paceman RP Singh (2/21) gave a dream start to the hosts by dismissing both the openers — Sunny Sohal (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) — in his successive overs.The left-arm paceman trapped Sohal in the last ball of the opening over and then had Dhawan caught by Raiphi Gomez in the second ball of his second over.However, he was unlucky to not have the wicket of Bharat Chipli, who drove straight to Brendon McCullum at extra cover but the Kiwi player failed to latch on to the chance.Sreesanth then bowled Sangakkara with a gem of a delivery but that turned out to be a no-ball.The visitors finally ran out of luck as R Vinay Kumar had Chipli (4) caught by Sreesanth at mid-off.The Kochi pace trio exploited the lively track, which offered bounce and seam, well as they gave away just 20 runs in the first six overs, conceding just one boundary.Chargers needed Sangakkara to stay at the crease as long as possible and build a partnership along with Cameron White and the duo did not disappoint the teammates.At half-way stage, they were 37 for three but gradually Sangakkara and White got into the groove and started punishing the bad balls. Only two boundaries were scored in the first 10 overs but then four were hit in two successive overs with three coming off the bat of Lankan batsman.advertisementWhite then broke the shackles by dispatching Ravindra Jadeja for a huge six over the square leg and Sangakkara was just getting better and better as he smashed his compatriot Thisara Perera for a couple of boundaries.The former Lankan skipper raised his fifty with a sweep boundary off Jadeja and took the team past 100-run mark before being dismissed by Vinay Kumar.-With PTI inputs
Home Minister P ChidambaramThe government on Tuesday flaunted figures of scaled-down violence in 2011 to claim that its “two-pronged strategy” to tackle Naxalism is bearing fruit.Union home minister P. Chidambaram said the number of people killed in Maoist violence has seen a drop of over 40 per cent in 2011 from the corresponding period last year. Chidambaram revealed the figures after meeting chief ministers of Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Raman Singh and Naveen Patnaik, respectively.In the past month, 34 security personnel have lost their lives in Chhattisgarh in Maoist-related violence. But Chidambaram stressed on Tuesday that only 80 policemen have been killed by Maoists this year as compared to 177 personnel slain in the same period in 2010.Civilian casualties, too, have come down. The home minister said 190 civilians were killed by Maoists this year (compared to 296 last year). Of these 190, 72 were branded as police informers by the Maoists.Chidambaram also said seven out of the 14 politbureau members of the CPI (Maoist) and 11 members of its central committee had been arrested.”Our security forces have confronted the challenge of Left-wing extremism with courage and restraint. So far, 78 extremists have been neutralised, 883 have been arrested, 243 have surrendered and 315 arms have been recovered,” Chidambaram said.The home minister, though, was quick to add that even the present level of Maoist violence was unacceptable.Sources said the home ministry has approved sending 5,000 more paramilitary men to monitor the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border area, a hotbed of Maoist activity.Chidambaram also revealed how the government planned to develop its two-pronged strategy. “Under the Integrated Action Plan for which Rs 55 crore has been allotted to each of the 60 affected districts, 18,724 works have been taken up in Chhattisgarh and 10,427 works have been taken up in Orissa; a chunk of these works have been completed,” he said.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
(REOPENS DEL 10) (REOPENS DEL 10) Olympic bronze-medallist boxer M C Mary Kom said it was a proud moment for the country. “Congratulation. Both of you has make all Indians PROUD. #KheloIndia,” she said. The Indian Cricket Board was not to be left behind either and posted, “Congratulations Mariyappan Thangavelu & Varun Bhati on winning #Gold & #Bronze respectively at Rio #Paralympics.” Congress President Sonia Gandhi also lauded the duo, calling their achievement historic. “…history has been created today. Outstanding lives and games of these athletes will inspire generations to come,” the partys official twitter handle quoted her as saying. PTI SKC PM PM
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts.And then came Sunday’s pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic. Three times, del Potro was a point from breaking and earning the right to serve to make it a set apiece. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself. Eventually, he seized that game — and del Potro’s best chance to make a match of it.A year after missing the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis. His returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion del Potro at Flushing Meadows.“There was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back (to) the desired level of tennis very soon,” said Djokovic, whose operation was in February. “But at the same time, life showed me that it takes time for good things, it takes time to really build them, for things to fall into place, so you can center yourself, balance yourself and thrive. The last two months have been terrific.”This was Djokovic’s third championship in New York, along with those in 2011 and 2015. Add in the trophies he has earned at six Australian Opens, one French Open and four Wimbledons, most recently in July, and the 31-year-old Serb pulled even with Pete Sampras for the third-most majors among men, trailing only Roger Federer’s 20 and Rafael Nadal’s 17.“”He’s my idol. Pete, I love you,” Djokovic said.Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)Federer lost in the fourth round in New York, while Nadal retired from his semifinal against del Potro because of a bad right knee. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago, a comeback for a guy who had four wrist operations in the interim.“I believe he’ll be here again with the champion’s trophy. I really do,” said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat.Del Potro spoke this week about the low point, in 2015, when he considered quitting the sport. But supported by a dozen or so friends from back home, whose “Ole!” choruses rang around the arena, he climbed up the rankings to a career-high No. 3 by thundering his 100 mph (160 kph) forehands and 135 mph (215 kph) serves.Those produce free points against so many foes. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers — and who said he convinced himself that all of those “Oles” were actually people calling out his own nickname, “Nole.”Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to nearly every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.“I was playing almost at the limit, all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn’t make it,” del Potro said, “because Novak (was) there every time.”Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set. They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.Those were high-risk shots, but, as del Potro put it: “It’s the only way to beat these kind of players.”Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda, called that moment the match’s “turning point, obviously.”When it ended, with Djokovic holding to 4-all, spectators began leaving their seats, perhaps thinking it was time for a changeover, even though it wasn’t. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them.It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats. At one moment, he pressed his right index finger to his lips, as if to say, “Shhhhhhh!” Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, “Who are you cheering for now?!”The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more fatigued. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all. But that was that.When it ended, thanks to a three-game closing run by Djokovic, he flung his racket away and landed on his back, arms and legs spread wide.He had hit his peak, Vajda said, at “just at the right time.”Djokovic had never gone through an extended absence until 2017, when he sat out the second half of the season because of elbow pain that had plagued him for more than a year. He tried to return at the start of this season, but couldn’t, and opted for surgery.It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.“I was very, very disappointed with my performance that day,” Djokovic recalled Sunday, explaining that he went hiking in the mountains in France to clear his head after that setback.Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.Now he’s backed that up at the U.S. Open, the fourth time in his career he won multiple majors in a season.“Difficult times, but you learn through adversity,” Djokovic said. “I try to take the best out of myself in those moments.”—By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspension for their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan has been lifted pending appointment of an ombudsman. Pandya is likely to join the Indian team in New Zealand after an interim relief.A press release from the Board of Control for Cricket in India said: “The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.”There was a furor on social media after Koffee with Karan aired on January 6.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya had boasted on the episode.Pandya had apolgised to his fans on social media and even said sorry to his teams. He replied to a show cause notice by CoA but that did not cut much ice with the administrators.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home from the tour of Australia after their sexist comments shocked India. Harbhajan Singh blasted the duo and said they had harmed the reputation of the Indian crickete fraternity. One of India’s greatest match-winners, Harbhajan said he would not want to be travel in the same team bus with either Pandya or Rahul.advertisement”Their reputation was at stake, they have lost the trust of their teammates. If he comes and stands next to you at a party, would you like to stand next to him? I will not travel with these two guys in the same bus because if my daughter, if my wife is travelling in the team bus.. how would they feel? You are looking at women in only one angle? That’s not right,” Harbhajan had told India Today.”It’s actually hurting us. He is bringing everyone’s reputation on the stake, including Sachin Tendulkar’s and all that of these great players who have played for the country for more than 20 years.”He’s talking about using other teammates’ room. ‘C’mon man what are you talking about? You have been in the team for only one year. What do you know about the team?'”We never created this kind of culture…party till 5 and come to play the next day. ‘You’re here to play cricket not to do this kind of stuff. When you have free time, you can enjoy, do what you want to do.”Also Watch | Wait extends for Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul as Supreme Court adjourns BCCI-CoA hearing Also Read | Sourav Ganguly on Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: They made a mistake because they are humanAlso Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timeline
Italy Hiring Ancelotti the dream for Italy but Tavecchio staying would prolong the nightmare Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Italy WC Qualification Europe Italy v Sweden Sweden Carlo Ancelotti Opinion The three-time Champions League winner is the ideal man for the Azzurri but he cannot cure the ills of Italian football all on his own The Gazzetta dello Sport called Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 “the apocalypse” and football fans across the country are certainly struggling to come to terms with the full horror of the situation.This is something new for the majority of Italians: a World Cup without the Azzurri was unprecedented for them. It was unthinkable. Now, though, disbelief has given way to rage.Juve 21/20 favs for Serie A title 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 What is most upsetting – if wholly unsurprising – is that the country’s footballing catastrophe is unlikely to prompt a complete and long overdue overhaul of the entire footballing administration. Indeed, at a special summit of the key figures in Calcio on Thursday, president of the Italian Footballers’ Association Damiano Tommasi walked out in disgust after his counterpart at the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio, confirmed that he would not be stepping down. No one else in the room objected to Tavecchio remaining.Of course, someone had to be seen to pay for a very expensive fiasco that could cost the country more than a billion euros and Gian Piero Ventura was rightly dismissed for his incompetence. Over the course of a dismal World Cup qualifying campaign, it became clear that the problem was not that his coaching methods were unsound, but rather there was no method at all. His treatment of the likes of Lorenzo Insigne left not only fans and journalists mystified, but also the players themselves. However, to make Ventura the scapegoat for all of Italy’s ills would be ridiculous. The need for structural reform has been evident for some time now: financial mismanagement, endemic racism and territorialism, crumbling, empty stadia – the list of off-field problems goes on and on. On the field, the national team has been in decline for some time now. It is worth remembering that the Azzurri were knocked out at the group stage of the World Cup in both 2010 and 2014. There has been some continental success in recent years but the run to the final of Euro 2012 was founded upon the genius of Andrea Pirlo and Juventus’ brilliant backline, while the coaching excellence of Antonio Conte carried a poor Azzurri squad to the quarter-finals in France last summer.Indeed, Conte succeeded in spite of the federation – not because of them – and it is for this reason that Carlo Ancelotti, the No.1 candidate to take over, is still mulling over whether to replace Ventura at the helm.As Goal has already outlined, it is not a question of money. Ancelotti’s preference to return to club football – which he reaffirmed last month – is no longer an issue either. His country needs him and he is willing to answer the call. However, he astutely wants to both see and assess the merits of the new sporting project, which should be unveiled at a special Federal Council meeting on Monday. It is easy to see why Tavecchio is so desperate to land Ancelotti. His is the most prestigious and well-qualified of the “big names” that the FIGC president needs to land in order to save his own job. Indeed, Ancelotti is everything that Ventura is not. He doesn’t just have the kind of international experience and reverence that the former Torino boss was so sorely lacking, he is also a proven winner, a coach who has won trophies in all of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues.As Gianluca Vialli told the Gazzetta on Thursday, “Carlo’s respected by everyone, he has balance and international experience, he’s won everywhere and he speaks the languages. I’d make him the Italian Vicente Del Bosque.”Of course, there are some doubts about Ancelotti given the shocking and swift way his last job, at Bayern Munich, was brought to an end. A man renowned for cultivating an excellent relationship with players completely lost the dressing room at the Allianz Arena, with serious doubts raised over the quality and intensity of his training sessions. Players that initially felt liberated under the easy-going, empowering Ancelotti quickly came to miss the meticulous, obsessive Pep Guardiola.By complete contrast, though, succeeding the clueless Ventura would bring no such unfavourable comparisons. Furthermore, he is ideally suited to the task of allowing players to go and express themselves. Marco Verratti would not be left brutally exposed in a 4-2-4 formation, Insigne would not be left sitting on the bench and Jorginho would not be ignored completely until it was too late. Whether it was 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, Ancelotti would employ a system designed at getting the best of the talent at Italy’s disposal.Essentially, Ancelotti would bring cohesion where there was only confusion; replace unrest with unity. He would have the support of the players – he has already worked with Verratti, Italy’s greatest talent, at Paris Saint-Germain – the press and the people. He also has the backing of Tavecchio but does he really want it? Ancelotti’s primary concern is, understandably, being tied to the old administration – with an emphasis on ‘old’ – and all of its failings. There have been calls for Paolo Maldini to be brought in alongside his former boss as team manager but the legendary defender certainly wouldn’t want to be a part of the FIGC in its current guise. Only on Wednesday, he pointed out: “We need to rebuild our foundations so we can face [the future] without fear, but I still see the same faces in Italian football from when I quit the national team 15 years ago.”Maldini and Ancelotti are close and share similar views on the game. The 49-year-old wrote the preface for Ancelotti’s autobiography. One can understand, then, why Ancelotti is prepared to bide his time. He knows that Italy needs and is demanding a fresh start but whether it gets one is still unclear. Hiring Ancelotti is the dream but Tavecchio staying would still be a nightmare.
MLS Sounders, USMNT lose Morris for 2018 with ACL tear Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Dinovo MLS Seattle Sounders The forward will require surgery after suffering a torn knee ligament in a CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday Jordan Morris’ 2018 MLS season is over before it even began.The Seattle Sounders forward will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, the MLS side announced Monday.”We are going to rule him out for the season,” Sounders general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a statement. “We are going to do what is best for Jordan’s career long term. We think he is a Sounder for the long term, he is in the club’s long-term plans. 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 “Jordan is part of the Sounders, that has not changed, that will not change. We are going to do what’s best for him long term, which may mean a longer recovery.”Morris was injured in CONCACAF Champions League play Thursday in El Salvador, going down in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.The 23-year-old forward was a member of the Sounders’ MLS Cup-winning side in his rookie season of 2016, and also a part of the team that lost to Toronto FC in the 2017 MLS Cup final.Morris’ debut season saw him score 12 goals for the Sounders, though his total fell off in a difficult sophomore campaign that saw him find the back of the net just three times in 23 games.The Stanford product also has scored five goals in 25 caps for the U.S. national team, including the game-winner in last summer’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica.The Sounders will try to overturn their deficit against Santa Tecla in the CCL last-16 clash at home Thursday before getting their MLS campaign underway Sunday against expansion side Los Angeles FC.
HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 04: The Houston Cougars cheerleaders perform during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at TDECU Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)The 2018-2019 college football season kicks off in just three weeks, so it’s time to get caught up on the players and teams to keep an eye out for heading into the campaign. Tuesday, ESPN released a list of the top 50 players in college football. The No. 1 player does not play for a ‘Power 5’ team.The top player in the country, according to ESPN, is Houston Cougars defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Oliver is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound stud who is entering his junior season.At the moment, Mel Kiper has Oliver ranked as the top player on his big board when it comes to the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s expected to both have an incredible season and be the top pick in next year’s draft.Oliver, in his sophomore campaign, finished with 73 tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s a monster on the defensive side of the ball.#CFBRank is back. Here are ESPN’s top 50 players entering the 2018 college season: https://t.co/fNeumWn9YbRankings Roundtable: https://t.co/dOVi4G0xL1Impact freshmen (In): https://t.co/tttnIoAP0v— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 6, 2018Oliver was a five-star recruit who was ranked as the seventh-best player in the country in the 2016 class, per 247 Sports.As for the rest of the list – Stanford running back Bryce Love is the No. 2 ranked player in the country. He’s followed by West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins and Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.Clemson and Alabama, the top two ranked teams in the country, have five players each on the list.
FOR BROADCAST USE Cumberland County is under heavy ice build-up conditions, which is causing strain on power and telephone lines. Electricity, telephone and Internet services have been disrupted. Nova Scotia Power crews expect to have power restored by 5 p.m. Priority is being given to critical infrastructure, seniors homes and transmitter locations for local radio broadcasters. A power outage at the Oxford water supply has caused concerns with water shortages, and citizens are asked to conserve water. Some fire halls in affected areas may open comfort centres to assist residents in need. Residents are asked to phone ahead if possible. -30- Cumberland County is under heavy ice build-up conditions, which is causing strain on power and telephone lines. Electricity, telephone and Internet services have been disrupted. The Emergency Management Office of Nova Scotia and Cumberland County Regional Emergency Management are asking residents in impacted areas to use caution. Nova Scotia Power crews expect to have power restored by 5 p.m. Priority is being given to critical infrastructure, seniors homes and transmitter locations for local radio broadcasters. A power outage at the Oxford water supply has caused concerns with water shortages, and citizens are urged to conserve water. Should you encounter a life-threatening situation, call 911. For other assistance, call your local police or fire department. Some fire halls in affected areas may open comfort centres to assist residents in need. Residents are asked to phone ahead if possible.
Paris: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won the French Open, winning her maiden Grand Slam singles title, with a lopsided victory over Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. The 23-year-old Barty, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the rankings after resuming her tennis career following a hiatus to play professional cricket, earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over the 19-year-old Vondrousova on Saturday in the one hour and 10 minutes match, Efe news reports. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun Barty, who was ranked No. 325 at the end of the 2016 season, shortly after starting her comeback to the WTA Tour, is set to rise to a career-high No. 2 (behind only Japan’s Naomi Osaka) when the new rankings come out on Monday. She is the first Australian player — man or woman — to win a French Open singles championship since Margaret Court in 1973, who captured the second-to-last of her record 24 Grand Slam women’s singles titles that year in Paris. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The world No. 8 jumped out to an early lead against a clearly nervous Vondrousova, a promising young southpaw who was not accustomed to the big stage. In a match-up of two players known for their variety of shot and creativity, Barty led 4-0 before the 38th-ranked Vondrousova finally got on the scoreboard, with the Czech winning a shockingly low 29 per cent of her first-serve points in the opening set and striking just two winners to her opponent’s 13. The only game Vondrousova won in the first set came via a break of Barty’s serve. The second set was slightly more competitive, but Barty remained in control at all times, improved her play on serve and broke Vondrousova’s serve twice more, including one final break in the last game. “It’s unbelievable. I’m a little bit speechless. I played the perfect match today. I’m so proud of myself and my team. It’s just been an incredible two weeks,” Barty was quoted as saying on Tennis Australia’s Twitter account. In her post-match remarks, the humble Barty reflected on Court’s success and also noted that one of her contemporaries has been a consistent contender at Roland Garros. “It’s a special place for Australian players. (Samantha Stosur) has done so well here in the past (losing in the 2010 final and reaching the semifinals on three other occasions). She’s been so close before. I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve been able to achieve. It’s just been a magical two weeks.” Barty is a former Wimbledon junior champion who walked away from the sport due to burnout after the 2014 US Open. During that hiatus, she showed her versatility as an athlete by briefly competing for the Brisbane Heat women’s professional cricket team despite not having any formal training in that sport. Barty, however, was encouraged to return to tennis by her close friend and former doubles partner, fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua, with whom she was runner-up at all four Grand Slam tournaments. The Australian, who has mainly focused on singles since her return to the WTA Tour, has teamed up with different partners since Dellacqua’s retirement last year and won the 2018 US Open women’s doubles title with American CoCo Vandeweghe. Until this fortnight, Barty had never reached a Grand Slam singles semifinal, her best previous result at a major having been a quarterfinal berth at this year’s Australian Open. Her victory at the French Open has come as a big surprise considering that her best career results have come on grass and hard court and she had never advanced beyond the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances at tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam event. Despite never before playing singles in the final weekend of a Grand Slam tournament, the 2019 Miami Open champion and Fed Cup stalwart for Australia had the experience edge in the final over Vondrousova, whose best previous result at a major was a fourth-round showing at the 2018 US Open.
WildAid is calling on the public to do its part to end the ivory poaching crisis by taking the Ivory Free pledge at ivoryfree.org.The new campaign asks consumers to pledge to never buy, own or accept ivory as gifts, and to support stronger government bans and actions to tackle the illegal ivory trade.Ivory Free is a partnership between WildAid, Animal Planet, African Wildlife Foundation and Save The Elephants, and has been launched in conjunction with the premiere of Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming – a new program that follows WildAid ambassador and former NBA star Yao Ming on a journey to Africa to see its natural beauty and witness the devastating elephant and rhino poaching crises.“We all share this planet with each other and with these majestic animals. We all have a responsibility to do something to save Africa’s elephants. We all have to do our part. I’m doing mine, and you can do yours by going to ivoryfree.org and taking the pledge,” says WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming.“This is a global problem that requires global solutions, from both individuals and governments. That’s why we’re asking people to take the pledge at ivoryfree.org to never buy or accept ivory, and to encourage their governments to enact stronger domestic bans on the ivory trade,” says WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights.“Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming” premiered on Animal Planet in the U.S. on November 18 at 10 PM/9 Central and premieres in the U.K. on November 21 at 9PM. Throughout the broadcasts, viewers will be prompted to take action by visiting ivoryfree.org.The program was co-produced by WildAid, Natural History New Zealand, and Animal Planet. The film features the work of WildAid, Save the Elephants, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Daphne Sheldrick and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Dr. Will Fowlds, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, Tusk Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, and South African National Parks.
Procter & Gamble posts big jump in fiscal 2Q profit, boosts 2013 earnings guidance by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2013 6:31 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Procter & Gamble is turning a corner.The world’s largest consumer goods company, whose products like Tide detergent and Gillette razors are in 98 per cent of U.S. households, in recent years has lost business to competitors as it grew too fast overseas and kept prices high.But on Friday P&G reported that its fiscal second quarter profit more than doubled as the plan the company launched last year to lower costs and roll out new products boosted its bottom line. It is the second quarter in a row that P&G beat Wall Street estimates.“We have more work to do, but the underlying trends are improving,” said CFO Jon Moeller in a call with analysts.The results signal a change for P&G, which like many U.S.-based companies, has been focusing on growing its business in places such as China and India as growth in more developed regions like North America have slowed. But while competitors lowered prices, P&G took for granted that many of its products are household names in some regions, and the company held its ground on pricing. As a result, P&G lost market share in more than half of the categories in which it sells products.Investors, most notably activist William Ackman, who took a 1 per cent stake in P&G in July, have been vocal about the company’s need to streamline operations and grow market share globally.P&G in February launched a plan to focus on the company’s 40 top businesses, 20 biggest new products and 10 most profitable emerging markets. It also rolled out cost-cutting measures aimed at saving $10 billion by fiscal 2016. Later in the year, P&G lowered prices for laundry detergent, toothpaste and other products in the U.S., and cut jobs.P&G’s quarterly results show that the strategy is finally working. The company, which is based in Cincinnati, held or grew market share in businesses representing almost 50 per cent of sales during the fiscal second quarter that ended on Dec. 31.Another good sign: The positive results come from both developed markets as well as emerging markets. For instance, in China, a key emerging market that has been facing slowing growth, P&G held or grew market share in about half of the categories it competes in, while market share improved for two-thirds of its portfolio there.“We’re really seeing growth both in developed markets and developing markets,” said CEO Bob McDonald said in a conference call.The growth was driven in part by recent product launches that include 3D White toothpaste in Brazil and the introduction of a low-priced razor Gillette Guard in Egypt. In the U.S., Tide Pods drove the improvement in the detergent category and Cascade dish detergent, Gillette Fusion razors and Crest toothpaste were other strong sellers.Lower prices in North America helped spur market share gains for products such as Gain detergent, dishwashing liquid such as Cascade and Gillette razors, which gained 2 points of market share to boast 74 per cent in the U.S. male blades and razors category.P&G’s cost-cutting measures also boosted results. The company said a plan to cut 10 per cent of its non-manufacturing workforce, or 5,700 jobs, by the end of the fiscal year is 95 per cent complete — about four or five months ahead of schedule. The company also plans to cut 2 to 4 per cent more jobs per year in fiscal 2014 to 2016.“We remain confident that our focus areas … are the right ones, and should generate over time the kind of earnings progress that will put us among the best in our industry,” Moeller, P&G’s CFO, said in the conference call.During the fiscal second quarter, P&G earned $4.06 billion, or $1.39 per share, up from $1.69 billion, or 57 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. Excluding special items, it earned $1.22 per share. Revenue increased 2 per cent to $22.18 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.11 per share on $21.86 billion in revenue.Based on the better-than-expected results for the first half of the year, P&G said it expects fiscal 2013 core earnings of $3.97 to $4.07 per share on revenue growth of 1 per cent to 2 per cent. It previously predicted an adjusted profit of $3.80 to $4 on flat revenue growth to up to 1 per cent. Analysts expect earnings of $3.97 per share.On the news, P&G shares closed up $2.78, or nearly 4 per cent, to $73.19, after reaching a 52-week high of $73.24.Analysts had mixed reactions to the upbeat report. Wendy Nicholson, an analyst at Citi Investment Research, wrote in a note that P&G’s strategy seems to be working.“We are optimistic that this trend of improvement will continue, especially given that many of P&G’s new product launches have just recently, or have yet to, hit the market,” Nicholson wrote in the note.Erin Dash, an analyst for Morningstar, was more cautious. She said that the cost-cutting moves P&G has put in place have boosted results, but the effect might be temporary.“P&G is benefiting from their stepped up cost saving efforts,” she said. “We can’t deny those are gaining traction, but we question the sustainability of their efforts.P&G’s results come after its competitor Unilever on Wednesday reported that its full-year net income rose 5 per cent, helped by higher prices and cutting costs.The Dutch company, which makes consumer products such as Dove soaps and Magnum ice cream, recently has been outperforming its larger rival.
NORTHERN IRELAND’S health minister has said the private abortion clinic opening in Belfast this week – the first to operate anywhere on the island of Ireland – will be monitored and regulated, and he is seeking legal advice on how to do so.Edwin Poots told the BBC that he was seeking advice on whether the North’s Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority, its equivalent to HIQA in the Republic, has the necessary authority to regulate the private Marie Stopes International clinic.If the new clinic does not fall under that authority’s power, Poots said it would be regulated by the police or government until a formal solution was identified.“I think it has to be regulated, but it will be regulated one way or the other,” BBC News quotes Poots as tell the broadcaster’s Sunday Politics programme.“Either through the police or ourselves, it will be regulated.”Poots said he would prefer if the RQIA, an agency under the remit of his own department, was empowered to regulate the clinic.A Marie Stopes director said the organisation was keen to speak to the North’s health authorities to discuss how its operations could be regulated.The clinic, scheduled to open on Thursday, says it will offer abortions up to nine weeks of pregnancy. It will cater to women from both Northern Ireland and the Republic.Northern Irish law only permits abortion in order to preserve the life of the mother, or if continuing with the pregnancy will result in serious risks to the physical or mental health of the mother.This morning’s Sunday Times reports that pro-life campaigners in the North are planning legal action, hoping to seek an injunction against the clinic offering any abortions.Perspectives: How does an abortion clinic in the North affect the Republic?
La Russie victime d’importants orages et de vents violentsRussie – Alors que le pays était en proie ces dernières semaines à une forte canicule, ayant engendré de nombreux incendies, il est aujourd’hui victime d’un front froid à l’origine d’orages et de vents violents.Les incendies ayant ravagé une partie du pays à peine circonscrits, voilà que la Russie doit faire face à de nouvelles conditions météo tout aussi préoccupantes. Les orages et les vents violents qui touchent le pays poussent aujourd’hui le gouvernement à faire preuve d’une grande réactivité. Ce dernier a fait savoir par Interfax que “des instructions ont été données pour que les conséquences du passage du front froid soient réparées au plus vite, et pour la mobilisation des services médicaux et sociaux”.Les conséquences de cette météo capricieuse se font déjà ressentir dans le nord-ouest du pays, où 100.000 habitants ont été privés d’électricité explique l’AFP, tandis que des arbres ont déjà été abattus par le vent. Dans les jours qui arrivent, les météorologues prévoient des averses, des rafales de vent ainsi que de la grêle.Le 16 août 2010 à 14:57 • Emmanuel Perrin
Clark Public Utilities’ emphasis on customer service started more than a quarter-century ago, during a push to deregulate electricity.Robert Hill, the utility’s customer service manager, remembers when then-CEO and General Manager Bruce Bosch asked two basic questions. What would happen if customers had a choice? Would they choose Clark Public Utilities?“Bruce was the one who really transformed the culture,” said Hill, who recently completed his 28th year at Clark Public Utilities. “That was when I was just starting with the company. There was a real cultural shift.”Bosch, viewed as decisive and visionary by some and abrasive and dictatorial by others, guided the utility through a contentious period when it built the River Road Generating Plant before resigning in 1997. Wayne Nelson became the utility’s top executive in 1999 and ushered in a period of comparative stability.Nelson’s retirement at the end of June marked a changing of the guard, one that new CEO and General Manager Lena Wittler wants to be barely discernible to the public utility district’s electricity and water customers.“My hope is that it won’t,” said Wittler, who took over for Nelson on June 4. “My hope is they will continue to see the stability, the stability in rates. We haven’t had a rate increase in eight years.” Lena Wittler
Rajendranagar: Following the news item deserted HMDA Park published in The Hans India, June 18 edition, the authorities concerned have given a nod to the proposal to establish a tree park and walkways and develop the HMDA Park at Shivrampally. The news item had attracted a response from Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar on Twitter, who in turn had directed the Department of Urban Forestry to look into the matter. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Later, a team of officials concerned visited the park on June 19 and took stock of the situation. As impromptu measures, the officials proposed to restore the past glory of the park by developing a tree park along with a walkway to facilitate the locals. According to the officials, the Department of Urban Forestry even sent a proposal to HMDA seeking approval for the same. Later, the proposal has been provisionally approved by the HMDA and it is learnt that the works will begin within a week or two. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us “We have already got the nod from the HMDA to develop Tree Park with a walkway the park located at Shivrampally. Though we have got provisional approval but it would soon reach us formally. If everything goes smoothly the works will begin in two weeks,” said Srinath Reddy, Forest Manager Department of Urban Forestry. It may be mentioned that here that The Hans India found the park, that once served as a nursery was left deserted after the authorities shifted it to other location due to inundation of saplings. Advertise With Us The nursery, that saw several years of existence on the Hyderabad-Bangalore highway, close to National Police Academy, was trampled and the past glory of this otherwise lush green park got lost into oblivion. With the park wearing a complete deserted look, it became vulnerable for unsocial activities and even encroachments started as it was on a prime location at Hyderabad-Bangalore national highway.
Cisco, among other top technology companies, has announced a job cut of 5,500 employees comprising 7 percent of its global workforce.It is unclear yet if the lay-offs will impact Cisco India, the company’s largest non-US division, with around 11,000 employees, which constitute 15 percent of its 70,000 global workforce.The company’s Indian business saw a spurt in growth for eight consecutive quarters with the 2016 first quarter posting the highest growth at 40 percent.Cisco India, like Infosys, has also seen steady erosion of four top executives in six weeks, with August alone witnessing three of them stepping down. Purushottam Kaushik, managing director of sales for India and SAARC region; along with Joydeep Bose, MD of Asia Pacific and Japan regions and Lalit S. Chowdhary, director of systems engineering for Service Provider in India and SAARC, resigned from the firm in August this year. In July, Jaswant Boyat, Technical Director of the Systems Provider division left the IT firm.The company said the lay-offs are part of its business shifting from its hardware-centred expertise to tap the software, including the cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) markets.”Today’s market requires Cisco and our customers to be decisive, move with greater speed and drive more innovation than we’ve seen in our history,” the firm told UK’s Guardian daily. “Today, we announced a restructuring enabling us to optimize our cost base in lower growth areas of our portfolio and further invest in key priority areas such as security, IoT, collaboration, next generation data centre and cloud.”The job losses are expected to cost the company $700 million in termination pay in early 2017.The networking giant has been announcing job cuts since 2011, when the company sacked 6,500 employees worldwide, the highest till date. In 2012, Cisco fired 1,300 employees, while the number has progressively increased for 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the IT equipment manufacturer said goodbye to 4,000 employees, while it cut 6,000 jobs in 2014.Other IT giants such as Intel, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard have also announced plans for massive lay-offs by the end of the 2016 fiscal.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uOur, “Conversation With the Candidates,” continues when I sit down with mayoral candidate and former prosecutor Elizabeth Embry. Also, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) of The Real News Network report on Baltimore politics and law enforcement.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.