Unlike Vibrant Gujarat, we mean serious business: Maharashtra Minister Subhash Desai

first_imgAhead of the Magnetic Maharashtra investment summit starting this Sunday, the State Industries Minister Subhash Desai has termed some of the investment pacts signed at the Vibrant Gujarat investor summits as ‘laughable’ as they even included agreements signed by the State government with its own departments to build public facilities.“I had a look at Gujarat’s website. I was astonished. They have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with their own departments. For example, Women & Child Welfare department of Gujarat signed an MoU to construct some thousand anganwadis. Now what is the use [of doing that]?” Mr. Desai asked.“Even we can do that, may be (sign pacts) with the education, power or any other department. And that department’s Budget could be shown as the investment. Maharashtra does not do such laughable MoUs… We are into serious investments,” the minister stressed. “It could be Vibrant Gujarat or Karnataka. These States claim to sign MoUs but do not see the investment materialising on the ground and nobody even enquires (about them) after the event,” said Mr. Desai. Budget bluesMr. Desai said the Budget’s farm focus reflects the the Gujarat election results on the Narendra Modi government as this could be the last Budget before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.“The way BJP received drubbing in rural areas of Gujarat, it is clear that rural area was on BJP’s priority list this time. But these benefits should reach farmers,” he said. “The Finance Minister did mention about giving one-and-a-half times returns on farmers’ input costs. But nobody knows when will it be seen on ground, whether it will be from this year or the next year?” he asked.Complex taxationMr. Desai said the tax on long term capital gains in equities will hurt middle class savings and the gains touted from the Goods and Services Tax implementation are yet to be visible as it has too many complexities.“No tax system should be complex. It leads to people finding ways to duck it. It has to be simple. One thing is sure, the income we had expected from the GST is nowhere to be found. We are not reaching the set target,” he said.“People opted for mutual funds for investments and now the government is taxing it. There is no clarity in policy, it keeps on changing. I don’t understand what they are trying to achieve,” said Mr Desai.last_img read more

Brazil’s World Cup proved doubters wrong, says Dilma Rousseff

first_imgBrazilian President Dilma RousseffBrazil has proved its doubters wrong by putting on a highly successful World Cup, President Dilma Rousseff said on the eve of the tournament’s final match between Germany and Argentina this weekend.Concerns that stadiums and airports wouldn’t be ready or that protests would disrupt soccer’s premiere event dogged Brazil in the years leading up to the event. But now, with the Cup almost over, people are hailing it as a sporting success and hundreds of thousands of fans have applauded the warmth of Brazilians and the lively party atmosphere.”We showed that our people know how to have good interaction not only among ourselves but with the foreigners that we received,” she said on Friday night at the presidential residence during a meeting with foreign journalists. “We competently maintained peace and order, as well as having good airport administration among other successes.”The building of stadiums and virtually everything else related to the Cup ran far behind schedule and many planned public infrastructure works tied to the event were scrapped or never completed. Many feared that Brazil’s crowded airports would be overwhelmed as fans moved around the continent-sized nation to attend matches in 12 host cities.However, transportation has been far better than forecast, which industry groups have said is partly because the number of air passengers during the month of the World Cup was significantly lower than normal. With Brazil essentially on holiday for the games, there were far fewer business travelers and many ordinary Brazilians avoided trips because of high ticket costs during the tournament.advertisementOpinion polls have said Brazilians remain evenly split on whether or not the World Cup will bring real benefits for the country. Anger over the $13.5 billion spent on the tournament helped fuel huge protests last year that filled streets in cities across the country as people called for quick improvements to woeful health services, education, transportation and security.Protests this year never regained the mass proportions witnessed a year ago, though there was a steady drumbeat of demonstrations, often violent, in the months leading up to the World Cup. Yet during the event itself, the number of protests further dwindled in number and size, in large part because of a heavy police presence on the streets.Many soccer fans are calling this one of the best World Cups in decades, given the high-level of play on the field and lack of serious hitches in logistics for fans as they made their way to stadiums.That, Rousseff said, bodes well for Brazil as it gets set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In recent months, Olympic officials from outside Brazil have blasted the country’s preparations for that event, again pointing toward behind-schedule building among other problems.But Rousseff met in recent days with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who is touring Rio.”The IOC president told us that he’s extremely satisfied with our preparations for the Rio Olympics,” Rousseff said. “He said he considers our Olympic village among the best he’s yet seen.”Turning back to the World Cup, Rousseff said that she had “never seen such a campaign against something so large, with so many doubts about the success of a Cup as we encountered in Brazil.””Well, we’ve eliminated the doubts of all who didn’t believe in us,” Rousseff added.last_img read more

Benzema admits to lying over Valbuena’s sex tape: Report

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema has admitted to lying to fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video at the centre of an alleged blackmailing attempt, Le Parisien reported on Friday.The French daily quoted extracts from Benzema’s hearing with a judge on Jan 28 in which the player reportedly said he did not watch Valbuena’s sex tape after telling the Olympique Lyonnais forward that he did.”I should have told him I had not seen it,” Benzema was quoted as telling the judge.”I was showing off, I was acting…It’s like when you describe a movie you have not seen. I have never seen that video.”Benzema, who has been under formal investigation since last November, has also been suspended indefinitely from the France team.Benzema approached Valbuena about the tape during a France training camp last October. Valbuena was quoted as telling a French judge last November: “He told me he had seen it, he swore on his daughter’s life, telling me it was hot.”Benzema’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment.last_img read more

Sridevi and Jhanvi Kapoor make the most gorgeous mother daughter duo EVER

first_imgIt’s rare to find veteran actress Sridevi commit a fashion misstep.The actress whose beauty and charm has only been strengthened with time, again managed to look heart-startlingly gorgeous while wearing a white Manish Malhotra suit.Also read:OMG! Sridevi looked like a Disney princess at this award showA splitting image of her mother, also seen posing with Sridevi was her daughter, Jhanvi Kapoor sporting a rather minimalist Manish Malhotra lehenga, finished with big bling dripping from her neck, ears and arms.The elegant Kapoors. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05The actress’ younger daughter, Khushi Kapoor was also see flaunting her Manish Malhotra lehenga with aplomb.White is always right. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05 Manish Malhotra also shared a full length shot of Sridevi, killing it in the white number.Pretty in pink. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manishmalhotra05 Sridevi and her elder daughter Jhanvi seem to have a common tastewhen it comes to all things fashion, be it their favourite designer orthe stole they sport.Stunning is the word! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@sridevibkapoor The actress and both her daughters are also known to be very close to the fashion designer, often choosing his creations for various events they attend. In fact, Sridevi seems to be a big fan of his work, considering the fact, that she’s often been spotted wearing ensembles by the designer on the red carpet.Also read:#BeautyGoals: Rekha and Sridevi together in the most ageless picture of all timelast_img read more

Yuki saves match point against Peter Polansky, moves to 2nd round

first_imgYuki Bhambri saved a match point in a gruelling battle against Peter Polansky before securing a place in the second round of the Aegon Challenger event..The unseeded Indian, playing with Protected Ranking, edged past the Canadian 6-7 (4) 7-6(7) 6-3 in the opening round of the Euro 127,000 grass court event.Yuki was down a match point at 6-7 in the second set tie-breaker before he forced a third set and finally prevailed in the contest after two hours and 35 minutes.Yuki had as many as seven break chances in the opening set against Polansky but could convert none.With this win, Yuki avenged his defeat against the Canadian in the opening round of the French Open qualifiers.”It was another battle. I had chances to break him in the first set but could not, then I was down in the second set too and saved a match point, so it was up and down. I am happy to be able to pull it off in the end. It was important as I lost a close match to him in the French Open,” Yuki told PTI.In the doubles event, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan lost his opening round with Sergio Galdos. They lost 6-7 (5) 6-7(5) to Andrei Vasilevski and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo.India still have a strong challenge remaining in the doubles draw in top-seeded Leander Paes and Adil Shamasdin and second-seeded team of Purav Raja and Divij Sharan.Paes and Shamasdin are up against the Australian pair of Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith while Raja and Sharan will open their campaign against Victor Estrella Burgos and Darian King.advertisementlast_img read more

Defender Dani Alves confirms Juventus F.C. exit

first_imgDefender Dani Alves has confirmed that he has left Serie A champions Juventus after one season in Italy, with Manchester City the most likely destination for the Brazilian, according to media reports.The 34-year-old joined Juventus on a two-year contract from Barcelona last June and made 33 appearances as the club sealed the domestic double for the third successive year but fell to Spain’s Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Alves’ relationship with the club has deteriorated after the 4-1 loss to Madrid in Cardiff last month and the Italian side’s chief Giuseppe Marotta told reporters last week that the defender had asked to leave the club.”I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I’ve had, to my team-mates who welcomed me like the professionals they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals…,” Alves wrote on Instagram.”Today our professional relationship ends and I will carry with me all of those who with love and a true heart make Juve a great club.”Media reports have linked Alves with a move to Premier League side City for a reunion with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018 gold medal result of months of hard work: Bajrang Punia

first_imgWrestler Bajrang Punia bagged India’s first gold medal at the 18th Asian Games on Sunday in the in Men’s 65kg freestyle.Bajrang, 24, played aggressively throughout the game and never allowed his opponent to take a lead. Punia added to the gold medal he had won in the men’s freestyle 65 kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia.Bajrang defeated Japan’s Takatani Daichi 11-8 in the men’s 65 kg freestyle final. This is Bajrang’s first gold medal at Asian Games, he had earlier won silver in 2014.Later in the day, Punia took to twitter to extend his gratitude after his dominating show at Jakarta.”This medal is a result of months of hard work. First of all, I want to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and TOPs – they have all contributed to my success,” he tweeted.”I am also grateful to my Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) family who helped me with a great coach Emzarios Bentinidis, physio Sumya, Shubham and nutritionist Tajinder – they are always with me,” he tweeted.. SAI WFI TOPs . OGQ coach Emzarios Bentinidis, physio Sumya, Shubham nutritionist Tajinder pic.twitter.com/fIGcPOzfesBajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) August 20, 2018Punia after winning the gold medal for India, tweeted that he was dedicating the win to late former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.#AsianGames pic.twitter.com/E28fQcKx2gBajrang Punia (@BajrangPunia) August 19, 2018Punia speaking to ANI said that he finally managed to take a revenge from Japan’s Daichi Takatani, who defeated him in the Asian Wrestling Championships.advertisementREAD – Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018″Before the match, I only thought of performing my best. Despite losing his bout, Sushil Kumar came to me and said, ‘Don’t worry. Ups and downs happen in wrestling. You just try and do well.’ Your confidence builds up automatically as you go on to win bouts. Few months ago, Daichi Takatani defeated me in the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Today, I have taken my revenge,” Punia told ANI after beating Takatani 11-8 in the final bout.Earlier, Punia had defeated Batmagnai batchuluun of Mongolia by 10-0 in the semi-finals finals and Tajikistan’s Abdulqasim Fayziev in quarterfinals.Talking about Punia’s win, his coach Emzarious Bentinidis told ANI: “It was a very difficult match, but I never felt that Bajrang will lose this bout. Not even one percent. He is a very big sportsman and has a bright future. I am really happy with this win.”Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij also congratulated Punia and offered him cash award of Rs 3 crore.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Why is Mexico struggling to find the net?

first_imgMexico Mexico struggling to score but managed easy World Cup qualifying run Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 01:07 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Chicharito Hernandez Oribe Peralta Mexico YURI CORTEZ Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Honduras v Mexico Honduras World Cup EL Tri have been able to create frequent chances during the Hexagonal round but still managed to lock down a spot in Russian next summer Mexico is cruising in World Cup qualification and averages more than 1.5 goals per game over the nine matches played so far. A win in San Pedro Sula would mark this as the most successful Hexagonal round ever, topping Costa Rica’s 23 points prior to the 2002 tournament. The strongest part of the team is the attack. That much was obvious in Russia where El Tri found the back of the net in each of their Confederations Cup contests but struggled to keep opponents from doing the same. Even coming off a win in which it scored three goals, though, the Mexico national team has something basic to work on up front — finishing.Maybe it’s not even an issue. When El Tri have faced teams that look to play a more active brand of soccer — that is to say teams that don’t sit back and bunker like many opponents they meet in CONCACAF — they have found goals. The Confederations Cup and both matches against Costa Rica during the Hex are evidence of that. But in CONCACAF it’s become a script that repeats itself with Mexico controlling the contest, creating chances from the back or on the wings, and ultimately failing to find the back of the net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. “It’s become a theme we’ve discussed and mentioned in previous news conferences that the team has consistency and is efficient getting into the final third, but we’re lacking efficiency, most of all, in trying to finish our chances to score the first time,” Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio said after Friday’s 3-1 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.It’s a bit of a puzzle how a team with so many players noted for their finishing is struggling to kill off chances.Javier Chicharito Hernandez MexicoJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez is known for his abilities in the box, with many of his struggles at the club level put down to a lack of service or this season playing out wide instead of outside the box. His goal Friday against Trinidad and Tobago was his second of the Hex and third of thie World Cup qualification cycle. Watch Hernandez play with Mexico, and you’ll see he’s responsible for more than simply knocking the ball into the goal. The 29-year-old regularly drops back to receive the ball from the center backs near the center circle.Still, the country’s all-time leading scorer is undoubtedly the best finisher Mexico has and needs to be more effective in front of goal. It’s not only Chicharito having trouble though. Javier Aquino had two opportunities in front of the Soca Warriors’ goal and sent both off target. Javier “Tecatito” Corona had five efforts, seeing two saved by goalkeeper Adrian Foncette. Oribe Peralta only has seen 154 minutes this cycle but hasn’t found the back of the net.Un buen torito para arrancar la práctica #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/oZ8JN5vLEo — Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) October 9, 2017 Finishing is tough to solve because it’s often down to individuals, and not just individuals but individuals in certain situations. Osorio hinted that it’s something Mexico would be working on during Sunday’s hour-long session and Monday’s training before the team travels to Honduras. He’ll hope his individual players get things right with one more qualification challenge coming.Even with his back against the wall, Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto is unlikely to modify his defensive tactics. That means Tuesday will be another test of Mexico’s bunker-busting abilities. So far in the Hex, Osorio’s men have shown they can get through a stern defense. It’s finding the last touch that has been difficult at times. So far, finishing isn’t something that has bitten Mexico, but it is an area where Osorio will want to apply plenty of polish to make sure it’s not an issue this summer.last_img read more

Fast Supply Vessel Baru Gorgona Launched

first_imgzoom Incat Crowther has announced the launch of Baru Gorgona, the first of a new series of twelve (12) UT4000 Monohull Fast Supply Vessels to be built by ETP Engenharia Ltda.Additionally, Incat Crowther has signed a contract to supply the design of six (6) further UT4000 FSVs to be built at Arpoador Engenharia Ltda.The vessel’s design has been optimized to comply with the UT4000 Fast Supply Vessel specification. Ships fuel is in excess of 40 000 litres, with a cargo fuel load of 90 000 litres. There is also capacity for 90 000 litres of cargo fresh water.The vessel is dominated by an expansive aft deck of 225 square metres of usable area, planked with hardwood and protected by study cargo rails.An additional 30 sqm of cargo area is provided inside the main deck cabin, allowing for the carriage of items out of the elements, such as food and other supplies. Also housed in the main deck cabin are wet room and laundry facilities.The upper deck wheelhouse includes an aft facing control station allowing for safe and efficient maneuvering.Below decks are 6 cabins accommodating 11 crew, as well as a mess, galley and bathrooms.Baru Gorgona is powered by a quartet of Cummins QSK 50 main engines, each rated at 1800hp @ 1800 rpm. Propulsion is by way of fixed-pitched propellers, whilst two 150 hp electric tunnel bow thrusters will enhance maneuverability. The vessel has a service speed of 21 knots.last_img read more

Sunfeast Kolkata School Football League to begin soon

first_imgSunfeast Kolkata School Football League, one of the most awaited school football tournaments is all set to commence its second edition in Kolkata. The league will be held in NKDA Football Stadium from July 23 to August 10, with budding footballers battling it out for the top spot. This year, the league has witnessed a strong surge in participation from U-18 football teams in top 24 schools in Kolkata. As a larger outcome from the league, Sunfeast endeavours to provide a strong and effective platform to young footballers and foster fresh sports talent in the country. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOrganised by Sports Connect in association with ITC Sunfeast Biscuits, the second edition of Sunfeast KSFL promises action-packed sporting moments. Each team will be mentored by renowned personalities in the football circuit such as Prasanta Banerjee, Gautam Ghosh, Bhaskar Ganguly, Monoranjan Bhattacharya, Sumit Mukherjee, Krishnendu Ray, BikashPanji, Md Fareed, Debasish Mukherjee, Sangram Mukherjee, Mihir Bose, and Pradip Dutta, to ensure that the players perform their best in every match. The league will be conducted under the rules and regulations of the Indian Football Association. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe first edition of KSFL generated a lot of excitement for football enthusiasts in Kolkata. The platform provided immense exposure for the winning team St. James School as they played against national level footballers at Mohun Bagan in a friendly match. This year’s winning team will play against a reputed football club in India. Sports Connect will also be arranging an advanced level football camp under renowned International and National Football Stars for the selected players in this KSFL tournament. The first leg will witness a battle among participants to be the top 12 qualifiers. The qualifying teams will be split into 4 groups constituting of 3 teams each, one from each group will win to reach the semi-finals. The last leg will witness the semi-final winners clash at the finals. “ITC Sunfeast is delighted to announce the 2nd edition of Sunfeast Kolkata School Football League. We received an encouraging response in the first edition of the tournament and many talented players were benefited with an all-round development in the sport. We aim to identify budding talent from the grass-root level and enable an environment of all-round development in football. It is encouraging to see Sunfeast KSFL progress as a platform for many promising players in India. We, at ITC, are proud to create a football ecosystem to nurture young talents of the game, who will surely make India proud in the future. We endeavour to empower more young players and contribute meaningfully in developing tomorrow’s footballers for the nation.” said Paritosh Wali, COO –Confections, ITC Ltd. Foods Division Sharing insights about the tournament, Joy Duttagupta, CEO, Sports Connect said, “ITC Ltd has supported this initiative immensely last year by sponsoring the league. Sunfeast KSFL has become a significant football tournament to develop the skills of young talent in Kolkata. This year has seen a huge surge in participation and we are expecting thrilling performances from the young champions” The winning teams would receive a total cash prize of INR 50,000/- and the runners up INR 25,000/- from the league.last_img read more

Kin of deceased patient assaults junior doctor onduty nursing staff

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high at Imambara Sadar Hospital in Hooghly after the family members of a boy, who died of alleged medical negligence, beat up a junior doctor and heckled some on-duty nursing staff.Hospital authorities registered a complaint at the local police station. The family members of the victim later withdrew their complaint of negligence and sought an unconditional apology from the doctor, whom they manhandled earlier on the day. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThose who attacked the junior doctor and nurses evaded arrest by seeking the apology. The incident triggered panic among other patients, who were admitted to the hospital. The patient, Suvam Paswan, (7), was shifted to Imambara Sadar Hospital from Chandannagar Sub-divisional hospital on Saturday as he faced some acute problem while passing urine. Family members of the victim alleged that the patient was left unattended for a long time. They informed the matter to the Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayon-duty nursing staff, who told them that the doctor will attend the patient later. The patient eventually died at the hospital late Saturday night. As the news of his death reached the family members of the patient, they staged a protest inside the hospital alleging negligence on the part of the hospital. They beat up a junior doctor and some of the nursing staff who came to the rescue the junior doctor were also heckled by the irate mob. Hospital authorities informed the matter to the local police station. The police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Hospital authorities lodged a complaint with the police. Apprehending arrest, family members, who attacked the doctor and nursing later tendered an apology from the doctor following which the police complaint was withdrawn. Hospital authorities claimed that the patient was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition.last_img read more

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNCLavalin questions

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada’s former justice minister.Singh says serious questions need to be answered about the scandal that cuts to the heart of Canada’s democracy.Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week, days after a report that says she was pressured to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution when she was justice minister.She was moved to veterans affairs in a cabinet shuffle last month before she resigned, saying she was getting legal advice on what she was permitted to say about the claims.Singh, who’s campaigning in Burnaby, B.C., for a byelection next Monday, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government appears to be acting on behalf of its “friends” in this situation.He says after Liberal justice committee members attempted last week to obstruct any attempt to get to the bottom of the allegations, while the prime minister repeatedly changed his story, it’s become clear that a public inquiry is needed.The New Democrats will is also asking Trudeau to allow Wilson-Raybould to be able to speak about the issue.The party will ask for a vote on both measures later this week, he says.“These are things that Canadians demand,” Singh says.The call comes as Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s principal secretary and longtime friend, resigned.In a statement, Butts denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lavrov discusses agenda of OIC’s Jerusalem Committee session with Moroccan foreign…

first_imgRabat- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Salaheddine Mezouar had a telephone conversation at Morocco’s initiative on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Lavrov and Mezouar “discussed relevant aspects of the international agenda, particularly in light of a session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jerusalem Committee in Marrakech on January 17-18.They reaffirmed a mutual desire to strengthen traditionally friendly Russian-Moroccan relations, including a deeper political dialogue,” it said.last_img read more

Mens Tennis No 3 Ohio State falls to No 1 Wake Forest

Ohio State freshman JJ Wolf returns a volley against Purdue on April 9. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTwo teams with 15-plus-game winning streaks faced off in a matchup that would give one program its first ever men’s tennis national title.In the battle between the two hottest teams in men’s tennis, it was the Demon Deacons who came out victorious on their home court, ending Ohio State’s 22-game win streak with a 4-2 win.The win came at the hands of freshman Bar Botzer, who completed Wake Forest’s first-ever NCAA title in tennis when freshman Tim Seibert hit the net on a return, losing the match in two sets (4-6, 5-7).Ohio State earned points from redshirt sophomore Kyle Seelig and junior Martin Joyce, with each winning on straight sets to give the Buckeyes a chance after falling in two doubles matches by a 7-5 score.Senior Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State’s highest-ranked player, lost in his doubles match with freshman John McNally 7-5 against Botzer and junior Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest’s highest-ranked player.Chrysochos defeated Ohio State sophomore J.J. Wolf in two sets (6-1, 6-3) to help the Demon Deacons earn two points in the match.The victory gave Wake Forest its 16th straight win, and redemption after losing to Ohio State 4-3 a season ago after Torpegaard defeated then-No. 1 Chrysochos in the final match. read more

Reid Considering Benching Vick In Hopes Of Sparking Eagles

Firing his defensive coordinator didn’t work all that well, so Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid is considering a change at quarterback in hopes of saving his team’s floundering season and his own job.The Star-Ledger is reporting that the embattled coach is “leaning towards” benching star quarterback Michael Vick in favor of rookie Nick Foles in the hopes to getting something going for the underachieving Eagles, who fell to 3-4 following a listless 30-17 decision at the hands of visiting Atlanta on Sunday.“Whatever decision Coach makes, I’ll support it,” Vick said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.Reid, who was informed by team owner Jeffrie Lurie prior to the season that he needed to go 8-8 to save his job, seems desperate to try anything at this point to salvage what was supposed to have been a promising season.His abrupt mid-season dismissal of Juan Castillo in favor of Todd Bowles didn’t do much against the Falcons to help a Philly “D” that has been plagued all season with costly mental mistakes, as well as schematic ones.Vick is clearly not exclusively the problem, although the four-time Pro Bowler and 11-year veteran has not played well this season. His propensity to turn the ball over and inconsistency in making the proper pre-snap reads have made Vick the most obvious target for frustrated fans.Reid was measured when asked about a quarterback change in his post-game comments on Sunday.“I’ll go back and look at everything,” he said. “I’m not going to sit here and make decisions right now. I’m going to go back and look at it and analyze it.”But Reid’s suspect play-calling and a shaky offensive line are equally as culpable in the team’s current three-game losing skid. Changing quarterbacks is always the easiest would-be solution.The talk of a possible quarterback change has dominated the headlines in the City of Brotherly Love and nationally as well.Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King argued in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column that that the Eagles ought to give Vick one more week, but his SI colleague Don Banks pointed out how resigned Vick seemed to a benching following Sunday’s loss.Vick has continued to deal with turnover problems this season, though he’s taken care of the ball well in his last two outings. But that has not led to positive results.Foles, a third-round pick out of Arizona, was impressive during the preseason, but is yet to throw a regular season NFL pass.Philadelphia plays at New Orleans this Sunday.Vick sounded resigned to the fact that a change could be imminent.“Obviously, he’s thinking about making a change at the quarterback position,” he said. “The thing I do know is that I’m giving us every opportunity to win. I’m trying my hardest. Some things don’t go right when I want them to. Some things do. So if that’s the decision that (Reid) wants to make, then I support it.” read more

Police appeal for paedophile who attempted to snatch girl only to discover

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police manhunt for a paedophile who tried to snatch a child from the street ended when the man turned out to be an off-duty police officer who had been trying to help her. The unnamed girl and her family were walking along a road near Bucklebury, Berkshire, when the girl was approached by a passing driver, who stopped to offer her help.Reports suggested she was a considerable distance behind the rest of her family as they walked along the country lane on Sunday. The man drove off after seeing the girl’s father walking back along the road towards her. The incident took place close to the childhood home of the Duchess of Cambridge, where her parents Carole and Michael Middleton still live.Thames Valley Police began a search for the driver after the father called 999. But he turned out to be an off-duty police officer, who had his own children in the car and had showed the girl his warrant card.At the time of the appeal on Sunday Detective Sergeant Richard Vint said: “We are keeping an open mind in relation to this incident.”We are appealing to the driver of the baby blue Mazda to come forward to assist us with our inquiries. “We are also making inquiries internally and with other forces to trace the driver.”Less than a day later, police cancelled the appeal after being contacted by the Mazda driver, who said he was a serving officer. On Monday a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “Following an appeal that was issued yesterday regarding an incident in Hermitage on Saturday afternoon, the driver involved has now been confirmed as an off-duty police officer. “The officer was concerned to see a young child who appeared to be walking alone and offered to drive her back to her family. “He had his own children in the car and showed his warrant card, before the girl’s father called her back towards the family.”The girl’s family have now been updated. We are no longer appealing for information and the incident has been safely resolved.”last_img read more

Land trust purchase a boon to migratory birds

first_imgMigratory songbirds from central Washington to central America will benefit from a 338-acre purchase of an increasingly rare swatch of oak woodland near the Klickitat River.Vancouver-based Columbia Land Trust and the American Bird Conservancy announced the $700,000 purchase Friday.It marked the third property — totalling almost 600 acres — that the two conservation organizations have partnered to add into the Klickitat River Conservation Area since 2005. Money for the purchase came from the land trust, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and federal funds provided through the Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Act.Glenn Lamb, the land trust’s executive director, said the deal helps to piece together a conservation plan spanning a migratory corridor stretching from Central Washington to Honduras.“Ours is just a small part of the overall project,” Lamb said.The purchase includes Oregon white oak and ponderosa pine woodland and mixed conifer forest, along with meadows and streamside habitat along Bowman Creek, which eventually drains into the Little Klickitat River. It’s within the land trust’s 3,000-acre Klickitat River Conservation Area, and adjacent to 14,700 acres of state-owned Klickitat Wildlife Area.Woodlands in perilThe prevalence of oak may be the site’s most important ecological attribute, Lamb said.Acorns produced by oak represent an abundant and important food source for a wide range of migratory songbirds, and the oak trees themselves provide a place for the birds to live.last_img read more

Man attacks brother over business issue

first_imgHyderabad: A quarrel between two brothers over a business issued lead to the attempt to murder case. The incident occurred on Sunday in the Rajendranagar police station limits. According to Rajendranagar police, two brothers Chandrashekar Reddy (47), an advocate and Subash Reddy (50), having the same business of water supply to the residential apartments in the local area. On Sunday, Subash Reddy alleged that Chandrashekar is supplying water to one of his client and disturbing his business with mala fide intention and attacked him with a sickle. Due to which Chandrashekar sustained a hand injury. Police registered a case against Subash Reddy under section 307 IPC and took up investigation.last_img read more

IndiGo pilot held hostage in Delhi cab robbed of over Rs 1

first_imgNew Delhi: A Canadian employed as a pilot with IndiGo airline was allegedly robbed of over Rs 1 lakh by three men on a taxi he had boarded near Delhi Cantt area here, police said Monday. The incident took place on the intervening night of July 12 and July 13 when Mohammad Mehdu Ghanzanfani, a captain with the airline, was waiting for his company cab, police said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Unable to trace his cab, the victim walked a few metres and arrived at gate number 2 of a metro station near Delhi Cantt area. While he was speaking to his cab driver over phone, a taxi driver approached him,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said. The victim requested the driver to drop him nearby, where his company cab was waiting, for a fare of Rs 100, the officer said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us When Ghanzanfani sat in the taxi, there were already two people besides the driver. After the vehicle crossed Mehram Nagar, they forcibly took his debit card, visa card and asked for their PIN codes, the officer added. They withdrew Rs 1 lakh using his debit card and took away USD 302 (approximately Rs 20,500) and Rs 12,000 from his wallet, the DCP said. After robbing the victim, they dropped him on Mahipalpur flyover, the officer said. Advertise With Us Later, he returned home and filed a complaint at IGI police station. He also shared the last few digits of the taxi’s number plate which helped police to identify the vehicle, the officer said. Police said efforts are being made to nab the accused and they have scanned through CCTV footages.last_img read more

Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

first_img Share Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y. (left), and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speak to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP’s health care bill, and they’re unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate’s health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove, while about a quarter said they hadn’t heard enough about the proposal to have an opinion on it.With mounting defections within the GOP caucus over the bill, leaders decided to delay a vote on the legislation until after Congress returns from next week’s July Fourth recess.A Congressional Budget Office analysis released Monday found that if the bill were enacted, 22 million fewer people would have health insurance over the next decade due, in part, to the bill’s rollback of Medicaid expansion.“With numbers like these, it’s not surprising the Republican leadership in Congress is having a difficult time building consensus,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.While Democratic opposition to the bill, as expected, is high, GOP support for the Senate GOP’s plan is very soft. Twenty-one percent of Republicans oppose the bill and just 35 percent support it. Sixty-eight percent of independents also oppose the proposed legislation.In fact, while many Americans want changes to the ACA, also known as Obamacare, they want it to be more far-reaching. A 46 percent plurality say they want to see the ACA do more, while just 7 percent want it to do less. Keeping the ACA and having it do less is essentially what GOP congressional plans are doing.Only 17 percent want the 2010 bill left intact and unchanged, while a quarter of Americans want it repealed completely — including just over half of Republicans.If Congress doesn’t go through with a repeal of the ACA, 37 percent of Americans said they would blame Republicans in Congress, while 23 percent would blame Democrats, and 15 percent would blame President Trump.Among Republicans, Trump wouldn’t bear the brunt of the blame if Congress is unable to repeal and replace Obamacare. Just 6 percent would blame him, and half said they would blame congressional Democrats. Another 20 percent said they would blame GOP lawmakers.The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll surveyed 1,205 adults from June 21-25, 2017, contacted by live interviewers using a mix of landline and mobile numbers. There is a ± 2.8 percentage points margin of error. A sub-sample of 995 registered voters were also surveyed, with a ± 3.1 percentage points margin of error.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more