A pre-election Mahagathbandhan against the BJP is unlikely, says Sharad Pawar In the middle of the first phase of his Jan Sangharsh Yatra, former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan speaks about the Congress plan to corner the Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra. Excerpts:What issues are you raising against the State government and the Centre?Farmers have taken the biggest toll and more than 15,000 people have died in the State. The government is insensitive to the issue. Maharashtra, unfortunately, is leading in suicides…It has one of the highest crime rates, employment has come to a standstill. Then there is law and order. The killings of Pansare, Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh are important issues. People caught are linked to the Sanatan Sanstha but the government is mum about it.These issues have aggravated to such an extent that the situation is highly explosive in the State.So, I think this is the right time to take them to the people and make them aware.And you started the first phase from the traditional Congress-NCP stronghold of Western Maharashtra?Maharashtra is a huge State and this is the first phase. The second phase will start from the 2nd of October, Mahatma’s birth anniversary, from Northern Maharashtra. Then there will be a break for Navratras. After that we will cover Marathwada. This way, we will cover the entire State in phases.What kind of feedback have you got?We are interacting with the people, trying to understand what they are saying. For example, land is being acquired for highways but people are not getting adequate compensation. In some taluks like Jat, there is severe water scarcity but the government has not sent tankers. Farmers are not getting adequate prices for sugarcane as there is a glut because of import from Pakistan and elsewhere. Also Read Do you see anger on the ground?What we [Congress] feel about issues, people also feel the same way and there is no mismatch.The issue of reservation among Marathas is a big issue. What is your approach?Our Cabinet had taken a decision to give reservation to the Marathas and backward Muslims. But the new government systematically sidelined these issues on the pretext of legal issues. We will resolve all legal issues and take a positive decision.Is your alliance with the NCP a done deal for the Lok Sabha polls. And will the Congress want 26 seats and offer 22 to NCP?The situation on the ground has changed considerably. Somewhere it is for the Congress, somewhere else it is for the NCP. All this will be evaluated carefully before taking a final call on the numbers. But both have realised that alliance is a necessity to avoid division of votes. Not only the NCP but we are looking at other secular like-minded parties like the BSP, the Samajwadi Party, the Republican Party of India, Raju Shetty’s Shetkari Sangathan. Of course, it all depends on the response we get from these parties.Can there ever be a grand alliance with Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress?No, this is highly impossible. It’s like the sun rising in the West. No question of Congress aligning with the Sena or MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) or MIM.Last week, the Maharashtra government moved against the relief you got from the Bombay High Court in the Adarsh case. Isn’t it still a problem for you?The matter is sub judice and we will fight it. Politically, everyone knows that there is nothing in the case. I won the Lok Sabha polls and my family won the Assembly seat. If there was anger against me, the results would have been otherwise!
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MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker celebrates his victory over Britain’s Hughie Fury after the WBO heavyweight title bout Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Joseph Parker of New Zealand retained his WBO heavyweight title by beating Hughie Fury of Britain in a majority decision on Saturday. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)MANCHESTER, England — Joseph Parker prevented the Fury family from reclaiming a world heavyweight title by beating Hughie Fury by a majority decision on Saturday, with the judges rewarding the New Zealander’s attacking approach in an uneventful fight.Parker failed to land many clean punches but was never in danger against Fury, who came with a game plan of negating Parker’s power with his movement and foot speed and then counterattacking.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hughie was attempting to match the achievement of his cousin, Tyson, who beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts. Tyson was in Hughie’s corner at Manchester Arena and leapt into the ring after the fight was over, mobbing his cousin in an attempt to convince the judges.It didn’t work. The Fury camp said it will be appealing the result.“Disgusted to be honest,” Fury said. “They’ve ruined peoples’ lives tonight. I didn’t think the score was right. I thought I won the fight easy.”Fury, who lost for the first time in 21 professional fights, is the subject of an ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation after low-level traces of the steroid nandrolone were found in samples given by him in February 2015. He has denied any wrongdoing and is challenging their findings, leaving him free to box.Parker described Fury’s wafted punches as a “pitter-patter” and said he wasn’t hurt once. Fury landed two uppercuts but lacked power with his punches. His awkward, evasive style didn’t make for an entertaining fight in the first sporting event at the arena since the bomb attack in May.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trump’s comments on anthem, Curry resonate across sports Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Two judges scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Parker. The other judge scored it 114-114.“I felt I won, put on the pressure,” Parker said. “It was a close fight, but I felt I came out on top.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the second successful defense of his belt, leaving Parker (24-0) to look ahead to a potential fight against WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Parker’s promoter, Dave Higgins, said the fight could be arranged for the summer of 2018 at a big stadium in Britain.“I don’t care who I fight next, everyone and anyone,” said Parker, who was fighting in the UK for the first time and plans for more fights here.
Antoine Griezmannbarcelonalionel messiluis suarez First Published: October 23, 2019, 1:02 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Prague: Barcelona will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they take on Champions League underdogs Slavia Prague in the teams’ first-ever encounter in Prague on Wednesday.Brushing aside political turmoil around them, Ernesto Valverde’s men eased past Eibar 3-0 away on Saturday with goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. Their fifth straight competitive win — including a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in their last Champions League game — took them to the top of La Liga a point ahead of Real Madrid.Last week the two giants agreed to postpone the Clasico, which would have been a showdown for the top league spot, from next Saturday to December because of the protests in Catalonia.In a much calmer Prague, reigning Czech champions Slavia came back from a goal down to see off minnows Pribram 3-1 on Saturday to secure a six-point lead in the Czech top flight.With two games played, Barcelona are second in the Champions League Group F with four points following the Milan win and a goalless draw with Dortmund who top the group on a goal difference.Slavia sit at the bottom with a single point after holding Inter to a 1-1 draw in Milan and a subsequent 2-0 loss to Dortmund at home.Barcelona relished their attacking form after the Eibar clash, giving Slavia a cause for concern.”There will be better or worse days, but we are getting to know each other little by little and we will go to more,” Griezmann said after the game.”Great players always understand each other and always meet. In the end, with time and with matches they will still find more and better,” added coach Valverde.UNBELIEVABLE FORWARDSAn underdog in Wednesday’s clash, Slavia are building up confidence, betting on a physical style and tireless pressing promoted by coach Jindrich Trpisovsky.Last season, they eliminated Sevilla from the Europa League before bowing out at the hands of Chelsea in the quarter-finals.”We’ll go to the pitch knowing we can succeed,” said defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek, the Slavia captain.”We want at least a point, we have proved we can face the giants and I believe we’ll give them a hard time at home,” added goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.The Czechs remember Barca’s last match in Prague where they were hosted by Viktoria Pilsen in the Champions League in 2011.Barcelona won 4-0 as Messi scored a hat-trick.”There are many players who can score, they all have a fantastic finish,” said Kolar.”We know how strong they are, particularly Messi, his left foot is exceptional and I think you can’t really get ready for that.”Soucek hailed Barca’s “three unbelievable forwards” Suarez, Messi and Griezmann.”It’s funny to think that we’ll swap the pennants with Messi and play against all these players,” he said.Barcelona, who took a day off Sunday before resuming training on Monday, will miss Sergi Roberto, who hurt his left knee at Eibar.Gerard Pique is likely to return to the team following a ban
New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Government today said it will come out with a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for the employees of two HMT units at Pinjore, Haryana, acknowledging that the staffers had not been paid salaries for several months. Intervening on an issue raised by Kumari Selja (Congress) during the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant G Geete said the HMT Pinjore units were in a “crisis” and employees have not been paid salaries. “(We are going) to give VRS to HMT. We have talked with the employees, they are satisfied,” he said, adding that the package will be on the lines of VRS announced for three other HMT units earlier. HMT Pinjore consists of a tractor plant and a machine tool unit. In January, the Government had decided to close three unviable units of HMT including the once popular HMT Watches, along with HMT Chinar Watches and HMT Bearings, by offering an “attractive” VRS to the employees as per 2007 pay scales. Raising the issue of non-payment of salaries to the employees of Pinjore units, Selja asked why was the government adamant on its decision to shut down the units. Selja said she suspected that the land would be sold after the closure of the units. However, Geete said there was no plan to sell the land. Selja said she has written a letter to the Prime Minister over the plight of the thousands of employees who have not been paid salaries for several months. She also suggested that the Pinjore units should be revived through joint venture, with either defence or railways under the Make In India initiative. PTI NKD ARCadvertisement
Srinagar, Aug 22 (PTI) A minister has been served a notice by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court after a government officer alleged that he had been threatened over demolition of illegal structures in an around Dal Lake here.A Division Bench of the High Court yesterday directed Minister for Youth Services and Sports Imran Ansari to file a response for allegedly threatening the enforcement officer of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) over demolition of illegal structures in Lashkari Mohalla in Habak area on the banks of the lake on August 2.The Bench, comprising Justice M H Attar and A M Magrey, also directed for impleading BJP MLC Ajatshatru Singh as a party and sought his response to illegal construction allegedly carried out by him in Gupkar area. The respondents have been directed to file response by or before next date of hearing on September 5.In the meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, are directed to forthwith stop the constructions whatever is being carried out in violation of Court orders by Ajatshatru Singh. Any construction already raised shall be sealed alongwith the ongoing construction and shall remain on Superdari of Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, the court said.The court also directed them to file a compliance report before Registry within four days.The bench passed the directions after court-appointed Vigilance Commissioners submitted their report to the court about illegal constructions going on within the prohibited area of the Dal lake.”The Enforcement Officer of the LAWDA took note of the violation and sent a letter in this regard to the Secretary, LAWDA, for information for appropriate action because the security guards stationed at the entrance of the area did not permit them to enter the area,” the Commissioners said.advertisementThe Court Commissioners had also enclosed with their report a communication which was send by the Enforcement Officer (DySP) to Vice Chairman LAWDA on August 4. PTI MIJ AKK
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh appeared to take a dig at the Wankhede Stadium curator after Mumbai Indians narrowly lost out to Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring thriller at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.Mohit Sharma bowled one of best final overs under pressure with Kings XI Punjab living to fight another day edging out Mumbai Indians by seven runs to keep their playoff hopes alive.Put in to bat, KXIP piled up a mammoth 230/3 in 20 overs riding on Wriddhiman Saha’s belligerent unbeaten 93 off 55 balls.In reply, Mumbai Indians nearly pulled off the highest-ever chase in IPL before being restricted to 223/6 in 20 overs .Needing 16 off the final over, Kieron Pollard (50* off 24 balls) saw one run being deducted off the first delivery as he didn’t touch the crease at non-striker’s end. The next delivery was pulled over square leg for a six.With just 10 needed off 4 balls, Mohit (2/57 in 4 overs) bowled three dots in a row, landing perfect blockhole deliveries to seal it in favour of the Punjab franchise.However, the enormity of the runs which were scored in the match might have forced the senior India off-spinner to tweet in support of the bowlers.The match saw a total of 453 runs being scored from 40 overs. While KXIP’s innings was studded with 12 sixes and 18 fours, MI managed to bag 14 sixes and 18 boundaries.Soon after the match, Harbhajan tweeted: “Man of the match @ wankhede #curator almost 460 plus runs in 40 overs????. Time is near when only bowling machines will be bowling not bowlers.”Man of the match @ wankhede #curator almost 460 plus runs in 40 overs????.Time is near when only bowling machines will b bowling not bowlersadvertisement- Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 11, 2017The Twenty20 cricket is often seen as a batsman-friendly format and bowlers more often than not find themselves at the receiving end.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and former left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, who were sitting at the IPL post-match show, were also surprised with the sheer magnitude of the runs being scored and voiced their concerns for the bowlers.Gavaskar went on to say that with the advent of big bats, the boundaries should be pushed by a few yards in order to balance out the equation between the batsmen and the bowlers.
New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Can the heartbreak of a nervous loss pave the way for a groundbreaking new era for womens cricket? Its a question that will find its answer in the next few months as Mithali Raj and Co. cope with the unprecedented spotlight that followed their fairytale World Cup campaign, which could have been perfect but for the loss of nerves against England in the final. As one looks back at the World Cup, it was not about India finishing second best for the second time at a global event. It was way beyond that and much more. Not just because of the extent of traction it received on social and mainstream media but also for the manner in which it got the previously indifferent country involved. It was the most widely watched finale in the history of womens game. In fact, Indias campaign changed perception of sports lovers during the past one month. Defeat in a professional sport is heartbreaking but the manner in which everyone was ready to look at the bigger picture beyond the nine-run loss was indeed heartwarming. It wasnt the case of one loss being the summary of an entire campaign. The cricket crazy nation was ready to celebrate the journey rather than the destination. That is what makes this Indian team led by Mithali Raj a beacon of hope for womens game in the country. For an Ananya in Jamshedpur or an Amrita in Chandigarh, they will no longer aspire to become the next Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni or Virat Kohli. They have Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy or Shikha Pandey to emulate even as the iconic pair of Mithali and Jhulan Goswami walks into their cricketing sunset in the next couple of years. The sixes that Harmanpreet hit were not about entertainment but a statement of intent as what one can expect from Indian women in days to come. The swagger with which Veda walks to the crease makes one happy as well as proud. The women were ready to show that they dont play global competition to be also-rans, something that was the bane of womens cricket — thanks to administrative apathy for the longest time. Mithali, in her younger days, never had a Harmanpreet like player around, which would have given her a chance to express herself more freely. But Harmanpreet has a Veda around her, who can also hit sixes at will. That is the change that has come about in this team. India now have a couple of powerful, strongly built players — something the team never had in four decades even though old timers would refer to Shanta Rangaswamy. Mithali is set to be presented with a BMW, the likes of Jhulan, Harman are financially well off playing the game. They have built houses, drive cars and are able to lead a good life. Its there for all to see and perhaps strong feelers to the parents of 10-15 year olds that if their kids possess talent, what all can be the incentives. However, a womens IPL, like the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia, may still be a long shot as far as the BCCI is concerned. The hype could be sustainable if BCCI helps in creating more awareness about what the Indian teams next line of international assignments are, ensuring that all the action is televised. The next tournament that this team plays will be an indicator whether this edition of the World Cup was a one off or not. “Now people back home will have a different perspective about womens cricket,” said Mithali after the final. Hopefully it does so that no one asks the next Mithali, “who is your favourite male cricketer?”. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisement
ATHENS — Olympiacos clinched its 42nd Greek league title — and 17th in the last 19 seasons — with three rounds to spare on April 19.Olympiacos had secured the title even before beating Levadiakos 4-0, when Panathinaikos lost 2-1 at Panthrakikos earlier. Had Panathinaikos won, the defending champion would have needed at least a draw to clinch the title.Panathinaikos even slipped to third behind PAOK, which beat host Kerkyra 1-0 on April 18. PAOK is 13 points behind Olympiakos and one ahead of Panathinaikos.In a festive atmosphere in Piraeus’ Karaiskakis Stadium, Levadiakos had the better start, but lost goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis in the 25th minute to a red card for a handball outside his area.Alejandro Dominguez scored twice, in the 44th and 60th minutes while Jorge Benitez and Costas Fortounis added a goal apiece.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Asian champions Qatar in Brasilia on Wednesday came at a heavy cost after they lost striker Neymar for this month’s Copa America because of an ankle ligament injury.Neymar limped off in the 17th minute after he appeared to twist his right ankle and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) later confirmed he would miss the tournament.”Neymar was evaluated and underwent scans that confirmed a ligament rupture in the ankle,” CBF said in a statement.”Due to the seriousness of the injury, Neymar will not recover in time to participate in Copa America in Brazil.”The CBF said they would meet on Thursday to pick a replacement for Neymar in the squad for the tournament, which kicks off on June 14.The injury capped a horrible few days for Paris St-Germain striker, who was stripped of the Brazil captaincy last month and was last weekend accused of rape in a case that has dominated the headlines in his homeland.Brazil were already leading 1-0 courtesy of Richarlison’s 16th-minute header when Neymar departed and Gabriel Jesus added the second eight minutes later from close range.The five-times world champions were rarely troubled by a limited Qatar side, who missed a VAR-assisted penalty in injury time.”We won and the feeling is that we won well,” said man of the match Philippe Coutinho. “We pressured them and we did what we wanted to do.”Once again, though, all attention was focused on Neymar, the world’s most expensive player and a polarising figure in the football world.advertisementNeymar has suffered several serious injuries dating back to 2014, when a brutal knee in the back from Colombian Juan Camilo Zuniga kept him out of Brazil’s World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany.He injured a metatarsal in his right foot that sidelined him in the months leading up to the 2018 World Cup and an injury to the same foot in January forced him to miss the business end of this season with Paris St-Germain.The country’s president Jair Bolsonaro, a football fan who had attended the game, was pictured with a smiling Neymar as the player received treatment at the hospital after the match on Wednesday.The president’s good wishes for a speedy recovery were to no avail, though, and Brazil will face Bolivia in their Copa America opener on June 14 in Sao Paulo without their best player.Also Read | Ronaldo hat-trick sends Portugal to Nations League FinalsAlso See:
Championship Championship play-offs: Fulham win Premier League promotion over Aston Villa in Wembley final Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 02:05 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Championship Premier League Denis Odoi’s 70th-minute red card meant Slavisa Jokanovic’s side were down to 10 men, but Tom Cairney’s first-half strike was enough to triumph Ten-man Fulham have secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley in Saturday’s Championship play-off final.Wolves and Cardiff City have already secured automatic promotion with first and second-placed finishes respectively, but the Cottagers are assured of a spot in the top tier for 2018-19 following a remarkable second half of the season.Fulham lost just once in the regular season since the beginning of 2018, in their final game before the play-offs against Birmingham City, which denied them a dramatic automatic promotion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now A 2-1 aggregate win over Derby County in the semi-finals secured a clash with Steve Bruce’s Villa, who eliminated Middlesbrough over two legs in the previous round.Tom Cairney’s goal in the first half – assisted by English teenage wing sensation Ryan Sessegnon – gave Slavisa Jokanovic’s side the upper hand heading in at half-time.Denis Odoi’s 70th-minute red card made Fulham sweat for a victory, faced with the prospect of 30 minutes of extra time with one less player should Aston Villa have scored, but they successfully held on for a euphoric victory.Goal’s Chris Wheatley spoke to Jokanovic ahead of the play-offs and he believes the London club – who were relegated from the Premier League in 2014 – have benefited from investing in his vision.“If you want to play the football on the floor then I need better tools for my work,” he said. “They [Fulham] interpreted me well, they understand my position and really quick after a few months we started this kind of new improvements.”Promotion to the Premier League not only brings the prestige of playing in one of the biggest competitions in world football, it also provides an insanely lucrative boost to the tune of hundreds of millions.In recent seasons, the influx of television money to England’s top division has increased its allure and, as a result of that, the Championship play-off final has been popularly dubbed as the £170 million game in recent years due to the minimum monetary uplift that is estimated to await the victor.When and where was the 2018 Championship play-off final? The 2018 Championship play-off final was scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 26 at the traditional venue of Wembley Stadium in London.The play-offs were not always held at Wembley and from 2001 to 2006, when the ‘Home of Football’ was being rebuilt, they were played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.Wembley has a capacity of 90,000 and the Championship play-off final regularly sells out the state-of-the-art venue.In the past two seasons, attendances at the play-off final have reached just over the 70,000 mark, but they have been close to sell-outs too.Which teams qualified for the Championship play-offs? The participants of the 2017-18 Championship play-offs have been decided, with Fulham’s failure to capitalise on Cardiff City’s draw with Reading ensuring they missed out on automatic promotion.Fulham will be joined in the play-offs by Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby County. The Rams confirmed their place in the top six with a 4-1 victory over Barnsley on the final day of the season.Both Preston North End and Millwall won their last game, but Derby’s win meant that they were unable to move into the top six. Neither Aston Villa nor Middlesbrough could pick up three points in their final match of the regular season, but their results proved irrelevant as they had already wrapped up their places in the play-offs.Latest Championship table: Pos Team MP W D L GD Pts 1 Wolves (P) 46 30 9 7 +43 99 2 Cardiff City 46 27 9 10 +30 90 3 Fulham 46 25 13 8 +33 88 4 Aston Villa 46 24 11 11 +30 83 5 Middlesbrough 46 22 10 14 +22 76 6 Derby County 46 20 15 11 +22 75 7 Preston North End 46 19 16 11 +11 73 8 Millwall 46 19 15 12 +11 72 What happened in last year’s Championship play-offs? The 2016-17 Championship play-offs were won by Huddersfield Town , who subsequently joined Newcastle United and Brighton in moving up to the Premier League.Huddersfield booked their place in the division’s ultimate battle by finishing fifth in the league and they were joined by Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham, who finished third, fourth and sixth respectively.The rules of the play-offs dictated that the third-placed team played the sixth-placed team in the semi-finals and the fourth-placed was paired with the fifth-placed team. So Reading took on Fulham in one semi-final and Sheffield Wednesday played Huddersfield.Reading overcame Fulham by an aggregate score of 2-1, thanks to a Yann Kermogant penalty in the second leg, while Huddersfield defeated Wednesday on penalties after the sides could not be separated over the two legs.The final saw Reading up against Huddersfield in the show-piece event and the game was decided on penalties after 120 minutes of football could not yield a victor. Huddersfield’s on-loan goalkeeper Danny Ward saved a penalty and Christopher Schindler scored the winning spot-kick as the Terriers triumphed 4-3 in the shoot-out.The game was played in front of 76,682 spectators at Wembley Stadium and Huddersfield qualified for the Premier League for the first time, having last played in the top-flight in 1972. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl wants to improve set piece goalscoringby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to improve their set piece record.Jannik Vestergaard is the only defender to have found the net this season with Maya Yoshida – who scored for Japan in international action on Thursday – having gone close on several occasions from James Ward-Prowse’s trademark deliveries.“I think we had a few chances in this season so far and for Maya as well who is always very close to score. I am really hoping that Maya gets the first one,” said Hasenhuttl before the international break.“With Prowsey we have a fantastic man who can bring the ball very good in the centre.“We were a little unlucky but we must be convinced we can decide games on set-pieces and this is something we are working on.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the Premier League leaders will not crack under the pressure of being chased by Manchester City.Monday’s 1-1 draw away to West Ham meant the Reds missed the chance to move five points clear of last season’s champions City, who can now go top on Wednesday if they win at Everton.City last topped the table on December 15 but Liverpool drawing their past two matches has opened the door to Pep Guardiola’s side, while Tottenham have sealed three consecutive dramatic late league wins under Mauricio Pochettino to rejoin the title race. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Liverpool were without Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the trip to London Stadium, where a lead earned by Sadio Mane was cancelled out by Michail Antonio in the first half.The Reds’ opener should not have counted due to an offside in the build-up and Liverpool were well below their best, but Klopp does not feel the pressure exerted by City will affect his side.”Yes, I’m confident about that,” Klopp told a news conference when asked if he feels Liverpool will not crack. “I think since five, six, seven, eight weeks we talk about a two-horse race now and Tottenham came from behind.”They had a very difficult situation and deal with it brilliantly, I have to say, all credit to Pochettino and his team how they did it, winning games late with a lot of injury problems as well. For me, they are 100 per cent in the race. So that’s the situation.pic.twitter.com/SXL7olA0JW— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 4, 2019″If you want to be top of the table at the end of the season then you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today, that’s the truth. Of course you need players fit and available, that helps a bit.”Our midfield players tonight apart from Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] would have been 18 and 18 years old – brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight but that’s not perfect. We have to fight. It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in.”We have 62 points, lost one game in the full season so far, which is very positive. But I see your faces already, you feel a bit sorry for us – you don’t have to, we are fine, everything is good.”Tonight was just a tough game but if you have a day like that with the things that happened yesterday and then you get a point at West Ham, for me that’s absolutely fine.”Just three points in it.#PL pic.twitter.com/Ht7Ei1xLqt— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019Liverpool had teenagers Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones on the bench at West Ham due to their injury issues and Klopp confirmed Virgil van Dijk and James Milner could have also missed the game due to a bug.”We had a difficult situation,” Klopp added. “It’s a long season. In general, we lost one game in the whole season. So the team is doing well and we have a tough situation in the moment. The injuries, I don’t know where they come from, or the illness.”Millie was ill – or maybe still is ill – and Virg had three, four days where he was out. He lost three or four kilos. That doesn’t help as well. You have difficult situations. It’s difficult in the moment, but the boys still fight. Could we have played better, even in that situation? 100 per cent.”That’s what we expect from ourselves. But the games are difficult and we have to accept the quality of the opponent and use their weaknesses what they have. We did that in a lot of situations pretty well, but they reacted already with the line-up…”I don’t moan about that, it’s just a fact. It’s not an excuse, I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent. But it’s a situation that’s not perfect, changing three players. Millie came back but he did not train yesterday, he came to London by himself because he’s infectious.”That’s all not perfect, of course. For me, it explains parts of the game but we don’t look for these things. How I said, the preparation for the game was far from perfect and we still got a point! That’s it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Over the weekend, Texas Tech moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury after six seasons. Immediately after his firing, Kingsbury’s name popped for numerous NFL assistant jobs and potential offensive coordinator jobs at the collegiate level.Earlier this week, reports linked Kingsbury to the offensive coordinator vacancy at USC after the Trojans fired OC Tee Martin following the season. Kingsbury reportedly flew to Los Angeles to meet with USC brass about the opening.It’s now being reported that USC is the “front-runner” to land the services of the former Texas Tech head coach.Gil Brandt reported the news.The college phones seem to be working as well. Was told by college HC that USC is now the clear front-runner for Kingsbury. As these things tend to go, stay tuned. But for now, USC in drivers seat with OC opening. https://t.co/RIflx20f2S— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 28, 2018USC finished near the bottom in most offensive statistics this season. The Trojans finished 84th in the nation in yards per game and 92nd in points per game in 2018.With freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels under center, the Trojans struggled through the air, but the run game also finished near the bottom with just 133 yards per contest.The potential addition of Kingsbury to the coaching staff could do wonders for the development of Daniels.Stay tuned.
EDMONTON — The medical examiner’s office says two children who were found dead in an Edmonton apartment last week were stabbed.Ashton Brian Lafleche, 29, was charged Thursday and appeared in court Friday.Court documents show he faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mackenzie Petawaysin and Mary Lafleche Petawaysin.UPDATE: Edmonton police confirm the two children found dead in a southeast Edmonton apartment on December 5th were stabbed to death. Investigators say both children were female, 6 months old and 3 years old. #yeg pic.twitter.com/5dXEF1IzM8— CityNews Edmonton (@CityNewsYEG) December 10, 2018Police confirmed Monday the two girls were three-years and six-months-old.Lafleche is also charged with assault causing bodily harm to the children’s mother, Tamara Petawaysin, and breach of probation for failing to comply with an order on Oct. 31 not to have any contact with her after an earlier assault.Petawaysin remains in hospital as she recovers from wounds sustained in the latest assault.Lafleche, who is the biological father of the younger child, is due back in court on Dec. 21.The Canadian Press
This is going to be the first visit of Sirissena to Dhaka since he was elected the president. President Maithripala Sirissena is expected to pay an official visit to Bangladesh in March at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, The Daily Star reported.Diplomatic sources said foreign ministry officials of Dhaka and Colombo had already started preparations for the visit. They are working to find suitable dates for the visit when Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign several deals to further promote bilateral ties, added the sources. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as a minister.Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Bangladesh has deferred the joining of present Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tarik Ahsan in the Islamabad mission due to the upcoming visit of the Sri Lankan president. (Colombo Gazette)
Brock grads enjoying themselves at a Toronto Brock Alumni Pub Night.It’s going to be an exciting 2013 for Brock University alumni across Canada.In 2012, with the help of regional network committee members, Brock Alumni Relations hosted over 15 successful events across the country, including pub nights, wine tastings, etiquette dinners and, of course, Brock Days Alumni Weekend. Over the past few weeks, the Brock Alumni Relations team has met with current regional network committee members to go over event strategies and guidelines for 2013 and also recruited some new members to bring a fresh perspective to the various groups. In 2013, we hope to have twice as many events.Alumni Relations has created a go-to handbook for networks, explaining how to start one from scratch or how to revamp one already in place. The handbook is a great starting point for those interested in volunteering on a regional committee to help plan, organize and execute events, networking opportunities and social get-togethers for fellow graduates. You don’t need to be an experienced event co-ordinator to participate on these committees. Everyone has different skills and abilities that make them an asset to the team. Perhaps you are great with social media, love building relationships with people or know how to create (and stick to) a budget.We currently have very active networks in Hamilton/Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Ottawa. We are also in the process of starting networks in Niagara, Sudbury and Victoria, B.C. Events happen across Canada, so if you are interested in remaining connected to the university, contact Emily Hutton, special events coordinator for Alumni Relations, and she’ll provide you with the necessary tools and information.Future committee meetingsIf you are interested in getting involved with a committee, they are hosting meetings in early January. Contact Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.Niagara Network – First official committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30 p.m.Toronto Network – Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m.Kitchener-Waterloo Network – Committee meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.Do you want $5 off your next network event?If participating on a committee is not something that interests you, we are also looking for feedback about what you’d like to see in your area. If you fill out the short survey, you’ll receive a coupon code for $5 off your next event. This feedback is integral to our event planning for 2013. We want to know if you can only attend weekday events, want to have more networking and professional development events or you think that $30 is too much for a ticket.Upcoming eventsOn Thursday, Jan. 17 in St. Catharines, we’ll be hosting the inaugural Young Professional Networking Series event: “The difference between ordinary and the extraordinary for young professionals,” hosted by Tony Miele of Investors Group. If you are looking to stand out in your next interview or wondered how to add value to your employer, then this is the event for you. Sponsored by Investors Group, it will help you build your professional network in Niagara and provide you with the tools to move from ordinary to extraordinary in your career. This is the first event of the series.Keep an eye out for the March edition of Surgite magazine as a more in-depth list of upcoming events will be advertised.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy to Côte d’Ivoire, Carolyn McAskie, has arrived in the country’s capital, Abidjan, on her fourth mission to evaluate how the country is normalizing itself after fierce fighting.On Sunday she met President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d’Ivoire, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Albert Tevoedjre, and the UN Country team to discuss pressing humanitarian issues, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.In her meetings with President Gbagbo, Ms. McAskie called attention to several issues, including the protection and return of internally displaced persons and the need for basic services, such as education and health to be restored, especially in the north and west of the country, OCHA said.Economic Community of West African States and French peacekeepers are stationed between the government-ruled southern area of the country and the rebel-held north and west.Ms. McAskie also raised the issues of land disputes, which have recently led to the expulsion of some farmers and she emphasized the need to find long-term solutions, OCHA said.She stressed that education should be accessible to all children and pointed out the importance of making the school year official for some 700,000 children in the northern and western areas. They have attended alternative schools since Côte d’Ivoire’s crisis began more than a year ago.Ms. McAskie also met international donors and called on them to mobilize contributions totalling $59 million for the 2004 UN Consolidated Appeal for Côte d’Ivoire to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, now numbering almost a million people.
“The changing situation of enforced disappearances requires new strategies to counter this crime,” said the members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, which held its 100th session this week in New York.“It is not a crime of the past; on the contrary it is a phenomenon which affects all regions of the world, with the false and pernicious belief that it is a useful tool to preserve national security and combat terrorism or organized crime,” they added. The Group was established in 1980 by the UN Commission on Human Rights – the predecessor to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It seeks to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned to ensure cases are investigated.In a news release issued at the close of its current session, the experts urged that efforts be strengthened to ensure prompt identification and qualification of cases of enforced disappearances, which is essential to hold perpetrators of this crime accountable. They also emphasized the importance of preserving collective and individual memories and of expanding the use of forensic expertise and DNA testing in seeking the truth behind disappearances. “One by one, the disappeared will be reclaimed. The Working Group is the guarantor of this need and the keeper of this promise,” its Chair-Rapporteur, Olivier de Frouville of France, said at a special event held on Monday to mark the 100th session. Mr. de Frouville also noted that enforced disappearance is not an accident, but rather a “premeditated crime” that warrants punishment. “We need to find new strategies to eliminate the crime of enforced disappearance and find the truth about all cases of disappearances of the past. It is our responsibility.” The event, which was held in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and with the support of the Permanent Missions of Argentina and France, was also addressed by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović, who emphasized the Group’s importance as a tool for families seeking assistance in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared persons.Mr. Šimonović recalled his own region, the Balkans, where tens of thousands were reported missing during the war and where enforced disappearances “remain an open wound for relatives that are still waiting to learn the fate of their loved ones.” During its current session, the experts examined, under their urgent action procedure, 17 reported cases of enforced disappearances that have occurred in the last six months, as well as more than 400 newly reported or existing cases. The cases under review concerned Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Belarus, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), El Salvador, Honduras, Kuwait, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.In addition, the Group discussed how to improve its methods of work, forthcoming and potential country visits, including preparations for a visit to Spain in September, and future activities. It also held meetings with family members of disappeared persons and non-governmental organizations, and informal bilateral meetings with States to exchange information.The Group also comprises Ariel Dulitzky from Argentina, Jasminka Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Osman El-Hajjé from Lebanon, and Jeremy Sarkin from South Africa. Its next session will be held in Geneva from 4 to 13 November 2013.