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first_imgCape Town Stadium will be the venue for 10 of the 32 Chan 2014 matches, including the opening and closing games.The third Orange Africa Nations Championship, Chan 2014, kicks off on Saturday 11 January with 16 national teams in four groups playing 32 matches.See also: Bafana and Mozambique to kick off Chan 2014Times in Central African Time (GMT +2)last_img

first_imgExtending a helping hand to cyclone-hit Odisha, the Tamil Nadu government has announced financial assistance of ₹10 crore as an immediate relief contribution.“On behalf of the State government and the people of Tamil Nadu, I convey my heartfelt condolences to the family members of all those who lost their lives in the cyclone,” Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said in a statement.Severe cyclonic storm Fani has caused unprecedented and extensive damage in certain districts of Odisha, especially in Puri, he noted and observed that this cyclone and heavy rains has also caused untold suffering to the people of the State of Odisha.As Odisha was faced with the arduous task of taking immediate rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures in cyclone-ravaged areas and facilitating reconstruction efforts, the Chief Minister said he was giving ₹10 crore from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Odisha government. U.P. gives ₹10cr. The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced ₹10 crore as relief from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for those affected due to Cyclone Fani in Odisha, according to a government spokesperson.last_img read more

first_imgMourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgWashington: The Indian-American community in the US has urged the Trump administration to “fully support” India’s decision to revoke the constitutional provision that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and to continue to exert pressure on Pakistan to end its support to cross-border terrorism. The Indian government abolished Article 370 and moved a separate bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Article 370 granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and allowed it to have its own flag and constitution, among other rights. We urge the US to fully support India’s internal sovereign decisions on Kashmir and to continue to exert pressure on Pakistan to end its support of cross-border terrorism, so the Kashmir conflict can be resolved once and for all, Samir Kalra, managing director of Hindu-American Foundation (HAF), said. Kalra said that the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, which were only intended as temporary provisions, is an important step in bringing about a solution to the Kashmir issue. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “It will help better integrate the residents of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh into the rest of India and apply one set of equal laws across the country, Kalra said. Moreover, it will help create conditions for the full rehabilitation and resettlement of the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, he added. Krishna Reddy, President of Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), said that this is Narendra Modi government’s best gift to the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day of India. It is a historic day as Modi government could deliver a long-awaited decision of scrapping article 370 and corrected the historic blunder made by the Nehru government, Reddy said. According to him, OFBJP and other Indian diaspora organisations are organising celebratory events in the coming next two weeks. Welcoming the decision, the World Hindu Council of America said that with the removal of this special status, the regions of Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh will finally be fully integrated with the rest of India, allowing effective and sustainable development in these regions. We hope that people from all over India, will join the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in celebrating this momentous occasion, it said. New York-based attorney Ravi Batra said that this action must deliver enhanced peace and security to Jammu and Kashmir, as well as between India and Pakistan. It’s time for the Sub-Continent to celebrate freedom – not only from colonialism – but terror too. The United States, as a friend of the Sub-Continent, wants peace and prosperity to reign, not fear and terror, Batra said. Indian-American Puneet Ahluwalia said that it should not come as a surprise, as revocation of 35A and 370 has always been part of BJP’s manifesto. There are forces in Kashmir and neighbouring Pakistani establishment who would likely want this bold internal initiative to fail. This is a sensitive action which can either turn into a nightmare or paradise for the Kashmiri community, he said. The community of Kashmiri Pandits in the US too rejoiced the Indian government’s move, saying that this paves the way for their return to the homeland in the near future. The move by the Indian government will also improve the security situation with respect to cross border terrorism and bring peace, harmony and stability in Jammu-Kashmir, now a new Union Territory of India, said Vijay Sazawal from the Indo-American Kashmir Forum. Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF) based in London and Geneva, and the Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum (ICKF) based in Ottawa, also came out in support of the government’s decision, saying that finally Kashmiri minorities, particularly the Kashmiri Pandits, will receive justice and be able to reclaim their ancestral lands from where they were driven out in 1989-1990, he said. Jeevan Zutshi from Kashmir Task Force said, “not only the Kashmir problem has been solved with this historic abrogation of article 370 but it also vindicates all Kashmiris, of all faiths, some of whom lost their lives due to turbulence and some, like Kashmiri Pandits, who had lost their roots completely.” The community members hoped that these constitutional amendments will enable them to get justice, reverse ethnic cleansing and reclaim their ancestral homeland. These moves by the Indian government will also improve the security situation with respect to cross-border terrorism and bring peace, harmony and stability in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.last_img read more

first_imgNairobi: A total of 4,700 heads of state, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives, who are gathering in this Kenyan city for a five-day meeting of the world’s top body on the environment, will take bold decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. The fourth UN Environment Assembly began on Monday under the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping It is the biggest gathering in the Assembly’s short history, with attendance almost double the last event in December 2017. Prominent world leaders attending the Assembly will include French President Emmanuel Macron and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta along with CEOs from major corporations. “Everyone can contribute to solutions to pollution. Policy direction from the government, like the single-use plastic ban helps set the tone for businesses and encourages them to develop sustainable solutions,” UN Environment’s Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya told IANS. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang On her expectations from individuals, governments, civil societies and businesses globally, she said: “Upwards pressure from individuals changing their habits and civil society campaigns force business to provide the non-polluting products that consumers demand.” Bold decisions and outcomes are expected as the delegates will negotiate late into the night for five days, says the UN Environment. Resolutions are on the table to push harder for sustainable consumption and production patterns, commit to the protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution, reduce food waste, and advance technological innovation that combats climate change, and reduces resource use and bio-diversity loss. This Assembly’s status as the only UN body outside the General Assembly where all member states convene, and its power to bring together all sectors, means that the global environmental agenda is defined here. Decisions have a profound impact on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as paving the way towards the UN Climate Change Summit 2019 and impacting the overall UN agenda. Ahead of the meeting, Msuya appealed to nations to step up and start delivering real change. “Time is running short. We are past pledging and politicking. We are past commitments with little accountability. What’s at stake is life, and society, as the majority of us know it and enjoy it today,” she wrote in a policy letter. As delegates assemble in Nairobi, the UN Environment expressed grief over the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected. We are following developments closely,” it said in a statement. A UN Environment background report for the Assembly, which serves as a basis for defining problems and laying out new action areas, makes a strong case for urgent action. The report puts the value of lost ecosystem services between 1995 and 2011 at $4 trillion to $20 trillion; shows how agricultural practices are putting increasing pressure on the environment, costing an estimated $3 trillion per year, and estimates pollution-related costs at $4.6 trillion annually. “As never before, the time to act is now,” said President of the UN Environment Assembly and Minister of Environment of Estonia Siim Kiisler. The Assembly will also see new research launched by the UN Environment, including the latest edition of the world’s only comprehensive global scan of the environment: Global Environment Outlook 6, which was produced by 252 scientists and experts from over 70 countries. The International Resource Panel’s Global Resources Outlook, meanwhile, takes stock of material extraction, including the future outlook and recommendations on how to use natural resources more sustainably. The Assembly is not just about the resolutions and science. Side events and exhibits provide the opportunity for attendees to form partnerships and make deals that benefit people and the environment. The Sustainable Innovation Expo acts as an innovation hub, with over 40 environmental technologies and innovations on display. The One Planet Summit — co-organised by the governments of France and Kenya, and the World Bank — is also being held around the edges of the Assembly, focusing on Africa’s environmental challenges.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday announced a list of TMC candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state, dropping 10 sitting MPs. She also attacked the BJP and the Modi government, claiming she had information that “VVIPs” were using helicopters and chartered flights to transport money to bribe voters. Releasing the list, the West Bengal leader assailed the Centre over a host of issues including the Rafale deal,farm distress and shrinking employment opportunities. Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said the outgoing TMC lawmakers whose names do not figure in the list will be drafted for party work. She said 41 per cent of the nominees in the list are women. The TMC, she said, will also contest some seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Andamans.last_img read more

first_imgRabat  –  President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas said the final declaration which was issued at the end of the 20th meeting of Al-Quds Committee, held in Marrakech on January 17-18, is comprehensive and includes a series of measures to support the resistance of Maqdessis and allow them to stay in their territories.In an interview with Moroccan TV channel Al-Oula before leaving Morocco on Saturday following the closing session of the meeting of Al-Quds Committee, Abbas said the Marrakech declaration “includes more than thirty resolutions that address the suffering (of Mqdessis) and future prospects as we wish them to be.”He said these resolutions are likely to contribute to the resistance of the Palestinians and to strengthen the presence of Maqdessis in their territory, through various forms of support in different areas, adding that the escalation of the Israeli attacks and the proliferation of settlements targeting the holy city and the territories, aims to drive the Palestinians from their lands.  Al-Quds Committee, an offshoot of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, is holding its 20th session from January 17 through 18.Foreign ministers of the committee member-states, the OIC secretary general, High-level emissaries representing the UN Security Council permanent member-states, the EU, the Vatican, the UN and the Arab league took part in the Marrakech meeting.last_img read more

OSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team almost has an embarrassment of riches on the offensive side of the ball. Seemingly each week, anyone can step up in a pivotal role and provide a spark on the attack. Such was the case again Friday in Ohio Stadium.Sophomore attacker Colin Chell scored the Buckeyes’ first three goals and added an assist, while junior attacker Austin Shanks scored two goals and assisted on two more to lead the Scarlet and Gray to a 12-7 win over the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.OSU coach Nick Myers had high words of praise for his sophomore attacker.“(Chell) is a special player,” Myers said. “He had a great week of practice … and did a great job at the attack position tonight.”Although the Buckeyes, who were coming off their first loss of the season to Massachusetts last week, were in control for most of the game, it took them some time to get there.The first quarter was relatively even between the two teams. UMBC opened up the scoring at the 13:40 mark when freshman midfielder Billy Nolan threw a strike to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead. A pair of goals by Chell and one more by UMBC leveled the game at 2-2 to end the quarter.Chell kept it rolling to open the second quarter with his third goal of the game, giving him six on the year. After the win, he tipped his hat to defense for allowing him to make an offensive impact early in the game.“You got to credit (redshirt junior goalie) Tom Carey in cage and the defense for making some quality stops down there and being able to get us the ball on offense,” Chell said.OSU’s defense clamped down on the UMBC offense for the next two quarters after allowing the pair of goals in the first quarter. The Retrievers were only able to attempt four shots in the second and third quarters combined. For the game, they had just 16, whereas OSU attempted 41. Myers said the key to this was being able to work together.“I think the biggest thing we stressed defensively in practice this week was just playing with seven (and) getting more guys on the same page,” Myers said. “Anytime you hold a team scoreless for 25-to-30 minutes in a row is a positive.” This staunch defensive effort allowed the Scarlet and Gray to hold a 9-3 lead as the fourth quarter began. It was a lead that proved to be insurmountable, as the game finished by a score of 12-7.Junior midfielder John Kelly said this game was a step in the right direction, especially with the Buckeyes coming off a loss in their previous game.“We feel great, a complete turnaround from last week,” Kelly said. “Overall, we had a fantastic performance and feel really good about the way that we played.”Junior faceoff specialist Jake Withers continued his stellar play at the position. Withers won nine of 11 faceoffs in the first half and 14 of 22 total, continuing his streak of advantage in faceoffs through the first four games of the year.“(Withers is) an amazing faceoff guy,” Kelly said. “He fights for ground balls, and I love the way he plays. He’s very important to our time of possession and allowing us to keep the ball on the offensive end of the field.”The win means the Buckeyes are off to a 1-0 start in games played at the ‘Shoe. Chell said it gives the Buckeyes an extra edge to play home games in the historic stadium.“Everybody was amped up to play in the ‘Shoe tonight,” Chell said. “It’s a great atmosphere — a night game — and we brought the juice.”While noting it is still early in the season, Myers said he likes how the team is looking.“It’s still February. We’ve got a long way to go,” Myers said. “But being at home in the ‘Shoe, it’s important that we came out and played with the urgency that we needed to, and I thought that the men did that tonight.”The Buckeyes will stay at home next weekend, as they are set to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. They are scheduled to play Marquette on Friday at 6 p.m. and Bellarmine on March 6 at 3 p.m. read more

Bolt is not ready for the highest level

first_imgUsain Bolt was a part of the Borussia Dortmund squad in the last training session and he seems to be serious about becoming a professional footballer as the next step of his life.The Borussia Dortmund head coach, Peter Stoger, seems to have a different opinion as he believes that Bolt is not good enough to play at the top level – he claimed that the former sprinter is talented but simply has to be better.The former Köln coach spoke about Bolt’s trials as he said, according to Give Me Sport:“It’s all about procedure and movement, but the most important thing is that he had fun.”borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“I think he is talented, but when he wants to play at a higher level, he clearly has a lot of work to do.”“The physique he needs for his other sport is completely different from what he needs for football, but it was really fun for us.”“It was a pleasure for us to meet a guy like him and to work with him.”last_img read more