New Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours EXPECTED STORIES: *FIFA World Cup- Report of quarterfinal match between Sweden and England. Report of quarterfinal match between Croatia and Russia. *Stories related to Wimbledon. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEWKuldeep, Chahal under pressure after England fight back By Chetan Narula Bristol, July 7 (PTI) Rendered ineffective in the previous match, India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would look to bounce back against ‘well-prepared’ England batsmen as the two teams clash in the series-deciding third Twenty20 International, here tomorrow. SPO-IND-MORGAN Difference in conditions from Manchester helped us: Morgan Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) England skipper Eoin Morgan said the difference in conditions from the first game in Manchester worked to their advantage as they levelled the three-match Twenty20 series against India 1-1 after winning the second game. SPO-IND-CHAHALEngland did well to curb mistakes: Chahal By Chetan Narula Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) England batsmen made fewer mistakes in the second Twenty20 as compared to the Manchester game and consequently won the second match, said India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.SPO-IND-KOHLIEngland tackled Kuldeep well and it made difference: Kohli Cardiff, Jul 7 (PTI) England could level the series since they came well-prepared to effectively tackle wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, India captain Virat Kohli said after they lost the second Twenty20 by five wickets.SPO-DHONI-BIRTHDAYPapa you are getting older, daughter reminds Dhoni on 37th birthday Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) Ringing in his 37th birthday sporting a thick, grey beard, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reminded that he was “getting older” through a song by none other than his toddler daughter Ziva.advertisement SPO-WC-BETIbrahimovic, Beckham make friendly bet on Sweden-England Los Angeles, July 7 (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have agreed on the terms of a friendly wager ahead of the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final today. SPO-WC-BRAZIL-CAMPAIGNFour years on, another World Cup ends in agony for Neymar and BrazilKazan (Russia), July 7 (AFP) Four years after the psychodrama of Neymar’s injury and a humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat as hosts, Brazil are forced to come to terms with the crushing disappointment of a failed mission in Russia. PTI APA APA APA
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say PSG blow as Watford rule out Doucoure saleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford will block Abdoulaye Doucoure from joining PSG this month.PSG are keen on bringing the £50million-rated midfielder.However, the Evening Standard claim Watford will reject any offers during this transfer window.The Hornets are currently in ninth on the Premier League table and do not want to disrupt their progress by offloading one of their top players.When they do decide to sell Doucoure, Watford will stand to make a significant profit on the £8m they paid Rennes for him in 2015.
Twitter/@NDonNBCWhile Ohio State has received a ton of attention about how it will handle its quarterback situation, there had been rumors all off-season that Notre Dame’s Everett Golson would consider transferring, with Malik Zaire threatening to win the starting job for 2015. Back in January, reports came out that 24 schools were interested in Golson, and today, the move became official. Golson is now the biggest-named free agent on the transfer market. We’re aware that there may be some issues with Golson going to the SEC due to a conference rule that graduate transfers must have stayed academically eligible while undergraduate players. We’ll work under the assumption that any school that is interested would be able to find a way to get him on campus, considering that he was connected to multiple SEC schools when the transfer rumors first emerged.Where will the former Fighting Irish star, who led the team to a national championship berth in 2012-13, wind up? Here are eight big-time programs that could definitely use a player like Golson this season.Get Started: Florida >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy likes to try and keep up with the latest trends. Last time it was hoverboarding; today, it was Pokemon GO.The craze, which is based on the old card game Pokemon, has taken the country by storm. Pokemon GO is played on a downloadable cellphone app, and CNN has a breakdown of what it is all about. Anyway, the app, which is free to download and play, uses GPS to make a cartoony map of your neighborhood and basically anywhere you go. In this colorful, slightly Big-Brother-y version of reality, Pokémon are interspersed throughout, and when you come within range of a Pokémon you can “approach” them and they will show up on your phone.Today, Gundy posted a picture of him catching a Pokemon named Pidgey inside T. Boone Pickens Stadium.Gotta catch ’em all! #POKEmon pic.twitter.com/j0Kd5CyD7J— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) July 11, 2016Ok, who had Mike Gundy as the first coach to publicly acknowledge that he plays Pokemon Go? Our bet would have been Jim Harbaugh, because, well why not? [ Pistols Firing ]
MILAN – With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season. “Time For Change” has been a particularly dominant catchphrase, one the fashion world can expect to see branded across sweatshirts, waistbands and accessories next fall and winter.The ubiquity of the expression does not necessarily denote consensus around the message it’s designed to convey. For some, it means back to roots. Others intend it as a call for respect.But the overall implication seems to be a rejection of the status quo, which really isn’t surprising in fashion.Naturally, Miuccia Prada is the outlier. Prada eschewed words because they have become empty. Where they appeared on prints in her new looks, words were meaningless.The second day of Milan Fashion Week of mostly menswear previews for Fall-Winter 2018-19 opened with youthful designers focused on urban street wear that tries to capture the zeitgeist of Millennial consumers.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Prada, Dirk Bikkembergs, MSGM and DSquared2:___PRADA’S STRANGE PACKAGESIn challenging times, it is not unusual to seek the familiar. For Miuccia Prada, there is comfort in black nylon.The designer generously employs her favoured material in her pieces for the next cold weather season, padding them and applying them in protective layers.The boxy shapes for men and women appear to conceal the wearer in a unisex vein, but it is all for naught: Identity badges suggested a form of surveillance in the runway scenario. That sense of excessive control transforms into a political statement once the garments are on the rack and available to consumers.“I think we are in a moment when these aspects of control are very relevant,” the designer said after the show.Despite the collection’s utilitarian nature creating a sort of uniform of anoraks, jackets, caps, straight trousers and skirts, Prada said she also wanted to convey elegance.Beyond the dystopian looks, she included tourist-grade short-sleeved knits, or wild print short-shirt combos for men, and slit-skirt suits in bright tones paired with open-toe heels and long leather gloves for women.Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Artists came up with the prints, including burning bananas and meaningless strings of words.“Now they no longer represent concepts, but they are pure decoration,” she said.The runway show was in a newly repurposed industrial building near the Prada Foundation contemporary art space. Unusually shaped and labeled crates were stacked along the walls. Prada promised they concealed strange things “that are preparing for some strange transformation.”The narrow aisles created a sense of disorientation as the fashionistas struggled to find their seats. That seemed an apt metaphor for the state of the world.“We don’t know where we are going, which is of course scary, of course interesting. Because I feel big changes are happening,” the designer said. “Some people say beauty will save the world. I think the world will be saved by intelligence, humanity and generosity. And possibly love. But of course the esthetic can help, a little help, if you can afford it.”___MSGM GOES TO BACK TO BASICSMilan university students served as both models and inspiration for the new MSGM collection. Taking their cue, brand founder Massimo Giorgetti found himself making an unexpected turn toward the dapper with hints of classic Milanese styling.“I studied the attitude of these guys, and it is less street wear than usual without losing modernity,” Giorgetti said. “Some are very, very elegant. The concept of elegant Milan, Italy, needs to be restudied also by a brand like mine. There’s an evolution going on.”The silhouette veered toward the everyday, neither too slim nor oversized. Looks included snazzy suits with zip-up jackets in pink or red worn with ties, as well as plaid trousers paired with cardigans and jumpsuits. Giorgetti collaborated with Eastpak on a series of graphic printed backpacks and travel bags.The designer emblazoned the collection with phrases of graffiti he collected from the desks, tables and restrooms of Milan’s universities. They included “Tempo per cambiare,” Italian for “Time for Change,” along with the Italian phonetic rendering of “I love you” as “hailoveiu.”Here, “Time for Change” clearly meant honouring roots and not looking abroad for validation.“They are very serious, very clever and very positive,” the designer said of the Milan students he worked with. “And they love their country.”___DUTCH MUSINGS AT DIRK BIKKEMBERGSDutch style, painting and design were all reflected in Lee Wood’s latest collection for Belgian label Dirk Bikkembergs.And in keeping with the down-to-earth Dutch nature, the collection was full of necessary items. A rain-resistant technical down coat was worn with tailored pants for an urban look merging sportswear with sartorial tradition.“A man needs to be authentic,” Woods said backstage. “We have a thousand things to do and life goes on. They are not heavy garments. They are basics, things we need.”The dark palette of navy blue, black and grey was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. The mixing of materials, such as in a nylon parka with a wool back panel and knit waistband, drew from a Rotterdam architectural institute. Straps on pockets echoed the ones on leather footwear.Wood said he was drawn to the Netherlands by coincidence. The models he was selecting came from there and the music a DJ played at casting sessions was Dutch.“I said I think I have to go, and visit this world,” he said.___WESTERN DOINGS AT DSQUARED2Model Bella Hadid bookended the runway show for DSquared2, the label of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, opening as a cowgirl in plaid over denim and closing as a chic hippie in a tiered handkerchief gown worn with a big fur coat.DSquared2 adhered to the recent Milan trend of combining the men’s and women’s shows, scheduling theirs during the less hectic January round focusing on menswear.Red plaid emerged as the prevailing print in the Western-themed collection. The mood ranged from a little bit country to a little bit rockabilly to a little bit hippie chic. Oversized knitwear served as tableaus for western scenes.Any classic cowboy would feel at ease in the suede coat with sheepskin linings, while leather vests layered over flowing white peasant shirts for men or dresses for women gave an edge to the usual boho styling.The accessories of the season: big Double-D belt buckles and sequin neck scarves for men, or shiny sequin cuffs for him or her.____MEDITATIVE DESIGNS AT SARTORIAL MONKSabato Russo isn’t your usual designer making his Milan runway debut, supported by the Italian Fashion Chamber. He has decades of experience behind him, first as a model, and then working in the fashion industry in Japan and New York.“I was tired of making money and making clothes,” Russo said backstage. After taking time off to reflect, he returned to the business with his own brand, Sartorial Monk. In keeping with the name, his Milan debut collection can aptly be described as meditative.The looks appear simple to the eye, but are full of detail like Middle Eastern draping, that belie a complexity. The pieces seemed to envelop the models.The show opened in silence, with a model, the actress Violeta Sanchez, walking deliberately in high heels clicking on the runway, wearing a long camel coat over a printed silk velvet dress. The models that followed walked barefoot, giving a Zen sense to the simple flowing pieces: a slate double-breasted jacket over wide, pleated cotton trousers for him, or cropped tailored jackets worn with long clinging skirts for her. While the first half of the collection was more sartorial, the second part was more relaxed and loungey, with long, cozy knitwear and soft velvets.“It is simple, but it is never simple,” Russo said. “I think somebody who has personality can wear this. I don’t try to embellish.”___AMERICAN GOTHIC AT PALM ANGELSThe fashion crowd is this trusting. They filed up a narrow staircase in an apparently abandoned building, then down several levels, past the sort of laser lighting that jewel thieves navigate to their booty, and into a dark barren basement.It was there that Francesco Ragazzi unveiled his latest looks for Palm Angels. And the fashionistas nary batted an eye at the first look: a red plaid shirt with jeans and parka made alarming by the black facemask with nails sticking out. The accessory was calmly described as “studded baclavas” in the notes, but if it is any comfort, they are more likely a runway gimmick than a commercial proposition.Tartan and spikes clashed with Western themes and prints of the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” as punk clashed with Middle American values.“Palm Angels takes iconic American tropes and puts them out of context, fertilizes them with unexpected insertions, lets them grow and calls the result Neo Classic America,” the brand said in notes.
TORONTO – Real estate boards across Canada are mulling the release of home sales data online after the Toronto Real Estate Board began permitting such numbers to be published on password-protected websites on Tuesday.Calgary, Greater Moncton and B.C.’s Fraser Valley were among a handful of real estate boards that said they were looking towards the Greater Toronto Area to decide how their own region should tackle the contentious issue that involved seven years of fighting at three judicial bodies for TREB, which wanted to keep the data under wraps because of privacy and copyright concerns.The battle, which began after the Competition Bureau alleged in 2011 that preventing the publication of the data was anti-competitive, ended in August when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the case. TREB took a few weeks to work out details around how realtors could publish the numbers before giving them the go-ahead Tuesday.Alan Tennant, the chief executive officer of the Calgary Real Estate Board, said he watched the case intently, knowing it would likely have ramifications on how his board handled the issue.CREB, he said, is already doing an analysis of how releasing sales data would impact its policies, but has no intention of fighting the release of the data on password-protected websites like TREB did.He said it is important the board not rush into releasing the data, but he anticipates its publication in Calgary will be “relatively quick.”“I don’t see this needing to drag on. I see it as being really straightforward,” he said. “(Real estate boards) are all probably at the same point in wanting to do this right and simply get on with things.”Like Tennant, Greater Moncton Real Estate Board executive officer George Murray said he paid attention to the TREB case and as a result of it and some inquiries from local realtors in recent weeks, his board has put a discussion on the matter on its Wednesday meeting agenda.“We recognize the importance of the issue and want to move on it as quickly as possible,” he said, adding that the board is already consulting with lawyers about the implications of making such data available online.If the board decides to move forward with allowing realtors to publish the data online, Murray said it won’t just copy all of TREB’s specifications, which already bar realtors from scraping, mining, selling, reselling, licensing, reorganizing and monetizing the numbers.“We have to have our own recommendations from legal counsel and act in our own way to make sure we are doing the best we can to not only be compliant but look after the best interests of the public.”John Barbisan, the president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board in B.C., said he has watched TREB encounter “growing pains” as it figured out how it would allow data to be released.The board tussled with how to handle historical sold price information where consents were given before websites were in existence and how long listing photos should remain active on a broker’s website after the sale of a property has been completed.It also had to deal with realtors who rushed to publish the data online immediately following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case. TREB ended up sending them cease-and-desist letters, warning it would take away data access and TREB memberships or bring legal action against members it believed were violating its user agreement by posting sales numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”Barbisan doesn’t think the issues TREB faced will be different than what his region might encounter, but said his board intends to “take the high road” and look at how it can release the data.“I am sure it is going to be coming our way and we are making efforts to prepare for it.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.
Kabul: The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The latest fatalities brought the overall death toll for the assault in Badghis province to at least 32 Afghan soldiers and policemen. Many more have been wounded and the area is cut off, said Mohammad Nasir Nazari, a provincial councilmember. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNazari said that according to soldiers inside the base in the district of Bala Murghab, roughly 2,000 Taliban fighters are involved in the attack, with about 600 Afghan troops and members of the security forces inside. “They are running out of everything ammunition, water and food,” said Nazari. Abdul Waris Sherzad, a district chief, said local officials and residents were disappointed that NATO forces and the Afghan government have not helped. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut Defence Ministry spokesman Qais Mangal denied that, saying reinforcements and supplies have been airlifted to Badghis the previous day and that more would be dispatched on Friday. The brazen Taliban attack first began before dawn on Thursday, when the insurgents stormed all the security posts around the government compound and killed at least 20 soldiers and policemen. Fighting continued throughout the day and overnight and into Friday, Nazari said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media. It was the latest attack by the Taliban who target Afghan forces on a daily basis even as they hold talks with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad was in Islamabad on Friday and met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other Pakistani officials. He had visited Kabul earlier this week where he lobbied for “intra-Afghan dialogue” talks that would encompass prominent Afghan figures, government representatives and the opposition, as well as the Taliban. According to the foreign ministry, Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Islamabad’s continued support for the ongoing Afghan peace process. Khalilzad has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban, most recently last month in Qatar where both sides said progress has been made. But despite the talks, the Taliban still inflict staggering casualties on Afghan forces and now hold sway over half of the country. The insurgents refuse to talk directly with the government in Kabul, considering it a US puppet. Washington wants Islamabad to encourage the Taliban to hold direct talks with Kabul but the insurgents have shown no flexibility on that stance. Khalilzad was also to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who last month stirred controversy by calling for the formation of an interim Afghan government with the Taliban.
Gurugram: In order to further strengthen the public transportation system the Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMBCL) that operates Gurugraman is planning to extend the routes to areas South Delhi, Manesar and Faridabad. For this purpose, the public officials have already begun to draw plans of which routes can be more viable to operate on.According to sources if all goes according to plan they may begin the bus services in two to three months. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarLaunched last year there are already 85 buses that are at present plying in different parts of Gurugram. Some of the areas where the buses right now are plying include Palam Vihar, bus stand, MG road and Golf Course road. Not only in new Gurugram but the buses are also moving in older parts of the city. Grievances however have been shared by the citizens that even now Gurugram is not being able to completely meet the needs of last mile connectivity. Moreover, the choice of routes has also been questioned on a continuous basis by the aggrieved citizens. The officials in charge of running the Gurugram bus service however claim that new schemes are now being introduced to increase the awareness among the residents of using the newly launched bus service.
Casablanca – King Mohammed VI received on Friday at the Royal palace of Casablanca visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry, says a release of the Royal office.Kerry is currently on an official visit to Morocco, mainly to co-chair the 2nd session of the “US-Morocco strategic dialog” which is an important component of the exceptional strategic partnership binding the two countries, the release adds.Kerry’s visit also follows suit to the Royal visit to Washington and to the intensive and diversified actions agreed upon during this trip between HM the King and President Obama. During the audience, HM the King reiterated his deep attachment to the strategic partnership, fruit of a longstanding and multidimensional alliance with the USA. This partnership is based on confidence, solidarity, sharing values, interdependence and the defense of shared interests. It has adapted, evolved and been renewed to meet the two countries’ expectations and the mutations of the regional and international context.The Royal visit to Washington, on November 22, 2013, opened new perspectives for the prosperity of this strategic partnership, by considerably enriching its agenda and setting a more ambitious course.The joint release, adopted during this visit, has helped further intensify consultation on strategic issues, define new cooperation tracks, adapt the existing special instruments and develop other diversified mechanisms, while at the same time, consolidating gains and foundations of a historic alliance between Morocco and the USA.The Sovereign recalled that the present regional and international context is confirming the pertinence and the depth of this partnership, which, henceforth, needs to expand and contribute mainly to lasting security and stability, shared economic prosperity and human development in the African continent.On his part, the US secretary of state reiterated President Obama’s attachment to deepening the singular strategic partnership with Morocco.Kerry also reiterated the US will to endeavor with Morocco for the consolidation of peace and stability regionally and internationally.Regarding the African continent, the US secretary of state, who appreciated the Sovereign’s strong and constant engagement for the causes of the African continent’s stability and development, reiterated to the Sovereign invitation to participate in the USA-Africa summit scheduled for next August.Kerry further praised HM The King’s constructive role and active contribution, in his capacity as chairman of Al Quds Committee, in efforts to reach a fair, final and comprehensive settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the basis of the formula of two states living side by side in peace and security, in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.The King, chairman of Al Quds Committee, handed to the US Secretary of state a register of all Israeli abuses in the holy city of Al Quds Asharif, seeking to alter its religious calling and its authentic architecture.The meeting took place in the presence of Dwight L. Bush, US ambassador in Morocco, Prem Kumar, director for the Middle East, North Africa and national security, Jonhathan Finer, deputy-chief of state, Fouad Ali El Himma, advisor of HM the King and Salaheddine Mezouar, minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.
As part of its Rivalry uniform program, Nike has designed a special uniform with cutting-edge fabrics and technologies (37 percent lighter!) to be be worn by the Buckeyes when they play Michigan, November 21, 2009. This new uniform, inspired by the 1954 National Championship team, are meant to honor Ohio State tradition and accomplishment. They were officially unveiled Monday at the Newport Music Hall for the Beat Michigan pep rally. The team will return to wearing their traditional uniforms after the game versus Michigan.
OSU sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown (80) makes a leaping grab during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Northwestern on Oct. 29. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisThe Dallas Cowboys selected former Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown in the seventh round with the 239th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Brown is the seventh former OSU player selected in this year’s draft. He is the third former Buckeye on the offensive side of the ball to be selected. The big-bodied 6-foot-2, 222-pound wideout was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection his final season for the Buckeyes.In 2016, his redshirt sophomore season and final year as a Buckeye, Brown caught 30 passes, the second-most on the team, for 402 yards, a 12.6-yard average. He caught seven touchdowns.Brown excited OSU fans and impressed NFL teams when he caught five passes for 72 yards, scoring four times against Oklahoma in the third game of the 2016 season. But Brown caught just two touchdowns in the remaining 10 games.Before the 2016 season, Brown played in 13 games, all during his freshman season, but caught just a single pass. In fall camp, prior to his second season in Columbus, Brown suffering a broken left leg that would keep him out the entire season, allowing OSU to use a redshirt.Brown’s 19 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine tied him for the second-most among wide receivers in this draft class.This marks the third year in a row a Buckeyes receiver was drafted. In 2015, Devin Smith and Evan Spencer were taken by the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, respectively. Michael Thomas and Braxton Miller were drafted by the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, respectively, in 2016.Brown joins former Buckeyes running backs Ezekiel Elliot and Rod Smith in Dallas.Brown will begin his NFL career in Dallas on September 10 when the Cowboys take on the New York Giants.
Parma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Salomon Rondon is fit and available for their game against Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.Rondon has been out injured since Newcastle’s goalless draw at Crystal Palace in September.Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League table with just two points after nine matches and Benitez is happy to have nearly his full squad with the return of Rondon.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Rondón is available, he’s in the squad. Everyone is available apart from (Florian) Lejeune and (Jamie) Sterry,” Benitez told NUFC website.“You can see that we signed (Rondón) as a main striker. We were missing him for games. When he played against Crystal Palace, he was injured and it was a pity.“Now he’s fit, hopefully, he can stay fit for a while and at least increase the competition between the offensive players – that is something that is good for any team.”
West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini is very pleased with how Robert Snodgrass has turned around his fortunes at the clubThe 31-year-old midfielder arrived at West Ham in 2017 from Hull City but struggled to make an impact.After spending last season on loan at English Championship side Aston Villa, Snodgrass returned in the summer upon Pellegrini’s appointment as manager.The Chilean then advised Snodgrass to lose weight and he has since been left impressed by what he’s seen.The Scotsman has since started eight of West Ham’s opening 14 Premier League fixtures with a further five substitute appearances.“I spoke with Snodgrass at the beginning of the season,” Pellegrini told reporters on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It depended on what he wanted and I gave him some demands about his work. He’s a great professional player who has the desire to be here.”Another player capturing interest is summer arrival Felipe Anderson from Lazio, who has scored four goals in his last four outings.“I think Felipe is improving,” added Pellegrini.“He played a very good game and he knows more about what he should be doing and not doing. He is improving every game.West Ham will face Cardiff City tonight at the London Stadium with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
Muslim devotees offer prayer during Ramadan at Baitul Mukarraum National Mosque in Dhaka on 31 May 2019. Photo: Prothom AloThe holy Lailatul Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest and most blessed night for Muslims, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervor, reports UNB.Muslim devotees will spend the night seeking divine blessings for peace and progress for family and the country as well as the Muslim Ummah.According to the holy Quran, this is superior to a thousand nights as the Quran was revealed to the greatest Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in this glorified night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.The devout Muslims usually pass the night offering special prayers, recitation from the holy Quran, holding milad mahfil, zikr, and other religious rituals at mosques and in their houses.They will also visit graveyards to seek divine blessings for the departed souls of their near and dear ones.
00:00 /01:13 Houston ISD Trustee Anne Sung chairs a new committee on special ed, which includes parents, teachers and other community members.The Houston Independent School District said that it’s reevaluating how it delivers special education services to students and as it gets ready for next school year, administrators want to hear from parents.HISD will hold a series of parent forums on special ed this spring. The first one is Wednesday, April 5 at HISD headquarters.As they gather that feedback, a separate HISD committee will select an auditor to review special ed. Trustee Anne Sung leads that group.“I think looking at the rate of enrollment of special education students overall and then for some subgroups in particular do raise some questions for HISD,” Sung said. “And those are things that this committee plans to look at.”There’s growing scrutiny on HISD’s special ed services ever since a Houston Chronicle investigation found a state benchmark was discouraging enrollment.Since then the U.S. Department of Education launched its own statewide investigation. In HISD, the director of special ed recently resigned.HISD has one of the lowest rates of students in special ed in the country.Below is a full schedule of the forums. Parents can share comments in person, online or request a comment card at their child’s school.Wednesday, April 5, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center 4400 W. 18th St., Houston 77092*(Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese interpretations available)Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:30-10 a.m. HISD East Field Office 1102 Telephone Road, Houston 77023*(Spanish interpretations available)Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6-7:30 p.m. HISD South Field Office 4040 W. Fuqua St., Houston 77045*(Spanish interpretations available) Listen X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
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Lisa Robinson, vice president, Vanguard Justice Society; Ken Butler, president, Vanguard Justice Society; Louis Hopson Jr., vice chair, Vanguard Justice Society; Barbara Jackson, community organizer; Ivan Bates, Tony Garcia, Bates & Garcia. (Photo by Kamau High)The Vanguard Justice Society voiced its support for Sgt. Alicia D. White, who was charged earlier this month with manslaughter and second degree assault, as well as misconduct in office, and faces 20 years in prison in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. She was charged along with five other officers.The non-profit group that advocates for minority police officers in Baltimore did just that on Sgt. White’s behalf at a May 13 press conference at Baltimore Community College.“The purpose of this press conference is to express our full support in reference to the officers that have recently been charged and one officer in particular, a Vanguard member, Sgt. Alicia White,” said Ken Butler, Vanguard president.Sgt. White, according to Mr. Butler, was recruited into Vanguard out of the police academy and was mentored by the organization.In addition to Vanguard members, Barbara Jackson, a community organizer, spoke of Sgt. White’s Christian faith and volunteer work. Two of her lawyers, Ivan Bates and Tony Garcia, of Bates & Garcia, also addressed the assembled media.Bates began by pointing out that according to State’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby, Sgt. White had about 15 seconds of interaction with Freddie Gray and that Sgt. White never actually touched him.Garcia also noted that Sgt. White was born and raised in Baltimore city as well as went to high school in Baltimore. “Alicia White is your sister, she’s your cousin, she’s your friend, she’s your neighbor,” Garcia said. “She is Baltimore city.”The law firm of Bates & Garcia is known for suing the Baltimore Police Department for police brutality including the Kollin Truss case, in which a Baltimore police officer was captured on video tape punching Truss in the face repeatedly.Lisa Robinson, vice president of Vanguard, was also on hand to speak in favor of Sgt. White. She said the group is looking forward to speaking to the Department of Justice during their investigation of the Freddie Gray case and wants to bring up several issues themselves. “Those include policies and procedures in terms of hiring, firing, disciplinary actions as well as promotions and transfers, policing strategies,” she said. “Our goal is also to look at the stop snitching culture. The stop snitching culture is prevalent on the streets of Baltimore as well as within the Baltimore Police Department.”She went on to say, “It is our hope that at the end of this process that Baltimore will have a better, safer police department and city for all the citizens of Baltimore.”During a question and answer period after the press conference Garcia, one of Sgt. White’s lawyers went on to criticize Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City by saying, “You’re going to see accuracy was sacrificed for speed. You’re going to see a ‘chuck and duck’ style of prosecution that is not fair or unbiased to anyone.” He added,” You’re going to see that Ms. White was steamrolled into this. She was at the wrong place at the wrong time and had nothing to do with this.”Her other attorney, Bates, then appeared to lay the groundwork for Sgt. White’s defense. “We’ve asked the state’s attorney numerous times to allow us to see the evidence and they haven’t. I guess for some reason the state feels that they have evidence that Ms. White didn’t do anything but before Ms. White got to the point to not do anything Ms. White would have to know that something needed to be done.”Asked what Sgt. White had told them about her actions on the day of Freddie Gray’s arrest, Bates said, “I can’t necessarily go into what the client has told us but let’s just say we feel very confident about our defense.”Mosby’s press office did not return calls by AFRO press time. However she released a statement, May 5, that read in part, “While the evidence we have obtained through our independent investigation does substantiate the elements of the charges filed, I refuse to litigate this case through the media.”
By ERRIN HAINES WHACK and SCOTT BAUER Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Robin D. Stephens lived through Jim Crow and thought the worst days of racism were behind her. Then President Donald Trump told four American congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from.“It was very hurtful to see the person who is the leader of the country that I live in and that I respect and love, speak that way to U.S. citizens,” said Stephens, a 61-year-old retired public defender who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Voters in a predominantly African American polling place in St. Louis, Missouri. (AP/Jeff Roberson)But Stephens is tired of talking about Trump’s racist tweets. She is ready to take her pain to the polls.“What I want to talk about now to people and to get people excited about and to get people wanting to go out to vote about now is the fact that this came from the White House,” Stephens said. “We can change that. And the way we change that is by voting.”Democratic presidential candidates gathering in Detroit on Wednesday to address the annual NAACP convention will need voters like Stephens to keep that passion heading into next year’s election. Trump is gambling that his attacks on the congresswomen, which he revived on Tuesday, will help him secure another term in the White House by galvanizing his most fervent, overwhelmingly white supporters.But dozens of black leaders, activists and voters in pivotal swing states said they’re just as motivated to vote and won’t forget Trump’s actions.“I see more people engaged and responding to the comments, people who aren’t political, friends of mine who vote more casually, they are responding,” said Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is black and from Milwaukee, where Democrats will meet to declare their nominee at the party’s convention next summer.In 2016, black turnout was down about 7 percentage points nationally compared with 2012, according to census estimates. Barnes said the president’s comments are resonating with people “in a more real way” than past statements he’s made, which could translate into increased turnout next November.“The most important thing that we can have happen is the president needs to keep talking because he’s showing his true colors, he’s showing how he really feels,” said David Bowen, a Wisconsin state representative from Milwaukee who is black.“These overt racist incidents are going to wake people up and remind them that four more years of the president is not going to benefit this country, not benefit African Americans.”Angela Lang, who started Black Leaders Organizing for Communities after Trump’s 2016 victory, agreed.“This is all hands on deck,” she said in response to Trump’s comments. “We can’t tolerate this. I think people are fed up. It’s agitating people in a way to engage them to do whatever they can for 2020.”Woke Vote founder DeJuana Thompson said it’s a sentiment she has been hearing as she has worked to expand voter turnout in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Thompson said that regardless of the race of the candidates, there is an expectation from voters of color that 2020 Democrats must confront racism on the campaign trail.“There’s not a different standard being applied,” Thompson said. “The standard is justice. The standard is equity. And if you’re not saying those things, it is landing — particularly on people of color’s ears — very differently than it ever has before.”Some African Americans are still weighing Trump’s actions and how it might influence their vote. Michael Brown, a 34-year-old who lives in Philadelphia, said he believes the country is increasingly divided along racial lines, but he isn’t sure whether he’ll vote next year. If he does go to the polls, racism won’t be a factor in his decision.He said he isn’t sure whether the president is racist, though Brown said “it appears like he could be” based on some of his past statements.“For me, I would have to hear ‘I hate black people, I hate Asians, I hate Hispanics,’ to be like, OK, he’s a racist,” he said, adding that he understands why some would take Trump’s comments about the congresswomen as racism.Reggie Hall Jr. saw the president’s tweets and talk differently and said Trump’s rhetoric has only escalated since he took office.“I think he went too far from the beginning, but him condemning the four congresswomen . if you’re looking for a final straw, that could probably be it,” said Hall, 32, of Philadelphia.Hall, who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, participates in most elections and said that he’s “extremely motivated” to vote in 2020. While race and racism aren’t the sole factors in his decision of whom to support among the Democratic primary candidates, Hall said he does want to hear from them on matters of race.“If you’re going to try to weave this coalition together, you need to address the fact that race is a factor in a lot of things,” Hall said. “Whoever comes out of the Democratic primary, their response to race and race relations, for me personally, is going to be better than anything Trump has said.”___Bauer reported from Madison. Associated Press writers Corey R. Williams and Mike Householder contributed to this report.
Kolkata: A scooter rider got his throat slit by kite thread (manja) on Maa flyover on Sunday afternoon. He was rushed to SSKM hospital by the police where doctors treated and discharged the injured.On Sunday around 3:20 pm, a doctor at SSKM hospital identified as Dr Saikat Chakraborty was riding his scooter on Maa Flyover to go home in Nayabad. But near Park Circus 4 number bridge his neck and face got entangled in the kite thread. Immediately he stopped his scooter and tried to remove the thread. Meanwhile, a few drivers, who noticed the incident, informed police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUpon receiving the information police personnel went on Maa Flyover and rushed Chakraborty to SSKM hospital. Since last few months several such incidents occurred on Maa Flyover. During October Suresh Majumdar a resident of Bally in Howrah was injured due to kite thread. On October 21, he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover, near Topsia and felt something was wrong around his throat. He stopped the motorcycle and saw blood dripping from his throat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen he tried to understand what happened and put his hand on his throat, the victim found kite thread. Though police have asked the locals staying adjacent to Maa flyover not to fly kites near the area, no one bothers to obey the order. As a result similar accidents have taken place in the past. In last September, an Information Technology (IT) employee’s throat got slit in the same manner when he was riding his motorcycle on Maa flyover. On December, 2017, a-10-year-old girl’s throat got slit by kite thread and suffered major injuries. Though police say steps would be taken to curb such incidents but no one knows how this practice could be stopped completely.