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NIA begins enquiry against Kashmiri separatists

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) against Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly receiving funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba’s chief Hafiz Saeed to create unrest in the Valley.A similar PE registered last year by the NIA against Mr. Geelani, to probe his links to two bank accounts through which money was allegedly routed to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley, drew a blank. The NIA is yet to find any evidence against him in the said case. An NIA official said investigation into last year’s PE was continuing.Others named in the fresh PE are Naeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation by India Today TV ‘confessing’ to have received money from Pakistan-based terror groups; Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’; and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, an NIA spokesperson said.The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments, the NIA spokesperson said. The NIA has also taken cognisance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard, he said. “We had information from multiple sources regarding the involvement of Pakistan in funding the unrest in the Valley. The sting operation also suggests so. A team visited Srinagar on Friday and began a probe. We will question all those named in the PE including Geelani,” said the official.last_img read more

Five AAP leaders join BJD in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha unit of the Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major setback when five of its prominent leaders joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal here on Wednesday.The leaders — AAP’s State general secretary Nandlal Singh, spokesperson Bharadwaj Mishra, State’s youth wing president Subrat Chhatoi, State students’ wing president Jyoti Prakash Mohanty and party’s Balangir district coordinator Ajay Das — joined the BJD in the presence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence. They came in a procession along with a large number of their supporters. Welcoming them into the party, Mr. Patnaik said that their presence will strengthen the BJD. He urged them to work for the party and to help it provide better governance to the people.The leaders appreciated the achievements of the Odisha government and assured the BJD leadership that thousands of their supporters will work for the ruling party to ensure that Mr. Patnaik wins the elections in 2019.last_img read more

Indian cricket team selection faces charges of favouritism and parochialism

first_imgEven as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled,Even as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled the air. Six of the 16 are from Bombay, and this raised hackles all over the north. In a politely disapproving letter to S.K. Wankhede, the grand old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 11 of the 27 affiliated units requested a general body meeting to discuss the selection of the team.The five-member national selection committee is headed by former Test cricketer Polly Umrigar of Bombay. Gavaskar is reputed to have considerable influence on the committee. The team announced included new players Ghulam Parkar and Suru Nayak of Bombay, and others thought they had been unjustly preferred to Mohinder Amarnath of Delhi – whose dogged innings in the Ranji Trophy final brought Delhi victory over Karnataka – and Rakesh Shukla, also of Delhi and a steady all-rounder who has time and again proved himself in the Ranji meat-grinder. What is more, there is no back-up to wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, although both Parkar and Yashpal Sharma can keep wickets.Accusations: The fireworks began immediately after the list was announced. I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, said that the Indian cricket team looked more like a Bombay Ranji Trophy team. The representatives of three BCCI units – Railways, Punjab and Delhi – alleged that the non-inclusion of a second wicket-keeper was a “ploy” to deny Ved Raj of the Railways a chance and bring in Bombay’s Zulfikar Parkar “through the back door” during the tour. As for the supposed emphasis on youth, they asked pointed questions about Maninder Singh and Gursharan Singh, two young players of the north who have made their mark this season.The Delhi unit was particularly peeved because only one national selector, Vijay Mehra, watched the Ranji Trophy final, where Delhi overtook a massive Karnataka total, anchored by Amarnath who fell just short of a double century. Gavaskar also watched this match. The Ranji semi-finals, too, were treated casually by the selectors. In fact, the 16 for England must have been chosen even before the last, crucial stages of the domestic season were through.The BCCI’s acts of omission and commission set the scene for accusations about “godfathers” in the selection committee and team vice-captain G.R., Viswanath was driven to appeal for an end to the controversy, in case it demoralised the players. There is a real fear that the BCCI may be split down the middle if Wankhede does not call the general body meeting and the disgruntled units go ahead with their own.Balanced Team: Controversy apart, the Indian team is no better or worse than its predecessor. Most of the players select themselves. Nayak is relatively unknown and the only left-handed batsman in the party. He is a seamer who can also bowl left-arm spinners. If he gets into the Test team it will have to be at the cost of Randhir Singh, because India cannot afford to field six bowlers – always assuming that both left-arm spinners Dilip Doshi and Ravi Shastri will play: Doshi because he is familiar with English conditions, and Shastri because he can bat in a tight corner. Off-spinner Shivlal Yadav does not fit in the present scheme of things – play as tight as possible with the over-rate as niggardly as possible. The happiest inclusion is that of Ashok Malhotra of Haryana, a hard-hitting batsman who came off well against Keith Fletcher’s side a few months ago.However balanced the Indian team is, England in England is a slippery proposition. Cold and damp weather, tricky pitches, and the depressing precedent of having been rubbed out on the last tour in 1974 will all combine against the Indians. The only silver lining is that England will be without Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch, who have been banned from English cricket after their “rebel” tour of South Africa. This is, however, counterpointed by the fact that with Fletcher’s unimpressive showing as captain in India, the English selectors might turn again to Mike Brearley and his magic touch. In that case, it is going to be a long, hard summer for the Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

NADA provisionally suspends javelin thrower for doping

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has provisionally suspended Javelin thrower Rohit Yadav, after he tested positive for banned substance ‘stanozolol’.This comes after a top Indian athlete was also handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.Union Sports minister Vijay Goel has said doping will be made a criminal offence as it will send a strong message across.”Doping will be made a criminal offence. We want to stop it by making a strong law so that people are scared to be involved in doping,” Goel told ANI.Meldonium was tested positive in tennis player Maria Sharapova and was subsequently banned for 15 months.Earlier in April, Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was tested positive for a banned substance.Subrata failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) in Mumbai when the Indian men’s football team was going to Cambodia for a friendly match in February.The goalkeeper will now go for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test.Paul, who made his debut in 2007, has made a total of 60 appearances for the national team so far.Paul, nicknamed the ‘ Spiderman’, has also won Nehru Cups (2007, 2009) and the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Challenge Cup in 2008.last_img read more

We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow: Shreyas Iyer after DC exit IPL 2019

first_imgDelhi Capitals’ breakthrough IPL 2019 season came to an end when Chennai Super Kings beat them by 6 wickets in the 2nd Qualifier on May 10. After raising hopes of reaching their maiden IPL final, DC batsmen couldn’t fire at once to give their team a fighting total as CSK finsihed the chase of 148 with an over to spare. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer rued the early loss of wickets but still revelled in the fact that the side has ‘had a great season’.”We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the Powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we’ve had a great season,” said Iyer.Asked to elaborate on their mistakes in the Qualifier, Iyer blamed the batsmen for lacking in ‘initiative’ and ‘partnership buidling’.”None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn’t a partnership buidling. Disappointing for us but a good learning,” added Iyer.Though DC surprised many by reaching the playoffs, Shreyas admitted to not having found a track that suits their team, back home at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi. Capitals had managed to win only 4 home games out of 7.”It’s something to think about (the Delhi pitch), we didn’t win too many home games, but we can’t complain about pitches. We’ve been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can’t give (excuses),” explained Iyer.Iyer, who was promoted to captain the side in the middle of IPL 2018 following a series of losses under ex-captain Gautam Gambhir, has managed to turn the side’s fortunes around. When Iyer was asked how the capataincy experience has been for him at the IPL, he said that despite the difficulties of the job, he is still ‘happy to be the captain’.advertisement”I think we’ve learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It’s a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that’s great for me. I’ve heard Rohit and many of them talk about how difficult it is to be captain, and yeah, it’s not an easy job to do, but I’m happy to be the captain. Really proud of the boys. Loving the way we’ve gelled as a family. The coaches and support staff have been amazing. A lot more to come next season. We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow,” concluded Iyer.While DC’s campaign in IPL 2019 has come to an end, tonight’s winners CSK will face familiar foes Mumbai Indians in the IPL final on May 12.Also Read | IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finalAlso Read | IPL 2019: Suresh Raina tying Rishabh Pant’s shoelaces is Spirit of Cricketlast_img read more

Selangor’s fundamental flaws exposed by Kedah

first_imgMalaysia Cup Selangor’s fundamental flaws laid bare in defeat to Kedah Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:35 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ugo Ukah, Namathevan Arunasalam, Selangor, Sandro da Silva, Kedah, Malaysia Super League, 15072017 Kedah FA Facebook Malaysia Cup Selangor Selangor v Kedah Selangor have produced several outstanding results this season, but their defeat to Kedah proves that their core weaknesses can no longer be masked. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter The Red Giants have been defying the pessimistic initial expectations of many observers this season, producing several good results in the Super League and the Malaysia Cup to currently be fifth in the standings, and in the cup quarter-finals. But on Friday, playing at home in the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Kedah, their core weaknesses were simply exposed by the visitors; even without taking into account the Ken Ilso Larsen brace they conceded within fifteen minutes of the kickoff. The match, which ended in a 3-2 defeat for the hosts, proved that the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions are simply a plucky side which have managed to punch above their weight at the opportune times throughout the season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Selangor are average when no one is outstanding Head coach Maniam Pachaiappan’s charges have produced several memorable wins this season; for example their two wins against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), and a 1-0 league win against Perak away from home playing with 10 men. But these results happened because at least one of their players performed exceptionally well. In their Malaysia Cup group stage win over JDT in July, veteran forward Amri Yahyah carried the team and scored a brace to make sure that his side would win the match 3-2. In the following month, they would record a 2-1 win over the Southern Tigers, this time in the league, thanks to the numerous saves made by goalkeeper Norazlan Razali. Norazlan too put out a man-of-the-match performance in the win against Perak, which ensured that Forkey Doe’s beautiful chipped goal would stay the only goal of the match. But against Kedah on Friday, no one seemed to be able to play well, and with no one to carry the team, Selangor looked quite average. Goalkeeper Khairulazhan Khalid let in two goals before he even touched the ball, defender Adam Nor Azlin did relatively little to contribute in defence, while winger Kannan Kalaiselvan was unable to assist the attack with much impact. Only Amri looked close to shining in the match, but after two of his on-target attempts were denied by Kedah goalkeeper Ifwat Akmal Che Kassim just before halftime, for the remainder of the match he sat deeper and let the other forwards lead the attack. It is not enough for a team to have one or two good players, the team itself needs to be able to play well as a unit, and on Friday, as well as in various matches this season, Selangor as a unit have failed to turn up. Over-dependence on Ukah It is to no one’s surprise that centre-back Ugo Ukah is a fan favourite. The Nigerian-Italian defender is a decent centre-back, has a strong physique that neutralises aerial threats in the penalty area, has a commanding presence when organising the defence, but what is most impressive about him is his covering of space. He is not the fastest player, but his stride and positioning ensure that he is able to defend a wider area than most defenders in the league are able to. Fairuz Abdul Aziz, Ugo Ukah, Selangor, 15072017Photo from Kedah FA FacebookBut this ability of his has somehow allowed the Red Giants’ other defenders to coast. They by comparison have not been pulling their weight, and when there simply is too much to do such as in the match against Kedah, the defence will prove porous. It’s simply bewildering that captain Razman Roslan has not matched Ukah’s influence on the pitch, if not his abilities. More disappointingly, Razman too committed several individual mistakes against Kedah. And on Ukah’s left, Adam Nor Azlin has been showing one glaring weakness in his defensive duties. While playing for Malaysia U22 in the recent SEA Games, he emerged as one of the Young Tigers’ outstanding performers as a defender, specifically as an ad hoc last man who denied many of their opponents’ chances with perfectly-timed last ditch tackles. But those tackles were hiding a serious flaw in his defensive duties; Adam’s marking is quite poor for a defender. His success rate at stopping attackers is not as good as a defender’s should be, and playing against more experienced players in senior competitions, especially against clubs with players who are very good technically such as Kedah, have only served to amplify this particular weakness of his. Doe has not combined well with Rufino Liberian forward Forkey Doe and mid-season signing Rufino Segovia are currently among the Red Giants’ top-scorers in all competitions, but it is quite unfortunate that the duo have not been able to combine well to produce a greater sum of their combined individual abilities. Doe is more of a ball-holding forward while the Spaniard is a traditional poacher, but against Kedah and throughout the competition very few of Rufino’s goals came from Doe’s deliveries. Francis Forkey Doe, Selangor, Malaysia Cup, 04072017Photo by Fadzlie AhmadDoe managed to get a lot of possession against Kedah, but he chose to keep the ball for too long, and by the time he did pass it, Kedah defenders would have been back in position to anticipate his delivery. And his job too was made harder by the fact that everytime he had the ball near the Kedah penalty box, at least one Kedah player would position himself between Doe and Rufino, blocking the channel. He needs to trust his teammates more and be quicker with his deliveries, or all that possession will be for naught. Central midfield remains Selangor’s weakest area Having gone two goal in front after just 15 minutes, Kedah pounced on the hosts’ main weakness; their midfield area, by simply keeping the ball in the middle of the park away from either touchlines, moving it from one player to another. And for a few minutes, there was nothing that Selangor central midfielders Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat and Veenod Subramaniam could do except chase the ball around like headless chickens, and for a few minutes, the match looked like it would end up a laughably one-sided affair, with a huge margin. Kedah midfielder Liridon Krasniqi was simply bullying the hosts. But it was not because Saiful and Veenod was having an off-day. The only problems are that Saiful has never been an outstanding midfielder, while in Veenod’s case he is more of a utility man than a midfielder altogether. All season long Maniam’s team have been lauded for their effective wingplay which has produced most of their goals, but against Kedah we finally realised why it was effective. Their build up play from the sides have to be good in order to make up for their inability to attack through the middle route, which is their biggest weakness, although probably not the most obvious (although the fact that they are among the few Super League clubs who do not employ a foreign central midfielder provides a clue). And teams with a strong midfield could exploit this weakness successfully, at least in terms of keeping the ball out of Selangor’s possession. And in Friday’s match, Kedah thankfully let up the bullying in the midfield area, which eventually let Maniam’s men mount a fight back and score two goals, to set up a second leg encounter in Alor Star next weekend with all still to play for. This is by no means to say that Maniam’s men are a bad side. The fact that they have punched above their weight in spite of all these core weaknesses means only one thing; the Red Giants can be an genuine title challenger next season if the flaws are corrected.last_img read more

South Carolina’s Projected Bowl Game, Per Experts

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The final boxscore might indicate that Clemson dominated South Carolina, but the Gamecocks showed resiliency in a hostile environment on Saturday. Now, they’ll wait for their chance to make some noise in their upcoming bowl game.South Carolina owns just a 6-5 record, but every loss came to a ranked opponent. Clearly, Will Muschamp is building the program back to where it wants to be.With bowl projections for this season already available on several sites, let’s look at what experts are saying for the Gamecocks.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has South Carolina in the Liberty Bowl against TCU.College Football News has the Gamecocks in the Belk Bowl against the NC State Wolfpack.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated released his projection, and he also has South Carolina in the Belk Bowl, but against Duke.South Carolina has shown it can compete with some of the best programs in the country over the course of this season. The official bowl game matchups are almost here, and the Gamecocks will have an opportunity to take another step in the right direction.last_img read more

Injury Update For Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor

first_imgJonathan Taylor rushes the ball against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 27: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs with the ball in the first quarter of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium on December 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)Wisconsin is dominating early against Michigan, but the Badgers might have a sizable issue to deal with moving forward. Star running back Jonathan Taylor appears to have suffered some kind of injury in the second quarter.Taylor, one of the most gifted running backs in the nation, has gashed Michigan’s defense thus far. On 12 carries, he’s racked up 143 yards and two touchdowns – including a 72-yard score. But after a run in the second quarter, he headed to the injury tent.Taylor has yet to return to the game. Wisconsin fans are rightfully concerned about his status.Jonathan Taylor to the injury tent.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 21, 2019 Wisconsin has yet to issue any kind of statement on whether Taylor will return. It’s unclear how serious the injury is at the moment.Here’s video of Taylor’s monster run that put the Badgers up two scores.Go ahead, Superman 🔥🔥@JayT23 breaks loose for his second TD of the game! pic.twitter.com/LUZ44JkZuL— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 21, 2019Wisconsin currently leads Michigan 14-0. The Badgers are driving at the moment as well.As noted, this is a huge game for both teams. It could be a College Football Playoff elimination game. We’ll keep you updated on Taylor’s status.Update: Taylor is reportedly suffering from cramps. It’s unclear if Wisconsin will feel the need to return him to the game.Wisconsin says running back Jonathan Taylor is dealing with cramps, questionable return— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 21, 2019Wisconsin now leads 21-0. It’s looking ugly for Michigan at the moment.Update 2: Taylor returned to the game in the third quarter and he looks good. Hopefully he’s able to make it through the rest of the contest with no issues.last_img read more

Unidentified man commits suicide at Delhi Metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: An unidentified man in his 50s committed suicide on Monday by jumping in front of a Metro train at the Welcome station in east Delhi, affecting Metro services for about half hour, authorities said. The police were informed shortly after 7 a.m that a person was found dead on the tracks near Platform 2. “He had been crushed by a train and his head had got severed. We found Rs 1,620 were on his body while no identity proof was found from his possession,” said a senior police officer. CCTV footage showed that the man jumped on the tracks at about 6.35 a.m., said a police officer. The body was shifted to the GTB Hospital mortuary. Efforts were on to identify the deceased.last_img read more

Petronas buys into LNG Canada project

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas says one of its wholly-owned entities has signed an agreement for an equity position in the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, B.C.Petronas, which did not divulge the investment amount in a news release early Thursday, says it expects the agreement to be completed in the next few months once regulatory approvals are obtained.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in British Columbia. A consortium led Petronas announced in July 2017 that it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to what it called an “extremely challenging environment” brought on by prolonged low prices.In the new agreement announced Thursday, the Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership would hold a 25 percent stake in the LNG Canada project.Shell Canada Energy would hold 40 percent, PetroChina Canada Ltd., would have a 15 percent stake, Mitsubishi Corp., subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Ltd., would also hold 15 percent, and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd. would have the remaining five percent.Petronas says the proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of liquefied natural gas, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG processing units with an option to expand the project in the future.“Petronas is pleased to be part of the LNG Canada project,” said the president and group CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. “We are committed to deliver LNG and natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel in the world, to the growing global energy market.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Indian’s death in Maldives in 2016: AIIMS tells HC he died due to natural causes

first_imgNew Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which was asked to look into the death of a man who died allegedly due to medical negligence while on a honeymoon at a Maldives resort in 2016, has told the Delhi High Court that he died as a result of acute onset of high levels of fat in the blood.An eight-member medical board of the AIIMS, set up on the high court’s direction, has placed before a bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani a report which said the deceased suffered from hypertriglyceridemia, that indicates high levels of fat in the blood. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The board members have “unanimously concluded” that the “cause of the death was cerebro pulmonary oedema secondary to heart failure with associated hypertension”. “…death is due to acute onset of the disease and its complication, an unexpected natural cause of death,” it has said. The board, in its report, has also recommended “strengthening the medical case set up in such island resorts”. The report was filed after the high court on April 4 had asked the AIIMS to set up a panel to examine the forensic and post-mortem report of the deceased. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe direction had come on the plea by the deceased’s father, Chelakara Ramaswamy, who has contended that his son died due to medical negligence of the doctor — Dorjee Khandu — who treated him for food poisoning while he was staying at the resort at the Vilu Reef Island, which is more than 100 km away from Male, capital of Maldives, and can be reached only by sea planes. He has also alleged that the J J Hospital at Mumbai, where the post-mortem was carried out, did not follow the procedure properly and gave a “sham report”. He has further claimed that the Final Cause of Death Certificate, issued by the J J Hospital was not in terms of the Maharashtra Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 2000. The court on April 4 had also issued directions to the forensics department of the Maharashtra government, which had carried out the post-mortem of the deceased and analysis of tissue samples, to find out how the viscera samples in the case had disappeared. The state government, in its report, has told the court that the viscera samples “got destroyed unknowingly”. It has said that the official in-charge of the samples was transferred and the acting in-charge had given the order to destroy all analysed viscera samples as a routine process. The acting in-charge was unaware about the instant case, the state government has claimed in its report.last_img read more

Mauritanian President Stops Football Match at 63 Minute, Orders Penalties

Rabat – Mauritanain President entered history over the weekend for becoming the first head of state to attend a match and order the referee to end it before time.According to media reports, the Mauritanian president was attending the Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar over the weekend when all of a sudden he ordered the referee to end the match at the 63rd minute and go to penalty shootout.The reason behind this atypical behavior? According to the Gazzeta World, Oueld Abdel Aziz was not enjoying the football match. “A football game in the Mauritanian Super Cup was bizarrely sent to a penalty shoot-out in the 63rd minute of play after the country’s head of state grew tired with the match,”According to the same source, the Mauritanian head of state grew bored with the pace of the game, which was tied at 1-1. Instead of waiting until the end of regulation time and maybe extra-time, he just ordered the referee to end the match and send the two teams to penalty shootouts.“Upon being given the instructions, the referee brought the match to an abrupt halt, much to the bemusement of the players and fans, before immediately sending the game to be decided on spot kicks,” the same source said.The astonishing decision caused uproar among Mauritanian fans who called on the country’s football federation to provide explanation on the reasons that pushed the referee to end the match before time.The head of the Mauritanian football federation issued a statement in which he denied the intervention of the President in the match, arguing that the decision was made in coordination with the consent of the coaches of the two teams.“I deny in the strongest terms the intervention of the President of the Republic. The decision was made due ??to organizational issues in accordance with the presidents and the coaches of the two teams.” read more

Morocco-Côte d’Ivoire Relations Are Unique: FM

Abidjan –  Relations between Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire are “unique” with strong historical foundations, particular human and religious ties, and very fruitful economic cooperation, said minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.In recent years, King Mohammed VI has given a strong impetus to these relations, especially through the many visits that the Sovereign has made in this brotherly country, Bourita told the press on the occasion of the King’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire, which started on Sunday.The minister, who also recalled the official visit of Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara in 2015 to Morocco, noted that these visits helped to strengthen the bilateral relations, give a strong and concrete content to the partnership between the two countries, and to launch projects, which are today a source of pride for Africa and constitute a model of South-South cooperation. Referring to the current visit of the King, Bourita stressed that it will be an opportunity to monitor progress on the projects launched during the previous royal trips, give an even stronger impetus to these ties and to continue the tradition of consultation between the King and his brother president Ouattara on regional and international issues.King Mohammed VI arrived Sunday in Abidjan for a working and friendly visit to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, during which the Sovereign will also take part in the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, to be held on November 29-30 in Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital. read more

Attacks on girls schools jeopardizes Pakistans future says UNESCO chief

1 April 2009The future of all of Pakistan is being endangered by ongoing threats to girls’ education in the country’s north, the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) said today. The future of all of Pakistan is being endangered by ongoing threats to girls’ education in the country’s north, the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) said today.For months, there have been attacks on schools, teachers and students, with girls’ educational institutes being singled out for attack in the Swat district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP), UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura noted, with both the Government and the Taliban having set up military posts in school buildings.Last year, over 150 schools – two-thirds of which were girls’ schools – were destroyed by the Taliban and their allies in the NWFP. In the Swat Valley, the Taliban decreed in December 2008 that all girls’ educational facilities must close their doors by 15 January 2009, adding that they would attack schoolgirls and their schools after the deadline.“Hostage-taking is never acceptable,” he said. “But when the hostages are schoolboys and schools girls, the situation is even more shocking. The future of an entire country is taken hostage through its education system.”In February, a ceasefire was signed between the Pakistani Government and the main Taliban group in the region, known as the TTP, which said that girls could theoretically return to school.In spite of that agreement, “fear still reigns,” with many parents still refusing to send their daughters to school and teachers having fled the region in recent weeks, Mr. Matsuura said.Last month, there was a suicide attack on a girls’ school in Baluchistan, in eastern Pakistan.To reassure frightened parents and teachers, any agreement must reflect the Government’s commitment to the goals of ‘Education for All,’ including facilitating girls’ access to education, Mr. Matsuura stressed.“A strong signal must be sent, so that everyone can once more benefit from education, which is a determining factor for their future and for the future of the country,” he declared. read more

Norfolk County resident loses 140k to virus scam

Norfolk County OPP are reminding the public not to grant access to their computers to anyone they haven’t contacted first after an area resident lost close to $140,000 in what is known as the “virus scam.”Police say the resident received a pop-up alert on his computer on Jan. 31, 2017, saying there were issues with his computer’s antivirus software.The resident clicked on the message, followed prompts he received and signed a form indicating repairs on the computer had been completed, police said.The man also exchanged several other emails with the scammers between January 2017 and March 2019, granting further access to the computer, police said.It wasn’t until the resident reviewed his statements that he realized his line of credit had been accessed, police said, with scammers stealing close to $140,000 from the victim’s account by the time the fraud had been discovered.This is the second reported case in the last few days In Norfolk County of a person falling victim to the virus scam, police said.  Another resident lost thousands of dollars after granting access to their computer to a caller who said their device had a virus.In that case, the scammer stole the resident’s financial accounts and passwords and convinced them to buy close to $7,000 in Google Play cards, police said.“Computer users are reminded that, unless you initiate the call, do not allow anyone access to your computer. Don’t give out personal, banking or credit card information to anyone unless you are sure of whom you are dealing with,” police said in a statement.TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINEDon’t download anti-virus software from a pop-up or link sent by e-mail Update anti-virus software often and scan your computer for viruses regularly Don’t click on links or attachments in e-mails from senders you don’t know Turn on your browser’s pop-up blocking feature Never click on a pop up that says your computer has a virus read more

Syria Ban disappointed that Presidents speech does not contribute to ending suffering

“What the Syrian people desperately need at this time are real solutions to the crisis that is tearing their nation apart,” the spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, added in a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “The speech rejected the most important element of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012, namely a political transition and the establishment of a transitional governing body with full executive powers that would include representatives of all Syrians,” he continued.In his 6 January speech – made in the capital, Damascus, and his first public remarks in around six months – President al-Assad reportedly put forward a peace plan involving an army ceasefire which would follow a halt to operations by rebel groups, as well as a national reconciliation conference and a new constitution, amongst other points. He was also reported to have described opposition groups as “puppets” of Western countries.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month.The so-called ‘Geneva communiqué’ was issued after a meeting in the Swiss city of the Action Group for Syria, and it lays out key steps in a process to end the violence in Syria. Amongst other items, it calls for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the League of Arab States; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.Just last week, the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, reiterated his belief in a political solution to the crisis in Syria – with the Geneva communiqué providing the basis for a peace process.In his statement to the media, Mr. Nesirky said that Secretary-General Ban reaffirms his long-held view that there is no military solution to the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation.“The Secretary-General and Joint Special Representative Brahimi have worked and continue to work towards a political solution to the conflict through a political transition that includes the establishment of a transitional Government and the holding of free and fair elections under the auspices of the United Nations,” Mr. Nesirky said.“Now more than ever,” he added, “it is critically urgent that the international community comes together to assist the Syrian people build, as early as possible in 2013, a new and democratic Syria – one where the rights of all groups and minorities are properly protected.” In late December, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, warned of the increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria, and called on all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting individuals or groups based on religious or ethnic identity.According to UN estimates, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country has quadrupled between March 2012 and December 2012, from one million to four million. UN humanitarian aid planning estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013, with most of these located in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.Mr. Nesirky noted that the United Nations remains committed to do its “utmost,” in cooperation with other partners, to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, both inside and outside of the country. “The United Nations will also continue to help the people of Syria fulfil their legitimate aspirations for peace, dignity, freedom, justice and democracy in a united and sovereign Syria,” he said.The spokesperson also provided reporters with an update on Mr. Brahimi’s activities, noting that the Joint Special Representative met yesterday in Egypt with Moaz Khattib, the President of the opposition umbrella group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, as well as with its Vice Presidents, Riad Seif and George Sabra.Today, Mr. Brahimi was expected to meet with Qatar’s Prime and Foreign Affairs Ministers, and with Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday evening.The envoy has been holding a series of meetings in the region and elsewhere, as part of his efforts to bring about a negotiated, political solution to end the Syrian conflict. In late December, he had been in Moscow where he met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, and he also visited Damascus, where he met with President al-Assad. read more

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai among winners of 2013 UN human rights prize

The Prize, which is bestowed every five years, is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. Previous recipients include Amnesty International and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela.“The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote all human rights for all,” stated a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The six winners announced today are: Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania, a son of freed slaves who works to eradicate the heinous practice; Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo, a campaigner for the rights of people with disproportional restricted growth (short stature); Liisa Kauppinen of Finland, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf; Khadija Ryadi, Former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights; Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice (the Constitutional Court); and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes and is now a renowned education activist.The award ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2013, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day, which will this year include the observance of the 20th anniversary of the creation of OHCHR and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.Among the events in Geneva today to mark the 20th anniversary was a discussion on issues such as the balance between security and privacy online, and a performance by musician Salif Keita of Mali, who was born with albinism and has been working to raise awareness about this condition.In her opening remarks today, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay underscored the significance of the two documents adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993.“The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action crystallized the principle that human rights are universal. It committed States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems,” she stated.“Today, human rights are increasingly permeating all corners of the work of the United Nations, and that is fundamentally changing the way the United Nations works with national authorities and the international community.“The key now is to implement the laws and standards to make enjoyment of human rights a reality on the ground. Unfortunately, too often, the political will, and the human and financial resources, to achieve this are lacking.”The High Commissioner said the 20 years since Vienna have seen many setbacks and a number of tragic failures to prevent atrocities and safeguard human rights. “In several instances where deplorable, large-scale violations of international human rights law were occurring, the international community was too slow, too divided, too short-sighted – or just plain inadequate in its response to the warnings of human rights defenders and the cries of victims.“We can and we must do better,” she stressed. “The Vienna Declaration should be viewed as a blueprint for a magnificent construction that is still only half built. It should be viewed as a living document that can and should continue to guide our actions and goals.” read more

Toyota UK factory tour – Burnaston Derbyshire

Toyota Motor Manufacturing will open their doors at their Burnaston site in Derbyshire over a two week period, they have invited local schools to tour their facility to see how Toyota manufacture their cars and to also see the Apprentice Development Centre.The students will also learn about career opportunities in Toyota and also carry out team building activities.VenueToyota (UK) LtdBurnaston, Derbyshire DE1 9TAOrganizerJulia Langley01332 283611Julie.Langley@toyotauk.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

A brief history of the Sony Playstation

first_img(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Release date: September 1995 Sold: 102.49 million worldwide Specs: CPU: 32-bit (33mhz) GPU: 32-bit (33mhz) System RAM: 2mb Video RAM: 1mb Resolution: 640×480 Media: CD-ROMIf you want to pinpoint the birth of the original Playstation, you may be surprised to learn that it was Nintendo that got Sony into the console market. Wanting to compete against Sega – who brought out the ill-fated Sega CD at the time – it experimented with bringing a CD add-on to the Super Nintendo and worked with Sony. After that deal fell through, Sony decided to go it alone and the rest is history.The Playstation became one of the most influential consoles released and opened up gaming to a new audience. This was thanks to a large number of quality titles appearing on it such as Gran Turismo, Tomb Raider, Wipeout, Silent Hill, Tekken, Driver, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid. The console was so popular that even after the PS2 arrived, games were still being developed for it until 2006.Best selling gamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console.Gran Turismo (10.85 million)Its sequel Gran Turismo 2 sold 9.37 millon. (Video: MrYASSER111/YouTube) Final Fantasy VII (10 million)Its sequels FF VIII and IX sold 8.15 million and 5.3 million respectively (Video: ROFLSoup/YouTube)Tomb Raider 2 (8 million)The original Tomb Raider sold 7 million. (Video: cubex55/YouTube) Metal Gear Solid (7 million) (Video: Marek Šterbinský/YouTube)Crash Bandicoot (6.8 million)(Video: cubex55/YouTube)Playstation 2(Image: Wikimedia Commons)Release date: March 2000 Sold: 155 million worldwide Specs:CPU: 128-bit (299mhz) GPU: ‘Graphics Synthesizer’ (147mhz) System RAM: 32mb Video RAM: 4mb Resolution: 720×480 for SD, 1280×720 for HD Media: 4.7 GB DVDBuilding upon the success of the Playstation wasn’t going to be an easy task, but the PS2 not only surpassed its predecessor but became the most successful Playstation model released.  Seeing off challenges from both Nintendo’s Gamecube and Sega’s Dreamcast, the latter ended up leaving the console market entirely, it dominated the console market until it made way for the PS3.Best Selling GamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console. GTA: San Andreas (17.33 million)GTA: Vice City sold 9.61 million while GTA III sold 7.9 million (Video: Moiz009/YouTube)Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million)Gran Turismo 4 sold 10.76 million (Video: Tomsas1roed/YouTube)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (7 million) (Video: SneakingFox/YouTube)Final Fantasy X (6.6 million)FF XII saw 5.2 million copies shipped. (Video: Playstation/YouTube)Kingdom Hearts (5.9 million) (Video: cubex55/YouTube)Playstation 3(Image: Wikimedia Commons)Release date: March 2007 Sold: 80 million worldwideSpecs:CPU: ‘Cell’ (3.2ghz) GPU: ‘Reality Synthesizer’ (500mhz) System RAM: 256mb (3.2ghz) Video RAM: 256mb Resolution: 720×480 for SD, 1280×720 and 1920×1080 for HD Media: 25gb BD,The Playstation 3 faced a number of obstacles when it launched. A high price and strong competitors in the form of the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii meant that it didn’t have quite the impact it would have liked. While it didn’t get off to the strongest start, thanks to titles like The Last of Us, the God of War series and GTA V, it still kept up the momentum Sony had with the PS2.Best Selling GamesFigures given are number of copies shipped worldwide. Also included are figures for both sequels and prequels on the same console. Gran Turismo 5 (10.66 million)Gran Turismo 5 Prologue sold 5.35 million (Video: Hostilenemy/YouTube)GTA V (7 million)GTA 4 sold 2.73 million (Video: GameNewsOfficial/YouTube)God of War III (5.1 million)The God of War collection sold 2.4 million. (Video: VISO Games/YouTube) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (4.8 million)Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 3.2 million, Modern Warfare sold 1.9 million and World at War sold 1.83 (Video: Gamehelper/YouTube)Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (3.8 million)Uncharted 2 also sold 3.8 million while the original sold 2.6 million. (Video: UNCHARTED/YouTube)Playstation 4(Image: Wikimedia Commons) Release date: November 2013 Sold: Unconfirmed (sold one million in 24 hours in the US) Specs:CPU: low power x86-64 AMD ‘Jaguar’, 8 cores GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS System RAM: 8GB GDDR5 Video RAM: 1GB Resolution: 720p, 1080p and 1080i Media: BD x 6 CAV, DVD x 8 CAVSince it’s only been released today, it’s far too early to say whether the PS4 is going to be a success or not, but the early signs are encouraging. It sold one million consoles in 24 hours in the US and Sony expect to sell 5 million by March, meaning that there are high hopes it will come out on top this generation.Beyond the 30 launch titles, gamers can look forward to titles like Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Infamous: Second Son, The Witcher III, Minecraft, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Kingdom Hearts III which are expected to arrive next year.The AdsAs great as the games were, the Playstation wouldn’t be as significant as it was if it wasn’t for the numerous advertising campaigns it ran. Since its launch, it’s been responsible for some of the most memorable ad campaigns shown on TV and while some of them didn’t go to plan, there were more than enough ads to make sure the console stuck in your mind.Double life (Video: DigThatBoxRETRO/YouTube)Alien girl (Video: VideoGameAds/YouTube)Long live play (Video: IGN/YouTube)This is living (Video: Antonio Hagiu/YouTube)For the players since 1995 (Video: Playstation Acesss/YouTube)Playstation 4 ‘Perfect day’ (Video: Playstation/YouTube)Read: Sony sold one million consoles in 24 hours >Read: The cost of building a PS4 is cheaper than you would expect > FOR PLAYSTATION FANS across Europe, today’s a big day as they finally get their hands on the Playstation 4. Both it and the Xbox One are released in time for the Christmas season and will battle it out for a place in people’s living rooms.Yet the Playstation has come a long way since it first arrived on our shores in 1995. To mark the arrival of the PS4, we take a look back at the consoles, the games and advertisements that came before it.Playstationlast_img read more

Flaming Lips and Bell X1 for day one of Forbidden Fruit festival