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Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies series

first_imgThe selectors will meet in Mumbai on Wednesday to pick the Indian team for the two-Test series against the West Indies, and sources in the BCCI have said that five-member committee may wait for an official announcement till the end of the Asia Cup final on September 28.The two Tests will be held in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (October 12-16).For some strange reason, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India did not issue a customary media advisory for the meeting in the capital.Shikhar Dhawan’s poor technique in testing conditions along with the fitness status of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will come up for discussion in the meeting.One of the main reasons is believed to be Dhawan’s selection in the Test team while Ishant (ankle) and Ashwin (groin) are racing against time to get fit.Since the two Tests will be a sort of dress rehearsal for the tour of Australia, selectors will be keen on giving all those players opportunity looking at the series Down Under.Murali Vijay is back among the runs in England’s county cricket but having been recently dropped, it will be difficult for him to make a comeback.KL Rahul after his stylish 149 at the Oval has sealed one of the opener’s slot but the issue is with Dhawan.His prowess on flat tracks with lack of seam movement is known to one and all as it has been evident during the Asia Cup.However when the ball swings or seams at a high pace, his technique has been found wanting as he has been a complete failure outside the sub-continent.advertisementThere is a possibility that if given a chance, Dhawan will again plunder runs against a weak West Indies attack on featherbeds before turning into potential ‘walking wicket’ against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.Youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have scored truckloads of runs and are waiting for their opportunity.Prithvi was included in the squad for the last two Test matches in England and would be hoping that he gets his much-deserved Test cap at Rajkot.While skipper Virat Kohli is expected to comeback after a much needed three-week break, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are certainties.Hanuma Vihari and Karun Nair will be the two middle-order back-ups while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to comeback into the side.Ashwin’s hip injury and Ishant’s dodgy ankle are two worrying areas for the selectors.Both have pulled out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and it’s still not clear if they will be fit for the Test series.Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are two sure shot picks in the squad.In case Ashwin misses out, Vihari’s part-time off-spin is one option and in the next line of spinners, the choice is between Krishnappa Gowtham and Jayant Yadav.Shahbaz Nadeem despite his brilliant form will have a tough fight with Jadeja and Kuldeep already in the squad.For the leg-spin option, there is Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal even though A team coach Rahul Dravid has termed the latter as “work in progress”.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Juventus to ditch stripes after 116 years?

first_imgFirst it was the club emblem, where the distinctive bull was removed to make way for a minimalist white letter J on a black background.Two years later, Juventus may be preparing to make an even bigger break with tradition and ditch their famous black-and-white striped shirts after 116 years.Gazzetta dello Sport, as well as a number of social media, feeds on Wednesday published what they said were leaked photographs of the 2019/20 “home” strip. In a dramatic departure, the shirt featured one black half and one white half, divided by a thin pink line.Juventus would not confirm the kit change. “We never comment leaks or rumours,” a spokesman told Reuters. But the pictures, which included the shirt being worn by first-team players Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi, quickly stirred up controversy.The English language blog “Black and White and Read All Over” said that the change “pretty much means Juventus will be ditching their history for a year in the hopes of making more of a fashion statement more than anything else.”Founded by students in 1897, Juventus initially played in pink but that colour quickly fell out of favour, especially as they did not want to be confused with Palermo – who wear pink until this day.One of the Juventus players, Englishman John Savage, had connections to Notts County and in 1903 asked if they could send a replacement. The English club agreed and ever since, Juventus have been playing in their familiar zebra stripes. Although the release of new kits is seen as a key part of modern football marketing, it is rare for teams to do more than tinker around the edges of the so-called “home kit”.advertisementOne notable exception was Brazil. Their combination of gold shirts and blue shorts is one of the most iconic kits in football but they only adopted it in 1953.Previously, they played in white which became seen as unpatriotic due to the lack of national colours.Following their failure to win the 1950 World Cup on home soil, the Correio da Manha newspaper ran a competition to design a new kit, won by 19-year-old Aldyr Garcia Schlee. Brazil have worn his Canarinho (Canary kit) ever since.Liverpool used to play in red shirts, white shorts and white socks only adopted their all-red kit in 1964 when the then manager Bill Shankly thought it would have a psychological impact on opponents.Coincidence or not, both Brazil and Liverpool went on to enjoy years of success after their kit changes.However, playing with tradition is not something to be taken lightly. When the Red Bull energy drinks manufacturer took over at Austrian club Salzburg in 2005, they changed to the traditional purple kit to their corporate colours of white and red.When fans pleaded for them to rethink, the club made one concession: the goalkeeper’s away kit would feature purple socks. Fans were so annoyed that they formed a breakaway club.Also Read | Manchester City take big step towards title with derby win at Unitedlast_img read more

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Players To Watch For Texas On Saturday

first_imgAccording to 247, Texas has had the number 7 (2016), 10 (2015), 16 (2014) and 17 (2013) recruiting classes nationally that have all been either number 1 or 2 in the Big 12. While stars don’t always translate to the field, Texas has plenty of chances for some of those ratings to be akk-urit. Let’s check out a few of them who look to be panning out.No. 7 Shane Buechele, QB and No. 18 Tyrone Swoopes, QBGundy approved the comparison on Monday to think of Buechele and Swoopes as comparable to Rudolph and Walsh circa 2015. Swoopes is a senior that’s never totally panned out as QB1 and in came freshman Buechele (who’s apparently been overcoming odds from day 1), the son of a former MLB third basemen now on the bench for the Texas Rangers. Buechele brings an arm to the job that being combined with the new offense has galvanized the unit. The 6’4”, 249 pound Swoopes is a load around the goal line and his high school tape looks like that enormous nine year old rugby playing kid.While Buechele was temporarily out with a chest injury against Cal, he made a comeback and threw for a long touchdown upon returning.No. 25 Chris Warren, RB and No. 33 D’Onta Foreman, RBThe absolutely bruising running back tandem will present a challenge the Pokes have yet to see. Thetime leading tackler and younger brother of former all-conference linebacker for Baylor Bryce Hager, his pedigree will have a hard time being denied. While he was out of place some as a true freshman, he appears to have really turned a corner this season and could be an impact player to watch. pair of high school All-Americans are 250 pounders jointly averaging 184 yards per game and pose a challenge to any defense. Warren leads the conference with 86.7 yards per game and Foreman has four straight games with over 100 yards rushing. Samaje Warren hit his stride late in the year last season and ran for 276 yards as true freshman and Foreman had himself some runs last year as well.No. 46 Malik Jefferson, LBThe freshman All-American who finished second on the team in tackles last year is the heart and soul of this Texas team. As a middle linebacker, Jefferson has tremendous speed around the edge and is as sure of a tackler as they come. He was named a preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated and Sporting News while being put on every defensive watch list a linebacker can be named on. Jefferson is unusual in how he blitzes really well, can get down in the box and stop the run that has good cover skills in the middle of the field. No. 44 Breckyn Hager, DE/OLBWhile still a rotation player at the “fox” spot on the Texas D, there’s everything to like about this 6’3”, 227 pound sophomore. With less time on the field, he’s tied for the team lead in sacks with two, refuses to get a haircut until Texas wins the Big 12, and is regularly referred to by his teammates and coaches as a “kamikaze”, “wild man” and “potentially schizophrenic” because of his style of play. Son of Britt Hager, former Texas All-American all- If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Table tennis: My best is yet to come, says G Sathiyan after breaking into top 25

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiApril 30, 2019UPDATED: April 30, 2019 16:03 IST G Sathiyan said he loves playing under pressure and challenges (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSG Sathiyan climbed 4 spots to 24th in the latest ITTF rankingsSathiyan’s 6th place finish in the Asia Cup earlier this month helped secure a place in the World CupSathiyan said his goal is to break into the top 15 by the end of 2019Fast-rising table tennis player G Sathiyan feels his best is yet to come, a day after he became the first Indian to break into the top 25 of the latest world ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation.”I am happy with the way I am playing and I feel I am moving in the right direction. But I feel the best is yet to come,” Sathiyan told IANS from Chennai.”I have started to beat world-class players more frequently. I still feel the best is yet to come and I am marching towards my goal of top 15 by the end of this year,” said the engineer turned table tennis professional.Sathiyan jumped four spots to be 24th in the lastest ITTF rankings, following his sixth-place finish in the Asia Cup in Yokohama earlier this month. Riding the result, he secured a place in the World Cup scheduled to be held in Chengdu from October 25 to 27.Last week, he was the sole Indian to reach the round of 32 in the World Championships in Hungary.Sathiyan’s rankings shot up thanks to a series of fine performances over a period of 12 months, beginning February 2018 (the best eight are taken for consideration). They include the Qatar Open (reached the round of 16), Hong Kong and Korea Open (round of 32), Australian Open (round of 16), and Austrian Open (round of 16).The Chennai player also won an Asian Games bronze last year.Asked if there is the pressure of expectation now that he is India’s top-ranked male table tennis player, Sathiyan laughed: “I love playing under pressure. I enjoy the challenge.”advertisementThe next few months will be gruelling for Sathiyan with the World Table Tennis Championships, seven Pro Tours (China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic), Ultimate Table Tennis League and the Commonwealth Championships all lined up before the World Cup.Also Read | G Sathiyan becomes first Indian to break into top-25 of table tennis world rankingsAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Table tennis: My best is yet to come, says G Sathiyan after breaking into top 25G Sathiyan became the first Indian player to break into the top 25 of International Table Tennis Federation on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sarfaraz Ahmed should be removed from Test captaincy, feels Shahid Afridi, Zaheer Abbas

first_img Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 16:00 IST Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed has led Pakistan in all three formats since 2017 after the retirement of Misbah-ul-HaqLegendary Zaheer Abbas also spoke in the same veinZaheer Abbas said that both the posts of head coach and chief selector should remain mutually exclusiveFormer Pakistan captains Zaheer Abbas and Shahid Afridi feel that Sarfaraz Ahmed should not continue as Test captain even though he can lead the national team in white-ball formats.Afridi while talking to the media in Karachi felt that while the decision to retain Sarfaraz as captain of the ODI and T20 squads was sensible but he is not the perfect choice for red-ball format.”I think it would be better for him if Sarfaraz didn’t become the Test captain because I think captaining in three formats is a big burden for him. He is naturally inclined to be a successful captain in the limited over cricket formats,” Afridi said.Sarfaraz has led Pakistan in all three formats since 2017 after the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq but faced plenty of criticism in the longest format where Pakistan has slid down to 7th in the ICC rankings.Legendary Zaheer Abbas also spoke in the same vein.”I don’t think he can manage the pressure of captaining in three formats. He would be better off only managing the ODI and T20 formats,” Zaheer said.”Test cricket is the most difficult format in cricket and it is not easy captaining in this format. Sarfaraz should be allowed to focus on 50-overs and T20 cricket,” he said.Zaheer said that the PCB and selectors should look at other options for the test match captaincy.He also didn’t agree with the decision to make Misbah-ul-Haq the head coach and chief selector and said both posts should remain mutually exclusive.advertisement”I think there will be lot of pressure on Misbah handling both things plus he doesn’t have coaching experience at the top level,” he added.Also Read | Watch: Sri Lankan players are under pressure from IPL franchises, says Shahid AfridiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Shahid Afridi Next Sarfaraz Ahmed should be removed from Test captaincy, feels Shahid Afridi, Zaheer AbbasFormer Pakistan captains Zaheer Abbas and Shahid Afridi feel that Sarfaraz Ahmed is not the perfect choice for red-ball format and selectors should look at other options for the test match captaincy.advertisementlast_img read more

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Atwood Oceanics Takes Over ‘Atwood …

first_imgzoom Atwood Oceanics, Inc. announced yesterday the delivery of the Atwood Advantage from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.The Atwood Advantage has departed the DSME shipyard and commenced its drilling services contract with Noble Energy, Inc. Following its mobilization to the U. S. Gulf of Mexico, the Atwood Advantage will conduct a three year drilling program with Noble Energy.Rob Saltiel, Atwood Oceanics President and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased to take delivery of the Atwood Advantage, the first of four ‘A-Class’ ultra-deepwater drillships that we are building at the DSME shipyard in South Korea. I appreciate the excellent collaboration between DSME and Atwood in constructing and commissioning this state-of-the-art vessel.”Atwood Oceanics, December 13, 2013last_img read more

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Better Protection for Seafarers

first_imgzoom The International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva has today agreed in principle two key proposals for amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) (MLC) which will give seafarers better protection under the Code for repatriation and ship-owners’ liability.Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers attended the Special Tripartite Committee meeting and week-long sessions to debate the proposed amendments. Apart from one Government that abstained, all others voted in favour, with ship-owners and seafarers being united in their desire to reach sensible and practical resolutions to both issues.The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) said that it is very satisfied with the outcome as seafarers will be more protected than before.The Revd Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice and Public Affairs who attended throughout the session at Geneva said, “The consensus that has formed around the protection of seafarers is significant and pleasing. It shows that Governments, shipowners and seafarers representatives realise that seafarers must not be left without repatriation. The Mission to Seafarers will continue to organise the provision of the basic necessities of life, such as food and drinking water, to those that are relying on us, knowing that repatriation is in sight and seafarers will not be left abandoned indefinitely with only our help to survive.”The adopted amendments must now be presented to the ILO Conference for acceptance before they can be implemented. The Mission to Seafarers fully expects the Conference to recognise the essential importance of this strengthening of the MLC.Canon Peters paid tribute to the desire of the social partners, shipowners and seafarers to work together to find practical solutions. He added: “Almost all governments clearly showed their intent to ensure the rights of seafarers when confronted by unacceptable conditions.”Ken added: “I would also like to pay tribute to my colleagues on the delegation of the International Christian Maritime Organisation. There is clear co-operation between the various maritime charities, who together continue to make a significant contribution to the welfare of seafarers.”As of March 2014, the ILO’s Abandonment of Seafarers Database listed 159 abandoned merchant ships, some dating back to 2006 with abandonment cases still unresolved. A figure which, The Mission maintains, reflects the significant under- reporting of the problem.In practice when ships are abandoned, seafarers suffer from inhuman conditions as they are aboard what are termed ‘dead ships’. For two and a half months from November 2013, The Mission to Seafarers on the Port of Tyne looked after the crew abandoned on board the MV Donald Duckling. The crew had not been paid and there was a lack of food. There were serious problems on the ship, with no fuel, no light and no heat.This is just one example. Often there is a considerable delay before seafarers are repatriated and this adds to the stress and discomfort of the ordeal. The new provisions will enable quicker repatriation and indeed may reduce the number of abandonments because of the financial security that must now be put in place to address such situations.The Mission to Seafarers, April 11, 2014last_img read more

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Lunenburg Community Recycling Facility Receives Funding

first_imgMunicipalities in Lunenburg County will be able to store and process more recyclable solid waste, thanks to a project being funded by the Nova Scotia government. The project includes expanding the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre’s receiving floor areas. The upgrades will not only eliminate the need for recyclables to be stored outside, but will help reduce litter control problems and weather exposure which reduce market value. Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said the province is committing 50 per cent of the eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of $280,000. The centre was originally intended to safely process smaller solid waste volumes than it is currently handling. The centre was built in 1994 as Canada’s first integrated solid waste management facility providing recyclable solid waste, compostable organic solid waste, construction and demolition debris and residual landfill solid waste processing and disposal services. It is managed by the municipalities of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and the District of Lunenburg. The facility has won a number of awards over the years for its innovative services. The funding comes from a part of the Province Capital Assistance Program that is earmarked for environmental projects. “Given the recycling centres’ significant leadership in waste diversion, this project deserves our support,” said Environment and Labour Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre has exceeded the province’s objectives and has one of the best waste diversion records in Nova Scotia.” The expansion is aimed to be completed before January 2007.last_img read more

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NL to enjoy fastestgrowing economy thanks to oil production report

first_imgA dramatic economic turnaround is being predicted for Newfoundland and Labrador next year.The Conference Board of Canada says it is expected to lead the provinces in economic growth, thanks to offshore oil royalties.Just a year after having the weakest economic outlook in 2018, the province’s real GDP is expected to grow by 5.2 per cent in 2019.Prince Edward Island and British Columbia are also expected to see strong growth of 2.7 per cent next year, with P.E.I. benefiting from steady immigration and a booming tourism industry.Alberta’s domestic economy has picked up and GDP is set to grow 2.2 per cent in 2019 but uncertainty in the province’s own oil sector around prices and transportation could result in lower-than-projected growth.Other provinces are expected to see slower economic growth of below 2 per cent in 2019, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick forecast to see 1 per cent and 1.3 per cent growth, respectively.Quebec and Ontario’s economies are slowing down but both are predicted to grow by just under 2 per cent, according to the report.Saskatchewan will see predicted modest growth of 1.6 per cent, and Manitoba about 1.9 per cent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Ottawa should forgive debts from BC treaty process report

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome First Nations leaders say millions of dollars in loans should be forgiven if they decide to leave the British Columbia treaty process.And they’ve said as much in a special report presented to the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.last_img

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Cleveland Indians to face 9 billion lawsuit trademark challenge

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Cleveland Indians professional baseball team could soon face a $9 billion lawsuit for 100 years of “dispossession and racism,” says the head of a Native American organization in the city.Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache who is part of the People Not Mascots organization, says the lawsuit will be launched in U.S. federal court next month.“It is disparaging, it’s racism,” said Roche, 67, about the Cleveland team’s name and logo of Chief Wahoo.The planned lawsuit comes as the Washington Redskins football team fights a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to strip the NFL franchise of its trademark on the grounds it is a “racial slur.”The Cleveland Indians could also be facing a trademark challenge on the same grounds. The legal action is also expected to move on two fronts.One front will argue that Native Americans are “hindered from using the public accommodations of the stadium” because of the team’s racist name, said James Patrick Meissner, one of the lawyers involved in the case.“You wouldn’t allow stadiums to put up Nazi paraphernalia and say Jews shouldn’t take offense,” said Meissner.Meissner said they will also be suing for libel and slander.“The Native Americans feel that the appropriate damages from this team that has made money off it would be $9 billion,” he said.Roche said that should they win, the money would go toward the many underfunded services for Native Americans in Cleveland and the rest of Ohio.“Health issues, employment training for job skills, for furthering education,” said Roche. “We have the highest drop-out rate in Cleveland and type 2 diabetes is epidemic.”Roche said times are changing and the general public is now more aware of the racism faced by Indigenous people in the U.S.“The public is more aware of racism and the inhumanity of it,” said Roche, in an interview Wednesday with APTN National News. “Before, people weren’t willing to look at it.”The Cleveland Plain Dealer also recently called for the name to be changed in an editorial.“It’s time to acknowledge once and for all that the caricature represents a racially insensitive stereotype of Native Americans,” wrote the newspaper in its February 28 editorial.Roche said the Cleveland Indian’s current stadium, which was completed in 1994, is also built on a burial ground.This is not the first time the Cleveland Indians faced a lawsuit of this kind. Meissner was involved in another case dating back to 1971 that involved famed American Indian Movement leader Russell Means and nine other people.The case resulted in an undisclosed settlement, but the team kept on using its name and logo.The Cleveland Indians name dates back to 1915 and there is some dispute as to its origins.The team claims the name was chosen in honour of Louis Sockalexis who played in 94 major league games for the Cleveland Spiders. He was signed in 1897, according to the Society for American Baseball Research. A member of the Penobscot Indian Tribe in Maine, Sockalexis faced racial taunts during his appearances on the field.Team historians, however, say the name had little to do with honouring Sockalexis, but was the result of a contest held by the Plain Dealer.A spokesperson said the Cleveland baseball team would not be commenting on the issue.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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BJP wants Congress govt in Madhya Pradesh to prove majority

first_imgBhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava told PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework He said the Congress, instead of debating issues in the House, was dumping papers at former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhans residence, claiming that loans of 21 lakh farmers in Madhya Pradesh have been waived. The Congress was skirting debate on important issues, he said. During decisions and financial matters we are going to seek division to test whether the weak Congress government enjoys its support in the House, Bhargava said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports”We have not drawn up a strategy for the floor test of the government, he said. There is a lot of confusion prevailing over the stability of the Congress-led government in MP,” he added. The BJP demand comes a day after exit polls predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. The exit polls also say the BJP will the maximum number of Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. In elections for the 230-member Assembly last year, the Congress won 114 seats and the BJP coming a close second with 109. The Bahujan Samaj Party has two seats, the Samajwadi Party one and the Independents four seats. The Congress had captured power from the BJP after the assembly polls. Two short of the majority mark on its own, the Congress has the support of BSP and SP in the House.last_img read more

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Amaya CEO says hes moving towards takeover bid as Q4 beats expectations

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2016 4:11 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Amaya CEO says he’s moving towards takeover bid as Q4 beats expectations MONTREAL – Amaya amassed more customers and capped a strong end to 2015 as the owner of PokerStars and other online gambling sites grew its adjusted profits nearly 27 per cent in the fourth quarter.The Montreal-based company said Monday that “aggregate customer registrations” increased by almost two million in the same period, to about 99 million at the end of 2015. The company now has more than 100 million customers.Amaya said its “emerging online casino offerings” are already among the world’s fastest growing, and that they have one of the largest player bases among its competitors.The company earned $111.25 million in adjusted profit from continuing operations in the fourth quarter, up from $87.87 million a year earlier, the company said in a statement.That equalled 53 cents per diluted share, up from 42 cents a year earlier.Including $68-million in one-time charges including nearly half from prior duties, net losses from continuing operations were $15.8 million, compared to $35.6 million in earnings a year earlier.Revenues during the three months ended Dec. 31 grew 15 per cent to $389.5 million. Poker generated $302.7 million of revenues.Amaya’s chairman and CEO, meantime, said he’s preparing to make a formal takeover bid for the company.“I’m in a position to move towards submitting a proposal to acquire the outstanding shares of Amaya consistent with my previously announced intentions,” David Baazov said Monday during a conference call about the company’s results.Baazov indicated in early February that his group would be willing to offer $21 per share in cash. Amaya as a whole would be worth $2.79 billion at the suggested purchase price, including the stock and options that Baazov already owns.For the full year, Amaya earned $372.2 million or $1.76 per share, up from $314.9 million or $1.53 per share in 2014.Revenues were up 8.3 per cent to $1.37 billion.Its stock closed down 40 cents at $18.40 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Amaya had been expected to earn 49 cents per share in adjusted profits on $340 million of revenues in the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. read more

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Cressida Dick arrives for her first day as Met Police chief and

first_imgCressida Dick has started work as the new Met Police Commissioner and is planning an early meeting to lobby the Government over proposed budget cuts, as she seeks to protect the thin blue line, sources have said.The first female head of Scotland Yard has already agreed to take a £40,000 a year pay cut from her own £270,000 salary, but is said to be determined to fight for every penny to protect frontline officers.Despite having a close relationship with the Prime Minister, sources said Ms Dick will not shirk from challenging the government over plans to change the way the country’s biggest police force is funded.Ms Dick smiled for photographers as she arrived for work at the new Metropolitan Police headquarters on Monday morning, wearing trainers and clutching a bunch of bananas. Cressida Dick Cressida Dick’s challenges include rising levels of gun and knife crime across the capitalCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph Speaking when her official starting date was announced, Ms Dick said: “Terrorism is just one of the challenges we face. Alongside the mayor and every single one of our officers and staff, I will work tirelessly to keep our city safe.”Ms Dick’s first role in her new post will be to attend the funeral of Pc Keith Palmer, who was murdered by terrorist, Khalid Masood last month.Other issues she is facing include rising levels of gun and knife crime across the capital as well as the explosion in fraud and cyber-crime. The Met has a number of separate funding streams and earlier this year London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, announced an extra £27 million in order to maintain officer numbers at 31,000.center_img Her predecessor, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, warned that the Met faced NHS style “rationing” of services if budgets were cut any further, but there are fears the Yard could lose as much as £700 million from its Home Office grant in coming years.The ongoing terror threat has led to widespread calls for the Met budget to be protected, but the government is keen to divert money from the capital to other forces in order to redress alleged imbalances in funding.One source said: “The new Commissioner will have a lot on her plate in keeping London safe and fighting crime, but the job is so much harder with less money.”Sir Bernard managed to protect the number of frontline officers by selling off some of the Met’s buildings but Cressida won’t have that luxury so it is going to be even more important that she fights her corner.” But the extra money is only scheduled to last for the next 12 months and the £3 billion annual budget is under unprecedented pressure, despite the ongoing terror threat. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Mothers heartbreaking plea to find missing daughter leaves TV presenter Susanna Reid

first_imgMs Campbell said she last spoke to 15-year-old Olivia on the phone between the support act and Miss Grande’s performance.She said: “All I know is she was at the Manchester Arena with her friend watching Ariana Grande and she’s not turned up yet.“I can’t get through to her. I’ve called the hospitals, I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people say that children have been taken.“I’ve called the police. There’s no news, I’ve just got to wait. I’m waiting at home just in case she turns up here.”Co-presenter Piers Morgan was also lost for words during the interview. Olivia Campbell, 15, has still not been foundCredit:Twitter Ms Campbell said she had been at home “phoning everybody – hospitals, police, all these centres that the children have been put in”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Broadcaster Susanna Reid broke down in tears while interviewing the mother of a missing girl following the attack at the Ariana Grande concert. “I cannot imagine the agony parents are going through, I’m sorry”, she said while interviewing Charlotte Campbell, whose daughter Olivia was at the Manchester Arena for the American singer’s performance.Wiping tears from her eyes, Good Morning Britain host Ms Reid said: “It doesn’t help anyone if I get upset.”center_img “Her dad is actually in Manchester looking for her. I’ve got friends out looking for her, I’ve got people I don’t even know out looking for her.”I’ve got people messaging me saying ‘Look, we’ve got her photo and we’re out looking for her – we’ll get in contact with you if we see her’.”I’m just hearing nothing – her phone’s dead.”She posted a picture of her daughter on Facebook, saying “please share – my daughter is still missing with no news on her”.Ms Campbell said social media had been “wonderful” and thanked those who were helping with the search. Ms Campbell, who lives in Manchester, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I last had contact with her at half past eight last night. She was at the concert, she’d just seen the support act and said she was having an amazing time and thanking me for letting her go.”She was with her friend Adam. Adam was found about half an hour ago, he’s in hospital but Olivia has not been found yet.” Olivia Campbell last_img read more

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There were no warning signs Derry Clarke urges young people to talk

first_imgClarke described suicide in Ireland as “an epidemic” and called more funding to be made available for awareness campaigns.He said the issue required a Government effort on a par with the road safety campaign targeting drink-driving.“There’s been a blanket campaign on drinking and driving and speeding and it’s really worked so I’d like to see that transferred on to suicide.Clarke said that if his son had known there was a place he could talk to confidentially it might have made a difference.“If Andrew had had, in his mind, Teen-Line’s number, or somewhere at hand, just an example, he could have rang them and there could have been a chance,” Clarke said.“Because kids, you know teenagers especially, they don’t like to talk to their parents really, let’s be honest.”Clarke said he believed that adolescence was becoming more difficult for young people as a result of the spread of social media.Teen-Line Ireland can be contacted on 1800 833 634 (8pm – 11pm). The Samaritans can be reached at 1850 60 90 90 (24h)Read: Donal Walsh’s message to teenagers: ‘Take time, a door will open’Read: Recognising the warning signs can prevent suicides WELL-KNOWN CHEF Derry Clarke has spoken on TV for the first time about the death of his son Andrew.The 16-year-old died last year after taking his own life. He was found unconscious in the family home on 27 December, and passed away four days later.Appearing on Ireland AM to discuss his new role as an ambassador for helpline service ‘Teen-Line Ireland’, Clarke said there had been “no warning signs” in the weeks before Andrew died.He called on anyone contemplating suicide to seek help and talk about their problems:“Just look and think for a second because it is an instance, it’s not something that’s planned,” Clarke said.“We were surprised with Andrew, it’s instant. There were no warning signs.”last_img read more

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Kylian Mbappe compares Brazil Neymar to himself

first_imgKylian Mbappe says there’s only one major attraction in the French champions’ squad, adding that he was prepared to leave the ovation of the World Cup win behind as PSG focus on the new season.Mbappe splashed the headlines after scoring two second-half goals in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-1 win at Guingamp.Mbappe is trying to blaze up after France’s World Cup triumph, spent the first half on the bench before coming in for Timothy Weah with PSG trailing 1-0. Neymar equalised with a penalty eight minutes later and Mbappe put PSG ahead on 82 minutes.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Neymar is a superstar, more than me. He worked a lot in Barcelona for that,” Mbappe told Canal+ via ESPN.“With a goal and an assist, it is not bad either. I try to bring what I can and help the team win.”“We won, we celebrated but football continues, my career begins, I have very high goals with Paris, with the team of France and at the individual level,” he said. We don’t have time to sit around.”last_img read more

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Police searching for Keys man missing since Wednesday

first_imgSUMMERLAND KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are looking for a 56-year-old man who was last seen on Summerland Key, Wednesday morning.The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Jeffrey Dunn spent Tuesday night at his girlfriend’s apartment on Wilter’s Lane, in Summerland Key. She told police he left her apartment at 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, saying he was getting cigarettes and would come back.Dunn, who police said is reportedly the general manager at the No Name Pub, did not return to the apartment. According to police, another man who works at the pub said Dunn did not show up for work Wednesday, which is unlike him.Police said Dunn’s vehicle, a gray Mercury SUV with New York license tags, was parked on the corner of Paradise Drive and Watson Boulevard with his wallet inside and keys in the ignition. A witness told police it had been there since 9 a.m., Wednesday.Officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Federal Fish and Game Commission could not find Dunn in the area.Dunn’s cellphone provider told police his cellphone has been turned off since 9:30 a.m., Wednesday.Police said Dunn no longer sports the facial hair he is seen with in the provided photo. Anyone who has any information that may help locate Dunn should contact contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 305-289-2410. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Oppos Reno phone series includes 5G 10x zoom and jaunty popup camera

first_img Rylo $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Read the Rylo camera preview $999 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview See at Turo $520 at HP Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $59 at eBay Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Post a comment $999 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $155 at Google Express Amazoncenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate Boost Mobile $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Phones Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $6 at Tidal Oppo’s Reno phone in teal. Oppo China-based Oppo unveiled its Reno flagship phone on Wednesday in Shanghai, with three variations.First there’s the standard version, which comes with 6.4-inch OLED screen, a Snapdragon 710 processor and two rear cameras. There’s the 10x Zoom Edition, which not only comes with a third camera (for zooming, if that wasn’t clear from the name) but also has a 6.6-inch screen and Snapdragon 855 processor. A third version of the phone offering 5G connectivity was unveiled in Zurich at a separate event.Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Reno is the 16-megapixel forward-facing camera, which pops up from the top of the phone at a spunky angle like a shark fin or a wedge of brie. This is Oppo’s solution to the notorious notch problem, which sees the aesthetic of flawless phone screens ruined by incorporating a front-facing camera. Instead, Oppo hides the camera away inside the phone until selfie time.There are four color options: teal, purple, pearly pink and a more serious dark grayish blue. The Reno will be available with various RAM options (ranging from 6GB to 8GB) and two storage variations: 128GB and 256GB. Prices in China range from the equivalent of $450 to $710, but actual pricing for other markets won’t be officially announced until the phone’s official launch event in Zurich on April 24. Sprint 0 Apple iPhone XS 5G Oppo,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice $210 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods reviewlast_img read more

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