first_imgA Cabinet Minister in the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has courted controversy by claiming on camera that a Ram temple would be constructed in Ayodhya as the “Supreme Court is ours.”Interacting with journalists at Bahraich on Saturday, Mukut Bihari Verma expressed confidence that the temple would be built at the disputed site as the judiciary, as well as the executive and the legislature, was “ours.” But the MLA from Kaiserganj, who holds the cooperative portfolio in the Yogi Adityanath government, did not specify what he meant by “ours.” He made the remarks when asked by journalists about the BJP’s long-standing promise of building a Ram temple. While the “BJP came [to power] on the issue of development, the Ram Mandir is its revered goal.” “The temple will be constructed. We are deeply committed to building the temple,” he said.When reporters pushed him to explain how the BJP had resolved to construct the temple as the matter was sub judice in the apex court, Mr. Verma responded with the controversial remarks. “Supreme court mein hai, tabhi toh. Supreme Court bhi toh hamara hai na. Nyaypalika bhi. Karya palika bhi hamari hai, vidhan palika bhi. Desh bhi hamara hai, mandir bhi hamara hai (The matter is in the Supreme Court, that’s why. The SC is ours, the judiciary is ours…the executive is also ours, and the legislature is also ours. The country is ours, the temple is also ours,” Mr. Verma said.He was not available for clarification.last_img read more

first_imgAt 6-2, San Miguel is still ahead of the pack as it sits at joint first place with Magnolia and Alaska.Still, Austria knows that these last three games will be crucial if the Beermen wants to end up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, starting in their game against the Aces next Saturday in Batangas.“The mindset is we should win in these last three games. We know what can happen and that’s why I’m putting an emphasis in our game against Alaska. That will be the most crucial point for us to get into the top two,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Austria acknowledged that part of his side’s demise was complacency, feeling that Blackwater will be easy pickings for the defending three-time all-Filipino champion.“Maybe we’re so complacent because we thought that Blackwater was easy to beat. But I keep on telling them that this is a very dangerous team. It’s our fault because we’re not able to do what we’re supposed to do. We should attribute this loss to overconfidence,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustria was dismayed by his side’s 18 turnovers, which led to 32 turnover points for the Elite, something which he believes is the perfect encapsulation of the Beermen’s listless effort.“I told them that whatever game plan we have, whatever we achieved in the past, if we won’t put the effort, we can’t beat any team,” the three-time Coach of the Year said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ravena saves the day as NLEX downs Meralco AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Leo Austria couldn’t help but regard San Miguel’s 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday as “the worst loss” in his coaching career in the PBA.Coming in as heavy favorites, the Beermen were left in a pile of heap following a waxing hot performance from the the Elite, who went 13-of-25 from three to drop the upset axe.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

first_imgREAD: Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones CupCompeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 30, Ferrer, together with Ray Parks, are shooting for their third gold medal, which will allow them to tie Rommel Adducul for the second-most haul in men’s basketball.Tolomia, meanwhile, is playing on his first SEA Games after previously helping the Philippines claim gold in the 2016 SEABA Cup, while Cruz will be making his national team debut in an international competition.The three acknowledge the obvious disadvantage of trotting out a youthful squad, but the squad will be fighting for pride to extend the Philippines’ dominance in the regional tilt.READ: Seeing growth of hoops in the region, Parks knows Gilas has to be ready“There’s a pressure because we’re champions here. We can’t lose,” said Ferrer. “But although we have a young squad, we’re familiar with each other so adjustment won’t be an issue. We know how to play off one another and we all know how to win.”Tolomia added: “It’s going to be a tough competition for us because the other countries will be bringing in their best players. Though we know we could learn a lot from them, we also know that we’ll give nothing less but our best.”“It’s going to be coach Chot’s system which will help us get the wins,” said Cruz. “It doesn’t matter if we’re undersized and they’re bigger, it’s the system where we’ll lean on and we’ll do everything just to fight for our country.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen coach Chot Reyes announced his 12-man lineup for the 2017 Seaba Championship, he pointed out three names whom he felt were the toughest cuts .“If I had to choose 15, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Mike Tolomia would definitely be there,” he said then.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t lose hope. Coach Chot talked to us and said that he has plans for us. So when there’s an opportunity to play, we’ll play,” said the Ginebra rookie.READ: More woes hound Gilas PH Same is the case with the FEU duo of Tolomia and Cruz, as they look at this break as their chance to show what they have been doing in the Gilas practices.“It’s time for us to prove that we’re worthy of our spot in that lineup,” said the cat-quick Tolomia.The bruiser Cruz added: “It means a lot. After all the hard work I put, making this roster makes me more motivated to give my best for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong But now, all three will have their chance to shine donning the national team colors as Ferrer, Cruz, and Tolomia were named to the Gilas Pilipinas squad seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Kobe Paras future of Gilas, says Reyes FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and represent our country. We promise that we’ll give our best wherever we play,” said Ferrer.The lanky UST forward said that his faith never waned, believing when one door closes, another one opens. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Weighing game: Horn still over 7 pounds overweight for battle LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKarnatak-ka-Damad (son-in-law of Karnataka) was the sobriquet that today greeted Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who is all set to tie the knot with 28-year Bangalorean Priyanka Alva later this month.”Today I was referred to as Karnatak-ka-damad, instead of the usual terms like actor or hero when I arrived,” said Vivek, who has already picked up some Kannada words like Yellarigu Namaskara (Namaste to all) and Swalpa Swalpa (little little).Vivek, 34, was in Karnataka to participate in an awards press meet and promote his film Rakth Charitra slated for an October 22 release.”I am excited about my marriage and nervous about my film,” said the would-be-bridegroom, who is also keeping his fingers crossed over the Ram Gopal Verma directed film and his marriage, both of which are to take place later this month.His fiancee, Priyanka Alva, daughter of danseuse Nandini Alva and JD(U) leader late Jeevaraj Alva, he says, “is also looking forward to the film.”Vivek says Priyanka loved his role in films like Company and Saathiya and after watching the rushes of his new film, hoped he (Vivek) would not get that angry with her in real life.Though the film has him playing a role inspired by slain Andhra leader Paritala Ravi, Vivek says personally he is a non-smoker and a non-violent person. “It is my profession and I have to play roles as my profession demands”, he said.”In real life I do not smoke and on screen I avoid it unless the character demands it. In this film too the character demanded it so I had to smoke on-screen,” he says.Rakta Charitra is a movie that runs in two parts, with the first slated for release on Oct 22 and the second scheduled for release three weeks later, said Vivek, sporting a thick moustache and Che Guevera T shirt.The film promotion in varous parts of the country, he said had left him very little time for marriage preparations. “My parents and my in-laws are looking after it,” he said, claiming ignorance over the whole issue, including the choice of his clothes for the day. The tight schedule has left no time for a honeymoon. “Right, now there are no plans,” he said adding that the couple would decide on it later.Talking about Priyanaka, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Royal Holloway, University of London and who was trained in dance at Martha Graham School of Dance in New York and in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and classical music in India, he said his fiancee has been “very understanding” about his hectic schedule. “She is absolutely like a dream come true”, said the much-in-love hero whose earlier relationships including that with Aishwarya Rai turned sour after a brief time.”It is a marriage of minds”, says Vivek who had agreed to his parent’s choice when they brought up the issue. “She has a wonderful sense of humour”, he said while narrating how when he first met her and asked whether she was comfortable that he had 1500 children (referring to his NGO), her quick repartee was– are they from the same mother.On whether he nursed any political ambitions,given the fact he was marrying into a family with a political background, he said “I am not marrying into a political family, I am marrying into a humanitarian family… a family with strongs roots in culture and social work for generations. A family that lived Gandhian principles and not merely spoke about them”, he said.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In a case of tough luck, Alas suffered the same injury on the same knee just five games upon his long-awaited return.“I re-tore the ACL in my right knee at Ynares Antipolo. It was the exact same venue and the exact same side of the court where I suffered the same injury, less than a year ago,” Alas posted on his Instagram account Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I admit this is very depressing and frustrating because I worked my ass off for the past 10 months just to be healthy and to be at my peak shape. I even did all I could to prevent this from happening again,” he wrote. “This is a tough situation for me, but tough times don’t last. This will only make me more resilient and much stronger.”The 27-year-old Alas hurt his right knee in the Road Warriors’ win over the Meralco Bolts on Saturday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Alas just couldn’t catch a break.Last year, Alas was on a steady rise to becoming one of the best guards in the PBA when he sustained his first ACL tear.This time, Alas was slowly regaining his old explosive self when he hurt his knee again.“I honestly don’t know the plans of God for me but I trust our Lord God Almighty that he is preparing me for something greater and bigger,” he said.The 6-foot Alas, who is averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and a steal in five games this conference, doesn’t want to dwell on his latest setback and instead, he is already looking forward to his recovery no matter how grueling it’s going to be.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img “The goal now is to move forward, recover, get healthy and attack my rehab again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES James Harden churns out another 40-point game as Rockets beat Suns US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kevin Alas had just come back from an ACL injury that sidelined him for 10 months and the NLEX guard vowed to overcome it again.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNita Ambani, founder-chairperson of Reliance Foundation, has been nominated as an independent candidate to be a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) based out of Lausanne in Switzerland, it was announced on Friday.The election for membership, which officials say is a mere formality, is scheduled at the 129th IOC Session at Rio de Janeiro between August 2 and August 4. As per the new selection process, Ambani, when elected, will continue to serve as a member of the IOC until she reaches 70 years of age.IOC President Thomas Bach, announcing the eight candidates at a press conference in Lausanne, said: “This is a very outstanding group of personalities that are experts in their respective fields.”The list also includes Anant Singh of South Africa, a film producer who was raised in the country’s apartheid era and wrote a book on late President Nelson Mandela – “Long Walk to Freedom”. He also produced “Yesterday” that was South Africa’s first Oscar nominated movie.Among Indians, Ambani will be the first woman and the third individual to become a member of the IOC after the late Sir Dorabji Tata and Raja Randhir Singh, who is currently an honorary member of the IOC.’HONOURED TO BE NOMINATED BY IOC'”It is truly an honour and a privilege to be nominated by IOC. I believe in the power of sport to shape our youth, to bring together communities and bridge gaps between cultures and generations,” said the 52-year-old social entrepreneur.”I am grateful to IOC for this opportunity, it’s a recognition of India and Indian women. I am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in meeting the goals of IOC,” she said in a statement.advertisementAmbani spearheads all of Reliance Industries’ initiatives in sports, notably cricket, football, basketball, kabaddi, tennis and golf, either through the company, the foundation or its joint ventures.Sports is also an important component at the 13 schools overseen by her – which educate more than 15,000 students – and at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School and the Reliance Foundation, company officials said.”Her grassroots programmes have reached out to over 3 million children.”Meanwhile, India’s Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has asked Mrs. Ambani if she would sponsor the Indian contingent for the Rio Games. Mrs Nita Ambani to be an IOC member from India ? How about sponsoring the Indian Olympic Team as a good will gesture ! Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 3, 2016AMBANI’S ROLE AS IOC MEMBERWhile she will represent the IOC and Olympic Movement in India, she is not a delegate of the Indian Olympic Association, which selects athletes to represent the country at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other global athletic meets.The International Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement.It acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all parties of the Olympic family – from the national Olympic committees, the global sports federations, the athletes themselves and the bodies organising the games, besides partnering with UN agencies.As regards its members, Since December 12, 1999, the number has been limited to 115, which includes a maximum of 70 individual members, 15 active athletes, 15 representatives of federations and 15 representatives of the national olympic committees.The nomination for Ambani also comes ahead of the upcoming Olympics games at in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from August 5-21. India’s medals count has fallen sharply from 71 at Atlanta and Sydney in 1996 and 2000 to 50 in Beijing in 2008 and 55 in London in 2012.SACHIN, SRK BACK THE MOVEBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar have welcomed the move and took to twitter to congratulate Nita Ambani. Both stars feel Mrs. Ambani will be able to promote sports at the grassroots level in India now.Congrats 2 Nita Ambani on being nominated to International Olympic Committee.Awesum darling.Now sports to b promoted at grassroots level Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 3, 2016Congratulations #NitaAmbani on nomination to #IOC. Her passion for sports development is laudable. Proud moment for India & Women Power! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 3, 2016last_img read more

first_imgSevilla are set to lose captain Vicente Iborra to Leicester City after the Spanish side announced on Tuesday they had agreed to sell the midfielder to the former Premier League champions for a reported 14 million euros ($15.8 million).Iborra, 29, has spent the last four years with Sevilla since joining from Levante in 2013, scoring 30 goals in 172 games and winning three successive Europa League titles and qualifying the team for the Champions League in the last two campaigns.The club said Iborra would travel to Leicester to undergo a medical before signing his contract and returning to publicly bid farewell to Sevilla, who were knocked out of the 2016-17 Champions League by the Foxes at the last 16 stage.”Iborra has shown exemplary behaviour in his time at the club and has won the unanimous respect and love of all Sevilla fans,” Sevilla said in a statement.”His achievements with the club are colossal but he will also be remembered for his leadership on and off the pitch, and for the dignity with which he wore the captain’s armband.”The imminent departure of Iborra marks the onset of a major overhaul of personnel at Sevilla, an event which occurs annually each summer, although the changes have not led to the team’s decline on the pitch in recent seasons.Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga last season, despite parting ways with a raft of players, including top scorer Kevin Gameiro and midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.Argentine playmaker Ever Banega has returned to the club a year after leaving for Inter Milan, while forward Vitolo is reported to be on the verge of a move to Atletico Madrid, spending the first six months on loan at Las Palmas.advertisementNEWCASTLE SIGN LEJEUNEFrench defender Florian Lejeune has joined Newcastle United on a five-year deal from Spanish club Eibar, the English Premier League side announced on Tuesday.The 26-year-old centre back is the second off-season signing for the newly promoted side after midfielder Christian Atsu joined them on a four-year deal from Chelsea in May.”I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here,” Lejeune was quoted as saying in a statement on Newcastle’s website.”When you have a manager like Rafa Benitez who wants you, you are very happy to come. Since I’ve been in touch with the manager, it was an easy decision for me to come here.”Benitez welcomed the arrival of the former France under-20 international, who is joining for a fee of 8.7 million pounds ($11.26 million), according to British media reports.”He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal,” the Spanish manager said.”He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back — he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also.”If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”The Magpies begin their Premier League campaign with a home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Aug. 12.($1 = 0.7727 pounds)last_img read more

first_imgPaul Pogba has set the car among the pigeons at Manchester United with his comments on his futrure at the club.Pogba, who won the World Cup with France had moved to Old Trafford in 2016 in a $114 million trafer deal. Pogba has been linked with another big-money move, to Barcelona, following a series of apparent fallouts with United manager Jose Mourinho.But the 25-year-old was made captain for his club’s Premier League opener against Leicester City and was praised by Mourinho for his performance, which included the goal that set United on the way to a 2-1 win.However, a post on Pogba’s Instagram account shortly after the game fuelled continuing speculation that he is still far from settled at Old Trafford.In comments widely regarded as reflecting continuing problems with his relationship with the United boss, he wrote: “I’ll always give my best for the fans and my team mates, no matter what’s going on.”READ – Paul Pogba stars as Manchester United beat Leicester CityHe did not directly mention Mourinho, who has been critical of the player he signed from Juventus in 2016.But in comments attributed to Pogba in Sunday’s British newspapers, he says: “There are things I can say and there are things I cannot say… otherwise I will get fined.”When asked about the difference between playing for France and playing for Manchester United, Pogba said: “I am the same, but it’s a different team, obviously.advertisement”If you’re not happy, you cannot give your best,” Pogba said.If you liked @PaulPogba’s display tonight, you’ll love this from his post-match interview. Sound on! #MUFC United (@ManUtd) August 10, 2018″I still enjoying playing football but like I said, when you are comfortable or confident and are good in the head, it’s going to be easier,” Pogba added.Pogba was named captain by manager Mourinho and repaid the faith with goal form the penalty spot in the minute as Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 at Old Trafford in the opening game of the Premier League season on Friday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgAlastair Cook, who will retire after the fifth Test against India, has revealed that the Kevin Pietersen saga “wasn’t great for English cricket” and for him personally.Cook was among the decision makers to sack Pietersen after England’s 5-0 Ashes series defeat in 2013-14.Cook was the England captain at that time but the final decision was taken by the team management which included Ashley Giles, Paul Downton and national selector James Whitaker.”Of course there are decisions in hindsight that you question. Clearly the Kevin Pietersen affair was a tough year, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. The fallout of that wasn’t great for English cricket and wasn’t great for me. I was involved in that decision without being the bloke who actually made the final decision. The fallout of that decision and the effect it had for 12 months was immense,” Cook said.Also read – Alastair Cook cried while informing England teammates of retirementPietersen was sacked from the team after the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May in 2015 by former captain Andrew Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.Strauss was appointed the Director of England cricket in 2015 and soon after his appointment he accused Pietersen of “massive trust issues”.”It could have been handled differently. The moment Andrew Strauss came on board and said he was making the decision, personally for me that was the best thing that could have happened. I have a regret over it, it wasn’t great for English cricket,” Cook said.Also read – Thanks for all the memories: Vaughan, Laxman pay tribute to Alastair CookadvertisementCook said he decided to call it quits since he had lost the mental edge with which he managed all his tasks with ease.”I’ve always had that mental edge, I have always been mentally incredibly tough and had that edge to everything I have done but that edge had kind of gone. The thing I had found easy before was not quite there and to me that was the biggest thing, Cook said.Also read – Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after 5th Test vs IndiaHe said he would have kept the decision to himself if the series had not been decided in Southampton.”It’s been a bit surreal. One of my friends rang me to check I was still alive because everyone was talking as if I’d died. It is nice when you hear so many nice words said about you. For example, someone stopped me when I was driving in and made me wind down the window and said thank you very much.’ That was a nice moment. Hopefully this week I can score some runs and then go, Cook said. Alastair Cook is England’s highest run-getter in Test cricket (Reuters Photo)Asked about the decision to call time on his long career, Cook replied, It’s hard to put into words but there have been signs in my mind over the last six months. I told Joe Root before the game (in Southampton) and then Trevor Bayliss during the game. In this day and age it’s very difficult to keep anything quiet. If it were 2-2 I’d have kept my mouth shut.”Also read – Alastair Cook thanks Graham Gooch, Barmy Army after announcing retirement”When you get asked questions (from the media) it’s hard to constantly lie. I’ve been pretty good at it! But there’s certain stuff when you’re asked questions you know you’re not being true to yourself. There might be a bit of fuss about it and if it were 2-2 I’d have kept my mouth shut.””At Southampton, I was a couple of beers in which I needed to be otherwise I would have cried more than I actually did. I managed to hold it together. At the end of the game I just said this might be good news for some and sad for others but it’s time. I’ve done my bit and if picked the next game will be my last one.’ That’s kind of all I said. There was a bit of silence, Moeen Ali said something, we all laughed and everyone got on with it. We had a nice evening in the changing room.Also read – When Cook didn’t spray champagne so Moeen could celebrate English winCook, who led England in 59 Tests, termed the Ashes win in Australia (under Andrew Strauss) in 2010-11 and the 2-1 series’ win in India under his leadership (in 2012) as the highlights of his record-breaking career.advertisement”You can’t really look past those two away series where I was man of the series and we won in Australia and India. That was the best I could play and probably in my career as a whole I can look back and say I probably became the best player I could become. That actually means quite a lot to me. Yes, I’ve never been the most talented cricketer and I can’t pretend I was but I definitely think I got everything out of my ability.”Having got out to Ishant Sharma in Nottingham in 2014, Cook has since been dismissed 11 times by the Indian pacer. The opener said that he is one of the toughest bowlers to face.”I think I must regret getting out to Ishant Sharma, because he’s kind of got his revenge since getting me out constantly over the last couple of series. The ball going away from me from around the wicket I found the hardest to conquer but in general, a bowler how maybe is not the quickest but constantly hits line and lengths – it goes as an 11-year-old and 60-year-old dropped it on a length. I never had the power or the shots to nock bowlers off there lengths. So a bowler who hangs it there and doesn’t give me the pace to work with, that I found the hardest,” said Cook.Cook also spoke about his affinity towards cricket and what the future holds for him, particularly further association with English cricket.”The battle between bat and ball (is what made fall in love with cricket). It’s a one-on-one thing. I love that stuff, but you play it in a team. I love the individual sport stuff but the experiences I’ve had with some great people over 12 or 15 years, if you’re on your own in an individual sport I don’t think you get that. That individual thing: me versus the bowler, but you get that team as well and that’s why it suits me so well.”I’m still going to play for Essex, that’s been brushed under the carpet a bit, I am really looking forward to that,” he said.The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England will be played at the Oval from September 7.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal Wenger’s second string need Ozil and Sanchez if they want Europa League glory Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 04:25 11/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Koln Arsenal Getty Arsenal UEFA Europa League Köln v Arsenal Köln The Gunners struggled to unpick a stubborn Cologne defence due to fielding a line-up bereft of creativity Arsenal may have finished top of their Europa League group but the performance against Cologne showed that Arsene Wenger’s second string won’t be good enough to reach the latter stages of the Europa League. The stalemate between BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade means that the Gunners finish top of Group H despite a draw and defeat in their last two tournament games.Wenger didn’t need to field a full strength line-up for Arsenal’s away match in Cologne and past results would suggest the team he fielded on paper are more than capable of securing a positive result against the side currently bottom of the Bundesliga. However, a combination of Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in midfield appeared to put Jack Wilshere in shackles for much of the game with the Englishman forced to drop deep and collect the ball.Coquelin, who has looked a shadow of the defensive midfielder who shone alongside Santi Cazorla at the Etihad two years ago, has always been a limited player but was culpable for the eventual conceded penalty after misplacing a pass in his own half which Sehrou Guirassy latched onto to win a dubious spot kick. If the free-kick won by Alexis Sanchez against Tottenham was questionable then this one certainly was. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Koln Arsenal Koln ArsenalMany of the Arsenal second sting haven’t completed 90 minutes since their last Europa clash against Red Star Belgrade at the start of the month. That game looked like a training match at times and for much of Thursday night’s game it played out much the same. The only different from the Emirates was FC Koln’s vociferous home support which certainly adds more glamour and appeal to a much chastised competition.Qualification may be secured but Arsenal need the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez if they are going to reach the latter stages of the Europa League. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson have shown flashes of their quality but Wenger’s reluctance to field Wilshere alongside a defensive midfielder against Cologne proved the side’s downfall once more.Three centre backs, two defensive midfielders and Calum Chambers at right-back looked defensive on paper and the result is that Arsenal stemmed their own attacking flow. The good news where Wenger is concerned is that the Gunners have come through the game, reintroduced Danny Welbeck into the set-up following his injury and given a handful of fringe players game time they wouldn’t have got otherwise.Victory in this competition is crucial to Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and they will need to start fielding their regular first team starts when the knockout stages come into play.last_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: September 26, 2019 15:07 IST Jasprit Bumrah has suffered a minor stress fracture on his lower back (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the Test series vs South Africa owing to a minor stress fracture in his lower backThe team management don’t want to aggravate Bumrah’s injury by risking an early returnIndia will play 5 Tests in 2019 – 3 vs South Africa and 2 against Bangladesh – all at homeWith just over a week left for the opening game of the three-Test series against South Africa, the Indian team management suffered a huge blow as it came to the fore that pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah had been ruled out of the series due to a minor stress fracture in his lower back. The team management is now targeting a West Indies series return for the fast bowler.Speaking to IANS, sources in the team management said that the Bangladesh series is not in the radar as skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri want Bumrah to recover completely and return to action as India also have an eye on the 2020 World T20 in Australia next year and the pacer will be a vital cog in the line-up.”You can say that the team is looking at a return for the West Indies limited-overs series. The team management is very clear that they want no shortcuts and undergoing a proper rehab and returning fully fit is vital. The Bangladesh series would be too early,” the source explained.This means that Bumrah will have no role to play in India’s campaign in the World Test Championship this year. With an eye on the upcoming World T20, India will be majorly playing limited-overs cricket this year with the three-Test matches against South Africa and the two Tests against Bangladesh post the SA series being their only games in the longer format this year.Asked if there could be further delay to Bumrah’s return, the source said it was unlikely with Nitin Patel at the helm of affairs. “If there is one person that the Indian players swear by, it is Nitin. And with him observing Bumrah’s recovery, he might, on the contrary, be ready for action before time,” the source smiled.advertisementThe Indians have been playing non-stop cricket and that is why skipper Kohli and the team management has time and again spoken about the need to manage the workload of the likes of Bumrah to avoid injuries.”That’s probably the most important thing for us right now, managing the workload of players. That’s why he (Bumrah) didn’t play any white-ball cricket after the World Cup because we wanted him to be fresh for the Tests. He is going to be a key factor for us as long as the Test championship continues. We know how good a bowler he is. And the impact he can make in a spell,” Kohli had said after the pacer’s devastating spells in the Windies Test series.But sadly, skipper Kohli will have to make do without the services of the pacer for a while.Also Read | Aiming for a comeback that’s stronger than the setback: Jasprit BumrahAlso Read | South Africa not going to harp on about conditions in India: Aiden MarkramFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs South Africa Next Jasprit Bumrah likely to return from injury for West Indies T20IsWith an eye on the T20 World Cup in 2020, sources in the team management have said that Jasprit Bumrah will in all likelihood return to international cricket during the T20I series vs West Indies in December 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgWe ate a lot of amazing food on our recent travels to Mexico City, from chowing down on street tacos or enjoying fresh guava pastries with our morning coffee. But there was one dish in particular that piqued our interest, thanks to its rich flavor, soul-warming heat, and the ability to kick a hangover in no time flat: pozole.“Pozole means ‘hominy,’ and it is a traditional soup or stew from Mexico,” says Diego Garcia, chef at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City. “It is made from hominy, meat (typically pork), and can be seasoned and garnished with shredded cabbage, chile peppers, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa, or limes.”Brian Yarvin/Getty ImagesWe ate pozoles with deep red broths and some that were tinted an earthy green. It’s hearty enough to serve to soup naysayers, and it’s a great substitution for chili if you’re throwing a game-day party. It will help soothe you if you’re feeling under the weather, and you can make it with meat or veggies (or both) depending on your mood. Pozole is a chameleon of a soup that you should get to know ASAP.To help us on our pozole journey, chef Garcia gave us the recipe for his Kabocha Squash Pozole. Although this version contains chicken, he said to omit the meat and use vegetable broth if you want to make it suitable for vegetarians or vegans.Kabocha Squash Pozole RecipeIngredients for the soup base:1 small kabocha squash1 yellow bell pepper2 shallots5 garlic cloves2 qt chicken stock.25 cup vegetable oilSalt, to tastePepper, to tasteIngredients for the garnish:1 medium size can hominy2 chicken breasts1 small red onion.5 bunch cilantro.5 bunch kaleSalt, to tastePepper, to tasteExtra virgin olive oil, to finishMethod for the soup base:Carefully peel the squash, cut in quarters, and remove the seeds and pulp inside. Slice squash into thin strips (thinness allows for a faster cooking time and better flavor distribution). Do the same for the garlic, shallot, and bell pepper.Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat and add vegetable oil (very important to have enough surface area and oil for ingredients to sweat evenly). Once the pot is nice and hot, add all the sauce ingredients at the same time. The oil will cool down at this point because you added cold ingredients, so take this into consideration and adjust the heat as needed. Once the temperature is back to where it’s needed (medium to loud sizzling is a great way to judge this), lower the temperature to med-low and sweat gently until shallot and garlic are translucent. The squash may not be cooked through at this point, and that’s okay.Add chicken stock or water and raise the temperature to high heat, stirring every few minutes. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to a light simmer.Taste taste! At this point, add a bit of salt — this helps judge how flavors are developing. After 15 minutes of simmering, the squash should be fully cooked and the base is ready to be blended.Blend the base with an immersion blender or by pouring into a traditional blender. Once blended, strain and season to liking. Set aside.Method for the garnish:Dice chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is ready, heat up a medium saucepan over medium heat, and add chicken and sear until cooked. Set aside for later.Rinse cilantro and chop it to your liking.Rinse kale and cut into bite-sized pieces.Peel red onion and cut it into a small dice.Open the can of hominy, pour over a strainer, and run cold water over it. This will allow the excess starch to rinse off. If you like a thicker soup, this starch is perfect for adding more body to the base.To finish:Bring the soup base back to a light simmer. At this point, add all of the garnishes except the cilantro and olive oil.Let soup simmer for 10 minutes and taste to adjust the seasoning if needed.Using a ladle, transfer to your desired bowl, then add the cilantro for flavor and color and finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Steak in the Oven last_img read more

first_imgAward-winning singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert stays in harmony by eating a good breakfast that includes lowfat milk each and every day.Miranda Lambert Kicks off CMA Awards with New Milk Mustache Ad.The country musician dons her cowboy boots, picks up her guitar, and sports a Milk Mustache in the first-ever ad from the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign unveiled at the Country Music Association headquarters in Nashville, TN.The “got milk?” Campaign’s The Breakfast Project struck a chord with Lambert because it encourages Americans to enjoy breakfast at home and set the table with milk in the morning. The ad showcases her favorite way to start the day: with a tall glass of milk and a bowl of cereal while strumming her guitar. The ad copy reads “Fine tune your morning. got milk? Nourish every day.”Miranda makes a point to eat breakfast at home – whether it’s on the ranch she shares with her husband or the tour bus she shares with her band mates – and knows milk is a hall of famer at the breakfast table. With nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, it helps make her breakfast more complete. Whether in a glass, cup or bowl, milk enhances the nutritional value of her morning meal so she has nutrients she needs to keep rockin’ all day long.Visit or and follow @MilkMustache on Twitter to join the got milk? community and stay up-to-date on the latest Milk Mustache celebrity news. You can also learn more about breakfast nutrition, find morning recipes for your family and see exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photos of Miranda Lambert.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgLONDON – The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections.Cambridge’s board of directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending an investigation after Nix boasted of various unsavoury services to an undercover reporter for Britain’s Channel 4 News.Channel 4 News broadcast clips Tuesday that also show Nix saying his data-mining firm played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential elections.Nix said the firm handled “all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting” and said Cambridge used emails with a “self-destruct timer” to make its role more difficult to trace.“There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,” he said.In a statement, Cambridge’s board said Nix’s comments “do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.”Cambridge has denied wrongdoing, and Trump’s campaign has said it didn’t use Cambridge’s data.Facebook also drew continued criticism for its alleged inaction to protect users’ privacy. Earlier Tuesday, the chairman of the U.K. parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said his group has repeatedly asked Facebook how it uses data. He said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.”The committee summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.“It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process,” Collins wrote Zuckerberg. “Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.”Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate also called on Zuckerberg to testify. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Facebook’s latest privacy scandal a “danger signal.” She wants Zuckerberg’s assurances that Facebook is prepared to take the lead on security measures that protect people’s privacy — or Congress may step in.Facebook sidestepped questions on whether Zuckerberg would appear, saying instead that it’s currently focused on conducting its own reviews.The request to appear comes as Britain’s information commissioner said she was using all her legal powers to investigate the social-media giant and Cambridge Analytica.Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is pursuing a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s servers. She has also asked Facebook to cease its own audit of Cambridge Analytica’s data use.“Our advice to Facebook is to back away and let us go in and do our work,” she said.Facebook has weathered many such blow-ups before and is used to apologizing and moving on. But the stakes are bigger this time. The latest scandal has some people reconsidering their relationship status with the social network, though there isn’t much of anywhere else to go.Cambridge Analytica said it is committed to helping the U.K. investigation. However, Denham’s office said the firm failed to meet a deadline to produce the information requested.Denham said the prime allegation against Cambridge Analytica is that it acquired personal data in an unauthorized way, adding that the data provisions act requires services like Facebook to have strong safeguards against misuse of data.Chris Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.Wylie has agreed to be interviewed by Democrats on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. A date has not been set, and it’s unclear if Republicans on the panel will attend.On Tuesday, Wylie said he found Facebook’s reaction to the revelations bizarre. He told an audience at the Frontline Club in London that before the story broke, Facebook had agreed to work with him to improve its platform. But he said he was blindsided on Friday with a news release that identified him as a suspect in the case.Cambridge Analytica found itself in further allegations of wrongdoing. Britain’s Channel 4 used an undercover investigation to record Nix saying that the company could use unorthodox methods to wage successful political campaigns for clients.In footage released Monday, Nix said the company could “send some girls” around to a rival candidate’s house, suggesting that girls from Ukraine are beautiful and effective in this role.He also said the company could “offer a large amount of money” to a rival candidate and have the whole exchange recorded so it could be posted on the internet to show that the candidate was corrupt.Nix says in a statement that he deeply regrets his role in the meeting and has apologized to staff.“I am aware how this looks, but it is simply not the case,” he said. “I must emphatically state that Cambridge Analytica does not condone or engage in entrapment, bribes or so-called ‘honeytraps’, and nor does it use untrue material for any purposes.”Nix told the BBC that the Channel 4 sting was “intended to embarrass us”.“We see this as a co-ordinated attack by the media that’s been going on for very, very many months in order to damage the company that had some involvement with the election of Donald Trump,” he said.The data harvesting used by Cambridge Analytica has also triggered calls for further investigation from the European Union, as well as federal and state officials in the United States.On Tuesday, a dozen consumer-advocacy organizations pressed the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. to investigate whether the release of data violated an agreement Facebook signed with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances.The move comes after Bloomberg News first reported the FTC could already be investigating. The FTC hasn’t confirmed the investigation but said it takes “any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously.”___AP Technology Writers Mae Anderson and Anick Jesdanun in New York and AP writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Richard Lardner in Washington contributed to this story.last_img read more

HONOLULU — Southwest Airlines has started a new route in the Hawaiian islands with plans to add more interisland service.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the airline began service between Honolulu on Oahu and Kona on Hawaii Island Sunday.Officials say Southwest plans to begin four-times daily service to Hilo on the eastern side of the Big Island in late 2019 or early 2020.Southwest entered the Hawaii market in March when it initiated service between Honolulu and Oakland, California.With the addition of Kona, Southwest has 16 interisland flights, or 1,800 daily interisland air seats.The Hilo service would add 1,400 more seats each day to the overall Hawaii interisland market.Officials say Southwest also expects to announce upcoming Hawaii service from San Diego and Sacramento, California.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

Development Information experts from 53 African countries will gather at the ECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa from 10 to 16 May 2003, for the third meeting of the Committee on Development Information (CODI III), to discuss the link between development information and good governance. The Committee is one of the ECA’s key forums – the regional body has six other technical working groups – working to ensure implementation of the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) and to foster the growth of an information society on the Continent. The Committee also provides advice on measures to improve all aspects of statistical development of ECA member States, and on the building, maintenance and dissemination of regional development databases.This year’s theme, “Information and Governance,” addresses the regional consensus that Africa’s development challenges cannot be achieved in the absence of good governance. The meeting will highlight the link between development information and the on-going discourse on governance in Africa, and recommend strategies for providing information for good governance to Member States, ECA and its partner organizations. Participants at the meeting are drawn from national statistics offices and population agencies, as well as university libraries, archives and documentation centres, and information and communication institutions, telecommunications agencies and national mapping agencies.”Since good governance requires transparency and community participation in the decision process,” says Karima Bounemra Ben Soltane, Director of ECA’s Development Information Services Division, “it is important that appropriate data be collected, maintained, processed into information and made easily accessible to the general citizenry.” read more

“The Secretary-General was shocked to see the remarks attributed to H.E. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in which he reportedly cast doubt on the truth of the Holocaust and suggested that the State of Israel should be moved from the Middle East to Europe,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.Last month, the General Assembly passed a resolution which rejects “any denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full or in part,” the Secretary-General recalled, urging all Member States “to combat such denial, and to educate their populations about the well established historical facts of the Holocaust, in which one third of the Jewish people were murdered, along with countless members of other minorities.”In today’s statement, the spokesman also recalled Mr. Annan’s reaction in late October to the Iranian President’s reported call for Israel to be wiped off the map.On that occasion, Mr. Annan stressed that Israel is a long-standing UN Member with the same rights and obligations as every other Member, and that, under the Organization’s Charter, all Members have undertaken to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State. read more

CALGARY – Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd. announced it has reached an agreement to buy the South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System from Enbridge Income Fund Holdings for $1.075 billion in cash.Tundra said the deal is expected to close in late 2016, subject to various regulatory approvals.The South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System includes over 1,600 kilometres of crude oil and liquids gathering pipelines, approximately 547 kilometres of trunk line and four truck terminals.The system currently transports approximately 175,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Enbridge’s Mainline system at Cromer, Man.Following the close of the deal, Tundra says it will handle over 250,000 barrels per day of crude oil production from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota.All Enbridge employees currently working on the South East Saskatchewan Pipeline System are expected to join Tundra. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 29, 2016 4:22 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tundra Energy to acquire Saskatchewan pipeline system from Enbridge for $1.08Bn read more

first_img 37,636 Views Loam restaurant in Galway. Galway’s Michelin-starred Loam named best restaurant in Ireland The Pub of the Year award went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin. Share48 Tweet Email13 Short URL 15 Comments Monday 13 May 2019, 11:04 PM By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Loam restaurant in Galway. May 13th 2019, 11:05 PM LOAM RESTAURANT IN Galway has been named the best restaurant in Ireland.The restaurant took the top award at the All-Ireland Best Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel in Dublin tonight.Other winners included Graham Neville of Dax in Dublin who was named Best Chef and Everett’s restaurant in Waterford which was named Best Newcomer.The Pub of the Year award went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin.Speaking at the awards, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said the standard for judging this year was “very high”.Over 90,000 nominations were received from the public in January and over 2,000 restaurateurs attended regional awards in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world through exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer.“We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry,” Cummins said.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle Me, le nouveau réseau socialÉtats-Unis – Google serait sur le point de tenter une nouvelle percée dans le monde des réseaux sociaux. Avec Google Me, le géant de l’internet souhaiterait concurrencer Facebook : un projet pour le moins ambitieux.Google n’a visiblement pas été refroidi par les flops de Google Buzz et d’Orkut, sauf dans certains pays d’Amérique du Sud et d’Asie pour le dernier nommé. La rumeur court concernant la volonté de la firme de Mountain View d’entrer dans le monde des réseaux sociaux avec un nouvel outil : Google Me. L’objectif est de concurrencer Facebook et Twitter, les deux leaders en la matière. Google Me serait une mise à jour du service Google Profile, qui n’a connu qu’un maigre succès. Autant dire que le travail ne manquera pas pour atteindre ces objectifs ambitieux.Le 29 juin 2010 à 11:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more