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first_imgThe last time they clashed, Rajasthan Royals edged past Kolkata Knight Riders in perhaps the most nerve-wrecking contest of IPL 7. And it promises to be another humdinger when the two teams with fluctuating fortunes square off again in Ahmedabad today.Rajasthan Royals captain Shane WatsonIn their last encounter, both the teams ended their regulation overs on the same score, before also finishing level in the Super Over. Finally, it took a boundary count to decide the fate of the match.Royals are better-placed as far as morale is concerned. The team chalked out a thumping win over Delhi Daredevils on Saturday with a young Karun Nair slamming a 50-ball 73. Kokata, on the other hand, were thoroughly outplayed in their 34-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings in the last match.The biggest strength of Royals is their batting. The team is on a three-match winning streak and given the dismal form of Kolkata, a fourth victory on the trot does not look unlikely. Royals’ batsmen have been in fine form but more would be expected from the likes of Shane Watson and Sanju Samson, both of whom have been making decent contributions but are yet to come up with something really big.On the bowling front, they have discovered the brilliance of leg-spinner Pravin Tambe, who has been making crucial breakthroughs. Pacer James Faulkner has spearheaded the pace department rather well with some good support from Dhawal Kulkarni and Kane Richardson.In contrast, Kolkata have been living a nightmare, having suffered three back-to-back defeats. Their biggest concern right now is a floundering batting line-up. Skipper Gautam Gambhir has been a flop, along with veteran Jacques Kallis, who has also been far from impressive. In their previous match against Chennai, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan did come up with innings of substance but it would take a lot more to notch up a win.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisementWelcome to another edition of the Indian football news roundup. Today, we will talk about the women’s team clinching their 5th straight SAFF Women’s Championships title, Uzbekistan U-23 hammering India U-23 in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers, and AIFF giving in on I-League clubs’ demands to hold a meeting with them regarding their future.In case you missed out on the previous edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.SAFF Women’s Championships: India defeat Nepal to clinch their 5th straight titleIndia defeated Nepal in the final in their own den to avenge their Hero Gold Cup loss and win their 5th successive SAFF Women’s Championship Title (Image Credits- AIFF Media)India defeated Nepal to clinch their 5th straight SAFF Women’s Championship Title in Biratnagar, Nepal. This win extends India’s unbeaten run in the tournament to 23 consecutive games.Both the sides tested the opposition goalkeeper in the opening minutes of the game but, it was India who broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Dalima Chhiber smashed home the ball through a free kick from 30-yards out. The lead lasted only eight minutes for India as Nepal pulled one back after rising above her marker to head home a corner-kick.Both the teams went into the tunnel with level peggings but once they came out, India were the ones to be on the front foot. Their efforts finally paid dividends in the 63rd minute when the combination between wingers Sanju and Dangmei Grace resulted in the latter going through on goal and slotting it home. Ratanbala Devi’s feeble effort broke the camel’s back as the Nepalese goalkeeper spilled the ball to give India a two-goal lead.Nepal pressed hard in the dying minutes of the game to find a consolation goal but, the Indian defense stood as sturdy as a rock to deny them. This victory will boost the morale of the team immensely as they look forward to face Myanmar, Nepal, and Indonesia in the second round of the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament which begins from April 3rd.AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers: Uzbekistan hammer India in the first matchUzbekistan hammered the Indian side in the opening encounter of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers in Tashkent. The defending champions’ captain Islomon Kobilov gave them the lead just before the half-time whistle blew before second-half substitute Bobir Abdixolikov found the back of the net twice in the second half.India started the game on a positive note with the defense also looking sturdy to deny the Uzbek strikers any opportunity. Moreover, Rahul KP and Anirudh Thapa found themselves in good goalscoring positions but miscued their efforts. India’s plans of defending deep and pouncing on the counter went in vain just before half-time as Gaurav Bora tripped an Uzbek player inside the penalty box and, their captain stepped up to give them the lead.India created some good moves in the attacking third but, substitute Bobir Abdixolikov spoiled the party by scoring in quick successions. In the 89th minute of the game, Komal Thatal rattled the woodwork after taking a shot from just outside the penalty box but that was how close India came to scoring a goal.The fulltime scoreline read 3-0 in Uzbekistan’s favor as India prepare to face Tajikistan two days later on the same pitch.Super Cup 2019: AIFF gives in on I-League clubs’ demands to hold a meeting; clubs call off the boycottAIFF, the highest governing body of football in India, has finally given in on I-League clubs’ demand to hold a meeting with their President Praful Patel regarding the future of the league amidst rumors that they will be relegated to the second division. The meeting is supposed to be held between April 10-15.The clubs have also called off the boycott of the Super Cup and the teams have resumed their training. However, Minerva Punjab, Gokulam FC, and Aizawl FC’s matches, in which the oppositions had been given a walkover, won’t be replayed as Delhi Dynamos, Chennaiyin FC, and FC Pune City showed up. Replaying their match would result their efforts going in vain. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, July 24 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for smashing the junior world record en route to a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The 18-year-old Haryana lad Chopra threw the spear to a stupendous distance of 86.48m on the penultimate day of competitions last night to set a new junior world record and become the first ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior or senior). “Congratulations Neeraj Chopra for the outstanding sporting accomplishment. We are proud of you,” Prime Minister Modi wrote on his personal twitter handle. Chopra also broke the existing national senior record of 82.23m. His achievement was all the more stunning as his effort was better than the gold medal winner in London Olympics (84.58m). Congratulating Chopra on his remarkable feat, Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh. Goel also tweeted “Congratulations Neeraj Chopra to become first Indian world champion in athletics. Kudos!! You have made India proud.” Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore also patted the young athlete on his back for his achievement. “Great going!! It indeed feels proud to see your name & INDIA against the world record. Well done.” Haryana Chief Minister tweeted, “Hearty congratulations to Haryanas Neeraj Chopra for winning Indias first U-20 gold medal & setting a new javelin throw world record!” PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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first_imgJames Washington is apparently good enough to be the No. 4 player in the Big 12 but not one of the top 100 players in the country. ESPN’s Big 12 blog has The President ranked as the No. 4 player behind Baker Mayfield, Patrick Mahomes and Samaje Perine. I don’t love Mahomes, but I understand why those three players are ahead of The Prez.Here’s what Jake Trotter wrote about him.Alongside Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon, Washington has emerged as the next in a recent line of All-American-caliber Cowboys receivers. With terrific ball skills and tremendous agility, Washington is a nightmare matchup for opposing defensive backs downfield. The league’s only returning 1,000-yard receiver, Washington is a true contender for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to college football’s top wideout.Strangely though, Washington was not voted as one of the 100 best college football players in the country by ESPN. Mason Rudolph checked in at No. 74. Trotter, by the way, is not the only person to compare Washington to Rashaun.“Nobody really compares to Hart Lee Dykes,” said Mike Gundy last week. “He was such a physical presence at 6’4″ and 225 pounds. I don’t know that anybody has ever gotten to his level. Dez was a great player we all know, Blackmon was a great player, Rashaun Woods was a great player.” “James falls more into the Rashaun Woods category in my opinion. Very quiet, he’s a terrific route runner. He has a burst that is a little more deceptive than what defensive players think. That’s what makes him a good player. All of them are ultra-competitive. And he is more of the Rashaun Woods mold than the other guys.”If he has a Rashaun Woods-like junior and senior season then OSU will be all set.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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first_imgFiorentina boss Montella: Very satisfying to beat AC Milan at San Siroby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella was delighted with their 3-1 win at AC Milan.Mateo Musacchio was sent off and Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a penalty for Milan, yet the visitors were comfortable winners.“It wasn’t perfect, because at 3-0 up we should’ve been more concentrated, but it was a lovely night in front of 50,000 at San Siro, so we’re happy,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“It is satisfying to have won in this stadium. Someone asked if it was my best victory since returning to Fiorentina – it’s one of my only victories!“I have absolutely no feeling of revenge towards Milan, as we won the Super Cup together, we got along well, we got back into Europe despite not buying any players, so I am grateful to Milan for allowing me to have the role.”Franck Ribery was given a standing ovation by both sets of fans after his goal and when substituted in the final minutes.“I took Ribery off because I expected they’d give him a standing ovation. He is always in the game, always decisive, and has capabilities well beyond the norm, even if he doesn’t have the change of pace he had five or six years ago.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgNew Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has indicated that he will be keeping Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa among his key players for next season – but he refused to confirm whether Gonzalo Higuain would figure in his plans.The former Chelsea manager was confirmed as the new Bianconeri coach last Sunday after signing a three-year deal to succeed Massimiliano Allegri at the Serie A champions.In his first major press conference at Allianz Stadium, where he was unveiled to the media, the 60-year-old addressed a range of topics as he prepares to inherit one of the most dominant sides in both Italian and world football this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With a changing of the guard in the top job, speculation has swirled over whether any key players in Turin will be shown the door by their new coach and who will play a part as they look to defend their domestic crown once again.Speaking on key members of his squad, Sarri revealed that both Dybala and Costa currently feature in his plans, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, despite rumours that both could be set to leave for pastures new, with Manchester United having been linked strongly with a move for one or both players in recent weeks.Their new manager, however, has suggested that they may be among a core group of players with whom he will discuss ideas for the upcoming season and potentially build the rest of his team around.”When you have a player with the qualities of Paulo or Cristiano, they can play in any role,” Sarri stated. “What can change is only the interpretation of the role.”I’ll probably talk to two or three players before the start of the season to share ideas, compare and understand the way they think and their characteristics.”You have to start with the talented players who can make the difference like Cristiano, Paulo and Douglas, and build around them.”Sarri is also familiar with Higuain, having brought him on loan from Juve to Chelsea halfway through the 2018-19 campaign, reuniting the pair after the latter played under the former at Napoli.However, the coach made no assurances over the future of the Argentine, stating that any prospective plans may rest with the player himself.”I am very fond of Higuain, you all know,” he added. “But it depends on him, I think.”I will listen a lot to the club who knows the players better than me, because it would be a lack of respect to impose my opinion.”He is a Juve member, [and] when he returns we will talk to each other. Gonzalo is a striker who, for technical qualities, can play with anyone.”Sarri spent all of his coaching career in Italy up until last year and it was a desire to return to his native country that saw him cut short his stay at Chelsea after only one season.Despite varied criticism of his methods and style, known as Sarriball, at Stamford Bridge, he still led them to a top-four finish in the Premier League and two major finals, winning the Europa League to pick up the first major trophy of his managerial career.last_img read more

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first_img A copy of the report can be found at www.ednet.ns.ca . The survey was conducted by Market Quest Research. The overall margin of error is plus or minus two per cent. A survey of graduates from 2006 is planned for next year. 80 per cent indicated high school prepared them well for life after graduation 86 per cent said they are satisfied with their current job 92 per cent attended a post-secondary institution at some point after high school 79 per cent are working in jobs related to their post-secondary education or training Most high school graduates from the class of 1998 say Nova Scotia’s public school system prepared them well for post-secondary education and the workplace. The 2006 Follow-Up Survey of 1998 Nova Scotia High School Graduates, released today, Nov. 29, found a majority of those surveyed received the academic and work-related skills necessary for success after high school. “Our goal is always to provide all students with an educational experience that is engaging and relevant to the world we live in,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “This survey gives us a good snapshot of how we are doing and where we can improve in providing students with what they need to be successful after high school.” The survey asked 2,020 graduates, eight years out of public school at the time of the survey, for their opinions about their high school experience, their post-secondary choices and their success finding satisfying employment related to their studies. Although most were happy with their high school experience, just over half of those surveyed felt they could have benefited from additional courses and skill development. The most common recommendations were for greater course selection and more or better guidance on career options. Since 2005, the department has expanded advanced program options, including the launch of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at 10 additional schools across the province. Options and Opportunities, a program giving students more hands-on, career-related learning and workplace skills, is currently offered in 32 schools. Through Learning for Life II funding, the province has also increased the number of guidance counsellors to 172 from 159 in 2005. Some of the key survey findings include:last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER – The RCMP have settled a lawsuit and apologized for making what they describe as improper comments about a West Vancouver woman accused and later acquitted of human smuggling.Police spokesman Supt. Sean Sullivan says the RCMP recognize that public statements made against Mumtaz Ladha over the course of the criminal investigation were improper and they apologize unreservedly.Ladha settled a lawsuit nearly three weeks ago against the Mounties for negligent investigation and defamation.In a statement released by her lawyer, Ladha says she sees the RCMP’s apology as the end of a “terrible saga” and she looks forward to resuming her normal life with her reputation fully restored.Ladha was accused in 2011 of human trafficking and human smuggling after she brought a young Tanzanian woman to Canada to work in her multimillion-dollar West Vancouver home.Ladha also settled a lawsuit against B.C.’s civil forfeiture office last year, accusing it of relying on the RCMP’s misleading investigation to file a “negligent and malicious claim” on the family’s home, worth about $3 million at the time.last_img read more

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first_imgAn action plan is being developed by Northern Health to address the short and long term staffing challenges, with a regional support team and the Ministry of Health.The regional support team will work with local management to address any immediate care concerns related to staffing and will work closely with residents and their family members to address any issues. shared Northern Health. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health has temporarily suspended new admissions to Peace Villa to continue to provide quality care for residents while addressing staffing challenges.Northern Health shares, that even with recruitment efforts and incentives that a number of positions remain vacant at Peace Villa in Fort St. John as the demand for health care aides, licenced practical nurses and registered nurses is high in the Northeast.By implementing measures to address staffing shortages by targeted marketing and recruitment, training measures and inter-provincial mobility.last_img read more

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Seoul – North Korea is believed to have conducted a fifth nuclear test, its most powerful to date, South Korea’s military said Friday.A 5.3-magnitude “artificial earthquake” was detected near North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site as the country celebrates Foundation Day, which marks the anniversary of the founding of the nation in 1948.“We believe that it was a nuclear test. We are trying to figure out whether it was successful. The blast measured about 10 kilotons,” a defence ministry spokesman told reporters. The North’s third nuclear test, staged in February 2013, was previously considered the most powerful to date, with a yield of six to nine kilotons.Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported the country’s defence ministry was preparing to dispatch aircraft to analyse air samples to see if any radiation could be detected.“If North Korea conducted a nuclear test, that can never be tolerated. We must lodge a strong protest,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The US National Security Council said it was aware of seismic activity in the region of the test site and was “monitoring and continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with our regional partners.”Pyongyang test-fired three missiles Monday as world powers gathered for a G20 meeting in China, with leader Kim Jong-Un hailing the tests as “perfect”, and US President Barack Obama warning it would only up the pressure.With MAP read more

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SEATTLE – A family dispute over the estate of guitarist Jimi Hendrix has been settled.The Seattle Times reports ( http://bit.ly/1EsqBYD ) the July settlement between Hendrix’s adopted sister, Janie Hendrix, and his brother, Leon Hendrix, was announced this week.Experience Hendrix LLC owns the rights to the Hendrix estate and is controlled by Janie Hendrix. It settled out of court with HendrixLicensing.com, which is operated by Leon Hendrix. The settlement was for damages associated with the sale of merchandise that capitalized on Hendrix’s fame.The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.Leon Hendrix has been fighting his sister in court since Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 without a will. When Jimi Hendrix’s father, James “Al” Hendrix, died in 2002, he left the estimated $80?million estate to Janie Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix family members settle dispute over guitarist’s estate by The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:05 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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first_imgHP vient de lancer son service européen de musique en ligne Europe – Après avoir lancé Rhapsody aux États-Unis, le premier fabricant mondial de PC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), propose depuis ce lundi et dans dix pays européens, un service de musique en ligne.En partenariat avec la société de musique numérique britannique Omnifone, HP a annoncé le lancement en Europe d’un service de musique baptisé MusicStation. Dès ce lundi, les internautes mélomanes français, anglais, allemands, italiens, espagnols, suédois, suisses, belges, autrichiens et hollandais, pourront pour 9,99 euros par mois, accéder en illimité à un catalogue musical proposant quelque 6,5 millions de titres. Le logiciel MusicStation sera pré-installé sur 12 ordinateurs portables et 4 ordinateurs de bureau HP. Les utilisateurs pourront tester le service gratuitement pendant 14 jours, puis télécharger chaque mois 10 chansons au format MP3, non protégées, en plus de pouvoir écouter en streaming et de façon illimitée, tout le catalogue de titres.”En tant que premier vendeur mondial de PC, HP a l’opportunité de créer un concurrent viable d’iTunes” assure Ron Lewis, le directeur général d’Omnifone. Ce service de musique en ligne permettra de répondre aux attentes des consommateurs qui “demandent des services de musique numérique innovants, ne faisant pas de distinction entre l’accès et la propriété, et pré-installés sur les ordinateurs” affirme de son côté Michael Paull, directeur du service affaires numériques internationales chez Sony Music Entertainment.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Spanish footballer has recently joined Japanese League club, Vissel Kobe, as he is reunited with former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta in this adventure.David Villa and Andres Iniesta played together with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga tournament, and also with the Spain national team.And the 37-year-old has been reunited with his former teammate, as Villa has recently signed for Japanese League team Vissel Kobe.“I’m glad that people love me for the step I’ve taken here,” Villa told a Ronaldo.com reporter in Los Angeles.“It was the main objective before coming. Having an impact on people by the things that I have left inside and outside the field at a professional level.”“I was the one who took a little bit of the decision that a stage was over, that I had to leave and that’s how I felt,” he said about leaving the Major League Soccer (MLS).“New York City FC has always shown me a lot of affection. I referred to when I decided to leave New York City FC, and Kobe came with that love.”“I do not compare the affection of NYCFC with Kobe because I had already decided to leave NYCFC. Rather it is that the clubs that at that moment wanted to hire me when I decided to leave NYCFC, Vissel Kobe was the one that showed me the most affection,” he clarified.In Los Angeles @vissel_kobe footballer @Guaje7Villa explained how he decided to move to the @J_League. pic.twitter.com/RTyFgx5IojBarcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) January 27, 2019Villa, Andres Iniesta, and Lukas Poldoski will take part of Kobe’s Southern California tour.They will play against Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) on January 31st, then on February 2nd against Toronto FC.They will also take on second-division side Orange County Soccer Club on February 5th and will end their tour against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a site and date to be announced.In Los Angeles @vissel_kobe footballer @Guaje7Villa talks about what the Southern California Tour will mean for his team. pic.twitter.com/RoDNbq1nxQ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) January 27, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey following his confirmation by the Senate earlier today as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Northey now awaits the formal swearing-in process. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the organization’s congratulations via statement from the 2018 Commodity Classic in California.”All of us at ASA are very happy for Bill. As an Iowa farmer, I’ve been fortunate to work collaboratively with him to move Iowa agriculture forward, and I’m excited to see him take his skills to USDA so that farmers can benefit nationwide.”We’d like to thank the Senate for moving Bill’s nomination forward. Specifically, Senators Chuck Grassley, Joni Ernst, Debbie Stabenow and Amy Klobuchar have been instrumental in not only gathering support for the nomination, but also working to move past those issues that have delayed his confirmation to date.”USDA impacts not just farmers but all Americans on so many different levels, but we can’t realize those impacts without good people like Bill in the right spots. As Under Secretary, Bill will be a great advocate for U.S. Soybean farmers and we look forward to working with him in this capacity.”last_img read more

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first_imgBahadurpura: In view of the prevailing weather conditions, the TS Wakf Board will be arranging water-proof shamiyanas for helping namazis take part in Eid prayers without a hitch. Being biggest Eidgah in the City, thousands of devout take part in prayers each year at the Eidgah abutting the historic Miralam tank.Disclosing about the arrangements to media persons, TS Wakf Board chairman, Md Saleem informed that given the current atmospheric conditions rains may continue in the coming days, hence it has become necessary for the authorities to ensure proper arrangements were made keeping in mind various factors. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He said that the Wakf Board staff shall remain alert, while coordinating with various departments like GHMC, HMWSSB, Police and other departments on the eve of Bakrid. “Wakf Board is open to all kinds of complaints to ensure people celebrate the festivities without a trouble,” he asserted. Earlier, during the review meeting of officials chaired by the chairman, the GHMC officials assured to maintain cleanliness and informed that black plastic bags were being distributed for easy disposal of the animal wastage following sacrifice on the day of Bakrid in each of the household. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us While officials of Electrical Wing (GHMC) assured to arrange about 600 lights in the Eidgah premises. Local police officials also elaborated on the bandobast arrangements where both traffic and law & order wings would be coordinating. They informed that separate parking spaces were being arranged for different kinds of vehicles and pickets as part of bandobast. Advertise With Us “A patrol vehicle will be stationed at the main entrance of the Eidgah, while a two-wheeler will be ready inside Eidgah along with several policemen monitoring the situation. We shall remain stationed at the premises of the Eidgah from early morning till completion of the prayers,” police said. While others attending the proceedings informed that like earlier occasions, they were expecting the Waterworks department to arrange clean drinking water, besides water for ablution (wazu) purposes within the premises at designated spots. Some of those present on the occasion brought to light about the bad road condition at the Eidgah and the menace of stray dogs, which can be dealt by seeking assistance of veterinary doctors.last_img read more

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first_imgThe way the World Cup final was decided left many people sad.Twitter/Cricket World CupThe whole cricket world was engrossed in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand that ended in a tie. But when England were declared winners following the super over, which also ended in a tie, there was some consternation as well as discontentment among the fans and experts.As per the rules of the tournament, with the super over also ending up in a tie, the winner of the match had to be decided on the basis of who hit the most boundaries in the match. England were ahead of the Kiwis on that count and hence took away the title. This caused many ex-cricketers to lash out at the rules and the cricket’s governing body, ICC, for having them in this tournament.Interestingly, it’s not just New Zealanders that felt unhappy about how the World Cup winner was chosen, but even some English former players. Former fast bowler for England Steve Harmison, speaking to New Zealand radio station Radio Sport, said: “It took me about 10/15 minutes to work out how England won. Some people believed that the trophy should have been sharedTwitter”It is ridiculous. But I think it would be more ridiculous if it were England that lost and New Zealand that won.”Scott Styris, former Black Caps all-rounder simply wrote, “Nice work @ICC … you are a joke!!!” on his Twitter page.He had ample support from former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. “Don’t understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries. A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final.”Another former international cricketer from India Mohd Kaif also disapproved of the rule. “Difficult to digest this more boundary rule. Something like sudden death – continuous super overs till a result is a better solution. Understand, wanting a definite winner but sharing a trophy is better than deciding on more boundaries. Very tough on New Zealand.” Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson though the rules that decided the outcome were farcicalIANSBryan Waddle, veteran radio broadcaster of New Zealand, described the rule awarding the trophy to England as a ‘T20 gimmick.’Mike Hesson, the man who coached New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup final, joined the chorus criticising the ICC for the rules. “Kane Williamson and Eoin Morgan should have jointly lifted the Cricket World Cup after a drama-packed Sunday evening at Lord’s. Certainly neither England nor New Zealand deserved to lose such an incredible, seesawing final when they couldn’t be split after 50 overs each.””Using a Super Over to decide it was farcical and the International Cricket Council needs to give itself an uppercut for even entertaining it as a tiebreaker,” Hesson wrote in his column for stuff.co.nz.last_img read more

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first_imgLaunched in May 2018, the Ripkord.tv app is available free to download from Apple’s App Store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 10.0 (or later) and from Google Play for Android devices running version 4.4 (or later). Here comes Ripkord.tv, another player looking to crash the craze over live-streaming interactive game shows — but the startup’s founders say it’s different from the rest of the field.Inspired by Twitch and HQ Trivia, Ripkord.tv is aiming to build an interactive entertainment network that blends mobile gaming, live video and TV-style games shows. The company has soft-launched five original shows, which give players the chance to win cash prizes, and is in talks with studios, networks and production companies about launching more.Ripkord.tv was founded in November 2017 by CEO Todd Peterson and CTO Neil Harris, creators of the daily fantasy esports platform AlphaDraft, which FanDuel acquired in 2015. The company’s offices in Burbank, Calif., overlook the Warner Bros. lot.“Ripkord is the home for a new wave of content consumption that focuses on interactivity, social recognition, and community,” said Peterson. “This is a platform for launching new forms of social gaming,” “People get bored,” he said. “We need constant new stuff, new shows, and rotate them like a TV network does with a season.” Indeed, even HQ Trivia’s creators have recognized this and plan to launch a new app called “Words,” a “Wheel of Fortune”-style fill-in-the-blank word game.Ripkord.tv co-founder and CEO Todd PetersonMeanwhile, the hype over HQ Trivia has led networks to bow their own copycat apps. In August, Fox Broadcasting launched live trivia game FNGenius, followed by TBS’s “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee,” which rolled out HQ Trivia-like app “This Is Not a Game: The Game” in September.According to Peterson, the fact that TV networks have latched on to the trend is a validation of the model. What Ripkord.tv brings to the table, he said, is a way for entertainment companies to more efficiently launch interactive game shows — without having to build all the infrastructure themselves and create standalone apps. The startup plans to enter into revenue-sharing deals with studios and networks.“We’re opening the doors to other partners,” said Peterson. He said Ripkord.tv has already signed a licensing deal for one of its original shows with a TV network, which will live-sync the broadcast with the app, but he declined to identify either the show or the network partner.Ripkord.tv’s current original live game shows are “Fast Facts,” a true/false trivia show; “The Hunt,” a scavenger hunt where players must search the internet to solve clues; “In or Out,” a roulette-style game of chance; “Raise the Bar,” in which players predict how fellow players will answer questions; and “Word Up,” a game puzzle geared around pop culture.The Ripkord.tv games are free to play, and users can earn or purchase in-game “Ripkoins” — the app’s social currency — that they can use to do things like unlock shout-outs from hosts and send emotes during a live-streamed show.So far, Ripkord.tv has amassed a relatively small user base (under 100,000) by word of mouth. Peterson said the startup is going to start more actively promoting the app, and he expects to get a bump once it launches new shows with studio and network partners. Traditional TV and streaming services like Netflix are passive experiences, he noted. And while Twitch provides interactive features for fans, with Ripkord’s app “you are actually playing the game,” Peterson said. “You’re part of the show.”Other Ripkord.tv execs include chief revenue officer James M. Smith, former SVP of digital ad sales for Sony Pictures Entertainment and PlayStation and before that VP of ad sales and monetization at Disney; and chief content officer Geremie Camara, former VP of games at Sony Pictures, who was behind the mobile versions of “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”The startup also tapped as chief creative officer Michael Dietz, an actor and producer who has worked on dozens of TV shows including “The Apprentice,” “The Noise,” “Wipeout” and “Big Brother.” Dietz hosts several of Ripkord.tv’s original shows.Ripcord.tv players compete to test their knowledge with live game shows, take part in an internet scavenger hunt, or even bet for (or against) each other’s answers to trivia questions, all for real-world cash prizes. The prize pools range from $200 up to $5,000 and will go up as Ripkord.tv grows, Peterson said.To date, the startup has raised $3 million in funding led by Upfront Ventures, with additional investments by Akatsuki Entertainment Fund, Corazon Capital, gaming-focused Initial Capital, Jon Goldman, managing partner for Skybound Entertainment and partner at Greycroft, Pocket.watch CEO Chris M. Williams, and Paul Heydon, former co-founder and general partner at LVP. Peterson declined to disclose Ripkord.tv’s current headcount.But are live mobile game shows a flash in the pan? HQ Trivia, the app that kicked off the excitement over the model after its 2017 launch by capturing audiences that topped 1 million and even over 2 million for some of its shows, has seen its numbers drop off in recent months.To Peterson, the issue is that the shelf life of mobile games is short. 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first_img Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressBARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Voters in Catalonia on Sunday are choosing lawmakers for this wealthy Spanish region’s parliament amid a threat from the Catalan leader to hold an independence referendum that would test the country’s unity.The regional government, led by Artur Mas, called early elections as part of a power struggle with the central government run by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy centered on the size of Catalonia’s contribution to national coffers. Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement While Rajoy is immersed in combating Spain’s worst financial crisis in decades, Mas claims Catalonia is being asked to shoulder too much of the tax burden and that it could do better if it separated and tried to become an independent member state of the European Union.“Five years ago I was in favor of a federal model with Spain, but now we have seen that is not viable,” said Miquel Angel Aragon, a 37-year-old aid worker. “I am in favor of independence.”Catalonia is responsible for around a fifth of Spain’s economic output and many residents feel central government gives back too little in recognition of the region’s contribution.Catalans have said in growing public protests that their industrialized region is being hit harder than most by austerity measures aimed at avoiding a national bailout like those needed by Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Cyprus.Madrid has traditionally said that simplifying the state’s financial model by excluding overall costs such as defense only creates a distorted image of how taxation and spending are distributed.A rising tide of Catalan separatist sentiment was spurred when Rajoy failed to agree to Mas’ proposals to lighten Catalonia’s tax load and 1.5 million people turned out for the largest nationalist rally since the 1970s in Barcelona on September 11.center_img These growing economic concerns have combined with a long-standing nationalist streak in Catalonia, which has its own language and cultural traditions that were harshly repressed by the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco from the end of Spain’s Civil War in 1939 to Franco’s death in 1975.One of the most potent symbols of the divisions distancing Catalonia and the country’s capital city can be seen in the bitter rivalry between the Barcelona and Real Madrid soccer clubs.In recent years, at least two grassroots groups have held unofficial referendums on independence in towns throughout the region, while some small villages have gone to the extreme of declaring themselves “free Catalan territories.”Catalans are viewed by most Spaniards as thrifty, hardworking people, and most _ not least many Catalans _ have been shocked by how Catalonia’s regional debt has swelled to (EURO)42 billion ($54.4 billion) of the staggering (EURO)140 billion debt ascribed to all of Spain’s regional governments.The economic crisis has highlighted the high cost of running Spain’s 17 semi-autonomous regions alongside a central government.The Catalan government has had to ask for a (EURO)5 billion ($6.5 million) bailout from Spain like other indebted regions. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day But what began as a quarrel over money has turned into a test over Spain’s territorial integrity.If voters give Mas strong support on Sunday, he has pledged to hold a referendum asking Catalans if they would prefer to split from Spain at a time of deep financial crisis.“These are the most decisive and transcendental elections in the history of Catalonia,” Mas said after voting in Barcelona. “There is much at stake for all 7 million of us Catalans.”Polls forecast a majority for parties supporting a referendum on independence, a plebiscite that Spain’s central government has ridiculed and called “unconstitutional.”According to Rajoy, only central government has the constitutional right to call a referendum and then it would almost certainly have to include the whole of Spain.Mild winter weather and blue skies helped long lines form at many polling stations early Sunday. By 1 p.m. (1200 GMT, 7 a.m. EST), the Catalan government calculated that voter turnout was higher than in the previous seven elections dating back to 1988.Rajoy has said that talk of independence is a side issue to the country’s real problem, which is to find a way to create employment and address its deficit. Mas’ government counters that each year it contributes (EURO)16 billion ($21 billion) more than it gets back from Spain. It also complains that important infrastructure projects needed to revive Spain’s sick economy are being left unfunded.Even so, many feel people feel they are both Catalan and Spanish, and are reticent of the idea of trying to divide the country.“We are not separatists, we want to remain part of Spain,” said retired industrial designer Francisco Palau, 69, who emerged from a polling station alongside his wife. “We defend current plurality,” he said, adding that setting up a new state and government “would be very expensive.”Just over 5.2 million people are eligible to vote for candidates to fill the 135-seat Catalan parliament that sits in Barcelona.___Harold Heckle reported from Madrid.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

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