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10 months agoReal Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmund

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid wing-back Hakimi: Best decision to join Borussia Dortmundby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid wing-back Achraf Hakimi says his move to Borussia Dortmund has been the best decision of his career.Hakimi is on-loan at BVB this season.He said, “I grew up in the youth clubs of Real Madrid, with whom I did the whole route up to the first team, but I needed to change, I need to grow as a player, gaining more space and achieving new goals as a starter.”In Dortmund everything is going well, I hope it goes on for a long time.”I am very happy to be here. It was not easy to adapt, but now I find myself at ease.” last_img read more

Two students score cent percent in Isc

first_imgNew Delhi: Girls outshone boys in the ICSE Class 10 and 12 examination, with two students scoring 100 per cent marks.This is the first time that students have scored 100 per cent marks in the ISC exam. The results of the ICSE class 10 and ISC class 12 were announced on Tuesday by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon. While girls achieved a pass percentage of 99.05 per cent in class 10 examination as against 98.12 per cent by boys, the pass percentage achieved by girls in class 12 examination is 97.84 per cent as against 95.40 per cent of boys. Mumbai’s Juhi Rupesh Kajaria and Muktsar’s Manhar Bansal topped the class 10 ISCE examination with 99.60 per cent. The second rank has been shared by ten students with 99.40 per cent marks and the third rank has been shared by 24 students with 99.20 per cent marks. Kolkata’s Dewang Kumar Agarwal and Bengaluru’s Vibha Swaminathan topped the class 12 ISC examination with 100 per cent marks.last_img read more

IAF officer to face culpable homicide charge for accidentally shooting down Mi17

first_imgNew Delhi: The officer held responsible for the accidental shooting down of a military helicopter at the height of India-Pakistan tension in February will be charged by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for culpable homicide not amounting to murder along with three others, according to reports. The IAF is yet to officially acknowledge reasons for the Mi-17 helicopter’s crash on February 27, the day Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets attempted to cross the Line of Control (LoC). But reports suggest that it was shot down in a friendly fire by IAF’s own air defence missile. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The Court of Inquiry into the incident killing all six onboard is yet to be completed. The IAF maintains that the investigation was still going on but multiple reports indicate that there was a lapse in following the Standard Operating Procedures. A report said that the officer commanding the Srinagar air base, where the crash took place, has been removed. The officer who was presiding over operations will face charges of culpable homicide, a criminal offence, according to another report. The incident had occurred in Jammu and Kashmir in the melee when IAF jets had engaged intruding PAF fighters over the LoC a day after air strike on terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.last_img read more

40 former Buckeyes make NFL rosters

OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter having a league record 12 players drafted in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, the depth of former Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL does not stop there. With the release of the 53-man rosters, 40 former Buckeyes have secured spots with NFL teams for the 2016 season, including 14 members from the class of 2016.Undrafted free agents Jalin Marshall and Tyvis Powell were the biggest question marks throughout training camps concerning former Buckeyes making rosters. However, both Marshall and Powell made the final roster cuts for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.Leading the 2016 Ohio State draft class, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott are expected to step in and make a large impact for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Cardale Jones made Buffalo Bills’ roster after throwing for 362 yards and one touchdown in three games of the preseason.Third-round pick of the Houston Texans, Braxton Miller, hopes to inject the offense with instant playmaking ability, similar to what he did in his final year at OSU. Miller will be competing for playing time with a number of young receivers that Houston has been able to gather through the past few drafts.Former quarterback turned receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Terrelle Pryor, has been able to find a good relationship with his new teammate Robert Griffin III after having a limited role last year. Marshall will be joined in New York by 2015 alumnus, Devin Smith, who missed the end of last season after a torn ACL in week 14. Smith will be eligible to play post-week six after opening camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The NFL season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos. Six former Buckeyes will play in that game. read more

Ohio State football on Nebraska We owe them

For a majority of the Ohio State football team, one thought comes to mind when they think of Saturday’s upcoming game against Nebraska: “We owe them one.” Some OSU players threw that phrase around after the team’s Wednesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer wasn’t part of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 loss in Lincoln, Neb., last season, but he understands his players want revenge. “I have heard them talk about this,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I’ve actually heard, I haven’t brought it up – maybe this weekend or Friday, I’ve got to evaluate where we’re at – but I hear them saying ‘We owe this team.’” Under the lights OSU will have quite the stage for revenge Saturday, with the game being a nationally televised broadcast on ABC, under the lights, with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. That should help the No. 12-ranked Buckeyes’ chances against the No. 21-ranked Cornhuskers, as Ohio Stadium should be closer to being the “inferno” Meyer has said many times he hopes The Horseshoe can be. Preparing for a night game can pose challenges, though. Players have much more time than usual waiting for kickoff, and what OSU will do Saturday morning and afternoon is something Meyer is still considering. “We’re still finalizing our plans for it. The good thing is, we have a lot of experience with night games, (OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti) and I,” Meyer said. “We want them rested. We have an idea but it hasn’t been completed yet.” Injury update OSU will be without at least one of their playmakers Saturday. Senior running back Jordan Hall will not play in Saturday’s contest as he is still recovering from an injury to his right knee. Buckeye redshirt junior safety C.J Barnett is a “maybe.” “Is there a maybe category? He’s got to get a lot better. He’s still limping around,” Meyer said. Sophomore defensive end Michael Bennett will play after suffering a groin injury before the Buckeyes’ game against Miami. Deep threat Twice this season, and once last year, OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith have hooked up for a long, game-winning touchdown through the air. Throwing deep is something Meyer said he would like to do more often. He now trusts both Miller and Smith to make connections on long passes, but he wasn’t able to say that in the spring. “If you were to say that before Spring Game – April 21 or something – if you said that April 14 I would have looked at you like you had seven heads. (Smith) has earned that right,” Meyer said of Smith running deep patterns. Defending Nebraska The Huskers don’t have a big, bruising running back like the Buckeyes had to defend last week in Michigan State junior tailback Le’Veon Bell. Many of Nebraska’s players, both offensive and defensive, are of the quicker and leaner build. Don’t say Nebraska isn’t physical, though. “No, no, no. This is a tough outfit. It’s a very physical defense. They fly around. A much different scheme, they try to push you east-west,” Meyer said. Against MSU, the Buckeyes had to focus on mainly just one player – Bell. Nebraska has three capable runners: redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Martinez, senior running back Rex Burkhead and sophomore tailback Ameer Abdullah. Meaning the OSU defense doesn’t have much room for error. “You miss (Martinez) and it’s a home run. That Burkhead just keeps coming at you, coming at you. Their offensive line, I think their offensive line is very good. They block several players as well as anyone I’ve seen,” Meyer said. read more

Urban Meyer Were not at the point that we can start overlooking

The No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) will open divisional play this weekend, when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers (2-3). First-year coach Urban Meyer talked about the upcoming challenge the Hoosiers might present, last weekend’s game against Nebraska and recruiting at the weekly Big Ten football coaches’ teleconference Tuesday. Looking past the Hoosiers? After back-to-back wins against ranked opponents, including a 63-38 drubbing of then-No. 21 Nebraska last weekend, the Buckeyes seem to be a confident bunch. But are they too confident? Meyer said it’s important for his team to realize there is plenty of football to be played before they can be considered a great team. “These kids are 6-0 and a lot of people are telling them how good they are,” Meyer said. “Quite honestly, we have a long way to go.” It is something that, arguably, happens every year in college football. Teams can win a big game against a ranked team, ride that high all week, and then lose to an inferior opponent that they underestimate a week later. Meyer said, however, that he is not concerned with his team’s focus as they prepare for an Indiana team that has lost its last three games. “We’re not at the point that we can start overlooking anybody,” Meyer said. “I’m concerned about execution and stopping them, not overlooking them.” Last week’s win bodes well for the future Last Saturday’s win against Nebraska could have major implications on the OSU football program for years to come. Meyer wasn’t able to give an exact number of recruits in attendance, but said that “there were a lot” of prospective Buckeyes in the Horseshoe last Saturday. Meyer also said the atmosphere in the stadium during the Buckeyes’ blowout left an impression of some of the nation’s elite high school prospects. “It’s a little risky sometimes to have a bunch of recruits come in on a big game, because if you fail and you lose, it’s miserable,” Meyer said. “The atmosphere was tremendous. The way we won in the second half, that was very critical for recruiting.” Miller, the Heisman Hopeful? As one of college football’s leaders in rushing yards per game, and the quarterback of the Big Ten’s only unbeaten team, sophomore Braxton Miller is gaining hype as a Heisman Trophy contender. “He’s one of the best players in the college game,” said Indiana coach Kevin Wilson. Wilson did say that, “there are better players out there,” but pointed out that the sophomore quarterback will only improve as he grows into Meyer’s system. “He’s young,” Wilson said. “Knowing a little bit about him, and knowing the coach that he’s got, he will get better and better. You’re not seeing the best of him.” A key component in winning the Heisman Trophy is having big games on big stages against ranked opponents. Miller might have done that last Saturday, rushing for a career-high 186 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a win against Nebraska. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, however, was not willing to anoint Miller as a favorite for college football’s most prestigious individual award. “That’s up to you guys,” Pelini said. read more

Pogba offered to PSG

first_imgThe famous Mino Raiola has now reportedly offered Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain for next season, claims the Daily MailThe football agent is aware that Pogba is growing increasingly unsettled at Manchester United with the midfielder looking set to be dropped from the starting line-up by Jose Mourinho once more for today’s Premier League match against Bournemouth.Raiola is aware that PSG are looking for some extra star power in the upcoming summer transfer window in a bid to mount a successful challenge for the Champions League title next season. Upon learning this, the Dutchman has offered the newly crowned Ligue 1 champions Pogba.It is understood that Raiola is trying to find a suitable solution for Pogba’s worsening situation at Old Trafford with the Frenchman having only scored 10 Premier League goals since his then-world record transfer of £89.3m two summers ago.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pep Guardiola has already revealed that Raiola had offered him the opportunity to sign the 25 year-old for Manchester City in the January transfer window.But the Mail reports that Pogba’s prospective move to PSG may be in doubt with the French club already over the Financial Fair Play(FFP) limit of €260m due to the signings of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer.last_img read more

If I had Hazard he would have made the difference –

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafael Benitez has joined the growing list of managers wishing they could have Eden Hazard following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on SundayThe Spaniard’s ultra-defensive master-plan of a 5-4-1 formation at St James’ Park looked to have paid off at one point when substitute Joselu headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Hazard’s penalty.But a late own goal from DeAndre Yedlin saw Chelsea maintain their perfect start to the new Premier League season and grab a first league win at St James’ Park since December 2011.And Benitez had an interesting theory afterwards of how things could have gone differently.“It depends on the players you have. If I had (Eden) Hazard I would give it to him and he would make the difference,” said the 58-year-old, according to TeamTalk.“We know that we can be better with the ball, but I think we did well until the end. “Both the penalty and foul leading up to it were very doubtful,”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We are missing five or six players. Any top side losing six players–a team with its own problems and six players out.“We don’t have any issues. We have some injuries and it’s something we have to manage.”Benitez dismissed reports of a bust-up with captain Jamaal Lascelles and explained his absence.“Jamaal (Lascelles) has an ankle problem, but he is already working with the physios but Jonjo (Shelvey) will have to wait one or two weeks,”  he revealed.Newcastle will next face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday in the second round of the EFL Cup.last_img read more

Kane targets UEFA Nations League trophy

first_imgHarry Kane has urged his England teammates to win the UEFA Nations League in the bid to end their trophy drought after reaching the semifinals next summer.The Three Lions came from behind to beat World Cup runners-up Croatia 2-1 at Wembley, a result that saw Gareth Southgate’s side progress to a four-team mini-tournament in Portugal and relegated their opponents.“It’s definitely an opportunity for us,” Kane told ESPN. “It’s another semifinal, two wins away from winning a trophy, so whoever we play will be a tough game when you look at the other groups.“We are going to have to beat another top nation, but we have shown we can do it.“It is a great feeling, I said the other day, nobody really knows how big this competition is going to become, you don’t really get many opportunities to win a tournament in an England shirt, so we have got to try and take full advantage of that. And it’s another semifinal for the fans to look forward to as well.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are professionals, we want to win everything we do, whether it is a new tournament or an old tournament we want to win. It’s a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt so we are going to try and do that.”Kane highlighted the Wembley crowd was a major factor in spurring them on to victory.“It’s incredible, I’ve never seen Wembley like this in an England shirt,” he said. “We want to make everyone proud. I know they’ll enjoy this one.“We felt the crowd. We felt their presence. That’s what we need everywhere we go. It felt good. The lads stuck at it, we showed our character, stayed calm and deserved to win.”last_img read more

Maldini on the mutual respect between AC Milan and Liverpool

first_imgPaolo Maldini spoke of the mutual respect between AC Milan and Liverpool after the clubs’ legends traded tackles at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool FC Legends secured a 3-2 win over Milan, with Steven Gerrard saving the best for the last with a late winner at the Kop end.Funds raised from ticket sales and the entire game would be given to the Charity organization.And the legendary Maldini who didn’t feature in the game spoke about the encounter and the relationship of both clubs.The former Milan skipper revealed to LFC.TV why he couldn’t play a part in the game and the Anfield atmosphere.“I played too much in my life: 25 years. My knees are very bad now, so I can’t play. It’s a pity because it’s something I’m going to regret, for sure.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“It’s funny, I never played here against Liverpool; we only played twice in the Champions League final. There’s a lot of respect, crazy games. This is a real opportunity to bring back memories, it’s a beautiful day.He also spoke about the famous Istanbul Miracle that secured the Reds fifth European crown.“[I don’t think about it] anymore. I thought about it for three or four months after the game finished. But it’s the beauty of the sport; you can dominate the game, be winning 3-0, I score the first goal – a lot of strange things – but at the end, the result was bad for us. In football, you have good things and bad things.“I’m working for AC Milan, I’m the sporting director with Leonardo, so I’m very, very busy. We’re very close to the team and we want this team to be back where it was 10 years ago.”last_img read more

TCI Mr Derek Been Appointed as New Director of Immigration

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 18, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Derek Been as the new Director of Immigration within the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.Mr. Been who officially took up the post on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, holds a Post Graduate Degree from the University of Leicester Business School and previously dedicated over 10 years to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service where he served as the former Under Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Communication and Immigration from 1999 – 2004; as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs from 2006-2009 and as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Utilities and Housing from 2009-2010, before taking up the post of Deputy Director of the Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority from 2010-2016.During his tenure in government Mr. Been had the opportunity to assist in a number of key projects including the construction of the North and Middle Caicos Causeway, Leeward Highway, the introduction of the Ports Authority, the Public Works Change Initiative, the Blue Ribbon Commission and several other key projects.Mr. Been is a civic leader having dedicated many years of service to the Boys Scouts where he serves as the Leader of the Grand Turk Division and is a member of the Turks and Caicos National Museum.   He is also the founder and webmaster of Grand Turk Events which seeks to bring awareness to community events on the island of Grand Turk.Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams stated that she was pleased to welcome Mr. Been back to the civil service and in such a critical role at such a critical time;  “I am pleased to congratulate Mr. Been on his appointment and to welcome him back to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service.   His appointment which is a critical one, comes at a very critical time as we seek to make a number of positive changes in the structures, systems and management in the Ministry of Border Control and more specifically in the Immigration Department.Mr. Been possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, having previously served as a former Under Secretary within this and numerous other ministries along with serving as a former Permanent Secretary within government.   He is fully aware of both the challenges and needs of the department and has already in his short time in the department set about an action plan for change.   I look forward to working with him and to supporting him in his role where I have every confidence that he will do exceptionally well.”Deputy Premier, Honourable Sean Astwood added, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Been to the Ministry of Border Control and Employment. Mr. Been assumes the vital role of Director of Immigration at a pivotal moment in our country’s history, where now more than ever, there needs to be sound direction and developments in the policies and practices guiding both migration and immigration activities for the protection and security of our borders.Mr. Been, as a former Civil Servant, Under Secretary and Permanent Secretary of numerous areas within Government, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be fundamental to the department’s ability to address the many challenges that have inundated our communities and social systems over the years.   While we have embarked on numerous initiatives for the reshaping of migration and immigration in the TCI, there is a long road ahead of us but I am encouraged by the energy and diversity that Mr. Been has on how the department, and indeed the country, can achieve its goals.Over the coming weeks Mr. Been will be working to institute new guidelines and policies for the improvement and revitalization of his department and together, with our support, I expect that he will have another long successful tenure with us.”Commenting on the appointment himself Mr. Derek Been said: “I am most thankful to Almighty God for granting me the opportunity to serve in such a role and at such a time.   I am fully cognizant of the inherent challenges and threats that seem to dominate the immigration and labour sectors.   However, opportunities also exist and the way we manage migration and immigration is critical to the cultural, social and economic well-being of these Islands and for those who conduct business and reside here permanently.   The Immigration Department is essentially an enforcement body.   The staff that I lead are expected to operate within the provision of the laws of the country.   I expect the officers to be fair, firm and consistent in exercising their functions and we expect the Public and our clients to appreciate and adhere to the law.As it relates specifically to the role as Director, I will support lawful entry to persons (business and pleasure) who will benefit these Islands, while preventing the abuse of the society and its economy.I look forward to continuing the efforts to improve service delivery and processes that we manage, and to achieve efficiency and effectiveness.   Critical to meeting our objectives is increased staff training and cross training, forging strategic alliances and the use of technology to protect our borders.    I look forward to supporting the team at the Ministry of Border Control and Employment in achieving the broader objectives.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

ALM McGrawHill Lead the Way Among ABMs Neal Award Finalists

first_imgTrade media association American Business Media Tuesday morning released the finalists for this year’s iteration of its annual Jesse H. Neal Awards. Of some 660 entries, 123 have made it to the final round, the group said. Legal publisher ALM drew the most finalist selections with 18, followed by McGraw-Hill at 16 and Crain Communications with 11. In the group with more than $7 million in gross advertising and circulation revenue, McGraw-Hill took one nomination and ALM two spots in the category of Best Single Issue of a magazine. Best Web site nominations went to The Progressive Farmer, McGraw-Hill and IEEE Media, while Hanley Wood, Farm Journal Media and IEEE Media were finalists in the Best Integrated Package category.In the group with less than $3 million in gross advertising/circulation revenue, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and Marketing & Technology Group were finalists in the Best Single Issue of a Magazine category. Best Integrated Package nods went to McGraw-Hill, SourceMedia and Meister Media Worldwide. ABM will hand out this year’s awards, including the Grand Neal Award, at an awards luncheon scheduled for March 10 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.Click here for the complete list of 2011 finalists.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Class Of 2009 Announces 10Year Reunion

first_imgBURLINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009 will be holding its 10-year reunion on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 6pm to 10pm, at Tuscan Kitchen (2400 District Avenue) in Burlington.In addition to traditional Tuscan hor d’oeuvres and drinks, there will be live music and the opportunity to relax on a private patio.The event will be a semi-formal event with no kids. So bring your significant other, close friend, or come solo and dress to impress in what will be an incredible evening to remember filled with great drinks & food, conversation and dancing into the evening.TICKET INFORMATIONTickets include entry, hor d’oeuvres + 1 drink ticket$45 – *Early Bird* Single Ticket purchased by May 1$80 – *Early Bird* Couples Ticket purchased by May 1$60 – Single Ticket purchased after May 1$100 – Couples Ticket purchased after May 1A ticket is required to attend and will not be sold at the doorSpecial Promo: Volunteer at the All-Night Grad on June 6 and receive $25 off $60 / $100 tickets.Purchase your ticket(s) online HERE.Questions? Email svthsclassof2009@gmail.com.(NOTE: The above information is from the Shawsheen Tech Class of 2009’s Reunion Eventbrite page.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Shawsheen Tech Class of 2013 To Hold 5-Year Reunion On November 24In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Class of 1991 25-Year Reunion Set For October 1In “Education”last_img read more

India likely to play Davis Cup tie in Pakistan after a gap

first_imgIANSThe Indian Davis Cup team is probably going to Pakistan after a long gap of 55 years to play a tie against the hosts in September. The last time India travelled to the neighbouring country to play a Davis Cup tie was in March 1964. They managed to win the tie, which was held in Lahore, 4-0.The All India Tennis Association (AITA)  has stated that the central government may allow the Indian players to travel to Pakistan for the tie. “We have written to the government and hopefully we will go to Pakistan, that’s the impression we have,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee was quoted as saying by PTI on Wednesday.”It’s not a bilateral series, it’s (like) a World Cup, so the government will allow. I am confident we will go and play in Pakistan. We will announce it in a day or two. Pakistan Federation has mentioned that the tie will be played in Islamabad,” he further added.The last tie between the two rival nations was played in 2006 in Mumbai which India won 3-2. Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Prakash Amritraj and Rohan Bopanna were all part of that team. Before that India had played with Pakistan in Malaysia, 1973. Prajnesh Gunneswaran is one of India’s key playersScreengrabThe current Indian Davis Cup team has players like Prajnesh Gunneswaran who is ranked 94 in the world and world number 154 Ramkumar Ramanathan. These two give India an upper hand over their opponents. Pakistan are not a major force in tennis but they have doubles specialist Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi who reached the US Open final by teaming up with India’s Rohan Bopanna in the past.Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President Salim Saifullah told PTI that they will host India on the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex. “We are hopeful of earning much-needed revenues for tennis during the live broadcast of the grass court tie as Pakistan and India sporting events garner a lot of interest.”He further added that they are pretty much confident that the Indian government would let their team play the tie in Islamabad as it is after 13 years that both the countries will meet on a tennis court.Last year Pakistan hosted Uzbekistan, Korea and Thailand in their previous ties. It will be interesting to see if India go to Pakistan and how it affects the sporting relationship between the two countries that have been affected due to political troubles.last_img read more

Hasina to head the polltime govt Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the present government is determined to resist any types of attacks on the minority community as it is a criminal offense, reports BSS.”No one including AL activists will be spared if they are involved in such criminal offense…The present government under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to resist any types of terrorist acts,” he said while speaking at a function held Ramakrishna Mission ground in city’s Gopibagh area.Jatiya Party (JP) presidium member Kazi Firoj Rashid MP addressed the function as the guest of honour with Mission Executive Committee president Gouragopal Shaha in the chair.Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) chairman Md Abdur Rahman were present as special guests while eminent writer and researcher Syed Abul Maksud, Engineer Sarwar Kaynat Md Nur, Ramakrishna Math Moharaja Swami Ameyananda Moharaj and Swami Dhrobeshananda, among others, addressed the programme.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said, “We should remain alert as the conspirators are hatching conspiracy by torching the houses of minority community and carrying out repression on them ahead of the next parliament elections.”He said the next general elections will be held as per the constitution.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will be the government’s chief during the election period similar to other democratic countries across the world.Administrations, law enforcers and other organisations related to election will work under the supervision of election commission after declaration of polls schedule, he added.The AL general secretary said a vested quarter is trying to ruin the relation between Bangladesh and India.”But, I want to say them that they are living in fool’s paradise as the relation was established through the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the Liberation War of Bangladesh…Our prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Narendra Modi have given the relation of the two countries a new dimension,” the minister said.Earlier, Quader inaugurated the construction works of proposed Bibekananda Bhaban.last_img read more

Missing schoolboy found dead

first_imgMap of LakshimpurA schoolboy, who went missing on Saturday, was found dead at a cropland in Charfalkan of Kamalnagar upazila of Lakshmipur district on Thursday.The deceased, Sharif Hossain, was a class-V student of a local primary school and son of a certain Omar Faruk, from the village, reports UNB.Quoting family members of the victim, police said Sharif went to a fish enclosure in Ayubnagar on Saturday and remained missing since then.Later, the victim’s family lodged a general diary with Kamalnagar police station.On Thursday, local people spotted the decomposed body of Sharif at a soya field and informed police, said Kamalnagar police station officer-in-charge Alamgir Hossain.Police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy, he added.last_img read more

Hasina calls for Commonwealth reform

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina enters Lancaster House in London on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Commonwealth’s reform appeared essential to cater evolving needs and member states’ expectations as she joined the first executive session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.”Reform is also essential if we wish to achieve the goals identified in this CHOGM under the four thematic pillars,” she said while delivering her speech at the session after Britain’s queen Elizabeth opened the 25th CHOGM at her Buckingham Palace.British prime minister Theresa May made the opening remarks at the session as the host while her Bangladesh counterpart said the role and functions of various Commonwealth bodies needed reorientation and reorganisation to meet the “constantly evolving needs and expectations of the member states”.”We also recommend formation of an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) to undertake a comprehensive reform of Commonwealth,” Sheikh Hasina said.The PM also underscored the need for revitalisation of the Commonwealth Secretariat through a comprehensive reform to achieve the goals to be identified in the ongoing CHOGM while appreciating the Strategic Plan 2020-21 of the grouping’s secretary general in line of the objectives with the Charter and the 2030 Development Agenda.Lauding the secretariat for developing an annual delivery plan, the prime minister said the move should be considered as a beginning and part of the broader and comprehensive reform of the Commonwealth to make it more people and development centric.In this connection, she suggested that the secretariat should continue to intensify its focus on development issues, capacity building, technology transfer, aide for trade and investment related issues.Besides, she said, the secretariat should design action plans to implement the Commonwealth declarations on connectivity, cyber security and governance, as well as blue charter.Sheikh Hasina hoped that the Commonwealth would focus on result oriented efforts in their work in the next two years centring more on the trade, economic and sustainable development and practical challenges faced by majority of the member countries.The PM acknowledged the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) role to be sensitive one particularly in dealing with delicate country situations and suggested that it needed to be objective having comprehensive understanding of the situations in line with the spirit of Commonwealth consensus.The prime minister said upholding democracy, good governance and the rule of law are the cherished aims and these are also the basis for sustainable peace and stability.Sheikh Hasina said she believed that a positive engagement for supporting development of the institutions of democracy and good governance, rather than a punitive approach, is the best way to protect democracy, peace and stability in member countries.She expressed hope that the 25th CHOGM can help the association take a leap forward in realising the vision and shared responsibility for a poverty-free, progressive, prosperous, vibrant and visionary Commonwealth of Nations for the future generations.last_img read more

Transport workers shut down interdistrict bus services

first_imgStationary buses are seen in this Prothom Alo File PhotoTransport workers enforced a shutdown of inter-district bus services from the capital on Thursday morning protesting at the vandalisation of buses and demanding their security.No buses left from Gabtoli, Sayedabad and Mahakhali bus terminals or entered into those terminals in Dhaka, police said.The transport workers also brought out a protest procession in Gabtoli bus stand area in the morning, sergeant Sohel Rana said.Satkhira Express bus service manager Borhan Ahmed said no buses left for security concerns.Movement of buses will remain halted until the situation becomes normal, he added.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Summer Update – July 10

first_imgStory Links Northwoods LeagueAndrew Benefield – Madison Mallards (Player Page)Benefield was selected to represent the Great Lakes Division in the Northwoods League All-Star Game scheduled for July 16 in Waterloo, Iowa. Benefield is hitting .311 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 37 games this summer. USA Baseball Collegiate National TeamReid Detmers (Player Page)4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 KDetmers got the ball for game four of the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series on July 5 in Cary, N.C. The left-hander allowed just a single run on three hits in four innings of work, striking out three. Lucas Dunn (Player Page).400 (2-for-5)Dunn picked up a pair of hits against Cuba in the final game of the series July 6 in Durham, N.C. Dunn also started game two against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday, but the game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. Prospect LeagueTim Borden II – Quincy Gems (Player Page).222 (4-for-18), 2 2B, HR, 4 RBIBorden had four hits in four games over the last week, notching a pair of doubles and his second long ball with the Gems. Below are some of the highlights from July 3-9 games. Cape Cod LeagueJared Poland – Bourne Braves (Player Page).307 (4-for-13), 2 2B, 4 RBIPoland tallied four hits, two for extra bases, and four RBIs in three games over the last week. He also turned in a scoreless inning on the mound July 3 against Wareham.center_img Zach Britton – Orleans Firebirds (Player Page).276 (8-for-29), 4 2B, 7 RBI, 4 RBritton picked up eight hits, including four doubles, to go along with seven RBIs and four runs scored in seven games for the Firebirds. New England LeagueGarrett Schmeltz – Newport Gulls (Player Page)5.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 7 KSchmeltz made a pair of appearances, including a start, and didn’t allow a run in 5.2 innings. The southpaw pitched four scoreless frames in a start July 9 against Danbury and tallied a victory with 1.2 scoreless innings July 5 against Sanford. Schmeltz has not given up a run in 7.2 innings this summer with 10 strikeouts. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville baseball team has 19 student-athletes on summer ball assignments across five summer leagues and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Trey Leonard – Waterloo Bucks (Player Page).250 (5-for-20), 2 R, HR, 4 RBILeonard reached base in five of his six games played over the last seven days, including his first home run of the summer July 6 against Rochester. Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @LouisvilleBSB. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more