Hat-trick for Patna Pirates

first_imgAfter an initial lull, Pardeep Narwal bustled up and turned a ray of sunshine as Patna Pirates beat Gujarat Fortunegiants 55-38 to clinch its third straight title in the ProKabaddi league here on Saturday.After the crowd soaked in the nightclub vibe — it went wild as if lured into riotous living — before the play began, the Fortunegiants flew high initially.While defending — its forte — it was wonderfully braced. Its defenders, mostly forming a chain, seemed to take any raider down with ease. Pirates suffered an all-out to go down 3-9, and even its cracker-jack of a raider, Pardeep Narwal, looked as if he was disarmed and helpless. He was held easy when the Pirates went down 6-13.But it all was to become a distant memory for the Pirates as Narwal turned beastly eftsoons. One particular stretch of play showed his devilish efficiency. The Pirates was down to two men and on the verge of an all-out, when he raided a full-strength opposition and put out two defenders. From there, with him pulling off a few more successful raids, the situation reversed that the Fortunegiants suffered an all-out. Narwal scored 19 points in all.The result: Patna Pirates 55 bt Gujarat Fortunegiants 38.Special awards (for the season): Top-scorer: Pardeep Narwal (Patna Pirates); Best debutant: Sachin (Gujarat Fortunegiants); Best raider: Pardeep Narwal; Best defender: Surender Nada (Haryana Steelers); Most valuable player: Pardeep Narwal.last_img read more

Genes don’t just influence your IQ—they determine how well you do in school

first_imgIf you sailed through school with high grades and perfect test scores, you probably did it with traits beyond sheer smarts. A new study of more than 6000 pairs of twins finds that academic achievement is influenced by genes affecting motivation, personality, confidence, and dozens of other traits, in addition to those that shape intelligence. The results may lead to new ways to improve childhood education.  “I think this is going to end up being a really classic paper in the literature,” says psychologist Lee Thompson of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who has studied the genetics of cognitive skills and who was not involved in the work. “It’s a really firm foundation from which we can build on.”Researchers have previously shown that a person’s IQ is highly influenced by genetic factors, and have even identified certain genes that play a role. They’ve also shown that performance in school has genetic factors. 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Rather than focus solely on IQ, as many previous studies had, the scientists analyzed 83 different traits, which had been reported on questionnaires that the twins, at age 16, and their parents filled out. The traits ranged from measures of health and overall happiness to ratings of how much each teen liked school and how hard they worked. Then, the researchers collected data on how well each individual scored on the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam, an exam that all students in the United Kingdom must take and which is used for admission to advanced classes or colleges.The team found nine general groups of traits that were all highly hereditary—the identical twins were more likely to share the traits than nonidentical twins—and also correlated with performance on the GCSE. Not only were traits other than intelligence correlated with GCSE scores, but these other traits also explained more than half of the total genetic basis for the test scores.In all, about 62% of the individual differences in academic achievement—at least when it came to GCSE scores—could be attributed to genetic factors, a number similar to previous studies’ findings, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“It’s really important to understand why children differ in academic achievement,” says developmental psychologist Kaili Rimfeld of King’s College London, an author of the new paper. “These twin studies show that there’s a genetic basis for the differences in how easy or enjoyable children find learning.” Understanding that there’s a genetic basis for why people differ in not only intelligence, but also their drive to learn, she says, underscores the need for personalized classrooms where students can learn in different ways—from computer programs to hands-on projects—that are most fitted to their own personalities.The results, Thompson points out, would likely differ in less-developed countries where children don’t have equal access to education; academic achievement in these places is shaped more by opportunities than genetics. And the new study gives little information on what the genes might be that influence test scores. “Each one of these traits is very complex,” she says, “so we’re talking about hundreds of genes that are acting together.” Future studies, she says, may be able to shed light on specific genes that affect academic achievement, which could help diagnose or treat learning disabilities.*Correction, 7 October, 12:20 p.m.: This item originally stated that 62% of academic achievement could be attributed to genetic factors. In fact, the research showed that 62% of the differences between individual students’ GCSE scores were attributed to genetic factors.last_img read more

Indian GP athletics meet ends in farce due to power failure

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) Power failure at the competition venue today led to the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix athletics meet ending in a farce here. The one-day meet, an Olympic qualifying event, was held without electricity at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium which led to results being recorded manually. Hand timings are not considered valid for record purposes and hence will not be counted for Olympic qualifications. According to the hand timings, as many as four national records were improved and that included two athletes crossing Rio Olympics qualification norms, but all of them will be of no use. All the track events were hand-timed as the photo-finish equipment was not switched on due to power failure. The organisers of the meet, Delhi Athletics Association blamed the Sports Authority of India and stadium administrator for the fiasco. “We paid Sports Authority of India Rs 1.15 lakh to book the JLN Stadium and outside practice track area for the Indian GP and for Federation Cup (to be held from April 28-30). We also paid Rs 15,000 for security purposes. But to our surprise we found 15 minutes before the start of the meet that there is no electricity at the stadium,” a Delhi Athletics Association official told PTI. “We contacted the SAI officials and stadium administrator and we were told that there was fire on the transformer and fire brigade was called. But we asked him about the back-up power supply and we could have paid for the cost of diesel to be used for the back-up power supply. It was a really sad situation for the athletes,” the official said. Athletics Federation of India washed off its hands on the debacle, saying that it was the responsibility of the state unit to ensure that everything was in order. The meet was a season opener and was expected to serve as a platform for the Indian aspirants looking for a berth for the Rio Olympics. Odisha sprinters Amiya Kumar Mallick and Srabani Nanda were credited with incredible hand-timings of 10.09secs and 11.23 secs to win the mens and womens 100m sprint races. The Rio qualifications norms are 10.16 secs and 11.32 secs. But, these digital stop watch timings will not be considered for Rio qualification purposes and they cannot even be called national record holders. To make things worse further there was no wind-guage equipment in place in such as an important competition. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

We desperately want to win against Kyrgyz Republic: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgIndia’s premier striker Sunil Chhetri says that the Indian team in only concentrating on the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru without dwelling much on their past victories.India have registered seven consecutive wins including the recent 2-0 victory over Nepal at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.”We desperately want to win against Kyrgyz Republic at home as they are the favourites and three points against them will boost our chances to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2019,” said Sunil Chhetri on the sidelines of the AIFF Awards Night on Thursday.The entire National Team was part of the first-ever AIFF Awards night where all 2016 AIFF Awards and Hero I-League Awards were presented to the recipients.”Kyrgyz Republic is a big hurdle for us but we are confident of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup and the winning momentum that we got from the last few games adds to it. When you win everybody is happy. Winning changes things. It is very important for teams to keep winning. We hope to put our best foot forward,” Chhetri, who won the Hero of the Hero I-League Award, added.The recent rise in the FIFA Ranking which sees Constantine’s men at 100 has made the team more “determined” but Chhetri wasn’t willing to read much into it.”Rankings are important to some extent as there are a lot of variables at play but it is imperative for us to keep winning matches like we did against Myanmar, Puetro Rico and Nepal. As a player you never worry about FIFA Rankings, you put your head down and do the work,” Chettri, who is doubtful for the qualifier after he limped out of Bengaluru FC’s last group match against Mohun Bagan with a suspected muscle tear.advertisementChhetri also missed out on being a part of the Indian playing team that won 2-0 against Nepal, having been restricted to cheer from the bench.Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who was awarded the 2016 Award for Special Recognition added, “Rankings do matter but as a player our job is to concentrate on the pitch and give it our best.””We can only take good points going into the match against Kyrgyz Republic. We don’t have to be cocky about winning seven games in a row, but aim to maintain our winning streak,” the first-ever Indian to play in an Europa Cup match added.Meanwhile, Chhetri heaped praise on fellow forward Jeje Lalpekhlua who received the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year Award.”Jeje is the best player in the country right now. He has been outstanding for the country and whenever he plays we find ourselves in a comfortable position. He is going to take us places.”The Mizo striker has been a boon for both club and country and the forward even found the net against Nepal in India’s recent 2-0 win in the International Friendly. “My target right now is to win the match against Kyrgyz Republic and boost our effort to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup,” Jeje stated.”I contribute my performance to my hard work off the pitch and it is very important for me as well to keep scoring and help my team in whatever way possible.”Meanwhile, Debjit Majumdar, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Shubhasish Bose and Lalruatthara have been released from the camp. The team will be travelling to Bengaluru on the evening of June 10.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Thinks College Football “Needs” LSU To Beat Alabama Tomorrow

first_imgPaul Finebaum makes comments about roy Williams.On Saturday night, one of the biggest college football games of the season is set to go down from Baton Rouge. The Alabama Crimson Tide heads to Death Valley to take on the LSU Tigers.Despite entering the contest as the No. 3 team in the country, LSU is a two-touchdown underdog on its own stadium. That’s the greatness of the Crimson Tide with Tua Tagovailoa under center.In an interview with For The Win, Paul Finebaum revealed why college football “needs” LSU to take down the Tide on Saturday night.“I’m not advocating this because I don’t have any more influence on the outcomes of the game than you do or anyone else, but the best thing Saturday night would be for Alabama to lose.It would be a wake-up call. All of a sudden, people would go ‘Whoa, hold on a second. This thing’s getting pretty interesting, this thing’s getting pretty exciting.’ Just because you think something might make the sport better doesn’t mean it will, but Alabama winning again this year will not be good for college football.”We’ve heard this debate with the NBA (Golden State Warriors), women’s college basketball (UConn), and the NFL (Patriots). Dynasties are always “bad” for their respective league according to sports pundits, but fans keep watching.Alabama and LSU kick off Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.[FTW]last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor shows off her Pilates figure in sports bra and mini shorts. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYC 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Disha Patani in spaghetti strap top and mini shorts shows how to add oomph to casual lookOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her Pilates class, Janhvi went for an outfit that flaunted her curves.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: The 22-year-old, opted for an all blue attire.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: The Dhadhak actress wore a light blue sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: The sexy halter neck sports bra had a key hole detail in the front.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: She flaunted her washboard abs in her attire.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Image: Caption: Janhvi teamed her sports bra with a pair of blue mini shorts.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 6Image: Caption: The leggy lass completed her look with a pair of pink slippers.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 7Image: Caption: She carried her off-white cross body bag to the gym.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 8Image: Caption: On the work front, Janhvi is currently shooting for her film, Gunjan Saxena.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 9Tags: Janhvi KapoorGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai. For her Pilates session, the actress opted for a sports bra and teamed it with a pair of mini shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d81e3ad9cfb01568793517_1600389_editCommentContent Publish date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 13:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Janhvi shows off her Pilates figure in sports bra and shortsApp headline: Janhvi shows off her Pilates figure in sports bra and shorts1200x675:last_img read more

Federal bill excludes drunk paddling alarming safeboating advocates

first_imgOTTAWA – Legislation to crack down on driving or operating other vehicles while impaired would exclude canoeing or paddle-boarding while under the influence, a move that alarms a group promoting safe boating.Last spring, the federal government introduced a bill to modernize and overhaul laws dealing with operation of all kinds of vehicles, aircraft and vessels after drinking or taking drugs.The bill’s definition of a vessel specifically excludes those propelled solely by muscle power.Police have used the currently understood legal definition of a vessel to lay charges for impaired boating involving non-motorized craft.The Canadian Safe Boating Council says there were at least 375 deaths in suspected or confirmed cases involving alcohol and unpowered vessels such as canoes and rafts in Canada from 1991 to 2010.The council wants the federal bill amended to include all water-going vessels.last_img read more

Dont destroy gaysex records historians urge as bill moves through Commons

first_imgOTTAWA – A federal plan to destroy the criminal records of people convicted of same-sex activity is a “troubling feature” of proposed legislation intended to help make amends to the LGBTQ community, say four researchers who have done extensive work on the subject.The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that would allow people to apply to have their criminal convictions for consensual sexual activity between same-sex partners erased from the public record.The bill was accompanied by a formal apology by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons to the LGBTQ community for historic injustices that ruined careers and lives.While the researchers applaud the idea of ensuring the criminal records can never be used against those convicted, they say preservation is integral to the democratic process and the telling of history.“It could actually involve deleting specific names and references from certain documents,” said Gary Kinsman, professor emeritus in sociology at Laurentian University. “There’s various ways in which it could be done, so that we still have the historical record but there’s no way that this information can be used against people.”Kinsman co-authored a brief outlining concerns about the “flawed bill” with Patrizia Gentile, an associate professor of human rights and sexuality studies at Carleton University, Tom Hooper, a history lecturer at York University and Steven Maynard, an adjunct professor of history at Queen’s University.The academics say the scope of offences covered by the bill is too limited, and the application process too vague and potentially onerous.Despite the concerns, the group was denied a chance to make a presentation on the legislation Monday at the House of Commons public safety committee, Kinsman said.The committee passed the bill without amendment, sending it back to the Commons after hearing witnesses from Public Safety Canada, the Parole Board and the RCMP.The researchers are concerned the customary process of soliciting input and amending a bill to address shortcomings is being overridden in favour of swift action to back up the government’s apology.“They’re really rushing this through,” Kinsman said.Just hours earlier, Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault seemed to suggest that amendments were possible.“We’re listening and that’s why we study this at committee,” said Boissonnault, special adviser to the prime minister on LGBTQ issues.New Democrat MP Randall Garrison indicated during the committee meeting that he was aware of the researchers’ concerns. “I think the things that are perceived to be wrong are fixable,” he said.The Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act would provide for the destruction and removal of records for the offences of gross indecency, buggery and anal intercourse.Once passed, the legislation will allow applications by the convicted individual in question or family members of deceased people with criminal records. A guardian, lawyer or other “appropriate representative” may also apply on behalf of a dead individual.The bill gives the Parole Board of Canada authority to order or refuse expungement of a conviction. For instance, the board may return incomplete applications.Once the board approves an expungement, it must notify the RCMP and the courts. In turn, the Mounties must inform other federal agencies and provincial and municipal police forces.The four researchers say the bill is problematic because it:— could entail costs for applicants who are required to make a reasonable effort to track down documentary evidence;— deals only with convictions, not the trail of arrest records, police statements and court documents;— represents just a fraction of the Criminal Code offences used to prosecute same-sex behaviour, omitting categories such as bawdy house laws aimed at bathhouses and indecent act provisions for arresting people in bars, parks and washrooms.Boissonnault said the government is “mindful of the bawdy house provisions, and it’s something that we’re looking at.”— With a files from Lina Dib— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest Apple to appeal iPhone ruling in China

first_imgNEW YORK — The Latest on Apple-Qualcomm dispute (all times local):1:55 p.m.Apple says it’s appealing a Chinese court ruling that would ban some iPhones in China as part of a long-running patent dispute with chipmaker Qualcomm.Apple said it filed a request Monday for the court to reconsider its ruling.Qualcomm had announced earlier Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple calls it a “desperate move” by San Diego-based Qualcomm.___12:20 p.m.U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm says it’s won an order in a Chinese court banning some Apple phones in China as part of a long-running dispute over patents.Qualcomm said Monday that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China has granted preliminary injunctions ordering four Chinese subsidiaries of Apple to stop selling and importing iPhones.It’s not immediately clear what the full scope of the ruling is. While Qualcomm says the ban covers iPhones 6S through X, Apple says all iPhone models remain available for customers in China.The dispute is over two Qualcomm patents enabling consumers to format photos and manage phone apps using a touch screen. Apple says it will fight Qualcomm’s “desperate move” in the courts.Apple and Qualcomm also have cases in the U.S. and the U.K.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China Denies Espionage on African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa

Rabat- Following an investigation that exposed Chinese espionage on the African Union (AU) headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the Chinese Ambassador to the AU, Kuang Weili, called the report “sensational” and “absurd.”The investigation, which was conducted by French newspaper “Le Monde Afrique,” claimed that over the last five years, the AU servers were all connected to others located in Shanghai. The organization’s technical staff later discovered that between midnight and 2 a.m., computer servers were reaching a peak in data transfer activity.Every night, the secrets of the AU were being stored more than 8,000 km away by what was thought to be a diplomatic ally of Africa. China’s ambassador to the AU, said during the 30th African Union summit which currently takes place in Addis Ababa, that the report is a “sensational story, but also completely false and nonsense,”According to the Chinese diplomat, the said article will “damage the image of the newspaper,” but not the relationship between China and Africa.He also questioned the timing of the report, as it was released one day before African leaders kick-off their annual summit at the AU headquarters.The $200 million complex was built by China and donated to African Union in 2012. According to Le Monde Afrique, the computer systems were fully equipped by the Chinese, allowing them to open an undocumented portal that gives Chinese administrators access to the AU’s computing system. This “backdoor” is an intentional fault put into code to allow hackers and intelligence agencies to gain illicit access to information.“Following this discovery, we have taken some steps to strengthen our cybersecurity,” a AU official told Le Monde.Another official believes that, “they are not alone.” In fact, the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British intelligence agencies (GCHQ) have had their share of surveillance on the AU building, according to documents which were gathered by Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept.After the Chinese alleged scheme was exposed, the AU acquired its own servers and declined China’s offer to configure them. The AU encrypts all electronic communications and, from now on, the highest officials of the institution have foreign telephone lines and more secure communication applications.They have also taken stricter security measures: cybersecurity experts inspected the building’s rooms and disposed of microphones placed under the desks and in walls by the Chinese workers. read more

France cleans up ChampsElysees after yellow vest rioting

Paris is cleaning up one of the world’s most glamorous avenues after resurgent rioting by yellow vest protesters stunned the nation.Luxury stores, restaurants and banks on the Champs-Elysees assessed damage Sunday after they were ransacked or blackened by life-threatening fires. Tourists took pictures as shop owners tried to repair broken windows and city workers scrubbed away graffiti.The posh avenue looked like a battle scene Saturday as protesters rampaged and riot police struggled to contain them for hours.President Emmanuel Macron promised a crackdown on troublemakers he said “want to destroy the republic, at the risk of killing people.”But he also tweeted that the rioting showed that his government needs to do more to address protesters’ concerns.The yellow vest movement had been fizzling in recent weeks.The Associated Press read more

Soldiers STF members injured in separate accidents

The soldiers were admitted to hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) The Police said that four STF members were injured in the accident and were admitted to hospital.In another accident, an Army truck crashed into a bus in Homagama injuring 17 soldiers. Over 25 people, including soldiers and Special Task Force (STF) members were injured in separate accidents today.In one accident, an ambulance transporting STF members to an accident site were injured when the ambulance toppled along the Southern Expressway.

Marking World Environment Day UN officials urge creation of green cities

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan heralded the celebration of World Environmental Day as an opportunity for individuals, businesses and local and national governments to meet the challenges facing cities. “Let us tap the great knowledge and natural dynamism of urban areas – and create ‘green cities’ where people can raise their children and pursue their dreams in a well-planned, clean and healthy environment,” Mr. Annan said in a message to those attending World Environment Day celebrations in San Francisco, California, and around the world. In San Francisco, mayors and urban planning experts from around the globe plan to exchange ideas and sign a slate of UN-backed accords on environmental actions for cities. The signing of the ground-breaking actions collectively referred to as the Urban Environmental Accords – Green Cities Declaration, will be the highlight of the UN Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) commemoration of the Day.In his message, Mr. Annan said that this year’s theme, “Green Cities: Plan for the Planet!” highlights the challenges raised by one of the major trends of our times: the rapidly increasing proportion of people who are living in urban areas – more than 60 per cent by 2030.“Such rapid urbanization presents profound challenges, from poverty and unemployment to crime and drug addiction,” he said. “And in too many of the world’s expanding towns and cities, environmental safeguards are few and planning is haphazard.”The world will not achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said, unless environmental planning is incorporated into all aspects of urban management. While acknowledging that this poses a big challenge, he pointed out that the needed technologies and expertise already exist. Echoing this theme, Klaus Toepfer, UNEP’s Executive Director said that with careful planning, cities can be “flagships of sustainable development.” In his message marking the Day, he called towns and cities “humanity’s home – and its future.”The UNEP chief offered a vision of cities “where buildings use solar power to help generate their own energy, and waste less because they use power-saving lighting and are well-insulated, where public transport is affordable and efficient, where vehicles pollute less because they are powered by electricity or hydrogen.”Such a city would become part of the solution, not the problem, he said. This city of the future with the support of communities, businesses and, above all, governments, could also be the city of today.Mr. Toepfer also said cities in the developed world must set an example in areas such as the efficient use of energy and water, and must partner with developing world cities so they don’t take a short-term ‘dirty’ development path, but a long-term sustainable one. World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. This year’s main celebration from 1 to 5 June in San Francisco coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the UN’s founding in that city. read more

Leno hopes Arsenal can win more away matches

first_imgThe Gunners goalkeeper knows that the only way their team will do great things is if they can also win while visiting others.In the 2018-2019 English Premier League season so far, Arsenal has only won four of 12 away matches.This is a big contrast on what has happened at Emirates Stadium, where the Gunners have gotten a victory in 10 of 13 games.And for goalkeeper Bernd Leno, the only way Arsenal can aim high, is if it starts winning away matches.“I think the game started very badly, with a goal. And it ended with a goal for Man City and I think in the first half we played very good and we conceded two easy goals,” he told the club’s official website.“In the second half, we didn’t have the power to play against them because they had the ball all the time and we were running.”“We fought until the end but today, Manchester City did a very good job,” he added.“Yes, of course. It was very hard. But the reaction of the team was brilliant.”“We scored the goal from a corner and I think it was the worst time to concede the second goal, just before half-time,” he commented.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes, of course. We need wins like today, to go back to the top four but I think we are still in a good position to go to the top four.”“We still have big games and I think we need more away wins because at home we play very good,” he explained.“We win many games at home, but I think to go into the top four again we need more away wins.”German keeper Leno is in his first season with the Gunners after being transferred to the English Premier League from the German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.He was an important piece of the U17, U18, U19, and U21 Nationalmannschaft but has had a difficult time to play first-team football in the senior squad.Here come the teams! 🙌🔵 🆚 🔴#MCIARS pic.twitter.com/tYcX8jef6U— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 3, 2019last_img read more

Sarri singles out Higuain for praise

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was delighted with his team’s performance as they responded to Bournemouth’s defeatGonzalo Higuain opened his account with a brace alongside Eden Hazard who grabbed the first from the spot before rounding the keeper to secure the second. While David Luiz completed the scoring with a late header.It was a positive all-round display from Maurizio Sarri’s side, who dominated from very early on.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟#CHEHUD— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019“I think we started very well in the first 25-30 minutes. I saw my football, we moved the ball very fast, we had good movements without the ball and we were very dangerous.“I’m really very happy, we played well for 90 minutes and defended well for 90 minutes. We played a good match but we need consistency now.” He told the CFC website.“It will be very difficult, but also for our opponents. At the moment we have to be happy with our season because in February we are still involved in four different competitions. We know we have to fight to stay in the top four. Then we have to try to win something.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“It will be very difficult because in the Carabao Cup we had to play Liverpool and Tottenham, and now Man City, it’s like the Champions League. So here in England, everything is very difficult.“The championship is very competitive and we know now we need consistency in our performances.“Today they were very motivated but we lost 4-0 in the last match so they had to react. Now we have to understand the level of motivation must be the same in every match.”⚽️⚽️ Double trouble! ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4LJpIbtvjV— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019Sarri felt Higuain and Hazard complement each other as it showed in today’s game.“I know very well when Higuain arrived he wasn’t at the top of his physical condition. Now he’s improving and I’m happy because apart from the goals he’s very suitable to play close to Eden.“On the pitch, they’re very suitable to play with one close to the other. For us, it’s very useful to have Higuain because he will be able to score a lot of goals, but it’s also important for Eden.”last_img read more

Many Kapra colonies plagued by problems

first_imgKapra: Incessant rains is creating a lot of trouble in the nearby colonies of Kapra division. Even National Highways are not exempt from the potholes. Drainage water is overflowing on roads and officials are not paying any interest to solve the problem in the division.Though GHMC officials are regularly alerting the citizens about the mosquitoes with clear surroundings, however, it is not seen in Kapra circle areas. Even the people’s representatives are ignoring the problems of the residents. This is making locals to fall for ill-health. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Recent continuous rains for the past five days have inundated many colonies including Sai Baba Nagar, Sai Nagar, GR Reddy Nagar, Charlapalli, Chinna Charlapalli, Rajiv Gruha Kalpa colonies with rain and drainage water. BGR colony, Bagath Nagar and GR Reddy Nagar have become pothole ridden after the heavy rains. Garbage wastes thrown at drainage line are emitting foul smell after the rains. Some areas in Kapra circle are dug up for Manjeera pipes and have been left midway. These dug-up pits are now filled with rainwater posing risk to the locals. The residents are requesting the officials to respond and solve the problem.last_img read more

MS Dhoni called filth by Yuvraj Singhs father Yograj Singh

first_imgYuvraj’s father has once again lashed out at MS DhoniTwitterYograj Singh, father of retired Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh is known for making strange comments. In the past, one of his diatribes was directed at Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whom he alleged, was responsible for his son’s career going downwards.However, in his latest intervention, Yograj has once again targeted Dhoni and has used language which is downright offensive. Expressing his anger at the retirement of Ambati Rayudu, the former India international lashed out at the Indian team management for, in his view, doing injustice to Rayudu. He also asked the latter to not fully retire from cricket and give a response to selectors who decided to ignore him.”Rayudu should’ve continued playing, more and more. He should’ve played Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy, scoring 100s, 200s, 300s with not outs. He still has a lot of cricket left in him,” Yograj said as per a report by news agency NNIS.But that wasn’t all, launching a direct attack on MSD, who isn’t captain of the Indian team currently, Yuvraj’s father went to the extent of calling him ‘filth.’ Rayudu was snubbed thrice by selectorsIANS”Rayudu, my son you took the decision in haste. Come out of retirement and show them what you are capable of. People like MS Dhoni will not remain forever, filth like these will not remain forever.”Rayudu, it can be recalled, had criticised the selectors in a thinly-veiled, sarcastic jibe for choosing Vijay Shankar instead of him when the original 15-man squad was announced. But further disappointment was going to meet the veteran Baroda and Hyderabad cricketer when he was again overlooked by selectors while picking a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan first and then, Vijay Shankar, both of whom got injured.Getting rejected thrice was too much for Rayudu and he promptly announced his retirement from cricket. However, this latest salvo fired by Yograj would not be looked upon nicely by most Indian cricket fans. While Dhoni is a senior player in the team, he hasn’t been the captain since early 2017 and the decision made by selectors cannot be attributed to him. It’s another expression of dislike that the 61-year old has for the World Cup-winning captain. The language used by him is, unfortunately, rather regrettable.last_img read more

Electioneering gets momentum in Khulna city polls

first_imgThe aspirants of Khulna City Corporation election and their agents are passing busy day in electioneering on the last day of campaign on Sunday, reports UNB.All the mayoral and councilor candidates and their supporters put their frantic and final efforts to reach out to voters in different areas of the town to woo them for ensuring their victory.They were found busy in distributing leaflets and festoons as well as personal appearances to voters for making their final appeals as electioneering to be ended at 12:00am midnight (Sunday).Most candidates staged big showdowns by bringing out colourful processions and rallies on the final day of the campaign in their respective areas.The election commission (EC) on Saturday was seen requesting all the outsiders to leave the city corporation area within 12:00am Sunday using loud speakers.Besides, the EC has taken all the necessary preparations to make the voting a success, officials said.Additional law enforcers including Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troops, 32 patrol teams and four striking forces of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will be deployed in and around the city from the midnight.Besides, a total of 31 magistrates will perform their duty, said the commission.The mayoral candidates are: AL-backed Talukder Abdul Khalek, BNP backed Nazrul Islam Manju, Jatiya Party backed Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh backed Mawlana Mozzammil Haque and CPB backed Md Mizanur Rahman Babu.The candidates are contesting on their respective party’s symbol, which is the first in the Khulna City Corporation.Returning officer Md Yunus ALi said all necessary preparations have been taken for holding a free and fair election in Khulna.last_img read more

Fortnite Creative Is All About Chilling

first_img What even is Fortnite? When Epic first pitched its eventual Golden Goose a billion years ago to show off Unreal Engine 4 it was, like, a cartoony Left 4 Dead-style survival co-op shooter with Minecraft building mechanics. But that became Fortnite: Save the World, famous thing no one pays $30 for.Now, when you talk about Fortnite, there’s a 99.9 percent chance you’re talking about the free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale, which only came together after a few months of studying PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and subsequently took over the world.With Fortnite raking in so much money and fame though, who says it has to stay limited to just two modes? Take a break from all the shooting, building, and stolen dancing to chill out with the new Fortnite Creative mode.Earlier this year Fortnite gave players temporary access to something called Playground mode, a space for players to explore the map without the stress of battle and try out weird new things with friends. Creative Mode is a bigger, and hopefully more permanent, version of the same idea.After selecting the mode from its own separate menu, players gain their own private island to completely customize with buildings to demolish, weapons to fire, vehicles to race, and nature to admire. It makes you remember that it’s the Minecraft roots, not just the 100-player battles, that give Fortnite such appeal with The Youth.Fortnite Creative is available now if you bought the Season 7 Battle Pass. You can also invite 16 other players to your island, whether or not they have Creative themselves. The mode then goes live for everyone on December 13.For more on Fortnite watch us get coached by a professional Fornite player, celebrate that Sony is finally playing nice when it comes to crossplay, and read about the generous new Epic Games Store only possible because of Fortnite.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion last_img read more

Try to reboot your marriage sex is vital to keep the love

first_imgI can’t handle office politics. I feel disgusted to go to my workplace every day. Please help!Sheetal, NoidaYou have two options – Change the job or change the way you see, feel and react. Office politics and problems are a global issue and the solution lies with you. Handle it intelligently. Don’t rub people the wrong way. Try your best to make it work or else look for a solution elsewhere.We are working parents. Our 6-year-old son spends his day with his grandparents. He has developed an ugly habit of watching TV serials. I’m worried that this is going to affect him. What can I do? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rita, KanpurWell, this surely will have its affect, bad or good. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should try to seek a domestic help or choose a suitable day care for kids. It would be practical to handle it politely and don’t highlight your son’s TV watching concern’ to your in-laws. At their age, don’t make them change their choice of entertainment.How important is sex after a decade of marriage? My wife is too preoccupied in raising our kids and has lost interest in sex. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVikram, New DelhiSex or physical closeness leading to making love should ideally exist between couples. Unfortunately, as we change roles in life our priorities change and that affects a lot within us. You should try to reboot your marriage and start with a holiday. Doesn’t matter where you both go, but travel as a couple and not as parents. Start with small sexy touches and just spend a few days discovering each other. Unlearn and learn the art of love and sex. My ex-husband has got remarried recently. I’m single now. Time and again I miss him and I know he still loves me. I’m very disturbed and depressed. What can I do?Name unknownJust try your best to move on. He’s a married man now. And he’s NOT your man anymore! Meet new people, make new friends and just walk ahead. Life and time are always meant to move forward. Good Luck!I’m 36. Divorced. I’m in a relationship with a guy who’s five years younger. I want to marry him but whenever the topic arises, he avoids it. How do I convince him?Miss P, New DelhiIf he’s willing to settle down, he shouldn’t avoid the discussion. He needs to understand your seriousness towards your own life. Love is a great feeling but sometimes love without assurance of togetherness can be a painful journey. Don’t hurt yourself again.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more