Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me? PLAY LIST 01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READ “I got my degree just to make my dad proud. My dad is a police officer but I really did not want to be a policeman. Maybe, I would have been a fireman and the degree in criminal justice would’ve helped, but I’ve decided to just focus on basketball, get back to the Philippines, and try to make it here,” Herndon said, whose father Robert Sr. traces his roots to Mactan, Cebu.“The decision to move here was tough but I love the country and I love the basketball even more.”A virtual unknown when he made the leap of fate, it didn’t take long before Herndon started making his mark, ruling the Philippine leg of the 2016 Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at the expense of two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, before joining the PBA D-League where he saw action for Victoria Sports-MLQU, Wangs Basketball, and finally, Marinerong Pilipino.Of the three teams he suited up for, Herndon takes the most pride playing for the Couriers, which he led to contend for a playoff spot this past PBA D-League season.“It’s good basketball and I learned a lot there. And that’s just the D-League. For sure, the PBA will be better. There’s just a lot of good players here, good teams, great coaches here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESIn just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines.And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase his deadly game in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “I’ve been waiting for two years for this moment. I’m just glad that I’m eligible because I’ve put a lot of hard work into this. I’m ready to get it going,” said the 24-year-old.Herndon had shelved his hoop dreams to focus on his education at San Francisco State and almost gave up on basketball a few years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played two years there and then, I wanted to just focus on my studies,” he said. “That was humbling for me because basketball was the only thing I wanted to do my whole life. In college, I went through a phase when it was hard juggling school and sports. I wanted to get my degree so losing my passion for basketball, I stopped playing after my second year.”But after getting his criminal justice degree much to the delight of his family, the 6-foot-3 guard felt that it was time for him to take the chance and fly to his father’s homeland. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But Herndon is not just an offensive-minded player as he also takes pride in his playmaking and defensive capabilities, something which he displayed in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and earned him a spot in the pre-draft workout’s Mythical Five.“The scoring just comes, but I think I really do well when it comes to rebounding because I like to rebound a lot. I also feel like I can get my teammates going, make the right pass, and also defense. It’s not just the scoring that I can do. I like to take it inside and bang bodies. I can shoot but I can also go with the drive and bang down low. I feel like I’m a good two-way player,” he said.Looking back, Herndon couldn’t help but feel emotional over the path he took to make it this far on his journey.“I think about the draft every day and I wanted this for a long time. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but most of all, I’m ready,” he said.
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Mane scores hat trick as Liverpool routs Porto, 5-0 They’ve got Olympic-size dreams, and when they watch figure skating at the Pyeongchang Games, they’ve got plenty of role models — a history-making U.S. figure skating team where half of the 14 members are Asian-American.“It’s very inspiring and it makes you think, I want to be like them,” Keita said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile there have been Asian-American figure skaters representing the United States at past Olympics — the most high-profile being gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi in 1992 and silver and bronze medalist Michelle Kwan in 1998 and 2002 — there never has been anything like this.For the women, there’s 24-year-old Mirai Nagasu and 18-year-old Karen Chen; on the men’s side, 18-year-old Nathan Chen and 17-year-old Vincent Zhou; among the ice dancers, sibling pair Alex Shibutani, 26, and Maia Shibutani, 23, and Madison Chock, 25. MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “If he can do it, maybe I can do it.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Olympian Scott Hamilton said Yamaguchi’s and Kwan’s not only skating on a world stage but winning was likely an impetus for a younger generation of Asian-Americans, and their parents, even to consider it.“A lot of it is seeing a sport and seeing others be successful and saying, I want to do that, and that’s what you need,” he said. “Winning really creates interest.”There’s already been some success — skating in the team event, Nagasu became the first American woman to complete a triple axel in the Olympics. That led to some controversy when Bari Weiss, an op-ed writer for The New York Times, tweeted about the feat with the words, “Immigrants: They get the job done.” Nagasu was born in California, and the since-deleted tweet was criticized by some who said it touched on Asian-American concerns about continually being assumed to be foreigners.Even that has echoes in previous Olympics, as in 1998, when a headline after American Tara Lipinski won the gold medal read, “American beats out Kwan.” Kwan was born and raised in California.In this year’s games, much of the hoopla around possibly winning has focused on Nathan Chen in particular.The Salt Lake City, Utah, native, who predicted as a 10-year-old novice champion that he would be at the 2018 Olympics, has been showcased as an athlete to watch at these games because of his athleticism and multiple quadruple jumps. He is considered a front-runner in the individual men’s event, even though he got off to a rough start by finishing fourth in the men’s short program for the team skating event after an uncharacteristic fall during a triple axel.That Asian-Americans are being represented on the men’s side as well as the women’s is important, said Phil Yu, who writes about pop culture and other subjects on his Angry Asian Man blog.Chen’s overall presence and success “is a powerful statement for Asian-American men who have generally had this stereotype hang over them of being not athletic, not expressive,” he said.“To have someone like Nathan Chen excel, not only excel but blow all these other people out of the water, it’s a powerful thing,” Yu said.It certainly is for Yuki Horiko. Seeing someone Asian-American like him go after Olympic gold “gives me more confidence” for his own hopes, the 13-year-old said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Keita Horiko, the 10-year-old U.S. Figure Skating juvenile boys champion, practices during his second workout of the day Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Ice House in Hackensack, N.J. With Asian-Americans making up half of the U.S. figure skating team at the Pyeongchang Olympics, talented youngsters like Horiko can hope to realize dreams of one day being on the ice at the international as they have plenty of role models to emulate. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)HACKENSACK, N.J. — Keita Horiko glided across the rink at the Ice House, picking up speed as he attempted a jump — and sprawled in a fall as he came back down.Unfazed, the 10-year-old U.S. Figure Skating juvenile boys champion got up and started skating again. His older brother, 13-year-old Yuki, also was on the ice, practicing his own moves as they wound down their second practice of the day before heading home to Manhattan and doing it all again the next day.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It’s a heady moment, especially because Asian-Americans as a minority group have long faced stereotypes of being more about books and brains than anything else.“I think it’s supercool and exciting,” said Mai Hoang Parmentier, 35, of Yakima, Washington, who got into watching skating when she saw Yamaguchi compete.“For me growing up you had the stereotype of oh, Asians are good at math or academia or art or music,” she said. “I just like the idea that my daughter can see that she doesn’t have to be pigeonholed, that she can actually be good at sports.”Ryan Morris, 28, of Berkeley, California, agreed. The skating fan planned on making sure his young nieces and nephew watched it with him.“They’re going to see in the most important sport in the Winter Olympics … people who look like them,” he said. “It’s a good feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Festivals October 6-9: Film fiestaThe International Film Festival Ahmedabad (IFFA) will open with a concert by fusion music band Indian Ocean. It will be followed by a retrospective by acclaimed directors including Alejandro Inarritu and Anurag Kashyap. Participate in the screenings and workshops by registering at www.ifilmfest.in. At: PVR Cinemas,,FestivalsOctober 6-9: Film fiestaThe International Film Festival Ahmedabad (IFFA) will open with a concert by fusion music band Indian Ocean. It will be followed by a retrospective by acclaimed directors including Alejandro Inarritu and Anurag Kashyap. Participate in the screenings and workshops by registering at www.ifilmfest.in. At: PVR Cinemas, Acropolis Mall, Ahmedabad. Tel: 8800900009September 28-October 5: Navratri dhoomGear up for Navratri festivities and indulge in nine days of celebration. There will be garba dance, music, food, drinks and concerts by popular singers like Devang Patel. At: Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Vadodara; Chhel Chhabilo Garba Mahotsav, Vadodara; United Way Garba, Vadodara; Nache Gujarat at Gujarat University Exhibition centre, Ahmedabad; Sports Club, Ahmedabad; Indoor Stadium, Surat.DanceSeptember 15-18: Classical movesSeminars, workshops and performances on classical dance forms by Rasadhwani. Enjoy performances by Kanak Rele and Nalanda Dance Research Center Troupe. The workshops will give dance lessons on Natya Shastra tradition. For venue details contact Uma Anantani at 9898258319September 22: Bharatnatyam specialA dance presentation by Swarada Nritya Sanstha, a Bharatnatyam dance group from Pune. The performance will be a mix of contemporary-classical and strains from mythology. At: Sheth Mangaldas Town Hall, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079-26603465.September 24: IndovisionA group composition titled Vision India. Choreography and direction by Chandan Thakore, and performance by Nrityabharti dance group. The dancers will showcase the diversity of Indian culture. At: Rajpath Club Auditorium, Ahmedabad, 8:30 p.m. Tel: 079-26603465; www.nrityabharti.comEducationSeptember 27: Study in USAIDP India, a well-known student placement company, has organised an Education Fair to help students get admission in the universities in United States and Canada. At: Pride Hotel, Bodakdev.Tel: 079-44118888; www.india.idp.comPhotography advertisementTill September 24: Planet Women The Alliance Francaise Foundation and the French magazine, Courrier International, brings the second edition of their photography contest . The theme this year is Planet Women. The best 20 entries will get an opportunity to exhibit their works in Paris and also get published in the special edition of Courrier International. All the entries should be submitted by September 19. To participate email afa.culture@yahoo. fr. At: Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079-26560271.Shopping October 8-10: Fairytale affair Taste the grandeur of Indian wedding celebrations at Surat’s wedding festival. From designer outfits, jewellery, make-up and decor to photography, you will find most things here for the big day. At: The Grand Bhagwati Hotel, Surat. Tel: 0261-3980111; www.thegrandbhagwati.comFood September 11-28: Mediterranean delights A Mediterranean festival that will feature culinary specialties from France, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Chef Sanjay Matta will rustle up dishes like eggplant and mushroom moussaka and crostini with chicken liver. At: Tomato’s, Mardia Plaza, Ahmedabad. Tel: 079-64505336.
Even before the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row could hit the parliament on Day 2 of the Budget Session, BSP supremo Mayawati cornered the government over the issue of death of Hyderabad student Rohith Vemula in Rajya Sabha.As soon as the parliament convened, Mayawati raised the issue of Rohith Vemula’s suicide in the Upper House. The BSP MPs stormed into the Well of the House and raised anti-BJP and anti-RSS slogans. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi proposed a discussion on the issue but that could hardly pacify the agitating members.Deputy chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the house first for 10 minutes and now the House has been adjourned for the sixth time till 3.30 pm. Here are the latest updates:Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow.Anurag Thakur to Congress: Are you with Parliament, Democracy or Afzal Guru.Anurag Thakur in Lok Sabha: Nation first, party next, family last is our slogan whereas for Rahul Gandhi it is family first, party next and nation last.Rajya Sabha adjourned again till 3.30 pm.We have been witnessing an atmosphere of intolerance in the nation, says Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia.Are we signalling to nation that a judge’s capacity to deliver justice will depend on his caste, asks HRD minister Smriti Irani.It would be good if government agrees to debate Rohith Vemula and JNU issue separately, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.We want Rohith Vemula and JNU issue to be discussed separately, only then we will stop our protest, says Mayawati.Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after uproar over Rohith Vemula issue.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi says government won’t allow him to speak on Rohith Vemula suicide.Rajya Sabha adjourned briefly after BSP MPs create uproar over suicide by Hyderabad university student Rohith Vemula.Have a discussion right away sir! Who uses a child as a political tool?, asked Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha on Rohith Vemula death.We will not respond to things in bits and pieces, there will be a proper discussion, MA Naqvi responds to BSP supremo Mayawati.Mayawati wants answer to whether the government will include a Dalit person in enquiry committee in Rohith Vemula case, says CPI(M) Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha.Many notices have come in on JNU row and other issues, will have a combined discussion on all issues today, says Lok Sabha Speaker.Uproar in Rajya Sabha as BSP supremo Mayawati raises issue of Dalit students, says “Dalit students are targeted”.Left MPs protest at the Parliament over Jawaharlal University (JNU) row.The Modi government faces a stormy Budget Session, with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) standoff expected to dominate discussions in both the houses of Parliament today.Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi will meet with minister core group at Parliament House. They will discuss strategy to counter opposition attacks on JNU issue.ALSO READ | Hope Budget Session is fruitful; constructive criticism of govt is welcome: PM Modiadvertisement
Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during Saturday’s Premier League match, the FA said on Monday.City striker Sergio Aguero’s reckless tackle on Chelsea defender David Luiz in stoppage time sparked a melee at the Etihad Stadium, with players and coaching staff from both teams involved in ugly scenes.City’s Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off and will serve four and three-game bans respectively.”Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour,” the FA said in a statement.Leaders Chelsea won the match 3-1 to move four points clear of fourth-placed City.Later on Monday, West Bromwich Albion and Watford were also charged for failing to control their players in Saturday’s league game at the Hawthorns, which the hosts won 3-1.In the 84th minute, Watford’s Roberto Pereyra was sent off after reacting angrily to James McClean’s challenge, resulting in a touchline clash involving both sets of players.All the clubs charged by the FA have until 1800 GMT on Dec. 8 to respond.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is “laughable” for complaining about criticism of Manchester United’s performances, according to former player Rio Ferdinand.The Red Devils fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Newcastle United 3-2 on Saturday, delighting a buoyant Old Trafford home crowd that had booed their team off at half-time.Mourinho claimed afterwards that his players were “panicking” early in the game due to a “manhunt” he perceives has been launched against United in recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Premier League side had not won the last four games heading into the clash with Newcastle and Mourinho said “a lot of wickedness” had been said in criticism.But Ferdinand, who played for United from 2002 to 2014, lambasted the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager for bemoaning criticism that he believes is perfectly valid.“I don’t know where ‘wickedness’ and ‘manhunt’ come from,” he told BT Sport, sat alongside fellow United legend Paul Scholes. “I don’t know what he’s talking about.“Because if you see something on the football pitch, you talk about it. He’s the Manchester United manager. Man Utd’s manager doesn’t go unnoticed – win, lose or draw. There’s going to be scrutiny.“When you sign up to become Man Utd manager, you do not sign up to have it all your own way. Especially if things are going wrong.“If things are going wrong, you’re going to be under intense scrutiny, that comes with this job. That’s in the small print somewhere.“We’re not sitting here wanting Man Utd to do bad, we want Man Utd to perform like they did in the second half.“And if Mourinho can come out and say I’ve seen that type of performance – that hunger, that desire, that commitment that he’s talking about – many other times this season, then he’d be wrong. He’d be lying to say that. It hasn’t been there at all.“What are we meant to say? Something else? Are we meant to say, ‘oh it’s been good, it’s been OK, he’s all right, he’s going to get through it’?“You say what you see, you can’t expect anything different. And to sit and moan and [say] ‘oh they’re hunting me’ and ‘it’s wickedness’ … I find it laughable, I was sitting here half laughing at that.”Manchester United will be placed eighth in the Premier League table heading into the two-week international break, with title contenders Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of them with a game in hand heading into Sunday.
India’s unbeaten streak at the World Cup 2019 came to end when England defeated them by 31 runs on Sunday. India are just a win away from making their place in the semi-finals and will look to do so when they face Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Bangladesh are currently placed sixth in the table and three points behind fourth-placed England, meaning a defeat against India would end their chances of making the semifinals.India and Bangladesh have faced each other 35 times in ODIs so far, where India have won 29 matches while Bangladesh have 5 wins. However, Bangladesh had defeated India in the 2007 World Cup to knock them out of the tournament. Hence, they will be wary of their eastern neighbours on Tuesday.Here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenRohit Sharma has been oozing class in this World Cup as the opener has already hit 3 centuries so far, hence he should be the blind pick for you as an opener. Rohit Sharma as 440 runs in 6 innings and is averaging at 88. After a dismal show from KL Rahul, you could pick Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal as your other opener. Tamim has 205 runs in in 6 innings at an average of 34.16.Virat Kohli walks in as No. 3 on the back of his consistency. The Indian captain has five consecutive fifties in this World Cup and would look to get his first hundred of the tournament on Tuesday. Kohli has amassed 382 runs in 7 innings and is averaging at 88.Rishabh Pant might be your 4th pick in batsman. The young batsman, who made his World Cup debut against England in India’s last match, looked under pressure in his first game but he has got the capacity to go big against any side.advertisementAll-roundersShakib-Al-Hasan has been highly impressive in the World Cup 2019 with his incredible consistency. Averaging at 95.20, the bangladesh all-rounder is the third highest run scorer is the tournament. Shakib has figures of 75, 64, 121, 124*, 41 and 51 with the bat so far. He has also picked 10 wickets, including a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan.Hardik Pandya should be the other all-rounder for you Dream XI team as the Indian provides strength to the middle order with his big hitting-ability. Pandya could also finish the games off in the death overs. Pandya has scored 187 runs in 6 innings and has also picked wickets for his side.Wicket-keeperMS Dhoni is arguably the most trusted man behind the stumps. Though the veteran has been struggling with the bat in the World Cup. Mushfiqur Rahim has been impressive with the bat in his team and the 32-year-old also has 8 dismissals (twice that of Dhoni) to his name. It would be a tough choice between these two but MS Dhoni could be your pick as he would hold importance in the team with the strategical inputs he provides at crucial times.BowlersMohammed Shami has played just 3 matches in this World Cup but has picked 13 wickets to resgister his name among the top wicket- takers of the tournament. Shami picked a 5-wicket haul against Engalnd and do not forget his hat-trick against Afghanistan that helped India win the game in the last over. Therefore, Shami is a must-must.Jasprit Bumrah has already build a reputation of world’s best bowler for himself, so no second thougts over his inclusion. Bumrah has delivered for India in every single game. He has 10 wickets to his name with an exceptional ecomony of 4.4. Be it any batsman, Bumrah has got a way to calm him down.Mohammad Saifuddin could be the third pacer for you. He has picked 10 wickets so far for his side. The spinner for you could be Yuzvendra Chahal, who also has 10 wickets in the tournament.India vs Bangladesh Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Tamim Iqbal, Virat Kohli (C), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Mohammad Saifuddin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra ChahalIndia vs Bangladesh squads:Bangladesh (BAN): Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.India (IND): Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav.Also See
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp knows Liverpool under pressure to beat RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his team to get back to winning ways in the Champions League.The Reds suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of games away from home against Napoli.They are in a tough group and know they must get a win in the second round of games if they are to progress to the knockout rounds.Klopp hopes they can do that against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.He said to reporters ahead of the game: “We have to start winning and we should not waste time.”We want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are then it is not easy for Salzburg. We should not forget that.”
India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 12:59 IST Misbah-ul-Haq has been assigned the dual role of Pakistan team head coach and chief selector (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMisbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhar were teammates before the latter’s retirement in 2011Akhtar congratulated Misbah on his appointment as head coach and chief national selectorWaqar Younis has also been confirmed as bowling coach on a 3-year contractFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is no stranger to being in the headlines every now and then. Thus it wasn’t a surprise when the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ made a hilarious comment after his yesteryears teammate Misbah-ul-Haq was assigned the dual role of Pakistan cricket team’s head coach and chief selector.Akhtar took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate Misbah on the appointment while jokingly adding that he was shocked that the latter wasn’t chosen the Chairman of the PCB as well. However, Akhtar clarified that he was ‘just kidding’ before hoping that Misbah ‘does wonders like before’.”Congratulations to @captainmisbahpk for the new ‘dual’ role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team. I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it. Hahahaha. i am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before :)”: Akhtar wrote on Twitter.Congratulations to @captainmisbahpk for the new ‘dual’ role of Head Coach as well as Chief Selector for Pakistan Cricket Team.I am surprised he is not appointed the Chairman PCB as well along with it.Hahahahai am just kidding. I really hope he does wonders like before :)Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) September 4, 2019Misbah-ul-Haq was yesterday confirmed as Pakistan men’s national team head coach in all three formats on a three-year contract.In line with the PCB’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and role clarity at all levels, Misbah was also named as the Chairman of Selectors with head coaches of the six first-class Cricket Association sides as his fellow selectors.advertisementMisbah was a unanimous choice of a five-member panel that comprised Intikhab Alam (former captain and the longest serving Pakistan team manager and coach), Bazid Khan (former international cricketer and one of the most respected commentators), Asad Ali Khan (member, Board of Governors), Wasim Khan (Chief Executive, PCB) and Zakir Khan (Director – International Cricket, PCB) following a robust recruitment process.On the recommendation of Misbah, the PCB also named two-time former head coach and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Waqar Younis as bowling coach of the national side on a three-year contract.Both the national team appointments were approved by the PCB Chairman Mr Ehsan Mani.The first assignment of Misbah-Waqar combination will be the upcoming three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from 27 September to 9 October. The duo’s first series in the World Test Championship will be in Australia when Pakistan will play in Brisbane (21-25 November), followed by a day/night Test in Adelaide (29 November-3 December).Misbah and Waqar have previously worked as a pair from May 2014 to April 2016 with the former as captain and the latter as head coach.Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq named Pakistan head coach and chief selector, Waqar Younis appointed as bowling coachAlso Read | Revamp of Pakistan cricket will take some time: Misbah-ul-HaqFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Shoaib AkhtarFollow Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shoaib Akhtar jokes about Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Pakistan coach and selectorFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has joked about Misbah-ul-Haq being appointed as the national team’s head coach and chief selector, saying that he was surprised that the latter wasn’t given the PCB Chairman role as well.advertisement Next
Hyderabad: One nation, one election is a “fancy idea” of the BJP and it’s neither possible nor necessary, said the Communist Party of India.CPI’s national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy asked what would happen if some state governments were to fall during their term for one reason or the other. “What will happen to all these states (where governments fail to complete their term)? there will be by-elections. You cannot deny democratic rights of the people and ask them to wait till the next election,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We think it (‘one nation, one election’) is neither possible nor necessary”, the CPI boss, a veteran Communist leader, said. “It’s some sort of fancy idea of the BJP,” he added. Chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all parties to meet on June 19 to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue and other important matters.
Rabat – Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brend lauded, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco’s role in facilitating the inter-Libyan political dialogue and creating propitious conditions for the country’s stability.Morocco is engaging in the facilitation of the inter-Libyan political dialogue and supporting the UN emissary Bernardino Leon to create the propitious conditions for Libya’s stability, said Brend at a joint press briefing following a meeting with Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar.The Norwegian official noted that the Moroccan democracy and human rights experience is an inspiration for the Arab world and Africa, adding that Mezouar will travel soon to Norway to meet with the country’s officials on means to foster cooperation on the promotion of equality, human rights, and good governance. He said he is upbeat about the possibilities to establish win-win partnerships with Morocco in economic sectors of shared interest.Mezouar underlined that the meeting is part of the ongoing political dialogue between the two countries, saying that he discussed with his Norwegian peer means to promote bilateral ties as well as some regional issues.Brend met also with speaker of the house of advisors Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah on many matters of shared interest.The meeting was an occasion for Biadillah to survey Morocco’s democratic development model, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, which enabled the Kingdom to undertake constitutional, economic and social transitions in a climate marked by security and stability, wrote a statement by the said house.
A major security lapse came to the fore during the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Tirumala in India today (Sunday). He was forced to wait for 12 minutes for his car after a darshan atop the Tirumala hill, giving jitters to the staff of the Tiruumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), especially the security. An inquiry has been ordered into the lapse, the New Indian Express reported.Sirisena reached Tirumala late on Saturday night for a two-day pilgrimage. Upon arrival, the Sri Lanka president was received by TTD chairman Chadalwada Krishnamurthy, executive officer (EO) Sambasiva Rao, Tirupati joint EO Pola Bhaskar and other officials. He made a night halt at the Sri Padmavathi guesthouse and arrangements were made for a visit to the temple of Venkateshwara at Tirumala early Sunday morning. At around 6.30 am, during the VIP break time, Sirisena and his family returned to the temple to pay obeisance to the presiding deity. He spent about six minutes inside the sanctum sanctorum and TTD authorities presented him silk clothes and pandits administered Vedaaseervachanam to the family.The minister in waiting, Andhra Pradesh’s forest minister Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy presented the president a replica of the Ananda Nilayam (the dome of the garbhalayam of the temple) on behalf of the AP government. Later, Sirisena and his family members left for Bengaluru by road and were scheduled to fly back to Sri Lanka.An inquiry has been ordered into the security lapse. It is learnt that the driver and other members of Sirisena’s retinue sought permission from the temple authorities for a darshan of the deity. They were reportedly permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorium despite the visit of the VVIP. Tirupati Urban superintendent of police Jayalashmi is learnt to have questioned the temple authorities for giving permission to drivers and other staff during the VVIP visit. (Colombo Gazette) At 3 am Sunday, the president along with his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari Sirisena, son Daham Tharaka and other family members attended the Suprabhata Seva. When they came out of the sanctum sanctorium, the driver of their car was not in the seat. Sirisena and his wife waited for about 12 minutes inside the car as his security stood guard around it. Even TTD staffers scurried around, the driver coolly returned from his own darshan of the deity. Immediately, Sirisena was driven at speed to the guest house.
At a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said humanitarian access “is now next to zero” as 70 per cent of the population has been cut off from any access to water, sanitation, food and medical attention for months.Mr. Otunnu, who returned yesterday from a weeklong mission to Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, said it was critical to deploy “a force that would not only be in place and observe the situation on the ground, but would actually act to ensure humanitarian access, to ensure the protection of civilian populations when they are being threatened and to ensure the enforcement and observation of an agreed ceasefire.”He was in the war-ravaged region to attend a meeting organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to rally a concerted response to the crisis. He also met with UN agencies on the ground, as well as a number of government ministers from West African countries meeting in Dakar, Senegal, to plan for the possible deployment of a joint intervention force.“The developments in Monrovia have implications, of course in the first instance for Liberia, but more broadly for the entire sub-region, which is why the discussions in Dakar on a sub-regional approach were so important,” Mr. Otunnu noted.Meanwhile, UN national staff in Liberia reported that the situation in Monrovia was getting worse. A water supply station from outside the capital at the town of White Plains was destroyed, leaving virtually the entire city of one million people without clean water.Humanitarian agencies called on rebel and government forces to stop fighting long enough to allow for the water supply station at White Plains to be repaired. If the clean water supply is not quickly restored, lethal diseases such as cholera will spread quickly, they warned.
by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2017 11:21 am MDT Last Updated May 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume LONDON – Travellers on British Airways faced a third day of delays and cancellations Monday, though most long-haul services were resumed, after a colossal IT failure over the weekend caused chaos for thousands of passengers.BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the airline was running a “near-full operation” at London’s Gatwick Airport and planned to operate all scheduled long-haul services from Heathrow. But he said there would still be delays, as well as some cancelled short-haul flights.Data from flight tracker FlightAware.com showed BA cancelled another 27 flights and had 135 more delayed Monday, a bank holiday in the U.K. that sees a high level of air travel.Iberia and Air Nostrum, which like BA are part of the broader International Airlines Group and share some data, cancelled over 320 flights Monday.BA cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday after the IT outage, which it blamed on a power-supply problem. The glitch threw the plans of tens of thousands of travellers into disarray — by Sunday night, almost 600 BA flights had been grounded.Cruz told Sky News on Monday the problem started at 9:30 Saturday morning when “there was indeed a power surge that had a catastrophic effect over some communications hardware which eventually affected all the messaging across our systems.”He said there was no evidence indicating the airline had come under cyberattack.BA operates hundreds of flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on a typical day — and both are major hubs for worldwide travel.Passengers, some of whom had spent the night at London’s Heathrow Airport, faced frustrating waits to learn if and when they could fly out.Some endured hours-long lines to check in, reclaim lost luggage or rebook flights at Terminal 5, BA’s hub at Heathrow. Many complained about a lack of information from the airline.Cruz apologized in a video statement, saying: “I know this has been a horrible time for customers.”The British union GMB linked the IT problems directly to the company’s decision to cut IT staff last year.“This could have all been avoided. In 2016, BA made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India,” said Mick Rix, national officer for aviation at the union.
“What is particularly concerning is that with the diverse array of foreign armed actors who joined the conflict, reports on human rights violations by these individuals have not been properly investigated or brought to justice,” said Patricia Arias, who formed the Group with co-human rights expert Saeed Mokbil.The Group’s delegation expressed deep concern about allegations of mercenaries joining all sides to the conflict, which they stressed was clearly prohibited under international law.“To date, foreign fighters have been prosecuted for various crimes including terrorist-related offences, but no prosecutions have been in relation to the human rights violations that took place,” Ms. Arias said.At the end of an official five-day visit to the country, the experts revealed that human rights violations had reportedly been committed at the hands of not only mercenaries, but also other foreign fighters, ranging from volunteers to paid service men and women, and independent militia members to professional military. The Ukraine authorities informed the expert group that at least 176 identified foreigners were serving in armed groups of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, which reportedly include large numbers from Russia, Serbia, Belarus, France and Italy, among others. Women were also among the combatants, though in a significantly smaller extent.“Although we received much information pointing to several levels of foreigner engagement in the armed conflict in Ukraine, the lack of coherent information on payments and the motivations of fighters make it difficult for us to ascertain which fighters are mercenaries,” noted Mr. Mokbil.In 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted legal amendments permitting the inclusion of foreigners and stateless persons to serve in its regular armed forces and its National Guard, including those who fought in the volunteer battalions during the conflict.“However, impunity for human rights violations remains largely unquestioned, paving the way for a murky zone with negligible accountability,” Mr. Mokbil said. “We urge the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for violations that have been instigated by all parties to the conflict, to ensure justice for victims.”Working Group’s Recommendations The Working Group reiterated the need to draw up a strategy on foreign engagement in the conflict, within the framework of the Minsk Protocol – the 2014 agreement to halt armed hostilities in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.Highlighting provision 10, which obliges all sides of the conflict to withdraw illegal armed formations, military equipment and mercenaries, the experts also requested its full implementation by the Government.They further urged “all parties to the conflict to fulfil their obligations under international human rights law and ensure respect for all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights with respect to the activities of foreigners in armed groups.”According to the press release, the 2014 Maidan protests in Kyiv and the 16 March 2014 referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea – determined by the UN General Assembly on the territorial integrity of Ukraine – were followed by the outbreak of armed hostilities in eastern Ukraine that brought an influx of fighters from abroad, significantly influencing human rights in the country. From 14 to 18 March, the delegation met Government authorities, parliamentarians, judicial officials, civil society organizations and members of the diplomatic corps along with representatives of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic.’The lack of concrete information on the profile of foreign armed actors was a challenge for the fact-finding visit. While the expert group did not discover any particular data on private military companies – currently prohibited by Ukrainian law – it called for this sector to be regulated to prevent potential human rights violations.The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries will present its visit report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016.
Photos of the HTC One Mini popped up just last week. Now there’s a new image to go along with some hardware specifications for HTC’s upcoming 4.3-inch phone.An Engadget tipster sent in the side-by-side photo of the HTC One Mini next to its big brother. The Mini is the spitting image of the HTC One, from the front-facing stereo speaker grills to the cutouts for its camera and sensors.While it looks the same, the device itself is quite different. There’s no quad-core Krait processor under the hood here. HTC reportedly has scaled back the One Mini to a much more humble 1.4GHz dual-core chip, likely the same Qualcomm MSM8930 found in the HTC First.In fact, there’s a good chance that the One Mini is the First with a snazzier chassis. The plastic trim around the Mini’s aluminum front provides a hint that this isn’t as high-end a phone as the HTC One while simultaneously stating that it’s a step above the First.There’s a good chance its 4.3-inch display is the same 720×1280 panel found on the First.Apart from its good looks, the Mini shares a few key features with the HTC One. It still runs the latest HTC Sense (atop Android 4.2.2) and Beats Audio branding on the phone’s back means Dre’s sound processing tech will keep the bass thumping.Another thing the Mini shares with the One is its rear shooter — thought to be of the UltraPixel variety. HTC’s slick Zoe Share photo tech is included, too, allowing One Mini users to capture a 4.1MP image and three seconds of 1080P video simultaneously.There are still plenty of blanks to be filled in (like pricing and carrier availability), but additional leaks will no doubt answer any questions we have. Unless, of course, HTC decides to get official before someone has a chance to let the cat out of the bag.
Chasse à la baleine : les militants écologistes australiens libérés par le JaponArrêtés dimanche après s’être hissés à bord d’un bateau de surveillance de la chasse à la baleine japonaise, les trois militants de l’association australienne Forest Rescue ont été libérés. Aucune charge n’a été retenue contre eux.Les autorités japonaises ont libéré les trois militants écologistes australiens interpellés dimanche alors qu’ils étaient montés à bord d’un navire de surveillance de la flotte baleinière nippone. Le Premier ministre australien Julia Gillard a annoncé la nouvelle ce mardi, relayée par Reuters et précisant qu’aucune charge n’a été retenue contre les écologistes.À lire aussiUn satellite destiné à faire pleuvoir des météores sur commande va être envoyé dans l’espaceLes trois hommes s’étaient hissés sur le Shonan Maru 2 au large de la côte ouest de l’Australie. Ils souhaitaient ainsi empêcher le navire de poursuivre le Steve Irwin, un bateau de l’organisation Sea Shepherd, association qui chaque année tente d’entraver les campagnes de chasse à la baleine menée par le Japon en vertu d’une tolérance de la CBI (Commission baleinière internationale), qui autorise la chasse du cétacé à des fins scientifiques. Alors que les militants risquaient d’être présentés devant la justice nippone, Julia Gillard a tenu à remercier les autorités japonaises, avant de condamner l’action des trois hommes. Si l’Australie est vivement opposée à la pêche à la baleine – le pays a déposé en juin 2010 une plainte devant la Cour internationale de justice (CIJ) – , le gouvernement juge “inacceptables” les méthodes de Sea Shepherd et Forest Rescue.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambert
It’s almost time for Fantastic Fest, the multimedia festival held in Austin, Texas founded 12 years ago. Originally, the festival began as a celebration of genre film (your horror, science fiction, fantasy, and almost unbearably weird indies), but it has expanded to become a festival about a lot of things. This year, for instance, Tim Burton will be bringing his adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to the festival, which is a young adult novel series adapted to film. Fantastic Fest 2016 takes place this September 22 to 29, and will include virtual reality programming for the first time.VR has become a welcome sideshow to some of the world’s biggest film festivals in the past year, and Fantastic Fest is striding into that forum with three programs by a Los Angeles based VR company called Dark Corner, founded by director Guy Shelmerdine.“We’re incredibly excited to be an integral part of Fantastic Fest and share our experiences with their global audience,” said Dark Corner founder Guy Shelmerdine. “These films represent unforgettable journeys that are intended to push the boundaries of what 360º immersive storytelling can be. We cannot wait to unleash them.” Shelmerdine first hit the VR scene last year at SXSW with Catatonic, a horror VR experience that he made after being unimpressed with a lot of VR experiences that existed. Catatonic was a short where the user was given a VR headset and sat in a wheelchair that would vibrate to correspond with some of the terrain and jump scares in the short film. You might remember Catatonic scaring a bunch of horror fans who tried it out at the Stanley Film Festival last year:The whole Catatonic experience is now available for your smartphone through the Vrse app or online (Click here). You’ll be missing the thrill of having a set strapped to your face while a wheelchair vibrates like it’s moving, but you can get the idea of why horror VR is such an intimate and frightening experience.This year, Shelmerdine is back with a whole new company (Dark Corner) who will present three VR experiences for festival attendees. The centerpiece of Dark Corner’s presentation is Shelmerdine’s newest VR concoction called Mule. All we know is the description: “an emotional, fast-paced hell-ride that catapults the viewer through the final shocking moments of a man’s life (and beyond).”Guessing from the title, I’d suspect we’re going to be placed in the POV of a drug smuggler, which should be at the very least as (if not more) disturbing than “Perspective; Chapter I: The Party,” that Sundance sensation about sexual assault from 2015 (made by a different company, but very notable for how emotionally disturbing it was).If you missed out on Catatonic during last year’s festival tour and didn’t get the “full” experience from your smartphone, the good ol’ vibrating wheelchair will be back at Fantastic Fest this year to make sure you have an opportunity to view it properly.Finally, the third VR presentation is another horror short called Burlap. This one is a two-part horror experience created by Justin Denton, currently Creative Technical Director at Here Be Dragons. It’s in two parts so you can experience the short film and then go back and re-live the events as a different character in VR. Burlap is about a disturbed killer who zeroes in on an unlucky babysitter to help complete the creation of his secret “masterpiece.” Watch the short film and fear for the babysitter, then step inside the story with Burlap: Reflections, where they will experience the killer’s obsession firsthand in VR. Where will your sympathies lie? (here’s hoping they remain with the poor babysitter).This year’s Fantastic Fest VR program will also be the world premiere of Dark Corner as a VR filmmaking company focusing on the gamer experience. Basically, the success of Catatonic has spawned a new company for VR horror thrill rides. Which are so much more effective than jump scares! If you genuinely like being frightened, make sure to strap some headsets to that face of yours come Fantastic Fest.
Image Comics’ new series, Hadrian’s Wall, comes from writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, and artist Rod Reis. This is the same creative team that brought us the political superhero series C.O.W.L. in 2014, which was one of Image’s best new books of the year.Higgins has been a mainstay at DC Comics for the past few years, working on Nightwing and other Bat-Family titles, and Siegel has frequently collaborated with him on their Image work and Batman Beyond. I really enjoy any books they are on, and artist Rod Reis’ work is fantastic, having this painted feeling that reminds me of something between Phil Noto and Jerome Opena, which is never a bad thing.A murder mystery set in space, the first issue of Hadrian’s Wall reads very much like a standard noir, with our main character, Simon Moore, starting out at his lowest. The year is 2085 on a resource hunting space station, the titular Hadrian’s Wall. Simon is brought in to investigate a death, and quickly realizes things are not what they seem.On a surface level, between space odyssey and noir/drama, comparisons to Blade Runner would not be inaccurate, and fans of the movie would absolutely find something in this series for them. However, this first issue moves past that very quickly, settling into full-on suffocating claustrophobia once all of the characters are on the ship. This occurs through tone and imagery.Higgins and Siegel’s settled on a grand way to kick-off the series, giving us just enough intrigue to get invested in its characters, all without being heavy handed on the exposition. If there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s having information forcefully spoon-fed to readers, but Higgins and Siegel’s dialogue is organic, allowing the characters to reveal what they need to with a natural tempo.The pacing is steady, and issue one ends on a note that makes you eager for two in such a subtle way.Rod Reis’ art compliments the writing so well, creating a fleshed out universe with a look that would make even Ridley Scott blush. I wish more things looked as good as Blade Runner‘s Los Angeles of 2019 and damned if Reis doesn’t knock on that door. Reis’ line work is extremely clean while having just enough of a frayed look. This gives the book a grit and teeth. If anyone is going to draw a dead body in space, I want it to be Reis. His faces and figures are unique, expressive, and distinguishable.Hadrian’s Wall takes the time in both the script and art to focus on the small things as well. The way a character’s eyes cut, how a grimace creeps across a face, all of this Reis nails flawlessly. The creative team gives care to the littlest details, ones that don’t directly influence the plot but help give breath and movement to the story. Well-rounded characters complimenting a complex backdrop makes Hadrian’s a must read.I am a sucker for a well-done science fiction, and Image Comics is no stranger to the genre. Saga, Black Science, Manhattan Projects, and Descender are all some of the best graphic novels out right now, and it looks like Image has another home run in Hadrian’s Wall.Hadrian’s Wall #1 is available for download now via Comixology with issue two due out October 19th.