Pre-Independence sporting heroes of India

first_imgIndia has been blessed with some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen across a wide variety of sports. Cricket is arguably the most followed sport in the country ever since our dominance in field hockey faded away but even before that India had made its name in other sports like football and track and field.Before our independence in 1947, there were some athletes from India who made the country proud, especially at the Olympics. Hockey was one such sport which India dominated for over three decades, winning eight gold medals, the most by any country at the Summer Games.From 1928 to 1956, the Indian men’s hockey team remained unbeaten winning six gold medals in succession with a 30-0 unbeaten streak.Even before great sportspersons like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Prakash Padukone and Milkha Singh made their names in their respective sports, India had some legendary athletes in its arsenal led by the greatest hockey player to walk on this planet – Dhyan Chand.So let’s rewind the clock and take a look at five legendary Indian athletes from the pre-independence era.Norman Pritchard (Track & Field)Born to British parents in Calcutta in 1877, Norman Pritchard was the first Indian athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Games.Representing India, Pritchard participated in the men’s 200 metres, 200 metres hurdles, 110 metres hurdles, 60 metres sprint and 100 metres sprint at the 1900 Summer Games in Paris.Pritchard won silver medals in 200 metres and 200 metres hurdles, thus, becoming the first Indian and first athlete representing an Asian nation to win an Olympic medal. He had made it to the final of 110 metres hurdles, but did not finish, and also participated in the 60m and 100m sprints, in which he failed to qualify for the finals.advertisementPritchard was also an equally talented football player and is credited with scoring the first hat-trick in an open football tournament in India, for Saint Xavier’s College against Sovabazar in July 1897.He was also the secretary of the Indian Football Association from 1900 to 1902 before moving to Great Britain in 1905. Pritchard then shifted base to the United States where he adopted the name ‘Norman Trevor’ and acted in silent films in Hollywood and also appeared in several Broadway shows.Mohammed Salim (Football)Mohammed Salim was one of the greatest footballers India has ever produced. Salim was born in Calcutta in 1904 and quickly gained a name in football first joining Bowbazar and then going on to play for the B team of Mohammedan Sporting Club.Legendary sports administrator Pankaj Gupta took notice of Salim’s talent and recruited him to play for his club Sporting Union where he spent five years from 1927-31.Salim then played for East Bengal Club in 1932 before joining Aryans Club a year later. But he returned to Mohammedan SC soon after and helped the club win the prestigious Calcutta Football League title five years in a row.In 1936 Salim became the first player from India to represent a European club as he was signed by Celtic FC after a trial he gave in bare feet and in front of 1000 club members.He made a debut for Celtic in a 5-1 victory against Galston and scored a goal through penalty. He stayed at the club for a season before heading back to Mohammedan SC as he was feeling home sick. Salim was also offered a professional contract to play in Germany but he declined that as well.Vijay Merchant (Cricket)Vijay Madhavji Merchant was a revered cricketer from India in the pre-independence era. Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1911, Merchant was a fine right-handed batsman with a first-class average of over 71 having played 150 matches in which he amassed 13,470 runs with 45 hundreds, 11 of which were double tons.Merchant made his Test debut for India against England at the Gymkhana ground in Bombay (now Mumbai) in December, 1933. Merchant scored 23 and 30 as India lost the match by 9 wickets.Merchant loved to bat against England and in the two tours there he amassed over 4000 runs combined, which just goes to show how good he was against fast bowlers on seaming tracks. Merchant played a starring role in the Manchester Test in 1936 when he slammed 114 and added 203 runs with Mushtaq Ali (112) to help save the match as India trailed by 368 runs.Such was Merchant’s prowess with the bat that English cricketer C.B. Fry once said, “Let us paint him white and take him with us to Australia (for the Ashes) as an opener.”Throughout his career, Merchant played 10 Test matches and scored 859 runs at 47.72 with three hundreds and as many fifties. His life after retirement revolved around cricket administration, broadcasting and writing.advertisementRanjitshinghji (Cricket)The man who invented the famous leg glance and late cut, Maharaja Jam Saheb of Nawanag or Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, was probably the greatest batsman to have played cricket in the pre-independence era. He had an unorthodox in technique, had quick reflexes and he brought a new style to batting which completely revolutionised the game.Ranjitsinhji never played for India but inspired everybody back home to take up the sports across generations. He was the first Indian to play international cricket and represented England and Sussex.Ranjitsinhji made his Test debut for England against Australia in July 1896 and scored 62 and 154 not out at Manchester. From 1895 he exceeded 1000 runs in 10 successive seasons, passing 3000 in 1899 and 1900.From 1896 to 1902, Ranjitsinhji played 15 Test matches and scored 989 runs at an average of 44.95 with two hundreds and six half-centuries. He got out on a duck only two times in his career.Ranjitsinhji led Sussex for five years from 1899-1903 and his name became synonymous with the club. First-class cricket saw Ranjitsinhji score 24692 runs in 307 matches at an average of 56.37 with 72 hundreds along with that he also took 133 wickets.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named its oldest first-class cricket tournament – Ranji Trophy – in honour of Maharaja Ranjitsinhji. Ranji Trophy began in 1934 and is still India’s premier domestic tournament.Dhyan Chand (Hockey)He is the greatest hockey player ever, period!Unlike in other sports where people compare players from different era’s but still find it hard to pronounce one true champion, fortunately that is not the case with hockey.Ask any field hockey player from the current or past generations and they will have just one name in mind when it comes to the greatest of all time – Dhyan Chand.Born in Uttar Pradesh, Chand played a starring role when India completed a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936 in field hockey during the nation’s most dominant phase in the sport.Known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats and ball control, Chand scored over 400 international goals in his career. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan award after he retired from the Army with the rank of Major in 1956.Talks are ongoing for the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, to be conferred upon Dhyan Chand, especially after cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar received the honour in 2013.Of all the matches that he played during his 22-year long career (1926-48), Dhyan Chand considers the 1933 Beighton Cup final between his home team Jhansi Heroes and Calcutta Customs as the best one.”If anybody asked me which was the best match that I played in, I will unhesitatingly say that it was the 1933 Beighton Cup final between Calcutta Customs and Jhansi Heroes. I had a team which was determined to do or die. It was a great match, full of thrills, and it was just opportunism that gave us the victory,” the legend was quoted.advertisementLegend has it that Adolf Hitler was so impressed by Dhyan Chand’s wizardry with the stick in the 1936 Berlin Olympics that he offered him German citizenship and the post of Colonel in his army, which the Indian declined with a smile.Dhyan Chand’s younger brother Roop Singh was also a legendary hockey player and was part of the 1932 and 1936 Olympic gold-medal winning teams. Roop Singh and Dhyan Chand were labelled the hockey twins after the duo scored a staggering 24 out of the 35 goals in the 1932 Los Angeles Games against Japan and USA with the younger brother scoring 13 goals while Chand scored 11.last_img read more

Nine Kalmar Electric Cranes for Piraeus Container Terminal

first_imgzoom Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has signed a repeat order for nine all-electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) with Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) S.A. in Greece, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COSCO Pacific Limited.The cranes, four of which are the world’s widest, will help the port meet its twin goals of increasing both capacity and savings. The deliveries are scheduled for 2015.Li Jianchun, Deputy General Manager of PCT, said: “We currently operate Kalmar RTGs, straddle carriers, reachstackers, forklift trucks, empty container handlers and terminal tractors. The latest Kalmar E-One2 Zero Emission RTGs go beyond regular stacking capacity, with four of the units 10+1 wide and five 9+1 wide, which will help us maximise space utilisation in the container yard.”The order follows the delivery of 12 Zero Emission Kalmar RTGs to the terminal in 2013.The Kalmar E-One2 RTG has a 41-ton SWL capacity. The electric power system eliminates all emissions, engine noise and the need for hydraulic oils. It also helps the model achieve a maintenance interval of 1,000 hours.Press Releaselast_img read more

Japan PM Abe to visit Iran next week

first_imgTokyo: Shinzo Abe plans to travel to Iran next week, officials said Thursday, the first visit by a Japanese prime minister in more than four decades as Tokyo hopes to mediate between Washington and Tehran. A government official told AFP that Tokyo was “still arranging details, including whom our prime minister will meet there” but local media have said Abe will hold talks with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Local news agency Kyodo reported it would be the first such visit for 41 years. As tensions intensify between Iran and Japan’s key ally the United States, Abe has reportedly proposed serving as a go-between by directly holding talks with Iran’s key leaders. During his state visit to Tokyo in late May, US President Donald Trump said he remained open to talks with Tehran, appearing to give the green light to Abe’s plan. Abe told a news conference with Trump: “By closely cooperating between Japan and the US, I would like to help ease the current tension surrounding the Iranian situation.” Japan and Iran have maintained a good relationship as resource-poor Japan relies heavily on imports of oil from the Middle East, though crude from Iran accounted for just 5.3 percent of the country’s total imports last year. On the other hand, Iranian and US leaders have ratcheted up barbs and insults ever since Trump was elected as president in 2016. Living up to his campaign promises, Trump withdrew the US in May 2018 from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, and reimposed sanctions.last_img read more

Mahagathbandhans prospects to improve in next two phases Mayawati

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Rubbishing the BJP’s claim that it was doing good in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the opposition ‘mahagathbandhan’ on Wednesday said that on the other hand the prospects of the opposition alliance was improving day by day. “Our (electoral) prospects are improving…the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining two phases of Lok Sabha polls,” BSP chief Mayawati said at a joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav here. She said ever since the ‘mahagathbandhan’ was formed to take on the saffron party, “BJP leaders have lost their sleep.” Mayawati appealed to the voters to ensure a historic win for Yadav, who is the joint opposition candidate from the Azamgarh seat held by the SP in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Hitting back at the BJP, the BSP chief said, “We are not ‘mahamilawati’, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ‘mahamilawati’.” The PM has termed the mahagathbandhan’ as the ‘mahamilawati’ (adulterated) alliance. Dubbing the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin, she said, “Dono kaa chaal chalan ek hai (both have same nature and character).” She said Modi will try to create more confusion in the days to come and appealed to the voters not to fall prey to his designs. “Unkey (Modi’s) achchey din ladd gaye (his good days are over) and bad days are staring at his face,” she said.last_img read more

UN refugee agency begins assisting resettlement of Burundians in US

With the assistance of the United Nations refugee agency, the first group of some 8,500 Burundians to be resettled in the United States today left a refugee camp in Tanzania, where they had taken refuge after fleeing mass violence 35 years ago. The 88 who left today are part of 3,000 so-called ‘1972 Burundians’ – about 35 per cent of the number accepted for resettlement – who are expected to leave over the next 15 weeks for Nairobi and then travel on to various US cities, such as Atlanta and Phoenix, according to Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “The 1972 Burundians represent one of the world’s most protracted refugee situations, and resettlement is the only viable durable solution for most of them,” Ms. Pagonis said in Geneva. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled to neighbouring countries that year to escape ethnic violence which killed an estimated 200,000 people, she said, adding that children of refugees born in exile were also considered for resettlement in the US. “While repatriation of Burundian refugees remains a priority, we believe that successful repatriation and reintegration of this particular group is not possible,” she commented. “After nearly 35 years in exile, they would face complex and unresolved land issues. Moreover, some refugees believe they are viewed as outsiders and would never be able to fully integrate in Burundi,” she said. She added that those born in exile identify closely with their host country, Tanzania, but it cannot offer them integration either. The resettlement operation is being organized by the US Government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR. Before their departure from Nairobi, the refugees will undergo an orientation workshop organized by IOM. This will help prepare them for a new life in the US and ease their integration, UNHCR said. Tanzania still hosts some 276,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 18 May 2007With the assistance of the United Nations refugee agency, the first group of some 8,500 Burundians to be resettled in the United States today left a refugee camp in Tanzania, where they had taken refuge after fleeing mass violence 35 years ago. read more

Draft Child Protection and Justice Bill has been finalised

The implementation of these policies and action plans enjoys patronage and commitment at the highest level of the Government, with the President himself having appointed a Special Task Force on the Protection of Children and involves the active participation of the civil society and community based organizations.In recognition of the need to ensure that the implementation of this multitude of Government plans is effectivelycoordinated and synchronized, the President has also appointed a National Monitoring Committee (NMC) in 2017, and this Committee has already concluded its second meeting.“We believe that this Committee will serve as a vital platform for all government agencies to streamline their work on theimplementation of the CRC and help improve our reporting and monitoring framework through a platform that would assist government agencies to track their progress. We also have taken necessary steps to translate the CRC into vernacular languages as part of awareness programmes. We look forward to recommendations from the CRC Committee on how we can further strengthen the work of the NMC,” she said. A draft Child Protection and Justice Bill, which proposes to repeal certain parts of the Children and Young Persons Ordinance and ensure Sri Lanka’s conformity with international standards pertaining to the best interest of the child, has been finalised.Among many other progressive reforms, the Bill envisages to provide special protections to children who are in conflict with the law and children in need of care and protection. She also said that the Government maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding cases of violence against children and is committed to bring perpetrators to justice as expeditiously as possible. Speaking here, Mrs. Chandrani Senaratne said that the Government has adopted and is in the process of implementing a number of policies and action plans seeking to implement different areas of work pertaining to the rights of the child.These include the National Human Rights Action Plan (2017-2021) which contains a separate chapter on the Rights of the Child and the implementation of which is being monitored by a high-level Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by the Prime Minister, a Policy Framework and National Plan of Action to address Sexual and Gender based Violence (2016-2020) which also contains a separate segment on addressing violence against children and has already been included in the medium term budgetary framework of the Government and a National Plan of Action for Children (2016-2020). Mrs. Chandrani Senaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs of Sri Lanka said this while making a statement on behalf of Sri Lanka when the 5th and 6th Periodic Reports of Sri Lanka were considered at the 77th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the Palais Wilson in Geneva. “While adequate laws have been put in place, at the level of implementation, 42 children’s and Women’s bureaus have established at police stations across the country look into complaints pertaining to children. The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) also accepts public complaints on child abuse and channels such complaints to law enforcement agencies. A toll free child help line functioning under the NCPA receives complaints and forwards them for investigation through the police unit attached to NCPA, the child protection officers attached to the Divisional Secretariats, and through the units of children and women’s bureaus at police stations. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has also established a separate unit to investigate direct complaints received through the public relating to children. A key milestone for SriLanka in this regard was our joining the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children as Pathfinder Country in 2017, as the first country in South Asia and one of 13 countries globally to do so,” Chandrani Senaratne said.However, she said it must be acknowledged that a comprehensive system for the collection and updating of data pertaining to incidents of violence against children disaggregated by different areas, categories of victims and suspects, etc. is still in the process of being developed. (Colombo Gazette) The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is meeting in Geneva from 15 January to 2 February to review children’s rights in several countries, including Sri Lanka. The reports on Sri Lanka were considered yesterday and today. read more

Arrest made in murder of Alberta girl father

(Updated) It was an outcome no one wanted to hear: an abducted two year old girl found dead in Alberta. Derek James Saretzky, 22, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and is also charged with one count of committing an indignity to a human body.Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette was abducted from her home early Monday in Blairmore, Alberta, about 220 km southwest of Calgary near the boundary with BC.Hailey was the subject of an amber alert, which was cancelled last night when police found human remains in a rural area near Blairmore. Crowsnest Pass mayor Blair Painter delivered his condolences. “This is obviously not the outcome that our community was hoping for. This is going to devastate our community.”“It’s going to take us a long time to heal from this. I really don’t know what else it say, it’s just heartbreaking, devastating news to hear this.”Hailey’s father Terry Blanchette, 27, was found dead in their home on Monday. Police say Saretzky was an acquaintance of Hailey’s mother Terry Blanchette, but they won’t confirm how they knew each other. Local media reported they were romantically involved.Additional video: Noon News coverage of a media conference held by the RCMP: (Courtesy CBC) read more

Wyoming museum acquires Lone Rangers Colt 45 for display

CODY, Wyo. – A museum in Wyoming has acquired an old pistol made famous by a masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago.The Lone Ranger’s Colt .45 is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody.The single-action revolver belonged to actor John Hart. He portrayed the Lone Ranger in the original TV series that ran from 1952 to 1954, about a masked Texas Ranger who battled injustice in the Old West. His sidekick Tonto was one of the most well-known American Indian stereotypes of all time.Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving.The Powell Tribune reports ( the museum also has acquired autographed photos of Hart in costume and a cookbook he wrote in the 1990s. Hart died in 2009 at age 91.___Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, by The Associated Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 10:25 am MDT This undated publicity still, circa early 1950s, provided by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., shows actor John Hart, who starred in the original “The Lone Ranger” television series, which ran from 1952-1954 and horse Silver. The Colt .45 single-action revolver he used is seen holstered. The museum has acquired the pistol made famous by the masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago. The revolver is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody. Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving. (AP Photo/Buffalo Bill Center of the West) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wyoming museum acquires Lone Ranger’s Colt .45 for display read more

Matt Hancock backs parenting classes as calls for targeted support to help

“This kind of reduction is unprecedented,” Mrs Roberts said.So far 6,000 families in Leeds have been given the lessons, with 625 children a year “saved” from obesity. The review by Prof Dame Sally Davies will examine which measures could help to meet targets to halve rates of childhood obesity by 2030.Research involving ­Oxford University found that the eight-week programme  In Leeds showing parents how to “take charge” has been linked to a significant drop in obesity levels.The scheme, which costs councils £50 per family, is aimed particularly at ­deprived areas.Ministers have said efforts to prevent obesity in ­toddlers will form a central part of a Green Paper this summer. The Government’s ­former obesity tsar said the results were “astonishing”. Obesity rates among five-year-olds in England remained unchanged ­between 2013-14 and 2016-17, at around 9.4 per cent.However, rates in Leeds dropped from 9.4 per cent to 8.8 per cent over the same period, according to the study presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow. The Health Secretary has backed parenting classes to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic ahead of the launch of a national review.Matt Hancock said he believed in “targeted support” for families, highlighting a scheme in Leeds which has been the first English city to see a fall in the number developing weight problems.The eight week programme aims to show parents how to “take charge” of their children’s diet, and encourage healthy habits.Today Mr Hancock will ask the country’s chief medical officer to review the evidence on which measures work best to combat obesity.Last night he told The Daily Telegraph: “I want targeted support and I want lots more support in schools. Leeds is the only place in the UK where obesity levels are falling. It is targeted interventions at the people who really need support, rather than taking the same approach to everybody,” he said.Mr Hancock – who was last week teased for his own habits when caught on camera eating a waffle  – added: “There is some who say we need blanket measures across everybody, but everybody enjoys the odd caramel waffle from time to time. All things in moderation, but we do need targeted support for people who particularly need our help.” Kim Roberts, chief executive of the Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young scheme adopted in Leeds, told how parents are encouraged to be “in charge” of their families. She said: “We want ­parents to be able to hold boundaries, so they are able to say ‘no’ to pester power around snacks.”Leeds was compared with 15 other cities in England – none of which recorded such a turnaround. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

EHF CL TOP 16 Fuchse Berlin master work – Atletico in TOP

Kadetten Schaffhausen: Vaskevicius; Stojanovic (5), Ursic (2, 1p), Jurca (2), Graubner (6), Starczan (5) y Kukucka (3, 1p) -equipo inicial- Quadrelli (ps), Vrany (5), Goepfert (-), Pendic (-), Elezovic (-), Schelbert (-), Bucher (-) y Tominec (2). Fuchse Berlin wrote the best chapter of club history after Heinevetter and Co. beat HSV Hamburg 24:23 in Velux EHF CL TOP 16 (First match win 30:28). Chances for F4 place in Cologne are huge, because Fuchse will have for possible oponnents C.O Zagreb and Cimos Koper.Kadetten Schaffhausen showed fantastic team spirit in Madrid – 30:26, after -9 from the first match with Atletico Madrid (26:35). BM Atlético de Madrid: Hombrados; Roberto García (3), Lazarov (9, 3p), Chema Rodríguez (-), Jurkiewicz (6), Davis (2) y Aginagalde (1) -equipo inicial- Antonio Díez (ps), Guardiola (-), Cañellas (2), Edu Fernández (3) y Dinart (-). champions leagueEHF CLFuchse BerlinHSV Hamburg ← Previous Story Men’s EHF Cup (1/4 Final): Three German teams for the Final! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16: Barca destroys Montpellier – Baena “last second” goal for Veszprem’s tragedy read more

Byrne Help people in Irish hospitals die with dignity

first_imgUpdated 11.38HOLLYWOOD IRISH ACTOR Gabriel Byrne has appealed fo8r support for “the simple and transformational changes” taking place in Irish hospitals to make death more bearable.He spoke about his own experiences of being by a friend’s bedside while they were at the end of their life, and urged people to support the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Design and Dignity project.The project aims to make the experience of dying “as positive as it can be, both for those going through it and for those left behind”.Working in partnership with the HSE, it is renovating shabby rooms and re-designing places to make them more comforting and welcoming.Byrne spoke about his own experience while attending the bedside of a friend who was dying in a Dublin hospital.“She lived her last hours in a public ward with a television blaring out a football match, all but drowning our final conversation,” he said.I looked around this depressing place, with the cheap curtain separating her from other patients, walls painted nondescriptly institutional, the awful food, the ubiquitous smell of disinfectant mixed with human odour, and I began to think about the physical environment in which we might spend our final hours, that space which – as the late Seamus Heaney said – is “emptied” and “pure change” happens. Byrne said he has since come to believe that in hospital aesthetics are as important as function, and that “an aesthetic environment automatically leads to good practice and better care”.(Irish Hospice/YouTube)He was speaking in New York where the fund was receiving its American launch, which was attended by other New York-based Irish supporters of the charity, including author Colum McCann.The Chairman of the Design and Dignity project, Michael O’Reilly, told the event that when people are beyond cure it becomes “a sacred obligation” to attend to death with care and dignity.“We have completed pilot projects in eleven Irish hospitals. Our dream is to reach hospitals in every county in Ireland. As a charity, we need financial support to see the work through,” he added.The new book from the IHF, The Gathering – Reflections on Ireland, was launched at the event, with all proceeds going to the Design & Dignity project.The book is edited by journalist Miriam Donohoe and designed by Steve Averill. It includes reflections on Irish identity from people such as Bono, McCann, Moya Doherty and Brian O’Driscoll.The late Seamus Heaney also donated a personal reflection just before his death.Read: Hospice “ready to proceed”, after a little help from a local Oscar-winner>last_img read more

Bernardo Silva feels better now than in 2017

first_imgThe footballer signed for Manchester City in 2017, but is until now when he feels he’s playing his best football for the Citizens.In 2017, footballer Bernardo Silva decided to leave French Ligue 1 club Monaco and go to English Premier League side Manchester City.But is until now when he feels he’s playing his best.“When you change you need to adapt to the club, your new team-mates, the way the manager wants you to play,” he told Sky Sports.“It’s one more season so I am used to playing here, I am confident, I feel a better player because I have learned so much over the last year-and-a-half with my team-mates, the staff, and the manager.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think I am a better player than when I first arrived at Manchester City,” he explained.“You know when you arrive at one of the best clubs in the world it won’t be easy to play. The amazing players that we have in our squad, you cannot play all the games, it’s impossible.”“I wanted to come here but I knew it wouldn’t be easy to start straight away in the team and play all the games,” he added.“Now I am feeling good and helping the team and doing better than last season and I am happy with it. I want to keep going in the same way.”last_img read more

Russian River Upper Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Bag Limits Increased

first_imgThe section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River includes the area that extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is increasing limits of sockeye salmon to six per day and twelve in possession for the Russian River and a section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River. Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “Based on the number of sockeye salmon that have passed through the Russian River weir it is appropriate to increase the limits and allow anglers an opportunity to harvest six sockeye salmon per day in the Russian and Upper Kenai rivers.” Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. If a Russian River angler has more than six sockeye salmon in possession, then that angler may not fish in waters with a possession limit of six.center_img This regulatory change is effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 14. As of July 1, over 32,700 sockeye salmon have passed the Russian River weir, located upstream of the falls. Average run timing to this date is approximately 70%. ADF&G estimates that the escapement will exceed the early-run sockeye salmon biological escapement goal of 22,000 – 42,000 sockeye salmon.last_img read more

Science Fiction Magazine Goes OnlineOnly

first_imgA digital archive of every print issue of the magazine will eventually be posted to Science fiction enthusiasts now have one less print magazine to turn to for their space and fantasy fixes. Starlog magazine has ceased publication of its print edition. Its Web site will remain.Starlog’s final print edition will be issue 374. Issue number 375 will be available digitally, the magazine said.“After 33 years, and considering the present state of the economy, we feel it’s time for a major revamp and will be temporarily discontinuing publication while the model and redesign of the magazine are contemplated and executed,” Starlog wrote on its Web site.last_img read more

Looking back on Alaskas 2016

first_imgWe’re at the end of 2016. It was a year of legislative fights over the budget, taxes, the permanent fund and what the fiscal future path for Alaska should look like. It was also a year when Alaska tribes were given a path to put land into trust, and the residents of Barrow voted to change its name. A 7.1 earthquake shook up Southcentral residents and a lot of other big things happened. We’ll discuss them and look ahead to 2017.Listen NowHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Tim Bradner – Legislative Digest and Alaska Economic ReportDermot Cole – Alaska Dispatch NewsStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

Advance bus ticket sales start 17 May

first_imgFile photoAdvance bus ticket sales for Eid-ul-Fitr journey will begin from Friday, 17 May, according to Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners’ Association.The association took the decision at a meeting on Monday, said vice-president Ramesh Chandra Ghosh of the association.”The ticket sales will start from 6:00am 17 May. Estimating 5 or 6 June as Eid day, we’ll begin selling advance tickets of 30 May onwards,” he added.Ramesh Chandra also said they would take measures so the ticket buyers do not suffer in summer heat.last_img read more

Mosques attacked one killed in Sri Lanka

first_imgA Muslim man stands inside the Abbraar Masjid mosque after a mob attack in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka 13 May, 2019. Photo: ReutersOne person was killed in Sri Lanka on Monday as police fired tear gas at mobs attacking mosques and Muslim-owned shops and imposed a curfew after the worst outbreak of sectarian violence since the Easter bombings by Islamist militants.The 21 April attacks, claimed by Islamic State, targeted churches and hotels, mostly in Colombo, killing more than 250 people and fuelling fears of a backlash against the island nation’s minority Muslims.An officer at the Marawila hospital police said a 42-year old man admitted to the hospital with stab wounds had died. A Resident from the area who helped transport the victim to hospital identified him as Mohamed Ameer Mohamed Sally.Residents in Muslim parts of North Western Province said mobs had attacked mosques and damaged shops and businesses owned by Muslims for a second day.”There are hundreds of rioters, police and army are just watching. They have burnt our mosques and smashed many shops owned by Muslims,” a resident of Kottampitiya area told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified for fear of reprisals.”When we try to come out of our house, police tell us to stay inside.”Police imposed a nationwide curfew until from 9:00pm (1530 GMT) to 4:00am, spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement that acts of sabotage were hampering an investigation by security forces and warned that “if the racism rises up … and peace is disturbed the country will be destabilised”.”The intention of these groups who are causing violence is to cause disruption in public life, and destabilize the country,” he said.Wickremesinghe said he had given powers to the security forces to take strong action against those disturbing the peace.Authorities also imposed a temporary ban on social media networks and messaging apps including WhatsApp after a clash in another part of the country was traced to a dispute on Facebook.A police source said police had fired tear gas to disperse mobs in some places in North Western Province.Muslims make up nearly 10 per cent of Sri Lanka’s 22 million people who are predominantly Sinhalese Buddhists.A Reuters reporter saw a mob of several dozen young Sinhalese men wielding sticks and rods in what appeared to be a standoff in the town of Madulla in North Western Province.Many anxious Muslims were hunkering down at home but young men, some of them carrying rods, were still zipping around on motorbikes, despite regional curfews from 2:00pm before the nationwide curfew was imposed.MOSQUE RANSACKEDGlass was strewn across the Abrar mosque in the town of Kiniyama that was attacked overnight. All the windows and doors of the soft-pink building were smashed and copies of the Koran were thrown onto the floor.A mosque official said the attacks were triggered when several people, including some Buddhist monks, demanded a search of the main building after soldiers had inspected a 105-acre (43-hectare) lake nearby.Authorities suspect lakes and wells are being used as hiding places to conceal weapons.A 34-year-old man who was at the mosque said about 150-200 came towards the mosque with rods and swords on Sunday but the Muslims who were in the mosque persuaded them to go away with the help of the police.But they came back and this time there were about 1,300 people. The Muslims, huddled in the mosque, asked the police to fire in the air to disperse the mob, but the police said the people wanted to inspect the mosque for weapons.Then the crowd surged into the mosque and ransacked it, the witness said.”They destroyed and burned Korans, broke every glass window and door and urinated on the water storage which Muslims used to take ablution,” he said.Police spokesman Gunasekera did not respond to a request for comment on the incident. But in an emailed statement he said there had been some damage to property in Hettipola area of Kurunegala district but no injuries reported.The police source said police also fired in the air the Hettipola area.Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a man was beaten in the Christian-majority town of Chilaw on the west coast on Sunday in the dispute that started on Facebook, police sources and residents told Reuters.Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identified as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will cry” people said was interpreted as threatening violence.”Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, director general of the government information department, told Reuters on Monday.On Twitter, Sri Lanka’s leading mobile phone operator, Dialog Axiata Plc, said it had also received instructions to block the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube until further notice.last_img read more

Ten killed in Israeli attack in Syria

first_imgA fire rages and smoke billows following reported Syrian government forces` bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of Syria`s Idlib province overnight on 2 June, 2019. A spike in violence in and around a jihadist bastion in northwest Syria has killed 948 people in a month, almost a third of them civilians, a war monitor said this week. Photo: AFPIsrael carried out air strikes in Syria on Sunday in response to rare rocket fire from the neighbouring country, its military said, with a war monitor reporting 10 killed including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters.Israel’s army said two rockets were fired from Syria at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights late Saturday and one had been “located within Israeli territory.”In response, the army attacked “two Syrian artillery batteries, a number of observation and intelligence posts on the Golan Heights, and an SA-2 aerial defence battery,” its statement said.The Israeli attack left three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign fighters dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.According to the Britain-based war monitor, which did not specify the nationality of the foreign fighters, they died in missile strikes close the capital Damascus where Syrian troops, Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters are stationed.Syrian anti-aircraft defences fired against “enemy missiles” from Israel targeting positions in southwest Damascus, the official SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.The Israeli army said its own aerial defence systems were activated due to the Syrian anti-aircraft fire, but none of the Syrian fire hit Israel.Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered the strike.”We won’t tolerate fire at our territory and will respond forcefully to any aggression against us,” he said.- Hundreds of strikes -Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.Israel says it is determined to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs president Bashar al-Assad in the country’s eight-year war which has killed more than 370,000 people.The Jewish state insists that it has the right to continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah out of self-defence.On 27 May Syria said Israel carried out a missile attack in Quneitra, in what the Israeli army said was retaliation for anti-aircraft fire targeting one of its fighter jets.Syrian air defence batteries also intercepted projectiles from Israel and downed a number of them on 17 May, according to SANA.The Syrian province of Quneitra includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.In January, Israel hit Iranian positions in Syria, saying it was in response to Iranian missile fire from the war-torn country. According to the Observatory, 21 people, mainly Iranians, were killed in those raids.The latest reported strike comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States.The stand-off had been simmering since the United States last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear treaty which Iran reached with major world powers.In recent weeks the United States has accused Iran of alleged threats and deployed an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf.last_img

How Are OPEC Cuts Affecting The Price Of Oil

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: COURTESY OF GABRIEL C. PÉREZSince OPEC announced to cut oil production on Nov. 30, oil prices have stayed above $50 a barrel in anticipation of the cuts.For an economy as dependent on the energy industry as Houston’s, that’s good news.But are OPEC members following through? “At the moment it appears that a number of members are following through and making good on their cuts,” Ed Hirs, an energy economist at the University of Houston, said. “But the news is varied. The Saudis have cut more than their original allocation of what the cut was going to be, and we expected that.”Russia, one of 11 non-OPEC countries that also agreed to cuts, has reportedly reduced output by 117,000 barrels a day.  But it’s not clear whether some of the other nations are following through.Hirs said we’ll have a better idea when oil inventory numbers are published near the end of the month.“If these inventories are remaining stable or shrinking, it would indicate that OPEC cuts are holding,” he said.Oil prices could reach $60 a barrel again, he said, depending on several factors, including the implementation of the cuts and global demand. X Share 00:00 /01:08last_img read more