Modi’s Independence Day style statement: Colour me green and saffron

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 68th Independence Day in Delhi on August 15.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, already seen as one of India’s most well-dressed leaders, went a step ahead on the Independence Day on Friday, sporting a blazing saffron and green headgear and his trademark cream-coloured short-sleeved khadi kurta and white pajamas as he addressed the nation for the first time from the windy ramparts of the Red Fort, like all his predecessors since 1947.The saffron pagdi with white dots, sitting snugly on Modi’s head, stood out on TV screens that telecast his animated hour-long speech he delivered without any bulletproof glass cover from the 16th century fort, unlike his recent predecessors.The light and summer-friendly khadi kurta added a soothing contrast to the headgear, all three colours reflecting the Tricolour he had just unfurled to mark Indias 68th Independence Day.The pagdi was red last yearFile photo of Narendra Modi, then the Gujarat chief minister, giving his Independence Day speech in Bhuj in Gujarat on August 15, 2013.Modi’s dress code on Friday was, however, not much different from what he wore in his Independence Day speech as Gujarat Chief Minister in Bhuj on August 15, 2013. Only the colours had changed.Last year, it was a red headgear with white dots, a full-sleeved kurta and an embroidered scarf.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 6

first_imgIndia grabbed seven medals on Day 6 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 25.India won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Indian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls and it was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis.The next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.The last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final. Therefore, India ended the day with 25 medals (6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze)Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingDushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing center in Jakarta.Dushyant finished third with a time of 7:18.76 to clinch the first medal for India on Day 6. This is also the first medal for the country in rowing at the Games.advertisementRowing team wins fifth gold medal for India The Indian rowing team clinched the country’s fifth gold in this year’s Asian Games (@Media_SAI Photo)The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final on Friday to add the third medal for the country.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Indonesia bagged the silver medal with a time of 6:20.58 while Thailand took the bronze with a time of 6:22.41.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double ScullsIndian rowers won a gold and two bronze medals in an incredible start to the sixth day of competitions at the 18th Asian Games.The team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event after defeating Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair in the final.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Bronze for Heena Sidhu Heena Sidhu bagged 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event at the Asian Games 2018 in Palembang while Manu Bhaker finished fifth on Friday as India continued with their good show in shooting.Heena shot an almost perfect 10.8 in her penultimate shot to go within touching distance of gold and silver but a 9.6 in the final shot meant she had to be content with the bronze colour of the medal.India women settle for silver in KabaddiIndian women’s kabaddi team settled for silver at the Asian Games 2018 after a 24-27 loss too Iran in the final.Their silver medal came after the men’s kabaddi team settled for a bronze for the first time since kabaddi was included in the multi-sport event.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Day 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.advertisementAnkita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.advertisementIndia bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Ozil agent aims to change industry

first_imgArsenal How Mesut Ozil’s agent aims to transform the world of football agents through education Chris Wheatley Arsenal Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:08 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dr Erkut Sogut Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil Opinion Transfers In his first full interview with an English media outlet, Dr Erkut Sogut reveals his plans to change the agents industry for the better Football agents, intermediaries, deal-brokers. The perception of the movers and shakers in an ever-expanding and ever-changing industry continues to be clouded by the widely held perception that those who take a cut of transfers are having an ugly effect on ‘The Beautiful Game’. One man who aims to provide a positive impact says he relishes the day when he can sit round a table with educated people negotiating a deal – and that day might come sooner than you think.Dr Erkut Sogut is probably best known as the intermediary and lawyer of Arsenal and Germany star Mesut Ozil but sitting alongside his commitments to the assist king are also a single-minded approach to guiding, educating and incorporating the next generation of agents into the football industry.Born in Hanover to Turkish parents, Sogut emanates from a modest background and his jobs as a teenager include cleaning factories and working in clothes shop H&M. His route to becoming a lawyer was a painstaking one which saw him eventually introduced into the sports world by the agent of Germany national team coach Joachim Low.Erkut Sogut Mesut Ozil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I always did business law and sports law, but before my internships I had access to Harun Arslan [agent of Joachim Low],” he tells Goal, in his first interview with the English press. “That was my first step into the business. He’s also from Hanover and represented many players at that time.”I didn’t want to be a criminal lawyer or family lawyer. I loved sports and played football at that time. I had a lot of [football] talent but my family never pushed me to sports – they always pushed me to education. My father never watched a game of mine. Even when people talking about my football talent, he said: ‘My son has to study and become a doctor or lawyer.'”“I know where I come from. I always look back and know what kind of childhood I had. I tell all my clients they have to do charitable things. When you’re earning millions you have more than anyone else who would love to be in your position. Without giving, you will not get more. If you don’t share, you will not grow.”Sogut, who can speak German, Turkish, English and Spanish, was rejected by Arslan at first but, after spending the next six months in the library studying and creating a tailor-made newsletter for his compatriot, the door was opened to the sports industry for the first time.“After six months the secretary phoned me and said he wants to meet you, he needs something,” he explains. “I went back to Hanover and he had dealings with one of the football federations, there were letters going in and out. I said I could try and help. I had no previous experience but I told him I’d give everything to do it. I worked on it day and night and it went well for him as he won the case.Harun Arslan“That was my entry into the business. He [Arslan] was a mentor for me. Our ways split but then we met again after a couple of years. I started to feel what sport business was like and while I was in Turkey I did stuff for him as a runner.”Turkish-born Germans form the largest ethnic minority in German society yet prejudices and xenophobic attacks were rife when Sogut was growing up there.“I’m born in Germany, I grew up in Germany and feel it’s my home but I have never felt German as a nationality or character because I never get the feeling that I’m part of them,” he confesses. “It starts at 18 when you don’t get into the nightclubs because you’re Turkish. I go with my same friend from school, his name is Stefan and the other Is Tomas – I don’t get in. I didn’t have access to the nightclub or bar in my city because I’m Turkish and ‘might cause trouble’.“When I was studying law one of the judges who was sitting on the commitment to choose the judges of the future said to me very openly: ‘You should change your name if you want to become a judge in this country.’ He said if you are not twice better than the German name then you will not get that position.”The motivation for studying is from my family to give back to them and look after them. It’s something very special for me. I’m living here for four years – I feel more British than I do German and it shouldn’t be like that.“My work ethic is more German but my background is Turkish so I’m in the middle of two cultures. I always took the great things of both cultures and it’s a positive thing to have different cultures to learn. It’s an amazing thing. You have to give up everything and assimilate yourself to become one of them. We integrate but don’t assimilate. That’s what Polish people or others do in Germany – but Turkish people can’t do that because our culture and religion are different.”If you bring non-educated people somewhere, then it’s difficult to integrate them as they’re even stronger with their culture background. In the past, they didn’t need them to talk the German language as they just cleaned and went home. It’s changed now and now we’re the fourth or fifth generation.”Ozil Erkut SogutIt’s clear when discussing the wider football landscape with Sogut that he places the greatest importance on education, whether it be advising his clients on making charitable contributions or investing for life after football.Gunners maestro Ozil, who recently celebrated his 29th birthday, revealed in his autobiography Gunning For Greatness that he asked Sogut to provide advice to his younger sister Duygu and encourage her to go into further education.“I talked to her [Duygu] so many times,” he confirms, “I went through the processes of high school, university, masters and a doctorate. He [Mesut] knows I have a different perspective on that because of my experiences. I have done the same with my own sister, who is also a lawyer and studying in Bristol. She is finishing her masters thesis and I helped with many aspects – all the mistakes I made, she avoided.“If I could go back in time and I had the financial opportunity I would have gone to England or America to study because of the language and the opportunities. I’ve made it happen for my sister. Education opens the door to the world. If you’re not educated, if you don’t speak different languages or a broad-minded nature then you will be easily influenced to others opinions.”FIFA’s decision to devolve power over agents to individual associations has arguably only further muddied the waters of what has traditionally been known as a murky industry anyway. The FA have removed the entrance exam to become an agent and opened it up to a £500 fee. Ultimately, players can be left unprotected by unscrupulous agents, while further questions have also been raised about third-party ownership. Sogut’s own revelations about the industry provide a telling glimpse into the world that he wants to change.“I would love to sit with educated people on one table and talk about a possible deal rather than someone who is talking about escorts and how we can give managers money back somehow, third parties or accounts in Switzerland,” he says.”What I love is to teach others and that’s why I started teaching during my masters. In the agents business, people don’t like to give knowledge to others because they keep for themselves. If young kids go for an internship in a big agency they don’t show them anything, they just sit there and bring the tea and coffee. They don’t see any contracts and they don’t go into meetings. I do it the other way round. It’s good for the business and myself if there are educated guys and girls coming into this business.“Sports is a billion-pound business which is growing every day. There are so many areas in sport where people can contribute. It’s very difficult from the outside because of nepotism at clubs and agencies but I try to tell students they can do it. The motivational part is so important and I always give both – motivation and knowledge – at the same level. I give them examples and tell them stories of what I’ve done and tell them the people in the business today are not better than them – they just came to that place because they worked hard and believed in themselves.”Sogut“The best thing about being a lawyer is having knowledge about contracts. Even if you don’t know certain things, you can learn them quicker. You have an advantage but you have to know how to use it.”Some agents are not lawyers but they have very good lawyers next to them. As a person, I will approach a club or player’s family as a lawyer. It assures people that I know what I’m doing and gives them a better feeling than someone coming with a Rolls Royce – something which could give a bad impression to a poor family.”Managing one of the world’s best footballers comes with its own challenges and Sogut is closely aligned with Ozil’s Arsenal team-mate Shkodran Mustafi too. He represents high-profile figures in football, basketball and hockey, as well as working on behalf of football clubs in commercial deals, but remains adamant that he will never have an excessive amount of clients.“I will never have more than 10,” he insists. “I say no more than yes to many players. Some agencies have 50 young players but I prefer quality over quantity. It can still be lucrative if you do your job well and believe in yourself. In no other business do you make money as quick as in the football business but that’s why it’s tight and the people who are in the business don’t want anyone to get into it. You need to be patient and never let people say you can’t do anything.”Sogut, who studied for his PhD in sports law at the University of Osnabruck, is currently leading the Sports Agent programme at UCFB in London which claims to provide ‘students with a bespoke inside view of the process of becoming a sports agent or intermediary, and also aims to address some of the practicalities and realities of player representation both in the UK and overseas’. It’s an exciting development in his own career and he revealed that he will invite some of the best students to football matches and meetings so they can get first-hand experience in the industry.“In 15 years, I see myself as a professor at a university where I’ll be able to teach all the things I’ve learnt during my career,” he says. “We’re writing a series of books and I hope to publish the first one in March 2018. They’re about how to become a sports agent and it explains different pathways into the business. There’s nothing like that out there right now and I felt that students need something to read to see how they can get into the business. Working with managers, sporting directors, youth players and how to register as an agent. A basic book for anyone to read but especially good for the upcoming agents as the first step.Sogut“There are 24 series of books on a range of topics: sports agents and media; how to approach newspapers, magazines; when to get a lawyer or not; how to create your network in the media.”Sports agents and contracts is one of the key books that someone has to learn. Sports agents and families is another key book that someone should learn. For example, with family, how to get a client and keep the client and develop the relationship, bringing them to the next step. The first step going to pitch; second step talking to him or the father, friends. Then, making a contract with them, creating things with a player, contacting sponsors.”One book is just working with sponsors – what kind of sponsors are working in sports, how do you approach and meet marketing directors. The other one is how to work with youth players, you can’t do certain things and transfer them. How do you get sports players into business?”Sports players and charities too. For example, Charlie is going to the home game as a guest of Mesut with his mother for his birthday. You have to talk to the families and to the club to arrange this. On top of that there are topics on fashion, social media, YouTube channels, Weibo and how to merchandise the social media of the football player to make money.”I’ve arranged to create an online education platform for agents. They will be able to go onto the website download some papers, documents, contracts and ask questions on there. My goal is one day that there will be an education programme to become a sports agent which takes one year as a masters programme. I think there will be a three-year bachelor course one day as there is so much you have to learn – law, charitable stuff, media, contracts. You need two or three years to learn everything. I hope to have weekend seminars in London ‘how to become a sports agent’, which I have previously done in Germany and Turkey.””There are ways to get into the business which I teach as well. How to get an internship at a football club or in sports marketing companies. There are lot of ways to get into the business and to meet people. The motivational part shows as well. You have to be proactive – they’re not coming for you.”Most don’t get into the business because they don’t believe they can. If you believe in it then you will try to find ways how to. A lot of young people get desperate and get out as the main agents in the business won’t show them the way. I want to show them the way and teach them how to become a lawyer and then they can approach players by themselves.”However, Sogut admits that there are always new obstacles to overcome in the rapidly changing world of football, particularly when it comes to dealing with the media.On February 21, 2014, police were called to Ozil’s home after a photographer claimed he had been struck by Ozil’s car as the player was trying to exit his driveway.”It was my first experience with the paparazzi,” Sogut recalls, “It was after the Bayern game, when Mesut missed a penalty. He was very upset and they [paparazzi] were waiting right in front of the house. While we were driving out, we saw the photographer put his hand on the wing mirror, push his arm against it and said ‘Ow!’ We couldn’t believe it and thought he was joking.”But the police even made Mesut an alcohol test and they checked the cameras on the street. The photographer then sold the story to the papers at a time when Mesut wasn’t playing well.Ozil“But this is how it is with Mesut: some people love him; some hate him. He’s a very polarising footballer but you have that with a lot of footballers.”Therefore, Sogut makes no apologies for always doing his utmost to protect his clients, just as he did when he said Ozil was made out to be a “scapegoat” following Arsenal’s 5-1 loss to Bayern in February of last year.”I was watching the game and Bayern had 77 per cent possession,” he points out. “They were controlling the game and Mesut was playing in the No.10 position. We were never in that position in the game. He was picked out as the scapegoat. Why are the defenders conceding five goals then? If we can’t win in Munich, then we don’t lose. There’s no excuse for collapsing – when you play in Munich you play compact and defensively. We played so openly and I just said that he didn’t play well like the rest of the team, but why did the defence concede five goals?”But the main target right away was Mesut Ozil. I felt that I had to protect my client. I thought about making a statement the whole night because I felt a feeling that I had to take the pressure off, which was the right thing to do at that time. Criticism is fine when the players play badly but that was used as an excuse for the poor team performance.“But, in this world, even if you get down, then you get up again because nobody gives you anything for free.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

Arbeloa tells Madrid to sign Messi’s son

first_imgReal Madrid have been urged to sign one of Lionel Messi’s children by Alvaro Arbeloa after the Barcelona superstar revealed his son Mateo cheers for their La Liga rivals.Messi claimed another La Liga title this season but Champions League and Copa del Rey defeats to Liverpool and Valencia respectively have seen the five-time Ballon d’Or winner ruthlessly trolled by his own son.”Thiago never misses a match,” Lionel Messi told TyC Sports. “Mateo loves football, he wears all the shirts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We were playing at home and he said to me, ‘I’m Liverpool, who beat you’; ‘Valencia won, eh – I’m Valencia’.”The TV is there, and he cheers Madrid’s goals to annoy his brother. He’s the one who is a Madrid fan.” Messi’s comments caught the attention of former Madrid full-back Arbeloa, who won La Liga and two Champions League trophies during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.”Let’s get him [Mateo] signed,” ex-Spain international and World Cup winner Arbeloa tweeted on Wednesday.Messi – preparing for the Copa America with Argentina – scored a La Liga-high 36 goals in 2018-19 as he claimed his sixth European Golden Shoe.The 31-year-old finished the season with 51 goals in all competitions as Barca reached the Champions League semi-finals and Copa del Rey decider.Messi scored twice in the first leg of the Champions League last four in a 3-0 drubbing of their Premier League opposition – including a sublime free-kick – but he and Barcelona were stunned at Anfield and beaten 4-0 by the eventual winners – the biggest comeback ever at that stage of the competition – with Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum each grabbing a brace.The Liga champions were shocked again in the final of the Copa del Rey as Messi’s second-half strike proved to be a mere consolation after Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo put Barcelona 2-0 down at half-time, ending their four-year streak of winning the competition.The Blaugrana are set for a summer overhaul, with a deal for Ajax star Frenkie de Jong already wrapped up and a deal for his team-mate Matthijs de Ligt looking likely to follow as Ernesto Valverde hopes to improve on an ultimately disappointing year.last_img read more

Rotterdam Sets Port Tariffs for Next Three Years

first_imgzoom The Port of Rotterdam says its port tariffs will rise in the coming three years at half the rate of the inflation percentage, by a maximum of 1% per year. For 2015 this means specifically that the tariffs paid by seagoing ships calling at the port of Rotterdam will be subject to 1% indexation.The Port Authority will also take measures aimed at reinforcing the hub function and stimulating sustainable hinterland transport.It is the first time that the port tariffs will be set for a period of more than one year so that companies know what to expect in the coming years. This is what the Port of Rotterdam Authority decided following consultation and the consent of the port business sector.Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: ”We fix the tariffs for three years and remain structurally below inflation. That is a clear sign to the market. Shipping companies know what they can expect in the port of Rotterdam. Furthermore, we respond specifically to current developments, especially in the container market and the refining sector.”This port tariffs consultation includes inflation, market conditions and economic development among other things. The tariffs apply for the sea ports of Rotterdam, Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Maassluis, Dordrecht and Moerdijk.Port tariffs are just one of the Port Authority’s sources of income and they are charged to the shipping companies that use Rotterdam. In 2013, the Port Authority received EUR 288 million (USD 359.1m) in sea port tariffs and EUR 14 million (USD 17.4m) in inland port tariffs.Press Releaselast_img read more

Chief Engineer Medevaced from Euronav Tanker

first_imgzoom The chief engineer aboard the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Ingrid was medevaced from the ship as he suffered a leg fracture after getting hit with the anchor chain. The incident occurred in the morning hours on March 2 while the tanker was in the lightering zone off San Luis Pass, Texas, according to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders were informed of the incident and an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was sent to medevac the man.The 35-year-old man was taken to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and transferred in stable condition, USCG said.Belgium-flagged Ingrid, featuring 314,000 dwt, is operated by shipping firm Euronav, according to data provided by VesselsValue.last_img read more

NYK Line Orders LNG Carrier from Hyundai Samho

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company NYK Line has placed an order for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Korea.The order is part of NYK Line’s contract with EDF LNG Shipping Ltd., a subsidiary of Electricité de France (EDF), to charter out a newly built LNG carrier for seven years, with optional extension periods for up to 13 additional years.The vessel is due to be delivered on April 30, 2020.NYK Line said that the vessel will be fitted to EDF’s specific requirements and will have a 174,000-cubic meter capacity.The LNG carrier will be fitted with a GTT Mark III Flex cargo containment system-a cryogenic liner directly supported by the ship’s inner hull and designed to store LNG at near atmospheric pressure.The newbuild will also feature a dual-fuel slow-speed engine (WinGD X-DF diesel engine) which is able to operate on marine gas oil or boil off gas stored as liquid at cryogenic temperatures.last_img read more

Duchess of Cornwall Awarded Honorary Doctorate For Literacy Work

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall has received an honorary doctorate for her literacy work.Duchess of Cornwall receives an Honorary DoctorateCredit/Copyright: Princeofwales.gov.ukThe Countess of Chester, as The Duchess of Cornwall is known when in the city, attended the University of Chester’s Graduation Ceremony and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her commitment to promoting literacy.In the historic Chester Cathedral, Her Royal Highness received a Doctorate of Letters in front of 500 graduands from a number of academic faculties who were being awarded their degrees.The Countess is a strong promoter of literacy in the UK and internationally, with particular focus on encouraging a love of reading and writing from an early age.Her Royal Highness is an avid reader and undertakes a number of engagements to promote the importance of supporting literacy, including the 500 Words Competition, an initiative which encourages children around the country to get creative and send in their stories of no more than 500 words, and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.The Countess said during a speech: “I want to begin by thanking you, Chancellor, for the Honorary Doctorate that you have just bestowed upon me. I am grateful, too, for the Public Orator’s generous words and for the wonderfully warm welcome I have received today.“As Countess of Chester, I take great pride in my relationship with both this beautiful city and now with your University.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uklast_img read more

CBCs new drama Caught like a grownup Doyle

first_img Login/Register With: “Don’t take this the wrong way,” said Maggs, “but it feels like a grown-up ‘Doyle.’” Their latest project is “Caught,” a five-episode drama premiering Monday on CBC. It is grittier, more complex and much darker than “Doyle.” Facebook Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer — fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs — to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. That was exactly the reaction Hawco was hoping for. For six seasons, he starred in, and was the driving force behind, the lighthearted CBC detective series “Republic of Doyle.” The success of that series helped Hawco and his associates at Take the Shot Productions establish a production facility in St. John’s, N.L. The cast all had praise for costume designer Michael Ground’s low-key approach. The series is based on the 2013 crime novel of the same name from another talented Newfoundlander, author Lisa Moore. The novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was handed to Hawco at a studio meeting as a suggestion for his next project. “I hadn’t read it, which was weird,” says the 40-year-old actor/producer, “because the author lives up the street.” He read it, loved it and got in line for the rights.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Set in 1978, “Caught” tells the story of David Slaney (played by Hawco) who busts out of a New Brunswick prison and quickly hooks up with his former drug-dealing partner in crime (Eric Johnson from “Fifty Shades Freed”). Broken down RCMP detective Roy Patterson (played by Paul Gross) picks up the trail. Allan Hawco in a scene from the new CBC crime drama “Caught”. Two years ago, Allan Hawco was working on a script for a TV series when he asked another writer ‚Äî fellow Newfoundlander Adriana Maggs ‚Äî to read an early draft and give an honest opinion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CBC *MANDATORY CREDIT*last_img read more

Raheem Sterling hailed as one of worlds best by Kompany

first_imgLondon: Vincent Kompany has hailed Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling as one of the best players in the world after his 13-minute hat-trick in the 3-1 win against Watford. The victory at the Etihad on Saturday took the defending champions four points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table but Jurgen Klopp’s men closed the gap to a single point on Sunday. There was an offside debate over Sterling’s first goal and his second was a tap-in but his third highlighted his skill as he weaved into the area, cut back and fired past Ben Foster. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “It’s incredible because his first year at City was tough, and then from the moment Pep (Guardiola) came in he just kicked on and went from strength to strength,” said City captain Kompany. “For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. He’s so important for us. To have the ability to unlock defences when they defend with so many bodies is the sign of a top, top, top player.” Sterling’s strikes shifted what had been a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour. As in their two previous games, the score was 0-0 at half-time and City, despite dominating possession, needed to work hard for openings. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “These kind of games are much trickier than what people can see from the outside,” said Kompany, who has featured in City’s past five games. “It’s mentally demanding because it puts you to sleep that you have so much possession and are bouncing against the same wall.” City boss Pep Guardiola was more measured in his praise for Sterling, 24, who has now scored 20 goals for club and country this season. “He scored three goals, we’re delighted, but he can do better,” said Guardiola. “The first half was not the best performance from him, but it’s good when not playing at the top level to be consistent and score the three goals.” Guardiola hailed midfielder Ilkay Gundogan as an “incredible player in all senses” but again expressed concern over the German’s contract situation. The 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter under Guardiola and has just one season remaining on his present deal. Guardiola said: “I would prefer him to stay but at the same time I want to feel he wants to stay too. If he doesn’t want to stay, he has to leave.”last_img read more

California governor wants users to profit from online data

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has set off a flurry of speculation after he said the state’s consumers should get a piece of the billions of dollars that technology companies make by capitalizing on personal data they collect.The new governor has asked aides to develop a proposal for a “data dividend” for California residents but provided no hints about whether he might be suggesting a tax on tech companies, an individual refund to their customers or something else.“Companies that make billions of dollars collecting, curating and monetizing our personal data have a duty to protect it,” the Democrat said in his first State of the State speech Tuesday. “California’s consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data.”Tech companies, for example, sell the data to outside businesses that target ads to users. The European Union and Spain’s socialist government last year each proposed taxing big internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon.Common Sense Media, which helped pass California’s nation-leading digital privacy law last year, plans to propose legislation in coming weeks that would reflect Newsom’s proposal, founder and CEO James Steyer said, without providing details.Starting next year, California’s European-style privacy law will require companies to tell customers upon request what personal data they have collected and why, which categories of third parties have received it, and allow consumers to delete their information and not sell it.U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, predicted in November that California would consider legislation that would “send a shiver down the spine” of tech companies.He described the proposal as returning 25 per cent of the value of an individual’s data. It wasn’t clear how the calculation would be made.Warner’s office said Wednesday that he made the comment after speaking with Steyer. Warner is considering federal legislation requiring companies like California-based Facebook and Google to provide users with annual estimates of what their data is worth to the companies.Steyer said in a statement that Newsom is “spot on” about consumers having the “right to share in the profits that companies are making off them.”Axios calculated that the average Facebook user is worth $7.37 to the company, while a Twitter user is worth $2.83, and a Reddit user, about 30 cents. The calculation basically divided the companies’ annual revenue by their monthly active users.California-based tech giants Facebook and Google did not immediately comment.Newsom’s office would not say who is leading his review. Newsom “is open to constructive input” from national experts and lawmakers, spokesman Brian Ferguson said in a statement.The governor’s office pointed to proposals elsewhere that would put a tax on data, including one that died in the Washington state Legislature in 2017. That measure would have taxed receipts from the sale of state residents’ personal data at a rate of 3.3 per cent.Mahsau Daee of the Internet Association said the industry will look forward to reviewing the governor’s eventual proposal but that “free and low-cost, data-driven online services offer Californians — and all Americans — enormous benefits.”Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said Newsom “is off to the wrong start” on protecting consumer privacy.“They shouldn’t be tricked into giving away their privacy for a small discount,” he said in an email. “Selling it for a few bucks isn’t the answer and will make the problem worse.”Dan Goldstein, president the digital marketing agency Page 1 Solutions, said a tax might not benefit consumers, while some sort of profit-sharing plan would likely return a “pittance of a benefit” to individuals.Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes last year suggested that users could band together to negotiate payments or a data tax could be administered, similar to a fund that annually shares oil profits with Alaska residents.Consumer Federation of California executive director Richard Holober hailed the proposal while alluding to the vast financial divide between rich and poor, particularly in California, which is struggling to address homelessness and an affordable housing crisis.The governor previously asked Silicon Valley companies to match $500 million in state funds with their own low-interest loans for developers to build homes for middle-income residents in some of the state’s costliest areas.“We have such a disparity here with everyday Californians who are having trouble paying their rent or sending their kids to college,” Holober said. “California has created a very fertile land for these corporations to become fabulously wealthy, and they need to give back.”Newsom’s announcement excited lawmakers who authored California’s privacy law, but they had no information about it.Democratic Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg called the proposal “the next frontier of the online data and privacy conversation.”Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau, who is chairman of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, said the proposal “highlights the value of data, which has often been described as the new oil in this technological data-driven economy.”Don Thompson, The Associated Press read more

Marrakech to Host Street Food Festival in Jemaa El Fna Square

Rabat – This November 9, Jemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech will host its first ever street food festival.The “Marrakech Street Food Festival” aims to pay tribute Moroccan cuisine and solidify its place among Morocco’s many festivals, said the Arts and Culture Foundation, which is organizing the event.In honor of the festival’s very first edition, organizers will task 20 renowned chefs with cooking a lunch for 5000 people. The festival will also offer a full day of tasting both traditional recipes and new food trends. A wide range of Moroccan cuisine will be served drawing inspiration from all over Morocco. According to Hafsa Benmchich, the President of the Arts and Culture Foundation, the star of Marrakech street food “is undeniably the cooks behind it, who add their cultural identity to the taste of the food.”“In each Moroccan city, the cook highlights the customs and cultural values. The cook often adds a regional specialty to the street food. Street cooking refers to multiple techniques, know-how, taste, and processes specific to cultural habits and places,” she added.The festival has already gathered a line up of restaurants, storytellers, snake trainers, and food trucks to serve the festival.Also on the festival program is a photo exhibition called “The Plate of Happiness” which will be orchestrated by Marrakech photographer Noureddine Tilsaghani. The exhibition will run from December 7 to January 7 on the esplanade of the Bahia Palace.The Arts & Cultures Foundation will also publish a book in honor of the festival entitled “The Career of an Artisan Cook.” The book will feature profiles of the most popular cooks in Marrakech’s the old medina, their culinary secrets and ancestral recipes.Read also: Marrakech to Host Unique Yoga and Music Festival in June read more

UN rights chief urges South Asian judges to facilitate access to justice

17 November 2009The United Nations human rights chief has called on judges across South Asia to ensure that everyone has access to justice, as part of efforts to combat the scourges of inequality and discrimination. While inequality and discrimination remain an enormous challenge across the world, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay singled out what she described as “the burden of multiple discrimination” that affects women, the poor, caste groups and indigenous peoples, among many others. “This web of inequality and discrimination produces swathes of social exclusion and disadvantage in our societies,” she said in a video message to the opening on Monday of a meeting of regional judges and experts from the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) and the UN Human Rights Council.The two-day event, hosted by the Maldives, looks at the interpretation of the principles of equality and non-discrimination by courts in the region and the role of judges in ensuring access to justice for all. “The judiciary can and must play a critical role in fighting the scourges of inequality and discrimination,” Ms. Pillay stressed, noting in particular that they can do this by facilitating access to justice. “Regardless of the substance of a complaint, some individuals’ claims will never be heard because of barriers to justice that discriminate against them,” she said. “This is an area in which judges may have even more power to counter discrimination and exclusion.” She added that OHCHR hoped to strengthen its cooperation with judiciaries in South Asia and support them through the dissemination of good practices and comparative jurisprudence, and to facilitate the sharing of experience and insights among peers. read more

UN agency predicts record wheat crop while global food prices remain stable

“First forecasts for the 2013 wheat harvest point to production increasing to 690 million tonnes – 4.3 per cent up on 2012,” according to FAO’s quarterly ‘Crop Prospects and Food Situation’ report.“This would be the second largest crop on record,” FAO noted in a press release, below the record harvest of 700 million tonnes in 2011.The hike is expected mostly in Europe, driven by an expansion in wheat planting areas in response to high prices and a recovery in yields from Russia and some other countries, FAO said.The outlook in the United States, dampened by earlier drought conditions, has improved somewhat, the UN agency said.Coarse grains and paddy crops are not yet planted making it too early for even a preliminary global cereal forecast, but FAO expects “generally favourable” prospects for the first 2013 coarse grain crops in the southern hemisphere. Rice prospects are also encouraging in several countries below the equator. The report also surveyed the food security situations in developing countries, including several hotspots. Of the countries cited, FAO noted that insecurity in northern Mali has disrupted food commodity flows worsening an “already precarious” food situation created by a drought in 2011.Meanwhile, FAO’s Food Price Index – which measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – remained at 210 points for a second straight month.The FAO Cereal Price Index dropped less than 1 per cent to 245 points in February, but still 8 per cent higher than last year at this time. Prices for oils and fats averaged 206 points, up 0.4 per cent from January. The rise was driven mainly by palm oil, reflecting the expected seasonal production slowdown and reduction in inventories. Dairy prices rose five points, or 2.4 per cent, to 203 points. Meat prices averaged 178, the same as in January, with marginally higher pork prices offsetting a slight dip in poultry. Sugar prices declined for a fourth consecutive month on the expectation of a relatively large world production surplus. The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 259 in February, down 3 per cent, or 8.6 points, from January. read more

Heston Blumenthal reveals how new found taste for pebbles from Provence has

Home cooks who want to give soup a little extra flavour can add seasoning, or perhaps a pinch of herbs. Heston Blumenthal has another suggestion: gravel from the garden. “I cooked some soup made with green beans that came from the farm and I decided to put a lump of bauxite rock in the water,” he explained. The chef, known for his experimental recipes, said he had recently discovered the transformative taste of rocks. In his newly launched podcast, Heston’s Pod & Chips, Blumenthal revealed the new flavours he has been discovering at his house in Provence. “From this bauxite rock, comes silica. Water, with silica in it, kind of thickens it. Silica comes from aluminium. And there’s aluminium in… read more

Two men injured overnight in Belfast assaults

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been injured in separate assaults at pubs in Belfast overnight.The PSNI today appealed for information following the report of a man having sustained serious head injuries outside a bar in the Antrim Road area. The incident is believed to have happened shortly after midnight.In a separate incident detectives in Musgrave are also investigating an assault inside a licensed premises in the Donegall Street area in the early hours of this morning.Shortly after 12.15am Police received a report that a 31-year-old male had been assaulted. He sustained facial injuries which required hospital treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.The assailant is described as being approximately 5’6″/5’7″ tall, slim build, in his early 20s and with short dark hair. He was in the company of two other males who were approximately 6′ tall.Police are asking for anyone who may have any information about the first incident to contact them at York Road on 0845 600 8000. Anyone with information about the assault in the Donegall Street area can contact Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000.Or, if someone would prefer to provide information on either of these incidents without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Garda sustained ‘serious facial injury’ in attack at Dublin house>More: PSNI seek witnesses to assault of teenage girl>last_img read more

LiPhone 4S gratuit chez lopérateur autrichien Drei

first_imgL’iPhone 4S gratuit chez l’opérateur autrichien Drei !L’opérateur autrichien Drei propose une offre qui semble imbattable pour l’iPhone 4S d’Apple !L’iPhone 4S est le smartphone le plus prisé de ces dernières semaines. Il est à noter tout de même que ce dernier n’est pas vendu partout au même tarif. Plus particulièrement, les utilisateurs belges et autrichiens ne bénéficient pas des mêmes offres.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Les Belges se plaignaient que l’offre de l’iPhone 4S était trop onéreuse, certains clients français ont fait de même et on ne saurait leur donner tort au vu de la possibilité offerte par l’opérateur autrichien Drei. Ce dernier permet à ses clients d’obtenir l’iPhone 4S pour trois fois rien ou presque… Chez cet opérateur, l’iPhone 4S est disponible gratuitement dans une offre assortie d’un forfait illimité à 45 euros par mois ! En France, nous ne trouvons pas ce portable à moins de 100 euros ! Avec cette offre, les Autrichiens sont les champions du monde… en attendant peut-être que Free mobile propose mieux ! Le 1 novembre 2011 à 10:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sundarban gunfight kills 2

first_imgTwo suspected robbers were killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Katlarkhal area of Sarankhola point in the Sundarbans on Wednesday morning.The deceased are identified as Yusuf Fakir and Ruhul Amin.RAB officials claimed that Yusuf is the second-in-command of robber group ‘Abbas Bahini’ and Ruhul Amin as its member.RAB also recovered arms and ammunition from the spot.last_img

ESRB Doesnt Believe Purchasing Loot Boxes is a Form of Gambling

first_img The Bewildering Slavery of Middle-Earth: Shadow of WarThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in October Stay on target Many of this fall’s biggest releases have loot boxes or loot box-like DLC. This includes titles such as Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Forza Motorsport 7, and Destiny 2. Given their randomly generated nature, some like John “Total Biscuit” Bain believe the ESRB should officially qualify loot boxes as a form of gambling. Unfortunately for these folks, that’s something that isn’t going to happen.Speaking with Kotaku via email, an ESRB spokesperson stated that the “ESRB does not consider loot boxes to be gambling.” The spokesperson also said: “While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.”The ESRB already has categories for in-game gambling and real-world gambling. According to the organization, real gambling involves users wagering real cash, while simulated gambling involves virtual cash or currency. The spokesperson added that any game with real-world gambling would automatically get an “Adults Only” rating.AdChoices广告This is certainly a touchy subject. Some gamers feel randomized loot boxes (or microtransactions in general) have no place in a $60 game. Conversely, there are others who don’t have an issue with loot boxes so long as they do not impact the core gaming experience. Given the billions of dollars video game creators make from DLC each year, things like loot boxes aren’t going away anytime soon. If you are truly against loot boxes in games, you are free to exercise your right to not buy a title with them. In the end, it is up to you, the consumer, to decide where to spend your money.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more