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Who is Yogi Adityanath?

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first_imgThe importance of being Yogi Adityanath  Adityanath runs the Hindu Yuva Vahini in Purvanchal, an outfit that has been often accused of instigating communal tension. This Bajrang Dal-style organisation is particularly effective in the east U.P. districts of Deoria, Kushinagar, Maharajganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharthnagar. Here, its activists have been accused of converting minor incidents into communal conflagrations.However during these elections, the Hindu Yuva Vahini broke after some of its members refused to retire some of their candidates. Adityanath expelled some of them.During the recent elections, the BJP leadership for the first time deployed Adityanath extensively in western U.P. after the first phase. Yogi Adityanath, whose real name is Ajay Singh Bisht, is a five-time BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. He is 44 years old.A Thakur from Uttarakhand by birth, Adityanath earned a graduate degree in Science from Garhwal University in Srinagar. His Lok Sabha profile says he is a “religious missionary and social worker.”Awaidhnath, Mahant of the powerful and wealthy Gorakhnath Temple who had won Gorakhpur thrice consecutively, passed on both his political and religious legacy to Adityanath. Awaidhnath died in 2014.Also Readlast_img read more

Money pours in but doctors botch up volleyball player Arunima Sinha’s treatment

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first_imgArunima SinhaAmid the outpouring of sympathy and financial aid for injured national volleyball and football player Arunima Sinha, generous amounts of which were doled out to score political brownie points, a crucial aspect was bypassed – the quality of medical attention being delivered to her.The 23-year-old athlete, who lost her left leg after being pushed off a moving train by goons, underwent a second surgery at Lucknow’s Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) on Sunday owing to an infection in the amputated limb. She was shifted from Bareilly District Hospital on Saturday noon after developing multiple complications.Apart from the swelling and infection, Arunima’s haemoglobin level had plummeted because of excessive bleeding.This necessitated an emergency blood transfusion on Saturday night. She has been given two bottles of blood since she was admitted to the Lucknow hospital.Officially, her condition continued to be serious but stable. Earlier, however, CSMMU chief medical superintendent Prof SN Shankhwar said a team of doctors decided to re-perate the athlete’s left leg to save her life.The doctors revealed that she had undergone debridement under general anesthesia. Debridement surgery is done to help wounds heal quickly. She was also found to have suffered multiple fractures on her right leg.Shankhwar said she had been admitted under Prof Vineet Sharma and Dr Santosh Kumar of the department of orthopaedic surgery. Her case was that of traumatic below- knee amputation on the left leg with compound fracture on the right leg.No wonder Arunima’s mother Gyanbala had a sinking feeling when she saw her at CSMMU. “I was horrified by what I saw when the doctors were cleaning the wounds on her amputated left leg. It was rotten up to her knee. There was moist dead tissue around the area. That portion of her limb has become numb. I am a health supervisor in Ambedkar Nagar and realised that the situation is serious,” Gyanbala said, recounting her brief meeting with her daughter who was in agony.advertisementThe medical teams treating Arunima inexplicably kept her family members in the dark. “I fail to understand why the doctors are not telling me the actual condition of my daughter. Late on Friday night, all of a sudden I was told by the Bareilly doctors that she would have to be shifted to CSMMU’s Trauma Centre at Lucknow. Although they were very supportive, they didn’t tell me what the problem was. I also overheard some doctors saying that she should be shifted to a Delhi hospital,” a worried Gyanbala said.”The authorities took five days to shift her from Bareilly to Lucknow. It is only five days after the incident that we have come to know that she has fractured her right leg as well,” she added.”While we are receiving help from all quarters, I’m just hoping that my daughter survives this ordeal. I want people to pray for her recovery. The Railways and CISF have agreed to give her a job. The Union sports ministry, UP government, Samajwadi Party, two cricket players and many individuals have extended their support to us,” she said.Arunima’s elder sister Lakshmi Sinha said: “The attention of the entire nation is fixed on her. We believe the doctors would have saved her leg if she was directly brought to Lucknow. But this is not the time for levelling allegations.”Divulging details of the treatment, Shankhwar said: “The left leg stump wound was full of slough and necrotic tissue. All superficial debris was removed. The patient was then planned for debridement under general anesthesia after her haemoglobin built up. She is currently admitted in the high dependency ward of the Trauma Centre.”For his part, Bareilly District Hospital medical superintendent Dr Vijay Yadav said: “We did our best and recommended that she be shifted to Lucknow as soon as we saw some improvement in her health. A doctor and a pharmacist here even donated blood for Arunima.”At Lucknow, Prof. Abbas Ali Mehdi, who is in charge of the Trauma Centre, said: “The hospital authorities have decided to treat her free of cost. We are giving her the best possible medical care.” The doctors also said that two CISF jawans, Ram Pal and Thakur Das, had given their blood for Arunima on Saturday.The victim and her family have indeed been flooded with offers of help. In the latest such case, the IIIT, Allahabad, announced that it would give her a highly advanced artificial limb free of cost. IIIT director M. D. Tiwari said: “We have developed an artificial leg which would even enable her to run as fast as she used to. We want her to resume playing.”advertisementEarlier, cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh offered her Rs 1 lakh each in aid. Union sports minister Ajay Maken also announced a medical compensation of Rs 2 lakh and an immediate ex gratia of Rs 25,000 for her.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said Arunima would be given financial assistance to the tune of Rs 1 lakh by her government.Apart from this, Arunima has been offered jobs by the Railways and CRPF. The internationally acclaimed artificial limbs provider, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, also volunteered to equip her with the Jaipur Foot free of cost.Meanwhile, even after a lapse of five days, the GRP has failed to identify the miscreants who had thrown Arunima out of the train.Additional director general of Railways AK Jain had said the culprits would be nabbed with the help of sketches and announced a reward of Rs 15,000 to those who would help in catching them.last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: PU Chitra’s Personal Best Not Enough to Qualify for 1500m Finals

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first_imgDoha: PU Chitra ran her personal best in the women’s 1500m first round heats but failed to advance further in the World Athletics Championships here on Wednesday.Chitra, who is the Asian champion, ran 4 minutes, 11.10 seconds, which is slightly better than her earlier personal best of 4:11.55, to finish eighth in heat number two and 30th overall out of 35 runners, to bow out of the competition. Dutch Hassan Sifan, who has already bagged the 10,000m gold in this meet, led the time charts among the semi-final qualifiers with 4:03.88.Chitra’s previous personal best was during the National Inter-State Championships in Guwahati last year.The top six in each of the three heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semi-finals. IAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsPU Chitra First Published: October 2, 2019, 11:25 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Coppell to lead Kerala Blasters in ISL

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first_imgKochi, June 20 (PTI) Kerala Blasters today announced that former England international Steve Coppell will lead the team in the next edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2016. The appointment of Coppell comes close on the heels of the consortium of Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Allu Arvind and Nimmagadda Prasad joining Sachin Tendulkar as co-owners of Kerala Blasters. As marquee manager, Coppell will work on building a nucleus of support staff incorporating the best of Indian and international talent. Coppell will also play an important role in the selection of the team. Coppell was the foremost right-winger of his generation known for his speed and work rate. He won domestic honors for Manchester United with 322 appearances and 53 goals. With 42 England caps, he represented England in international football including at the FIFA World Cup from 1977 to 1983 when his career was cut short by an injury. With an extensive management career from 1984 to date, he is part of a select band racking up more than 1000 games as a league manager working with football clubs Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Manchester City, Brentford, Crawley Town and was most recently Director of Football at Portsmouth. His mentoring of Crystal Palace and Reading resulted in both clubs achieving their greatest-ever successes in the Premier League. He has twice been named League Managers Association Manager of the Year when he was in charge of Reading FC. Known as a statesman of the game and one of the shrewdest operators in the sport, Coppell is also credited with discovering players such as Ian Wright, a striker he signed from non-league football, and who became a household name and international footballer. Coppell is in India to interact with the management and visit the facilities. “Indian Super League has laid a strong foundation in its last two seasons nurturing quality Indian football. Also, its unique format gives an opportunity to Indian players to play and compete against international talent, learnings that will strengthen the roots of football in India,” Coppell said. “I have heard a lot about the strong fan support of Kerala Blasters FC, as also Keralas strong legacy in Indian football. I believe in creating an environment for the players to win matches and am looking forward to working with the team and sharing my passion for the game with them!,” he added. PTI ATK CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: India’s match against Pakistan felt like a practice game, says Harbhajan Singh to India Today

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first_imgYet another India vs Pakistan contest turned out to be a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli’s boys crushed Sarfraz Ahmed’s team by 124 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Edgbaston.CLICK TO WATCH SPORTS TODAYIndia’s superiority over Pakistan was there for all to see as the Men in Blue completely outplayed the Men in Green in all three departments on Sunday to begin their title defence on a high.Riding on half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (91), Shikhar Dhawan (68), Virat Kohli (81*) and Yuvraj Singh (53), India posted a huge total of 319/3 from their quota of 48 overs in a rain curtailed match.The bowlers then stepped up and bundled out Pakistan for a paltry 164 from 33.4 overs with Umesh Yadav (3/30) being the pick of the bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) and Hardik Pandya (2/43) supported him ably.Such was the difference in class between the two sides that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh termed the match as a practice game for India.”It felt like a practice game to be honest. There wasn’t any competition, Pakistan is not the same side anymore. It will take them, I don’t know what to, get back to what they were about 15 years back. It’s a sad feeling to see where they are going with their cricket. Obviously I’m really happy the way things have gone for India and I’m looking forward to the game against South Africa,” Harbhajan told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.Former captain Sourav Ganguly, also a part of the chat, echoed Harbhajan’s sentiments on the one-sided match.advertisement”It was one-sided and that’s been the case for quite a while now. I can’t remember last 7-8 years there was anything which was competitive. The last competitive game was probably the 2007 World T20 in South Africa which was 10 years ago. You don’t enjoy because you know when you wake up in the morning there’s only one team which is going to win, which is India,” Ganguly said.Ganguly also pointed out the instances where Pakistan lost the plot against India.”Left-arm spinner bowling the second over for Pakistan in English conditions was ridiculous. India didn’t field well and probably gave away more runs than Pakistan, but the pressure of the scoreboard from India was a lot more than that of Pakistan. They dropped Yuvraj at 8, Virat Kohli at 40 and those last four overs they gave 72 runs. When left-arm spinner Imad Wasim was bowling the last over it reminded me of Yuvraj bowling to Dmitri Mascarenhas at The Oval (when he smashed five sixes in a row).”It was a ridiculous way of going around an important game. You can say that for Sarfraz it’s his first big tournament as captain but then you have played for a while you know exactly what is happening,” Ganguly said.On Kohli’s knock Ganguly said: “You could see when he started he couldn’t get the timing right he was nervous and a bit tentative but that’s going to happen with all that was written about him in the last one week (on his rift with coach Anil Kumble). It’s pressure and it’s going to keep mounting on him. From that point of view it’s a good thing to put it out of the system at the start of a big tournament because India vs Pakistan is a big game however good India is. It will help India and as I said, this tournament is between five teams – India, South Africa, Australia, England and New Zealand.”Praising the performance of the Indian bowlers, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin said: “When you have a big total to defend it helps. I feel it was a outstanding performance and India really deserved this win and as Dada was saying before it was a very good practice game.”Ganguly also went on to say that South Africa will be the toughest opponents but India will definitely qualify for the semi-finals.”They will (qualify for semis). It’s like stepping up a ladder – Pakistan, Sri Lanka next and then South Africa who are the toughest which will prepare India for the semi-finals and then the finals,” Ganguly added.last_img read more

Chasing Michael Schumacher’s record never been my goal: Lewis Hamilton

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first_imgDriver’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton has inched closer to securing his fifth Formula One title. If he goes on to win the championship in the 2018 season it will put him on level with Juan Manuel Fangio with five titles.Hamilton will also edge closer to seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s all-time record if he wins the title this weekend in Austin, but he said on Wednesday that chasing the German great was never part of his plan.The Mercedes driver will move to within two of Schumacher’s all-time mark if he scores eight points more than his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in Austin on Sunday.Yet Hamilton said that he realised his lifelong ambition in 2015 when he equalled the tally of his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian triple champion who died in 1994, and that chasing Schumacher’s mark was never his aim.”Honestly that has never been my goal. I started out with the goal to match Ayrton Senna or to equalise with Ayrton Senna who is my … who’s the guy that I aspire to be like,” Hamilton told Reuters.”And I equalled him two years ago. So since then it’s kind of been going into unknown territory.”So I mean Michael’s stats are incredible and still quite a long way away, but I’m here for some time still, so I’m just going to keep working hard and keep trying to do what I do and what I love and enjoy it and we’ll see where it takes us.”Mamma I made it, that’s me on the @Nasdaq building in Times Square pic.twitter.com/Q91msWE0wvadvertisementLewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 17, 2018Hamilton is 67 points clear of Vettel with three races and a maximum 75 points remaining after Texas, and will fancy his chances of sewing up the title having won five of the past six races at the Circuit of the Americas — including the last four.Yet with so much riding on the weekend, Hamilton said now is not the time to make changes to his approach.”The approach that I’ve had up until now has worked very well,” said Hamilton. “So we naturally want to win this weekend. So diligence and going through the same steps in terms of getting the car to where it needs to be through the weekend, I feel naturally relaxed and I know what I’m going to do.”An iconic moment from last year’s #USGP! @LewisHamilton doing the Lightning Bolt with the man himself, @usainbolt!! pic.twitter.com/mJfZnPP5yAMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 16, 2018Hamilton has already won nine races so far this season and looks likely to end the year in double figures, which is no mean feat considering he feels this year has been tougher than any he has experienced before.”This year has been the most intensive, the cars the faster, the requirement on the driver’s side physically and mentally is on another level,” said Hamilton.”We’ve been fighting another team who have had the upper hand for a long part of the season. So collectively as a team we’ve had to go above and beyond to deliver more than them.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Adam Zampa had hand warmers in his pocket: Aaron Finch clarifies amid ball-tampering claims

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first_imgAustralia leg-spinner Adam Zampa raised a quite a lot of eyebrows on Sunday when he was seen putting his hands inside his pocket and then rubbing the ball during the World Cup 2019 match against India at The Oval in London.The videos and pictures of Adam Zampa rubbing the ball each time after he put his hands inside his pocket went viral on social media. Zampa was seen taking something out of his pocket before bowling.Fans on social media immediately started to talk about the incident and some even claimed that Zampa was tampering with the ball during his spell.Adam Zampa tamper with ball against India ! @ICC @BCCI @cricketworldcup @imVkohli @msdhoni @sachin_rt @SGanguly99 @virendersehwag @cricketcomau pic.twitter.com/uKFJ612hKrSagar Tayde (@SagarTa47360539) June 9, 2019Did #AdamZampa just tampered the Ball ?? #CWC19 #INDvAUS#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/dRHcOxp1NUSP (@SuneelPofficial) June 9, 2019But Australia captain Aaron Finch revealed after the match that Zampa had hand warmers in his pockets, which he carries in every game. Zampa went wicketless in the match and conceded 50 runs from his 6 overs.”I haven’t seen the photos, but I know that he has hand warmers in his pocket. He has them every single game he plays. I honestly haven’t seen them, so I can’t comment too much on it. But I know for a fact that he has hand warmers every game,” Finch said at the post-match press conference after Australia’s 36-run loss against India in London.The video footage and pictures immediately brought back memories of the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia last year when Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing sandpaper on the ball on the big screen at the ground.advertisementBancroft was suspended for 9 months by Cricket Australia for that incident while then-Australia captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year each.The tainted duo of Warner and Smith made their comeback into the national team at the World Cup this year and have been booed by the crowd in England on several occasions already.Even on Sunday, Steve Smith was booed by a section of the crowd at The Oval following which India captain Virat Kohli asked the crowd to stop.If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I’d apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn’t like it either.#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019India crushed Australia by 36 runs to register their second successive victory and bring an end to Australia’s 10-match unbeaten streak in ODIs. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup.India rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan (117) and captain Kohli’s (82) knocks to post a mammoth 352 for 5 after winning the toss and then bowled out Australia for 316 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah taking 3 wickets each. The defending champions had won both their games before losing to India in this World Cup while India had defeated South Africa in their opening match.”Just one of those games, they outplayed us. You look at everything (when asked if he’d change the combination). You assess the conditions; you look for different combinations and different balances over time.”They got 120 off the last 10 overs and which is a lot. We didn’t bowl well. With so much batting to come, makes it tough to stop. There wasn’t huge amount on offer (help for the bowlers). We could have been straighter, dried up (runs) a little bit at times. They (India) bat very deep, you want to go for wickets, Finch told in the post match presentation,” Finch said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | India outplayed us, says Aaron Finch after defeatAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Cricket World Cup 2019: Points TallyAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs Indialast_img read more

NBA finals: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he is being treated for anxiety

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first_img Read more Support The Guardian As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare to take on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA finals for the fourth year in succession, the Cavs’ head coach, Tyronn Lue, has revealed he is being treated for anxiety.“I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious,” Lue told ESPN in the run-up to Thursday’s series opener. “Just anxiety, and the medication I’m on is great. No more chest pains, so everything’s been great.”Lue stepped away from coaching duties in March after experiencing chest pains and coughing up blood. He says treatment for anxiety and a better diet have helped him recover. Since you’re here… NBA finals Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn NBA finals predictions: who will win … and is the Cavaliers-Warriors era over? … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. NBAcenter_img Cleveland Cavaliers news US sports Share via Email “I think for the first time in my career, 20 years, I had a chance to focus on me. It wasn’t as bad as people thought it was. But I did have some chest pains for the last couple of years. And I was just trying to be able to get through it not knowing what was wrong with me,” Lue said. “So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples. And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel great.”Despite reaching the NBA finals, the Cavaliers have had an up and down season. Players have come and gone and coaching a team with the league’s best player, LeBron James, brings added scrutiny. Lue added that he had received support from others in the NBA, including the Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I don’t like the attention. But I love coaching. I love when you’re able to succeed and seeing the look on guys’ faces,” Lue said.There has been increased attention on mental health in the NBA this season. In February Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan talked about coping with depression, while one of Lue’s own players, Kevin Love, said he had suffered a panic attack during a Cavaliers game this season. Love had been a doubt for Game 1 after sustaining a concussion during the Eastern Conference finals but is available for the series opener.The Warriors are heavy favorites to win their third title as they meet the Cavaliers once again in the NBA finals. Golden State’s Klay Thompson, however, does not believe the series is getting stale. “I don’t think so,” he said before Thursday’s Game 1. “I think the rest of the NBA has got to get better. It’s not our fault. I’m sure if you asked the fans of the Warriors and the Cavs around the world, whether it’s in the Bay Area or in Cleveland, I’m sure they’re happy with their team performance. The only people I hear saying that are fans from other teams, which is natural. I don’t blame them. But as long as our fan base is happy, that’s all that matters.”The Warriors won the NBA title in 2015 and 2017, while the Cavaliers took the championship in 2016. Basketball Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

8 days agoLiverpool defender Matip declares himself fit for Man Utd clash

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first_imgLiverpool defender Matip declares himself fit for Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joel Matip insists he’ll be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday.The defender has missed the Reds’ last two matches against Leicester City and RB Salzburg.”I’m back in training and hopefully I will stay fit,” he said on Thursday. “I’m back in training and I feel good. Of course, if I’m needed, I will be there.”Injuries [happen] to a player. Now I’m back, I hope I stay fit and I can focus on the positives.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Football Program Shows Off New Camouflage End Zones

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first_imgA picture of a camouflage field.The University of the Incarnate Word launched a football program in 2009. In 2014, the Cardinals made the jump up to the Division I, FCS level. And this year, the team is joining the ranks of programs with very unique fields.UIW has stopped short of a Boise State-esque full-colored field. Other programs like Eastern Michigan, Eastern Washington, and Central Arkansas have followed in the Broncos’ footsteps in recent years. Incarnate Word is only going with the end zones, but they are quite bold.The Cardinals’ end zones now feature a red and black camouflage pattern. We saw some photos of the installation earlier this month.Incarnate Word put out a new video showing off the final result of the new camouflage end zones.UIW is claiming the first camo end zone in college football. From athletic director Brian Wickstrom:An awesome video by our staff showing the most beautiful field in college football. @UIWFootball. Amazing job by @FieldTurf – first camo end zones and in college football. #SpreadTheWord pic.twitter.com/hi39MQBgDL— Brian Wickstrom (@UIW_AD) May 25, 2018This is not the only big chance for the San Antonio-based program this season. It will also be the first year for new head coach Eric Morris.Morris most recently served as offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach at Texas Tech. He played for the Red Raiders from 2004-08.He also has experience coaching under former TTU head coach Mike Leach and Washington State. Before that, he was a graduate assistant and quality control coach at Houston.Incarnate Word opens with two road games against FCS opponents. On September 1, the Cardinals travel to New Mexico, and have North Texas in Week 2.Stephen F. Austin will be the opponent when fans first check out the camo end zones in action. That game will be played on September 15.last_img read more

Refugee Dakota First Nation forms tobacco alliance with Mohawk firm

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first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA Manitoba First Nation branded “American Indian refugees” by Ottawa has turned to the sale of Mohawk-made cigarettes and a casino to raise revenue for their cash-strapped community and escalate their battle with the federal government.Canupawakpa First Nation has struck a deal to sell cigarettes from Rainbow Tobacco, a Kahnawake, Que., tobacco company already fighting tax authorities in three other provinces.Canupawakpa Chief Frank Brown said the community, which is about 100 kilometres southwest of Brandon, Man., will begin selling Wolfpack and Deerfield cigarettes at a new smoke shop and casino unveiled Wednesday and set up near Hwy 2 and Hwy 83.The First Nation plans to sell the cigarettes and operate their casino outside Manitoba tax laws.Brown said the Dakota are a sovereign nation that never signed away any of their rights.“We are the non-treaty,” said Brown. “What we are saying is…Canada if we don’t have a treaty with you, we still hold title to our land before Canada came and we have rights, we have privileges.”Brown said the First Nation plans to sell tax-free cigarettes from their smoke shop to non-First Nations people.Brown said the First Nation will levy their own tax on the cigarettes and casino operations, which currently includes a Blackjack table, to generate revenue for his cash-strapped community of about 600. There are also plans to bring in VLTs.“Our finances are tight. We cannot finance houses for our people and our education,” said Brown. “We need to survive and live.Rainbow Tobacco president Robbie Dickson is already fighting tax authorities in three provinces.Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes have been seized in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) charged Dickson and two other men linked to his company in April with allegedly importing cigarettes into Alberta without a license.RCMP and AGLC agents seized 16 million Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes from the Montana First Nation in Alberta in January.The chief of the First Nation, Carolyn Buffalo, was also charged in connection to the raid.In July, AGLC agents and the RCMP also raided a gas bar in Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Alta., and seized Rainbow Tobacco cigarettes.Dickson said the raids and seizures won’t stop his fight to assert his rights to establish a tobacco trade between First Nations that is unencumbered by provincial tax laws.“We can sustain this as long as it is going to take. We are gaining support from all our people, from all the nations from all the territories. It is a fight that has to be won,” he said. “It comes down to jurisdiction. They have no rights on our territories. The Dakota and Mohawks have never signed any treaties with these foreign governments so our sovereignty is fully intact.”The Assembly of First Nations has also backed Dickson’s position.Brown said he’s not worried about a police raid.“Either they don’t raid us, that is good, but if they raid us that is good too,” said Brown. “If they raid us and seize and confiscate and charge, what laws are they using against? There is no process with non-treaty in Canada, so what laws are they going to legally use.”The Dakota never signed onto the numbered treaties that cover large swaths of Ontario, the prairies and the Northwest Territories.They are currently in Federal Court to affirm Aboriginal rights and title to their claimed traditional territory and to force Ottawa into negotiations for compensation and reparations.The Dakota also want Ottawa to admit they are not “American Indian refugees” in Canada, according to the statement of claim filed in 2009.The federal government, however, holds that the Dakota “do not have Aboriginal title, rights, entitlement or legal interest in lands situated in Canada that they claim to be part of the ‘territories of the Dakota Nation,’” according to the statement of defence.The case is ongoing.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

New economic strategy unveiled for Calgary

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first_imgCALGARY (660NEWS) — Calgary’s economic plan has received another update to deal with a changing economy and continued challenges lingering from the recession.Titled “Calgary in the New Economy”, the plan is an update on the previous strategy unveiled in 2014. It focuses on four key areas: talent, innovation, place and business environment.Calgary Economic Development is stressing an importance on modernization and keeping young people in the city.“We have an incredible opportunity as a city,” said Executive Chair Steve Allan. “We have this livable city, we have incredible talent, a young, well-educated workforce, and office space. So those are great things to build on.”During the press conference revealing the plan, speakers talked about how the economy is still getting better in Calgary, although some challenges remain. There is still concern over energy and getting a better price for our products. Also, on the topic of office space, vacancy remains very high and unemployment remains a concern.“Over the last few months, it feels like we’ve stagnated in terms of jobs in particular,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Nenshi added the plan emphasizes different ways to attract young people downtown and fill up some of that space.“So bringing more people downtown and investing in areas that lead to direct job creation are two major priorities.”But there is lots of positivity about the road ahead. If all goes to plan, technology will get more of a focus in Calgary as a way to bridge the gap between different industries.“Innovation crosses all of our sectors, and we’ve got a lot of innovation going on in agriculture, in energy, in transportation, in logistics and in health sciences. A lot of stuff happening here,” said Allan.Ideally, the city can continue to pull out of the recession and take steps towards a more youthful and modernized world.“We have a real opportunity to ensure that young people are deeply engaged in the work that we do. So it starts with making sure that in elementary and junior high and high school, kids are learning about entrepreneurship and innovation — which is happening now. But it also makes sure that people see real opportunities not just to get a great job here, but to start a business here,” added Nenshi.“You have to embrace change,” said Allan. “I’m an old guy, but I love change. I’ve lived in a world of change so I love it. Like every day it’s exciting when you find something and I don’t begin to understand it at all.”While most of the initiatives in the plan will take five years or longer to implement, there are several with immediate targets including: create Canada’s largest talent accelerator, establish Calgary as a magnet for students, develop the Calgary innovation corridor and launch initiatives to generate business development.last_img read more

Vaas predicts India will enter World Cup semifinals

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first_imgMumbai: Terming India a well-balanced and in-form outfit, former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas predicted that Virat Kohli and his men would reach the semi-finals of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. The former left arm bowler was however guarded when talking about his own country’s chances in cricket’s showpiece event to be held in England and Wales from May 30, while mentioning sling-arm pacer Lasith Malinga as a key factor. “Indian cricket has been dominating in the last two-three years. They have good back-up fast bowlers. They will do wonders. Indian team is very balanced. They will do well. My prediction is, India will definitely reach the semifinals (in the World Cup),” Vaas told reporters here on Tuesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhVaas is on a visit to Mumbai to inaugurate a local T20 tournament along with former teammate, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Meanwhile, Herath sounded optimistic about Indian spinners doing well in the World Cup. “They (the Indian spinners) have been playing well, especially (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav). That’s why they have picked right-arm leg spinner and the chinaman (in the squad) and the other guy also (Ravindra Jadeja)… and I am sure in the coming World Cup,they will do (give) their best,” said Herath, who has picked 433 Tests wickets. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHearth also remarked team are usually picking right-arm leg spinners or chinaman’s for their wicket-taking ability. “You may give extra runs but you need kind of wicket-taking options. That’s why they (the teams) pick the right-arm leg-spinner or chinaman (bowlers),” explained Herath, one of the best left-arm spinners of his times. Herath predicted that there will be a stage in the World Cup where the spinners would come into play. “The World Cup will be played all across England. In the later part, there will be some assistance for spinners as well at the same time, you can see some dry pitches as well. I am sure the spinners will get chance at one stage,” he added.last_img read more

EC failed people of India silent spectator to BJPs excesses PC

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first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday accused the Election Commission of being “silent spectator” to the “excesses” of the BJP and to the utterances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the poll body has “largely failed” the people of India.The former Union Finance and Union Home Minister also said the plank of nationalism, propagated by the BJP, is a ploy to hide “failures” of the NDA government. “According to me, the Election Commission has largely failed the people of India. It has been a silent spectator to the excesses of the BJP, Mr Modi’s utterances and the enormous amount of money that has been spent by the BJP,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahRecently, the opposition has complained to the EC alleging that the PM had “brazenly” violated the poll code by invoking armed forces repeatedly during his poll rallies and demanded that a campaign ban be imposed on him for some time. The Congress has said it has given 37 representations to the EC of which 10 can be categorised under “hate speeches, virulent, divisive, polarising” by Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. In the interview, Chidambaram answered questions ranging from the possibility of UPA-III coming to power after the Lok Sabha polls, recent searches by the Income Tax department, the CBI and Enforcement Directorate on some opposition leaders, besides other issues. Chidambaram claimed that the EC has been asking accounts of every opposition candidate and even on their small spendings like on a flag. “They (EC) are adding what it is called notional expenditure, to the expenditure account of the candidates. If you apply the same standard, every BJP candidate will be disqualified,” he said.last_img read more

DutchMoroccan girl with diabetes mistakenly arrested for drugaddiction

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first_imgCasablanca- Sometimes cops hastily jump to conclusions! Yosra Aajir, a 17-year-old Dutch-Moroccan girl with diabetes was recently arrested in a store in The Hague, The Netherlands, after two guards had mistaken her for a drug addict who was injecting drugs and urinating in the store.Yosra Aajir, 17, and of Moroccan origins, accompanied one of her friends to a store. Once in, she abruptly felt that the level of her blood glucose increased.Yosra then rushed into a fitting room to test her blood sugar level. She was surprised when her blood meter indicated 33.3, which was evidently too high. In a hurry, Yosra pulled her pants down to inject insulin. As she did so, she had some urine leakage, something that typically happens to people who have diabetes.Two store guards drew open the fitting room’s curtain to surprise her injecting insulin surrounded by urine on the floor. Shocked by their discovery, the store guards mistook Yosra for a drug addict who hid behind the curtain to inject drugs.Yosra was then taken to the office of the HEMA, a Dutch discount retail chain. Meanwhile, her friend vainly tried to convince the guards that Yosra had diabetes and that what they had seen behind the fitting room’s curtain was what all people with diabetes typically do.Yosra was allegedly treated like a criminal, harshly pushed against the wall and had her hands cuffed before she was taken to the police station.“I was arrested for shop destruction through urine,” Yosra told a Durtch news source. “I spent four hours in a police cell, and when I showed my medical certificate, they said, ‘That’s probably a trick to be allowed out of the cell way earlier. So do many immigrants.”Yosra’s arrest has stirred indignation among Moroccans in The Netherlands as well as in Morocco. Ahmed Marcouch, a Moroccan MP, is expected to ask questions to the Minister of Justice in The Netherlands.In the same vein, the Islam Democrats Party has written questions to The Hague mayor and some council members.“We are tired to be treated as second-class citizens,” Abdelbasset Zaghdoud, a Moroccan-Dutch told MWN.“Dutch pride HEMA, the security store guards and the police have to come with an apology,” he added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco Will Be a Tough Rival Spanish Coach

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Rabat – Spanish coach Fernando Hierro knows very well what his team will deal with tonight. The Spaniard warned his squad of Morocco’s strength, even though they will not move to the next phase of the 2018 World Cup.The Atlas Lions and La Roja, Spain’s team,  will play tonight in Kaliningrad at 7:00 p.m. (Moroccan time). However, Morocco’s team will fight for its honor after two defeats against Portugal and Iran, while Spain will fight to qualify for the second round of the tournament.For the Spanish coach, Morocco is a “tough rival,” according to American television channel ESPN. “Basically if they qualified for a World Cup we know they will be a tough rival,” said Hierro before the game.He added that his squad cannot have a moment of relaxation  as the team has to be “very much awake, with our eyes very much open, and we are aware that Morocco is not going to give anything away.”Spain and Portugal are in Group B, along with Morocco and Iran. Only two teams will qualify for the next round of the competition. Iran is in third with three points, while Morocco ended its two previous games pointless.Spain, Portugal, and Iran will fight for qualification, while Morocco will fight to bring joy to its fans and to show everyone that its goodbye was due to the “unfair” arbitration in the Portugal-Morocco game on June 20.The Spanish coach might have heard about the plan of Morocco’s coach Hervé Renard, who expressed his determination to offer a good match against Spain tonight.In his pre-match press conference, Renard promised that his Atlas Lions will play this game as if they were trying to get qualified for the next round. In response, Hierro said that “we can’t get into the coach’s head; we’re not sure how they’re going to play tomorrow.”He added that the Moroccan team could make a surprise. “We can’t take anything for granted. We have to trust in our skills, our qualities, and that’s what’s more important ahead of tomorrow’s match.” read more

AltaGas and Japanbased Idemitsu form partnership to export gas to Asia

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CALGARY — Pipeline firm AltaGas Ltd.  and a Japanese company have formed a partnership to explore shipping liquefied gas across the Pacific to Asian markets clamouring for new energy supplies.The Calgary-based company and Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd., a major petrochemical and refining firm, will each own half of the partnership, which envisions transporting both liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas overseas.“Canada is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries and has proven to be a very promising new supplier of gas to Japan,” said Idemitsu president Kazuhisa Nakano.Japan is Asia’s biggest consumer of liquefied natural gas, or LNG — gas that has been chilled into a liquid state so that it can be more easily transported overseas by tanker. That need has grown since March 2011, when an earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, prompting the country to look at other sources of energy.Meanwhile, North America is awash in natural gas from emerging shale formations, like those in northeastern British Columbia. The supply glut has depressed prices, causing many companies to look at ways to export the gas to markets where the price is several times higher.“We are pleased to work with Idemitsu to develop opportunities that will be good for the people of Japan and Canada,” said AltaGas CEO David Cornhill.AltaGas and Idemitsu will study the feasibility of a liquefaction plant, with that phase expected to wrap up about a year from now. Shipments could begin as early as 2017.AltaGas and Idemitsu are also studying exporting liquefied petroleum gas, such as butane and propane, across the Pacific with shipments starting as early as 2016. That would include logistics, plant refrigeration and storage facilities.The AltaGas-Idemitsu partnership is the latest in a string of natural gas export deals.Malaysia’s Petronas, which recently acquired Progress Energy Corp. for $6 billion, is planning to build an LNG facility near Prince Rupert capable of processing 12 million tonnes of gas per year.U.S. energy giants Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp. are jointly developing another LNG terminal in Kitimat B.C. Chevron got involved in that project only recently after it bought out the stakes of Encana Corp. and EOG Resources. That plan envisions processing 10 million tonnes of gas per year.Royal Dutch Shell PLC and three Asian partners — PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corp. and Korea Gas Corp. — have also announced plans to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal in Kitimat.Another proposal called BC LNG, owned by the Haisla First Nation and Houston-based LNG Partners, expects its first shipment in 2014.AltaGas shares rose nearly two per cent to $35.54 Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

No water electricity telephone bill price hike

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Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said water, electricity and telecommunication will fall under the zero VAT system. Accordingly, the Finance Ministry says, most essential items will fall under the zero VAT system. He said that VAT cannot be charged from consumers for water, electricity and telecommunication services and so there cannot be a price hike on the three items. (Colombo Gazette) The Ministry of Finance says with the amendment of the VAT tax system there will not be an increase in the price of water, electricity or telecommunication services.Through the 2016 budget, the VAT tax was amended to a three tier system ranging from zero percent to 12 percent as opposed to the fixed 11 percent.

Clear and firm political will crucial to prevent enforced disappearances – UN

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A group of independent United Nations experts today called for clear and firm political will to prevent enforced disappearances, which continue to persist around the world 20 years after the adoption of a declaration aimed at eliminating this heinous practice.The Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 1992, states that “any act of enforced disappearance is an offence to human dignity,” and it condemns such actions “as a grave and flagrant violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”“With the Declaration the unutterable is uttered, the unimaginable is described, and the remedy for the evil is outlined,” the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances stated in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).The Group recalled that the Declaration enabled the international community to officially declare enforced disappearance as a heinous crime placing persons outside the protection of the law and recognise the specificity of the suffering inflicted on the families of the disappeared. “Thanks to the impact of the Declaration, much progress has been made in these 20 years. Reparations have been paid, truth commissions established, trials carried out and memorials built,” it stated. “Nevertheless,” it added, “we regret that the concern expressed by the General Assembly 20 years ago is still valid today, as enforced disappearances continue to occur in several countries across the globe, notably in situations of conflict or internal unrest or as a tool to fight terrorism or organised crime.”The Group was established in 1980 by the UN Commission on Human Rights – the predecessor to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council – to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It seeks to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned to ensure cases are investigated.The Group also called for more focus to be put on measures preventing enforced disappearances, including keeping accessible and updated registries of detainees at all places of deprivation of liberty; guaranteeing access to appropriate information and to all such places for relatives as well as lawyers; and bringing arrested persons promptly before a judicial authority.“Today we also want to remember all victims of enforced disappearance and pay tribute to the courage of those who help them, amid many difficulties, in their struggle to determine the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones,” the Group noted. “Families and civil society’s organizations dealing with the issue of enforced disappearance should be strengthened and supported as well as protected against ill-treatment, intimidation or reprisal.” Essential to preventing and terminating enforced disappearance is a clear and firm political will, stressed the experts.“States should do more to get rid of this plague and finally render enforced disappearance a crime of the past,” they stated. “More efforts should be made to achieve truth, justice and reparations for the victims and to break the cycle of impunity that too often surrounds this crime.”The experts called on all States to renew their commitments to the principles of the Declaration, and take immediate action to demonstrate their resolve against the “shameful” practice of enforced disappearance, including signing and ratifying the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance.At its most recent session in Geneva, the Group reviewed more than 400 cases of enforced disappearances spanning 31 nations. The expert group – which consists of Olivier de Frouville from France, who is also the Chair-Rapporteur, Ariel Dulitzky from Argentina, Jasminka Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Osman El-Hajjé from Lebanon, and Jeremy Sarkin from South Africa – will present its report to the Human Rights Council next March. read more