Don’t judge Mahendra Singh Dhoni by World Cup final result, urges Kapil Dev

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the threshold of creating World Cup history but former captain Kapil Dev, who has been there and done that, hopes that the maverick cricketer is not judged by the result of just one final.”I will never doubt Dhoni’s credentials as a captain irrespective of the result of World Cup final. Lot of people believe that it’s the ultimate result which will count but I believe otherwise,” the skipper of India’s victorious 1983 team, said at a promotional event on Thursday.”Look at Ricky Ponting. He has won two World Cups and after one bad World up he is out. That’s not the way to judge a captain. So I would like that Dhoni shouldn’t be judged by a win or loss. Instead, let’s all wish him the very best for Saturday’s final.”About his take on Dhoni’s x-factor, the legendary all-rounder said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a bit of a gambler. He takes his decisions and backs them. Everyone was talking about why was Ravichandran Ashwin left out. But in the end, Dhoni was vindicated as Ashish Nehra bowled well. I believe India will play to their potential against Sri Lanka unlike yesterday.”Most of the World Cup winning former captains, barring Allan Border, feel that India have a slight edge over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at the Wankhede on Saturday.”I know people here won’t like it but I believe that Sri Lanka will go into the final as favourites,” former Australian captain Border said.advertisementWhen live Clive Lloyd was asked to take his pick, he answered, “I have always believed that the side that takes catches have an edge. Although there isn’t much to choose between the teams but I believe India will have a slight edge over Sri Lanka.”Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels that both teams are on even keel going into the final.”It will be a 50-50 game. I am slightly worried about our middle-order. The batsmen from No. 5 to No. 7 (Angelo Mathews, Thilan Samarweera and Chamara Silva) haven’t performed upto the mark. Also Mahela’s (Jayawardene) form is a bit of worry for us,” Ranatunga said.Talking about pressure, the burly former skipper said, “Those who believe that there won’t be pressure are wrong. I myself have played a final and I know how it feels out there in the middle. Also I wouldn’t like to give any advice to the players. As it is the President of the country is advising players!” he said in a sarcastic tone.Imran Khan feels that Dhoni’s greatest quality is to remain calm and also learn from his mistakes.”I was impressed in the manner he admitted that he misread the pitch,” Imran said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

World Championships-bound Avinash Sable, Murali Sreeshankar Win Gold, Hilarious Scene in Men’s 400m Relay

first_imgLucknow: Steeplechaser Avinash Sable and long jumper Murali Sreeshankar warmed up for the World Championships later next month with gold-winning decent performances on the concluding day of the 59th National Inter-State Athletics Championships here on Friday.The day also saw a rather hilarious scene during the men’s 4x400m relay final when Muhammed Anas, one of the members of the main Indian quartet representing AFI-A here, took the baton from a runner of AFI-B after his team-mate Alex Antony pulled out 200m into the third leg apparently due to a muscle problem. Anas was running the final leg and he picked up the baton of the AFI-team B member who ran at the third leg — Sajin.The AFI-A team of Amoj Jacob, Noah Tom, Antony and Anas took part in the 4x400m relay in a bid to improve its timing. The team is currently at 16th and last place for a qualification spot of the World Championships to be held in Doha from September 28 to October 6.In the official result, the AFI-A team was shown as ‘DNF’ (did not finish) while the AFI-B team was disqualified.The 24-year-old Sable of Maharashtra, placed 25th at the IAAF world rankings, ran at a comfortable pace to claim the gold with a meet record time of 8:33.19. He could have challenged his own national record of 8:28.94 but the humidity was of little help, despite his event being scheduled as the last on the track.The World Championships qualifying mark for men’s 3000m steeplechase is 8:29.00 and Sable has already qualified for the showpiece event.Sreesankar hit sand at 7.83m on his second jump and raised hopes that he would go past the 8-metre mark. The 20-year-old made a massive effort in his final jump but disappointingly over-stepped ro see the red flag being raised.The Kerala long jumper, who has a personal best of 8.20m, has also already qualified for the World Championships for which which the required mark is 8.17m.Tamil Nadu’s women’s sprint quartet held its own by setting the other meet record. Dhana Lakshmi, R Nithya Ramraj, V Revathi and Archana Suseendran combined to finish the 4x100m relay in 45.69 seconds, improving on the 45.96 set by the Kerala team in 1997.Sprinter Dutee Chand of Odisha also failed in her attempt to touch the World Championships standard in the women’s 100m. She won the race in 11.38 seconds, 0.14 seconds slower than the target time of 11.24. She is, however, likely make it to Doha as she is currently inside the target number — 48 — of competitors in women’s 100m in the World Championsips.Except for Anjali Devi, who won gold in women’s 400m on Friday, none could touch the World Championships mark in any other event during the four-day championships.Anjali was adjudged the best female athlete while Iran’s Mahdi Pirijahan, who won the 400m hurdles, was named the best male athlete.Kerala was declared the overall champions as well as the men’s and women’s champion team of the event.The Results (all finals):Men’s:100m: 1. Vidya Sagar (Karnataka) 10.59 seconds; 2. Nuzrat Ali (Haryana) 10.66; 3. Safikul Mondal (West Bengal) 10.69.1500m: 1. Ajay Kumar Saroj (Uttar Pradesh) 3:44.66; 2. Ajeet Kumar (Gujarat) 3:45.07; 3. Rahul (Delhi) 3:45.47.110m Hurdles: 1. Siddhanth Thingalaya (AFI) 13.99 seconds; 2. Maymon Paulose (Kerala) 14.00; 3. Paras Patil (Maharashtra) 14.36.3000m Steeplechase: 1. Avinash Sable (Maharashtra) 8:33.19; 2. Durga Budha (Uttar Pradesh) 8:57.27; 3. Rakesh Swami (Rajasthan) 9:07.37.Hammer Throw: 1. Bajinder Singh (Punjab) 63.36m; 2. Mohammed Aftab Alam (Uttar Pradesh) 63.23; 3. Meraj Ali (Uttar Pradesh) 60.71.Javelin Throw: 1. Rohit Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 78.98m; 2. P Manu (Karnataka) 76.24; 3. Rajender (Haryana) 76.04.Long Jump: 1. M Sreeshankar (Kerala) 7.83m; 2. Samit Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 7.40; 3. Rishabh Rishishwar (Uttar Pradesh) 7.38.4x100m relay: 1. Karnataka (Suhas Gowda, Vidya Sagar, Rohith and Rohan Kumar) 41.43 seconds; 2. Maharashtra 41.48; 3. West Bengal 42.00.4x400m relay: 1. Sri Lanka, 2. Kerala 3:16.76; 3. Delhi 3:17.09.Women’s:100m: 1. Dutee Chand (Odisha) 11.38 seconds; 2. Archana Suseendran (Tamil Nadu) 11.50; 3. Himashree Roy (West Bengal) 11.63.1500m: 1. Lili Das (West Bengal) 4:21.59; 2. PU Chitra (Kerala) 4:22.03; 3. WKL Arachchi Nimali (Sri Lanka) 4:25.100m Hurdles: 1. Jyothi Yarraji (Andhra Pradesh) 13.91 seconds; 2. C Kanimozhi (Tamil Nadu) 13.94; 3. Ritwika Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 13.98.3000m Steeplechase: 1. Parul Chaudhary (Uttar Pradesh) 10:04.19; 2. Sudha Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 10:04.55; 3. Priti Lamba (Haryana) 10:13.42.Shot put: 1. Abha Khatua (West Bengal) 15.36m; 2. Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (Punjab) 15.14; 3. Pinki Rawat (Uttar Pradesh) 13.99.Heptathlon: 1. Sowmiya Murugan (Andhra Pradesh) 5321 points; 2. Mareena George (Kerala) 5238; 3. Laimwn Nazary (Assam) 4540.4x100m relay: 1. Tamil Nadu (45.69 seconds) 2. Karnataka (46.07); 3. Kerala (47.17).4x400m relay: 1. Karnataka (3:39.41); 2. Kerala (3:45.64); 3. Delhi (3:46.7 athleticsAvinash Sabledutee chandGold First Published: August 30, 2019, 10:40 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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

The Money Fight: Virat Kohli doffs his hat to Conor McGregor

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was all praise for Conor McGregor after his impressive display against boxing legend Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.The Irish lost the match to a technical knock-out but won hearts at Las Vegas and worldwide after his first-ever boxing match.While McGregor was confident about his chances in the biggest fight of the millennium, people didn’t give him much of a chance, saying that he won’t last more than a round or two. However, The Notorious One went toe to toe to with Mayweather until the referee finally termed the match over in the 10th round — handing Money his record 50th victory.(AP Photo)Indian captain lauded McGregor’s efforts and doffed his hat to the MMA genius.”To all those who said @TheNotoriousMMA (Conor McGregor) won’t even last 1 round, he went through 10! A legend & an epitome of self belief. Hats off man,” said Kohli.McGregor was dominating right from the word go and was well on track to pull off the upset of the millennium but ironically stamina kicked in and his legs started wobbling from Round 8 and ultimately the seasoned boxer in Mayweather prevailed to take his career tally to 50-0.This is how people around the world reacted to the biggest fight in recent history:To all those who said @TheNotoriousMMA won’t even last 1 round, he went through 10!!!! A legend & an epitome of self belief. Hats off man ???- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 27, 2017Congrats Champ @FloydMayweather great job on your KO on @TheNotoriousMMA and your 50-0advertisement- SHAQ (@SHAQ) August 27, 2017They are both rich. They are both insanely good at what they do. And Floyd is the best ever! What a fight?? #MayweatherMcGregor- Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) August 27, 2017Nothing but respect! #MayweatherMcGregor UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) August 27, 2017″No one’s taking these types of risks. I’ll take it on the chin.” #ConorMcGregorOutstanding job, champ. #MayweatherMcGregor UFC (@ufc) August 27, 2017McGregor pulled an entertaining fight out of Floyd. That’s actual magic. #MayweatherMcGregor- Jack A. Gallagher (@GentlemanJackG) August 27, 2017Knockout. #MayweatherMcGregor FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) August 27, 2017#MayweatherMcGregor scorecard Richard Conway (@richard_conway) August 27, 2017Big congrats to @FloydMayweather on 50-0. Remarkable legacy in the ring. Valiant effort @TheNotoriousMMA. ????#MayweatherMcGregor- Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) August 27, 2017@TheNotoriousMMA u are the man brother!! U fought the best of our time in his game and fought like a champ. We are all proud of you. DC @ufc- Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 27, 2017@TheNotoriousMMA did his thing tonight he represented our sport like a G!- Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) August 27, 2017As a longtime fan of both sports what @TheNotoriousMMA just did in there against arguably the best ever in boxing was so impressive to me ?????- James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) August 27, 2017@TheNotoriousMMA Nothing but respect. You have elevated this sport and all fighters. Congrats on your success!- Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) August 27, 2017Gotta say @TheNotoriousMMA hat tipped son ???. 0 pro fights and you stepped in with the ????. Very harsh commentary from Carl Froch I thought ??- Ian Wright (@IanWright0) August 27, 2017last_img read more

ICC Under-19 World Cup: India’s focus on strong squad, not individuals, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid, India’s coach of the Under-19 team, believes his team is capable of repeating their performance at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand from the last edition in 2016 where they reached the final.Talking about India’s preparations for the 2018 edition of the tournament, David said in an interview with ICC that, “It’s been good. We started the process almost a year ago in terms of identifying a core group of 35-40 kids that we wanted to give exposure to. We’ve had a few series, a couple of Asia Cups where we’ve had the opportunity to see a large group of talent, and just in the build up to this tournament as well they’ve been playing a lot of domestic Under 19 cricket as well. We’ve been here for a week before the start of the tournament, played three good games against Central Districts. We feel happy and we feel that we’ve given the boys enough exposure and opportunities to grow.”WATCH VIDEOIndia have started off their campaign on the perfect note – they defeated South Africa by 189 runs in their first warm-up game at the Christ’s College in Christchurch and will play next Kenya in their second warm-up game, on January 11.Dravid though is not yet ready to talk about individuals over the team. He rather than focus on individuals, Dravid believes that every one of the squad is talented and has got the ability to go on and do well not only in the World Cup, but in senior cricket as well.advertisementGood morning India! �??��??�Rahul Dravid has this message to send you from New Zealand #U19CWC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 10, 2018″We don’t like to focus too much on the individuals. We believe we’ve got a very good squad together and the opportunities for us to play well as a team are there. We’ve been playing some very good cricket of late, so rather than focusing on individuals and naming a few people, at this age we really believe that every one of these kids is talented and they’ve got the ability to go on and do well in this tournament, and not only in this tournament but also to go on and play professional cricket and do well there. Some of the guys are a little bit more experienced than others at this level because they mature and grow a bit quicker but it doesn’t mean that the others can’t catch up in a year or two,” he told the ICC’s official website.As for the facing the challenges when these players eventually do make that jump to senior cricket, he says adjusting to the competitive nature will be key. “I think a lot of these kids at the Under 19 level, by the very nature of the fact that they are here, are probably a lot more talented and just have better skillsets than some of the other kids who they compete with. And then suddenly as they leave this level they compete with people who have better skillsets than them, more experience, and it’s just the adjustment of having to deal with that kind of thing is something we find is a big challenge,” he say.India, who are have won the tournament most number of times along with the Aussies, are in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea.The three-time champions will open their campaign against Australia on January 14 in Christchurch. They will next face Papua New Guinea on January 16 and Zimbabwe on January 19. India will play two warm-up games – South Africa, on 9th January and Kenya, on January 11.New Zealand will start off preceding at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on January 13 and end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.India U-19 Squad: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Shubman Gill (vice captain), Manjot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal (wicket-keeper), Harvik Desai (wicket-keeper), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav.last_img read more

Kohli was silly and disrespectful, feels Johnson

first_imgPerth, Dec 19 (PTI) Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson slammed India captain Virat Kohli, describing his behaviour as “disrespectful” and “silly” during the second Test here. Kohli and Australia captain Tim Paine were involved in a series of heated exchanges, which at one point prompted umpire Chris Gaffaney to step in to dissolve the tension. However, once the second Test ended with Australia beating India by 146 runs, both the captains played down the issue, saying no line was crossed. But Johnson was extremely critical of Kohli’s behaviour during the Test. “At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,” he wrote in a column for Fox Sports. “Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain’s hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.”Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,” he wrote. BCCI on Tuesday came out in support of Kohli, rubbishing media reports in Australia which claimed that Kohli had bragged about being the best batsman in the world while ridiculing Paine as a “stand-in captain”. Johnson said that Kohli didn’t his keep words after making pre-series claims that he won’t initiate any confrontations. “Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. He said he was a changed person – that he was coming in with a different attitude to last time and wasn’t going to initiate anything. What we saw this Test says otherwise,” he wrote.advertisement “From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed. It was disappointing and that is not the only area where he let himself down.” Kohli scored a sparkling 123 in the first innings before being dismissed in a controversial fashion following a contentious catch at slip by Peter Handscomb. Johnson was offended with Kohli for not acknowledging the standing ovation at Perth stadium after his dismissal. “To me the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation,” he said. Johnson and Kohli had a fiery relationship after the 2014 Melbourne Test where the pacer’s throw had hit Kohli during his attempt to get the batsman run out. PTI ATKATKlast_img read more

Alexis Sánchez signing plays part in Manchester United 10% wage bill rise

first_imgShare via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Manchester United’s wage bill has increased by more than 10%, the club’s latest financial figures have shown. The rise was attributed primarily to investment in the first-team squad and follows the arrival of players including Alexis Sánchez. Share on Twitter news Football rumours: Wenger turned down Fulham with Bayern in waiting? Share on Facebook Business Share on Pinterest Manchester United Finances United released quarterly accounts for the three months to 30 September and said the wage bill had increased by £7.1m to £77m since the equivalent period a year earlier.Sánchez joined from Arsenal in January on a salary understood to be in the region of £300,000 a week plus bonuses. Other players to have signed include Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, and a new contract for Marouane Fellaini will also have contributed to the rise.United’s executive chairman, Ed Woodward, described the club’s start to the season as “mixed” but said: “We remain well positioned in the Champions League. Although we have had a mixed start in the Premier League, the squad and manager are fully united in their aim to improve the current position.”United’s revenue of £135m for what is termed the first quarter of 2019 was down from £143.7m but Woodward said the club remained on track for record annual income. “Our financial strength enables us to continue to attract and retain top players and to invest in our academy,” he said. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Alexis Sánchez Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Alabama TE Kedrick James Announces Transfer Decision

first_imgMultiple Alabama football helmets laying on the ground.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Once a four-star prospect, tight end Kedrick James has found breaking into the Alabama lineup a tough task. He recently entered the transfer portal and has now settled on a destination.In an interview with, James announced that he would be joining the SMU Mustangs. The decision comes just over two weeks after he entered the NCAA transfer portal.Coming out of La Vega High School in 2017, James was the No. 319 recruit in the nation. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 12 tight end in the country, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Texas.The move to SMU will certainly bring him a little closer to home. The SMU campus is located only a hundred miles from his hometown of Waco. Former #Alabama tight end Kedrick James is transferring to #SMU— Jason DiRienzo (@allpurposescout) July 29, 2019The NCAA transfer portal has taken quite a number of players from the Crimson Tide this offseason.With James’ departure, Alabama has now lost five players to other schools, including former starting quarterback Jalen Hurts. Several more Alabama players are still in the transfer portal, looking for a new destination.But Alabama is not likely to feel much of a sting from most of those losses. The team heads into 2019 with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, including another four-star tight end, Jahleel Billingsley.last_img read more

Families get Easier Access to Information on Support Payments

first_imgFamilies who rely on court-ordered child and spousal support payments now have easier access to information on their case files online. People using the Maintenance Enforcement Program Online service will be able to connect to their accounts using their phones or tablets. Clients of the program will also be able to get immediate and accurate information about enforcement actions, money collected and still owed and other case updates. The new service launched today, June 28, also allows clients to print documentation on payments received and owing, as well as connecting more easily with their program caseworkers. They can also subscribe to payment notifications online. “We have made a lot of progress strengthening the Maintenance Enforcement Program for families through legislation, technology and staff training and hiring” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “This represents another step forward in improving service to our clients.” The new service will also help staff manage cases better and make more timely enforcement decisions. It will support better oversight for cases so staff can identify people who owe money and ensure payment timelines outlined in departmental policy are met. The program collects and distributes approximately $230,000 a day or $5 million a month to families enrolled in the program. This improved access to information using mobile devices is part of government’s overall strategy to increase the effectiveness of the Maintenance Enforcement Program. Over the past year, program staff have initiated more than 30,000 enforcement actions, an increase of 29 per cent from the previous year. Outstanding payments are down 10 per cent from May 31, 2018, and now stands at $56.8 million, the lowest level in a decade. For more information on the Maintenance Enforcement Program, visit .last_img read more

DoT likely to start tracking system for lost mobiles next month

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will launch a technology solution next month to enable detection of lost or stolen mobile phones that are operating in the country, an official said.The tracking system would make the detection of stolen mobile phones possible even if the SIM card is removed or the unique code IMEI number is changed, the official revealed. The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) is ready with the technology and the service is expected to be launched in August. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu”C-DoT is ready with the technology. The telecom department will approach the minister for its launch after the Parliament session. It should be launched in the next month,” a DoT official said. The ongoing Parliament session will run till July 26. The Department of Telecom (DoT) had assigned the mobile phone tracking project “Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)” aimed at bringing down counterfeit cellphones and discouraging theft to C-DoT in July 2017. The government has proposed to allocate Rs 15 crore for setting up CEIR in the country that will bring down the number of counterfeit handsets and discourage theft. The CEIR system will block all services on stolen or lost mobile phones on any network even if the SIM card is removed or IMEI number of the handset is changed.last_img read more

Ready for talks if Pakistan PM Imran Khan invites Taliban

first_imgIslamabad/Doha: The Afghan Taliban on Thursday expressed willingness to travel to Pakistan and meet Prime Minister Imran Khan if he invites them for negotiations to end the 18-year conflict in Afghanistan, according to a media report. The statement by the Taliban came hours after Khan returned to Islamabad after his maiden official visit to the US where he discussed the Afghan peace process with President Donald Trump on Monday and agreed to work together to end to the conflict. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the meeting, Trump said that Pakistan would help the US “extricate” itself from Afghanistan, adding there was “tremendous potential” in the relationship between Washington and Islamabad. Interestingly, Khan was accompanied by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed during the talks at the White House. Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar’s capital Doha, told the BBC Urdu that if Prime Minister Khan extended a formal invitation, they will accept it. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We frequently visit countries in the region and would surely go to Pakistan, too, which is our Muslim neighbour, if there is a formal invitation from Islamabad,” he said. Media reports say the US is negotiating for a deal by September 1 that would see international forces pull out of Afghanistan in return for Taliban security guarantees, including a pledge that Afghanistan will not become a safe haven for terror groups. Before Khan’s visit to Washington, representatives of China, Russia, the US and Pakistan held consultation on the Afghan peace process in Beijing on July 10-11. US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently holding talks with the Taliban to work out an agreement for withdrawal of the US troops and participation of the rebel group in the Afghan government, attended the meeting. The four countries had jointly urged the Taliban to immediately agree to a ceasefire and begin direct negotiations with the Afghanistan government to end the violence in the war-torn country. In a joint statement, they said the negotiations should be “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” and produce a peace framework as soon as possible. “This framework should guarantee the orderly and responsible transition of the security situation and detail an agreement on a future inclusive political arrangement acceptable to all Afghans,” the statement said. The Taliban leadership has divided the process of peace negotiations into internal and external phases, which include talks with the Afghan government and the US-led foreign forces present in the country, the spokesperson added. Earlier in June, Islamabad urged all sides to move towards a political solution for lingering conflict in Afghanistan in an attempt to reaffirm commitment to the Afghan peace deal. On his way back to Pakistan, Prime Minister Khan stopped over at Doha and held talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. While in the US, Khan said he plans to meet with the Taliban to persuade them to hold negotiations with the government in Afghanistan. While delivering a public talk at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, Khan noted that for the first time in the 18-year Afghan conflict, Pakistan and the US were working together to advance peace efforts in the neighboring country. Khan spoke a day after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House where the two leaders agreed to work together to end to the conflict. “Now, when I go back after meeting President Trump I will meet the Taliban and I will try my best to get them to talk to the Afghan government so that the elections in Afghanistan must be inclusive where the Taliban also participate in it,” he said. The Taliban is strongly opposed to engaging in any formal intra-Afghan negotiations, involving the Kabul government, until securing a peace deal with the US. Khan said that a Taliban delegation had wanted to meet him a few months back but he had to cancel the meeting because of objections from the Afghan government. He said he has now spoken to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani about his possible upcoming meeting with the insurgent group, the Voice of America quoted the Pakistani prime minister as saying. Afghan leaders have consistently accused Pakistan of covertly backing the Taliban-led violent insurgency in their country, charges Pakistani officials have rejected. American and Taliban officials in their months-long talks are said to have come close to concluding an agreement toward ending the Afghan war. The proposed truce would require the insurgents to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a base for international terrorists in exchange for US troops leaving the country. The Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war in Afghanistan where the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.last_img read more

Chinas Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

BEIJING, China – Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China’s fast-growing auto brands.Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun’s goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020.Great Wall “has this intention,” said the public relations director for its Haval SUV brand, Zhao Lijia, when asked about a report by Automotive News that the Chinese automaker wants to buy Jeep. An employee of the press office for the company headquarters, who would give only his surname, Zhang, said, “Yes, we are interested in Jeep.”Zhao and Zhang said they had no other details when asked about a possible price. Zhao said it may take some time to assemble a formal bid.Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company is for sale and cannot compete globally without a tie-up to a bigger partner due to the high costs of developing and marketing vehicles.In a statement Monday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said it had not been approached by Great Wall.Marchionne said in April that Jeep and Chrysler’s Ram truck brand are strong enough to stand alone. The company spun off its Ferrari brand in 2015 into a separate business.Chinese companies in industries from autos to robots are spending billions of dollars to acquire brands and technology to strengthen their competitive position at home and speed their development.Great Wall Motors Ltd., headquartered in Baoding, southwest of Beijing, is one of a series of independent Chinese automakers that have grown up alongside state-owned giants such as Shanghai Automotive Industries.If it goes ahead with a Jeep bid, Great Wall could become the second Chinese automaker, after Geely Holding Group, to expand onto the global stage by acquiring an established foreign brand.Geely bought Sweden’s Volvo Cars from Ford Motor Co. in 2010 and has launched a third brand, Lynk & Co., as a partnership between Volvo and Geely’s Chinese brand.In June, Geely bought a 49.9 per cent stake in Malaysian automaker Proton and a controlling interest in British sports car maker Lotus.In 2011, a state-owned Chinese automaker, Dongfeng Motor Group, bought 14 per cent of France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe’s second-largest automaker.Great Wall sold just under 1.1 million SUVs last year, behind Jeep’s 1.4 million. Its revenue of 98.6 billion yuan ($14.4 billion) was a fraction of FCA’s global total of $118 billion (111 billion euros), but its $1.5 billion profit was almost equal to the Italian-U.S. automaker’s $1.8 billion.Great Wall also can draw on strong demand in China, the biggest auto market by units sold. Total SUV sales rose 16.8 per cent over a year earlier to 4.5 million in the six months ending in June.Great Wall emerged from a collective founded in the 1980s to repair and customize vehicles. Wei, then 26, took control in 1990 and shifted into auto manufacturing. The company launched its first sedan in 1993 but narrowed its focus a decade ago to SUVs.Wei said in February that the company’s “globalization strategy” included improving technology to meet U.S. safety standards. But he gave no indication when Haval might export to the United States or major European markets such as Germany.Great Wall shares rose 1.6 per cent in Hong Kong, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV gained 2.8 per cent in Milan.___Associated Press researcher Fu Ting and AP Business Writer Colleen Barry contributed to this report.___Online:Great Wall Motors Co.: www.gwm-global.comFiat Chrysler Automobiles NV: China’s Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2017 4:08 am MDT Last Updated Aug 21, 2017 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UK boosts new car market in Europe

Total European new car registrations rose 3.1 per cent last month, mostly thanks to growth in the UK. According to latest figures released by ACEA*, the rise was caused ‘mainly by the exceptional result in the UK’ where registrations soared 25.4 per cent in September.So far this year the UK market has reported growth each month, bucking a downward trend across Europe. Total registrations in Europe fell 0.5 per cent from January to September, but in the UK the market has grown by 9.2 per cent. Registrations dropped by 1.4 per cent in Italy and 2.1 per cent in Germany over the same period.Following twelve months of growth the UK new car registrations are expected to ease in the final quarter of 2001. However total registrations, which stand at 1,962,700 units, are set to hit 2.3 million by the end of the year, and the market is still on course to beat the previous record of 2,300,944 units set in 1989.*ACEA – Association des Constructeurs Européens d’Automobiles is the European organisation that represents national automotive trade associations. If you need it, you can find the figures broken down by country on the ACEA website: www.acea.beClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Knee Problems Compounded For Sixers Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum, one of the key players in the mega-trade that involved three all-stars, said his left knee troubles have extended to his right knee, too , putting an even larger question mark over when he will actually play for the Philadelphia 76ers.Bynum — acquired by the Sixers in the four-team transaction that moved Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers to Philly, Dwight Howard to the Lakers and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, among other elements — has been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee, and his return has been pushed back three times since the beginning of training camp. The 76ers were hoping Bynum would be cleared to return to basketball activities by Dec. 10.That date is now in question because of issues with his left knee. Bynum says he now has swelling and a bone bruise on both knees.“I had a little bit of a setback,” Bynum said. “Just working through some issues with the right knee, I kind of have a mirror thing going on with the left knee. I don’t know what’s going on. The doctors are saying it’s a weakened cartilage state, so we kind of wait, I guess. We can’t do anything. I just have to wait for the cartilage to get strong.”Bynum did say he targeted Dec. 10 as a possibility, with one to four weeks of basketball-related activity to follow, pushing his much-anticipated debut to anywhere from mid-to-late December to as late as mid-January.“It’s the same exact spot (as the right knee) with the cartilage,” Bynum said. “Just doing routine things and it started swelling up. No blunt-force injury or anything like that. It’s the same timetable still.”The Sixers entered Friday 4-4 without Bynum, including three straight losses at home.Bynum announced in May, while still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, that he was going to Germany in September for the Orthokine blood-spinning treatment in his knees that other professional athletes have sought. The Sixers announced before training camp that Bynum needed to delay his return to allow the effects of the Orthokine treatment to work.The bone bruise in his right knee caused the Sixers to push the return date from training camp to the regular season and now possibly to midseason.But the Sixers are still looking long term with Bynum, who’s in the last year of his contract.“My main concern is Andrew’s health,” Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said. “My main concern is big picture. We want to have a long relationship with him.” read more

WATCH These women have the worst boyfriends of all time

first_img WEEK, JIMMY Kimmel asked his male viewers to give their wives and girlfriends the most unromantic present they could think of.Then film them opening it.Presenting: the worst boyfriends ever.VIDEO: This? Just a car doing a backflip>Classic movies recreated in 60 seconds…. with clay puppets>last_img

Just fining people for wasting water wont be enough says EU commissioner

first_img Share817 Tweet Email By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,826 Views Image: Shutterstock/Posonskyi Andrey Just fining people for wasting water won’t be enough says EU commissioner The issue of water charges will be back on the agenda in Leinster House this week. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 11:22 AM Mar 26th 2017, 11:22 AM Updated 11.22amTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER for the environment has cast doubt on plans that would see people penalised for wasting water in place of domestic water charges in every household.Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen has indicated that the party would favour using existing legislation to introduce a fine on water wastage, while Minister Simon Coveney has also said that the EU has made its feelings on water wastage clear with “some consequences” required for those households.In a letter sent to Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes by Commissioner Karmenu Vella, seen by RTÉ’s The Week in Politics, it is indicated that penalising water wastage wouldn’t be enough to comply with the EU’s directives on water.Vella said: “Penalising excessive use (as does the Irish Water Services Act 2007) is one way in which to apply the polluter pays principle.However, Article 9 of the Water Framework Directive requires not just the application of the polluter pays principle, but also establishment of a water pricing policy that recovers the costs for water services.The commissioner said that there was evidence to suggest that past water pricing policies in Ireland had been “ineffective” in providing the revenue to ensure the necessary level of investment in the water network and in providing the incentive for people to use water efficiently.Given Ireland’s non-compliance with directives on drinking water, the treatment of urban waste waters and the lack of progress in the first generation river basin management plans, an effective policy on water pricing is needed, he said.However, it is questionable whether abolishing domestic water charges and replacing them only with a system penalising the wasteful usage of water would be sufficient for providing solutions for all the above concerns highlighted by the Expert commission.“Extremely revealing”Brian Hayes MEP said in a statement that he had asked the European Commission if Fianna Fáil’s submission for proposing fines for the wilful abuse of water would comply with EU directives.Hayes said that Vella raised “serious doubts” about Fianna Fáil’s proposals in the letter.“It is time for the Commission to set out unequivocally what is and what is not legal in terms of the Water Framework Directive,” Hayes said.Sinn Féin spokesperson on water, Eoin Ó Broin described Vella’s comments as “extremely revealing”.He accused Fine Gael of orchestrating the release of the letter, and the said its contents confirms that Simon Coveney’s  charge for excessive water use is a “Trojan horse for universal water chargers.“Commissioner Vella’s opposition to Fianna Fáil’s proposal to use the 2007 Water Services act as an alternative to Fine Gael’s excess water charge is extremely telling,” Ó Broin said.He says that the the Fianna Fáil proposal would not establish a reliable source of revenue to cover the cost of water services. If this is true of Fianna Fáils proposal it is also true of Fine Gael’s excess water chargeSolidarity-PBP TD Paul Murphy said Vella’s comments were “anything but respectful” and that its message fell into the category of “well they would say that, wouldn’t they?”“The real question here is whether Fianna Fail use this intervention from the Commission to justify backsliding from their recent position of opposition to any water charges,” Murphy said.The future of water chargesThis week, the special joint committee on the future funding of domestic water services will meet to address the option of wastage fines through existing taxation, and other potential options.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services had previously indicated that they are in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.Minister Simon Coveney had indicated that he would not introduce legislation to eliminate water charges.“I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” he told reporters last month.Last year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove the charges completely.“We have clear advice from Attorney General’s Office, I have legal advice from my own department and the expert commission’s advice that was very clear – and we have a European Commission that has shown flexibility and willingness to work with Ireland, but are also clear that there has to be some consequences for households wasting large amounts of water,” Coveney said.With the Oireachtas committee due to agree a motion to be voted on in the Dáil by 14 April, the issue of water charges could be set for a return to the top of the political agenda in the next few weeks.Read: Irish Water guilty of sewage pollution at four plants across the countryRead: So many questions… what’s happening with water charges? 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Adelaides Glendi Greek Festival is back in full swing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 20,000 people attended the Glendi Greek Festival in Adelaide last weekend to immerse themselves in Greek culture food and entertainment. The Glendi festival delivered a fine entertainment program, plenty of food and sweet stalls, rides for the kids, cultural exhibitions and much more. You can read a full report on the Glendi festival in this Saturday’s English edition of Neos Kosmos.last_img

LElysée dément les accusations de téléchargement illégal

first_imgL’Elysée dément les accusations de téléchargement illégalEn fin de semaine dernière, un site recensant les téléchargements illégaux laissait apparaître l’étonnante et amusante présence d’adresses IP attribuées à l’Elysée. Une accusation vivement démentie par la présidence.Le palais de l’Elysée s’est-il rendu coupable de téléchargements illégaux quand le gouvernement met tout en oeuvre pour lutter contre le piratage des ouvres protégées par des droits d’auteurs ? C’est ce que le site YouHaveDownloaded laisse apparaître dans la longue liste d’adresses IP associées à des téléchargements illégaux qu’il a récemment publiée (voir notre article). À lire aussiTéléchargement illégal : le Japon tranche avec une loi ultra-repressiveFace à la polémique engendrée par cette révélation, la présidence n’a pas tardé à réagir, pour vivement la démentir. “Il n’y a pas eu de téléchargement illégal depuis le réseau de la présidence sur les derniers mois”, a affirmé au site la responsable du service de communication de l’Elysée. Celle-ci a précisé qu’une vérification avait été menée sur les adresses IP utilisées dans les locaux de la présidence de la république pour s’en assurer, et affirme qu’une analyse de la période antérieure est actuellement en cours.Comme l’a lui-même soulignéle responsable du site YouHaveDownloaded dans les colonnes du Nouvel Observateur, cette affaire tend plus à démontrer l’absence de fiabilité d’une adresse IP comme seule preuve justifiant le déclenchement de la riposte graduée mise en place par la Hadopi que la présence de pirates à l’Elysée. “Je pense qu’il s’agit d’une machine personnelle qui utilise l’adresse IP du palais, pas d’un ordinateur gouvernemental (…) Une adresse IP n’est pas une donnée fiable pour identifier un internaute. Celle-ci peut être usurpée ou détournée” expliquait-il.Le 19 décembre 2011 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SDCC Celebrates 10 Years of Clone Wars

first_img All the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCCVoltron Confirmed Gay AF Ten years ago the world of Star Wars changed forever with the debut of The Clone Wars. The first proper ongoing Star Wars TV show, it filled in much of the prequels’ timeline and introduced memorable new characters like Ahsoka Tano and Cad Bane while fleshing out the arcs of existing characters like Anakin Skywalker and Darth Maul. To celebrate a decade of Clone Wars, a special anniversary panel was held at San Diego Comic-Con full of retrospectives, candid stories from the cast and crew, and even a special announcement or two. Showrunner Dave Filoni was joined by producer Athena Portillo, composer Kevin Kiner, voice actress Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka), and Anakin voice actor Matt Lanter. It was moderated by Amy Ratcliffe.The panel began with a video displaying footage from the Clone Wars movie and some of the show’s earliest episodes. Filoni explained that it was the first footage ever shown of the world his crew had built. George Lucas found out they didn’t have plans to show anything at Star Wars Celebration that year and encouraged them to reconsider so the crew cut the footage in a weekend.The audience was also shown concept art of the original Clone Wars team, which looked to bear more resemblance to what became the cast of Star Wars Rebels. Lucas saw the designs and demanded that Anakin, Obi-Wan, and company be included. This led to a discussion about the team that put together the show, from Filoni himself to CGCG, the animation studio in Taipei that handled animation duties for a good portion of the show. Filoni stated that, “There were no unimportant jobs on The Clone Wars. Everyone was vital to what we were doing.”The Clone Wars was anchored over its run by a passionate fanbase, which Filoni addressed. Any show with a big fanbase is going to have its fair share of detractors and criticisms on the internet. Filoni talked about how it’s hard for him to pay attention to the reactions and critiques of fans on the internet because by the time the episodes air, so much of the show is already done. He can’t do much about it at that point and therefore has to trust his instincts.One of the more interesting tidbits to come from the panel was something the crew says George Lucas stressed regarding one of the central themes of the show. Lucas stressed that the ongoing character struggles should be rooted in selflessness versus selfishness. That is, to him, the inherent struggle of the Force. After a eulogy of Ian Abercrombie, who voiced Palpatine until his passing, the subject of Season 5 came up. Apparently when the team crafted the break between Ahsoka and Anakin they didn’t know the show wouldn’t be coming back. The crew proceeded to heap praise upon Dave Filoni, who claimed that everything he knows about storytelling he learned from George Lucas.Leading up to its close, a great deal of art was displayed. The crew talked about the Finally, the subject of #SaveTheCloneWars came up. It proved a perfect segue into a nice surprise, that being the news that the show will be returning for a new season! 12 new episodes will be available on Disney’s streaming network at an undetermined date. Featuring the tagline, “A war left unfinished…until now.” it looks like the season will feature not only the reunion of Anakin and Ahsoka but also the much-anticipated Siege of Mandalore, certain to be an all-time great Star Wars story. We’ll have details as they come, but for now, the trailer has been made available online. Not nearly enough JarJar for our liking but we’re still pretty stoked. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

New York New Yorker and Nat Geo Lead in Print Ellie Noms

first_imgWhile the association said there are 8 titles that have never made the finalist list, award stalwarts New York, New Yorker and National Geographic lead in the number of nominations with 10, 10 and 7, respectively. Twenty magazines received multiple nominations. Close behind the leaders are Esquire, GQ and Wired with 6 each, and The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair with 5 each.New York, National Geographic and New Yorker are all up for general excellence awards—as are Architect, Garden & Gun, Military History, and Food Network Magazine, which are among the first-timers. New York is also up for magazine of the year. Also nominated are The Atlantic, Fast Company, Glamour and Men’s Health. The awards event will be held April 22 in New York at the Alice Tully Hall. For a full list of nominees, click here. MPA announced Wednesday the finalists for its 45th annual National Magazine Awards, or Ellies, as they’re commonly called. The New Yorker, New York and National Geographic lead in nominations.National Geographic and New York also lead in the Digital Ellies, which were announced last week. A total of 1,758 entries were received from 300 magazines competing for the 51 award slots, said the MPA. last_img read more

CarGurus 2nd annual autonomy survey finds people warming up to selfdriving cars

first_img Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe may not be technologically ready for self-driving cars, but people are warming up to the idea that they may someday be on our roads. Nick Miotke/Roadshow As a media outlet that covers a lot of self-driving car news, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the technical minutiae and the more business-driven aspects of that industry. It’s possible we might lose sight, at times, of just how the motoring public feels about autonomous vehicles, but thankfully the fine folks at CarGurus figured that they should find out.For its 2019 autonomous driving survey, CarGurus polled 1,146 car owners to see what their opinions on a potential autonomous future might be. This is the second time that CarGurus has conducted this survey, and the results are more than a little interesting.”Consumer sentiment around self-driving cars is changing fast, with enthusiasm rapidly replacing skepticism,” Madison Gross, director of customer insights at CarGurus, said in a statement Wednesday. “These benchmarked results demonstrate that today’s consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of either owning an autonomous vehicle, or having them on the road, and it will be fascinating to continue to monitor this perception shift.”Last year, just 21% of those polled said that they were excited about autonomous vehicles, but this year that number jumps all the way to 32%. Perhaps even more telling is that the number of people concerned about the advent of self-driving cars dropped by 10%, from 47% to 37%. Whether that’s due to more public testing, a perceived change in where the tech is now or just having had time to deal with the idea is unclear.Of the nearly 1,200 people polled, 29% said that they would trust Tesla to make a self-driving car. That number is more than triple that of the next-highest manufacturer, Toyota. Tesla led the pack in last year’s survey as well, and we imagine that a lot of that is down to the manufacturer’s image of cutting-edge and its use of terms like Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving.”Based on what we learned during Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day, autonomy is clearly on its agenda. However, unlike companies like Waymo that have documented countless miles of instrumented testing on public roads, Tesla has done very little beyond pulling data from its customer’s vehicles as those customers use Autopilot.Another big topic of Tesla’s Autonomy Investor Day involved the company’s plans to launch a fleet of driverless taxis. Other ride-hailing companies such as Lyft and Uber have also been investing vast amounts of time and money in self-driving car research in order to be the first to market with an autonomous cab; however according to CarGurus’ survey, only around 35% of people would be willing to hop in a driverless car from a ride-hailing service.CarGurus’ data was collected in March, well before Tesla went robotaxi-crazy during its autonomy presentation, so we would be interested to see if Tesla vowing to get into that field would sway that 35% number, given people’s trust in the brand to develop the technology.So, what is Roadshow’s takeaway from all of this? It’s that people are starting to warm to the idea of their cars doing all the work of driving. People’s opinions are softening as the technology becomes more advanced and more visible.Despite what Elon Musk says, we’re still a fair ways off from having fully driverless cars lurking all over our highways and byways, but it’s good to know that when they show up, people will seemingly be ready to accept them.cargurus-av-survey-infographic-r4Enlarge Image CarGurus Self-driving cars 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Elon Musk Tesla Self-driving cars Autonomous Vehicles Car Culturecenter_img Tags More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0last_img read more