Axel Witsel is set for his first crack at one of Europe’s top five leagues after agreeing a move from Tianjin Quanjian to Borussia Dortmund.Belgium international Witsel will sign a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side after they agreed to pay his release clause, which is believed to be in the region of €20 million (£18m/$23m).He has long been linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, but his career has generally taken routes less travelled. Having started at Standard Liege, Witsel made the jump to Benfica for a season, before spending four years in Russia with Zenit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Witsel joined Tianjin for a figure understood to be around €20m in January 2017, scoring the club’s first ever goal in the Chinese Super League.He helped the club to a third-place finish, but after 16 games this term they are down in ninth.Witsel also played a significant role in Belgium’s World Cup campaign, as they beat England in the third-place play-off earlier this month.And Dortmund seemingly saw enough from his performances to make a move, with the holding midfielder adding both depth and experience to a young squad.”After the World Cup, it was my goal to move from China back to Europe,” Witsel said.”I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for BVB soon.”After our first conversation, I did not have to think twice, because for me Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. Honestly, I can not wait to run around in front of 81,000 people.”@axelwitsel28 pic.twitter.com/KVbEGFRfFx— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 6, 2018BVB Sporting director Michael Zorc hailed the 29-year-old as a perfect fit for the club.”We have been very interested in signing Axel Witsel for many months and are very happy that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund,” he said.”Axel is a player with a great deal of international experience who has all the skills to shape BVB’s central midfield: tactical understanding, tackling power, speed, creativity and mentality.”Reports suggest the move will pave the way for Julian Weigl to depart, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City reportedly interested.
Liverpool finally have the “proper” goalkeeper required to mount a Premier League title challenge, says Peter Crouch, with Alisson impressing during his short time at Anfield.The Reds made a record-breaking move for the Brazil international over the summer after failing to be convinced by the claims of Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet to their No. 1 spot.A £65 million ($83m) deal briefly made Alisson the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, with that price tag piling added pressure on his shoulders. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 25-year-old has looked up to the challenge in his appearances to date, keeping back-to-back Premier League clean sheets, and Crouch believes he could be the final piece of the jigsaw – with Jurgen Klopp having already signed and unearthed top-quality centre-half options.The former Reds striker wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “Liverpool was only my home for three years but I’ve never lost my affinity for the club and their start to the season has me excited.“I’d love to see them win the title one day. It will go through the roof if they make the final step — and they have got a fantastic chance to do that this year.“Alisson, the new goalkeeper, was so impressive at Selhurst Park [against Crystal Palace]. His range of passing was outstanding and he made some great saves, too.“Liverpool have got a proper goalkeeper to go with their two proper centre-halves.“Virgil Van Dijk got a lot of plaudits but I was just as impressed by Joe Gomez, who has so much assurance.“I always thought he was a full-back but Joe Allen told me that his future was always going to be in the middle.“He showed that at Crystal Palace on Monday night with a tremendous performance.”Liverpool will be looking to secure a third successive Premier League win on Saturday when they play host to Brighton. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Nagpur, Jul 1 (PTI) Union minister Ramdas Athawale today said the ICC Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan appeared “fixed” and demanded a probe into the matter.The Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment also batted for 25 per cent reservation for Dalits and tribals in cricket and other games, saying these sections have never got due recognition in sports.”How could the cricketers, who played so well in the entire tournament, did not perform in the final match (in London on June 18)?” the RPI(A) leader asked.Pakistan hammered India by 180 runs in the final to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.”Those who did not perform should be rested and eligible cricketers from the Dalit community should be given a chance in the team,” he said, adding the RPI(A) demands 25 per cent reservation in cricket and other sports for Dalits and tribals.”It appears that the match was fixed and we demand an inquiry into it,” he told reporters at Ravi Bhavan here.On the recent attacks by cow vigilantes, Athawale said lynching people in the name of rau raksha (cow protection) was wrong.”They are not gau rakshak, but manav bhakshak. These people should not take law into their own hands. If they come to know about cow slaughter and have any doubts about it, they should first find out if the cow was already dead,” he said.He said the police should take action against those who lynch people in the name of cow protection.advertisementOn the GST roll out, Athawale said the new tax regime was a revolutionary step taken by the NDA government.”The Congress and all the political parties supported the passage of the GST Bill. But the Congress should have attended the GST launch programme held in Parliament,” he said.”The GST will boost development and progress in the country,” he said.On the issue of separate Vidarbha, he said the RPI(A) will stage protests in front of district collectorates across the (Vidarbha) region on August 25.”Our party has always demanded a separate Vidarbha. The BJP too has always supported this cause, but it should now take a decision on it, as it is in power both in the state and at the Centre,” he said.”I will meet Prime minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union minister Nitin Gadkari to discuss this issue,” he said. PTI CLS NP GVS
MONTREAL (AP) — Corey Crawford came up big again in his hometown — and damaged the Canadiens’ postseason hopes in the process.Crawford stopped all 48 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and the surging Chicago Blackhawks won their fifth straight with a 2-0 victory over struggling Montreal on Saturday night.“That’s a big win for us against a team that’s close to being in the playoffs,” said Crawford, who set a career high for saves in a regular-season game. “They need points, too. We kept them to the outside for the most part. Our penalty kill was solid.”Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini scored for the Blackhawks.Crawford improved to 9-2-2 in his career against the Canadiens, including 5-0-2 at Montreal. He has won his last five games at the Bell Centre.“I grew up a huge Habs fan when I was younger, so it’s always exciting to come back and play in this building,” said Crawford, who faced 18 shots in the third period alone. “It’s nice to get a win coming back here.”Montreal Canadiens’ Andrew Shaw and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford battle during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)Carey Price stopped 22 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of their last five games to fall out of a playoff spot. Price has played in 18 of the last 19 games for Montreal, which outshot Chicago 48-24.The Canadiens (37-28-7) are three points out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games remaining in the season — five of those are on the road.Carolina is in the first wild-card spot with 85 points, one point ahead of Columbus. The Canadiens are on the outside looking in with 81 points.“Our backs are against the wall,” captain Shea Weber said. “We have to find a way to win. Everyone is frustrated. We want to win and we’re not winning, so it’s tough. We have to find a way to score goals.”Crawford needed to be on his game all night. Midway through the second period, the Blackhawks goalie made back-to-back saves on Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw. Two minutes later, he robbed Artturi Lehkonen in close with the glove.Chicago Blackhawks’ Brendan Perlini (11) celebrates with teammates Alex DeBrincat (12) and Slater Koekkoek after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)With nine minutes left in the game, Crawford stopped Joel Armia from point-blank range to preserve Chicago’s two-goal lead.Byron came closest to beating the Hawks goaltender when his second-period shot rang off the crossbar.Crawford has never lost in regulation time in his hometown (5-0-2). He has won his last five at the Bell Centre.Murphy scored the game’s first goal 3:04 into the second period. The defenseman took a pass from Dylan Strome in his skates, kicked the puck onto his stick, and beat Price from the slot high glove-side.Perlini made it 2-0 at 4:49 of the third period on a nice give-and-go with teammate Alex DeBrincat.The game featured Montreal’s league-worst power play against Chicago’s NHL-worst penalty kill. The Hawks came out on top, with the Canadiens going 0 for 4 with the man advantage.“We were digging and we were getting in front,” said fourth-liner Jordan Weal, who had the second-most ice time among Canadiens forwards. “It was one of those nights where we couldn’t put one past the goal line. It’s frustrating because every game right now is so huge.“We were generating a lot. We were hitting posts. We were hitting crossbars. We were millimeters away. If we play like that here on out, we have a good chance to win.”NOTES: The Canadiens celebrated Price’s franchise record-setting 315th career victory in a pregame ceremony. … Montreal was coming off a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were happy men after securing the first win for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2019 Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli scored 67 while AB de Villiers remained unbeaten on 59 off 38 balls to help RCB defeat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in Mohali on Saturday.Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 99 had helped KXIP set a 174-run target for RCB who had lost all their 6 matches in the 2019 IPL before Saturday. However, Kohli and de Villiers added 85 for the 2nd wicket as RCB won with 4 balls to spare.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the most prolific scorers in the IPL but RCB have had a poor time in the IPL in recent years. Both men were on fire when RCB reached the final in 2016 but 2017 and 2018 were nightmarish for the team. This season has been torrid too but their maiden win should spur them on.A victory to cherish for the @RCBTweets here in Mohali pic.twitter.com/vdUitnvd4R IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 13, 2019Virat Kohli said he was happy to finally give an interview to the broadcasters as a winning captain.”The most pleasing thing is coming for an interview at this time, and not immediately out of the field,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “It’s a great feeling to get across the line. We have been unlucky in couple of the games. Won’t say we’ve been unlucky in every game, but a couple of games we should’ve closed out before this,” he said.Virat Kohli said his men were determined and had the desire to earn their first points of the season.advertisementAB de Villiers was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten knock and he said the win against KXIP was a step in the right direction. He added his indifferent form did not perturb him.”We waited for a long time for this, so we’re very happy. It’s a very small step in the right direction, but also a big one. I’ve got too much respect of the game to be upset about that, to get ahead of myself, to get too hard on myself. It needs one knock to get back in that confidence zone, and hopefully I can maintain that now,” de Villiers said.Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in form is great news for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Saturday was the 10th time both men scored fifties in the same innings for RCB.On Saturday, Virat Kohli also became the leading Indian run-scorer in T20 cricket.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers end Royal Challengers Bangalore’s losing streakAlso Read | IPL 2019: Pitch invader tries to hug Virat Kohli during RCB’s run chase vs KXIP
AFC U16 Championship AFC U-16 qualifier: Stalemate against Iraq keeps India waiting Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 18:29 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media AFC U16 Championship India U16 Iraq U16 v India U16 Iraq U16 The young Blues failed to clinch maximum points once again and will now now have to wait for results from the other groups to confirm qualification… India were held to a goalless draw by defending Asian Champions Iraq in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu on Sunday.A second consecutive draw means that India end their group stage ties in the competition with five points out of a maximum nine, with a big win against Palestine followed by two draws against Nepal and Iraq aiding the cause.Meanwhile, Iraq who finished their engagements with 7 points from 3 matches have already booked a ticket to the AFC U-16 Finals slated to be held next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Knowing that only a victory would enable them a ticket to the AFC U-16 Finals, India started on a positive note and should have surged into the lead as early as the 6th minute itself but the swift Bekey, despite sneaking in from the flanks, could not get the power behind his shot and the Iraqi goalkeeper managed to save it.Iraq’s physical prowess enabled them to boss the midfield and as a result, the India Colts failed to produce clear-cut chances regularly. Both sides went in at the break without having broken the deadlock.Following the restart, Bekey was at the end of perhaps the easiest chance of the match. At the hour mark, he got the better of his marker to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he couldn’t finish it off.Coach Bibiano Fernandes introduced the fresh pair of legs of Harpreet in the 76th minute. It was his double that salvaged a point for the Colts in their last game but it wasn’t to be repeated.India went all out thereafter but Iraq were content to sit back, knowing that they are on the brink of qualification if they get the draw. The draw leaves India in second place behind Iraq in their group and since only the five (six, if Malaysia win their group) best runners up can qualify from their groups, they will need to wait for the completion of fixtures across all groups to know their fate. However, Nepal’s loss to Palestine has boosted India’s hopes for qualification as one of the five best runner ups.India U-16 Lineup: Lalbiakhlua Jongte (GK), Harpreet Singh, Moirangthem Thoiba Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Shabas Ahammed Moothedath (Samir Kerketta 69′), Lalchhanhima Sailo (Ridge Melvin 89′), Ricky John Shabong, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Bekey Oram, Ravi Bahadur Rana (Harpreet 76′), Vikram Pratap (C)
HALIFAX – It was Halifax police who let the dogs out — and then fined their owner almost $1,750 for allegedly leaving them in a sweltering car.Passersby spotted the dogs at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on Clyde Street, near the corner of Queen Street near the city’s downtown library, and called police.“The caller indicated they had observed the dogs in the car for about five minutes,” police spokesperson Cindy Bayers said Friday.“The dogs appeared to be in distress, though the window was open slightly, and enough for officers to open the door to let the two dogs out …. They put them in shade and gave them some water.”The owner returned at 1:30 p.m., and police handed out two $697.50 fines for leaving the dogs in an unattended vehicle in potentially distressful conditions, and a third ticket for $352.50 for having an unlicensed dog.Bayers said people should leave pets at home, use a drive-thru, bring a friend to stay with them, or shop at pet-friendly stores.Do not, she said, smash the window, as popular social media posts suggest.“What we tell people to do when they see a pet in immediate distress, is to call 911 and take directions from the call taker at that point,” she said.“When people act to break a window, which is what people seem to think is the common response, they open themselves up to issues. There could be charges in terms of damage to property.”
APTN National NewsSince 1981, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has been making television in Inuktitut for Inuit.In fact, if it is in Inuktitut and broadcasted on APTN, the IBC is usually behind it.Now it has a new facility that matches its legacy.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story.
The tragic weekend began on Friday with the deaths of an estimated 103 people, including three babies, when the rubber dinghy they were on sank off the coast of Libya. The Libyan Coast Guard rescued 16 survivors: young men from the Gambia, Sudan, Yemen, Niger and Guinea.The incident was followed on Sunday by the capsizing of a small rubber boat off the Libyan port city of Al Khums, east of the capital, Tripoli. The vessel was packed with migrants and while 41 people survived, 100 are reported missing.During this same time period, the Libyan Coast Guard intercepted several small vessels heading towards the open sea, returning nearly 1,000 migrants to shore.The people were provided with food, water and health care, as well as other emergency assistance, and were interviewed by IOM staff. They were later transferred to detention centres, where IOM continues to provide humanitarian assistance.The Libyan Coast Guard has returned some 10,000 people to shore so far this year, according to IOM. Othman Belbeisi, its Libya Chief of Mission, reported an “alarming increase” in deaths at sea.“Smugglers are exploiting the desperation of migrants to leave before there are further crackdowns on Mediterranean crossings by Europe,” he said.IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will travel to Tripoli this week to see first-hand the conditions rescued migrants face and those returned to shore by the coast guard.He said the UN agency “is determined to ensure that the human rights of all migrants are respected as together we all make efforts to stop the people-smuggling trade, which is so exploitative of migrants.”
In an evenly balanced race, I’ll Have Another, a 15-1 favorite, surprised nonetheless, coming from behind to overtake Bodemeister at 6-1 down the stretch on Saturday to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/2 lengths.With jockey Mario Gutierrez on the reins, the 3-year-old colt bolted pass Bodemeister and held off Dullahan, which was closing fast.A record crowd of 165,307 watched I’ll Have Another finish the race in 2:01.83, giving Gutierrez the win in his first Kentucky Derby appearance.Trinniberg was expected to set a fast pace in the 20-horse field, but Bodemeister catapulted to a lead of as much as five lengths. But turning for home, Bodemeister weakened and I’ll Have Another strengthened. It is the first horse to win coming from the 19th post.I’ll Have Another paid $32.60, $13.80 and $9. Bodemeister returned $6.20 and $5.60 and Dullahan paid $7.20.
Tempête solaire : la tache reste active à la surface du SoleilLa tache solaire, responsable de la tempête, qui a frappé la Terre la semaine dernière, reste encore active ces jours-ci, a indiqué hier la NASA sur son site.Selon les études menées dernièrement par la NASA, la tache solaire, responsable de l’éruption de la semaine passée, est encore active. Cette zone située à la surface de l’astre est caractérisée par une intense activité magnétique à l’origine de la tempête de particule qui a frappé la Terre. L’éruption solaire a commencée le soir du mardi 6 mars aux alentours de 19H EST (14H GMT). Selon les experts de la NASA, il s’agissait de la seconde plus puissante survenue au cours des cinq dernières années après celle du 9 août 2011. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALe déplacement des vents s’effectuant à une très grande vitesse, entre 100 et 2.500 kilomètres par seconde, les particules ont atteint la planète bleue le jeudi 8 mars. Mais contre toute attente, les premiers effets de la tempête géomagnétique engendrée par les particules au contact du champ magnétique terrestre n’ont pas été aussi forts que prévus. Les estimations établies dans la journée du jeudi évaluent la force du phénomène à un, au plus bas de l’échelle de cinq niveaux. Les autorités confirment par ailleurs que l’événement n’a provoqué que de faibles dommages notamment sur les systèmes de communication. C’est dans la nuit du jeudi au vendredi que la tempête solaire a atteint l’apogée de son intensité. Elle a ainsi été reclassée au niveau trois, “fort” par la NOAA. “En termes de durée et d’intensité, c’est a priori la plus forte tempête solaire depuis 2004” souligne son responsable Bob Rutledge à l’AFP. Celui-ci reste toutefois rassurant quant aux dégâts provoqués par le phénomène : “bien que les fournisseurs d’électricité aient certainement constaté des perturbations sur leurs réseaux, ils ne devraient pas être dépassés par les événements”. Les vents se sont calmés dans la journée de vendredi jusqu’au niveau 2. Découvrez les images de la tempête solaire sur MaxisciencesLe 14 mars 2012 à 13:23 • Maxime Lambert
According to La Liga president, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned official matches in the United StatesThe Spanish La Liga is planning to have at least one official match in the United States.And Barcelona and Girona have been selected for this special game, to be played in Miami on January.Many have criticized this decision, and expect FIFA not to give permission to this event.But for La Liga president Javier Tebas, the world federation doesn’t have to say anything about the planned matches in the U.S.“The responsibility of FIFA and federations is to grow the sport, not one league or game,” Tebas told people in Miami today as reported by The Sports Business.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“There is 90 percent likelihood for the match on January 26. The entire conflict with the media that has been generated – that had been foreseen. This has been more than a year in the making.”“We have to ask for authorizations. FIFA has no decision to make here because we use FIFA rules for international matches. Theoretically, there should be no opposition,” he added.“We just played a final in Morocco. Imagine if we could go to Morocco to play. How could we not play one match in the US? Then there is the American Federation [U.S. Soccer]. Then fourth you have CONCACAF.”“How is MLS harmed by one match? Because if someone tells me it could harm them then we would have to stop broadcasting the Premier League and Serie A on TV – that’s in people’s homes every weekend. We can’t think there will be any harm. I think this will lead to more people watching soccer,” Tebas continued.“You will need a better argument to convince me. If MLS asked me for a match in Spain, I would say yes and help it happen to promote MLS. I don’t see them as a competitor when they come to play one match. We need to be more open to this.”
July 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 8, 2018 Updated: 10:06 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was pistol-whipped and his friend was cut or stabbed in the back Sunday when he let a prospective buyer drive his black Lexus in San Diego, authorities said.The robbery was reported about 8:35 p.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of 15th Street, San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims said.The two men met the prospective buyer and went for a test drive, Heims said. “The suspect pulled over and they got into an argument.”The owner and his friend got out of the car. “A group of males came out from an alley,” the officer said. “They began to beat on both males. During that fight the friend was cut or stabbed in the back.”The suspect drove away with the Lexus, Heims said. The victims were taken to hospitals with injuries not believed life-threatening.The suspect was described as a man in his 20s with a black gun that he fired several times without hitting anyone, the officer said. Man pistol-whipped, another stabbed during carjacking Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Tyonek Native Corporation (Courtesy PRNewsFoto/Tyonek Native Corporation)Tyonek Native Corporation’s aviation services wing is expanding its aircraft maintenance and cyber warfare business with the acquisition of a new facility in Mississippi.Download AudioTyonek Native Corporation CEO James Hoffman says work at the Selex Galileo Stennis Facility will focus on military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance areas, in addition to unmanned aircraft systems – commonly referred to as drones:“It’s quite an expanding field and we feel its proximity to Mississippi State University – which is actually the center of excellence for all of the six other FAA unmanned facilities sprinkled around the United States,” Hoffman said.The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a part of the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft systems.Hoffman says the facility will also be involved in aircraft maintenance, avionics, and other advanced modification to aircraft engines and propellers.The Mississippi-based business will generate 26 new jobs this year, and potentially another 150 jobs within the next three years.A new training program, beginning with two Tyonek shareholders, will be established at the facility – and Hoffman says that could lead to more jobs in Alaska.“And a potential springboard from there would be to take this template and move it into the Anchorage area so we could actually do the same thing up here that we’re doing down there, which would enable us to hire many more of our shareholders,” he said.Tyonek Native Corporation manages a swath of land on the west side of Cook Inlet in Southcentral Alaska, with 800 shareholders spread around the state and the Lower 48.Tyonek Services Group has applied for 8(a) status for the facility, which Hoffman says typically takes between 8-10 months.“In the meantime, we’ll support it with other entities working within the 8(a) realm to help support this area,” Hoffman said.The 8(a) program allows small, disadvantaged businesses – which include those owned by Alaska Native Corporations – to seek government contracts on a limited competition basis.Tyonek Service Group declined to disclose the purchase price of the facility.The company will be named Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility – Stennis, LLC.It’s located at the Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Mississippi.
Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Sunday received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves. Annastascia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier, said Adani has got the permission to mine 11 billion tonnes of coal. In addition, the Gautam Adani-led group can build haul roads, workshops, pipelines and power lines in association with the mine, Reuters reported. “Some approvals are still required before construction can start, and ultimately committing to the project will be a decision for Adani,” Palaszczuk was quoted as saying by the agency.Meanwhile, according to some analysts, that the Gujarat-based company would find it tough to raise financing for the project in midst of a sinking coal market. The Adani group was reportedly facing legal troubles in Australia as environmentalists had lodged challenges on numerous fronts in the month of November last year. They had claimed that the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change. Last week, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was visiting the island nation. He expressed hope that the Adani coal mine project would receive the due approvals and get a green signal, International Business Times, India reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Steelers – The Steelers pushed around division rival Cincinnati, like they always do. Big Ben to Antonio Brown is the top pass catching tandem in the NFL. DeAngleo Williams is playing at a Pro Bowl level in the absence of Le’Veon Bell. The last two times the Steelers have started 2 – 0, they ended up in the Super Bowl. They keep the top spot this week.That’s the Herd Hierarchy for Week 2, check back next Tuesday to see who’s stock is rising, and who’s is falling. Advertisement 8. Giants – The Giants seem to have hit free agency home runs with Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins. Their overhauled defense makes them one of the most improved teams in the league. Add Eli, and an elite receiving corp, and the Giants have a roster capable of winning the Super Bowl. A strong 2 – 0 start to the year.7. Broncos – Trevor Siemian won’t be winning games on his own. The good news is he doesn’t have to. He’s completing 68% of his passes and the defense has taken it from there. That’s good enough. Critics say they can’t win if they don’t score, but they’ve taken out Cam and Andrew Luck in the first two weeks. Colin is a believer.How good is @Millerlite40?#Horsepowerhttps://t.co/n90hdd6op2— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 18, 2016 2. New England – No Gronk, no Brady, no problem again. Jimmy Garoppolo was almost perfect before going down with a shoulder injury. The Patriots will limp into this week’s match up with the Texans with third stringer Jacoby Brissett as their starter. Even if they lose, it doesn’t change Colin’s positive long term outlook for the Pats. Brady and Gronk haven’t even played a snap yet.Wes Welker showed up to Sunday’s game in a Tom Brady mask.Sunday at @GilletteStadium: Tom Brady to @WesWelker. #FakeBrady pic.twitter.com/AtnWNWpNZT— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 19, 2016 3. Panthers – Carolina looked bad in Week 1, but everyone is going to get pushed around by the Broncos this year. They rebounded with a 46 point outburst in Week 2 to get back on the right track. Cam threw for 350 and re-established his connection with old favorite Kelvin Benjamin, who hauled in 13 catches. The Week 2 Panthers looked more like the Super Bowl caliber team people expected.Cam Newton pointing to Kelvin Benjamin… “I’ve got my dog back. I’ve got my dog back”pic.twitter.com/nOtnZ2yh5wYour clear WR1 for Carolina— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) September 19, 2016 6. Bengals – The Bengals got beat up again by the Steelers on Sunday. They just can’t win that game. It doesn’t make them a bad team. They’ll be OK. Colin isn’t giving up on them over one loss. They’re the second best team in the division and will be firmly in the playoff picture.5. Cardinals – After getting whacked by Jimmy G in the opener, the Cards rebounded nicely in Week 2. Their defense flashed their big play ability with 4 picks of Jameis Winston in a dismantling of Tampa Bay. They’ve forced a league leading 7 turnovers so far this year. Carson Palmer bounced back in Week 2, and David Johnson is a Top 5 back in the league. A lot to like with the Cards.4. Vikings – Sam Bradford’s stadium opening, Monday night victory over the rival Packers exceeded all reasonable expectations. Adrian Peterson is down with a knee injury, but Colin thinks an offense featuring breakout performer Stefon Diggs and Bradford is even scarier for opposing defenses in the long term. Their defense is the youngest of the elite defenses in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if the Vikes continue to rise..@stefon_diggs had the hot hand in last night’s #VikingsVictory. pic.twitter.com/zQLjyWWfYI— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 19, 2016 Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy.Some risers and fallers from the first hierarchy. Week 2 saw Seattle and Green Bay struggle again. Sam Bradford’s stellar debut in Minnesota has the Vikings’ stock rising. The Broncos’ Defense is suffocating and scores a lot. New England gets a big win, but loses Jimmy G.After two weeks of games, Colin thinks he can tell which teams are for real, and which teams are pretending.Here’s Colin’s Herd Hierarchy after two weeks of the 2016 NFL season. 10. Packers – Aaron Rodgers’ second half struggles from 2015 have continued into 2016. The big play Packers are only averaging 4.5 yards per play, which is troubling. He was significantly outplayed by Sam Bradford on Sunday night in the Packers loss to the Vikings. The good news for the Pack is that they lead the league in rushing defense and Rodgers can’t possibly play any worse than he did on Sunday. They need Rodgers get right fast.9. Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrick is a legitimate quarterback that can win games in the NFL, and he doesn’t hesitate to throw the ball down the field. The Jets lead the league in yards per play and have a nice group of receivers. Matt Forte has been an upgrade at running back. Colin doesn’t think they’re a Super Bowl team, but they’re still a tough match up..@smithmuniz with the call on last week’s 4th down stop! #FeelTheOrgullo pic.twitter.com/9GBUwwQ5oU— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 20, 2016
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Check your body, save your life JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia’s state-run railway company has lowered the electrical lines powering commuter trains in its latest bid to stop commuters from riding on train roofs.Officials have failed for years in their battle against the roof riders. They have tried everything from spraying the top of trains with red paint to appealing for help from religious leaders.Earlier this year they suspended rows of grapefruit-sized concrete balls just above the trains. Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Still, it is common to see people sitting atop the trains, which link Jakarta and surrounding areas.Railway official Mateta Rizahulhaq said Monday that lowering the power lines will also allow for the construction of bridges over the tracks and will maximize power transmission.Passengers often complain there aren’t enough trains and there are too many delays.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates How do cataracts affect your vision? Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories
Sponsored Stories Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, sounded a skeptical note about Western-style democracy.“A heard a lot here about democracy,” he told one panel. “When I hear of something becoming a model or a mold or a fashion like democracy is today, immediately I cringe. I think those who think of democracy as a Viagra pill that could solve their dysfunction … are not on the right path.“You need to have your own solutions,” Faisal said, to laughter and applause from many fellow Arabs in the audience.___Associated Press writer Lee Keath in Cairo contributed to this report.___Follow Dan Perry at http://www.twitter.com/perry_dan Opponents worry the group is virtually stepping into the shoes of Mubarak’s former ruling party. The opposition has called for mass protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in major cities around Egypt on Friday to mark the Jan. 25 anniversary of the anti-Mubarak uprising’s start. This time, the aim is to show the extent of public anger against Morsi.Is there a contradiction between Islam and democracy?No, insisted Moussa, the former Arab League chief. “Most of us hate what al-Qaida is doing. Islamic society has nothing to do with this, and (Islam) does not contradict democracy,” he said.There remains the question of whether the spirit of revolt will eventually reach the Arab monarchies of the Gulf. They have largely remained untouched so far, with the exception of Bahrain, where Saudi Arabia and its allies have helped put down an uprising by disenfranchised Shiites.Qatar has emerged as perhaps the biggest winner of the Arab Spring, using its oil and natural gas wealth to spread its influence by helping rebels in Libya and Syria and propping up Morsi’s government in Egypt with financial aid.Saudi Arabia has felt more vulnerable. It has its own restive Shiite population and, despite its oil riches, unemployment is high among its burgeoning youth population. “People want things now. People want jobs now. People want increased wages now,” he said. At the same time, political players are not necessarily responsible or capable enough to respond, he said. “This is not sustainable.”Addressing the issue at a news conference at Davos, Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil admitted that “economic challenges are clear in terms of high poverty rate and unemployment and budget deficits” _ but added that “we also consider that the potential of the Egyptian economy is huge.”Troubling in a different way is Syria _ a hemorrhaging wound, with death and destruction mounting in a civil war that the U.N. says has killed 60,000. Neither the regime of Bashar Assad nor the rebels seeking to oust him seem able to win, sectarian hatreds are burning ever stronger and the conflict threatens to destabilize Syria’s neighbors.Perhaps most worryingly for the West, armed Islamic militants, some with al-Qaida links, have emerged emboldened in Syria and elsewhere in the region, and they are better armed, with weapons from Libya’s civil war now smuggled freely from country to country.“The dog that didn’t bark during the Arab Spring was al-Qaida,” Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, told a panel devoted to “The Global Security Context.” Now al-Qaida “is finding very important pockets in Syria, in the Sinai Peninsula, across North Africa in an arc from northern Nigeria through Mali and into northern Somalia.” (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Asked whether democracy was prevailing in his native Egypt, former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa hedged, saying democracy “is not only the ballot box. It is the respect of human rights, for rights of women, separation of powers, independence of the judiciary.”“This meaning of democracy we have not yet achieved,” said Moussa, who ran unsuccessfully for president of Egypt last year.Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking on the same BBC-sponsored panel, saw the glass half full.“If we had this meeting two years ago in Davos, no one would imagine there would be elected presidents in Cairo, in Tunisia, in Libya, in Yemen,” he said. “So we have to be fair to these societies. In two years they achieved a lot of things.”Indeed, such intense focus on the Middle East was a far cry from the situation here two years ago, when the Arab Spring was just beginning and the region barely registered at a forum still focused on the global financial crisis. This week, as Egyptians prepare to mark on Friday the anniversary of the start of the revolution that swept aside Hosni Mubarak, the issue seems to come up at every panel that even tangentially touches on politics or strategy. Indeed, the presence of jihadis in the Syrian rebellion has certainly been a major reason for the world community’s reluctance to arm the rebels or back then in a way that goes much beyond the rhetorical.More complex is the rise of political Islam, which seems to prevail wherever free elections are held. The question on many minds is which way the Arab version of this movement will go: toward a reasonably modern and liberal model, like Turkey’s, or toward the repression of the Islamic Republic of Iran? Even Saudi Arabia, a staunch ally of the West, is essentially a discomfiting model _ a place with no free elections, where women may not drive and must be accompanied by male escorts for some of the most routine actions.Thus the new Islamist rulers in the region are constantly under scrutiny.The main case in point is Egypt, where Islamist President Mohammed Morsi narrowly won a June 2012 vote. Despite promises of inclusiveness, he has kept policy-making and the choice of appointments almost entirely within the Muslim Brotherhood.Last month saw deadly riots over the contentious Egyptian constitution, which critics say subtly but disturbingly opens the door to theocracy. Islamists finalized the draft in a rushed, all-night meeting, throwing in amendments to fit their needs, then pushed it through a swift referendum in which only a third of voters participated. The result is a document that could bring a much stricter implementation of Shariah, or Islamic law, than modern Egypt has ever seen. Top Stories Associated PressDAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The convulsions of the Arab world are taking center stage at this year’s World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, where leaders and experts are much preoccupied with the region’s bewildering combination of high hopes, deep disappointments and grave dangers that threaten to spill over borders.Along the way, a divide seems to be emerging between those fundamentally impressed with the startling presence of once-unimaginable people power in long-repressive countries _ and others more troubled by the poverty and corruption that persists, the instability that has resulted, and the rise of both political Islam and jihadi insurgencies. For many of the speakers, there is much to be disappointed about. The uprisings that first began in Tunisia in December 2010 did bring down dictators in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Egypt. But now Islamists and liberals wrangle over power, with the former mostly on top, democracy is far from certain, and economies are crumbling.Moussa and Davutoglu agreed that a key accomplishment from the past two years was the casting aside of the notion that Arabs are condemned to autocratic rule, a belief long accepted even by elites in the Arab world itself.More Arabs are politically engaged than ever before, demanding to be heard. They’re learning what it means to question everything and everyone after decades under heavy autocracies where discussion, innovation and public participation were discouraged _ or crushed.But it can be a double-edged sword, breeding instability and even violence when expectations cannot be met.“On the one hand we have a political process which has really gone into uncharted waters (and) has proven to be much more difficult (and) much more divisive” than expected, said Tunisian economist Mustapha Kamel Nabli. 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